Super-trendy Clapham is a Mecca for City Boys and young professionals, who flock to the area for the lively vibe and like-minded company. It is also, however, not without its family element, who tend towards the affluent Old Town and Clapham South. Clapham has a distinctive creative economy, with creative and digital businesses providing 22,000 across the borough of Lambeth in which it is located. These businesses generate £1.8 billion GVA for the economy.
With its bustling energy, vibrant nightlife and thriving economy, Clapham is an enviable place to work. While there are fewer than average businesses operating in the area, demand for jobs is high, indicating that any office in Clapham has a wealth of talent to choose from. Given that the majority of the Lambeth borough’s population is educated to degree level or above, the quality of that talent is strong.
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Clapham Transport Links
One of the things that makes Clapham so attractive to both live and work is its profusion of public transport links. Clapham Junction, of course, is a major rail interchange for both central London and destinations outside the capital. But Clapham is also well-served by tube networks, with no fewer than three tube stops: Clapham North, Clapham Common and Clapham South.
Bus routes are also in plentiful supply from Clapham High Street, just one minute’s walk from Needspace? Clapham North Arts Centre.
Needspace? Clapham North Arts Centre is also just a few minutes from Clapham North tube (Northern Line) and London Overground station, Clapham High Street.
With particularly easy access to these major transport links, office space in Clapham North Arts Centre is an excellent choice for businesses of all types.
Office Space in Clapham
The Borough of Lambeth has expressed a strong desire for more flexible and affordable office space in Clapham and across the wider borough, to meet the changing needs of businesses in the area. Needspace? is ahead of the curve, offering managed office space on flexible, short contracts – ideal for the large community of startups in Clapham.
87% of businesses in the Borough of Lambeth employ between 1 and 9 people, so finding suitable office space for small businesses is a priority for both the council and businesses themselves. Workspace for medium-sized enterprises is also key, and Needspace? accommodates these more established businesses just as well as the smaller companies that are Clapham’s bread and butter.
The Lambeth & Southwark business district boasts a total of 1,780,000mᒾ of office space and, alongside the creative industries, is a hub for accountancy, consultancy and local government businesses. Lambeth is an integral part of London’s economy. It has experienced stronger growth than the rest of the UK, with significant employers and cultural and tourism assets contributing to the borough’s impressive figures.
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Networking in Clapham
Networking in Clapham and in the wider Lambeth borough is an important part of building your business relationships, gaining exposure for your company and generating leads. Networking events in Clapham are regular and plentiful. These are a few you might like to check out:
Where to Entertain Clients in Clapham
Best Restaurants in Clapham
Technically in Battersea, Humble Grape is within a couple of minutes’ walk from Clapham Junction station. Defining itself as a wine bar, Humble Grape is also perfect for enjoying a sharing platter, brunch, lunch or dinner, any day or night of the week. With excellent TripAdvisor ratings and very popular (especially for its famous Sunday roasts!), this is a great choice for those who enjoy their meal with plenty of fine wines!
With cocktails top of the menu, Revolution is also a great place to enjoy a meal of tasty modern food in a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere. You can even book a cocktail masterclass here, if you want to entertain clients in Clapham in a more interactive (and lively) way.
TripAdvisor Certificate Winner 2016-2019, Augustine Kitchen offers French, European, Veggie and Gluten-free options to die for. With an intimate, family feel and a focus on good quality produce and wine, the atmosphere, surroundings and – most importantly – the food, all contribute to a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience.
Michelin-star Trinity, in the heart of Clapham Old Town, is fine dining at its best. Absolutely gorgeous interiors, beautifully presented and delicious dishes, and a pleasant outdoor area for al fresco dining on summer afternoons, make this an absolute must-visit if you’re on a mission to impress.
Authentic Mediterranean cuisine made on the premises and a very traditionally Mediterranean vibe make Fish in a Tie an intimate and pleasant place to spend an evening. Committed to using the best ingredients from around the world, you’ll soon join countless other fellow diners in declaring Fish in a Tie an absolute treat.
Other Ideas for Client Entertainment in Clapham
Clapham is an absolutely buzzing place to spend time. Bars, restaurants and nightlife abound, but if you’re looking for something a bit different, then there are plenty of other options to choose from. Here are just a few:
As mentioned above, Revolution is not just a good bar or restaurant, you can also book a cocktail masterclass. Great fun for all involved, it’s also a good way to loosen those inhibitions and seal that deal!
At the other end of the spectrum, culture vultures will enjoy the selection of emergent artists’ work on display at this contemporary gallery. A talent for spotting the best in young talent has earned Voltaire a reputation as a leading place to see up-and-coming fine artists’ work first hand.
It may not be your usual choice for client entertainment, but a trip to an authentic and popular local cinema might be just the ticket for a certain persuasion of client. Regular screenings of unusual and indie films alongside big name blockbusters have made this much-loved picture house a true favourite for Clapham locals.
Events of all kinds, from pop concerts to comedy, movie screenings to karaoke, club nights, and everything in between, are all on offer at the Clapham Grand. Plenty of really big name artists have performed here, and even when it’s not a household name on stage, there’s always something on to appeal to all tastes.
Weekly comedy and quiz nights, live jazz on Sundays, lunch deals, board games, immersive racing game and virtual reality experiences, bottomless brunch, a Victorian style music hall filled with a fully-functioning games arcade – and over 70 gins. Is that enough for you?
A Bit Of Clapham History
Clapham began as a Saxon village. At the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, it was called ‘Clopeham’, so it’s not a far stretch to see how the name evolved.
Growth really began in the 17th century, as an influx of refugees from the Great Fire of London and the Plague fled the city proper into the outskirts. By the 18th century, Clapham was a fashionable location for wealthy individuals, due to its proximity to London combined with its (then) rural setting.
Lavender Hill was so-named as, during the 18th century, that area was actually used to grow lavender for perfume.
In 1889, Clapham was absorbed into the newly-founded county of London, losing its status as a Surrey town. It was the beginning of this century in which transport in Clapham also really picked up. Horse-drawn buses were introduced in the 1830s, then horse-drawn trams in 1871. Clapham High Street Railway Station opened in 1862, Clapham Junction in 1863, and in 1900, Clapham North and Clapham Common tube stations arrived.
Clapham was heavily bombed during World War II, but has recovered fully and is now one of the most vibrant, buzzing and thriving parts of London.