The best coffee in Clapham

29 January 2020
Clapham is home to an incredible range of high street restaurants and an array of tempting bars, not to mention the weekly Venn Street Market. But sometimes, you just want to grab a nice, simple cup of coffee. Luckily, you can escape from the big chain coffee shops and find a more thoughtfully made espresso, cappuccino or latte at one of Clapham’s many wonderful cafes and coffee houses.

Here are some of the best coffee shops in Clapham as recommended by our team at Access Self Storage Clapham, ready to satisfy your caffeine fix.

The best coffee in Clapham

'The Black Lab' Coffee House

Located behind a blue, bay-windowed shopfront, the Black Lab Coffee House offers the standard café selection, made with care: toasted sandwiches, pastries, slices of cake, salads, smoked salmon bagels, and plenty more. Sit indoors or out and enjoy a flat white, or get your coffee to go, since The Black Lab is under a minute from Clapham Common. The Black Lab is popular and considered by many to be among the best cafes in Clapham.

Address: 18 Clapham Common South Side, Clapham
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7 am to 5 pm, 8 am to 4:30 pm on Saturdays, 9 am to 4:30 pm on Sundays
Contact: Call 020 7738 8441 or visit its Facebook page


Tart is located between the Underground station and Clapham Old Town, offering an extensive view across the Common. Tart serves some of the best coffee in Clapham, cold-pressed juice, a range of salads and sweets, and, of course, tarts. The freshly made, quiche-like tarts are a delicious treat, have vegan and gluten-free options and come with a hot drink. Small dogs are welcome, making this the ideal place to end a long walk.

Address: 25 The Pavement, Clapham Town, London
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8 am to 6 pm, Sat and Sun 9 am to 6 pm
Contact: Call 020 7627 2176, email at or visit the website or Facebook page

Doctor Espresso Mama V's

Mama V’s prides itself on its authentic, Italian-style espresso. It’s located right near Clapham High Street Station for a convenient cup of coffee on the go, and it offers a selection of hearty Italian dishes with tasty options for both vegetarians and carnivores alike. The staff create a friendly, family atmosphere and go out of their way to make customers comfortable. Try Mama V’s for a little slice of la dolce vita right in the heart of Clapham.

Address: 10 Voltaire Rd, Clapham Town, London SW4 6DH
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6 am to 7 pm, Sat and Sun 8 am to 5 pm
Contact: Call 07961 167864, or visit their Facebook Page 


Modelled after the laidback Australia café scene, the award-winning Brickwood offers a tremendous brunch. In addition to the classics, they also offer more inventive combinations such as beetroot, corn fritters and halloumi. The team put the same care and attention to detail into the coffee, which is outstanding. They are genuinely passionate about making the perfect cup and even offer beginner barista courses. Stop by Brickwood any time of day to enjoy some of the best coffee in Clapham.

Address: 16 Clapham Common South Side, Clapham Town, London SW4 7AB
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 7 am to 6 pm, Sat and Sun 9 am to 6 pm
Contact: Call 020 7819 9614 or email

The Common Espresso Bar London

The Common Espresso Bar is, as the name suggests, a cosy coffee shop right near Clapham Common, only slightly beyond Tart and Brickwood. They offer a range of sandwiches and savoury options, including a vegan sausage roll, alongside smoothies and juices, making it a perfect spot for brunch. The real draw, however, is the coffee, with beans sourced from family farms in Timaná, Colombia and milk from family-owned UK dairy, Brades Farm.

Address: 10 Clapham Park Rd, Clapham Town, London SW4 7BB
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 7 am to 4:30 pm, Sat 8:30 am to 4 pm and Sun 9:30 am to 3 pm
Contact: Call 020 3490 0431 or visit the Facebook page.

So, there you have it – the best cafes in Clapham for a good cuppa coffee – enjoy!