Battersea Arts Centre


Looking for a different night out in Clapham Junction, somewhere that isn't your run of the mill pub or bar?

Scratch Bar is uniquely positioned in Battersea Arts Centre's iconic Grade II* Listed building on Lavender Hill.  A sun-streaked café by day; a candlelit bar by night, whether it's the bean, the grape or the grain that you are looking for; Scratch Bar can provide! Fresh, homemade food is served at lunchtime and in the evening, along with a range of locally-brewed craft beers, wines and signature cocktails that make it the perfect venue for both after-work drinks and lunchtime meetings.

As well as the main bar, we have a cosy Waiting Room with sofas and a log fire, and plenty of nooks housing armchairs around the building… And our best-kept secret is that we will be opening a new, courtyard garden space right in the centre of the building this summer. Perfect for a cool beer on a mild night!

Looking for somewhere to host a private party? Why not hire the Waiting Room to make your birthday, engagement or even work-leaving party that extra bit special at a unique venue that's as full of character as you are. A stunning marble staircase and Victorian mosaic floor are first to greet you when you step through the doors, swiftly followed by our friendly staff and welcoming bar, full of quirky upcycled furniture and a wood-burning fire.


Our eclectic mix of historical architecture and theatrical flair make our building ideal for those looking for something a little different.

We host a wide variety of events; from weddings and parties to location filming and conferences.

We have a wide range of services on hand, from expert technical advice to professional event catering.


  • Happily Affordable ££
  • Wheelchair access, Disabled Toilets
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Day Open Close Notes
Monday 10:00 23:00
Tuesday 10:00 23:00
Wednesday 10:00 23:00
Thursday 10:00 23:00
Friday 10:00 0:00
Saturday 10:00 0:00
Sunday 10:00 22:30 Private Hire Only.



Battersea Arts Centre, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN



Nearest Station

Clapham Junction (Rail)

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Scratch Bar Venue Hire 65 80 - - -
The Waiting Room Private Room 20 40 - - -
Bee's Knees Private Room 0 40 - - -

* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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Scratch Bar Clapham - London Restaurant Bar Review

Perched on Lavender Hill is the Battersea Arts Centre, a Grade II listed building and hub of cultural activity. Comprised of multiple rooms, it’s primarily used for theatre shows and private parties in their beautiful event spaces. It is also home to the Scratch Bar, an independent bar where pre…