On Clapham, the Slave Trade and Pizza

Clapham is a district of South London, in the London Borough of Lambeth. It is best known for its very large Common (shared with the London Borough of Wandsworth), its lively high street and its historic Old Town.

Clapham appears in the Doomsday Book (as Clopeham) and dates back to Anglo Saxon times. The name is thought to derive from the Old English “clopp” combined with “hamm”, meaning a homestead/enclosure near a hill, and it was originally a small cluster of cottages in what was then a part of Surrey.

The Common contains three ponds and a modern paddling pool. Eagle Pond was refurbished around eight years ago when it was drained, landscaped and replanted. Long Pond has a century old tradition of use for model boating. Both Eagle Pond and Mount Pond are used predominantly for angling and contain a wide variety of popular species.

But to the keen student of history Clapham is about far more than simply a few historic buildings, a vast expanse of grass with some ponds, and some shops. It was in fact the home of the Clapham Sect, led by William Wilberforce, who successfully campaigned for the abolition of the slave trade in the early nineteenth century.

Just around the corner from the Old Town is of course Clapham High Street, a thriving hub of bars, eateries and places to socialise and enjoy refreshments or indeed a more substantial meal. It is here that one will find Eco Restaurant, one of the most popular restaurants in Clapham High Street.

Well known for its innovative pizza school and its support for local schools projects as well as for its healthy, nourishing and delicious food, Eco Restaurant continues to blaze a trail amongst restaurant goers in South London and beyond, and is universally acclaimed as one of the very best Italian restaurants in Clapham.

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