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.
- 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
- At last, the lights on Clapham Common are being repaired properly
- Vaacinations at Battersea Arts Centre
- Feeling brave? The toilets in the woods on Clapham Common are up for rent, to entrepreneurs with ideas.
- Megan’s has big plans for the Clapham Common skate park cafe
- The Milkman still delivers to Lavender Hill
- Lavender Hill retail roundup – February 2021
- A surprising planning decision on Taybridge Road
- Work starting to improve the Lavender Hill / Queenstown Road junction
- A big upgrade for Clapham Common’s basketball court
- John Archer, Battersea’s groundbreaking mayor, may be honoured with a statue on Lavender Hill
- A neon nod to Lavender Hill’s history, hidden away among Battersea’s new flats
- Walks aren’t just for the countryside! We review two recent walking guides in Battersea.
- Should the speed limit on Lavender Hill stay at 20 or be increased? Have your say…
- Go karts, climbing ropes, bowling, minigolf… a look at the big plans for the ex-Debenhams in Wandsworth
- The Christmas Forest is back on Lavender Hill… and are expecting record sales this year
- New pub for Clapham Junction: The London and South Western
- The final result of the long-running plans for a block of flats on Parma Crescent
- Could this garage become Lavender Hill’s smallest house?
- The Queens Arms in Battersea is back! A rare reopening of a long-closed neighbourhood pub.
- Good news on Asda’s scandalous planning application…
- Cycle lanes, 20mph, school streets, bollards and planters… what’s going on with Lavender Hill’s traffic?
- Two ‘architectural’ new houses are being built on Wix’s Lane
- The Battersea Studios office complex may be growing again
- Baguette Deli: A new French cafe on Lavender Hill
- Stormont Road: Car crashes in to the DayLewis pharmacy…
- Controversial plans to remove and pave over *all* the plants and greenery around Asda at Clapham Junction
- A new cycle lane – and less car parking – on Lavender Hill
- Lavender Hill’s Pizza Express is reopening
- In pictures: A charming Book Swap on Shirley Grove, Battersea
- Revealed: The future of Arding & Hobbs (Debenhams)
Category Archives: Local history
Update: The temporary sign, in use for filming, is now visible – revealing a bit of a clue as to what has been filmed for the last few weeks, with rumours of it being part of Magic Mike 3, aka … Continue reading
It’s best avoided after dark. A winding footbridge, with suspicious yellow puddles and high walls either side that are hard to see over, followed by a big and somewhat muddy yard with stacks of flytipped debris, where you’re completely on … Continue reading
This week 24 years ago on Lavender Hill, about 1,700 people were at a Rockers Reunion concert at Battersea Arts Centre when a feud between two motorbike gangs took a dramatic turn – and ended up in a brutal double … Continue reading
The middle section of Queenstown Road is changing! Until now it’s been a light industrial cluster, but the explosion of development that has taken place around the power station, the arrival of a shiny new Zone 1 tube station, and … Continue reading
London is perfect territory for murals. Wartime destruction, postwar estate development, and the occasional over-ambitious road project all conspired to leave a lot of Victorian terraces sliced in two, with large messy-looking blank walls – occasionally with the odd chimney … Continue reading
Perched on the turret roof of what’s now Dexter’s estate agents at the junction of Lavender Hill and Latchmere Road is a little-noticed weathervane. Once widespread and fashionable, and still quite a feature in the City of London where gilded … Continue reading
Falcon Lane doesn’t really feel like the rest of Clapham Junction. Rather than dense Victorian streets, it has more of an “out-of-town retail park” vibe, with car parks and single storey warehouse buildings. The buildings that house Asda, Lidl, and … Continue reading
Exhibition and play on John Archer, the first Black Mayor in London – this Friday at Battersea Arts Centre
We’ve previously written in some detail about the impressive life story of John Archer – Mayor of Battersea back in 1013, Britain’s first Black mayor, and someone with an interesting and unusual life story. And this Friday sees the opening … Continue reading
The junction of Wandsworth Road, North Street and Silverthorne Road has seen happier days. Dilapidated buildings, broken windows, peeling paint, and an air of abandonment, suggest the world has moved on from this little bit of our neighbourhood- in marked … Continue reading
It’s surprising how little we talk about John Archer. Born in Liverpool, he and his Canadian wife moved to Battersea in 1890 when he was about 30. He was clearly an industrious gentleman, with myriad jobs over the years including … Continue reading