Our entertainment round-up for Clapham spans theatre, art, independent cinema, live music and dance music festivals.
Entertainment in Clapham
Theatre and cinema
A short stroll from Clapham Common on Venn Street is Clapham Picturehouse, a wonderful independent arthouse cinema that’s been a mainstay of the cultural scene since opening in 1992. The cinema is a 10-minute walk from our Clapham hotel, and while it does lean towards more left-field releases, it also screens big-name blockbusters, all of which can be enjoyed with a glass of wine or beer plus some seriously tasty upmarket snacks and popcorn.
The leading event and cultural space in the area is the Omnibus Theatre, an award-winning theatre that opened in 2013. The 110-seat theatre covers traditional plays and drama as well as offering a contemporary spin including remixing Shakespeare’s Othello. Located on the northern corner of Clapham Common, the theatre hosts around three to four shows each month with food and drink available in the Common Room bar and cafe.
O2 Academy Brixton
Clapham has a vibrant music scene, topped off by the South West Four Festival held every August Bank Holiday on Clapham Common. The electronic, DJ-focussed festival runs on the Saturday and Sunday night featuring a host of world-class DJs playing house, hip hop and grime, techno, drum and bass and more.
One of the largest year-round live music venues is the O2 Academy Brixton. A short walk or tube ride from Clapham, the 5,000 capacity venue has a varied programme of events spanning club nights, stand up comedy and live music with recent guests including The Specials, Bros and Jimmy Carr.