Some may bemoan its gentrification and rebranding but few can argue that Clapham, in south-west London, lacks charm. It falls within the Borough of Lambeth which lies adjacent to Southwark and is hugely popular, especially with singles and families who’ve had to leave the areas in which they grew up, including Chelsea and Notting Hill. We’ve been a removals company in Clapham for a considerable number of years, so we’ve had an insider’s view of the changes. It’s safe to say that what started happening to Fulham in the 1970s began to occur here in the 1980s. It was around a decade later that some of the press began referring to Northcote Road – one of Clapham’s most charming shopping thoroughfares – as the ‘King’s Road of South London’. Today, it could be regarded as actually being better because where King’s Road has succumbed to colonisation by the high street chains, Northcote Road still has an air of independent charm, making it less generic by far.