Category Archives: Food & drink

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

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Baguette Deli: A new French cafe on Lavender Hill

London is full of little nationality clusters, and the eastern end of Lavender Hill is very much a French one! It’s been helped by the Wix French and bilingual school (a pioneering initiative that’s been running for over a decade), … Continue reading

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Lavender Hill’s Pizza Express is reopening

It’s a difficult time to be in the restaurant trade, whether you’re an independent trader or a large nationwide chain. Amid a painful series of layoffs and closures, it’s maybe not surprising that Pizza Express has been the latest to … Continue reading

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Could the mystery of 53 Lavender Hill be close to an end?

Update (January 2021) – it’s finally occupied! By established local signmaker Signtair, who have relocated from their smaller previous shop across the road. Signtair’s former unit also has a new tenant which we’ll report on soon. 53 Lavender Hill is … Continue reading

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Clapham Common’s bandstand cafe’s becoming an off license

La Baita, the well-established cafe at the centre of Clapham Common, is applying to Lambeth Council to also run as an off license – for sale of alcohol that can be taken elsewhere on the common. Their current license limits … Continue reading

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Updates on the Queens Arms: Does a new licensee mean a reopening? And an architecturally bold extension.

Some good news on the Queens Arms, just off Queenstown Road.  Neighbours & regular readers will know it was closed in 2017, and architects Boon Brown won planning permission to redevelop it, creating five flats (four two-bed ones and a … Continue reading

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Lavender Hill’s local businesses are still open, and need our support! Here’s a list of restaurants and shops offering delivery, takeaway & collection.

Mid-June update: This was our most-read & most-shared post ever. Following the reopening of ‘non essential’ shops the content is now a bit out of date – many more of our local traders have reopened, and the range of services … Continue reading

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Sendero Coffee has opened a second branch on Queenstown Road

One of our first ever posts, three years ago, featured then then-imminent opening of Sendero Coffee at the junction of Lavender Hill and Queenstown Road.  The combination of quality coffee sourced directly by the team, comfortable sofas, pastries and light … Continue reading

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