Abbeville Road in Clapham has a parade of shops nestled in between Hambalt Road and Bonneville Gardens. The area has become nicknamed “Abbeville Village”, and for twenty years had an annual street fete with stalls and live music. This post is a guide to all the best places to shop and eat on Abbeville Road.
A Guide to Abbeville Road Clapham
Abbeville Road was built in Victorian times as a shopping parade for the neighbouring residential streets. Discover more about what to find on Abbeville Road, through the links below.
Restaurants & Cafes
71 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JW
Gail’s is a bakery chain that offers freshly baked bread, pastries, croissants, and cakes. They also have a lunch menu that includes sandwiches and salads.
The bakery has both outdoor and indoor seating, and is a popular place to meet for brunch. Their menu includes baked eggs with sourdough soldiers, and tomato and artichoke quiche.
40 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9NG
Bistro Union is a small, casual restaurant on Abbeville Road. It has become a local favourite, as you can get a three course meal for a very affordable price. Some of the items on their menu include spinach soup, and tomato and onion tart.
31 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9LA
Osteria Toscana is an Italian restaurant with outdoor seating. Their menu includes fish, pasta and risotto, and they have a large selection of different wines.
32 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9NG
nue ground is a cafe and bar that offers breakfast and lunch, and has a large selection of hot drinks including teas, coffees, super lattes, and three different hot chocolates. The whole front of the cafe opens up and there is seating outside.
Camile Thai Clapham
47 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JX
Camile is Thai restaurant with outdoor seating. Their menu includes stir fries, curries and noodles, and they have lots of vegan and vegetarian options.
43 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JX
The Pizza Express on Abbeville Road has wooden interiors and an outdoor terrace. The restaurant serves salads, pasta and pizza.
Pizza Hut Delivery
75 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JN
There is a Pizza Hut Delivery on the corner of Abbeville Road and Hambalt Road, which also has a take away counter.
Life Of Fish
50 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9NF
Life of a Fish is a fishmongers selling local British fish. The fish is freshly caught and delivered from the sea to the shop in less than 24 hours. This store also sells pasta, rice, oils, vinegar, cooking sauces, and seasonings.
48 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9NF
MacFarlane’s is a delicatessen with a large selection of cheeses and fine wines. They sell meat, fish, fresh chocolate, crackers, chutney, honey, jam, oils, vinegar, and coffee beans.
61 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JW
All Greens is a greengrocers selling the latest seasonal fruit and vegetables. They also sell fresh juices, dairy and eggs.
55 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JW
Ginger Pig is a butchers selling free-range British meats, and hot take away lunches including sausage rolls. They also sell meat rubs, sauces, chutneys and jams.
Before the first world war, this building was a bakery with a Hovis sign above the red bricks. You can still see the hooks above the windows that once held the Hovis sign.
The Abbeville Pub
67-69 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JW
The Abbeville pub opened in 2003, and is the only pub on Abbeville Road. The front of the pub has shutters which completely open up, and there is seating on the pavement outside.
42 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9NG
Abbeville Art is an art gallery that showcases various exhibitions from award winning artists. They also offer a picture hanging service, and will source artwork for individual tastes.
54 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9NF
Chameleon is a hair and beauty salon that offers hair cuts, facials, waxing, massage, and gel nails. They also do hair colouring and keratin treatments.
Abbeville Hair & Beauty
46 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9NF
Abbeville Hair & Beauty offers hair cuts and colouring, facials, waxing and nail treatments.
Maison des Ongles
39 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JX
Maison des Ongles is a beauty salon offering manicures and pedicures, and eyebrow and eyelash treatments.
Lavingia Beauty Spa
51 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JX
Lavingia Beauty Spa is a beauty salon offering facials, massages, waxing, threading, spray tan and lash extensions.
29 Abbeville Rd, London SW4 9LA
Porters is a barbers that offers hair cuts, shaves, beard trims, and grey coverage.
37 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JX
COOK is a frozen food chain selling a range of handmade frozen ready meals and puddings. Some of their best sellers include cottage pie, lasagne, and Moroccan spiced lamb tagine.
36-38 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9NG
There is a Sainsbury’s Local right in the heart of Abbeville Village selling household groceries. This store has a bakery and also sells flowers.
56-58 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9NF
There is a Co-op on Abbeville Road which has a bakery inside. It also has a cash machine.
59 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JW
Bottle Apostle is a liquor store selling sells wines, spirits & beers.
Whilst most of the shops on Abbeville Road are located in the central section between Hambalt Road and Bonneville Gardens, there is one supermarket on the northern section of the road at the junction with Crescent Lane.
The Awareness Centre
41 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JX
The Awareness Centre is a mental health clinic offering a range of counselling and psychotherapy services.
Make Me Feel
25 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9LA
Make Me Feel is a wellness clinic offering acupuncture, nutrition advice, homeopathy, maternity care, sophrology, physiotherapy, osteotherapy, and massages.
34 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9NG
Thérapie Clinic offers cosmetic treatments such as laser hair removal, dermal fillers, lip fillers, micro-needling and skin peels.
63 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JW
Nordic Balance is an injury rehabilitation and wellbeing clinic. They offer physiotherapy, osteopathy, sports massage and other services.
52 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9NF
Medivet is a vet offering pet care and advice. Their services include vaccinations and microchipping.
Diba Dry Cleaners & Tailors
77 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JN
Diba Dry Cleaners & Tailors offer dry cleaning services as well as alterations, shoe repairs, and a shirt service.
65 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JW
Eclectic Interiors is a kitchen designer that also offers made to order bathroom and bedroom interiors.
The Shaker Workshop
49 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JX
The Shaker Workshop is a home improvement store. They have a showroom on Abbeville Road where you can see different kitchen designs.
Map of Abbeville Road Clapham
The exact location of Abbeville Road is shown on the map below. The nearest tube stations are either Clapham Common tube station at the north end, or Clapham South tube station at the south end. Both are on the northern line.
History of Abbeville Road Clapham
Before the 1870s the area around Abbeville Road was mostly rural, with just a few large mansions with extensive grounds. These included The Clock House, Eagle House, Pine House, and The Elms (which is today Trinity Hospice).
Most of the area where Abbeville Road is today, was owned by The Clock House and used as a farm. In 1875 the Clock House was sold, and the part of Abbeville Road closest to Cavendish Road was built.
In the years that followed, more of the mansions lining Clapham Common were demolished, and their land was sold off. This coincided with the growing population of London, and an increasing demand for homes for the middle classes.
In the 1880s, the roads around Abbeville Road, including Hambalt Road, Narbonne Avenue and Shandon Road, were built and lined with terraced houses. The remainder of Abbeville Road was constructed, and designed as a local shopping parade to service the neighbouring residential streets.
According to Charles Booth’s poverty map of 1898-99, the streets around Abbeville Road were mostly middle class, with a few upper class homes closer to Clapham Common. You can see on the map below, the roads with middle class houses are marked in red, and the wealthy homes are yellow.
Where Did the Name Abbeville Come From?
In the sixteenth century members of the French Protestant Church fled the commune of Abbeville in France to escape persecution. Many of them settled in the area around where Abbeville Road is today.
This is how Abbeville Road got its name, and also why there are many French street names coming off Abbeville Road (Narbonne Road, Bonneville Gardens, Trouville Road).
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Abbeville Road runs parallel to Clapham Common Southside in south west London, and is about 30 minutes from central London. It is close to the original line of Stane Street, which was the Roman road running from London to Chichester.