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The Last Word: Suzanne Hemming

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My name is Suze Hemming and I live on Lordship Lane with my husband Rich, and our daughter Thea who is almost 6.  I used to work in the film and TV industry, but am now an author, writing rhyming children’s books. 

How long have you lived in the area?

We moved here in October 2001, so it’ll be 18 years this year!

What brought you here?

We were living in our first 1 bed flat in Tooting Bec and wanted to try and buy somewhere with a garden.  One day we took an A to Z (shows how long ago it was!) and drove around looking at areas we’d never been to before. We drove down East Dulwich Grove, onto Lordship Lane and decided to stay!

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

The sense of community that’s here. People who live outside of London often say Londoners are an unfriendly bunch, but that’s not been our experience since we moved to East Dulwich.

Do you know your neighbours?

Yes!  We’ve had the same neighbours on one side for the whole time we’ve lived here, and on the other side they’ve been there for about 10 years and they’re all very lovely neighbours to have.

The most famous person you’ve seen or met?

I saw Daniel Day Lewis in Gail’s in the Village once. Had to resist the temptation to shout, stay alive! No matter what occurs!

Coffee or tea? Where? 

Coffee. Sometimes in Spinach. Sometimes in Kanella. And sometimes in Brick House. And all 3 of them serve delicious coffee and great food.

The best meal I’ve ever had.

We had some delicious meals over the years in the Palmerston, and in Franklins.  And my Deliveroo go to is the halloumi chips and gobi cauliflower from Spinach.

What’s your favourite place to go for a drink?

As you might have already guessed I find it hard to narrow anything down to one favourite.  Typical Libran; can’t make a decision! There are so many great places to go for a drink on the Lane; from a glass of wine at Franklins, to a late night cocktail at Tippler. My local is The Lordship though and I like a G&T in there.

What is your favourite shop?

Mrs Robinson. Fab shop, brilliant staff, gorgeous owner!

What was the last thing you bought there?

A present for a friend’s birthday.

The book I’m reading at the moment.

Becoming by Michelle Obama which I was given for Christmas. I sat in a phone queue trying to get tickets to listen to her speak at the Festival Hall last year, but they were sold out by the time I got to only the 6,878th place!

My secret ambition.

Well if I told you…

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