The future of the Rotunda at Clapham

Closed 10 Jul 2015

Opened 22 Jun 2015


Update - 22 June 2016

Lambeth Council has given planning permission and listed building consent for our proposals to turn the rotunda building near Clapham South Tube station into a new restaurant or café with exhibition space, bringing the historic Grade II World War Two shelter back to life.

The approved plans will also provide shared facilities that the London Transport Museum will use as part of their pre-booked “Hidden London” tours of the deep-level shelters. An exhibition space telling the history of the tunnels will be displayed when the tours are not running.

Click here to see a copy of the Statement of Community Engagement which includes the results of the consultation  and the response to the main issues raised.

You can also view the planning application on Lambeth Council's Planning Application database

Update ends


The rotunda is located in the south eastern corner of Clapham Common at the junction of The Avenue and Clapham Common South Side. 

The rotunda is part of a former deep-level air-raid shelter, which has a rich social history, and is a grade II listed structure.

What we proposed?

Currently, the rotunda is inaccessible to the public and neglected. It is also prone to graffiti and antisocial behaviour.  Improvements to its appearance and its long term future will only be secured if a new viable and sustainable use is found. We wanted to find a way to preserve the rotunda by extending the existing structure and introducing a commercial use at the site (for example a restaurant or café).

Development on the site will also allow us to provide facilities to support London Transport Museum activities, including pre-booked tours of the shelter.

Click here to download a copy of the information pack on the proposals for the Rotunda at Clapham

Above: An artist's impression of what the rotunda could look like



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