The Last Word in the August issue of SE22 went to Fiona Nott. Fiona works for a weather analytics company supporting retail clients across Europe and would normally spend a couple of days a week travelling for work so is really enjoying more time at home in SE22 at the moment. She is also a keen golfer and Lady Captain at Aquarius Golf Club.
How long have you lived in the area?
I rented a flat in East Dulwich when I first came to London 35 years ago for work and apart from a few years in Herne Hill and West Dulwich, have now been back in SE22 for over 20 year.
What do you most value about the area/street you live in?
It is such a friendly place and I love the range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants we have. Lockdown has had such a negative impact on our local traders, so I am committed to really “go local” going forward and support local shops as much as I can.
What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?
Gin and tonic!
Do you belong to any groups?
I am a member of the Aquarius Golf Club and am currently the Ladies Captain. I love playing, and am keen to encourage more ladies to join the club and take the up the sport. I waited way too long to join a club and wish I had joined the Aquarius as soon as I started playing. It is the perfect environment for both beginners and improving golfers.
Where are you likely to be found on Saturday?
On the golf course followed by a couple of drinks on the patio at the Aquarius golf club. Whether it is 9 or 18 holes, driving off towards the bar always puts a spring in my step.
The best meal I’ve ever had was on the top of Grouse Mountain in Vancouver. The food was delicious and the views across Vancouver and the mountains as the sun went down was out of this world. It is the only city I would ever swop London for.
The best kept secret has to be The Nunhead Gardener on Oakdale Road in Nunhead. I discovered it by accident and now it is my go-to place for plants. They pack so much into a small space and there is always a wonderful choice of both outdoor and indoor plants, plus pots and gifts. I go in for a present and come out with at least two more plants for myself! I love it.
What is your favourite shop?
Dr Boo on North Cross Road. Always a treat to pop in and Kazia’s delivery service during lockdown was a real boost.
If money was no object?
I would pay the running costs for St Christopher’s Hospice for the next year as they are under so much financial pressure, especially right now.