Recently I met with a student of mine to catch up in Clapham. As we walked around and chatted I thought about whether it would be good for Daygame. Just to confirm: I’m talking about the high street (i.e. Clapham North Station to Clapham Common Station) and the common itself (for American readers, that’s another English term for a park), not the Clapham Junction area.
In today’s post I’ll cover whether it’s worth leaving Central London for or not.
As you can see, it’s a sizable route. You and your wing could easily do a loop. Then have a coffee and a quick break. Then another loop. And maybe then a third loop after a beer if you’re feeling frisky. Then you could sit at one of the pubs near Clapham Common station and fish and make a whole day of it.
You can start at Clapham North station (right hand side of the map) and walk up the high street, then turn right towards Clapham Old Town. After that go onto Clapham Common and then loop back to Clapham Common station once you reach the pagoda (the far left part of the map).
There’s a massive Sainsbury’s halfway down the high street which will attract a lot of volume – especially on sunny days as people look to buy their picnics and drinks – plus the two stations always have people rolling in and out.
The street itself is packed full of bars, restaurants and the (in)famous Infernos Nightclub, so you can expect lots of Gutter Game opportunities, as well as places to bounce for an i-date if the SDL is on.
Quality, Volume and Solo/Groups
Over an hour and a half me and Mr A did three sets each and saw decent quality. It was an overcast day as well and so we didn’t even see the best the place has to offer.
Mr A made a great point in saying that Clapham benefitted massively from the pandemic since more people are working from home. He said that on a sunny day it’s common to see the many (many) roadside cafes, bars and restaurants filled with people. Combined with the inflow of people simply wanting to visit the common, there’s sufficient volume alright.
In terms of nationality, since it’s not central London, you’ll see more English girls there. Typically mid-20s professional types since the cost of living in Clapham is higher than elsewhere. Imagine the “middle class girls” of London living there. With more money comes a greater ability to take care of oneself, pay for personal trainers and gym memberships, eat healthy food, buy better make-up, etc, which contributes to better looks.
Mr A and I both guessed that the type of guy who would do best here would be an English guy in his late 20s / early 30s, probably working in a high paid profession such as law or finance. Probably a guy who didn’t polarise that much either and wears the kind of outfits you see on high street fashion mannequins. Something clean. Of course there is always an opportunity for any guy/fashion to get laid from any place, but we surmised that Clapham has more girls who are entrenched in their social circle and are less likely to be the adventure-seeking girl who Daygamers often target. You could do well playing a bit more of the K-selected angle here.
Lastly, when it comes to solo girls versus groups: we went on an overcast day and so saw less groups than you’d expect on a sunny one. That may have worked in our favour, actually, as it might have encouraged some girls to go out solo for a quiet walk on the common. However, on busier days, you should expect more groups and you and your wing could do tons of two-sets of girls going to and from the common.
That leads nicely onto timings. Lunchtime is a great time to get out due to girls going to grab lunch or meet friends. On particularly sunny days you may want to go slightly earlier to meet them before they meet their friends. In fact, there might be some issues with the spotlight effect on those days – once you hit peak hours – because of how many people will be there. Especially since people will sit out on the common and aren’t moving along as they do on the street. Then there will be the typical “second rush:” people tend to meet around lunchtime or in the evening, and so you can try and catch girls on both rushes before they meet their friends.
Then there’s Gutter Game later on, and this is a place where Clapham excels. There are so many places along the high street that you’ll have a bevy of opportunities.
Whenever reviewing a secondary location like this it’s hard not to make the same conclusion: it’s good, but it’s not the best. The volume will simply never be as high as central and the route will never be as long as central. However, if you live in south London, the demographics appeal to you, or just fancy a change, then go for it.
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