Lavender Hill for Me is a community website working to support Lavender Hill, a neighbourhood in Battersea, London and a home to about 250 shops, restaurants and small businesses. We take an active interest in developments that could improve Lavender Hill for residents, traders and visitors.
- It all goes wrong at Donna Margherita on Lavender Hill
- The surprising history of a smelly alley behind some bins near Battersea Park
- After decades of service, Hill Launderette fades in to history
- A takeaway disaster: was this Lavender Hill’s shortest-lived business?
- A rare high-rise industrial building being planned for Havelock terrace
- Clapham Junction’s Lidl supermarket is growing
- Controversial but useful – new offices & workspaces coming to Culvert Road in 2024
- New opening: Remedy Kitchen
- Battersea Park Station: Step-free at last?
- Opening soon on Lavender Hill: Marhaba Minimarket & butchers
- Arding & Hobbs in Clapham Junction: The first signs of what the redeveloped building will look like
- A spruce up for the Battersea Business Centre on Lavender Hill
- The enduring mystery of Sisters Avenue’s giant blue shed
- Retail roundup: new shops & businesses coming to Lavender Hill
- Battersea’s Rush Hill Road: History of a south London street
- Take a moment to appreciate the architecture of Battersea’s Reference Library
- New business in an unusual location: AL Coffee Roasters, a Colombian coffee roastery on Culvert Road
- In pictures: Wandsworth’s newest Council estate
- London photographer Ricky Leaver has a pop-up gallery, on Lavender Hill until 16th October
- Donna Margherita: back from the brink?
- All welcome to help build the community garden next to Battersea Arts Centre
- Up for sale: The Asparagus pub on Falcon Road
- The ‘Commercial Buildings’ ghost sign on Lavender Hill is back
- The Cedars Road Estate: A tale of two ambitious architects
- Tough times at No Boring Beer
- New occupant of the old Cornerstone Bookshop: Thermomix
- A refresh for Clapham Baptist Church’s mural
- Another new pub for Clapham Junction
- Queenstown Road station’s new entrance – progress at last?
- The 1960s canopy around Clapham Junction’s Arding & Hobbs building is coming down
- A bold new look for Khan’s Indian restaurant
- Several new cycle sheds on the streets & estates around Lavender Hill
- Donna Margherita: Is this goodbye?
- The new rooftop floor is appearing Clapham Junction’s landmark Arding & Hobbs building
- Fabrics Galore, celebrating 30 years of saving good people from bad fabrics…
- Reopened: Maiella Worth Cafe
- Back to the future with a new front entrance for the Clapham Grand
- Carpetman, the new occupier of Mr Liu’s old takeaway
- The lost community & uncertain future of Culvert Road
- Revealed: The first two new businesses replacing Debenhams in Clapham Junction
- The 1998 Motorcycle Murders on Lavender Hill
- An unusual new house for the Shaftesbury Estate
- New cafe: Maiella Worth, 789 Wandsworth Road
- A new ‘tiny house’ house for Marney Road?
- A cluster of new office developments is coming soon to Queenstown Road
- In Pictures: Ashley Crescent at dusk
- Farewell to The Corner Stone bookshop on Lavender Hill
- Has anyone forgotten a boat on Queenstown Road?
- In pictures: Lavender Hill’s fading mural still has plenty of charm
- Lavender Hill’s mystery weathervane
- A chance Google Street View encounter in Clapham
- Brace yourselves for a flood of lamp post advertising banners
- The complex past & intriguing future of the Boots site on Falcon Lane
- Work begins on the controversial block of flats on Parma Crescent
- A new start for the old Royal British Legion on Lavender Hill
- In pictures: Lavender Hill Fish & Chips is opening a sister business next door
- No Boring Beer is now open on Lavender Hill
- Works update: Arding & Hobbs at Clapham Junction
- Exhibition and play on John Archer, the first Black Mayor in London – this Friday at Battersea Arts Centre
- A new tower on Battersea Park Road – with 213 flats!
- Changes at the Holy Trinity Church on the Common
- Lavender Hill retail roundup – September 2021
- A new start for this rather sad cluster of empty buildings on Wandsworth Road?
- Legal challenge to Lambeth on their approach to Clapham Common
- The Gideon Road Estate, off Lavender Hill, is getting several new buildings
- Broadband chaos in Battersea! But it’s likely to be worth it in the end.
- A new interesting beer shop & bar on the way for Lavender Hill
- The Lavender Hill / Latchmere Road junction is being rebuilt
- How have Lavender Hill’s restaurants done during the pandemic?
- The long-lost Cedars pub: finally restored, but not as a pub
- A new type of extension on the Shaftesbury estate
- In pictures: The new Pear Tree Cafe on Clapham Common
- Compulsory water meters are coming to Clapham Common Northside
- Part of the Queenstown Road cycle route’s set for an upgrade – but the worst bit may not see much change.
- The long-planned second entrance to Queenstown Road station may still be on track
- Lavender Hill’s back in business
- An update on the interesting Wixs Lane development
- Wasabi is opening a new branch in Clapham Junction
- Another twist in the development project at Parma Crescent
- Megan’s innovative new outdoor restaurant on the Common opens this Friday
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It all goes wrong at Donna Margherita on Lavender Hill
We’ve written a few times about Donna Margherita, at 183 Lavender Hill – one of our longest serving Neapolitan restaurants with two decades on Lavender Hill. Donna Margherita’s owner Gabriele Vitale moved to London from Italy about 30 years ago. … Continue reading
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The surprising history of a smelly alley behind some bins near Battersea Park
It’s not the most obvious spot for a landmark in the history of flight! Hidden behind a load of bins next to a Battersea petrol station, along an alleyway whose smell reveals its other role as a surreptitious urinal, is … Continue reading
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After decades of service, Hill Launderette fades in to history
Hill Launderette is one of the longest established businesses on Lavender Hill – we don’t know when it started but it has spanned many decades. It stayed surprisigly well used, even as washing machines & tumble dryers became more widespread … Continue reading
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A takeaway disaster: was this Lavender Hill’s shortest-lived business?
The grand opening banner is still up at China Garden, Lavender Hill’s newest Chinese takeaway. It had a busy few weeks, and was generally decently reviewed. A lot of effort (and money) clearly went in to fitting it out to … Continue reading
A rare high-rise industrial building being planned for Havelock terrace
Battersea’s industrial spaces are an endangered species! Developers regularly go scouting around the lesser corners of the Borough looking for anything that looks a bit ‘industrial’, with a view to converting it to new residential development. This can be a … Continue reading
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Clapham Junction’s Lidl supermarket is growing
We’ve previously reported on the various projects to expand, or replace, Clapham Junction’s Lidl supermarket. It’s a busy shop, being a rare full-range branch in inner London, with car parking and right next to a major train station. Unsurprisingly, it’s … Continue reading
Controversial but useful – new offices & workspaces coming to Culvert Road in 2024
Local business premises are an important way of ensuring there are readily accessible jobs that don’t involve commuting across the city, but they’re also quite endangered, and always under threat of being converted to flats. That said, there are more … Continue reading
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New opening: Remedy Kitchen
At the very eastern end of the street up on the Wandsworth Road, the big and beautiful corner unit that was home to Sinclair Till’s collection of carpets, fabrics and furnishings (until they moved to a new store that was … Continue reading
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Battersea Park Station: Step-free at last?
Battersea Park railway station just keeps getting busier. It was never a quiet station, thanks to a steady stream of traffic from the Doddington & Rollo flats and the mansions around Battersea park, and some weekend traffic to the park … Continue reading
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Opening soon on Lavender Hill: Marhaba Minimarket & butchers
Eagle Wines traded on Lavender Hill for many years (right next to Kazim’s legendary Cafe Parisienne, home of the all day breakfast for over two decades) – offering a huge range of wines, that were notably more interesting than what … Continue reading
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