Sunday 1 June 2008

The Falcon, St John's Hill, Clapham Junction, south London

A stone's throw from Clapham Junction rail station, the Falcon is a spacious pub dominated by a large central bar encircled by seats, tables and alcoves. The decor, with wood-panelling just about everywhere, is traditional and there are more than a half-a-dozen real ales on offer, as well as the mandatory lagers. The close proximity to one of London's busiest stations makes the Falcon a convenient meeting place for would-be revellers and by 9pm on a Friday night, some of the clientele maybe a little worse for wear. Plenty of choice, but service can be sluggish. 6/10