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Autumn evenings in South West London

South West London Autumn

South West London in Autumn

Autumn has rolled around again and as the days grow shorter the way we spend our leisure time shifts gradually from grassy walks to bright-lit pub evenings.  With the air chilled and the weather harsh the thought of sitting in a warm cinema, bar or café is more and more appealing and the colourfully lit chocolate box window displays of in South West London truly leave locals spoilt for choice.  We bring you our team’s pick of the best evening venues in Wandsworth, Clapham and Battersea!

For Fine Dining

With a Michelin star to its name, Chez Bruce consistently meets expectations. With carefully crafted menus, a cosy atmosphere and exemplary service, a meal here is the perfect antidote to a chilly evening and Wandsworth Common is a Christmas-card worthy backdrop.

With Monday evening music and a menu which brings the flavours of Argentina to your table, Santa Maria del Sur in Battersea Park guarantees an inspiring and aromatic evening a short walk or drive from the Thames.

Clapham’s Trinity restaurant combines sophisticated flavours of unusual origins in new and inspiring ways in a modern and elegant setting a stone’s throw from the Common.

For Stylish Lounging

Souk in Clapham is a versatile bar and eatery which allows for a smooth transition from evening meal to no-holds-barred night out.

The Lost Angel is similarly diverse, offering a fantastic array of live music events, drinks and food in the heart of Battersea.

For those of you searching fruitlessly for a Japanese fusion pub in your area, look no further than The Duchess and Mihara in the Nine Elms area of Wandsworth.

For Cosy Evenings in your Local

A delightful mix of elegance and cosiness, the Alma in Wandsworth is perfect for a sit down meal or a round of drinks and has a great function room for private parties.  Head over this November 1st for LivetoGive’s Halloween extravaganza!

Balham’s Avalon comes complete with leafy beer garden, squishy leather sofas and plentiful food options; what more could one ask for from a local?

Another home from home, this time in the heart of Clapham Old Town, The Frog is cosy and welcoming, boasting authentic Sunday Roasts, yet more squishy sofas and a Sunday evening quiz night.

For Getting Your Hands Dirty

Get stuck into olives, cheese and charcuterie and test your tastebuds at The Wine Tasting Shop in Balham.  Previously selected as one of our Best Local Businesses, The Wine Tasting Shop offers daytime and evening wine tasting tutelage and is the place to go to brush up on your sommelier skills.

Doodle Bar is a bright and bustling Battersea Park haunt where visitors are free to revisit their wall-scribbling childhood days.  Grab a cocktail and a marker and decorate to your heart’s content whilst waiting for the next performance to start at the arts centre next door!

Battersea Arts Centre might not entirely be about getting your hands dirty, but with such a range of distinctive and experimental performances you’re never quite sure what to expect in this venue.  Take part in an immersive theatre show, join a vintage dance class or simply relax with a drink in the BAC’s colourful café space.

Wandsworth and Lambeth boroughs are awash with amazing venues that can match any autumn mood and craving. Find out more about other great South West London venues here


South West London and Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is like Marmite: while some people immerse themselves in hearts and roses on February 14th, many others are filled with gloom at the appearance of entirely pink and often tacky romantic merchandise.

That being said, whether you are cynical or starry eyed, there’s nothing wrong with doing something a bit different, going somewhere unusual.  On Valentine’s Day most establishments pull out all the stops to produce an experience that, whatever your attitude toward the day itself, is bound to prove memorable.  Where gastronomy is concerned, the memories are usually good.

We’ve scoured South West London and brought you some of our Valentine ’s Day food and drink recommendations.  Hopefully there will be something here for all-traditionalists, explorers and cynics alike!

For Traditional Foodies:

For a refined and possibly aphrodisiac experience, try the oysters at Bennetts.

Le Bouchon Bordelais in Battersea provides an intimate French setting for the most romantic meal of the year.

Lily’s in Clapham Old Town is the go-to place for a traditional meal on a budget. Well prepared British classics are available for under £15 a head.

For Modern Diners:

For a stylish international fusion menu with a view over the river visit Banyan on the Thames in Battersea.

A more affordable international food experience can be had at The Chutney in Wandsworth.

Trinity in Clapham provides a romantic modern European dining experience.

For every loved up couple filling up South West London’s restaurants next week there will be as many party goers filling up local bars.  Here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer:

Visit Dukes bar in St. James’ Place, the bar said to have inspired James Bond’s immortal line…The place to be if you like your martinis shaken, not stirred!

A little closer to home is Adventure Battersea; popular with professionals and renowned for its excellent cocktails and equally great atmosphere.

For Stay-at-home Valentines:

It’s February, and as usual the temperature is low, the sky is grey, and according to the newspapers Britain has once again descended into cold snap chaos.  Why on earth would you want to go out?

Local restaurants such as Del Aziz and Fish Club can deliver romance direct to your door-order now in time for the 14th!

For Craft Lovers:

Whether in a couple or with friends, learning new cookery skills is always entertaining.  What’s more, a cookery workshop with a Valentines twist is the ideal way for romantics to coerce their pragmatic partners into enjoying a coupley outing-after all, you never know when chocolate or cupcake making skills might come in useful…

For all our readers:

Whether you are eating out, staying in or partying this Valentine’s Day, we hope you’ve found this article useful and that you will very soon be treating yourself to a visit to one of the amazing venues South West London has to offer.