Clapham South brings to a close my run of stations which all opened on 13th September 1926 on the then City and South London Railway. As you’ll have come to expect by now, the station building is another fine Charles Holden design and again, also Grade II listed.
The ticket hall itself felt slightly wider than its contemporaries, giving further prominence to the hexagonal roof contained within the centre of it. Clapham South was also the location of one of the eight deep level shelters built during World War Two on the tube network and briefly housed Jamaican immigrants arriving for work in the UK in 1948 when no accommodation was available.
The Pub: The Nightingale, 97 Nightingale Lane, SW12 8NX
As an the area around the tube and the south side of the Common is generally populated with rather uninspiring bars, so we went a little further afield. The pub is about 10 minutes along Nightingale Lane. It’s a very pleasant 10 minute walk past some very impressive houses – just keep heading along the Lane until you reach the pub. It looks charming from the outside with its old cut glass windows and tiles. The building dates from 1853 and is Grade II listed.
Inside, its a cosy, traditional pub with a low ceiling. There are lots of nice comfy seats – the walls are decorated with photos and maps of Old Clapham. The Nightingale also has a dart board near the front of the pub. Towards the back is a more open conservatory area, just before you reach the garden. The garden itself is a decent size, including a covered area and heaters, ideal for when the weather takes a turn for the worst. The pub also has a small outside seating area at the front.
The Nightingale is a Youngs pub, so it had all their usual ales available as well as Doombar and appropriately Wandle, named after the nearby river. They and other Youngs pubs currently have an excellent offer running, sign up to their mailing list and get a free drink – whats not to like? It has a decent food menu of primarily classic pub meals like Fish and Chips and Sausage and Mash. It was pretty busy on our visit as you can see from the photos. Quiz night was just starting as we were leaving and there were plenty of teams packed in and taking part!
I really liked The Nightingale. Its a lovely, traditional pub tucked slightly away from the main hustle and bustle of Clapham. Well worth the walk from the station!