Sebastian from the Breadstall 

Sebastian from the Breadstall 

the gourmet's choice: Hamish Johnson's fine cheeses are famous!

the gourmet's choice: Hamish Johnson's fine cheeses are famous!

Al fresco eating on Northcote Road

Al fresco eating on Northcote Road

About Northcote Road

Journey

Battersea's Northcote Road runs from Battersea Rise to Broomwood Road. The street is a haven of diversity, with specialist shops and boutiques, complemented by market stalls. Shoppers can find everything they need, from fishmongers and butchers to aromatherapy shops and bakers.Northcote Road, and parallel Webbs Road, is in Battersea, South West London, a stone's throw from Clapham Junction and between Wandsworth and Clapham Commons. In estate agency parlance it sits "between the commons", which has become shorthand for a prosperous area and a strong lure for incoming house buyers.

GETTING HERE 

Buses 319 and the G1 run along Northcote Road, and its close proximity to Clapham Junction Mainline Station makes Northcote Road very easy to get to from across London and the South East. Regular services from London Waterloo, Vauxhall & Wimbledon link Clapham Junction to the Underground network as well as it being a terminus on the London Overground Network. 

London Buses routes 35; 37; 39; 49; 77; 87; 156; 170; 219; 295; 319; 337; 344; 345; C3; G1 and school routes 639; 670 and night routes N19; N31; N35 and N87 serve the Clapham Junction station. 

There is pay & display parking along most of the side roads off Northcote Road & 1 hour Parking bays along Northcote Road itself Monday to Saturday (though beware of parking in the Resident Permit bays without a permit - the traffic wardens are very alert along Northcote Road. ) Free Parking on available on Sundays. There is also free parking in the ASDA superstore in the Junction for up to 2 hours. 


Northcote Road Market
The site of the largest market area in Wandsworth, Northcote Road Market is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am-5pm and is described by Time Out as a "gentrified" market which offers a "superb opportunity... to buy the freshest fruit and vegetables, as well as flowers, ceramics, vintage ladies' clothes, handbags, exotic homeware and photographic prints" complementing "an excellent selection of independent shops." 


There really is very little reason to stray from the street on Northcote Road since it has almost everything to serve residents' local needs.  That means everything from honey to a homeopathic chemist; fish to flowers; breakfasts to biscuit making; music to maternity clothes and organics to opticians. And of course plenty of coffee shops, bars and restaurants to take pleasure in along the way.

some of the shops have a long history of trading in the street – some going back as far as the 1890s - the longest serving being Dove's Family Butchers. Because the road is so varied it draws visitors from much further afield to enjoy the shopping as well as lively atmosphere generated by the bars and restaurants.

London's Second Favourite Shopping Street
In a listener poll conducted by Radio 4's Today programme in conjunction with CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), Northcote Road was voted London's second favourite shopping street. 

CABE's description of Northcote Road
"A market street with a mix of housing, commercial and retail, which is welcoming and friendly", sums up this south London street. "Wandsworth Borough Council has made great efforts to restrict non-resident traffic, provide smooth pavements with easy drop kerbs from prams and wheelchairs and plant seasonal hanging baskets," says one local.


History
Northcote Road was once the site of a branch of the Falcon Brook - one of London's lost rivers. This was covered over in the 19th century.

In 1863 a busy market sprung up around the newly-built Clapham Junction station. At the same time a few stalls established themselves on Northcote Road. After the market was evicted from St John's Road in 1910 they all moved their stalls to Northcote Road. The market started to decline in the late 1990s, but investment and regeneration initiatives turned the situation around and the market adapted to the changing population of the area.

Other businesses which lined the road also underwent many changes. There was a time when butchers shops dominated the road, and in the 1980s there were many estate agents who disappeared during the property crash but have now returned. Clapham Junction was once home to a great many music halls and cinemas,


About this site
The Northcote Business Network has created NORTHCOTEROAD.LONDON because we believe that there should be a website promoting Northcote Road that is owned and controlled by local businesses rather than by a profit-making company.

All Network membership fees will be invested in further promotion of Northcote Road and towards addressing challenges that arise for local businesses.

If you have any questions, news or event suggestions regarding this site - or are interseted in writing a guest blog, please contact the website designer & NBN vice chairman Matt Shearing at info@northcoteroad.london