All posts tagged: people

The Last Word: Nic Kemp, co-founder of Oomami

Nic Kemp is the co-founder of Oomami, a consultancy for film, video & broadcast companies to help them expand and streamline their creative processes through technology and innovation. She also runs a gluten free blog Eggainst The Grain which is full of nutritional child friendly recipes and advice. She lives with with her partner, Matt, and their two young daughters. How long have you lived in the area? About 13 years. What brought you here? We had the opportunity to rent a friends 3 bedroom house in Ladywell for the same price as I was paying for a room in Shoreditch. We then had kids and decided to stay and settle in Honor Oak. What has changed most during that time? Places to eat and drink! When we first arrived, we never really hung out locally as there wasn’t much here. The Ladywell Tavern was the only pub really near us and was pretty dire then, though we did love the old Mr Lawrence’s. I remember when Jam Circus and The Orchard opened – it …

The Last Word: Matt & Ubie

We are West Dulwich residents, Matt and Ubie. Matt moved to Dulwich back in 2001. We had a whirlwind romance having met in Hong Kong. We got married in 2017 and Ubie moved over permanently then. Matt has worked in investment in London for many years. Ubie is an artist and teacher. We have been really enjoying getting our different skills together and launching our art class business in the local area! What brought you here? We don’t have roots here, but Matt has worked in London for many years. So, it was all about getting on the housing ladder! Believe it or not, back in 2001, West Dulwich seemed very good value for money. It probably still is, albeit relatively speaking, compared to other London suburbs of course! How long have you lived in the area? Over 15 years. When I bought my home here I didn’t foresee living here quite this long! But, Dulwich surroundings are so great, with proximity to London and all its attractions, but also a sense of leafiness and …

Around Dulwich – April news!

Of all the school holidays, the Easter break is probably my favourite. It’s longer than half term and spring is – usually – in the air, although the recent spell of cold weather brings no reassurance that there will be any sunshine on offer this year! Last month, my son’s school closed for 2 snow days and parents flocked to the Horniman to sledge race down the snowy hills with their little ones. It was fun for the first hour or so, but then the frost set in and many of us took to hiding under a blanket on the sofa until it melted. However, I did manage to get out and discover a few exciting new places in March. The first is Grounds & Grapes, a fab little wine bar opposite Honor Oak station. If good wine, cheese, and gin are your thing then do pop in! Aneto Café on East Dulwich Road is now open in the evenings and Angela and I had an amazing dinner there with friends. I’ll definitely be going …

The Last Word: Sheila Robinson, director of SVREducation

Sheila Robinson is the director of SVREducation an educational consultancy specialising in assessment and educational publishing. She has lived in East Dulwich and West Dulwich since 1987 when her family moved from central London. She has been a Head and has many years teaching experience at Alleyn’s and state schools. She has two grown up children. What brought you to the area? I moved here with my family because I was offered a senior management role at Alleyns Junior School. It was a wonderful school to work in and every day was a challenge. Such a pity that it has become so popular that it is almost impossible to get into. Perhaps they should expand? By far the best school in Dulwich, in my opinion. What has changed most during that time? It has changed so much in the last 30 years since we arrived. There are so many good restaurants and shops ( I’m a big fan of Moxons, William Rose and of course Marks and Spencer) The  cinema has been a welcome addition …

The Last Word: Julie Peakman, author and historian

Julie Peakman is a highly acclaimed author and historian. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is a frequent contributor to newspapers and popular magazines, as well as academic journals. Her TV and radio work includes television documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and the Biography Channel, Radio London and BBC Radio 4. She has written biographies on Emma Hamilton and Peg Plunkett, and various books on historical culture. Her new book, Hitler’s Island War. The Men Who Fought for Leros, is her first foray into the social history of war and a homage to the men who fought in Leros. She is a resident of Leros and Forest Hill. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Forest Hill for over 35 years now. I met my husband here all those years ago and we have remained in the area ever since. What brought you here? I came for my friend’s wedding party and ended up staying the …