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FASHION WIN TICKETS To The Ideal Home Show & Zippo’s Circus



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Montague Cottage SE3 Located on a quiet private road off the edge of the Heath and within a short walk of Lewisham and Greenwich mainline and Elverson Road DLR stations, this unique detached three-bedroom period property offers complete seclusion set in private walled gardens. The property further benefits from a sympathetically designed office/study, set in the rear of the gardens. EPC = F

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Orlop Street SE10 This beautifully presented three-bedroom period terrace home is located in a little street within the East Greenwich conservation area. The property is conveniently located for access to Maze Hill mainline station and the shops and bars of central Greenwich are a short walk away. EPC = C


Park Row SE10 Located in this prime Greenwich location is this three-storey, five bedroom Victorian terraced home. Park Row is adjacent to the Royal Park, with views of the National Maritime Museum. This property represents a real find and is conveniently located for access to Maze Hill mainline station. The Royal Park, shops, bars and restaurants of central Greenwich are a short walk away. EPC = D


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March 2013

MARCH 2013


LOCAL NEWS WIN! Tickets to Zippo’s Circus



WIN TICKETS To The Ideal Home Show & Zippo’s Circus












COVER: Debenhams


HAIR & BEAUTY Stylish hair for the new season

Print Crazy

FASHION Going to print



BUSINESS Cash Brokers - Here to help...


HOMES & GARDENS SUPPLEMENT London Door Company Putting on a front Adam Bailey: Expert advice Spring into action WIN! Tickets to The Ideal Home Show


EDUCATION The Right Choice Mervyn Peake at Eltham College’s Gerald Moore Gallery



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COME AND JOIN US at Maryon Wilson Animal Park for our first ever Easter egg hunt! Henrietta has lost her eggs! Can you help her find them? Count the Easter eggs around the park to win a prize but look out for the golden eggs as they have questions on the back! Saturday 30 March 12noon – 3pm. Maryon Wilson Animal Park, Thorntree Road, Charlton, SE7.


Woolwich artist scoops top US award GARY DROSTLE has won the prestigious ‘Best in Show’ award at the Mosaic Arts International, Washington. Gary, who still works from a studio in the SFSA artists’ community in Woolwich Dockyard, won the award for his 2012 mosaic encrusted sculpture ‘Entwined Histories’. The ten foot high sculpture was commissioned for a housing estate in east London, and celebrates the former rope makers in the area and the rich and diverse communities there.

CIARA TURNER, Lukas Deckers Dowber, Jack Warren and Anna Evans (and possibly a few others!) will be running the Hastings Half Marathon on March 24. The route follows that of William the Conqueror towards Battle, so the first 8-9 miles are uphill! They are running to raise funds for the Charlton Park (Riding for the Disabled Association ( and in memory of one of the RDA pupils, Tom Warren (Jack’s nephew). If you would like to donate: L to R Ciara, Anna and Jack with Honey, Tom Warren’s favourite horse.

Saved The Con FOR THE PAST 132 YEARS the Blackheath Conservatoire has fostered quality art and music in the community for generations of local residents. Like many charities, the Conservatoire has struggled to survive the recession and was under threat. But with the generosity of the local community they have raised £200,000 in less than six weeks, surpassing its target of £175,000 and avoiding the threat of immediate foreclosure. ‘The community response has been simply amazing says the Conservatoire’s Chief Executive, Sydney Thornbury.


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WIN your very own circus big top plus V.I.P circus ticket. The Award-Winning Zippo’s Circus will be on Blackheath from 28 March to 9 April and we have some great prizes to give away. First Prize: this beautiful model Musical Box Big Top, a valuable collectors’ item to cherish*. Plus a VIP Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) for Zippo’s Circus. Runner-up prizes: There are five Second Prizes of Family Tickets (each for 2 adults & 2 children) for Zippo’s Circus. Simply send your name, address, email, and a daytime telephone number to Meridian magazine (Zippos), 8 The Village, Charlton SE7 8UD or email your detail to by 22 March. T&C: Zippo’s Circus will notify winners and arrange their prize seats subject to availability. The organisers’ decision is final. Data protection note: It is a condition of entry that competitors permit the circus to hold their contact details; those details will not be passed to any third party, but Zippo’s may send entrants promotional material. * Retail value £160.


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HAIR TRENDS Simple and striking are two ways to describe the tightly wound knots of hair seen on the runway at London fashion week. To achieve the low chignon style yourself, first master your twist, blow-dry hair straight, create a clean centre parting, if wanted, and secure hair into a firm ponytail at the nape, spritzing with shine mist. From there, you can wrap the tail into any number of looks - a loop with the ends pointing up or tucked under, a round ballet bun, or the classic double knot - all sealed with a shot of anti-frizz spray. With long hair there is an increased demand for beautiful plaits – whether it’s simple or intricate, for a wedding or a walk in the park, plaits will continue to be a sought after hairstyle. Don’t think that every plait has to be perfect; in fact, the idea of the ‘messy plait’ is here to stay! Vintage hairstyles are on the way and perfect for mid length hair: the look is elegant and classic and can be 'glammed up' for a beautiful wedding hair do or made casual with a headband or scarf! We’ve been waiting for pin curls to make their comeback! While there will still be plenty of ladies growing out their locks ready for the summer there has been a sharp increase in the number of short hairstyles since the premier of Les Miserables, whether it’s the softer Ann Hathaway look or the 'hard rocker' look, like Miley Cyrus. Call your hairdresser now!

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Print crazy A burst of colour announces the arrival of Spring… Followers of fashion want to know what they will be adding to their wardrobe this season, Says Nanette Fielding AFTER BANISHING the winter’s dark colours, prints emerged on the spring/ summer catwalks, hot hues to striking monochrome stripes, and florals in every incarnation from delicate buds to exploding blooms, as well as fashion’s newest innovation – techno prints, inspired and influenced by computer generated designs as technology and textile design collide. The phrase ‘something for everyone’ comes to mind as this season's fashion statements will suit everyone. Fans of colour will be delighted as spring/ summer13 is bright with vibrant shades of blue, orange, yellow and green – worn on their own, or combined. If you like 1980s neon or sugary pastels, then this is for you. Silhouettes have been relaxed, even modest: fluttering blouses and floral print trousers, easy jackets and pretty pencil skirts. If sportswear was an influence, it was miles away from the unforgiving bodycon of previous seasons. The retro sports look seen on soft jersey varsity bombers and denim sweat dresses continues to be popular. If those digital prints are too OTT for your style, take spring’s big, bold, uncomplicated stripes for a spin instead. Marc Jacobs kicked off the whole thing with his monochrome stripes. Other designers were thinking linear this season and squares and checkerboard prints were the result. Stripes with denim, and they’re all-American; with navy, they’re nauticalchic; and worn head-to-toe, they’re just plain cool. As an added bonus you’ll definitely be able to wear them for seasons, even years to come as they’re a classic. Louis Vuitton bags were petite, square boxes in matching stripes, and shoes were either kitten heeled or completely flat. 'Mod' and 'sixties' were the buzzwords – think Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton for the look. The good news is that most of the stock is in the stores now. The bad news? Will it be warm enough to wear it?

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Business & Retail backing of a prestigious national chain, have the ability to offer attractive values on the goods you take to them. Other services include cheque cashing and payday advances, along with the selling of quality second hand jewellery at a fraction of the high street retail cost. Anyone who walks through the door at Cashbrokers will be greeted with a smile and will receive a very informative, quality service. They are here to help the people of Bromley and provide them with the best services to suit their needs. CASHBROKERS BROMLEY: 17 High Street, Bromley BR1 1LG Tel: 0208 460 1858, Email:


Cashbrokers Bromley opened its doors last October and ever since have been helping the people of Bromley with their financial needs. The shop is run by local people, ensuring that the personal touch is given to everyone who walks through the door. Cashbrokers focuses on alternative lending services for those who do not wish to use or can’t use high street banks and do not want to go down the unadvisable route of using loan sharks. Pawn broking is just one of the services they offer, which is the lending of money for up to 6 months, secured against your gold and jewellery, meaning you can get no further in to debt as it is against goods you already own. Pawn broking has provided a service to those in need of short term lending for centuries, dating back as far as 1450 where the Franciscan Monks provided a service to the people of Perugia, Italy. It is also a known fact that Queen Isabella of Spain pawned items to fund the travels of Christopher Columbus to the Indies. Cashbrokers also has a modern form of lending known as buyback, which is the lending of cash on lesser value goods such as electricals to cope with modern day technologies and the luxuries the general population now own. Cashbrokers are specialist gold and jewellery buyers and, with the

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Valerie Breese visits The London Door Company On a crisp morning in February I parked up outside the Penge office of The London Door Company. I wasn’t exactly sure whether I was expecting an Aladdin’s cave of thousands of doors or perhaps a dusty artisan’s workshop. I was, however, pleased to find a clean and crisp modern showroom and a warm welcome. I had arranged to meet James Williamson who runs this most recent addition to The London Door Company’s list of showrooms. Once I was comfortably settled with a coffee in hand, James was happy to explain that all the doors are made to order in the company’s own workshops in Wimbledon, and that the showroom had been carefully set up to show all the various details that can be used to recreate almost any London door style. I quickly learned how different doors suit different periods of house and from the many photos dotted around the room it’s clear the difference a door can make. While we were talking a couple with two young children popped in to take a look. I could see they were not exactly sure what to expect either, but James quickly welcomed the family and set about getting some toys to occupy the children. With a few well thought-out questions from James, the couple were soon shown a door that they agreed not only matched their house but fulfilled the requirements for a particular glass and even paint colour. I could see they were now really getting a picture of exactly what could be achieved. James went on to talk through a range of timbers including Accoya® - which apparently has up to 85% better stability than teak, with the added benefit of being entirely ecologically friendly – the supply and fitting of locks and furniture, the essential draught-proofing and even a choice of paint finishes. After arranging a meeting the following evening for James to pop by and measure up and talk costs it was clear that they were looking forward to their new front door. The approach at The London Door Company is very informative and professional, while being approachable and inclusive. I very much enjoyed my London Door experience and I can see that with 30 years of making doors behind them the passion is still alive. So for lovely doors, expert advice and a warm welcome visit or call for an appointment. The London Door Company 67 High St, SE20 7HW 020 8634 4080

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Getting the home ready to put it on the market...


Kerb appeal

n a buyer’s market doing everything you possibly can to give your house the ‘edge’ over the competition could mean the difference between selling or not. The view from the road is the first impression prospective buyers get and it should be inviting. Your house may need just a quick makeover, from a new front gate, weeds removed from the garden and new plants planted, to a repointing of the front wall or fixing a wobbly flagstone. Do find a way to camouflage the wheelie bins if they have to live in the front garden. After a cold wet winter the paintwork will look dull and painted walls may have a green patina, which should be scrubbed away. A coat of paint will brighten the look of the house and give it ‘kerb appeal’. The front door should look solid and in good shape… and don’t let your windows let you down. If you have maintained your home on a regular basis there shouldn’t be too much to be done, but sometimes we put things off until tomorrow and don’t get round to fixing simple faults that then become larger problems. New buyers don’t want to buy a home that will cost them more money as soon as they move in. Windows tend to be neglected the most; if you have timber frames they are very durable and if taken care of will last for decades, but they will require periodic maintenance. Rattling, ill-fitting drafty windows can easily be remedied, but if the windows are old and rotten it will be time to replace them with new well-fitted sashes. If the box frames are salvageable and in good condition, new doubleglazed sashes can be fitted to the existing frames making a considerable saving. New windows can transform the look of the property inside and out and the cost is an investment in the property, which can be reflected in its price and saleability. Many of our homes are covered by conservation orders or are listed, and period features like windows have to be as original – and that means timber. If the windows are old and rotten it makes more sense and is cost-effective to replace them. If you are drawn to the qualities of PVCu or aluminium, which require very low maintenance, you could replace your old windows, again an investment in your home that makes your property more desirable to a new owner. Nanette Fielding



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Refurbishing your bathroom or kitchen can be an expensive and stressful experience. But it doesn’t have to be. Bathroom & Kitchen Installations have been in the industry for over 20 years and this family run business believe their success is down to the personal service and attention to detail they offer. Skilled tradesman Martin Burch runs Bathroom & Kitchen Installations, and together with his wife, interior designer Natalie, offers bespoke bathroom & kitchen refurbishments. If you are considering refreshing your kitchen or bathroom and adding a significant value to your property call: 020 8226 2132 or 07850 752373. www.bathroomandkitcheninstallations.

Their new Roller Blinds and Roman Blind fabric books have arrived! The new collections of fabrics include over 500 stunning designs. Giving your windows the attention they require to bring a room together. Blackheath Interiors offers made to measure Shutters and Blinds. For a FREE estimate please contact or visit their showroom. For all your interior needs, from sofas, chairs, footstool, mirrors and furniture. Blackheath Interiors & Flooring are here to help. Also an Upholstery service is now available. Blackheath Interiors & Flooring Ltd, 131 -133 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9DS. 0208 297 9600.



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Gardens to inspire


AS WE ENDEAVOUR TO THROW OFF THE SHACKLES OF WINTER and look forward to some much needed spring sunshine, now is the time to start planning for the long, lazy summer days spent enjoying your garden. At Landscape One Design we are providing our clients with the gardens that they want to spend time in. We offer services to help invigorate a tired-looking garden right through to a full design and construction. From planting schemes, decks and water features to complete makeovers, we can offer the solutions to make an outdoor space your dream garden. Contact us at: 0800 848 8053

It’s your space, make it unique GARDENING IS A FORM OF ESCAPISM, a way of switching off from the technological demands of modern life. While there may be hundreds of apps offering gardening advice, design tips and the best plants for tricky places, nothing beats the real feeling of getting outside and leaving the gadgets indoors. Growing something isn’t just a way of making fresh food for the kitchen or helping local wildlife find food after an incredibly wet winter, it’s also food for the soul, a way of reconnecting with the very things which give us the air we breathe – plants.


Spring of course is an explosion in itself, when plants shrug off winter and burst into life with a riot of colour and fragrance. Now’s the time to get ‘hands on’. You don’t have to be a plantoholic to brighten up the dullest of shady spots or make the most out of a tiny space specially reserved for those quiet moments we all need. The best designs, like the paperclip, are the ones, which are the simplest. Sandstone can give a modern edge to a patio or seating area while traditional Yorkstone will provide a timeless quality to period properties, but there are so many materials to choose from you really can make a personal statement that reflects the living space indoors. When choosing plants, be adventurous but take advice on how fast they grow, particularly if you don’t have much room. If you want privacy, before reaching for the hammer or trowel, consider going green and think of hedging first. Not just a cheaper option but the local wildlife will love you for it. Lighting is something some people shy away from under the false impression that it’s not beneficial to the environment but what is more ecologically friendly, being outdoors with a few low wattage LED lights on enjoying the garden, or being indoors watching a huge TV screen? Modern lighting has increased longevity, too, ensuring your investment lasts for years to come. There are few things more satisfying than looking back on your endeavours, knowing you helped the local wildlife and increased the value of your property at the same time. Adam S Bailey Garden Design, Unit 9, Home Farm, 3 Riverside, Eynsford, DA4 0AE, Tel 01322 865566, e-mail:

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THE ICONIC BRITISH HOME SHOW will return to Earls Court, London from 15th March - 1st April, for its 105th Year and we have 10 pairs of tickets for our lucky readers to win! With seven dedicated show areas catering to every need and taste, and boasting over 600 exhibitors, the Ideal Home Show is the only place to visit when making your home ideal. From ideal Interiors, to ideal Home Improvements, with ideal Gardens, and ideal Technology, plus ideal Food & Housewares, ideal Shopping and ideal Woman, the enhanced sections give you more choice and bigger brands, all under one roof. It’s a great day out for the whole family – shop, see new product launches, explore full scale show homes and gardens, visit the revolutionary Technology Hub, powered by Virgin Media, and enjoy a glass of bubbles in the Ideal Gardens champagne bar, sponsored by Hydropool. You can even celeb spot and enjoy a spot of lunch in the Celebrity Chef restaurant. Not forgetting the fantastic Celebrity Ambassadors and Experts that will be on hand at the show, both on the Super Theatre stage, and B&Q’s own DIY theatre, to share


Win tickets their knowledge and skills through 1000s of demonstrations and workshops. Don’t forget to stop by the Drinks Theatre, sponsored by Regina, for tips and tipples too! Plus this year you can see a very special interiors makeover on a very famous TV home and visit the ITV ‘Love your Garden’ show garden, sponsored by Oceans. For your chance to WIN one of 10 pairs of tickets to this year’s show, simply answer this question: In 2013, how many years will the Ideal Home Show have been in London? Send your name, address and daytime telephone number to Meridian magazine (IHS), 8 The Village, Charlton SE7 8UD or email For those not lucky enough to win, you can still get a great deal booking in advance.

Visit / 0844 858 6763 Find out the latest news for the 2013 show @ideal_home_show *Terms and conditions: 1. This offer is only open to UK residents. 2. Complimentary tickets are valid for one day only, on any one day of the show between the 15th March - 1st April 2013 at London’s Earls Court. 3. Tickets are non transferable. One pair of tickets per winner only. 4. Complimentary tickets obtained through this offer may not be duplicated. 5. All tickets will be scanned on entry to the show 6. The closing date for this offer is 13 March.

Time for a spring refresh What are the latest trends for the home?


EMILE AZAN OF CHAMELEON DESIGNS discusses colour trends… One of the big trends for interior colour schemes is Cosmetic shades - such as peachy and blush tones. They have a very soft aesthetic that’s warm, calming, reassuring and relaxing, and are now a great way to move beyond standard and slightly pedestrian creams and beiges. If you are feeling more

daring, then go for something a bit brighter, such as apricot or an uplifting coral. In this palette you can also include soft greys and lilacs. At the other end of the spectrum, one of the key colours for spring has been Gucci purple, which is now filtering through to bathroom design. Rich, jewel-like and velvety colours like this help to create a luxurious and cocooning feel. A mistake people make, particularly if they have a smaller bathroom, is to think that they have to paint it white in order to make it feel bigger, when actually this will probably make the space feel cold. What is more important than size is that the room feels like a wonderful place to spend time and relax in, so although a dark colour won’t increase the feeling of space it can make it look extremely sumptuous. Another rule made to be broken is the idea that a bathroom should be blue. We often turn to blues as an easy option and because of its water connotations. If you really want to use the colour blue, make a statement with a Sapphire blue or Turquoise.



pring is a time of renewal, after a winter of hibernation it seems nature comes back to life – and with it comes an abundance of energy and colour! Green is tipped to be a hot colour in the home this spring and no wonder, it is synonymous with this season of new beginnings - the grass becomes greener and the trees start to bud again. If you want to play safe just introduce the colour into the soft furnishing in the room like these chairs from Sofa Design.

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Lee Service Centre Celebrating 40 years of outstanding local service


ill Leo first started repairing Domestic appliances in 1973, moving to Lee in 1977 as the business grew and joined by Ray Elliott shortly after. Lee Service Centre has served the local community repairing, servicing and supplying all Freestanding and integrated domestic appliances. Our aim has always been to give a fast, efficient and honest service and we are proud of the reputation we have built up. Lee Service Centre also carries out work for a number of well known estate agents, letting agencies and Housing Associations covering the Southeast London and Docklands area. Our emphasis is on ‘service’, when a customer arranges for a visit from Lee Service Centre they can be assured of a personal service, when a washing machine is purchased it can be delivered, installed and the old appliance taken away and safely disposed of. Bill and Ray wish to thank all their customers for their continued support during the past 40 years, we look forward to continuing our service for many more years to come.

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Making the Right Choice ONE OF OUR MAIN AIMS AT BICKLEY PARK is to produce well-rounded pupils who are equipped for the challenges that they will undoubtedly face at senior school. In many schools throughout the country pupils make the transition from primary to secondary schools when they are 11. However, prep school parents are fortunate to have a choice about whether they want their child to go on to senior school at 11 or to stay on until 13. At Bickley Park we can’t give you a simple answer to the question of what the right age for a child to join senior school is. However, it is well known that adolescent growth in boys tends to come later than in girls and by the age of 13 they are better equipped physically and socially to deal with the challenges of a senior school. This greater confidence makes them more able to network and communicate as individuals. In addition, the challenging Common Entrance curriculum that we offer provides outstanding preparation for GCSE and further study. Indeed, many of our Year 8 boys find themselves with a real academic advantage over their counterparts at senior school. If you think our outstanding preparation for senior school may be just right for your son then come along and visit us. Call 020 8460 9800 to make an appointment. You may also want to consider sitting your son for our Year 7 Scholarship tests on Thursday 14 March. Bickley Park School, 14/24 Page Heath Lane, Bickley, Bromley BR1 2DS.


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STUDENTS FROM BETHANY SCHOOL took to the stage for three sell-out performances of the School’s musical production “We Will Rock You”, which features songs from the band Queen. The 70 strong cast from Year 7 through to 13, performed at School in the Assembly Hall, which had seen a complete transformation into a rock venue. Sarah Boyle, Bethany’s Head of Drama said, “I am immensely proud of our talented cast. They successfully juggled their schoolwork with lengthy rehearsals many of which have been over weekends. Well done to one and all.” Bethany School. Curtisden Green, Goudhurst, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 1LB Tel: 01580 211273.

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Ships of Stone: The Islands of Mervyn Peake


hips of Stone: The Islands of Mervyn Peake takes a new look at the work of the visionary artist, writer and illustrator by focusing on one of Peake’s lifelong obsessions: islands. This exhibition shows the landscapes and characters of the island emerging in his illustrations for Treasure Island (1949), his novel Mr Pye (1953) and in his descriptions of the metaphorical island of Gormenghast Castle. The exhibition uses audio recordings to bring Peake’s writings alive alongside objects and artworks that span his career, many of which are on public display for the first time. Mervyn Peake was born to Missionary parents in China and grew up there until the age of 11. In 1923 he started school at Eltham College, formerly the School for the Sons of Missionaries. By this point, he had learned Treasure Island, his favourite book, by heart and early stories, paintings and drawings reveal a thirst for adventure and a fascination with islands. The exhibition reveals and explores this ongoing fascination with islands that started in Eltham College and remained with him throughout his career. 23 March - 18 May 2013 Saturdays 12-4pm FREE ENTRY Gerald Moore Gallery at Eltham College, Mottingham Lane, London SE9 4RW Tel: 020 8857 0448, E: W:, T: @GeraldMooreGall The exhibition features many works which are on public display for the first time and is made possible thanks to major loans from The Estate of Mervyn Peake, The National Portrait Gallery and other public collections in the UK. ABOVE: MERVYN PEAKE, THE THIRD MAROON, 1926. PENCIL AND WATERCOLOUR ON PAPER, 29.5 X 26.2 CM. MERVYN PEAKE ESTATE. PHOTO COURTESY JUSTIN PIPERGER. RIGHT: ORIGINAL PAGE OF CAPTAIN SLAUGHTERBOARD DROPS ANCHOR, 1939, INK ON PAPER, MERVYN PEAKE ESTATE, PHOTO COURTESY JUSTIN PIPERGER.

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Food & Drink

Restaurant Reviews


SITUATED A SHORT STROLL FROM THE RAILWAY STATION, STATION Locale specialises in classic Italian flavours using fine Italian produce. Enticed by the promise of divas and divine Italian cuisine we ascended the sweeping stairwell to the main dining room of Locale in Blackheath. Downstairs there is a large function room to cater for weddings and other private hire celebrations. The palazzo-like dining room is decorated with candelabras and gilded mirrors and has a cocktail bar to the side, an open kitchen galley area opposite and a feeling of grandeur enhanced tonight by the Yamaha baby grand piano. Greeted by the maitre d’ we are shown to our table and appreciatively sip our complimentary aperitif of prosecco (*) and mull over the varied menu. Meanwhile the group of young opera singers begin their repertoire, accompanied by two pianists; the high ceiling enhancing the acoustic and letting their talents fill the room without overpowering the diners. We began our meal with deliciously prepared ravioli parcels the pasta light and perfectly cooked in a classic rich sauce of butter and sage. My partner delved for pan fried scallops wrapped in pancetta on a bed of pureed peas flavoured with a hint of garlic and mint – the cooking again delicious and precise.

Choices for main meals encompass pasta, meat and fish dishes but the speciality of the house catches our eyes – “da dividere” a platter for 2 to share of a rack of Gloucester old spot pork with trimmings – too good to resist. Four thickly cut chops accompanied by dark roasted figs, and a creamed horse radish sauce. The pork itself was surrounded by a crisp, golden girdle of fat: the meat succulent, the flavour deep and rich. The side dishes complemented perfectly, rosemary roast potatoes, buttered marrow and crunchy, fresh beans. The cooking truly served the excellence of the ingredients. We shared a bottle of the light, honeyed Malvasia Salento wine from the south east coast of Italy. The room soon filled with the hum of diners’ conversations interspersed with well known arias and duets of Puccini, Mozart and Verdi. The waiters flitting busily between the tables, we settled easily into the atmosphere. After a suitable pause we passed on the array of sweet desserts favouring instead to share a cheese board. The kitchen again surprised with the excellent pecorino sheep’s cheese, the fruit bread and pot of honey washed down with a glass of ruby port. The meal and the music were well matched and delivered with flavour and flourish. The bill for two was £95 with service. More opera nights are planned once a month throughout 2013 – we recommend you reserve your seats up in the Locale stalls. *Free glass of prosecco when booking a table at an Opera Night. By Hannibal Penfold

HAVING GROWN UP EATING AT MANY RESTAURANTS around London, as my family are in the restaurant business, eating at Panas Gurkha that specializes in Indian and Nepalese cuisine on Lee High Road, made a very pleasant change to traditional curry restaurants. It was a chilly Friday evening when a friend and I were shown to our table that had a ‘reserved’ place card on it. The restaurant is very intimate with 45 covers and steadily filled up whilst we were there. It had a romantic feel, with the soft buzz of conversation and a candle on our table. The ordering was, not surprisingly, left up to me and I played it relatively safe by ordering the recommended dishes on the menu along with Cobra beer. The starters that arrived, after obligatory papadums, were Momo, lamb dumplings, a very popular dish in Nepal and Sadeko Kukhura, shredded chicken that was served on a bed of salad, a signature dish. The first course was a great start to the meal and left both of our mouths watering at the prospect of the main dishes being of a similar standard.

The main courses that I chose did not disappoint. They were two chef’s specials, Choyola Chicken and Jhaneko Masu (lamb), accompanied with rice and naan. The dishes were dry, meaning they did not have a curry sauce and were presented in a spectacularly simple way. A curry sauce was not necessary as both were delicately spiced and very tender. It was a refreshing change to a normal curry. All the dishes are part of the Panas award winning healthy eating menu, which revolves around using minimal oil and ghee in the cooking.



Dinner was only enhanced by the service as it was attentive but not pushy, which overall, left us going away very happy. By Kabir Dev 318 Lee High Road SE13 5PJ, 020 8297 8794

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Food & Drink

Why the best things in life only get better? CHAPTERS ALL DAY DINING

By Sudi Piggot


ands up, who has a favourite winter jumper to cosy up in? A book they read again and again? A dish they never tire of eating… And a restaurant they always want to return to, knowing they'll get a warm welcome, a menu they read with hungry and pleasurable anticipation whilst being reassured that a good few, much loved dishes are never off the menu. Odds are that Chapters regulars (and there are many, even weekday lunches buzz with animated chatter) will recognise this sums up their local all-day-dining brasserie with a splash of affordable luxe admirably. And, the extra good news is Chapters just keeps on evolving and getting better. It's a very different proposition to the predictability of neighbouring chain restaurants that frankly simply don't offer the same winning equation of creativity, superior quality, seasonality and individuality. Proud recipient of the only Michelin Bib Gourmand in South East London, Chapters Head Chef Alex Tyndall has an impressive CV. He has previously worked at the 4-star

Queens Hotel in Leeds and was head hunted by Master of Wine John Hoskins for his Huntingdon based restaurant. His association with Chapters Executive Chef Andrew McLeish goes back to 2004, where he worked at Michelin starred Chapter One for 6 years before taking the helm at Chapters. Tyndall believes the perfect local restaurant should always be gently evolving, so that there's always something extra and different to tempt. Right now he's seasonally mad on game, lightly spiced haunch of venison with sautéed potatoes, bok choi and mulled fruit compote and slow roast pork belly served with colcannon, caramelised apple and cider velouté. And there are some incredibly enticing new cocktails ahead of the curve in recognising that cocktails with dinner are very definitely hip. Try “Moulin Rouge” with vodka, passion fruit, fresh strawberries and raspberries, topped up with sparkling wine. Yet the recognisably familiar, delicious favourites remain too, such as Chapters fish and chips and Josper hamburger that will never be off the menu. Why not? Come and try them to find out why they're irreplaceable. Talking Jospers, and a lot of people do, as Chapters have Blackheath's only Josper Grill, they're a cult gleaming beast of a charcoal oven with incredible heat and impart incredible, subtle smoky flavour. Jospers are considered a must by all the best Mayfair steak restaurants who charge a great deal more than Chapters for steaks of the highest order. What's more, Chapters offer a steak to suit every connoisseur. A choice of ultra-supreme British grass-fed Herefordshire rib of beef or premium USDA grain-fed beef from Great Omaha. Yet, the Josper is not only about steak. It's used for best-selling starter Josper grilled quail with choucroute, cashew nuts, carrot and vanilla puree. And children really do appreciate their Josper-grilled chicken and chips served with de rigour fresh, seasonal vegetables for under a fiver too. There's an astonishingly reasonable menu du jour (3 courses for £14.95 at lunch, £17.95 at dinner) with three enticing choices at each course. Smoked haddock risotto with crème fraiche followed by whole plaice with lemon, almond and parsley sauce, sautéed potatoes and green beans and poached plums with honey ice-cream on the blackboard went down a treat earlier this week.

“It's all about consistently demanding the finest ingredients and just letting their flavour shine through,”

...explains Tyndall, sneaking out of his busy kitchen to cast a watchful eye over a buzzing midweek lunch, that is seamlessly seguing into the afternoon with many a cheeky glass of champagne being ordered. Sartorially speaking, Chapters is a crowd puller/pleaser too. A relaxed yet sophisticated mix of bare brick, wooden floors, caramel coloured leather banquettes and lovely natural light from its huge windows overlooking the heath. Service too deserves special mention. It's well-informed, helpful and professional yet friendly, and thrives on creating the special buzz among customers – young, old, couples, families and friends having a good time, whatever the occasion. Chapters is quite simply the culinary equivalent of a literary best-seller that will never go out of print. Chapters All Day Dining, 43-45 Montpelier Vale, SE3 0TJ t:020 8333 2666 Sudi Pigott is a freelance food and travel writer for The Times, Independent, TIME, Metro

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New wine trends


ood and wine matching has become a hot topic in recent years, and ‘Tasting Menus’, with wine pairings in leading restaurants have become a gastronomic high in eating out. For some, this kind of experience is sheer decadence, and as we continue to live in economically more difficult times, ethical issues, rising alcohol taxes, and changing weather patterns, will lead to a change in what we will be buying, both food and wine. The saying of ‘Eat and Drink less, but better’ will become more important than ever. The important message that food and wine pairing sends is that wine is not for glugging down like beer, but is to be enjoyed with food. Too many of the high street wines are sold with lots of alcohol and residual sugar that make them so easy to swig down on their own. Wines with acidity and tannins are not appealing on their own, and people are put off by them, but with food they come alive. These wines though are much better for you, as they are better balanced with lower alcohol levels. Alcohol does not give flavour to wine just texture. Winemakers are now consciously trying to find vineyards, and grow vines sustainably and organically to produce grapes that do not have excessive levels of sugar, that create alcoholic fruit bomb styles of wines. Australian Chardonnay may have led the revolution for the easy style of drinking wines over here, but a series of tastings I have been to recently have presented a ‘new’ style of leaner, fresher and vibrant Chardonnay, which illustrates these new trends. The accepted consumer image of Australian Chardonnay, which is full of tropical fruit and oak, is dying at the level around £8.00 a bottle upwards. Having been guilty of joining the ABC (Anything But [Aussie] Chardonnay) brigade, because of the overdose of industrial style examples that dominate the high street, I have to admit to have fallen in love with Aussie Chardonnay all over again. This is because these leaner Chardonnays are full of fruit, supported by some subtle oak, if any at all, and have good acidity. Importantly they are much more suited with food, and when Chardonnay is like this then it is a safe bet for food and wine matching as it can compliment so many foodie flavours with ease. Top Australian exponents are ‘Ten Minutes by Tractor’ from Mornington Peninsular south of Melbourne available from wine merchants, or the single vineyard wines of ‘Giant Steps’ available at Made at the ‘Innocent Bystander’ winery in the Yarra Valley, their more affordable wines are available at Waitrose, under the name of Willing Participant Chardonnay 2010 at £11.99. This along with ‘McWilliam’s’ Isabelle Chardonnay 2011 from the cool climate zone of Tumbarumba £10.49 (Waitrose) and ‘Wakefield Estate’ 2011 Clare Valley Chardonnay £10.99 (Majestic) all demonstrate this move to a fresher, purer, and gentle stone fruit character of Chardonnay, that is so delightful and explains why Chardonnay is such an exciting and elegant grape. By Carolyn Bosworth-Davies


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T h i s m o n t h ’s e v e n t s ONGOING


» Art, Drama, Music, Language & Wine

Exciting Horizons Claire Allen talks to Greenwich Theatre's artistic director James Haddrell When you took over as artistic director five years ago; what was your original vision? There wasn’t one single vision - which was challenging. I wanted to bring more children’s theatre to Greenwich and to commission more approachable theatre for families, which wasn’t just the Christmas panto. I also wanted to acknowledge the change in demographic in the community by creating a programme which didn’t just rely on adaptations of classic dramas and texts, but instead appealed to people of different ages, ethnicities, professional backgrounds and financial positions. So we reduced ticket prices, made the theatre more comfortable and began working with new and emerging theatre companies. What makes Greenwich Theatre so exciting right now? Every year we take on young theatre companies, and have a reputation for attracting them and helping them along their way. For Greenwich Theatre audiences this means seeing interesting and high quality productions, which end up in the West End and cities like New York, Dublin and Madrid, before anyone else. We’ve now reached a point where there is a great variety on show, and something different to see each week. Helen Mirren, Ali Smith and director Lucy Bailey have all recently been made patrons of Greenwich Theatre, but what are your personal highlights? There was a point last year, when I was number crunching, and realised the symmetry in our audience numbers having doubled though our funding had halved. Having achieved that in five years felt like a very pure outcome. At the same time we do owe a huge thanks to Royal Greenwich - it is our additional funding which has reduced so drastically, not that from the local authority. While the arts across the country struggle with reducing resources, with some county councils cutting arts funding altogether, Royal Greenwich has bucked a national trend in maintaining our funding despite major reductions from other sources. Hopefully our increased audience figures prove them right in having such faith in what we do. What can audiences expect from Greenwich Theatre in 2013? Our annual Greenwich Theatre’s Children’s Festival returns this Easter, and having scooped two Broadway World awards for Rent last year, look out for news of another big musical heading for Greenwich this autumn. We have a huge range of shows coming up, so come and see a production you’re sure you’ll like, then come back and take a risk and see something completely different. Trust us. For full listings please visit:

Don’t miss our monthly theatre column starting here in our April issue.

courses. One-to-one instrumental & vocal tuition for all age groups, plus a range of courses. The Conservatoire, Lee Road Blackheath, SE3. Info: 020 8852 0234 or » Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society. Stimulating lectures and intriguing outings. Fourth Thursday of the month except August and December. 2.30pm. St Mary’s Hall, Cresswell Park, Blackeath SE3. » Embroidery and Soft Furnishing Workshops. Learn hand and machine embroidery, soft furnishings and ‘get to know your sewing machine’. All levels welcome. 10am12noon & 1-3pm. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All day workshops on 3rd Saturday of each month. 020 8464 1662. St Josephs Convent, Plaistow Ln, Bromley BR1 2PR. » Greenwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society. Monthly lectures at King William Court, Room 315, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10. 8pm on 2nd Monday of the month, except April & August. Refreshments from 7.15pm. New members welcome. 020 8852 6248 or » Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park. Drop-in activities for Sunday. 10am-5pm. Free. Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park Trust for Urban Ecology, John Harrison Way, SE10. 020 8293 1904. » Greenwich Tour Guides Association. Walks start at 12.15pm & 2.15pm from the Tourist Information Centre, Pepys House, 2 Cutty Sark Grdns, SE10. £7 (£6 conc). Tel: 07575 772 298 or email: » Greenwich Market. Tues - Collectables & crafts. Weds - Food market with local producers & organic produce. Thurs & Fri - Antiques, collectables, arts & crafts. Weekends & Bank Hols - Arts & Crafts & Food. 10am-5.30pm, 020 8269 5096. Greenwich SE10. » Guided Walk in Maryon Wilson Park. This park includes an animal park & deer enclosure. 1.15pm & 3.30pm tour of the animals every Wed. Extra tours Mon & Fri in school hols. Free. Maryon Wilson Park, Thorntree Road, Charlton, SE7. Park Ranger Service, 020 8319 4253. » Knitting & Crochet Workshops. Learn to knit or crochet with beginners, intermediate and advanced classes. 11am – 1pm every Friday and Saturday. £15 per 2-hour session. Book your space online at or call 020 8144 4523, Boutique Outlet, 326 Lee High Road, Lee Green SE13 5PJ. » Learn Tarot Cards. Develop your intuition and communication skills. Private tuition and workshops with experienced reader, inspiring teacher. Email: Tel: 07791 139 380, 020 8293 1737. » Sing it out. Stress-relieving singing group for local people interested in singing as a way of relieving stress. All abilities catered for. First session FREE. Evening sessions Wednesday 8pm. Mother & baby sessions Thursday

1.30pm. Maze Hill area. Email toria@singitout. or call Toria on 07747 794 321.

EVERY MON » Lewisham Choral Society. New season's rehearsals. New members welcome. For more details visit 8pm. St Laurence's Church, Community Centre, Bromley Road, Catford SE6 2TS.

EVERY WED » Keep Fit & In Shape + Line Dancing. 10am - 12 noon. Donation £5 to Cancer Research UK. 020 8852 7127. Kingswood Hall, Kingswood Place, off Dacre Park, Lewisham SE13.

EVERY THURS » Blackheath Morris Men. Practice 8.45-10pm. St Marks Church Upper Hall, Greenwich South Street SE10. Free. Contact John on 020 8461 2440. » Rotary Club of Greenwich. For like-minded business people to meet & help the community. Fred Nunn 020 8858 6410. Charlton Football Club, Floyd Rd; Charlton SE7 8BL.

EVERY FRI » Lunchtime Concert. 1pm – 2pm. Free. Charlton House, Charlton Rd; SE7 8RE. 020 8856 3951. » Tangoworkout. Classes connecting Tango with health and well being, for men and women. 7.15pm – 9.15pm – beginners and intermediate classes. £7. West Greenwich Community Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8JA.

2ND SAT OF EVERY MONTH » Forest Hill Farmers’ Market. 9.30am-2pm. Forest Hill Pools, Dartmouth Road, SE23 3HZ.

EVERY SUN » Blackheath Farmers’ Market. 10am-2pm. Blackheath Station Car Pk; Blackheath SE3.

THIRD SUN OF EVERY MONTH » Eltham Farmers’ Market. 10am-3pm. Passey Place. Off Eltham High St, Eltham SE9.

EVERY SUN & 2ND TUES » Blackheath Quakers. Quaker meeting for worship. 10.30am-11.30am every Sunday, and 1pm-1.30pm on the 2nd Tues of each month. Visitors welcome. Call 07908 587 695 for current venue or visit

UNTIL 7 APR » Current Exhibition. Featured artists: David Bowyer (Until10 Mar), Nikki Braunton (12 – 24 Mar) and Angela Brookes (Mar 26 – Apr 7). Tues–Sun, 10am–5.30pm. 020 8858 1569. Greenwich Printmakers Gallery, 1A The Market, SE10 9HZ.

UNTIL 13 MAR » Illuminated World. Exploration of early photography from an extraordinary local man, Arthur Boswell’s (1880-1966). 10am-5pm, last entry 4.30pm. Adults £7, con/under16s £5, family £20. Bexley Heritage Trust, Hall Place, Bexley DA5

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Amazon Adventure The Amazon comes to life with the Horniman Museum & Gardens latest exhibition Amazon Adventure – Vicious Fishes & Other Riches. Explore the world’s largest and most biologically diverse river with its extraordinary animals, exotic plants and fascinating cultures. Including hands-on experiences, magical aquariums, colourful artwork and scientific research, visitors can learn about unusual creatures including mysterious pink dolphins, piranhas and anacondas.

UNTIL 31 MAR » Exhibition. To and From Greenwich –

photography by Mike Curry. Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm, Sat & Sun 12noon – 4pm. www. Linear House, Peyton Place, Greenwich SE10 8RS.

UNTIL AUG » Alien Revolution. Are we alone in this


Universe? With scientific and fantastical images, which capture the imagination, this exhibition explores our obsession with other worlds. 10am 5pm. Free. Royal Observatory, Greenwich SE10.

TUES 5 – 16 MAR Above: Aquarium Curator Jamie Craggs and year 3 pupils from Horniman Primary School, meet Amazon Voyage's replica anaconda. Pictured (l-r): Louis, Timi, Cherry, Jamie Craggs, Jamal, Lily, and Isabella.

Blackheath Halls Community Opera


Blackheath Halls are once again planning their annual community summer opera. This year Verdi's Macbeth will be performed by a host of community performers of all ages including school children and teenagers with special educational needs, early career Trinity Laban singers and stunning professionals. If you would like to perform in this production or help backstage or with costumes, contact Rose Ballantyne


String Quartet Festival Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance presents the 3rd biennial Royal Greenwich String Quartet Festival from 11 – 13 April, headlined by the world premiere by the Smith Quartet of the awardwinning composer Deirdre Gribbin’s new work, Hearing Your Genes Evolve, commissioned by MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge University. Leading string quartet, Quatuor MosaÏques, and the Carducci, Arcadia and Benyounes Quartets will feature in the main concerts alongside the Smith Quartet. This year’s Festival reflects the whole sweep of string quartet music through concerts, competitions, talks and master classes and offers a unique opportunity to support, promote and celebrate all that is exceptional about the genre among a new generation of musicians. Book online www.trinitylaban. or by calling the box office on 020 8305 9300. Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich SE10.

» Roger Mortimer’s Immersed Exhibition. Community Artist Roger Mortimer is branching out with his own show of stunning landscape paintings. Mon 12-5pm, Tues-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 11am-5pm & closed Sun. Free. 020 8269 2990. Paul McPerson Gallery, 77 Lassell Street, Greenwich SE10 9PJ.

THURS 7 MAR » Oxfam Touch of Glamour. As part of International Women’s Day the event will include live music, comedy, fashion show, Nails Inc. offering free manicures and a range of local fashion and craft stalls. Doors 6.30-11pm. £8. All ticket proceeds & 10% of everything sold on the stalls will go to Oxfam.

SAT 9 MAR » Lunchtime Recital. Daniel Edwards and Madelaine Jones. Cello and piano. 1.10pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. » Bird Watching Walks. Not suitable for young children. 2pm. £2, under 18 £1, free for Trust Members. Call 020 8319 8900 to confirm if wet weather. The Woodlands Farm Trust, 331 Shooters Hill, Welling, Kent DA16 3RP. » Singing Workshop. Learn to sing or acquire new skills at a singing workshop with lively and experienced musician, Jessica Maryon Davies. For more info contact Jean on 020 8852 7548 or David on 07956857661. 2-5pm. £10 including refreshments. Sunfields Methodist Church, Old Dover Road, Blackheath Standard SE3. » March of the Women. An evening of music celebrating notable women from Julie Andrews and Enid Blyton to Jean Rhys and Dame Cicely Saunders with Beckenham Ladies Choir and Lewisham Concert Band. 7pm. £10 available on the door. Profits go to St Christopher’s Hospice and Woodlands Campsite Trust. St Georges Church, High Street, Beckenham.

SUN 10 MAR » Cajun & Zydeco Dance Workshop.

Everyone welcome - on your own or bring a partner! 2.15 - 4.30pm. £5. Licensed bar. Call 01322 524 440 or email for details. Blackheath Newbridge WMC, 22 Charlton Road, Blackheath Standard, SE3 7HG. » Live Cajun Music. Petite et La Grosse featuring Chris Hall who has played and recorded with Paul McCartney, Bill Wyman, Kate Bush and his own band, The Cajun Roosters. 7.15pm. £10. Details Blackheath Newbridge WMC, address as above.

» Blackheath Halls Orchestra. Perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 and Tchaikovsky’s

Pathetique. 6.30pm. £10, £8 con. 020 8463 0100. Great Hall, Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9RQ.

THURS 14 MAR » Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Violin & Piano. 1.10pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.

FRI 15 MAR » Concert. St Paul’s Sinfonia. 7.30pm. £TBA. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. » Blackheath Scientific Society. The Nature of Bats. Talk by Ms Huma Pearce - London Bat Group. 7.45pm. Visitors £3. Mycenae House, Mycenae Rd; Blackheath SE3.

THURS 14 – 16 MAR » Lady in the Dark. By Hart, Gershwin & Weill presented by students from Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance. Thurs & Fri 7.30pm, Fri & Sat 2.30pm. £10, £8 conc. 020 8858 7755. Greenwich Theatre, Croom’s Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES.

SAT 16 MAR » Ramble. 4 1/2 mile walk around the Wraysbury Lakes and the Ankerwycke estate besides the Thames, opposite Runnymede. Meet at Wraysbury Railway Station for 10.30am start. Trains from Waterloo mainline. Goldsmiths Rambling Club. Contact Rona Sullivan on 020 8850 4417 for details. » Charlton Society. Talk on the Work of the Greenwich Trading Standards Office. 2.3-pm. Charlton House, Charlton SE7. » Lunchtime Recital. Milena Simovic, violin. 1.10pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. » Recital. Kantanti, chamber followed by Concert Kantani Orchestral. Bartok and Ravel. 6.30pm. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. » Nearly New Sale. Bargains! From baby equipment, toys, prams, clothing and gifts. Plus refreshments and entertainment for the children. Lewisham and Greenwich Twinsclubplus. 3-5pm. St Michael and All Angels, Pond Road, SE3 9JL.

SAT 16 & 17 MAR » HMS Belfast Celebrates. Come aboard HMS Belfast for a weekend of activities and celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the ship’s launch in Belfast in 1938 on St Patrick’s Day. 10am-6pm. £14.50, £11.60 conc, Children under 16 free. 020 7940 6300. HMS Belfast, The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2JH

SAT 16 & 30 MAR » Belly Dance Classes. Ladies only sessions with Maria Louisa. 10.30am-12.30pm. £8, £6 conc. 020 8852 5556. The Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8.

SUN 17 MAR » Frog Day. Calling all frog lovers for free froggy activities including pond dipping, treasure trails and a special garden pond workshop. 11am – 3pm. Free. Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, John Harrison Way, SE10. 020 8852 6248.

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Tapas & Wine Pairing The über-stylish Tompkins restaurant set within the Pan Peninsula development in Canary Wharf is the venue for the event. Following a reception accompanied by a glass of chilled Castillo Perelada Cava Brut Reserva the festivities will begin in earnest. To the delightful musical accompaniment of a Spanish guitarist, guests will be treated to three starter tapas, paired with a glass of Sanchez Romate Fine Sherry Marismeno; Tobia Blanco Rioja and Rueda Blanco, Badajo. A selection of red wines will then be proffered along with the main tapas dishes: La Cesta Garnacha Old Vines, Catalonia; 5 Fincas Tinto Reserva, Castillo Perelada and Rioja Vega Reserva. This gastronomic extravaganza will draw to a satisfying conclusion with a glass of Sanchez Romate Pedro Ximenez Cardenal Cisneros sherry to be poured over the ice cream dessert. Tickets are priced at just £15 per person. The date for your diary is Wed 20 March 7.30pm.


FLORICULTURE The Garden Museum’s latest exhibition Floriculture tells the story of the cut flower trade from the 17th century until today. The exhibition will also explore the inspiration of cut flowers to painters, and to the art of floristry, and their symbolism in rites of passage such as marriage, funerals, and memory. Sunday - Friday 10.30am5.00pm, Saturday 10.30am – 4.00pm. Closed the first Monday of each month. Adults £7.50, Conc £6.50, Art fund and full-time students £3, Free for children under 16. The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB. Tel: 020 7401

» Israel in Egypt. Handel’s work tells the biblical story of the Israelites’ flight from Egypt. 7.30pm. £18, £13. 020 8463 0100. Great Hall, Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3.



WED 27 & 28 MAR

» Vegetables in the Garden & Containers.

» What the Dickens – The Misadventures of Charles Dickens. Pegasus presents the return of Gonzo Moose. 7.30pm. £15, £12.50 conc. 020 8858 7755. Greenwich Theatre, Croom’s Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES.

Charlton & Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society talk by Gordon Francis. 7.45pm. £1 visitors. Charlton House, Charlton Rd SE7 8RE.

TUES 19 MAR » Greenwich Industrial History Society.


Andrew Wells on Wells Shipbuilders – Deptford and elsewhere. 7.30pm. Non-members £1. The Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, Blackheath SE3.

» Blackheath Decorative and Fine Arts Society. Nikolaus Pevsner, the authority on English architecture, regarded The Paragon SE3 as ‘one of the most beautiful streets in London’. Lecture by Susie Harries. 2.30pm. Visitors £5. St Mary’s Church Hall, Cresswell Park, Blackheath SE3. » Stephen Montague at 70. Sian Edwards conducts the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for a special concert to celebrate the 70th birthday of one of Trinity Laban’s professors, Stephen Montague. 7.30pm. £12, £8 conc. Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Rd, Blackheath SE3 9RQ.

TUES 19 – 23 MAR » Poundtown. By Ben Hales and presented

by the Kidbrooke Theatre Company at Corelli College in association with Greenwich Theatre. Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Wed - Fri 1.30pm, Sat 2.30pm. £12.50 & £7.50, £7.50 conc. 020 8858 7755. Greenwich Theatre, Croom’s Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES.

THURS 21 MAR » Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban. Soprano. 1.10pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.

FRI 22 MAR » Bach to Baby: classical concert series for baby and you. With award-winning concert pianist and founder of Classics with my Baby, Miaomiao Yu. 10am – 11.30am. Adults £10. For more info visit St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.

SAT 23 MAR » Great Hall Sleepover. Families are invited to spend an exclusive evening staying in the childhood home of Henry VIII. Enjoy a hearty supper, a late-night tour and storytelling session plus a full English breakfast in the morning. 7pm9am. Adult 85, Child £70, Family £240. Booking Essential 0870 333 1183. Eltham Palace & Gardens, Court Yard, Eltham SE9 5QE.

SAT 23 & 24 MAR


The Pirates of Penzance The Centenary Company has been wowing audiences with its productions of Gilbert & Sullivan operas since 1995, and each year, as a fundraiser for its major staged production, invites singers to ‘come and sing’ in a from scratch concert performance. To take part in the concert, singers need to pre-register on 020 8778 8088 or no later than Friday 8 March. Cost for singers: £12 (£10 concessions). Scores will be available for hire on the day. The funds raised will be for the Company’s next staged production. Saturday 16 March 7pm. Tickets: £10 (concessions £8) available in advance and on the door. Kingswood Hall, Kingswood Place, (opposite The Dacre Arms), Blackheath, SE13 3BU.

» Grand Auction of Theatrical Memorabilia. 7pm. Free entry. 020 8858 7755. Greenwich Theatre, Croom’s Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES.

» Screen-printing on Fabric. Introductory

course so no previous experience necessary. Concession rates for Greenwich Borough residents, students, recent graduates, unemployed and over 60. 10am-5pm £170 standard, £155 conc includes lunch on both days. 020 8316 5522. Thames Barrier Print Studio, Unit 4 Harrington Way, Woolwich SE18.

SUN 24 MAR » Antiques, Collectables, Vintage, Retro & Craft Fair. Search for a bargain. 9am – 2.30pm. £1. Email: or visit Kemnal Technology College, Sevenoaks Way, Sidcup DA14 5AA. » Arthur Smith – Exposed. Comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institution. 7pm. £15, £12.50 conc. 020 8858 7755. Greenwich Theatre, Croom’s Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES.

FRI 29 MAR - 14 APR » Holiday Activity. Easter Garden Trail. A fun trail that leads you through the Hall Place Gardens with a chocolate egg prize. Pick up your trail sheet from the house reception. 10am-4.30pm. £2 per trail. Hall Place, Court Yard, Eltham SE9 5QE.

SAT 30 MAR » Ramble. A 5-mile walk. Biggin Hill to Tatsford and back. Meet at the Black Horse bus stop in Biggin Hill for 10.45am start. Goldsmiths Rambling Club. Contact Rona on 020 8850 4417 for details. » Drop In at the Wildlife Centre. Find out more about the animals that live in the park. 1pm – 3pm. Free. Wildlife Centre, South end of lake in the flower garden, Greenwich Park, Blackheath SE3.

MON 1 APR » Cutty Sark Easter Holiday Fun. Join in this

epic Easter egg hunt around the ship and see if you can find all the eggs. Suitable for all ages. 10am – 5pm. Free with admission (£12, Children 5-15, Family ticket £20). The Cutty Sark, Greenwich SE10 9NF. » Jazz. Mick Collins Modern Jazz Orchestra. 8.30-10.45pm. £6. 020 8466 1726. H G Wells Centre, St Mark’s Road, Bromley High Street South, Bromley BR2 9HG.

MON 1 - 5 APR » One direction. They've sold over 1.6 million records in just four months and scored two major hit singles and a platinum selling debut album in the UK; and have won Best Single for ‘What Makes You Beautiful' at this year's BRIT Awards. Doors 6.30pm. £28.78 - £38.75. 0844 856 0202 The O2 arena, Peninsula Square , Greenwich SE10.

SAT 6 APR » The Tough 5,10 & 15k. Take on the ups and downs of Greenwich Park! Early season tough run to test those legs and get the heart pounding. Only 1000 places available and entry closure is 3 Apr. Fees £15-£21. For registration www.thefixevents. com 9.30am Greenwich Park, Greenwich SE10.

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