The South Londoner - November 2021

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SOUTH LONDonER November 2021

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November 2021

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. 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.


Home secretary

Paul McCartney live at the Southbank Centre, Brixton’s Christmas makers' market & where to get your Ghost on with pottery classes in Crystal Palace.


Local faces

Above the Stag’s Matthew Baldwin talks Britain’s queer legacy and why this year’s gay panto is the whole package.

14 Family Editor

Laura Burgoine

Deputy Editor

Cara Cummings


Lizzy Tweedale, Dan Martin, Aurelio Medina


Tammy Jukes, Clarry Frewin, Sophie Ali, Katie Boyd

Media Partnerships

Anthony Phillips


Emrah Zeki

Managing Directors

Chris Mullany and Kevin Quinn

Bonfire Night explodes across the south & Halloween thrills at London Bridge Experience.


Food and drink

All the latest foodie news, Christmas at London’s newest German beer hall & Brixton Village-born Honest Burgers celebrates its ten year anniversary.


Locally sourced

A must-visit for plant lovers: Walworth indoor jungle Plant Societree.


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A love letter to south London

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BLACKHEATH CHRISTMAS FAIR Sunday 21 November 2021 10.30am – 4.45pm

Blackheath Halls

23 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9RQ Entry £2.50 (Free to Friends of Age Exchange

and under 16s) supporting Age Exchange’s work in dementia and our community library

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PAUL MCCARTNEY IN CONVERSATION In a world exclusive event, the Southbank Centre - in collaboration with Penguin Live - hosts Paul McCartney on Friday 5 November. The Beatles legend will discuss his new career-spanning book The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present, in his first live, in-person event in two years. Expect an intimate evening with one of music’s biggest stars, as Paul reflects on his life, his songs and his creative process through the prism of 154 songs from across his career. 5 November, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. Tickets from £35 via

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CHRISTMAS MAKERS' MARKET AT LAMBETH TOWN HALL Follow the sound of (early) sleigh bells and kickstart your Christmas shopping at Lambeth Town Hall this year, thanks to a special festive market curated by south London design specialists Design LED. Inside, you’ll find a host of local artisans, producers and artists selling their unique handmade wares perfect for all Santa’s needs. 27 November, 11am-5pm. 1 Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW.

BOOST YOUR CHILD'S CONFIDENCE WITH PERFORM Perform has something for everyone with Create and Imagine (drama), Move and Feel (dance) and Listen, Speak and Sing (singing) classes for 4-7 year olds, and for the older kids (ages 7-12) Acting and Improvision, Movement and Dance and Speech and Singing.

YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK FESTIVAL AT THEATRE PECKHAM Returning for a third year, Young, Gifted & Black features theatre, poetry, films, and discussions highlighting the nuances of the Black experience in the UK, with a focus on stories around migration and belonging. Open mic nights and exclusive theatrical performances - including Search Party with Inua Ellams, an audience-led poetry show that’s totally different each time - are also programmed in this exciting celebration of young Black talent.

To book a FREE trial class visit Readers who book before November 15 get a special £40 introductory discount by quoting SL151121. Phone: 020 7255 9120. Email … And finally, ‘tis the season to be ghoulish, so get your spook on at a south London Halloween happening:

Until 6 November at Theatre Peckham, 221 Havil St, SE5 7SB. Full lineup and tickets via



November sees the fourth exhibition open at the Tom Cox Gallery, a new contemporary art space in Crystal Palace. Six artists have contributed pieces inspired by the word ‘raw’ - expect gritty textures, emotional resonance and fascinating dualities, from the visceral sculptural work of Saatchi Young Artist Award winner Miranda Pissarides to the minimalist textural paintings of Mark Charlton. Quiz the artists themselves at an ‘Artists Talk’ event on 18 November.

London’s biggest Halloween party - officially - is back, with an almighty shindig planned at 1,800 capacity mega-venue Electric Brixton. Expect a wildly immersive night of killer trick and treat stations, murder mystery photobooths, jaw-dropping stage performances - last year included a live ‘freak show’ on a bed of nails - and DJs keeping the dancefloor full throughout. Apparently the venue is haunted, too… Costume essential.

4-28 November, 38 Church Road, SE19 2ET. Free.

31 October, 10.30pm-4am. Town Hall Parade,SW2 1RJ. Tickets from £10.



Ceramic artist and teacher Beth Mander teaches pottery throughout the year at Paxton Arts, a bustling creative hub in Crystal Palace. Two courses start again this month, both six-weeks long and completely hands on. Introduction to Pottery runs on Monday evenings and is designed for beginners, whilst Pottery For All - which runs on Tuesdays - is designed for beginners, returning and intermediate learners. Perfect for whiling away winter nights.

For something a little different, but no less screamworthy, check out this spook-tacular event at Belair House, a two-floor Georgian manor house generally closed to the public. With DJs, live percussion, Zombie butlers, maids and caged dancers, electric shisha and more, this promises to be one of London’s most unusual Halloween ho-downs. Choose from either a Haunted Day party (12-5pm) or an eerie evening (6-11pm), and don’t forget your fangs.

52 Anerley Hill, SE19 2AE. Both courses £180 for 15 hours tuition, including all materials and firing. Book via

31 October, two sessions available. 5 Gallery Road, SE21 7AB. Tickets £12, contact event manager to book.


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There’s nothing like a Dame ― Cara Cummings

Above The Stag focuses on LGBT+ storytelling. Why?

Matthew Baldwin chairs the Board of Trustees for Above The Stag, the UK’s leading LGBT+ theatre and cabaret lounge in Vauxhall - and stars in its sell-out adult Christmas pantomime each year. The charming actor, writer and creative director talks queer representation, navigating the “culture wars” and what audiences can expect from this year’s festive frolic Dick Whittington: A New Dick in Town.

Our mission statement is to give a voice to the LGBTQIA+ community through theatrical means - shows, revivals, cabaret, new work. We have a very reliable audience base of middle class gay men, and we use that to provide a platform for more marginalised experiences. For example, we ran a season of new work this year that commissioned six pieces from six different artists, which we presented for a week each. They were all marginalised stories from within our community - one piece about a black, young, gay experience; one about converison therapy; one about what it’s like to grow up nonbinary when the stories you’re told are massively gendered. Within all of our work we try to be representative, across our casts and creative teams. There’s always going to be a need for specifically queer places. Our building is one of the few consistently gay venues that isn’t sexualised. Vauxhall’s got a great reputation for clubs and leather


bars, but it’s very rare to find a gay space where people can mingle intergenerationally. Older and younger members of our community meeting and discussing things is really important. Getting a guy in his 70s involved in a Q&A with a trans man of 21 can help bridge divides. Queer history is so important, too. British queer heritage often gets confused with that of the United States - young people nowadays talk about Stonewall, which wasn’t our fight. Our queer legacy in this county needs protecting. How long has the theatre been up and running and how long have you been chair of its trustees? We started out around twelve years ago, in a dingy room above a horrible flat-roofed pub in Victoria called The Stag. It was super grassroots and low-fi. I came on in about year two or three to do a Christmas show written by Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper - the first of our pantomimes. You had to go through the kitchen to get from one side of the

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theatre to the other; you risked dragging kitchen equipment onstage every time you appeared! We started a charity after three years. I became a trustee at that point, thinking: ‘Gorgeous, I’ll get pissed once a year with Sue Pollard.’ Over time, we started receiving some generosity from within our own community, which allowed us to move to our fantastic, purpose-built premises in summer 2019. What are you most proud of during your time with Above The Stag? Gosh, that's really hard. Certainly the success that young people involved in our theatre have gone on to find - for example one of our old panto performers, Louie Westwood, is now on RuPaul’s Drag Race as Kitty Scott-Claus. We’ve had people going into the Harry Potter show, or picked up by topflight agents. There's some really nice success stories from within our alumni. From a personal point of view, it would be that year after year we roll people over laughing. Especially at the moment, people do need to laugh. Tell me about your background. Why is supporting LGBT+ storytelling important to you? My professional life has been fits and starts, sits and farts - like everybody in the business! I’ve found a strange niche for myself doing pantomime dames; it's something I absolutely adore. I think there’s a certain wryness and humour that’s inherent in queer storytelling. I think that’s what protected us through the darkest years - even if you go back to some of the most repressive moments in British history. like the 1950s or 1980s, you can still find examples of the flame being kept alive through humour and nods and winks. Performers kept things going - let's call it camp. Camp to me is about success in the face of adversity, snatching victory where you can from the rapacious jaws of defeat. Picking yourself up, putting your eyelashes on and going out to sing a song is sometimes all you can do. I think we have to be very grateful that people have always found humour, somehow. With the so-called ‘culture wars’ still raging, has it become more challenging in recent times to enact the Above The Stag mission? No, not at all, because you have to look at it from the point of view of a dramatist. When people talk about the fragmentation of the queer community, some people roll their eyes. But from a dramatist’s perspective, it's just more stories. From our point of view, that’s really healthy. Our mission at Above The Stag is not to judge, or push a political agenda, but to give everyone a voice. All are welcome at our table, given a platform and then people can make up their own minds. When it comes to ‘identity politics’, I think people are actually just worried about making a mistake, or getting it wrong. Times change and sands shift. It's ok to make mistakes - as long as you're talking in a friendly, open way, there's no acrimony. It's all about where the approach is coming from. If you’re genuine, and caring, nobody falls out. Things Photographs ©PBGStudios


come unstuck when people have agendas that they force. Above The Stag’s pantomimes are legendary. What moments stand out for you from past productions? Oh my goodness - that I can legitimately talk about? There’s always the usual things that go wrong in a run, from me bringing the set down on my own head to bits of furniture getting tied to each other and dragged on and off… But the highlight for me is the audience interaction. That’s

“There’s always going to be a need for specifically queer places. Our building is one of the few consistently gay venues that isn’t sexualised” really liberating, because you can talk back - you're not being told to be quiet. Our audiences come back time after time to get slapped down by me! I don’t know if being admonished by a stern middleclass woman of a certain age is a post-Thatcher thing, but they can’t get enough of it! Every year, we have so much fun.The popularity of presenting a queer version of panto is synonymous with the growth of Above The Stag as a whole. If you can queer the stories everyone grows up being told, then that’s really powerful. What can audiences expect this year from Dick Wittington: A New Dick in Town? We hear a certain someone appears again as the dame… They’ll be taken on a journey. And they’d better behave themselves! There might be some romance for me, one hopes… Dick! That’s what people can expect. Dick is something to really look forward to at Christmas. There’ll be attractive people and villains and heroes. And a dog with respiratory problems. Dick Wittington: A New Dick in Town opens at Above The Stag on 2 November, and runs until 16 January 2022. Tickets available via



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“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:13-14 Effective prayer doesn’t need to be long or eloquent, just sincere, and asking for what God has already promised us in Jesus’ name. New Covenant Church is facilitating prayers for anyone to ask for God’s help in whatever you are going through personally, and intervention in the problems of our cities and nation.



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t’s the most magical time of the year! Well, before Christmas anyway… After Covid-19 cancellations last year, many Bonfire Night celebrations are BACK this year - and promise to be bigger than ever. So dust off your sparklers, wrap up warm and head to these stunning south London fireworks displays…


chances just doubled. Saturday night will feature the classic Battersea Bonfire blowout - delivered this year by Titanium Pyrotechnics, who stage the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. The afterparty (over 18s only) also returns at Evolution London with a live band and beer hall. On Sunday, expect a new child-friendly event with an earlier start time, an immersive light installation and a singalong of family classics.

BECKENHAM FIREWORKS IN THE PARK This family-friendly fireworks display has run since 1946 - and this year, £10,000 worth of fireworks will shoot up into the sky. With food stalls, a fun fair and even a smaller, quieter display for younger children before the main display itself, this bustling Bonfire Night bonanza really punches above its weight. And all for a good cause: ticket sales directly support local charities each year.

Hats off to Dulwich Sports Club for taking sustainability seriously - this year, their popular annual Guy Fawkes celebrations are going green, with an eco-friendly ‘bonfire’ on a big screen. Also on the cards are food and drink options for all the family, including mulled wine, real ale, BBQ and pizza eateries and even a ‘kids' bar’. The fireworks display itself comes from London specialists Brilliant Fireworks, so expect big ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ energy…

6 November, from 5pm, Croydon Road Recreation Ground (Beckenham Rec). Tickets on the gate, primary school children free, 11+ kids £5, adults £10. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children (11+) or 1 adult and 3 children (11+) - £20.

6 November, from 5pm, Giant Arches Road, SE24 9HP. Adult tickets £10, children £1, available via

Always struggle to get tickets for the Battersea Park fireworks before they sell out? Great news: this year, a whole extra night of festivities means your

6-7 November, from 6pm. Tickets from £7 via

...AND IN WIMBLEDON AND MORDEN! Continuing the double-fireworks-night trend fingers crossed this becomes A Thing elsewhere are Wimbledon Park and Morden Park, which host back-to-back musical themed extravaganzas this year. Choose from either an earlier, family-oriented show with a Disney soundtrack from 5.15pm, or a later display with a James Bond theme. Tickets are only available in advance for the Wimbledon Park



event (5 November), with limited on-theday availability for Morden Park the following night, so book early to avoid disappointment. 5-6 November. Under-4s free, kids 5-15 £7, adults (16+) £9. Family tickets (2 adults, 2 children) £30 - all plus booking fee, via

DANSON PARK FIREWORKS The biggest charity fireworks display in the South East is back - and well worth venturing to Bexleyheath for your Bonfire Night fix this year. With a children’s fun fair, shopping stalls, food and drink and live music from Amelia Street and Paisley Park, the 25-minute fireworks display takes place above a lake - beautiful - and follows a countdown led by the Mayor of Bexley himself. With all proceeds going back into the local community, this is a supremely good fun good deed. 6 November, from 6pm. Under-4s free, 5-17 year olds £5, adults £5/£10 on the gate. Tickets via


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uring the daylight hours, London Bridge Experience’s family-friendly Halloween show is the perfect blend of fun, spooky Halloween and some jumps and scares along the way. Guests will venture through the eerie historical vaults of London Bridge while meeting historical characters who bring the past to life. Thrill-seekers will need to keep their eyes open this Halloween as Jacko-lantern has been hiding his friends around the venue. As well as hearing stories of the past you will also see (and smell!) what life was like thousands of years ago. As you journey through the past you’ll uncover dark secrets that lie beneath the world’s most haunted bridge. After completing the spooky London Bridge Experience, guests will need to find the secret passage leading to The London Tombs - winner of the UK’s Scariest attraction for the past 13 years. Keep your loved ones close as you make your way through this award-winning scare maze. You never know what creatures you may face at each turn... from spiders to clowns you wonder what could be lurking in the shadows. Don’t forget to count those pumpkins on your journey for the opportunity to win prizes. For under 11s London Bridge Experience offer a guardian angel tour for the London Tombs where parent/guardian and child will be guided through the tombs by a friendly zombie. The host will show where the bridge’s creatures live and they may even be able to meet some on the way. They will be guided round by torch light and there are no jump scares. It’s child friendly and funny. This is included in the ticket prices.

Haunts and jaunts this Halloween at London Bridge

Daytime Halloween shows lasts for 40- 50 minutes and run from 12pm-6pm on October 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31. Online ticket prices: Adult ticket: £25, Child: £19, Concession : £17 (students, over 60s)

Phobophobia unhinged


his year, London Bridge Experience and Tombs plays host to London’s most intense scare show: Phobophobia Unhinged. Bringing a blend of characters to life, fresh from the grave, guests will start their journey enjoying the celebrations of the Mexican Day of the Dead, which includes

the opportunity to get up and close and personal with live snake handlers before being plunged into an intense journey of horror, scares and screams as they move along their journey. This is strictly for over 16s only as adult language and content is inside... Do you dare this Halloween to


face your fears at London’s ultimate scare at Phobophobia Unhinged? Phobophobia shows last between 20 -30 minutes and run from 6pm-10pm on October 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31. Online ticket Price: £25 Per head. Age: strictly 16+

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Bitesize ― Cara Cummings


South London pub fans, take note: following a massive refurb, Peckham watering hole The Rye has been rechristened The Angel Oak. The swanky new spot promises a new seasonal menu and regular sports screenings. Even better? It’s outdoor space is now even bigger. Race you down.


31 Peckham Rye, SE15 3NX.

NEW HOTSPOT FOR STREATHAM Continuing Streatham’s cracking list of recent openings is Carmine, a brand new all-day restaurant, bar and workspace - named after the infamous Soprano’s mafia boss Carmine Lupertazzi. Sure. With interiors that channel Big New York Brunch Energy, head chef Ozzy Martin Peer (previously Peckham Cellars and The Ivy West Street) in the kitchen and a strong line up of locally-produced drinks behind the bar, you’ll find us spending a lot of time in Carmine this autumn. And winter. And next year… The High Parade, 20-21 Streatham High Road, SW16 1EX.

BAREFOOT JOE’S LAUNCH BOTTOMLESS BRUNCHES If you haven’t yet visited Barefoot Joe’s, Peckham High Street’s delightful cocktail and pizza pitstop, then dust off your Filofax and get ready to pen a weekend visit in - because bottomless brunches are now being served from 12-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. For just £30, you can enjoy your pizza of choice and as much prosecco, or Joe’s Punch seriously fruity rum punch deliciousness - as you like, for a full 90 minutes. Yes. Please. The Red Bull, 116 Peckham High Street, SE15 5DH. 

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DANCLAIR’S OPENS IN BRIXTON VILLAGE BIG Brixton news, this: Brian Danclair, wunderchef founder of Fish, Wings & Tings has opened a new restaurant in Granville Arcade. Danclairs serves up ‘nouvelle Caribbean cuisine’ bursting with Trinidadian flavours, French influences and the South American classics inspired by Brian’s grandmother, Valentina Castillo Cabellero, who is honoured with a huge wall mural inside the eatery. Dishes including BBQ pork ribs, empanadas with raisins and olives and marinated grilled King prawns with tamarind sauce await. Dreeeeamy. 67-68 Granville Arcade, SW9 8PS

KARAOKE WITH WONDA STARR AT THE BRUNEL Need yet another reason to visit Rotherhithe’s friendliest pub, The Brunel? Every Wednesday, luminous drag queen Wonda Starr puts big-lunged punters through their paces at south London’s most fabulous karaoke party. Glitzy, bonkers, not to be missed. Wednesdays, 7-11pm. 47 Swan Road, SE16 4JN. Free.

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Reality bites ― Laura Burgoine

As the Brixton Village born Honest Burgers celebrates ten years in business, the people behind the patties reveal the science, creativity and local flavours that fuel the fire


he secret to Honest Burgers’ soaring (and searing) success is intimate knowledge of the product, according to the brand’s marketing man Adam Layton. “On Wednesdays we have a full day in the kitchen pitching new ideas with our exec chef James and co-founder Tom [Barton]. It’s a good filter, it keeps it interesting and we all try to outdo each other and constantly raise the bar,” Adam tells the South Londoner. At Honest Burgers they chop their beef instead of mincing it, which keeps the juices inside the burger. “"At a typical butchery the beef is minced at least twice, often more. The pressure of mincing causes lots of juice – flavour basically – to be lost in the process. When you cook a minced patty the fibres want to return to their original shape, which can cause the patty to curl and puff up into more of a meatball. Chopping our beef creates better surface contact with the grill and a consistent sear,” Adam says. Since its inception in 2011, the focus of the business has remained solely on meat and potatoes. “If that’s all we’re going to do, then we take it to the nth degree,” Adam says. “Co-founder Tom and co made this amazing burger and just would not put a frozen chip next to it. The challenge was making the chips as good as the burger.” “We get our potatoes from a farm in West Sussex. It’s a family business; the wife is on the picking line, there’s 3 or 4 sons operating machinery…We’re constantly rotating and experimenting with potato varieties. “It’s hard work growing potatoes. The final harvest in November has to last us through to June the next year


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and stored in a temperature controlled environment. It requires great skill on our chefs’ part to make sure chips are cooked and seasoned correctly too. It’s a busy little life for a potato in our world!” The signature rosemary salted chips are always handcut. “From the beginning, Tom designed the menu so that chips always came with a burger and that was to make sure everyone tried the rosemary salt chips. It pushed people out of their comfort zone but we think for a really strong brand you need to show people what you stand for and have a strong voice when you say ‘we think this is awesome’.” Tom Barton, who co-founded Honest Burgers with Philip Eeles, discovered Brixton Village: the site of his first store, when his girlfriend (now wife) was living in the area. “Tom got a sense of the energy and buzz. Franco Manca was there and Brixton Cornucopia. I think Brixton Village can be credited for kickstarting London street food in general,” Adam says. “Then Jay Rayner lit a fire under it. When a proper food writer comes and reviews a market, it signals a new way of eating.” Honest Burgers has since opened its own butchery in Sutton, an investment Adam says paid off. “It takes us another step closer to where the food comes from,” he says. “"We take two primal cuts: chuck and rib cap. There's a real craft to the butchery. No two cuts are exactly the same; some rib caps are fattier than others and you have to gauge that by eye. It's about knowing your product and ensuring consistency." Today the burger biz has 40 sites across England and Wales. “We had 14 outlets when I joined five years ago so it’s quite slow and steady growth,” Adam says. “Lots of restaurant chains get trotted out too quickly

“I think Brixton Village can be credited for kickstarting London street food in general” and become too cookie cutter. We’ve never closed a site. We really put effort into picking the right sites and have always used Brixton as a template. We try to have an anti-chain philosophy.” When planning a new opening, Adam says there’s no substitute for physically scouting out the location. “When we opened in Bristol in 2018, we found a small distiller who made a commemorative gin for us. Honest Gin is now for sale in all our restaurants.” The chefs create a signature local burger to reflect the people and businesses of the area they’re in and Honest stocks the bar with beers and ciders from local breweries and spirit from local distillers. “I love the fact this job takes me to people who are passionate about what they do,” Adam says. Every Honest Burgers works on a direct basis with a local brewery within 4 or 5 miles from the restaurant. They have a house lager across the estate,


then showcase 3-4 beers from local brewers. For the Tooley Street restaurant, they feature Partizan while at the Borough Market eatery it’s Orbit from Walworth. The restaurant has dabbled with Filipino, Korean and Nigerian flavours and is always looking for where to take the humble burger next. “We collaborate with experts who can teach us. We worked with a Filipino chef Budgie, who’s from south London, to create our Filipino burger. He launched his restaurant Sarap just before the pandemic and his restaurant was around the corner from Honest; he and his team would come in and get our beef burger and add their own flavours and that’s how that collaboration came about. “The burger is in this great position,” Adam continues. “You’ve got the protein and the bun and you can do absolutely anything with it. We look to America for inspiration. Cheese makes a burger feel premium. If in doubt: American cheese.” “The burger is the ultimate blank canvas. I could think of specials for the next five years; you can do absolutely anything with a burger. When you become this intimate with the product, you know what works.” Visit your local Honest Burgers at: Brixton Village: Unit 12, Brixton Village, SW9 8PR. London Bridge: 6 Bermondsey Street, SE1 2TF. Borough Market: 5-7 Southwark Street, SE1 1RQ

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his festive season, Germany comes to London Bridge at the Bermondsey Bierkeller with games, music, great food and superb drinks. The Bermondsey Bierkeller caters for a wide range of Christmas parties whether you’re looking for a private space for a small office party or to take advantage of one or all of the larger beer halls with a capacity of up to 200 guests. The venue is also bringing a unique blend of traditional Christmas food with a wonderful German twist to the menu this year; they’ve got you covered whether you’re looking for turkey with all the trimmings or schnitzel and sauerkraut. As well as fun music and entertainment, you can also unwind and celebrate the festive season with beer and cocktail steins, Germaninspired street food, darts, pool, foosball, ping pong, shuffleboard and more, by booking out a Games Hall or a private room. The venue combines unique German Christmas market ambiance and delicious beers with traditional English Christmas fayre. With a beautiful German inspired Christmas market, this beer hall is the place to celebrate Christmas in style.

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• Act as the first point of contact for all parents, students and visitors • Handle enquiries by email, telephone and in person • Take messages and pass on to relevant staff members in a timely manner • Sort and distribute incoming mail and frank outgoing mail • Ensure that the reception area is kept tidy at all times • Support the Administration Manager and team in ensuring an efficient reception service is maintained at all times • Support the admin team with filing • Update student records on MIS system • Assist with administration related to secondary transition (inputting student data and contacting parents for information) • Provide administrative support for staff including

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phoning parents, sending letters home and arranging meetings Take cash payments and cash up at the end of each day Support the Admin and Pastoral Team with a ranging and setting up school events Support the Admin Team with any ad hoc admiistrative tasks Comply with policies and procedures of the school and to report all concerns to the appropriate person Attend First Aid at Work qualification to assist students with medical issues Engage in relevant continuous professional deve opment opportunities and performance ma agement/review arrangements Carry out any other reasonable duties and specific school-wide tasks as directed by the Admiistration Manager or member of the SLT

To apply please visit to download the information pack and application form. If you have any questions, contact us at or 0203 542 6506. @compassSE16 The Trust reserves the right to interview and appoint a suitable candidate before the closing date. Compass Schools Trust is committed to safeguarding children and all appointments will require an enhanced DBS check.



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Welcome to Harris Academy Peckham! My name is Claudette Bergin, Principal of Harris Academy Peckham. I am absolutely delighted to be the Principal of this amazing Academy!

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love being a part of this vibrant community because we are passionate about further improving the lives of our children every day. We look after each child as though he or she were our own and provide our children at Harris Academy Peckham with high quality education, pastoral care and the necessary skills to become successfully equipped young adults in the next phase of their lives. Every student receives a bespoke educational programme to support their personal needs best and feel safe and secure in growing as an individual.

Harris Academy Peckham is unique because our beliefs, achievement and continued success is celebrated each and every day through our strong LEAP ethos. Leadership - Being a leader, both in learning and in the Academy community Enquiry – To be curious about learning Aspiration – Having a desire to do as well as possible. Perseverance – Being resilient and not giving up in the face of challenges


We believe in developing our students to become well rounded citizens and our Academy has a wide range of enrichment activities offered after academy hours including: Gymnastics, Orchestra, Choir, Cheerleading, Fitness Training, Basketball, Librarian Training, Duke of Edinburgh, Dance, Science Club, Debate Society, Programming, EAL Club, Athletics, Peckham Poets Homework Club, and an active Student Council. We believe in the power of music and our Academy provide all of our young people with a free musical instrument to borrow and tuition in Years 7, 8 and 9. Our students have performed at prestigious venues throughout the UK, including Buckingham Palace, and we have fantastic links with many musical organisations. Join us at this wonderful Academy!


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There’s a range of treatments on the market that’ll help you turn back time, but your face is too important to not go with a pro, says registered nurse Mark Taylor, from Crystal Palace’s Phi:Balance Medical Aesthetics

What treatments do you offer at Phi:Balance? From day one, we wanted to offer solutions for every possible concern, from the skin to the unseen mind, and we believe we have just about achieved that! All our treatments are offered at SkinTouch in Crystal Palace:

Skin Rejuvenation: BioPeels - designed to treat external skin issues as well as, at a cellular level, supporting collagen reproduction and elastin. All our peels are for medical professionals and there’s no down time at all.

10ml Full Face Rejuvenation - this one addressed mid face, chin, nose, jawline, under eyes (tear trough), lips and skin.

and reducing the masseter muscle which is often responsible for teeth grinding and wide-set jaw.

this. It is a prescription medicine and so only a medical professional can hold this - sadly the general public are unaware of this.

Dermal Fillers - a product which is Hyaluronic acid-based but with varying densities, it allows us to augment, enhance, or replace lost volume. Common areas include: Lips, Cheeks, Chin, Jawline, Nose, Nasolabial Folds which run from your nose to the corners of the mouth and Marionette lines which usually show as downturned mouth corners etc.

What's your personal favourite treatment? It’s difficult to choose one so I’m going to have to cheat, I’m afraid. Non-surgical Rhinoplasty - this one is personal to me. I suffered from extreme social anxiety as I hated my nose. It impacted in so many ways that it stopped me being able to be truly present in any given moment. I learnt that this procedure was an actual thing and thank God I did - a 15-20 minute procedure changed my life and actually led me to work in medical aesthetics.

Hand Rejuvenation - from the dermal filler family but this time it’s calcium based and will correct volume loss, hide tendons, veins etc

Fat Dissolving:

Skin Remodelling - Profhilo, Neofound and NCTF 135HA are the 3 products we use for this. All aimed at rehydrating the skin, improving skin laxity, replacing lost hyaluronic acid, boosting collagen and elastin as well as addressing hyperpigmentation or acne concerns - they’re the powerhouses of the skin world and your skin will love you for it.

We use products called Desoface and Desobody. The main agent being Sodium Deoxycholate, it’s a naturally occurring bile acid which when administered targets the fat cell membrane, allowing the lymphatic system to do the rest. Once it’s gone it’s gone and so permanent removal of the fat cells in the area treated.

Ageing Concerns (prevention and reversal):

Cosmetic Correction/ Emergency Dissolving:

Neurotoxin Treatments - Most people know this as Botox but as this is a brand we aren’t able to advertise it as that. However, we use the toxin for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, we can also use this to treat hyperhidrosis (which is excessive sweating), to lower the upper lip if it reveals too much teeth and gums when smiling (gummy smile) as well as bunny lines which form on the nose,

The great thing about dermal fillers are that they can be dissolved. Whether there’s an undesirable treatment outcome from a previous practitioner, lips have been overfilled and so the tubercles have burst (sausage shaped lips), fillers have migrated (duck pout), features have alienated due to overfilling by someone or the vascular system has been compromised, Hyaluronidase can be used to address

Facial Package: whether it’s profile balancing, masculinising, feminising/beautification or a full face rejuvenation, having the freedom of 6-10ml of product is when the artistry really comes into action and the full psychological benefits are seen for an individual. For First Timers: the skin is our largest organ and our only protection from the elements. It makes sense to start there. Our BioPeels and BioRemodellers all have a low risk profile and are suited to every skin type. In fact whether you are a first timer or not, I would say you are wasting your money on the other treatments if these are not included in your regime. What would you say to people who are scared of looking 'overdone' or getting addicted to having work done?


Research, research, research (your injector)! The industry is hugely unregulated. The UK is the only European country that allows anyone to legally stick a needle into someone’s face or elsewhere. I’m not saying beauticians are operating illegally or producing unattractive results. There’s no law stating they can’t inject. However, legally they cannot purchase toxins or hyaluronidase themselves as these are prescription-only medicines. Most of the products we use are prescriptiononly, meaning only a nurse or Doctor should be providing these. This is with the exception of Dermal Fillers which is a medical device and therefore anyone can buy this. However, the enzyme (Hyaluronidase) required to dissolve or reverse in an emergency is only by prescription and so again your average Joe shouldn’t be in possession of this, which is what puts a person at risk. The true value of medical aesthetics is when someone has had a procedure but you would never know. Now of course people you know well will observe something different about you but they shouldn’t be able to say ‘my god you’ve had a few too many ml put in your face.’ Phi:Balance is exactly about that, respecting you and your individuality, never changing what makes you you and ensuring you walk away looking and feeling amazing and leaving those around you also noticing how great you look. Phi: Balance is based at Skin Touch, 77 Church Road, SE19 2TA. Phone: 020 8050 4534.



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November 2021

A love letter to south London ― As told to Cara Cummings


leydson de Paula is the founder of TUPI, a South American restaurant business with solid south London roots. The chef-turnedrestaurateur shares his favourite south London places, from cafes to clubs, and why he can’t resist a good vintage shop…

How long have you been serving up delicious south American cuisine in south London? What made you want to set up your business here? I’ve lived in south London nearly my whole life. The diversity, the people, the culture... I mean, given everything that makes south London so amazing it was only logical for me to make this area where I call home. I set up my first restaurant just over four years ago in Peckham, and it has been a tremendous journey so far - from humble beginnings on Rye Lane, to Elephant and Castle and now at the Croydon BOXPARK. We’ve also just opened up a new venture, a pub called King of The South in south Croydon. What does a typical weekend in south London involve for you? When not working, I spend a lot of my time eating out - from Peckham Levels, to Clapham or Balham - and going to the lovely south London parks with the kids. Dulwich Park is my favourite. I also love vintage shops. Whenever I can, I stop and buy something! I’m also a big fan of all these new plant shops popping up all over the place. What are your south London favourites and why? Feel free to share your top menu picks! My top south London eating recommendations have to be The Hood in Streatham, Miss Tapas on Choumert Road in Peckham, and the Oxo Tower Restaurant. For a pub, it’s The Rosendale in West Dulwich. Funkidory, meanwhile, is a great cocktail bar in Peckham. Brooks and Gao on Streatham High Road is my favourite south London cafe.


How has south London shaped your life, outlook and/or creative vision? I came here when I was 16, and I’ve lived and worked pretty much in or around south London ever since. I think there are a lot of elements here that made me who I am today, from the immigrants living here to the parties and amazing nightclubs. I took inspiration from a lot of these people and businesses over the years, some more than others, but they all play a part. How has south London changed since you’ve lived here? Wow... so much has changed in the past twenty odd years. Some parts of south London are now even hard to recognise! Maybe it’s just me, but it feels a lot safer. The high streets have evolved so much, and it's more evident that independent businesses are thriving in those areas and making the whole of London a better place. How would you describe south London - and south Londoners - in a nutshell? A beautiful woman with messy hair. That's how I see south London: beautiful, sometimes messy, and full of character. Finally: what’s the one place, thing or activity on our side of the river that everyone should try at least once? That's a hard one! It depends a lot on your age. It could be kite day in Streatham or clubbing in Brixton, right through to a day on the Bussey Building rooftop…

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