Out and About in London

In an effort to see more of London we’ve decided to venture to neighborhoods we haven’t been to and don’t know much about. Yesterday we hopped the Tube and found ourselves in Clapham. This district is in south west London, within the London Borough of Lambeth. Clapham is known for its large green space, called Clapham Common.

We wandered through the streets and I liked that this neighborhood was away from the hustle and bustle of the City of London.  Most of the people we saw probably lived in the area. I was the only fool with a camera and I got some weird looks when I snapped photos.

Then we found The Dime, a bar and diner. We ordered a couple of drinks and appetizers in the bar and watched Nadal’s French Open Match.

I can’t wait to see what neighborhood we visit next.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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37 Responses to Out and About in London

  1. I love how you are always out and about exploring. It’s great because then you can be a tour guide for us next year when we are over there right??? 🙂

  2. There is some really fun wall decorating going on in that pub! I’m happy you are venturing out more and discovering new places, especially as it would be a shame not to when you live in a place as wide and varied as London.

    • TBM says:

      That’s how we feel Carl. And when I lived in Boston I don’t think I appreciated it enough and when I found out I was moving I made a mad dash to squeeze in all the stuff I meant to do. I’m trying to avoid that.

  3. bulldog says:

    I can’t wait either…

  4. bocafrau says:

    It’s so much fun exploring new neighborhoods and areas you haven’t been to before. I love the architecture in England, well, Europe as a whole. 🙂

  5. I see you stumbled upon a cricket match. Did you stay to watch? It seems so long and confusing.
    People say baseball is slow….

    • TBM says:

      I used to be one of those that said that about baseball until I actually started paying attention to the games. Maybe I’ll have the same epiphany with cricket. didn’t watch it too long last Saturday, though.

  6. Clapham Common was the scene of my first “courting days” aged 16, and we used to play hockey from school by the smaller pond. It was a winter sport and we were always freezing so we used to hit the ball into the pond to stop play. Until the games mistress (oh yes, it was a grammar school!) got wise and made one of us wade in each time and find the damn thing! There’s a lovely cinema The Clapham Picture House which shows regular and slightly off the wall films and (the best bit) you can take your drinks in from the bar…yay!

    • TBM says:

      Games mistress–I love it. Never heard that title before. And she made you guys wade in to get the ball. That would not go over well with me. I do love a theatre that has relaxed rules about drinks. Will have to check out some of their quirky films. We’ve been enjoying the two small movie theatres in Nottting Hill that show independent films.

  7. IsobelandCat says:

    Clapham, is very desirable, and has been for a long time. Often mockingly called Clarm. Check out South Lambeth to be a bit more off the main drag, but equally central.

  8. fgassette says:

    Nice photos. I love The Dime with the art on the ceiling. Looks like a wonderful neighborhood.


    • TBM says:

      The Dime was a fun place. so much to take in I kept getting distracted and missed important points in the Nadal match.

  9. You had a lot to see/explore as evidenced by your photo collage. I love the cricket photo:-)

  10. Colline says:

    Visiting neighbourhoods is the best way to get to know the city. It is something that my family and I have done

  11. aFrankAngle says:

    Although a tad late, it’s a wonderful stroll … and the perfect ending.

  12. Vishy says:

    I love what you do – being a tourist in your own city 🙂 It is lots of fun! Loved the pictures, especially the football and cricket ones and the beautiful buildings

    • TBM says:

      I love to travel, Vishy, even if it only involves walking around the block. It’s amazing what you see and find when you actually pay attention.

  13. Malou says:

    Sigh!!! I’m going to London this Thursday for just a day to follow a work-related course. No time to engage in some sightseeing. 😉

  14. samokan says:

    I can just imagine the look you got when you are taking the pictures. I love this kind of location/places to explore.
    Thanks for taking us around 🙂

  15. pattisj says:

    I enjoy sightseeing with you!

  16. Fergiemoto says:

    It’s fun to get out and explore. You never know what gems you might find.
    Thanks for taking us on your adventure.

  17. CFisher says:

    It’s easy to forget that in many ways London is still a series of villages, each one with its own identity. Lovely photos!

  18. i think one of the things i like best about you, is that you “sight see” in the true sense of the words. often it’s not what’s in a guidebook that makes a place special, it’s exploring different parts of a place and seeing where that takes you.

    • TBM says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words. We do like to see where life takes us. And we are fortunate to have enough time in London so we can step out of the tourist map and explore just to explore.

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