27: Escape the city to Clapham Common

Contrarily to parks, which are supposed to be flowery, ornamented and orderly, a common is an unsupervised place that people can use as they wish. Clapham Common, a 90-hectare area of grassland with scattered trees in South London, is not a beautiful park per say – it can’t compete with, say, Regent’s Park or St James’s Park in terms of horticultural grandeur. But you can join in all sort of activities – football, skite-flying, cycling, walking, reading, tanning, listening to music at London’s largest bandstand bandstand, or even praying at the Holy Trinity Church, which dates back to 1776.

Clapham Common

Nearest tube station : Clapham South, Clapham Common

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