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Top 10 Best Clapham Junction Restaurants

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Look beyond the top restaurants and bars of Clapham Common, Clapham North and Clapham South! Head towards Battersea Rise, Lavender Hill, Northcote Road, St John’s Hill and even the river Thames to discover a multitude of hidden gem restaurants that will satisfy your urge for Indian, Italian, Vietnamese, brunch, tapas, and afternoon tea, with some amazing riverside views, live music, and the occasional masterclass thrown in just for good measure. Some of the best restaurants in south London’s can be found within a mile of Clapham Junction’s popularly busy train station. So stop off on your way home and check out this thriving area.

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Clapham
Bar
Bar

Atop of Battersea Rise, towards that small bit of Clapham Common, you'll find this quirky wine bar and wine shop that offers wine tastings, a wine school, and a fabulous selection of red, white, rose, sparkling and port wines by the glass. Or, if you fancy the entire bottle to share (think hot dates), there are more than 400 artisanal wines on the menu. Bar snacks - biltong, padron peppers, lamb croquetas - or small plates - gin-cured bream, baked camembert, baba ganoush - keep the hungers busy. Or, if you're going big, mains include the chimichurri bavette steak and chips, the market fish with asparagus, or the risotto verde. The 90-minute brunch with unlimited prosecco is only £15 too!

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Clapham
Restaurant
British

Set your sights beyond the horizon at Clapham Junction station. The journey to this hidden gem restaurant may require a lengthy walk or a quick Uber ride but it's worth it all the same. Make sure you book in advance and be sure to request a table in the beautifully unique conservatory area. You'll see! The food menu blends, British, Italian and Spanish styles. Bar bites are available if you're only checking out the front bar (a likely scenario too), but we recommend digging into the small plates (braised squid arancini with garlic aioli: hello!), large plates and meats for the grill. They also have a full weekend brunch menu and Sunday roasts, to cover all bases.

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Clapham
Bar / Restaurant
Meat

Beer-loving Londoners are probably already familiarised with The Draft House (there are many scattered across London). This Draft House on Clapham Junction's popular Northcote Road was the very first. Obviously, the main reason to visit is the exciting range of beers; get friendly with a Picnic Session IPA, a Kingpin lager, or a Mango cask ale for only £3.25 per pint! The beer food menu includes classic burgers (half price on Monday), chicken wings, fish and chips, and, "a big hot mess of nachos". Dessert = cronuts, obvs! Keep an eye for the foot-long pork scratchings too; ridiculously tasty. Outside seats fill up quickly so plan to arrive early if you want to go alfresco.

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Battersea
Restaurant
European

It may not look much from the exterior, but step through the doors of this unassuming restaurant near the river Thames and you might get a little surprise. The beautifully theatrical booths and balconies are suited to romance, especially when the candlelight flickers off the face of your heart's desire. Book for a Friday or Saturday (note: the kitchen closes at 9pm) and your lustful gazes will be heightened by live music. The food is ridiculously cheap with all mains at less than £10, starters and desserts less than £5, and the three-course menu below £20! Our hot tips: order the beef carpaccio with truffle mayo starter and the naked beef Wellington as your main. Ooh la la.

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Battersea
Restaurant
Modern European

The name of this riverside restaurant is a reference to the landing platform next door. During your meal at least one helicopter will land or take off from the London Heliport. From the balcony terrace, see if you can spot a celebrity as they arrive for a brief visit to London. The food menu is filled with the luxuries of life, including moules frites, truffled chicken breast, and smoked duck breast with roast pear purée; as well as reliable menu favourites such as burgers, pizza, fish and chips and chicken tikka masala. Most items are pricey so we recommend a range of cheaper light bites from the top of the menu, or come here for afternoon tea and soak up the fabulous views of the river.

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Clapham
Bar
Pizza

Although not technically a restaurant, this lively bar on Northcote Road is home to good times, great tunes and hunger-quelling pizza. It's a simple menu: six 12-inch pizzas, each with different topping, to choose from, all under a tenner. And that's it as far as food goes. What makes this a must-do experience in Clapham Junction are the DJs and the live music every night of the week and the 2-4-1 cocktail happy hour from 5-8pm. Chow down on a four cheese pizza in a matter of minutes, gulp down two espresso martinis for less than £10, then rock out you beauty shiny star you!

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Clapham
Restaurant
Steak House

Not a restaurant for vegetarians and vegans! This Italian restaurant on Northcote Road is for meat lovers, including those with a penchant for high quality raw meat (steak tartare with torched blue cheese or carpaccio). Head for lunch or dinner; grab an Aperol spritz to start. Charcuterie, offal, cheese and pasta dishes are available but the star of the show is the Fassona beef from north-west Italy, dry-aged for 5-7 weeks. There's also tons of Italian wines, all grape and regional varieties; so your Primitivo, your Sangiovese, your Montepulciano, your Barbaresco and your Barolo. And if you fancy yourself as a bit of an Italian head chef, butchery and bakery masterclasses are arranged.

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Clapham
Bar / Restaurant
British

You've got your starters and small plates - such as dusted Kung Pao calamari, pickled ginger, cashew nut and sesame - and your mains - such as roasted cauliflower and aubergine - but the two main reasons to make the effort of walking up St John's Hill from Clapham Junction station to Ben's Canteen are the burgers and the brunch; the latter is one of the best brunches in London (buttermilk fried chicken benedict!). Just check out their Instagram feed and you'll understand immediately. The staff are cheerfully friendly, and the tunes are laid back and buzzy. It's basically an east London hipster hangout for south London. Prices are fairly punchy, though.

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Clapham
Restaurant
Vietnamese

If you're a cheap date and you love a restaurant that balances good food with a reasonable price, Mien Tay Vietnamese restaurant near Clapham Junction station is just the ticket. It is part of a small family-run chain of restaurants that specialise in South Western Vietnamese cuisine, and is well worth a visit if you're in the Clapham Junction area. The menu is scarily huge, with plenty of vegetarian selections too. The pho with rare beef, and the spring rolls, are highlights though. Undeniably popular, the restaurant can feel a little crowded at peak times, but this feels like part of its charm. The late AA Gill said that it, "may well be the best Vietnamese restaurant in London."

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Clapham
Restaurant
Italian

Donna Margherita is a traditional trattoria serving authentic Neapolitan food from Southern Italy. The simple ingredients directly imported from Italy, plus fresh dough, fresh tomato sauce, and fresh cherry tomatoes, are cooked in a classic wood-fired oven. This restaurant is loved by Italians from across London (always a good sign). The mouthwatering soft pizza takes you on a journey to Naples' vibrant colours and flavours, while staying firmly in familiar Clapham Junction. The atmosphere, if not fancy, is warm and friendly - perfectly enjoyable with a glass of Donna Margherita's excellent wine or craft beer. Plus, tiramisu you will fall in love with.

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