Approval Granted to Refurbish the Old Toilet Block in Battersea Woods into a Café

Great news for Clapham Common! The old toilet block in Battersea Woods, abandoned for over two decades and covered in graffiti and rubbish, is set to undergo a significant makeover. Lambeth Council is leading an exciting project to transform this historic structure into a vibrant new café with outdoor seating.

Transforming History into Hospitality

The goal of this refurbishment is to enhance both the amenities and aesthetics of Clapham Common, one of London’s most expansive public parks. The project includes:

  • Restoration: Reviving the 20th-century toilet block for public use.
  • Cleanup: Removing overgrown plants around the building.
  • Repairs: Fixing the surrounding fence.
  • Seating: Adding cozy outdoor seating.
  • Facilities: Including two toilets, one of which will be accessible.
  • Approval: Securing planning committee approval from Wandsworth Council.

A Welcoming Space for All

By converting this dilapidated building into a café, the council aims to enhance the experience for everyone who enjoys the playing fields and the vast common area. It will offer a welcoming space with both indoor and outdoor seating, making it accessible year-round. Additionally, this transformation will deter antisocial behaviour and squatting, ensuring the safety of the community.

Council-Operated Café

Currently, Lambeth Council intends to operate the café themselves rather than leasing it to a private tenant. While exact opening times will be confirmed later, the proposed hours are 8 AM to 8 PM from Mondays to Fridays, and 8 AM to 9 PM on Saturdays, Sundays, and bank holidays.

This new café promises to be a delightful addition to Clapham Common, providing a fresh and inviting space for locals and visitors alike. Stay tuned for further updates on the opening and be ready to enjoy a new favourite spot in Battersea Woods!