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How have Lavender Hill’s restaurants done during the pandemic?

We’re finally getting back to normal. And the good news is, while the going has been tough and there’s been a lot of hard work and trouble along the way, most of Lavender Hill’s shops and restaurants have made it … Continue reading

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The long-lost Cedars pub: finally restored, but not as a pub

It’s been a bit of an eyesore for years. The Cedars, a large building at 5 Lavender Hill, has been empty for ages since its previous incarnation (late bar / club Ashtar) moved to Vauxhall. Going back further it was … Continue reading

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A new type of extension on the Shaftesbury estate

The quiet streets of picturesque Victorian houses in Battersea’s Shaftesbury Estate have an enduring appeal – but even its most fervent admirers have to concede that they’re not the biggest houses around. They were built by the Artisans, Labourers and … Continue reading

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In pictures: The new Pear Tree Cafe on Clapham Common

A while back we reported on the many changes afoot at Clapham Common’s cafes: all three are changing hands, and a fourth may be on the way. The central cafe, which was formerly La Baita, reopened this weekend after refurbishment … Continue reading

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Compulsory water meters are coming to Clapham Common Northside

You may have noticed a lot of Thames Water vans around in the last few weeks, and people in Thames Water uniforms taking lots of photos of tiny drain covers in the pavement, as well as painting them white. As … Continue reading

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Part of the Queenstown Road cycle route’s set for an upgrade – but the worst bit may not see much change.

Plans are being developed to improve the cycle lane along the northern end of Queenstown Road. As the last chance for cycle commuters from much of south west London to safely cross the river before the nightmare of Vauxhall gyratory, … Continue reading

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The long-planned second entrance to Queenstown Road station may still be on track

It’s been a while, but there’s finally a little bit of progress on the planned new entrance to Queenstown Road station. The Battersea Exchange development that’s funding it is complete, but in February last year we noted that things had … Continue reading

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Lavender Hill’s back in business

As of today Lavender Hill’s shops, hairdressers & salons, and businesses are back open, as well as an ongoing expansion in outdoor seating at several cafes & restaurants. Good to see a decent lunchtime crowd at The Crown‘s outdoor terrace … Continue reading

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An update on the interesting Wixs Lane development

Way back, we reported on a residential development being proposed on Wixs Lane, which would replace the car park of Dacres House (a block of flats on Cedars Road) with two semi-detached modern houses (one three-bed and one four-bed). Several … Continue reading

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Wasabi is opening a new branch in Clapham Junction

It’s a tale of modern times. As the Coronavirus has emptied out the city centre, some of the chains who made much of their income from lunch time visits by office workers have had to adapt their approach fast! Pret … Continue reading

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