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Up The Junction

ClaphamJunctionIt was a famous 1963 book by Nell Dunn and followed up with a film version in 1968 starring a then very young Dennis Waterman alongside Susan George, Suzy Kendall and Maureen Lipman.

“The Junction”, of course, was Clapham Junction, although the phrase “Up The Junction” went on to become a colloquialism for an unplanned pregnancy. Some years later the term lent its name to a hit single by the South London group Squeeze, who drew heavily upon the book and the film for inspiration.

Clapham Junction station is the busiest railway station in the United Kingdom, possibly in Europe, in terms of the number of trains that actually pass through – around 2000 on a typical day. About 12.5 million people either board or alight a train there each year.

For those of us who begin our journeys in West London and wish to head for the south of the country it provides a useful means of avoiding Central London, as the trains invariably stop at Clapham Junction en route having departed from Waterloo or Victoria.

It is alas a great shame that many of those millions who pass through the Junction will remain forever unaware of the presence of one of London’s greatest pizza restaurants just a mile or two along the road from the station.

There are many good restaurants in Clapham, but none quite like Eco Restaurant, the home of the Clapham pizza. Eco’s pizzas are specially created with a unique healthy base which is not only nutritious but is also designed to bring out the taste of the toppings at their very best.

Whenever you are passing through the nation’s busiest railway station why not take some time out to come and visit the best restaurant in Clapham and partake of its legendary succulent and healthy offerings?

Plan your visit well in advance, and you’ll not be left Up The Junction.

Watching Your North and South

Supporters of the South London football team like to taunt their fierce East End rivals with the admonition: “If you’re South of the Border, you’re well out of order”.

The message has menace as it spells out to Hammers fans that they should refrain from following their team across the “Border”, that is the River Thames, when playing a match against Millwall.

South London is not generally so unwelcoming of visitors, but the Thames certainly represents a clear delineation between it and those communities to the North of the water, which comprise not only North London per se but also the traditional East End, the affluent City and the charismatic West.

Because it represents one clearly definable “quarter” of our capital as opposed to the larger, more diverse conglomeration that lies to the north, many consider South London to be the poor relation. The City and its surrounds in particular boast an explosion of culture – with its nightlife, pubs, clubs and restaurants – of which those on the opposite side of the bridge can only dream. The South Bank may stand as a monument to tasteful modern (and sometimes not so modern) architecture, but the cosmopolitan glory or Soho, Piccadilly and Leicester Square is still a very cold swim away.

Perhaps because there is so much to see and do in such a small area the tube network exists overwhelmingly on the North side. As a counter, most of the capital’s overground trains and all of its tram network serve the comparatively uncongested, though still vibrant South side.

The Time Out writer Alan Rutter rather uncharitably observed: “South London is a place that is not too London – a waiting room for people who aren’t quite ready for the real thing yet! London lite, if you will”.

But when all is said and done there is only so much hustle, and so much bustle, that one can take at any given time. And when one tires of standing on a crowded tube train, strategically sandwiched between the midriff of the most obese man in Christendom and the underarm of the most conscientious objector in the land of deodorant, one can always escape across the Border for a few stops before partaking of the spacious, wide-open delights of Clapham Common, taking in some real air whilst reflecting upon how wonderful it is to be alive.

And when hunger strikes one can take a relaxed stroll along to one of the many good restaurants in Clapham, like the popular Eco Restaurant, purveyor of delicious pizzas and pastas as well as some very fine wine.

A Pizza London History

Most people would agree that the explosive growth of ethnic cuisine in the United Kingdom over the past four decades has altered the British culinary experience beyond recognition.

It was within the lifetimes of many of us who are still around today that restaurants invariably served only domestic fare. Without wishing to decry British cooking (a well-cooked roast with all the trimmings can still be a surprisingly enjoyable experience), the lack of variety that was on offer must have been quite depressing for those given to eating out on anything like a regular basis.

One of the first ethnic options to become widely available to diners in the UK was of course Italian. The arrival of ristorantes and trattorias presented Italian food as the Italians prepare it to an audience whose only previous encounter with the genre will often have been with a tin of spaghetti with cheese and tomato sauce from the local convenience store.

Italian cuisine in the UK does actually date back much further than most of us would probably appreciate. The first Italian restaurant was in fact opened by one Joseph Moretti, a Venetian by birth, off London’s Leicester Square in around 1803.

An early café restaurant going by the name of Salvo Jure was opened near Spitalfield Market in 1859, and Bertorelli’s came to Charlotte Street in 1912.

But the real period of growth began in the 1970s, and by 1998 there were around 5,000 Italian restaurants in the United Kingdom, of which some 2,900 were pizza or pasta establishments.

One of the better known eateries in the capital is the Eco Restaurant, one of the fashionable Clapham Old Town restaurants in a desirable part of South London.

Like all good restaurants in Clapham Eco has worked hard to build a reputation for excellence and a growing following of loyal patrons who return frequently to get some more of the sublime Italian cooking that is always on offer.

Eco’s pizzas are specially made with the nutritional health and well-being of the customer always in mind. Only the finest and freshest ingredients are sourced and the final product is always a nutritious and balanced meal.

Eco Restaurant continues in the proud tradition of the pioneers of domestic Italian cuisine in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Now, as then, the aim is always to produce the finest and most wholesome food in a form that is forever an enjoyable and pleasant experience to eat.