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The Black Lab

18 Clapham Common Southside, Clapham, SW4 7AB

Editor's Review

Black Lab has proudly served a great number of locals on Clapham Common for many years, and underwent a dramatic renovation at the end of 2016 to lighten the space, add more seating, and add an open kitchen area at the rear. If you’re heading for a walk around the common and need a single origin coffee and a cake to keep you company, this is the place.

Starting out as a single roastery cafe, Black Lab now offer weekly rotations of up to three different choices of beans from a number of roasters for both espresso and batch brew filter. This provides great variety for customers and often means you can visit weekly and sample several different roasters’ single origins. 

What impressed us particularly was how clearly and simply the choice of coffee is communicated, even to customers who are not familiar with speciality coffee. Bean selections are explained patiently as part of the purchase process and are marked with clear tasting notes on large boards alongside the menu.


Review by Jamie Ingilby of

Cafe Features

Pets Allowed
Table Seating
Outdoor Seats
Buy Beans
Loose Leaf Tea

Coffee + Drinks

Non Dairy
Cold Brew
Iced Coffee
Filter Coffee
House Roaster
Multiple Roasters
2 x Nuova Simonelli Mythos One, Mazzer Kony, Mahlkonig EK43
Coffee Machine
La Marzocco Linea PB Gravimetric
Opening Hours
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 16:30
09:00 - 16:30