Clapham Common

Category: Parks and Open spaces

Clapham Common is a triangular area of grassland of about 200 acres (0.8 km?) in size, situated between Clapham, Battersea and Balham in south London, England. Although most of it lies in the London Borough of Wandsworth it is wholly managed and maintained by the London Borough of Lambeth. It has a number of ponds and recreation areas.

Part of it has a reputation as a gay meeting place, and was featured in a heterosexual capacity in the Squeeze song Up the Junction, and was also connected with the famous Ron Davies “moment of madness” incident in 1998. It has also been the venue for a number of annual Gay Pride festivals. The bushy regions of the common are used by homosexual men in what the local population affectionately call cottaging (slang) activities.

It has also been the site of one of the Colourscape Music Festival structures since 1995.

Clapham Common tube station and Clapham South tube station are on the edge of the park.


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