Author: Sarah Pylas

Around Dulwich – April news!

Spring has officially sprung! Grey clouds have given way to sunshine as we all head back outdoors for Easter bonnet parades, chocolate egg hunts, four-day weekends, beer gardens and – most likely – the occasional rain shower! That’s not to say that we hibernated last month – far from it! SE22 Magazine celebrated its 14th birthday with a big party at The Palmerston. The fizz was flowing all night as local business owners and friends of the magazine turned up to raise a glass and toast this incredible milestone. Last summer, the East Dulwich Action Group asked locals and visitors to submit their favourite photos that capture the spirit of East Dulwich. I was honoured to be asked to join the judging panel of this wonderful competition and am very excited to now see the winning images exhibited on lamp posts around the area. If there was an award going for the best cuppa in ED, then SE Cakery on Upland Road would be a very strong contender! Not a stainless steel teapot-for-one in sight – just a proper …

Around Dulwich – March news!

So, here we are, 9-weeks into the year and I am STILL using my gym membership! In previous years, all fitness dreams have usually been abandoned by early February and my price-per-workout ratio ‘works out’ (oh, the irony!) to around £400 a visit. That’s one very expensive swim! However, I am really getting into it this year and long may it last because I feel great – who knew endorphins were actually a thing?! Don’t worry, I still enjoyed a few nights out and the occasional glass of wine (duh – half-term) last month, including a dinner with some local friends at The Palmerston. I am still so shocked and sad about the news from Jamie and Rema that their lease is not going to be renewed for another year. I have so many special memories of The Palmerston and it really won’t be the same without them, but it’s not over until it’s over so watch this space (and sign the petition)… #savethepalmerston We hosted a small family lunch in February at The Real …

Around Dulwich – February news!

I made it through the wilderness, somehow I made it through (oooh-oooh)… and it’s FEBRUARY! Like many of us, I tend to hibernate in January. It’s cold, it’s dark and I’ve spent most of my money on mince pies, fizzy wine and sequin skirts that will lurk at the back of my wardrobe until December rolls around again. By February, I usually feel sufficiently detoxed/exercised/rested enough from Christmas for my normal activities to return (hello, wine). Although, January wasn’t all gloom and doom! I saw a couple of great films at the East Dulwich Picturehouse – Mary Poppins Returns with my 9-year old and The Favourite, which was brilliant but most definitely not for children! I also discovered that my favourite cheese and wine bar – Grounds and Grapes in Honor Oak – is also open during the day for coffee and brunch! Powered by an unexpected blast of New Year motivation, I joined the gym. Again. My challenge this year is to continue the healthier habits I started last month into February and beyond! There’s a …

Around Dulwich – December news!

You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I’m telling you why… Santa Claus is coming to town! I can’t promise I’ll make it through the entire merry season without crying (almost certainly not without pouting) and after 9-years of Santa Claus, I am starting to wonder whether this will be the year my son decides he no longer requires me to pretend that Santa does even come to town at all *sobs* Until then, I am throwing myself into the festivities with as much Christmas spirit as I can muster! I am all over the Winter fairs, elbow-deep in mince pies, and my cup runneth over with mulled wine. The Link Age Southwark 25th Birthday Gala at Dulwich College last month promised a night of glitz and glamour and it did not disappoint! Over £20,000 was raised for this wonderful charity to support their work in helping older people maintain active lives in the community. Meanwhile, there were gold catsuits, pink catsuits and jokes galore at the Scummy Mummies live comedy …

Around Dulwich – November news!

Well, hello there November! As we wash our hands clean of Halloween face paints for another year and finish the last batch of pumpkin soup, fireworks begin to light up our skies ready for Bonfire night. The Lambeth Fireworks at Brockwell Park (3 November) promises not one, but two dazzling fireworks displays! There will also be street food traders and a family fun fair to add to the excitement. Dulwich Sports Club invites you to their family firework display (3 November) and a new and improved layout will mean more food and beverage stalls than ever before! Southwark Council is delivering its fifteenth pyrotechnic extravaganza in Southwark Park to mark Fireworks Night this year (5 November). The display is free to residents and one of few fireworks events in the capital to fall on the very night Guy Fawkes was discovered guarding explosives beneath parliament. Our high street also begins to sparkle, as festive cheer takes over from mid-November. At the St. Barnabus Christmas Bazaar (17 November) there’s an opportunity to start your Christmas shopping …