Is this really the only "real" pub in Clapham? Surely not....
13-15 Bollo Lane, Chiswick, London W4 5LR
“Welcome to The Bollo House! Located just a stones throw from Chiswick High Road and Chiswick Park, on the sleepy Bollo Lane, West London, The Bollo is a community centred gastro pub. Our aim is to provide excellent seasonal food, homemade puddings...” more...
17 reviews of The Alexandra in English
a busy spot is the alex, probably because of its A1 location more than anything else. always has a good crowd about it and is the best place to watch sport in Clapham with its many TVs. However the toilets are'nt fit for a dog to use never mind human beings and i couldnt agree more with what the last reveiwer said about the manager, i drank in there for years and only ever recieved snarling bad manners from him. + the food they serve is from the thai restaurant next door, not cooked in house and sold for more than it costs where it was made!
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I was leaving work and fancied something to eat so I nipped into the Kebab house up the road from this pub and had a quick bite to eat, then I decided to take a seat outside this pub to smoke a cigarette. As I am sure its no smoking inside and didnt think they would appreciate it if I stood in the doorway so I sat down on the little wooden table outside. Just as I was about to finish my cigarette the Manager (Landlord) came outside wearing a brown hoodie and blue jeans and said "Excuse me Lads, do you mind not sitting here, I need to keep this table clear for my customers!" then promptly ignored anything myself or the other gentleman might have to say and promptly got on his mobile phone to waffle with his missus. As a potentially good customer I think it's safe to say that didnt strike the right kind of caring attitude I would have expected and needless to say I will drink in my local and avoid his establishment as I thought his attitude was rude, abrupt and impetuous.
The Alex is a traditional pub located right next to Clapham Common tube station.
The upstairs bar is a little more relaxed with sofas and darker lighting - the ground floor boasts interesting bric a brac and relics nailed to the ceiling and walls picked up (looted?) from...well...everywhere. If you can still see straight after a couple of pints of guiness, you'd have an interesting round of 'eye spy'.
The staff are friendly and are there to please.
The Alex is well known amongst the sports watching crowds and puts on big screen action to complement the averagely priced drinks.
Be prepared to pay with cash as they don't accept any plastic for those larger orders.
The Alex is a good friendly place that you can hang out at after work for a quick pint, or just to meet your friends - or on weekends with a wide diversity of people getting pretty lashed and having fun.
A great looking pub. I went for the Lazy Sundays live music night which was fantastic. Some great bands and acoustic sets, really friendly staff and some great surroundings. Good pint of Guinness as well. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable evening and I am sure I will be back there next week
A great place to go especially upstairs with all the sofas. Downstairs is a bit piney and the floors has strange levels but the staff are always friendly and it is a great place to watch sport.
A truly traditional pub in trendy Clapham.
Traditional pub in the middle of the trendy 'Cock’tail bars
If you like drinking a proper pint amongst dusty vintage relics nailed to the walls this is the place for you.
The Alex is a great pub for every occasion, but especially any live sporting event. It’s opposite the south side exit of Clapham Common tube, you won’t be able to miss it in the summer as you’ll see/hear the drinkers spilling out on the pavement.
I would recommend taking advantage of being able to eat food from The Pepper Tree in here, if the PepperTree is busy (or you don’t like sharing a table of 12) dive into The Alex, grab a table upstairs and in your food in peace overlooking the common.
I loved it here when living in Clapham. It isn’t the sort of place you’d go for food, but its a genuine man’s pub which on a saturday afternoon is what i am after. Plenty of sports on TV, some Gaelic sports too, from what i remember, along with Football and some Rugby.
There does seem to be a bit of a lack of an Irish accent behind the bar these days, but when the service is fast and friendly i guess you can’t complain.
This grand flat fronted building is located opposite the common and just outside Clapham Common Station making it an ideal meeting point. Downstairs is a traditional boozer with a variety of beers on tap. Upstairs the décor is more luxurious and the place has more of a pub feel. In the evenings tea lights are dotted around the tables giving it a romantic feel. This is a great place to go for a few drinks that are reasonably priced and really good at the weekend when Clapham High Street gets hijacked by the shirt and skirt brigade heading to infernos.
Not really a fan of this place. I'd much rather go to the windmill or Belle Vue. Spent new year here a couple of years ago and it was pretty lame. Staff are generally nice, not a great selection of beers and the food looks passable. All in all, nothing to write home about.
This a pretty popular drinking hole - so u have trouble finding seats most nights and its not really a bar you stand around in, there no dance floor, this pub its design for yarning over a pint!
Its old school, not been renovated recently, and looks alot like a western saloon.
With the tube station and bus stops right outside its really handy to central London, and is a integral part of a night out in Clapham.
Once you get past the smell of urine and faeces that meets you as you enter downstairs, it's actually a pretty cool place. I agree with Andrew that the downstairs area is a bit ropey and can sometimes have a somewhat unpleasant atmosphere. But on the whole it tends to be populated by a lively, vivacious and up-for-it crowd which makes for a good start to any evening if you have further plans for later on.
Too bad they only serve lagers. Also when the lady behind the bar gave me sambucas instead of tequilas she refused to admit that she had made a mistake and got a bit grumpy.
I'll give it four stars for fun place to drink and getting-into-party-mood, but maybe only three overall.
I've been going here more and more ever since they renovated the upstairs area. A nice of view of the common, lit by candles, lots of space and some comfortable sofas.
Downstairs is a bit ropey.
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