Author: Pan Pylas

Around Dulwich: The 2017 Review

It’s a bit like waiting for the P4 bus. You wait an eternity and then two come along at once. That’s certainly the case with regard to two of the local area’s more established drinking dens. Following years of upheaval, it is with great pleasure that this end-of-year review starts off with the news that The Crown and Greyhound in Dulwich Village and The Half Moon in Herne Hill have returned. Welcome back! It is a little bit unfortunate that ‘The Dog’s’ return has coincided with those blasted road-works in the Village. Come on lads, it took less time to build the Northern Line! Another big change in SE21 in 2017 was the departure of Café Rouge, which has been there for as long as this writer has lived in the area. However, for this writer, how welcome to see it replaced by The Real Greek. Though the food can never be as good as my mum’s, surely! As the years go by, it’s quite noticeable how much churn is taking place on the foodie …

Around Dulwich 2016 – A Year in Review

By Sarah and Pan Pylas From the deaths of London boys David Bowie and George Michael that bookmarked the year, through the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as the next US President, 2016 is likely to live long in the memory. No review of a year in any community from Land’s End to John O’Groats can be complete without at least a passing reference to the seismic events of June 23. For most residents of East Dulwich and around, the vote to leave the European Union in the referendum will have come as a bit of a shock. The voting proportions in favour of “remain” in the boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark were some of the highest across the whole country. Bar the collapse in the pound, nothing really has happened yet and life has gone as before. The East Dulwich community has continued to thrive, showcased its local talent, wide-ranging tastes and multicultural nature. From new offerings on the strip through to pioneering endeavours off it, 2016 has been another year of …