Improve Working from Home

6 Simple Ways to Improve Working from Home from Laporta

It’s no secret that 2020 has been far from normal, with the vast majority of us swapping the office for the dining room table. And with the future still uncertain, some of us may even be expecting to work from home on a more permanent basis. So how do we transform a shared living area into a
working oasis? That’s where we come in.

Here at Laporta Office Furniture, with over 30 years’ experience of sourcing Italian designer office furniture, we’re no strangers to the home office lifestyle. That’s why we’ve put together 6 simple ways to improve working from home so you can get back onto the productivity bandwagon.

A Home Office Desk

When you’ve got an endless ‘to-do list’ and back-to-back Zoom meetings, the kitchen table just isn’t going to cut it. A dedicated work desk is vital for keeping your concentration levels high and your productivity flowing. Not only will it double up as a permanent home for all your work materials, i..

Studio Voltaire Reopening

Studio Voltaire to reopen in October 2021 following completion of a transformative £2.8 million capital project with a William Scott survey exhibition and series of new permanent commissions by artists Anthea Hamilton and Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan.

Studio Voltaire opens with the first solo exhibition of William Scott (b.1964, San Francisco) outside of the USA – the first significant survey of his 30–year practice. While deeply rooted in personal history, Scott’s paintings address wider questions of citizenship, community and cultural memory.

William Scott, Untitled, 2014

His portraits, predominantly of black figures, encompass African American political leaders, celebrities and pop icons, but also document members of his church, family, and residents of his native San Francisco. Scott’s practice at large reimagines the social topography of this rapidly gentrified city in works that combine architectural design with science fiction.

Scott’s paintings instead propose new utopia..

High Street Re-opening Roadmap

High Street Re-opening Roadmap

Step 1 – 8 to 29 March

In Step 1, all children and students will be able to return to face-to-face education in schools and colleges from 8 March. Childcare and children’s supervised activities can also resume where necessary to enable parents to work or engage in similar activities. People will also be allowed to leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors with their household or support bubble, if they are eligible for one, or with one person from outside their household.

On 29 March outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside. Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

Step 2 – not before 12 April

Step 2, which will be no earlier than 12 April, will see t..

Common Ground

Common Ground

An update on work to improve Clapham Common by Simon Millson, the Chair of the Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee (CCMAC).

There can be little doubt now that our parks, woodlands and beaches play a crucial role in our health and wellbeing, especially for those who have no access to a garden at home. Green open spaces like Clapham Common have become a major focal point for huge numbers of people to exercise, relax and socialise during this pandemic.

Clapham Common

When everything is closed, we still have our Common and it’s free to use. However, this does not come without any costs. Based on last summer’s experience, we know what is going to happen. As lockdown eases and people begin to congregate on the Common, we can expect more litter, double what it would normally be, and a need for more toilets. Anti-social behaviour also rises.

Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee (CCMAC) – membership includes This is Clapham, Friends of Clapham Common, the C..


Outdoor drinking and dining spaces in Clapham

Whether you’re looking to make the most of the spring sun or are just feeling a bit safety-first in these uncertain times, outdoor dining is the order of the spring. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite outdoor drinking and dining spaces in Clapham, whether you’re looking for sunny roof terrace, a traditional pub or a secret garden.

No 32 The Old Town

No. 32 The Old Town has a cosy first floor roof terrace overlooking leafy Clapham Common. Sip on cocktails, grab a burger and a pint. Book Here.


The newly opened roof terrace at Aquum is a veritable sun trap and ideal to enjoy their 17 plate Meze, Cocktails or a glass of fizz! Open 7 days a week, the Roof Terrace is Clapham’s best spot to escape to. Book Here.

Metro Garden Restaurant

Metro Garden Restaurant is one of Clapham’s best kept secrets. Quintessential al fresco dining for those in the know. Book Here.

Venn Street

Venn Street has become fully pedestrianised with addi..

Royal Visit to Clapham Old Town

Royal Visitors Come to Clapham Old Town

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Clapham Old Town on May 27 to meet local business people and workers in the hospitality industry as Clapham looks to continue its recovery from the coronavirus lockdown.

The visit first saw Their Royal Highnesses join an outdoor reception at the Michelin Starred Trinity Restaurant. The Prince and The Duchess were greeted by guests including members of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, apprentices, chefs and trainee chefs.

Michelin Starred Chef and owner of Trinity Restaurant Adam Byatt and the Prince of Wales

The reception was held to mark the 40th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, of which The Prince is a Patron. The Academy is the leading professional membership association of head chefs, head pastry chefs, restaurant managers and suppliers​.

Local Butcher Gary Moen from Moens and Sons presents a plate of meats to the prince.

Their visit then saw The Prince of Wal..

Euro 2021 in Clapham

Where to Watch the Euros in Clapham

After being delayed for a year we are finally kicking off the Euro’s!!

Will football finally come home? Can Wales replicate their form of Euro 2016? How will Scotland fare in their first major tournament appearance since 1998?

We have rounded up where you can watch all the Euro games in Clapham.

Landor Pub

The Euros have started in case you haven’t heard and the Landor have got bunting flags and screens galore. They’ll be showing ALL the games so you know there’s only one place to be this tourney.

England fixtures are busy, but they will have a small amount of space for walk-ins plus a little extra in the event that anyone’s mad enough to cancel or not turn up for their bookings.

Check out the atmosphere at the Landor at the 2018 World Cup on their Instagram Page.

The Yard

Football’s coming home to the Yard in Clapham. Watch the action unfold live from the pub garden with a large projector and four screens.

Bookings are available for gr..

Clapham Hub Reopens

Clapham Hub Reopens

The Clapham Hub reopened its doors on the 23 July for the first time since hospitality businesses were required to close in 2020.

The Clapham Hub is a ‘safe space’ located at the Clapham Methodist Church located opposite McDonalds on Clapham High Street. A ‘safe space,’ is a term increasingly used for partnership schemes that operate to make the night-time economy safer and ensure that vulnerable individuals are helped to get home safely.

The Clapham Hub provides a range of services, which includes trained medical assessment, supervised recovery and discharge. It supports clients usually exhibiting one or more of the following: injury, intoxication (from alcohol or drugs) and vulnerability.

The Clapham Hub also provides other services, including pastoral care, access to toilets and help and advice to those who are lost or need to get home safely such as charging a mobile phone or calling a taxi.

In the first two weekends of operating 33 people were supported ..