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Euro Hotel Clapham is housed in an extraordinarily charming building, with a turreted spire on one side, giving it a distinct Harry Potter vibe. Situated in a quiet part of Clapham Common, with views overlooking the common, this hotel offers an affordable place to stay in a desirable location south of the River Thames.
As a budget hotel, the Euro Hotel's rooms are fairly basic, but clean and comfortable. The hotel offers guest rooms in Single, Twin, Double and Triple sizes, suitable for accommodating business, leisure and family guests.
The rooms are decorated in a modern style, with bright colour accents, clean lines and comfortable beds. In-room amenities are sparse, with direct-dial phones and TVs, but provide the basics for your stay.
The hotel also has a communal computer with Internet, a 24-hour reception with friendly staff, a free Wi-Fi connection and a safety deposit box if needed.
A complimentary breakfast is also included in the room rate, but guests have stated that it is a bit dull, so you may want to try some of the many quirky cafes nearby, such as The Cafe on the Common or The Pavement Cafe.
A largely residential district, Clapham may not be quite as exciting as central London, but if you don't want to stay amongst the bustle and noise of London, Clapham is a refreshing change, and good transport links mean that London is accessible within 15 minutes by tube.
Clapham also has charms of its own, with plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops to explore. The common offers a relaxing place to walk or enjoy a picnic in the summer months and the ponds are good for fishing and model boating if you're so inclined.
Across the common you will find Oval Cricket Ground, which gets very busy on match days and affords visitors the chance to experience the most British of games, cricket. For those who would prefer to pursue more cultured activities, The Battersea Arts Centre is a short bus ride away, where you can see plays by up and coming writers and The Clapham Picture House offers screenings of art house films and occasional talks and events.
For those travelling with children, The Battersea Park Children's Zoo is a great day out, where you can meet monkeys, flamingos and otters then enjoy the funfair in the summer months. Across the common, a 30 minute walk away, you will find Clapham Junction, a lively area popular with young professionals and wealthy 'yummy mummies', which is great for shopping, with a huge Debenhams store and TK Maxx clothing store, and many exquisite boutiques such as Hamish Johnston Cheeses, Joy clothing and Neal's Yard Remedies for beauty products.
Northcote Road is where you should head for food, with many restaurants and cafes, such as Lola Roja for tapas and Spanish delicacies, Osteria Antica Bologna for low key Italian food and plenty of brunching spots, but beware, on the weekends the places fill up with prams and ladies who lunch very quickly.
Travel from Clapham Common is convenient, with Clapham Common tube station servicing the Northern Line, from which you can easily reach King's Cross St Pancras Station for the Eurostar terminus and Waterloo Station for travel around the UK. Clapham Junction Station is just a short bus ride away. This is one of the busiest stations in the UK, with over 2,000 trains passing through each day. From here you can travel to Victoria Station for the Gatwick Express Train, within 10 minutes.
Euro Hotel may be a little spartan for some people's tastes, but it's not without its charms, and there's so much to see and do nearby, you won't spend much time in your room. For the best stay here, request a room facing the common for great views of the lush greenery.