The South Londoner - April 2022

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SOUTH LONDonER April 2022

Kingdom Come Prince of Peckham turns 5 & expands its empire

JUNIOR ACTIVITIES THIS HOLIDAY

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A fun-packed, multi-activity holiday camp! First and foremost a childcare solution for parents during the holidays. Our playscheme offers high-quality care with an emphasis on FUN. We aim to do more than just keep the children occupied with a wide range of activities that include football, gymnastics, ice skating and dance. Children will also have the option of swimming if they are competent swimmers. Children should wear comfortable clothes and trainers to maximise interaction. Please ensure that your children have a packed lunch full of healthy foods (no fizzy drinks), and ensure they have plenty of water. Due to the playscheme’s Ofsted registration, we can only accept children from the 1st September following their 5th birthday (school year 1 onwards).

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April 2022

About us ― We’ve been based in the old Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey since 1994. We are proud to be a London Living Wage employer. Our flagship publication, the Southwark News launched in 1987 and is now London’s only independent, paid for newspaper. We also publish the Greenwich and Lewisham Weekender every week.

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We created the Bermondsey Biscuit and Rotherhithe Docker in 2018 with support from sponsors including Sellar, Grosvenor, British Land, and many more local businesses.

Arts & Entertainment Craig David, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Sister Sledge & more at Dulwich’s Pub in the Park, BirdGang Dance Company at Breakin’ Convention & Paxton Arts’ new vinyl nights

We use 100% recovered paper from the Ortviken papermill in Sweden, a green energy provider who use biofuel instead of oil and provide heat for 10,000 single family homes.

12-13 Local Faces Peckham ultramarathon man spills the beans on the caffeine invention that took him all the way to Dragon’s Den

15-23 Family Editor

Laura Burgoine

Deputy Editor

Cara Cummings

Design

Lizzy Tweedale, Dan Martin, Aurelio Medina

Marketing

Tammy Jukes, Clarry Frewin, Sophie Ali, Katie Boyd

Media Partnerships

Anthony Phillips

Finance

Emrah Zeki

Managing Directors

Chris Mullany and Kevin Quinn

Gulliver’s Travels at the Unicorn Theatre, Alice in Wonderland at the Elephant & more Easter half term events

25-28 Food and Drink All the latest restaurant, café & bar news & a big birthday bash for Prince of Peckham

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31-34 Wellbeing Get into shape with an international bodybuilding champ in Dulwich & relationship advice from the Forest Hill love doctor

Contact us ― Email

southlondonermag@gmail.com

Phone

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Twitter

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Instagram

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Website

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37-40 Property A rare gem hits the market at Vauxhall’s Bonnington Square

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Locally Sourced Colourful prints, candles & diverse greeting cards, made in Crystal Palace

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A Love Letter to South London The Lash expert on the rise of the laminated eyebrow, dinosaurs at Crystal Palace Park & the best Polish sausage this side of Warsaw

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Happy hour at Dulwich Park ― By Laura Burgoine

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he UK’s biggest celebration of food and music returns to Dulwich Park this summer. Join James Martin, Matt Tebbutt, Andi Oliver and Grace Dent for Pub in the Park, a dizzying combination of award-winning restaurants, banging live music, incredible chefs, and great food. Last year the festival hosted 130,000 visitors and this year’s outing is set to be the best yet. Party to Craig David TS5, Sister Sledge, The Sugar Hill Gang, Faithless DJ Set, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, ASWAD, and more, and sample dishes from the likes of Hoppers, Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, Atul Kochhar Restaurants, and Cue Point. Tickets are on sale now for Pub in the Park, Dulwich Park, which runs from June 24-26. Tickets range from £43-£105 (children under 5 go free). www.pubintheparkuk.com/dulwich

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Arts & Entertainment

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South London dance sensation return to Sadler’s Wells ―

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adler’s Wells’ annual festival of hip hop dance theatre is back for its 19th year, platforming innovative, authentic dance rooted in the streets and presented live on stage. This year’s festival features UK and international artists in an exciting line-up of talent hosted by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and Breakin’ Convention founder and Artistic Director, Jonzi D. Local talent and festival stalwarts BirdGang Dance Company, who first appeared on the Breakin’ Convention scene in 2008, return with plenty of tricks up their sleeves with more of their highimpact, avant-garde dance content, rooted in hip hop culture and popular dance styles. BirdGang choreographer Ukweli Roach says he’s excited to be debuting this piece at Breakin’ Convention. “BirdGang Ltd’s new work ‘A Bird’sEye-View’ finds the extraordinary in the ordinary, endeavouring to show that there is much more to any situation than first meets the eye. The true illusion is believing that what we can see, is all there is to see.” “We think ‘A Bird’s-Eye-View’ will challenge perspective and mystify our audience.” Breakin’ Convention International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre is at Sadler’s Wells, EC1R from Friday 29 April - Sunday 1 May from 6pm. Tickets: £15-£40 www.sadlerswells.com

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he Paxton Centre's Open Mic Jam is back. Performers on the line-up include singers, spoken word, R&B and hip hop artists. Any acts who’d like to join, just drop an email to thepaxtoncentre@gmail.com for a slot. Each month the Crystal Palace community creative space is also opening its doors for a Vinyl Night of funk, jazz, soul, hip hop and everything in between. Music lovers are encouraged to bring their own records to share or pick from the selection on hand. Expect drinks, cheese and charcuterie plates and relaxed vibes. The next Open Mic night is on Friday 20 May at 8pm. Entry fee: £3 (artists are free). www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-mic-jamtickets-249321676847 52 Anerley Hill, SE19 2AE. Phone: 020 8659 4701. www.thepaxtoncentre.co.uk

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local faces

April 2022

Faster than a speeding bullet ― By Laura Burgoine

Ultramarathon man pitches his chewable caffeine invention on Dragons’ Den - and it’s not just for athletes

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eckham local David Hellard can’t recall exactly how many marathons and ultramarathons he’s run but puts it somewhere “between 60 and 80.” He’s won marathons on three continents - including being the marathon champion in Somaliland, birthplace of Mo Farah- he’s raised over £100,000 for the Street Child charity, led the London Marathon for 400 metres, and set the Underground marathon record, running to the platforms of 42 tube stations. It was while racing in a six-day ultramarathon across the Sahara Desert that David first came up with the idea for Caffeine Bullet energy chews, a creation that’s now led to him being featured on the latest series of BBC One’s Dragons’ Den, where budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business idea to a panel of multimillionaires for investment. While running the Marathon Des Sables, dubbed “the toughest footrace on earth” David dropped a caffeine pill and watched it disappear into the sands of the Sahara. “I’d had a shocking Day 2 and I just started to cry,” he recalls. “This was during a series of challenges I was doing to raise money for Street Child and I knew if I didn’t do well it would potentially cost the charity thousands of pounds.” At that moment, it occurred to him that there must be a better way to take caffeine during exercise, and so the Bullet was born. David launched the energy chew out of his Brixton home in 2018. “It was partly made in my kitchen but I quickly realised there are some things you can’t and shouldn’t try to make from home, so I started working with a factory!” he says. “We never had any investment; it’s just grown by word of mouth, and it was me running the company on my own up until this year.” The Bullets are mainly sold online and in select sports shops. “We’re really well known in the running industry but now we want to become more of a mainstream brand,” David says. “Although we were created for athletic performance, people want to be performing better in everyday life, and they can use

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Caffeine Bullets to get the caffeine without having to take in all the “monster” calories of energy drinks or coffee.” “I take my racing quite seriously and I have a lot of friends who race seriously and I wanted to be able to help them,” David continues. He hasn’t raced for a record in years but his fastest marathon time was 2 hours 44 minutes in 2013. “Running is my passion and I thought ‘why don’t I do something that helps people who do the thing I love?’” Runners use caffeine for alertness and because it reduces the feeling and perception of tiredness and fatigue. Caffeine also releases fat cells into the bloodstream, which can be used for fuel, allowing glycogen in the muscles to be stored, which enables running for longer. “Running is a mental sport,” David says. “In long races, caffeine helps you make better decisions, like fuelling right and figuring out your pace. It acts like a hormone and it means you don’t feel the pain as much in that moment.” Usually in marathons, runners rely on energy gels or pills for caffeine. “You use caffeine gels towards the end of the race but by that stage you might have stomach issues because you can only absorb so many carbs in an hour,” David says. “When you swallow anything, it goes into the stomach and is then absorbed into the bloodstream. But when you chew caffeine, it’s absorbed in the cheeks and tongue and absorbed directly into the bloodstream, so it kicks straight in and is more concentrated.” An individual Caffeine Bullet contains 100mg of caffeine and the effects kick in after around 5-10 minutes, depending on the caffeine levels a person is used to and how their body processes it. “An espresso has between 50-70mg of caffeine and a can of Red Bull contains 77mg, so while the Caffeine Bullet is not as strong as a can of Monster you get all the caffeine at once, so it’s like one big slap in the face,” David says. “I drink decaf coffee normally so that when I have one of these chews it really hits with full impact.”

The entrepreneur took up running at age 27 after joining the London Hash House Harriers, an international non-competitive running, social and drinking club. “I’d just broken up with my then girlfriend, I’d started to get man boobs and suddenly I had all this free time,” he recalls. “The Hash House Harriers are the biggest running club in the world. I joined them and that just transformed everything. I fell in love with the joy of running.” “It wasn’t about training or times, it was using running to explore,” he continues. “Someone lays a trail so you never know where it’s going to go. You turn up at a different pub in zone 1 or 2, and you explore all the nooks and crannies and backstreets of London. There’s no better way to see a part of a city.” It was while running with the Hash House Harriers that David noticed he was pretty quick. “I’d enjoyed running back when I was at school and have a natural stamina, and I started to enjoy running fast, so I trained for the London Marathon, which I still think is the best marathon on earth,” he says. “I loved the process, I fell in love with having that control because when you run a marathon you decide everything. You get instant gratification, you see improvements, you track everything. It’s a really personal journey. “There’s nothing stopping you from being able to run; you can just slap on a pair of trainers and go,” David says. “The great thing about London is you can get to anywhere with a run. “Running is my punching bag, it’s such an escape for me. It’s my creative space. All my best ideas happen when I’m running. If you’re running a huge amount, you end up thinking about these things that have been in the back of your mind gnawing at you and you give them space and find peace and solutions. Every run is a solo brainstorming session.” Watch David on the April 7 episode of Dragon's Den. Buy the Caffeine Bullet at: www.caffeinebullet.com

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April 2022

SPringtime Events

Buckle up for something cosmic The Southbank Centre is putting on quite a show this Easter. Three events geared towards families and young people will run throughout April at their beautiful Queen Elizabeth Hall and Riverside Terrace. Between 8 - 10 April, Zog and the Flying Doctors are back for a brand new adventure, in a family show based on the famous book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. It has been described as “a truly modern take on a classic fairy tale.” You won't be disappointed.

What's on this springtime By Joshua Askew

Meanwhile, Meal One serves up some mid-week fun on 14 and 15 April. It is a show for five to nine year-olds jam-packed with breathtaking projections, music, dance and augmented reality. See what they have in store.

Events and family outings not to be missed these school holidays

Meal One runs for approximately 45 minutes from 10:30 a.m on both days. For one day only, the centre will unleash the Pedal Power Disco on Saturday 16 April. The entire disco is powered by bicycles. There are no batteries, so when the pedalling stops, the grooving stops. Bring your kids, neighbours, grannies and grandads to make sure this never happens! Best of all: it is free. Tickets for the other events are £12 - 24. Check out what’s on at www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on?

Fancy meeting the Gruffalo? Greenwich Theatre London have announced their upcoming children’s Easter programme. There will be a range of family-friendly shows at the stunning theatre, including musical adaptations of the Gruffalo and a playful infant event, between 4 - 17 April. Kicking off at Greenwich is Hurly Burly’s Meet Me a Tree, an interactive first opera for 0 - 2 year olds. It will feature beautiful singing and relaxing music on a multisensory journey, allowing all the opportunity to unwind and have fun. Then, on April 13-14, you can join mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in a musical reimagining of the classic book the Gruffalo. Children aged three and up can sing, laugh and have monstrous laughs in this much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world. But the family events do not stop there. Paddle Theatre is bringing you Margo and Mr Whatsit from 15-16 April, a show about playful imaginary friends and what happens to them as we grow up. Kids aged four and above will enjoy it the most and there are special post-show workshops, which will make a wonderful addition to a grand day out. All are evening performances or matinees.Call the box office on 020 8858 7755 or visit www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk to find out more.

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April 2022

Go Wild for Gulliver’s Travels The Unicorn Theatre on Tooley Street has rather a lot of upcoming events this spring. There will be a whole host of entertaining performances, including Gulliver’s Travels which is shown until 16 April. In this Unicorn Production, inspired by Johnathan Swift’s book, Gulliver’s fantastical imaginings have been vividly brought to life using video cameras, intricate table-top sets and projection, alongside live performance. This creates a playful, funny and highly inventive show that uses Swift’s biting satire to view our own world from a very different angle. It is a family show for everyone aged 7 and over to enjoy, lasting under two hours. Wild is something for younger audiences. Adapted from the glorious picture book, this funny and moving story is full of wide-eyed wonder, celebrating the free spirit in all of us. The story is vividly told using atmospheric sound, skilful physicality and imaginative puppetry. Wild is about accepting people for who they are rather than trying to make them into something they are not. It will run until 17 April. Find out more: https://www.unicorntheatre.com/ whats-on

Support Local Artists Can’t face the drive up to Edinburgh? Peckham has created its own arts festival - Peckham Fringe - which will take place every day from Monday 2 May to 5 June. There will be a multitude of events and art forms on display, spanning new writing, musical, stand-up, sketch comedy, dance, cabaret, opera, poetry, mentalism, improvisation and even the odd Q&A. Many of which will be interactive and, if you dare, participant-led. “We want to be representative of Southwark,” said associate director of Theatre Peckham Phillippe Cato. “This place is made up of many different identities and people. “We wanted to make sure there is something for everyone.”

Head down the rabbit hole Families have been invited to leap down the rabbit hole at an action-packed Alice in Wonderland themed event at Elephant this Easter half term. The free ‘Easter in Wonderland’ event will take place on 16 April from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Castle Square in Elephant and Castle. There will be plenty of Alice in Wonderland themed activities at the event, including face painting, bunting making and biscuit decorating workshops, where you can decorate a mushroom, elephant or castle shapped biscuit to take home (or scoff right away).

He says Peckham Fringe has picked out pieces that will resonate with local audiences and asked everyone from the area to “get involved.” The event involves up and coming local artists, as well as big names, and will support new talent as much as possible, both artistically and financially, with ticket fees split with artists. “I am really excited to see our resident company open the festival. There are so many brilliant artists [at the Fringe] I can't wait. “There’s a lot of work you wouldn’t see at any other festival,” he added.

All workshops will be free to take part in. A selection of performers will be playing from 12:00 p.m. to celebrate the Easter festivities, such as the Elephant and Castle Community Hub Choir, Frogprince Kids Music Concert, Upside Down Street Dance and SuperArts Dance Academy. The Mad Hatter will be handing out ‘eat me’, ‘drink me’ and ‘treat me’ vouchers which can be exchanged with traders at Castle Square.

Tickets are on sale now, with discounts available for unwaged individuals and locals. Take a look at the Peckham Fringe here: www.theatrepeckham.co.uk/peckham-fringe/

Every event is free to enjoy and you can see the full timetable here: https://communityhubse1.co.uk/

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The Gruffalo © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 1999 – Macmillan Children’s Books


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April 2022

Grape expectations for Borough Yards

Bitesize ― By Laura Burgoine

The newest Vinoteca two-storey wine bar, shop and restaurant has opened at Borough Market. At ground level, the bifold doors open onto new foodie hub Borough Yards while upstairs, the mezzanine floor boasts views across to Southwark Cathedral. The wine list centres around small sustainable producers, while the food menu makes the most of the producers the bar has on its doorstep in Borough Market. Unit 207, Stoney Street, SE1 9DG. www.vinoteca.co.uk

A tale of two cities: Jet-setting Michelinstarred chef arrives in Crystal Palace February opening Tell Tale pairs Jamie Edwards and Arron Curtis (who recently opened Radio Delicious in New Cross) with chef Martin Blunos, who made his name running the two Michelin-starred Lettonie in Bristol and Bath. The new neighbourhood spot offers Dark Arts coffee and pastries in the morning, and small plates and family sharing dishes for lunch and dinner. As Executive Chef, Blunos will divide his time between his home in Bangkok and Crystal Palace, where he’s curating Tell Tale's Modern British and European menu, focused around local producers. On the drinks list, expect a curated cocktail list, natural wines, craft beers and nonalcoholic concoctions, all set to a soundtrack spun by local DJs on the weekends. 69 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, SE19 1TX

Plant-based dining for the Palace

A former Grade II listed bank reopens its doors in Camberwell this spring as Gladwell’s, an upmarket grocery store, deli and wine vault, created by local businessmen James Dye (of Camberwell Arms and Frank’s Café fame) and Stanley Allen (Greensmiths and Peckham Springs). Selling Neal's Yard Dairy cheese, Flor pastry and Fosse Meadows free range chicken, the shop doubles as a deli, serving coffee and pastries along with sandwiches like salt beef bagels and spiced aubergine focaccia. The bank vault downstairs will become a natural wine cellar and bottle shop with plans for tastings and private events. Gladwell’s will also offer weekly grocery boxes for home delivery, donating £5 from each order to the St Giles Trust Pantry. 2 Camberwell Church St, London SE5 8QU. https://gladwells.co.uk

Vegan eatery Morgan and Watson has arrived in Crystal Palace, bringing plant-based, locally sourced, seasonal, organic dishes to diners in the Triangle. Expect dishes like chestnut and mushroom pâté, curry spiced slow roasted aubergine, pumpkin parmigiana, gin and blackberry trifle and plenty more. 38 Westow Street, SE19 3AH. www.morganandwatson.com

Three Uncles join Brixton Village family Hot on the heels of two successful Cantonese roasted meat takeaways in Camden and the City, Three Uncles have opened their first restaurant in Brixton Village. The menu features favourites like the roasted duck, crispy pork belly and char siu BBQ pork alongside Hainan chicken. They'll be adding on sharing dishes, including lotus leaf rice with Chinese sausage, steamed chicken, shiitake mushroom, steamed minced pork with preserved vegetables, and char siu lai fun noodle soups. Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS

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April 2022

Brixton’s Market Row Botanical Rum places in prestigious International Spirits Award Seven months after launching its inaugural rum, the newly-established independent Brixton Distillery Company has been awarded a silver medal in this year’s International Spirits Challenge 2021 (Rum & Cane Spirits) for Market Row Botanical Rum. Passionately handcrafted in Brixton’s Market Row arcade, Market Row Botanical Rum was up against top-quality spirits from across the globe, with the competition receiving more than 1800 entries from nearly 70 countries worldwide. Market Row Botanical Rum is a blend of pot still rums from five historic and award-winning distilleries in their own right across Jamaica, The Dominican Republic and Barbados. It is then infused with Kenyan black tea, Nigerian hibiscus and Asian red rose petals – vibrant, interesting and unique botanicals inspired by Brixton Market and Market Row. Aged in ex-bourbon barrels, it has a naturally dry and light taste, with less sugar than most rums – making it ideal for mixed drinks and cocktails.

West Dulwich welcomes Walter’s wine bar New neighbourhood eatery and bar Walter’s is dishing up the best of British produce and fine wine. Named after master milliner and costumier Walter Hathaway, who first occupied the site, the restaurant is led by the team behind the multi-award winning Oystermen in Covent Garden. South London born and bred Head Chef, Khalid Hassan comes from kitchens at Social Eating House, L’Atelier De Joel Robushon and Murano, and is a longtime student of the London dining scene. 84 Park Hall Road, SE21 8BW. Phone: 020 8014 8548. https://waltersdulwich.co.uk

Bermondsey’s Trivet awarded first Michelin star SE1 hot spot Trivet, the brainchild of Fat Duck alumni chef Jonny Lake and sommelier Isa Bal, has been awarded its first Michelin star in the 2022 guide. First opened in November 2019, the Bermondsey dining room was credited by Michelin for Chef Lake’s “fuss-free, assured cooking.” Star dishes include the Drunken Lobster with Trivet Noodles, and the Hokkaido Potato dessert.

The Brixton Distillery Company offers a personalised bottle engraving service via their website, perfect for gifting and occasions like Father's Day (20 June) for people who live in or who simply love everything about Brixton.

Head Sommelier Isa Bal also won Michelin’s prestigious Sommelier Award 2022. Wine is at the very heart of the Trivet experience, with Bal’s 450-strong wine list encouraging guests to try something a little different. Michelin said the award was given for Isa's “fascinating wine list and his passionate approach, particularly to lesser-known regions”. 36 Snowsfields, SE1 3SU. Phone: 020 3141 8670. https://trivetrestaurant.co.uk

Market Row Botanical Rum is available on Amazon and www.brixtondistillery.com at a RRP of £34 (50cl).

Oh brother! The Codfather of Crystal Palace Fishmongers Plaice has opened in the heart of Crystal Palace with owner Kevin Hunter bringing over ten years’ experience working at Billingsgate Market, and now serving fresh fish and seafood sourced from Billingsgate to locals. You’ll find oysters, caviar, crab, lobsters, assorted prawns, and the best fish from British and Scottish waters, including Dover sole, Monkfish, wild seabass, skate, salmon, cod turbot and more. There’s also exotic fish sourced from the Caribbean, and Indian ocean, and special orders on request including live lobster, live Langoustine, live eels and Black Cod. 16 Church Street, SE19 2ET. Phone: 020 8768 2960. www.fishmongersplaice.co.uk

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Brother Marcus unveils it third restaurant in the newly regenerated shopping and culture hub, Borough Yards, already keeping fine company with the likes of neighbours Barrafina, Butchies and Vinoteca. With restaurants in Islington and Spitalfields, Brother Marcus are adding something new this time with a robata grill, which means more grilled meat, fish and veg on the menu. Plenty of their classics will still be on offer at the new location, including sweet potato, courgette and feta fritters with avocado, Harissa eggs with British rainbow chard, lamb kofta with celeriac purée and pine nuts, fried cauliflower with kassundi, mint crumb and pomegranate, and prawn saganaki with Israeli couscous, feta and Urfa chilli. Desserts include "honey bombs" with pistachio and sea salt chocolate and pistachio baklava with homemade Greek yoghurt and honey ice cream. The drink list focuses on Greek and other European wines. 1 Dirty Lane, SE1 9PA. Phone: 020 3146 4001. https://brothermarcus.co.uk


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April 2022

Prince of Peckham celebrates 5th birthday ―

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Kingdom expands with plans to open new Tulse Hill boozer Queen of the South

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ong live the Prince of Peckham! Having survived the pandemic, the Peckham boozer is celebrating its fifth birthday with a full week of festivities. Landlord Clement Ogbonnaya says the Prince is thriving and he’s just grateful to the community for sticking by them. “Covid was a very scary time for everybody but once I realised I could furlough my staff and they were all ok, I kicked back and enjoyed being able to spend time with my daughter,” he says. “This pandemic was probably the only time we’ll ever get to hit the pause button on life.” After the various lockdowns, the pub reopened in July last year. “We didn’t re-open on July 4 like most places because it was all still pretty scary and the safety of our staff and our customers’ welfare was very important to me,” he continues. “I wanted to gauge how the rest of the industry reacted. When we opened on July 23 we were literally booming. We were off with a jump.”

Throughout the lockdowns the pub ran various events online, including virtual dating nights, and offered takeaway drinks and Deliveroo. In late 2020, the Prince was featured on BBC Two’s Saving Britain’s Pubs with Tom Kerridge. “It was on during lockdown so we were all glued to the TV!” Clement recalls. “Tom Kerridge is trying to help the boozers and he chose us to mentor, as well as the Golden Anchor in Nunhead. That was filmed back in February 2020, unbeknownst to everyone that lockdown was coming. The episode aired in November 2020 so by the time we opened in April we were chockers. Then we did inside table bookings, over three floors, then it was a free for all and it was insane.” Clement is now expanding his empire, launching the Queen of the South in Tulse Hill, which is due to open around October/November this year. “We keep trying to spread the message and keep reinventing pub culture. Pubs really are for everyone and they should represent every layer of the community,” he says.

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“I’ve been trying to buy a pub for two years. Covid slowed that down so I invested more in Prince of Peckham and made it bigger, increased the space outdoors, and converted a section of the basement into a bar, which has been really successful for intimate dinners, comedy nights, spoken word poetry, open mics.” To celebrate the Prince of Peckham turning five, Clement and co are holding a birthday week extravaganza, with an event every day from May 16-22, including pop quizzes, hot wing competitions, Drag Baby Bingo, art exhibitions and more! “We want to thank everyone who’s supported us so we’re still here,” Clement says. “There’s no sugar daddy, no one pumping money into us; we’re here because of our customers and the community.” Visit Prince of Peckham at 1 Clayton Road, SE15 5JA. Phone: 020 7635 8844. https://princeofpeckham.co.uk


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The G Force ― By Laura Burgoine

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nternational bodybuilding champ, ex Turkish Airforce sergeant and Dulwich PT Gokay Kurtuldum has shifted over 1000 kilos off his collective client base and there’s no slowing him down! A member of the Southwark Community Sports Trust, Gok uses Dulwich Sports Ground as his base; the Trust put the outdoor fitness area under his supervision so he could develop it. The trainer and his team of five run outdoor High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and boxercise classes, as well as 1:1 Personal Training and a customised 3-month body transformation programme. “I developed my own methodology for the 3-month transformation,” Gok tells the South Londoner. “In addition to my clients' outdoor face to face PT sessions, I also have my own training app for clients to use, so I design a workout plan they can do at home or in the gym on their non PT days, which is uploaded onto the app along with a food plan with your macros calculated where you can log your meals. It’s great for accountability.” People looking to drop weight can lose around 10kg during the course of the 3 months. The programme mainly attracts those between the ages of 30 and 60-years-old who want to find time to get fit amidst a busy schedule. “I’ve noticed a pattern in the people I’ve been training for the past ten years,” Gok says. “They were fit at school and enjoyed being active and playing sports, then they graduated, started working and wanted to be really good at their jobs so they work long hours, then they get married and have kids and lose all their fitness because all their time goes to their work and private life.” The trainer believes the key to fitness - and avoiding injur y- is consistency and discipline, which he learned firsthand back in Turkey, where he attended military school before going on to work as a technical and sports sergeant for the Turkish Airforce. Outside of his Airforce duties, Gok would train on his own time. “I also trained the pilots because they have to be very fit to be able to handle the G force,” he says. Gok’s love for fitness started young, competing as a professional international bodybuilder and winning a gold medal for Turkey. “I started bodybuilding at 16, which is a good age to begin. The community in the gym I went to was really supportive and everyone helped me. Within 3 years, I found myself on the

stage competing for Turkey as I became a national sportsman,” he says. “I competed about 5-6 years and won Mr Turkey in 2005.” “I don’t compete anymore,” he continues. “The diet is so strict. Basically you eat chicken breast, eggs, rice, and steamed vegetables every single day. I’m quite disciplined -you don’t want to embarrass yourself on stage - so you push yourself to the limit for 12 weeks and you lose a massive amount of body fat and you learn so much about your body by doing this. You read all these books and you apply the lessons to yourself.” Losing both his parents at a young age had a strong influence on Gok’s attitude towards health and wellbeing. “I think this is why I chose this career,” he says. “My mum died from a heart attack when I was 13, and when that happened my sister, who had always struggled with her weight, began looking after me and during that time her weight went up to 150kg. She had tried everything and been to the best doctors in Turkey but nothing worked. Whereas I ate whatever I wanted and was athletic and sporty and didn’t gain weight. “When I was 22, my dad also died of a heart attack. He was really unhealthy: he drank, smoked, had a bad diet. It felt like everyone around me was unhealthy and I wanted to do something about it. I chose this profession because I wanted to make people feel good about themselves, mentally and physically.” After moving to the UK ten years ago, Gok began his Personal Training career, working at Nuffield Health UK before launching his own business. He has always lived and worked around Dulwich and loves being part of the local community. Gokay Fitness is a sponsor of this year’s Dulwich Festival and is hosting an Open Day on May 21 from 11am-3pm with free 20-30 minute HIIT classes every hour. In 2020, Gok released his own book Get Fit Stay Fit, an 8-week programme workbook specifically for men over 40, which is now available on Amazon. Between running around with clients, the PT still manages to fit in his own workouts and says his favourite kind of training is always bodybuilding. “I just love pumping iron.” For more information on Gok’s Fitness Hub (member of the Dulwich Community Sports Trust), SE21 7AF, visit: www.gokayfitness.com or follow him on Instagram @GokayFitness

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Rare gem: one of the last full houses in Vauxhall’s Bonnington Square hits the market at £2.2 million ― By Laura Burgoine

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he founder of a new and socially conscious estate agency was so inspired by the residents of Vauxhall's iconic Bonnington Square that she decided to name the agency after it. It seems a natural choice that the agency is now representing one of very few original complete houses in the Square, which has recently come on the market with an asking price of 2.2 million. “Bonnington Square is an area I studied while doing my Masters in Urban Research ten years ago. My thesis examined the history of the square and what it represents,” Bonnington Square founder Lorna Reed says. “It represents change, community, and a Do It Yourself attitude, which is how I see our agency as well. It sounds like a real estate agent cliché but this property is a really rare opportunity.” “It’s a full five-bedroom house. There’s less than ten of these left in the square - the rest have all been converted into flats and maisonettes. The owners are part of a group of the original squatters who first moved into the Square 40 years ago. Over those

years, they've renovated, changed, refurbished and made the house into what it is today; a true homage to the story of the Square,” she continues. The area was heavily bombed during the war and fell into disrepair in the 1940s. In the ‘70s, it was earmarked by the council to be bulldozed and replaced by a tarmac playing field. Most residents had moved out but one person stayed and protested the redevelopment plans. Squatters started to move in and eventually the council let the squatters buy the houses on condition that they formed housing co-ops and bought the properties from the council. “The residents transformed the Square by complete DIY, in a DIY, not to say guerrilla, fashion, from the houses themselves to the two community gardens and extensive street planting. Everything’s reclaimed and it’s a real bohemian oasis,” Lorna says. Lorna, who launched the estate agency earlier this year in partnership with her husband, a qualified architect, got her first listing in January, a £1.4

million property on Holly Grove in Peckham. “I was always interested in becoming an estate agent but it’s one of those professions that’s not very trusted so I was really put off by the idea!” Lorna says. “But I felt between myself and my husband we have the right skills to do something different.” The traditional real estate landscape is changing, she says, led by agencies like The Modern House, which represents design-led homes across the UK that pay attention to space, light, materials, nature and decoration. “The Modern House was set up by two architecture journalists and they’re doing an amazing job,” Lorna says. “Their theory is a welldesigned home will get you 12 percent above the market price. But they’re predominantly targeting the high-end side of the market and are pretty luxury. I think good design should be for everybody; your home is your most prized possession, so we want to treat that with the level of care it deserves.” While setting up Bonnington Square, Lorna

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designed a way for the business to give back to the community. “Homelessness had gone up dramatically throughout the pandemic and I thought ‘let’s link house-buying and homelessness.’ So for every house sold, we sponsor a bed for a homeless person for 12 months, which should get them back up on their feet. It’s no extra cost to the seller; we take that out of our commission,” Lorna says. Another unique service the agency offers is commissioning an architectural study. “If you buy a doer-upper, you might struggle with visualising what it could be, so we thought we could offer a service where the seller pays to have a survey or study done by an architect that shows the internal or extension possibilities and, crucially, opportunities to improve the house environmentally and sustainably with double glazing and insulation,” Lorna says. For more information, visit: www.bonningtonsquare.com


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ermanent Make Up Artist Renata Brown launched her beauty career in Crystal Palace. She talks to the South Londoner about the rise of the eyelash perm, taking her grandson to see the dinosaurs at Crystal Palace Park, and rollerblading in Beckenham Place Park

“I've lived in South London since I came over to the UK in 1998. I left my home country of Poland in 1995 to go to New York. I came to London in 1998 with a family whom I nannied for. I lived in Battersea for a short while, then moved to Crystal Palace and, from 2016, I have lived in Beckenham, which is lovely. After the birth of my youngest daughter in 2001, I trained to be a beauty therapist and I opened my very own Salon in Crystal Palace, on the Triangle, in 2008. I was immensely proud of the salon and the reputation it built over the years as one of the best in the South East of London. However, the pandemic affected the beauty business massively and I decided to leave in 2021 to set up on my own again. My speciality as a beauty therapist had always been lashes but I had also been looking at permanent make-up for some time and started training a few years ago. The pandemic seemed a good opportunity for me to reset and start something new, hence specialising in permanent make-up and lashes. I still offer many of the other traditional beauty services but lashes, eyebrows, eyeliners and lips are the new techniques every client wants to know about. Social media like Facebook and Instagram are an ideal way to publicise my art and I also use it to tell people about me, what I enjoy and what makes my life happy.

Spending many years in Crystal Palace, I was a big fan of South of the River for clothes and gifts and the Blackbird cafe for bread, cakes and coffee. Also the Polish deli Piast is still a favourite. It’s great that there is a South of the River in Beckenham. We have Villagers Sausages here as well - being Polish this is a favourite and also Waitrose!

Lash lift is a perm for natural lashes. It curls your lashes from base to tip so they look longer. Also the lashes are tinted so you will not need mascara! The result lasts 4-6 weeks but you will need to keep them nourished and conditioned. This treatment is for clients with straight lashes; it gives a natural look. The treatment takes one hour.

come every 3-4 weeks for infill, which is a top-up but if done just for a special occasion they can last up to 6 weeks. I tailor lashes to make them look natural. They look so much better than false stick-on lashes; they always enhance the eyes. I use Lash Perfect products, where I was trained fourteen years ago. They are quality lashes and give the best look. The initial treatment will take around ninety minutes with an infill taking a varied time depending on how long ago the lashes were put on. Brow Lamination is a professional treatment that re-aligns brow hairs into a new shape. This popular treatment straightens and smooths the hair giving the appearance of naturally fuller brows. These are suitable for any client with each treatment being tailored to individual needs especially those with fine brows or with gaps in their brow shape. The treatment involves tinting with tweeze and wax and takes around 45 minutes.

Lash extensions are semi permanent synthetic lashes which are applied to your existing natural lashes with special glue. These lashes give you a more full look, adding thickness, length and curl. They involve more maintenance; you will need to

Microblading, Ombre Brows, Lip Blush and Permanent Eyeliner are all essentially semi permanent make-up. They involve various techniques but are essentially tattooing. Brows etc are designed and drawn initially on the client so

This part of South London is blessed with open spaces. Crystal Palace Park, as always, is a lovely place to visit. I took my children there and now my lovely grandson; he loves the dinosaurs. We also have Kelsey Park with the lakes and wildlife and nearer to home Beckenham Place Park with the mansion, its courtyard with pizzas, a cafe, the bars and the markets that are held there. I love to exercise; there is the lake for swimming and it is great to walk around, cycle or my new sport: roller blading! What makes someone a South Londoner? That’s a difficult one for me being Polish, however London is a cosmopolitan city and I have always felt very welcome and I am proud to call it home. they can see the shape etc. Colours are chosen to match existing or perhaps darken the brows. For Lips and Eyeliners, again these are all tailored to individual needs; if you want your lips the same as your favourite lipstick that can be done. Treatment times vary depending on what you have chosen but likely to be a few hours with a top up after six weeks. I often get asked to remove or correct poorly applied semi permanent make-up that clients have had done by other therapists. Patch testing is an important part of many of these treatments and must be done 48 hours before to ensure clients have no adverse reactions.

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What are you most excited about for 2022? On a personal basis I am looking forward to some sort of normality with the pandemic being behind us (hopefully) and an expanding client base for my art. On a bigger scale I hope that peace returns to Ukraine. The people there have suffered massively and my home town in Poland is very close to their border, so I keep them in my thoughts. For more information visit: www.renatabeauty.uk Instagram: ren_pmu_lash_artist Facebook: Renata Beauty


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