Clapham Junction, Battersea
About Clapham Junction
Even before the building of the railway station, this area was an important crossing point for many travellers, a tradition that still continues. With over 2,500 trains passing through Clapham Junction each day, the station is not only the busiest in the country but also amongst the busiest in the world.
As a result of the frequent links both in and out of central London, Clapham Junction has become a popular place for people to live and as a result the area has seen a revival, providing comprehensive facilities both in terms of shopping and entertainment, to locals and visitors alike.
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The popular Northcote Road is a good place to both start and finish a visit to the area. Here you can get a 'brunch menu' in one of the many bars and cafes, or you can end a tiring day on your feet with a pint in one of the pubs. Northcote Road is famous for its host of bars, restaurants and eateries which almost exclusively offer great quality choices.
There are a number of independent speciality shops which have become famous in the area, for example: a cheese shop, quality butchers, bakery, fishmongers and a honey shop. The flourishing market offers fruit, vegetables, flowers and crafts from Thursday to Saturday. There are a number of antique shops, including the Antiques Market with over forty stalls at 155 Northcote Road selling antique furniture, china, glass, silver, jewellery, cutlery, lighting, prints and pictures.
St John's Road
Over the crossroads from Northcote Road, the shopping area starts in St John's Road. At the end of St John's Road you will find the crossing with St John's Hill and Lavender Hill where the shopping district continues. On this corner is one of the most famous shops of the area; Arding & Hobbs department store, which is now run by Debenhams, is a listed building and was the first department store in South London.
Clapham Junction and Battersea
Clapham Junction is located in the heart of Battersea. There is a local campaign called SW11tch Back to Battersea to raise awareness of the area's unique Battersea identity.