I am a Virtual PA who has lived in the area for around 15-years. My clients are mostly creative individuals and entrepreneurs, who don’t need full-time support but enjoy the flexibility of having administrative help to hand as and when it’s required. 

What brought you here?

LOVE! I was living in Maida Vale with my sister and my boyfriend (now husband!) had a flat on Barry Road. He asked me to move in with him about a year after we met and we’ve been here ever since! We have moved house a couple of times in the last 15 or so years, but finally settled up the hill a bit towards The Horniman.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?

Family aside, my laptop! I’d be lost without it. 

The most famous person you’ve seen or met?

My sister once introduced me to 3/5 of Girls Aloud while we were in a queue for the Ladies loo at the premiere of the Horrid Henry. She’s a make-up designer and had been working with Kimberly Walsh, who played Prissy Polly in the movie.

Do you belong to any groups?

I attend a film club with some local friends and it is my favourite social event! Before lockdown, a small group of us would visit the East Dulwich Picturehouse once a month and when that was no longer possible, it changed to Netflix and Zoom Club but it wasn’t the same! Now, we just chat on WhatsApp and hope to be back in the cinema again very soon.

Describe your perfect weekend

If you had asked me this last year, my answer would have involved rest and relaxation! Now, I’d just love to hang out with family and friends. 

Coffee or tea? Where?

Tea. Mostly at home at the moment or – when restrictions allow – a take-away cuppa from Peckham Rye Café and a wander round the park with a friend. 

The best kept secret…

One Tree Hill for its close proximity to my house and the amazing views!

Where’s your favourite place to walk?

Nunhead Cemetary.

The book I’m reading at the moment…

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

My perfect holiday…

Greece, always. I miss it so much. 

My secret ambition…

To run a beachside taverna on a remote Greek Island… maybe! On reflection, I think I’d miss my friends and family too much!

www.sarahpylas.co.uk | @sarahpylas

This article first appeared in the January issue of SE23 Magazine.