All posts tagged: people

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 …

The Last Word: Shona Chambers – Space at 61

I’m Shona Chambers, I have lived and worked in the SE London for almost 20 years; (Deptford, Lee Green, Nunhead and currently Forest Hill). I have always loved the strong sense of community to be found in this area and have participated in many aspects of it from the Tulse Hill & Dulwich Hockey club to running the SE15 Tea Group (Mums & babies social group) – it’s a great place to live! What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? At present the song track from The Greatest Showman on my MP3 player, I challenge anyone to listen to it and not be hooked. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? I met quite in my former business, a cafe. Including Shirley from Eastenders (Linda Valiris) Mike McShane – who played Friar Tuck in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Joel Dommet (I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here) and others who are actually really nice locals and I’d rather not name drop! Where are you likely to be found on Saturday? If …

The Last Word: Sarah Botting, owner of Lucy Sparkles & Friends

Sarah Botting is a local mum and owner of Lucy Sparkles & Friends in Brockley, Forest Hill & Crystal Palace, running music, dance and drama classes for early years children. Sarah works part time across the area and spends the rest of her time looking after her two young children (who occasionally get to join in the classes…). How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived here for 6 years. What brought you here? I’ve lived in London all my life, and having explored most of south London on foot in search of the right mix of convenience and cafes, we realised that Honor Oak would do the trick! What has changed most during that time? We are so fortunate to live in a little village bubble that’s still part of one of the greatest cities on Earth (not that I’m biased…). There have been lots of additions to the area since we moved in, but the atmosphere we loved when we first came here hasn’t changed. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do …

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 …