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The Falcon has three claims to fame:
1) It reckons to have the longest continuous bar in the UK; Guinness World Records backs it up.
2) Part of the bar was supposedly designed by MC Escher.
3) People who mix-up Clapham Junction with North Clapham might end up in the wrong bar (good, though it is).
The bar is indeed very long, curling round a full 360 degrees. This makes ordering quite a challenge — choosing the most strategic spot to catch the bar staffs' eyes is no easy feat.
This is the closest pub to the busy station entrance so attracts quite a footfall — making the 'getting served' problem still harder. Our tip is to visit late afternoon if you can, when you'll find a spacious, relatively quiet drinking den with extravagant furnishings.
The long back room is especially relaxing. A lack of windows, chunky wooden tables and preponderance of candles will cast you back to the pub's Victorian heyday, without the stench of horse shit and tobacco smoke.
This being a Nicholson's pub, the beer range is excellent — 12 cask pumps were on the go during our most recent visit — although most were dispensing well-known ales.
Last updated December 2018.