Davidson has lived in the local area for 16 years and schooled in Lewisham for primary school, at St Mary Magdalen, Brockley and Sixth Form at Haberdasher’s Aske Hatcham College. Currently, he is working on a project to connect local people to local stores in an ethical manner.
How long have you lived in the area?
I moved to the area 16 years ago from Walworth, London. My parents moved to the area as we needed more space (I have three siblings so we are quite a big family)
What has changed most during that time?
There has been a lot of positive development in the local area which includes coffee shops and unique local stores. I enjoy going to these new local stores as they tend to have a unique spin to them!
What do you most value about the area/street you live in?
I like the diversity in the local area, there is great respect and understanding with people from different backgrounds. London as a whole is one of the most multicultural places in the world – we must embrace this!
What’s your favourite place to go for a drink?
I’m a huge fan of The Dartmouth Arms, I love the dark setting as well as the great food range! From seafood to veggie options, you don’t really find that in many pubs.
The best kept secret…
Olives & more is an amazing Spanish Deli, with a unique range of olive oil-infused products. The store owner, Mar is also very friendly! She is passionate about what she does and always talks to me about the great benefits of olive oil. I’d recommend the lovely olive oil cakes!
Where’s your favourite place to walk?
I am a big fan of greenery and parks as I am into mindfulness and taking care of the mind – I have to travel a bit out to Ladywell Park for my walks.
When I want to relax…
I write in my journal. The lockdown has caused me to explore different ways to relax. I have started writing in my journal daily and I find that soothing!
What is your favourite shop?
I’m kind of a gadgets geek and love to pick up great deals on electronics at Clubtek. I’ve managed to get great bargains which include quality wireless earphones for just £20.
If money was no object..
I’d study religion and spirituality in depth. I find religions and beliefs quite interesting. I’d like to know more about the origin of religions and their fundamental beliefs.
The book I’m reading at the moment..
A business book called Principles by Ray Dalio on how he grew his multi-billion dollar company, Bridgewater. It is very insightful and is teaching me about how to make good decisions as a business leader. Most importantly, it has taught me the importance of being humble and learning from people and your mistakes.
My perfect holiday..
Somewhere peaceful, with mountains – sometimes it is good to detox from the busy lifestyle
My secret ambition..
I’ve been working on a project called Ordrs which connects local stores to local communities through ethical same-day grocery delivery. We have a range of local Lewisham specialist stores which include ethnic stores, fishmongers and vegan grocers – our personal shoppers carry out ordrs in a personalised-manner.
You can check it out at www.ordrs.co.uk!
This article first appeared in the February issue of SE23 magazine.