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The Last Word: Lucy Cardell, The Little Hero Company

Lucy Cardell grew up in the Middle East and North London before moving South! She set up The Little Hero Company 2 years ago, inspired by her first son aspiring to be Superhero’s all the time, flying around the sitting room. So Superhero Training classes were born, running locally for kids aged 2 and a half to 6 years, plus doing parties based around any kids favourite Little Hero of the moment!!

How long have you lived in the area?

9 years. My husband introduced me to the area before we got married, as he grew up in Beckenham and went to Alleyns School.

What do you most value about the area you live in?

I can walk out my front door and be in the hubbub of Lordship Lane bumping into friends and shopkeepers I have got to know over the years. It just all feels so easy!

What’s the one the thing you couldn’t do without?

My own Little Hero’s… made up of hubbie and two cheeky little boys – they all keep me on my toes and keep at the end of the day keep everything in perspective, which is what it’s all about isn’t it…

Favourite place to eat?

I Love Yama Momo… A little bit of the West End in East Dulwich. Beautiful Japanese food, great lighting, making it all feel special.

Where are you likely to be found on a Saturday?

Quite often doing a Little Hero Party! So much fun and really enjoy giving the Birthday Little Hero an action packed special celebration. Non-stop fun and playful pretend – a magical combination guaranteed to make the kids eyes light up with excitement!

The best meal I’ve ever eaten?

On our honeymoon. We spent two weeks on a wonderful road trip through France and spent a few days in Baux de Provence. I’m a veggie, so it is sometimes hard to find original, exciting veggie food, especially in France!! We stayed in a fun place where our bedroom suite was carved out of an actual cave. When we went for dinner there was no vegetarian option, not a problem though, they just rustled up this meal which was so delicious! All fresh local produce… It was amazing!

Best kept secret…

Blue Brick Café for their fry up in particular, so tasty and the homemade baked beans are out of this world!

What is your favourite shop?

Through the Trees, just off Lordship Lane on Zenoria Street, great to pop in for a fashion fix and a bit of retail therapy, always goes down a treat!

What was the last thing you bought there?

A wine red knit jumper with subtle cut out shoulders, casual but with a fun twist, I will be back for the one in khaki!

Where’s your favourite place to walk?

We do quite a lot of walking to run off the endless amounts of energy of boys, Dulwich Park and Peckham Rye are the staples but love Dulwich Woods for more of a scamp and adventure!

When I want to relax…

To totally switch off, I make a pact with myself to do no chores, leave my phone in another room and have an email free few hours…. I like to go down to Northcross Road Market on a Saturday pick up some yummie bites, more food!! Come back, build a fire and curl up on the sofa with my little gang and watch a pre recorded episode of Planet Earth 2, we are all obsessed with it! And the boys sit still for an hour! Bliss!

If money was no object?

  1. Live in a hot country for 6 months of the year!
  2. Take the ones I love on a huge shopping spree!
  3. Buy a helicopter and a private plane!

www.littleherocompany.com