The great park by Clapham Common and Clapham South tube stations is a known place for southwest londoners. It is where I spent my weekend mornings for a run, a walk, a brunch, shopping, or just wandering. “Nah, it is south of the river”, some may say. So here are five quick facts to make it more interesting:
1. You can fish at one of the three Clapham Common’s ponds. You must have a licence, though. If you don’t and you get caught, the fine us up to £2k. (For the ones questioning the existence of fish in there, today I saw a guy getting a 13.5 pound fish. Really.)
2. Half of the park is in Lambeth, and half in Wansdsworth. Clapham Common is maintained entirely by Lambeth.
3. The bandstand is located quite at the middle of the park. It was constructed in 1890 and is the largest bandstand in London (!).
4. Clapham Common did not use to be flat. It had some hills, that were destroyed during by barrage balloons, anti-aircraft batteries and farming from 1939 to 1940.
5. Long Pond was built to be a model yachting site. During Spring and Summer you can see people sailing — there is a small maintenance site just by the pond.
Bonus: Friends of Clapham Common is a local community that takes care of the park. Well done, guys.