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Around Dulwich: January news

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a happy and peaceful break. After a month of over-indulgence, it is quite a relief to know that I do not have to look at another mince pie for the next 11 months. The tin of Quality Street has been recycled (ok, both of them) and the wine fridge has been well and truly emptied! Over the next few days, I plan to slowly wean myself off the Christmas music, dismantle the tree and retire the tinsel back up to the loft. After a month of excess, I could not feel more ready for January to come. Although, this doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy all the festivities at the time. The East Dulwich Christmas Cracker certainly got everyone in the festive spirit with an exciting array of entertainment from local bands, choirs and performance groups, exclusive offers from local traders, a wonderfully seasonal North Cross Road market and the return of the Children’s Christmas Treasure Hunt. The Dulwich Charity Lunch in aid of Link Age Southwark was …

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 2016 – A Year in Review

By Sarah and Pan Pylas From the deaths of London boys David Bowie and George Michael that bookmarked the year, through the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as the next US President, 2016 is likely to live long in the memory. No review of a year in any community from Land’s End to John O’Groats can be complete without at least a passing reference to the seismic events of June 23. For most residents of East Dulwich and around, the vote to leave the European Union in the referendum will have come as a bit of a shock. The voting proportions in favour of “remain” in the boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark were some of the highest across the whole country. Bar the collapse in the pound, nothing really has happened yet and life has gone as before. The East Dulwich community has continued to thrive, showcased its local talent, wide-ranging tastes and multicultural nature. From new offerings on the strip through to pioneering endeavours off it, 2016 has been another year of …

Around Dulwich – November Edition

‘The days are long, but the years are short’ or so the saying goes. While many used the extra hour offered last weekend when the clocks went back for a little bit more shut-eye, many parents of young children probably felt like it was the longest day of the year. It has been 15 long years since Bridget Jones got together with Mark Darcy and I could not wait to see what happened next when her third installment hit our screens last month. I giddily organised a night out to see Bridget Jones’s Baby with a couple of other “smug marrieds.” As it was a Friday night, we started with a cocktail at House of Tippler before making our way to East Dulwich Picturehouse. Sadly, in all my excitement I had booked the wrong night. Any smugness duly vanished as the four of us were left stranded in the foyer. We managed to rebook for the following Sunday, which had much less of a margarita feel to it, but even without a bottle of chardonnay …