Author: Sarah Pylas

Around Dulwich – November news

Halloween costumes have been put away and pumpkins have been recycled into soup, risottos, and pies, or just left outside to rot in the garden. The kids have returned to school for the autumn term and local shop windows are already starting to look festive. However, there is still much to do in and around Dulwich before we dive fizz-first into the silly season! The annual family fireworks display at Dulwich Sports Club on Saturday 4th November is guaranteed to light up your dark November nights. This year promises more food and beverage stalls than ever before including a bonfire, mulled wine, real ale, BBQ, and kids bar. Arrive early to get a good spot – and that’s just for parking! Later this same night, Plosive launches a brand new comedy night at The MCT at Alleyn’s featuring big-name headliners and handpicked favourites from the alternative circuit. Village Books have a number of inspiring events lined up again this month. On Sunday 5th, Newsnight presenter Evan Davis shares his thoughts on ‘Why we have reached Peak Bullshit …

Around Dulwich – October news

It’s over a month since we returned from our Greek island holiday and I am still struggling to readjust back to our old routine. I miss the slower pace, days spent on the beach, balmy nights watching the sunset over mountains with a glass of rosé in hand and, of course, delicious food. We have often tried to capture the spirit of Greece at home by eating in the garden and drinking wine only out of a carafe, but it is hard to get a real taste of Greece when you are shivering under an umbrella. So, when Angela invited me to be her guest at the opening of The Real Greek restaurant in Dulwich Village, I accepted faster than you can say Opa! The Real Greek restaurant occupies the previous site of Café Rouge and serves dishes that are inspired by different cultures and influences of Greek cuisine. The menu was devised with Tonia Buxton, presenter of the “My Greek Kitchen’ TV series and author of ‘The Real Greek’, ‘Tonia’s Greek Kitchen’ and ‘Eat …

Around Dulwich – September news

Hello September, where did you come from?! It feels like only a few weeks ago we were ringing in 2017 and I haven’t even made a start on my New Year resolutions yet! Although, in many ways – especially with a new school year almost upon us – September is usually a better time to get organised and the clean, crisp pages of my school year diary offer 52-weeks of opportunity! As I note important dates down in my neatest handwriting, I even optimistically schedule the time to exercise and attend my weekly Slimming World group. After a long summer of excess, I always welcome September and the clean slate it tends to bring. The weather was a bit of a mixed bag in August and while we had the occasional day of glorious sunshine, it felt quite autumnal for most of the month. However, if it’s tropical temperatures on your doorstep that you are after, then head over to the new butterfly house at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. This specially-planted habitat is the …

Around Dulwich – August news

School’s out for summer and the rosé is in! The run-up to end of term came with all the usual chaos as we frantically tied up loose work ends, put up gazebos for the school summer fair, watched little legs race with eggs on spoons, visited the dentist, optician and hairdresser, signed teacher thank-you cards, organised gifts, packed picnics, blubbed over glowing school reports and had a last-minute panic over a forgotten homework project due in the last week of term…. arghhhhh! With so much to fit in, it is any wonder I found time to socialise at all, but somehow I always manage to squeeze in a few ice-cold glasses of rosé when the sun is shining. The garden of The Rye pub in Peckham provided a lovely sunny spot for drinks with friends who were visiting from out of town. It was also nice to venture a bit further than my good old local, Watson’s General Telegraph, on Forest Hill Road. Miss Tapas in Peckham was another good find for a catch-up with …

Around Dulwich – July news

We finally made it along to The Robot Zoo at the Horniman Museum last month and I am so pleased that we did! This family-friendly exhibition features larger-than-life animals that have been innovatively recreated using a variety of familiar machine parts and gadgets to reveal how their real life counterparts see, eat, hunt and hide. You can also test your reflexes to see if you can react as fast as a house fly, shoot insects with a chameleon’s tongue-gun, hang like a bat and try jet-propelled squid racing. I feel so lucky to have this wonderful museum and stunning gardens right on our doorstep and we will definitely be going back to visit The Robot Zoo again before the exhibition ends in October. This June was possibly the hottest on record for years and temperatures look set to soar into July. Now, I love it when the sun comes out, but definitely more so when I am poolside with an ice-cold drink in my hand. Commuting to work during a heat wave is far less …