Life and Style

Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr has joined forces with two foodie entrepreneurs to grow herbs and vegetables 100ft below the ground 

Where shall we meet in Clapham?

One of the elements that helps an area move from the estate-agent category of "transitional" to "up-and-coming" is when its restaurants start winning awards. Clapham pizzeria Eco has been doing just that for years now, and has helped its surrounding area move not only out of "transitional" but into "trendy".

Family Affair: The gift of second sight

Richard Lane, 31, works as press officer for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Alison Lane, 30, works in the accounts department at the theatrical agency, Peters, Frazer and Dunlop. They live with Richard's guide dog, Norton, in Clapham, south London. They talk about initiating a relationship when one partner has lost their sight

Football: Clapham function

Ipswich Town 1 Clapham 40 Port Vale 0 Half-time: 1-0 Attendance: 16,328

Films: New Films

BUTTONERS (KNOFLIKARI) (NC)

At last, the truth about the alphabet has come to me

Whereas last week I was floundering in the dark, I am suddenly in possession of knowledge

Football: Muscat's timing is to Lee's liking

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Ipswich Town 0

A robbery, a knife and a strange man in Clapham

IT HAD been a long, busy day and the Welsh Secretary, Ron Davies, had just driven back to London from his South Wales home.

Joys Of Modern Life: 16. The Local Cafe

A COUPLE of years ago, a bunch of Serbians appeared in our neighbourhood and opened up a cafe. It is on the corner, with plate glass windows over the main drag on one side and the street where my brother lives on the other. It has three tables inside, two outside on the street on warm days, and a back room with a counter where five or six people can sit.

My Week: Seven Days In The Life Of A City Trader

Saturday

In-store cuppas

SAINSBURY'S said shoppers can sip take-away coffees or specialist teas at its store in Clapham, London, after The Perfection Coffee Company opened an in-store bar in a trial that could be rolled out across the 393-store chain.

A free glass of house wine with your meal at Bar Coast

Take along this copy of The Information to any of the listed branches to claim a free glass of house wine with any "large plate" that you order.

Sainsbury's offers aid to village shops

BRENDA ERSCOTT's small shop in the peaceful Dorset village of Halstock is jammed full of supplies: jars, packets and tins that could form the basis of the weekly shopping, or provide salvation in an emergency.

Calling time on footie

All Bar One Branches all over the place, including Leicester Sq, Regent St, Canary Wharf, Ludgate Hill, Fulham Rd, Liverpool Rd etc. Part of the Bass Group, but these wood-heavy bars have done wonders in areas where the usual choice is scant and smelly. And they are definitely not installing televisions.
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