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One of the biggest and busiest parts of South West London, it’s difficult to know exactly where Clapham begins and ends. Giving its name to three underground stations and the busiest rail station in the country (although that is technically located in Battersea), Clapham is home to thousands of commuters, city-types and families as well as 220 acres of common (complete with band stand - see above), an abundance of swanky restaurants and bars, the odd festival, possibly the worst nightclub in London – yes we mean Inferno’s – and a few of our favourite salons and spas…
Originally named 'Battersea Junction', Clapham Junction was renamed in around 1863 to encourage well-to-do commuters. As anyone who has frequented the station in the last 150 years will know, it worked. Always a slightly stressful experience, if you are passing through the busy station we recommend you fight your way through the crowds and pay Absolute Joy Spa a visit. Located on Battersea Rise, this understated nail bar has a very New York feel. In short: it’s the kind of place we can see Carrie and Samantha having their nails done in Sex and the City, and that’s pretty much what we look for in a nail bar. With friendly, highly skilled staff, and a rainbow of colours to choose from, it’s one of our favourite options for nail treatments in Clapham, and one of the highest rated by the Wahanda Community – praise doesn’t come higher than that.
A diverse and bustling community, visitors to the area will discover an eclectic mix of hairdressers in Clapham, featuring a number of sleek salons inspired by the neighbouring Chelsea area, as well as edgier venues that wouldn’t look out of place in Shoreditch. One of our favourites is Gro Clapham. Located beneath an archway, a stone’s throw from Clapham North station (and five minute walk from the famous Fish Club and exclusive café/bakery Breads Etc on Clapham High Street), this fun and friendly salon is stylish, quirky and very bright. The staff at Gro believe that we all ‘deserve good hair’ and use their skill, creativity and selection of Kevin Murphy and Bumble & Bumble products to achieve this for all their customers. With sister salons in Putney and Lavendar Hill (which is also sort of Clapham if you’re a Clapham Junction regular) Gro promises customers an experience like no other hairdresser in London. We have to agree.
Among the vast selection of restaurants and bars in the area (we recommend Mama Lan for Chinese and Lost Society for cocktails) visitors will also find a number of options for massages in Clapham. If it’s reiki or reflexology you’re after, the experts in natural health care at Stepping Stones are conveniently located on Falcon Road (near Clapham Junction) and committed to easing the pressures of modern living. Head towards Clapham Common and you’ll soon stumble upon Anesis Salon, Spa and Clinic, which offers everything from hair colouring to body sculpting massages, and comes highly recommended by the Wahanda community. For something even more indulgent head back to Battersea (it’s still Clapham... sort of) and make your way towards the river where you will find two indulgent spas: Spa Verta and River Wellbeing Spa at Hotel Rafayel. Both are luxurious, both are riverside and both offer a mean massage. We honestly couldn’t pick a favourite, so you’ll just have to go to both…
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