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The Last Word: Silvia Sardinero, interior designer and decorator

Silvia Sardinero is a Spanish interior designer and decorator, and founder of Blue Patio. She lives in Dulwich with her children, Emile and Celeste, husband Phil and cat Rubens. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in the area for seven years now; in three very different houses that my husband and I have renovated. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I live in a house that is part of a set of modernist houses in the Dulwich Estate, built in the late 60s. We have been living here for almost 2 years, yet I am still fascinated with the urban plan set out by the architects, Austin Vernon and Partners. The articulation of the community around the nature of the Dulwich Woods creates a very peaceful environment to live. Also, the houses are connected by a series of footpaths and I value the security this provides for the children. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? It would be very difficult to move to …

New Head Coach at Dulwich Lawn Tennis Club

Sebastien Blanchon, Dulwich Lawn Tennis Club’s new head coach, has a racket bag full of ideas and plans. Seb, who hails from just outside southeast Paris, joined the club in Burbage Road a month ago from Telford Park in Streatham where he led the junior competition programme. He arrived in London 15 years ago to work in catering (he managed a restaurant in the City) but restarted his coaching career in 2007 – he’d worked as a coach in his late teens – with sessions in his local park. He moved to Telford Park full-time in 2010. He’s an accomplished player (he started early when his parents took him to a local club when the thump of the six-year-old banging tennis balls against their house got too much), reaching the singles semi-final in a regional schools event held at Roland Garros. Not on Phillipe Chatrier, but underneath where there is a hidden complex of hard courts. He also won the men’s singles title at Telford Park last year and hopes to play for a team …

The Last Word: Inna Hoffman

Inna Hoffmann and is a local mum and founder of ABC Studio – a stay & play area for kids aged 0-6 in the heart of Forest Hill. Inna divides her time between a child, work and 2 dogs How long have you lived in the area? Since 2003 What brought you here? My very good friend used to live in Forest Hill and I joined her for a flat share. What has changed most during that time? More mums with prams, more coffee shops and cute boutiques. Overground and Deliveroo What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The air, it smells of greenery and flowers. The moment you step out of the train at Honor Oak Park, you can smell it. What one thing would you change? Road markings at the t-junction of the South Circular with Honor Oak Road, it is next to impossible to get on the main road in peak hours. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? Grocery shop at Forest Hill Road next to …

The Last Word: Annabelle Dowler, actress

Annabelle Dowler is an actress and voice over artist living in Forest Hill. Among other theatre, TV and film work Annabelle plays Kirsty in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers. What brought you here? We’d been renting for years in Shepherds Bush and then Kilburn but wanted to buy and just couldn’t afford the prices there. I was doing a job and half the crew were based in South East London and said I should have a look at the area. As soon as I got out of the station at Forest Hill for our first flat viewing I got such a good feeling about the area and knew we’d be happy living here. That was over 7 years ago. What has changed most during that time? Pubs being renovated. Nice independent cafes popping up. House prices getting crazily high. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The community feel. We have lovely friends and neighbours on our street who we and our kids socialize with. Plus the fact that although we’re …

The Last Word: Councillor Charlie Smith

I became Mayor of Southwark in May 2017 following a year as Deputy Mayor. I had hardly begun my term of office when we suffered that horrible terrorist attack on London Bridge. My role was to visit the First Responders and thank them for the courageous work they carried out and on subsequent days. I also visited the various hotels that put people up for the night following the attack. I thoroughly enjoyed my year. How long have I lived in the area? I am a Londoner and have lived in East Dulwich for about 25 years. What brought you here? It was mainly house prices but I soon discovered East Dulwich was that little bit more rural compared with say Brixton. What has changed most during that time? I guess it is the shops and stores that have gone to be replaced by many eateries and watering holes. Oh, and of course the rise in property prices. What do you most value about the street you live in? There is a primary school on …