Author: Sarah Pylas

Around Dulwich – August news

School’s out for summer… and so is the Aperol! The end of term is always a busy time of year with Summer Fairs, Sports Day and a common condition called end-of-term-itis where eye-rolling and answering back is prevalent in even the sweetest of children and no amount of patience, understanding, or Panini stickers seems to cure it! I enjoyed my first official – and much appreciated – Aperol Spritz over lunch at Moxon’s Next Door last month. ‘Next Door’ is a new fish restaurant on Lordship Lane from our local fishmonger, Robin Moxon. The menu offers a selection of bar snacks, small sharing plates, whole roasted fish, seafood platters and a selection of Moxon’s smoked fish. We went for the cold smoked fish platter, which was absolutely delicious and with a couple of side dishes to share, it was more than plenty for the 3 of us. As I was a little bit early to meet my friends for lunch (waves at Angela and Fi!), I squeezed in a lovely stroll along the lane, stopping …

Around Dulwich – July news

I thought the two perks of my husband being away in Russia for the World Cup would be 1. Not having to watch as much football on the telly and 2. Having the bed all to myself. I could not have been more wrong – on both counts! My 8-year old cheerfully informed me that we would not just be watching the England matches, but EVERY game. And, that he would be watching the evening games from the comfort of my bed, where he conveniently – but not very convincingly – falls asleep as soon as the final whistle blows! The cat has also decided he deserves a shot at being my bed companion, so between my son fidgeting and the cat meowing in my ear because he wants to be fed, petted, or merely make his presence known to me, I’m a bit over the World Cup already. With my resident babysitter away, my social life has been reduced to school hours only. The East Dulwich Picturehouse do a great deal on a Monday …

Around Dulwich – June news!

As the half-term break draws to a close, so the countdown to summer begins! The season of sunshine (if we’re lucky) brings with it longer days, after-school picnics, BBQs, ice-cold glasses of rosé, ice creams in the park and a subtle whiff of factor 50 in the air. Around Dulwich, it also heralds the start of festival season. The Dulwich Festival set the bar high last month with it’s annual 10-day extravaganza of music, performances, talks, Artists’ Open House weekends and festival fairs. Angela and I were honored to be invited to the launch party for the Dulwich Festival, which was hosted at Suzanne James’s fabulous event space, fifty seven, on North Cross Road. Cocktails were provided by Myatt’s Fields, music by the incredibly talented jazz singer, Ainé Cherie, and the food – catered by Suzanne and her team – was, as always, spot on. Brockley Max (1-9 June) is set to return this June for its 17th year. Spanning nine days and more than thirty venues, the popular community arts festival offers a packed …

Around Dulwich – May news!

May is a fantastic time to live in and around Dulwich. After a shaky start, it seems spring has finally sprung and Instagram is brimming with sunny terraces, alfresco dining, and ice-cold glasses of #rosé! Not that the weather could ever stop me from enjoying the latter… The annual Dulwich Festival will run from 11th – 20th May this year and celebrates the very best our area has to offer! The jam-packed Festival programme includes artists’ open house weekends (12-13 May), street art walks (13 May), talks, food trails, music, and the popular festival fairs (13 and 20 May). This year’s Food Trail features a truly mouth-watering array of scrumptious offerings from some of the best restaurants and cafés in the area. Platform 1 restaurant on Lordship Lane will be offering walk-in wine flights for £15 per person with a wine list that focuses on rare and indigenous varieties. I’ve been on a wine flight with Platform 1 before and can highly recommend it. Other highlights for me include the Havelock Walk May Open Studios …

Around Dulwich – April news!

Of all the school holidays, the Easter break is probably my favourite. It’s longer than half term and spring is – usually – in the air, although the recent spell of cold weather brings no reassurance that there will be any sunshine on offer this year! Last month, my son’s school closed for 2 snow days and parents flocked to the Horniman to sledge race down the snowy hills with their little ones. It was fun for the first hour or so, but then the frost set in and many of us took to hiding under a blanket on the sofa until it melted. However, I did manage to get out and discover a few exciting new places in March. The first is Grounds & Grapes, a fab little wine bar opposite Honor Oak station. If good wine, cheese, and gin are your thing then do pop in! Aneto Café on East Dulwich Road is now open in the evenings and Angela and I had an amazing dinner there with friends. I’ll definitely be going …