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
Category Archives: Food & drink
Revealed: The first two new businesses replacing Debenhams in Clapham Junction
We’ve written at some length on the redevelopment of Arding and Hobbs building at Clapham Junction, following the collapse of previous tenant Debenhams. The plans will see the upper levels converted to offices, with a two-storey rooftop structure replacing the … Continue reading
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New cafe: Maiella Worth, 789 Wandsworth Road
Update (8th January): Maiella Worth is now open, so we’ve added some updated photos. They’re offering a wide range of hot and cold food typical of the Abruzzo region in central Italy – including pasta they make on-site, as well … Continue reading
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In pictures: Lavender Hill Fish & Chips is opening a sister business next door
Lavender Hill Fish & Chips has had a good run. After taking over a shop that had swung around different takeaway options for years, and never quite managed to stick at any of them, they arrived, gave the unit a … Continue reading
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A new interesting beer shop & bar on the way for Lavender Hill
A new off license and bar is on its way to Lavender Hill. No Boring Beer have applied for a premises license to take over the shop at 22 Lavender Hill, which for the last couple of years has been … 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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Megan’s innovative new outdoor restaurant on the Common opens this Friday
We’ve taken a quick look behind the scenes. Small-but-growing local business Megan’s took a new lease on the long-closed and dilapidated Recovery Cafe next to the skate park & basketball courts, and for the last month they have since been … Continue reading
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Feeling brave? The toilets in the woods on Clapham Common are up for rent, to entrepreneurs with ideas.
They’ve been boarded up for as long as most of us can remember. At one stage someone stole part of the roof. The whole building leans just slightly. And they narrowly escaped complete demolition over a decade ago. But somehow, … Continue reading
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Megan’s has big plans for the Clapham Common skate park cafe
A few weeks ago we reported that the gradually-deteriorating former Recovery Kitchen next door to the basketball courts had gone under offer for around £25,000 a year. And now we know that it’s being taken over by local restaurateur Megan’s, who already … Continue reading
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Lavender Hill retail roundup – February 2021
It’s been a tough few months for our traders, with the always-difficult start of the year combining with yet another lockdown – but Lavender Hill has held up better than most. One of the emerging themes of lockdowns is that … Continue reading
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The Queens Arms in Battersea is back! A rare reopening of a long-closed neighbourhood pub.
It’s been closed since March 2017, and at some points we wondered if it would ever return – having seen major building works to add flats on the roof, a distinctly architectural new house built in the yard, and a … Continue reading
Posted in Business, Food & drink, Useful to know Tagged Battersea, Queens arms pub, SW8 3SS 2 Comments