Venn Street Market

in a nutshell

Venn Street Market is a relatively recent addition to Clapham (having been established in 2009) and adds to the fantastic markets in the area that offer everything from fresh flowers to posh nosh. With independent producers selling fruit and veg, meat, seafood, dairy and more, there’s absolutely no excuse for not shopping locally and benefitting from the exceptional quality of the produce on offer.

The market was originally held once a month, but following its initial success it was turned into a weekly event in 2011 that draws foodies from far and wide. The reason? High quality produce at fair prices. By cutting out the middleman, the market successfully brings customers and producers together.

about the market

Open every Saturday from 10am – 4pm, the newest of Clapham’s three markets can be found by the Picture House on Venn Street, just a short hop from Clapham Common tube station. The market itself is often referred to as ‘mini Borough Market’ by the crowds, and a quick glance around the sheer variety of stalls and quality of the produce and you’ll soon see why.

If you’re looking for something to feast on there and then, the highly recommended hog roast put on by the nearby Moen & Sons butchers is one of the market’s biggest draws. The butchers have been serving hog roast sandwiches to the people of Clapham and beyond long before the market began, or as they put it: "before it was trendy!" If you’re heading to Clapham with carnivorous intentions, The Rotisserie Company and Liberty Cheesesteak Company are firm favourites. If you’re struggling to find them, just follow your nose.

Kathleen Silverfield, a food blogger who knows her onions, lists her favourite Venn Street Market stalls as: "The Philly cheesesteak stall, they make their own bread for the sandwiches and wear Phillies Jersey’s so they are easily identifiable". She also recommends Bad Brownie if you fancy something sweet.

Food blogger Lucy thought there was one particular hidden gem that was worth a mention: "Near to Venn Street Market is a cracking wine and charcuterie bar in a converted Victorian toilet under Clapham Common Tube Stop", she said, "it’s a quirky stop to grab a drink and still contains some of the (more sanitary) original features!"

things to do in south london

Clapham has had a resurgence in the last couple of decades that has transformed the area into a popular and desirable place to live. It’s never been difficult to find a party in Clapham with plenty of bars, pubs and restaurants, as well as live music. The bars and pubs in Clapham tend to be a little more relaxed than some other spots in the city. The Jam Tree is perfect for lazy summer days, while The Walrus Room provides a little retro beau from the Victorian era. If you just want to let loose, The Grand is a legendary venue on the Clapham scene that dates back to 1900. There you’ll find club nights, an eclectic live music line-up and plenty of comedy.

If that sounds too much like hard work, why not kick back on Clapham Common? Or, you could spend the evening in the Clapham Picture House, where you’ll find a healthy mix of alternative films and Hollywood blockbusters.

If you find there are simply too many things to do in South London and beyond to fit into one day, why not stay the night in one of the many hotels near Clapham to give you a little more time to explore.