How long have you lived in the area?
So, we moved to East Dulwich in 2016, near the station. After staying for two years, we had a brief hiatus to go travelling around South America, and a pandemic interrupted our plans, but in March this year, we finally came back and we’ve never been happier.
What brought you here?
I once stumbled upon the EDT during a summer’s bank holiday- we had walked for (what felt like hours), and the EDT was this shining beacon of friendliness at the end of the night. I was immediately taken under the spell of East Dulwich and the next weekend, we began looking for a place to live.
What has changed most during that time?
The ease of getting a sourdough loaf… the options are endless now!
What do you most value about the area/street you live in?
We have a market stall of North Cross Road market and I just love the road so much- there’s a magic spell over it on a Saturday morning- the quality of the food, artisans and crafts on offer make this a very special nook of London.
What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?
The East Dulwich Forum- I think it is the most wonderful corner of the internet. I’ve managed to find my house, a candle studio, and most of my furniture within those webpages and it would be one of my most visited sites in my web history.
Do you know your neighbours?
We’re so lucky- we have the loveliest neighbours in Charlotte and Lynne- we’re currently watering their plants while they’re on holiday for the very reasonable exchange of a bottle of wine.
Do you belong to any groups?
I started a book group when I last lived in East Dulwich- it was amazing. From one message on the East Dulwich Forum, we had 30 members turn up for our first meeting! So, I’m looking forward to re-starting it back up- so if you’re interested, please get involved.
Describe your perfect weekend
My perfect weekend would be a gorgeous brunch at a local restaurant (I’ve got Luca’s booked for this Sunday). I’d then take a stroll down North Cross Road market to my market stall, where I get to chat to so many East Dulwich residents and show off my natural-wax candles. Afterwards, I’d love to pop into Pearspring and pick up a plant, before heading back for an evening meal along Bellenden Road with some friends… bliss!
What is your favourite place to eat?
On a Sunday, I don’t think you can beat Artisui on Bellenden Road- their three-course offering, featuring locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, for £25 is very hard to beat. They also feature natural wines on their menu, which is a big plus for me!
Coffee or tea? Where?
We’ve been sampling all of the new coffee shops that have sprung up along Lordship Lane with great interest. We can really recommend the Blue Brick Café.
When I want to relax…
There’s a little garden behind the pavilion in Dulwich Park… you’ll often find me in there with my book. The distant chatter from the cafe is reassuring, while the view of flowers and the ducks instantly makes me forget I’m in London.
What is your favourite shop?
I’m a charity shop girl- and I think the charity shops dotted along East Dulwich make for a great afternoon of exploring. You’ll often find me in Shelter for clothes, St Christopher’s for home wears or St Mary’s for any beautiful knickknacks. That being said, I am partial for a browse in Oliver Bonas as well.
My perfect holiday..
Give me a rucksack and the train network of Europe, and I’ll be a happy lady.
My secret ambition..
I’d love one day to have a candle studio/ shop in East Dulwich- I’ll keep crossing my fingers and working hard, and hopefully one day we will get there.