It’s taken two years to turn the derelict Victorian toilets under Clapham Common tube station into a wine bar.
The tongue in cheek WC sign now reads as Wine & Charcuterie, a small outdoor seating area on street level with an intimate bar serving a small but satisfying menu, underground.
It was a balmy summer evening on our visit but we descended into the bar to bag ourselves a cosy spot for the night. Leaving the junction of scurrying commuters upstairs you quickly forget you’re in Clapham as you’re welcomed into the dark, candlelit bustle of the bar with all it’s Victorian charm and restored quirks beneath.
WC has a speakeasy feel, without the naff doorman and hidden entrance.
The menu couldn’t be more suited for a first date. Forget the painful page flicking through a menu, you can glance at the choice of cheese and charcuterie boards, order, and be back to your ‘getting to know each other’ conversation within minutes. There’s a short list of great wines (that change monthly) and the waiting staff are more than happy to chat these through with you. The locally sourced charcuterie is top notch, vegetarians are catered for in the all veggie mezze board.
We walked in without a reservation and were seated straight away. Staff are super friendly and it’s table service, which means more one-on-one time with your date.
Order a bottle of wine, a couple of bar snacks and a cheese and charcuterie board. This will feel like a dinner date but with the relaxed attitude of a bar date, allowing you to politely call it a night whenever you fancy.
If you need a sweet note to end your meal (no desserts here) or want an excuse to head into the city, hop in a cab to a on-trend dessert bar for a sugar rush.
The wine is a little pricey – you’ll be spending a little more than a penny in this WC.
High. Oh, and they serve oysters at the weekends, wink wink, nudge nudge.