The South Londoner - December 2021

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SOUTH LONDonER December 2021

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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

London Bridge’s Christmas by the River, Brixton’s Black Culture Market and Christmas karaoke on the Old Kent Road.


Local faces

Crystal Palace ceramic artist Aliya Rashid on how pottery changed her life.

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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

Pantos, floating films, the Fir Tree at the Globe & more!

16-24 Food and drink


All the latest café, bar and restaurant bitesize news, and a kitchen confidential with the head chef of Herne Hill’s Park's Edge Bar.

24-33 Best in show

Pantos, plays and must-see productions this festive season.

46 Christmas all wrapped up

Contact us ―

A Crystal Palace makers' market and a splashy new cabaret for Woolwich.


Locally sourced


Hand-made beauties from a local artist. Her muse? The Crystal Palace dinosaurs!


A love letter to south London

Power player and Forbes and Lomax founder Serena Herbert loves walking the dogs round Wandsworth Common, Skylark Café, shopping trips on Northcote Road and the views from the Garden Museum’s roof terrace.


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The local line-up for your diary ― Cara Cummings

LIVE BAND KARAOKE: 2021 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Reckon you've got the swagger of Jagger? Grab your chance to reach musical nirvana at Live Band Karaoke’s whopping Christmas special. Belt out bangers from Dolly Parton to Metallica, live on stage, backed by a sensational 5 piece band - and in front of a supportive crowd. At this jingle-belling festive special, expect seasonal classics from the likes of the Pogues, Mariah Carey and Wham, plus mulled wine aplenty ... the perfect start to the party season. Friday 17 December, 7pm. AMP Studios, 897a Old Kent Road, SE15 1NL. £7 advance tickets, £10 on the door. p Live band karaoke

CHRISTMAS BY THE RIVER London Bridge’s charming Christmas market opens along the Thames again this month. Stretching from London Bridge City Pier to The Scoop at More London, the free festivities include food stalls serving everything from Punjabi to Greek, Mexican and Brazilian bites; shopping options from homeware to Viking-inspired grooming products; and pop-up winter bars The Riverside Lodge and Festive Spirit, where you’ll find seasonal cocktails to fuel your good cheer. 16 November - 2 January. Free.



On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December, Black Culture Market will be taking over Brixton’s The Department Store with a special Christmas shopping experience supporting emerging entrepreneurs and new black businesses. You’ll find a unique selection of brands and products ranging from clothing to food, stationary, prints, books, skincare, ceramics, jewellery and more, with different traders on each day.

Award-winning comedy company Plosive returns to Dulwich with a sensational lineup of comedians this month. Taskmaster champion, Off Menu podcast co-host and star of Live at the Apollo Ed Gamble headlines, with support from Taskmaster’s Desiree Burch, Mock the Week star Catherine Bohart and Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central star Rob Auton. Not to be missed - and unsurprisingly, only for those aged 18+.

4 and 5 December, 11am-5pm. 248 Ferndale Road, SW9 8FR.

Friday 10 December, 8-10.30pm. The MCT Theatre, Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, SE22 8SU. £18.70, book via


AGE UK’S 12-HOUR DANCEATHON Boogie for a good cause at Brixton Brewery’s tap room on Tuesday 7 December, at Age UK Lambeth’s 2021 Christmas Campaign fundraiser - an epic 10am-10pm Danceathon! Whether you’re a street dancer, ballet bod, swing jazz sensation or just love a good shimmy, the event promises top DJs, drinks, snacks and front row supporters to cheer you on. Every penny raised will support those in need in our local area. Email to book your time slot, and may the rhythm truly move you!

Drink, play and be merry in this brilliantly bonkers mash up of immersive theatre, escape rooms and murder mystery, staged across several floors at one of south London’s most innovative venues. Players guide their own story on this fantastical wonderland adventure, where you'll receive missions, interrogate actors and and encounter characters like Beadle Dum, whose marbles were lost at a particularly mad Mad Hatter's party; Poppy Stamp, the bashful beauty with no tongue, and Tumeric Gin, the alchemist who lost her beloved dodo… Easily the most original Christmas party idea in London this year - with a drink included.

Tuesday 7 December, 10am-10pm, Arch 548 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 8PF. Free

20 November, then 2 and 4 December, 7-10pm. 167 Rushey Green, SE6 4BD. £32, book via

 The Hunt for the Smoking Caterpillar, Ninthlife, Catford



1 4 NOV – 31 DEC Written and adapted for the stage by Julian Clary Songs by Julian Clary and Simon Wallace Arrangements and incidental music by Simon Wallace

A Unicorn Theatre Production | The Bolds is generously supported by Charles Holloway

Directed by Lee Lyford

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Breaking the mould ― As told to Cara Cummings

Ceramic artist Aliya Rashid is the founder and owner of Clay Kiln Craft, a training and membership pottery studio in Crystal Palace. She shares the incredible story of how pottery changed her life - and how she built one of south London’s most thriving creative communities, single handed...


first did pottery at college in Middlesbrough, which is where I grew up. I absolutely fell in love with it, and thought: this is what I want to do. But my father, like any good Asian father, was having none of it. “No child of mine is going to make pots for a living!” So I ended up doing a graphic design degree. I did the things you’re ‘supposed’ to do - got a job, got married, bought a house – and pushed pottery to the back of my mind, because I knew that if I went back to it, I couldn’t not do it. Then life happened; divorce, moving... I got offered a very good job as deputy art director on a national newspaper. That’s when I stopped and thought: I can’t do this. I immediately signed up to a pottery evening class in Norwood. I can still remember that class - I walked in, said hello, and just started making. I was like a woman possessed! I’m actually a very ‘graphic design’ person everything is rigid and lines up, all in its proper place. Normally my herbs and spices are in alphabetical order. Suddenly touching this material which couldn’t be precise was so liberating. I could zone out, and be out of my head just creating something. That’s what I love about pottery. It’s used in therapy for a reason - it allows you to express yourself without thinking you’re going deep, whilst you actually are.


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I signed up for a five-day course at Camberwell College because I knew I couldn’t stop - and then I applied for a full degree, just thinking: “What’s the worst that can happen?” I took every portfolio I had with me to the interview. The poor tutor didn’t know what had hit him! I wasn’t going to take no for an answer. I came out with first class honours. But there was an almighty crash afterwards. I lay on the sofa thinking: what am I going to do with my life? I eventually managed to get myself a studio space in Gipsy Hill where I could keep making pottery. Another woman in the studio, who was moving to the US, did some teaching for adults with special needs in Wimbledon. She recommended that I take her place. I did a six-week course with these lovely students, all of mixed abilities. It was a baptism of fire in terms of teaching, dealing with people who are physically, emotionally and mentally challenged. I had no experience whatsoever which was probably the best way to do it! One student, who couldn’t communicate verbally, didn’t want to participate. I realised that he didn’t like having dirty hands, so we gave him gloves - and he just thrived. When he hugged me at the end of the course, it made the whole thing worth it. I knew I wanted to carry on teaching. My mother helped me buy my first three wheels. I started teaching on Saturday afternoons in Crystal Palace, and moved to our current studio space in early 2015. I can remember standing outside in the rain, handing out leaflets I’d printed at home. Every spare second was spent trying to let people know I was here. Up until fairly recently, I was doing the cleaning, emptying the bins and teaching - all alongside a full time job. I’m still not sure how I did it without the help I have now from my lovely team. It was incredibly hard work, but it was mine. That’s what you do when it’s your business: you sacrifice, because it’s yours. Also - if you live in an area that you love, there’s nothing better than being able to work in that area too. Crystal Palace is very unique in that most of the shops are independent. There’s a huge amount of creativity in the air. I like that I know the name of every single one of our members - I know their style, I know their strengths and weaknesses. I could move to a bigger premises, but I don’t want to lose that personal touch. The studio offers an open access model - it’s like a gym membership, so people pay a monthly fee to use the facilities. We provide tools, equipment and technical advice, especially if they’re fairly new. You can spot people who are really going to fly because they’ve got so much grit and determination.

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There’s one member who was able to give up her full-time job in just two years. She’s in every day, working hard and improving her technique, and she’s become very successful. She's really inspiring. It’s bittersweet though, because when someone becomes professional they leave to set up their own studio. But then someone else comes in, and the whole cycle starts again. I think one of the special things is when you make a friend for life. The studio is its own ecosystem, a whole little community. It’s very supportive. I feel so fortunate that members get along so well - it’s lovely to think I’ve helped that by creating this space for people to meet each other, when they might not otherwise have crossed paths. It’s all the lovely touches around pottery that really make it special.

At one point in a hand building course I had three bereaved mothers, who had all told me privately about their loss. It took 5-6 weeks to tell each other. They sat and discussed the experience as they were making work. It was a moment of catharsis for them. At the other end of the spectrum - one woman who had just been dumped by her long term boyfriend started making loads of vaginas… That was odd, opening the kiln and finding all these vaginas looking at me. I think she was just nursing a broken heart! I’m really positive about the future. If you can survive a pandemic, you can survive most things. I feel very fortunate to have something that makes me this happy, but I want to be doing it a bit more full-time and have time to do my own work as well. That’s what’s missing at the moment. I’m getting itchy fingers. Clay Kiln Craft, 20 Church Rd, London SE19 2ET p Inside the studio


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A magical family Christmas ― Cara Cummings

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Pantomime specialists Petite Pantos have created a brand new show specially for Norwood community arts centre, Stanley Arts. A young boy is on his way to London to seek his fortune. All he has in the world is his faithful best friend, a cat, and his heart full of dreams. Are the streets of South London paved with gold or will Dick find other riches? Book your tickets to find out…

Critically acclaimed classical music company Bach To Baby stage concerts for all the family. Their festive programme includes a ‘Christmas at the Ballet’ event in East Dulwich this December. Enjoy highlights from Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, played live by professional musicians. Kids can roam free and dance to their heart’s content. Fancy dress encouraged!

18-28 December, 7-9pm. 12 South Norwood Hill, SE25 6AB. Tickets from £10.

14 December, 10.30am. St. John the Evangelist, 62A East Dulwich Road, SE22 9AT. £15 for adults, kids go free.

CHRISTMAS FLOATING FILM FESTIVAL London’s cosiest floating cinema pops up once more in St. Katharine Docks this December, with a full lineup of stellar Christmas classics. Afternoon matinees of Arthur Christmas and The Muppet Christmas Carol are perfect for all the family, whilst 7pm screenings of Elf and Love Actually are the ideal excuse to let bigger kids stay up late…

THE FIR TREE AT THE GLOBE South Bank’s iconic wooden ‘O’ returns to its roots with a beautiful reimagining of the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale The Fir Tree, which tells the story of Christmas from the point of view of a tree. This gorgeous production combines song and candlelight under starry winter skies. Truly magical.

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20-30 December, 3pm and 6.30pm. 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. Standing tickets £5, seated from £15; half price seated tickets for under-16s.

Various dates from 29 November. Tickets from £15.



The Wonderful Wizard of Oz gets a very special south London twist this Christmas, in Theatre Peckham’s delightful seasonal show. When Efe and her dog TikTok are swept off Peckham Road by a spectacular storm, they find themselves in the magical African land of Ozanda, where a Mannequin scarecrow, a Cyborg tin man and the Man Man - aka The Lion join them on a fantastical adventure… Unmissable.

Inspired by classic circuses of the turn-of-thecentury era, Circus 1903 is well worth a family trip this Christmas. Expect acrobats, contortionists, trapeze artists, a death-defying high-wire act and sensational life-sized elephants created by the puppeteers behind War Horse, in this wonderful homage to the golden age of big top. Suitable for ages 3+.

1-22 December, various times. 221 Havil Street, SE5 7SB. Tickets from £10.

16 December - 2 January, various times. Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. Tickets from £25.

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Bitesize ― Cara Cummings

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FESTIVE MENUS AND A NEW EXHIBITION AT PALADAR Gluten-free Latin American restaurant Paladar has launched its festive menus and a fantastic exhibition of Ecuadorian artist Ulises Valarezo’s brightly coloured oil paintings in one delicious drop. Seasonal feasting highlights include seared coconut-chilli prawns on blue corn tortilla with mango salsa, ‘Carne en Posta’ - braised black beef, palm sugar and tamarind reduction with Colombian sour cream and hibiscus-infused plantain - and banana and chocolate bread pudding, with smoked cinnamon ice cream. All to be enjoyed alongside Valarezo’s stunning, allnew paintings - which are available to purchase, too. Make haste to this sparkling hub of Latin American hospitality before they’re all snapped up...


WINTER GARDEN AT FLAT IRON SQUARE London Bridge’s archway food-n’-booze extravaganza Flat Iron Square - the best of its kind in the capital, as you’re asking - also leaps upon the Christmas wonderland wagon this month. Stable-style party booths, a giant ski lodge dishing out salted caramel espresso martinis, gingerbread old fashioneds and seasonal St. James’, and 80 - yes 80 - pine trees await. Grab your Christmas jumpers and get booking, stat.

Vauxhall’s urban oasis is transforming into a Scandinavian wonderland for the festive season, with four very special Nordic brunches planned for merrymakers. Expect snow-capped pine trees, an open fire pit for marshmallow roasting and bottomless Christmas cocktails or frosted steins. It’s a proper winter getaway - handily on the Victoria line. 27 November, then 4, 11 and 18 December; 12pm-5pm or 5.30pm-10pm. 6a South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP. From £15pp.

16 November - 23 December. Flat Iron Square, SE1 1TD.

The team behind iconic vegetarian restaurant Mildred’s have opened a brand new, fully plantbased eatery in Borough Market. And boy, does it sound delicious. Main menu dishes include porcini truffle croquettes with leeks and aioli, a plum plant ‘chicken’ burger and kumquat lemon meringue pie. Weekend brunches promise apple cinnamon pancakes and a Market Brunch stuffed full of goodies from traders on Mallow’s doorstep. And with a limited waste policy and sustainable sourcing structure, eating at Mallow has a minimal impact on the environment, too. 1 Cathedral Street, SE1 9DE.

ALPINE AFTERNOON TEA AT SHANGRI-LA Fancy a taste of Austria this Christmas? Head up to Level 35 at The Shard, where TING restaurant are laying on an Alpine afternoon tea featuring freshly made savoury treats, baked scones and delicate Austrian inspired pastries, including sachertorte and Black Forest gâteaux; all served with panoramic views of the city. Well worth splashing out. 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU. From £62.

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LITTLE LOUIE OPENS IN ELEPHANT PARK South London cafe royalty Louie Louie - when you know, you know - have opened a new venue, a hop, skip and caffeinated jump away from their Walworth Road HQ. You’ll find Little Louie at Elephant Stores, a new independent gift emporium and bike repair shop in Elephant Park. The cafe bar features daily fresh bites, hifi sounds and vintage furniture for sale, as well as natural wines and local beers to go.

Just in case you need an extra excuse to hit the pub, The Pig’s Head has opened in Clapham - with a serious sustainability mission. With its own composter, 100% sustainable electricity and a commitment to upcycle or reuse everything in the pub that they can, a pint at The Pig’s Head packs an eco-friendly punch. Their daily changing menu, featuring meat products butchered on-site and produce from farmers using regenerative methods, is well worth a look whilst you’re at it…

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“When I’m in the kitchen, service is my number one priority” ― By Cara Cummings

Alex Fofana is Head Chef at Herne Hill’s cosiest neighbourhood eatery, Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen. The affable, focused foodie shares how fine dining has shaped his life - and gives a sneak peek of his incredible 2021 festive menu… Tell us about your background as a chef. Let’s start at the beginning! I studied at college in France in 1992. In 1998, I moved to London. My first restaurant was Le Caprice - I started there as an apprentice, then moved up to chef de partie. From Le Caprice, I went to the National Gallery. The head chef there sent me around fine dining restaurants, including Le Manoir with Raymond Blanc where I spent six months. I went to Paternoster Chophouse, and the Taj Hotel in Victoria; I got my two first rosettes there. I worked with Alain Ducasse in Paris, and spent five years in Teddington as head chef at Dunbar Restaurant in the Lensbury Hotel. From there I said: ‘Ok, too far from home!’ I started to look somewhere closer to Kennington, where I live. That’s how I joined Park's Edge. What’s the inspiration behind your menus at Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen? The restaurant has been open for four years. I started in May this year, just after the last lockdown. All the menus you’ll see now are my creation. Continues on page 20


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We are situated between Brixton and Herne Hill. It’s a really multicultural area - British, European, Caribbean, African… That’s a great challenge, to serve such a mixed crowd. My menu is modern British infused with West Indian recipes and ingredients. That was exciting to put together. African and Caribbean vegetables and species are very important to me. When I was younger I used to cook a lot with my grandmother. She was a lovely lady, and she taught me a lot about African sauces, and especially ackee. That’s one of our national dishes in the Ivory Coast. I still think about my grandmother, and my mum when I cook. They were the most important influences in my life. I miss them a lot.

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Whether you’re cooking beef loin or rib eye or chicken, that slow cook makes a big difference

What’s the reception been like? Good! It’s been a challenge I’m happy to take on. Since we started, all the comments from customers on Open Table have been five stars. Customers come and talk to me and say how happy they are, how satisfied they are by what we’re doing. We get good feedback from customers and we take it very seriously. When I’m in the kitchen, my service is my number one priority. That’s reflected in how the restaurant as a whole has been set up - its ambience. Our decor inside isn’t cluttered, it’s calm and sleek. It’s very cosy; the sort of place people want to relax in. What’s your favourite Park's Edge Bar & Kitchen dish to cook - and eat? My favourite dish to cook is the vegan breakfast menu we’ve created. We call it Calypso. It's one hundred percent vegan and vegetarian, and I’ve had a lot of good feedback for it. It has things like crushed avocado with ginger, coriander and shallots; we’ve got creamy spinach; we’ve got ackee; we’ve got sweet potato rosti. We make our own vegan hollandaise sauce from cashew nuts, turmeric, virgin olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper. To eat, I love the lamb dish

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inspired by southern France. The chickpeas pannis is made with chickpea flour, butter, onion powder and fresh parsley - we mix it together and make a bechamel sauce. We braise red cabbage and slice the side of lamb, with skin that we crisp. We add a herb crust too. It’s absolutely delicious. We also do a Sunday roast - we change it week by week. It might be chicken one weekend, then beef the next. All our Sunday roasts are slow-roasted for 14 hours. It makes a big difference - it keeps the meat moist, and when you take it out of the oven in the morning you still get nice red meat. Whether you’re cooking beef loin, or rib eye, or chicken, that slow cook makes a big difference. What can customers expect from a visit to Park's Edge Bar & Kitchen? December is all about our festive Christmas menu - it’s a signature blend of British, African and Caribbean flavours, like a curried jackfruit and chickpea pakora amongst the starters, and saffron poached monkfish in the mains. We’ve got turkey and all the trimmings, too - our turkey is slow-roasted for 14 hours, so it’s really special. The festive menu runs until the first week of January, and starts on the 24th November. Alongside that menu, we’re going to have a set menu that will change every two weeks. Come back regularly to see what’s new! Park's Edge Bar & Kitchen, 49 – 51 Norwood Road Herne Hill, SE24 9AA

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Roll Up! Roll Up! The ring master is coming to town David Williamson is a giant in all that he does. He waves away the numerous awards received for his magic skills with a dismissive “if you hang around long enough they feel they have to give you something.” Circus 1903 has now toured all the continents and will be back for Christmas in London at the Southbank Centre. The Ring Master tells of how the show has recreated what circus was like in the early part of the 20th century, and of “hardcore, sixth generation circus acts who, with each generation, take the act further artistically and physically and now do it at a much higher level.” Circus 1903 looks like it will be quite a show again this year. Along with the world’s greatest puppet elephants, Queen and Peanut, will be the acrobats, The Russian Bar; The Daring Desafios; The Cycling Cyclone; The Elastic Dislocationist; The Flying Fredonis; Les Incredibles; The Great Gaston; The Sensational Sozonov; The Remarkable

Risleys and hula hoopist Mademoiselle Natalia. A gathering of greats that will amaze, captivate and transport audiences back to a Golden Age of circus. David says: “Our show is a theatrical circus and families may not be prepared for the emotional experience of it all because we tell the whole story of a circus coming to town… The first half you see us getting the big top ready and rehearsing and caring for the elephants, with little vignettes that give backstories to the performers, and you add this to the music and lights and it is a real theatrical experience, so people really get caught up in it. “In the second half, we do the circus with sideshow segments… It is thrilling, exciting, hilarious, a little scary, sweet, it’s touching, heartwarming and people leave the theatre buoyant.” Circus 1903 is at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX from 16 December- 2 January. Admission: £25- £85.Phone: 020 3879 9555.

Tony and Clive and Jack and the Beanstalk For the first time, Olivier-Award winner Clive Rowe and Hackney panto veteran Tony Whittle will co-direct and star in Hackney Empire’s 2021 pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. Both making their 14th pantomime appearance, Grande Dame Clive Rowe will star as Dame Daisy Trott while Tony Whittle will play Councillor Higginbottom. When happy-go-lucky Jack is tempted into selling his family’s beloved cow for a fistful of magic beans, he finds himself tangled in an adventure of epic proportions! Join Jack on his journey up an enchanted beanstalk as he tries to outwit a rampaging giant, all with the help of his largerthan-life mum. This tall-tale is packed full of slapstick comedy, laugh-out-loud gags, stunning costumes, dazzling song and dance numbers and plenty of chances to cheer, boo and hiss. Jack and the Beanstalk is at Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ from 20 November-2 January. Admission: £10-£42. Phone: 020 8985 2424.  Circus

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A Grungy Christmas Carol Combining grungy cabaret with anarchic opera, the Olivier Award-winning post-punk pioneers, The Tiger Lillies, return to the Southbank Centre this Christmas with the UK premiere of a brand new concert inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Giving the novel a dark musical twist, the band dissect and reassemble the story that everyone knows to shine a light on the poverty and depravity laid bare on the cold London streets. Founder of the band, Martyn Jacques, says “A Christmas Carol is another sad tale about poverty. There was such an inequality of wealth at the time, death, depravity and addiction on the streets was commonplace. So for writers like Anderson and Dickens to underline and remind people of this inequality was a duty. Eventually welfare states were set up to help children and the vulnerable. Long may they continue!” The Tiger Lillies’ Christmas Carol is at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX from 14-30 December. Admission: £18-£25. Phone: 0203 879 9555.

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Sleeping Beauty comes to Bromley Join West End star Lee Mead as The Prince, Bonnie Langford as The Good Fairy and Claudillea Holloway as Sleeping Beauty in this year’s Churchill Theatre panto, which also star Myra Dubois as Carabosse and Lloyd Hollett as Muddles. Lee Mead shot to prominence after winning the BBC series Any Dream Will Do to take the role of Joseph in the West End in 2007. Lee returned to the West End in 2010 to take on the role of Fiyero in the musical Wicked to critical acclaim. Sleeping Beauty is at Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1HA from 4 December- 2 January. Admission: £20-£44. Phone: 0343 310 0020.


Lee Lyford directs the world premiere of Julian Clary’s adaptation of his best-selling book The Bolds this Christmas. The Bolds are just like you and me. They live in an ordinary house on an ordinary street, and they love to laugh. But there’s one slight difference. They are actually hyenas! But how long can they keep their beastly secret under their hats? Join Mr and Mrs Bold and their twins Betty and Bobby as they navigate work, school and friends whilst trying to hide their hairy tails and keep up their disguise living as humans in the quiet suburban town of Teddington. Whatever will the neighbours think? Combining live music and songs, The Bolds will have you laughing like a bunch of, well, hyenas, in a show which revels in the joy of being anything but ordinary. The Bolds is a family show for everyone aged 6+. The running time is approximately 2 hours including an interval. The Bolds is at the Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ from 14 November-31 December. Admission: £12-£22. Phone: 020 7645 0560.

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Twin doctors operate on squeamish kids Following three sell-out Australian tours, and a smash hit season in London’s West End, Dr Chris and Dr Xand are back with a brand new show Operation Ouch! Live on Stage - Not for the Squeamish! The show is packed with all-new crazy experiments and amazing facts. The doctors explore the fascinating world of biology and show you the incredible things your body can do. Plus the doctors will also share their favourite bits from the award-winning TV show, including special video guest Dr Ronx. Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken are identical twins who grew up in London and trained in medicine at Oxford University. They both still work in medicine: Dr Chris is based at University College London Hospital and Dr Xand is the Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow at Fordham University’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs. Operation Ouch! Live on Stage is at the Lyric Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES from 4 December-16 January. Admission: £15-£39.50. Phone: 0330 333 4812.

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A royal visit for Greenwich This year Greenwich Theatre’s legendary panto is back, bigger and more magnificent than ever with The Queen of Hearts. Meet the Knave of Hearts, a bit of a joker who’s in love with the Princess of Diamonds. The only problem is, she’s already got a boyfriend – the Prince of Spades. Maybe the Queen’s secret jam recipe will win her over? But then there’s the King of Clubs who’s also desperate to get his hands on the secret recipe… Following the Offie award-winning pantomime

After years of sell-out smashes Above the Stag’s acclaimed pantomime team are back with their rude, riotous and unashamedly romantic take on the ultimate London legend: Dick Whittington: A new Dick in town. Like many a gay country lad, Dick comes to the big city in search of men and money. But just as Londoners are getting back on their feet, dastardly mayoral candidate Queen Rat and her minions rise up to bite them in the ankles! When she frames

Sleeping Beauty, The Queen Of Hearts is guaranteed to crack even the strongest of poker faces. This year’s production will see the return of writer, director and extraordinary Dame Andrew Pollard, London’s favourite villain Anthony Spargo, musical director (Uncle) Steve Markwick and brilliant designer Cleo Pettitt. The Queen of Hearts is at Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, SE10 8ES from 19 November- 2 January. Admission: £16.50- £32. Phone: 020 8858 7755.


Dick for a terrible crime, Dick stiffens himself for a great adventure. Can he clear his name, win back his boy and defeat Queen Rat before she brings London to its knees - and not in a good way? Packed with all the popular panto traditions, original songs and a cornucopia of dick jokes. Dick Whittington: A New Dick In Town is a fabulously filthy and hilariously happy winter treat. Dick Whittington: A New Dick in Town runs from November 2-January 16 at Above the Stag Theatre and Bar, 72 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP. Admission: November early bird: £24. All other £28.










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already, they don’t see it as a takeover; everyone gives their own take,” he says. “We just did a little run though of act three and Stephen Mangan [who plays Ebenezer Scrooge] really stepped it up a notch so we’ve all got to up our game now!” Jack says. “Stephen’s got so many lines as Scrooge. When you’re rehearsing, it’s sort of like you have to nail a section, then it’s in your brain. Watching Stephen is pretty special. He’s such a funny guy that when he goes darker, it’s very moving, very impressive. “I always liked Dickens’ stuff, being a Londoner, and I often get cast in period pieces. I did a Dickensian TV show in the past,” Jack says. “I love the story. And I have seen this production of A Christmas Carol a couple of times, and worked at the Old Vic a couple of times too.” This production of A Christmas Carol, adapted by Jack Thorne, also happens to be a family affair. “My sister Rose plays Little Fan so we get to work together, which is great. Our parents are really chuffed. It’s been a tough few years -I haven’t been on stage for four years- so this is really exciting,” Jack says. Four children share the role of Tiny Tim -when we spoke, the rest of the adult cast was practising without the children who join later. “I’m looking forward to working with the kids. It really lifts the show up; it’s a really lovely element and one of the things that makes this show a real experience,” Jack says. Having shared the stage with children previously in the West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which Jack did for a year, he knows what he’s in for. “The kids end up schooling you!” he says. “I’m really loving playing Bob Cratchit,” Jack continues. “I love this idea that despite Scrooge being

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ast year might have felt a bit like the festive season was sponsored by Scrooge, but this year, as the Old Vic’s beloved production of A Christmas Carol returns with a live audience, the joy of the Cratchit Christmas is back! The South Londoner sat down with actor Jack Shalloo, who plays Bob Cratchit in this year’s Matthew Warchus production. The Old Vic production is a well oiled machine at this point, now in its sixth iteration. “The choreography is a lot,” Jack says. “It’s funny, playing Bob seems almost the easy part but you’ve got the singing, hand bells, and all the choreography. The hand bells are really hard to learn because you have your two notes and you’re just counting the rhythm, and you have to hear out bits of melody. I’m just on chords.” Each year’s production takes on a life of its own, Jack says. “There’s still some room to play. The team are really great, although it’s a show that exists


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quite mean, Bob’s got this unbreakable spirit. Yes he needs the job, he’s got to feed his family but it doesn’t break him. There’s a lovely scene at the Cratchit’s Christmas, where we see a slice of their life, and Tiny Tim and the kids are hiding, and we’re all playing and even though our food is meagre, we’re so grateful and there’s so much love in that scene.” It’s a show that continues to gather steam. In 2020, composer and arranger Christopher Nightingale won a Tony Award for Best Original Score for his incidental music for A Christmas Carol. “The music is so clever,” Jack says. “I worked with Chris on Groundhog Day -I played one of the drunks in the bar- which was brilliant. It’s so great to be working with him again.” Jack was fortunate to keep working throughout the pandemic. “I got a role in a Netflix film called Stay Close, which we filmed in Manchester. My partner and I did an advertisement for RightMove. I got really lucky,” he says. This year’s production will still involve the much loved traditions of past shows, like Dickensian characters giving out minced pies to the audience -the pies will just be wrapped securely in line with Covid regulations. “We know A Christmas Carol is selling well but there’s always that fear that people are still scared to go out after Covid. The Old Vic are very smart; we’re all feeling very safe and everything feels Covidsecure,” Jack says. “A Christmas Carol is a great show to come back to with the singing, dancing, music and timeless story. It’s a wonderful Christmas production to get families back into theatres.” A Christmas Carol runs from November 13-January 8 at the Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB. Phone: 0344 871 7628. Tickets: £20-£67.50.


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Something very exciting and magical is making its way to Streatham this Christmas By InStreatham BID


he festive season is upon us, and here at InStreatham BID, we’re looking forward to the simple things – the comfort foods, time-honoured traditions, heartwarming gifts and cosy homes. Christmas in Streatham kicks off on Small Business Saturday - December 4th, when we host the annual Lights On Streatham event, and Father Christmas will turn on the Christmas lights at Babington Plaza; there will be festive stalls, mulled wine, carol singing and more! In addition, we’re adding some more cheer to the streets to enhance your shopping experience, with an illuminated gift display outside the Odeon by Pendennis Road. The spectacular light display and enchanting Christmas trees make for a wonderful backdrop for your Christmas photos. You can capture it in all its glittering glory all through December, while shopping the high street or taking part in our family Festive Trail - a great way to get the kids out of the house over the holiday for some active fun. After spending last Christmas under strict social restrictions, we hope you’re excited to get back on Streatham High Road to pick up some great finds from fresh produce at the local butchers and greengrocers, to buying gifts for friends and family. If you’re stuck on where to start, pick up your copy of the Streatham Book of Christmas - your one stop shop for all your seasonal inspiration - from Streatham cafes and salons. With 12 pages packed full of marvellous ideas, gift guides for all the family, delectable festive treats and family time to entertain, there’s plenty to keep your Christmas days filled with brilliant activities and goings on in Streatham, from the ice rink to markets. Here are a few ideas to help impress your friends and

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A crafty Crystal Palace Christmas The Handmade Palace Christmas Craft Market returns, this year hosted by the Paxton Centre Arts Space


n Sunday 5th December the market is joining in the commemoration events to mark 85 years since the famous Crystal Palace burnt down. The Markets continue on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December where people can shop for handmade gifts direct from the designers. The Markets will run from 10am to 5pm both days. There’s 13 stallholders each day and different makers at each market, selling a wide range of beautiful handmade goods, including ceramics, jewellery, books, candles, homeware, soaps, glassware, millenary, illustrations, prints and so much more. Crystal Palace Train Station is opposite while several bus routes stop outside. Parking can be found in the surrounding roads. The licenced café will be open serving hot and cold drinks as well as hot food and seasonal favourites like fruit cake, mince pies, mulled wine and boozy hot chocolate. Customers will be offered a small complimentary mulled wine on arrival. The Paxton Centre is a Covid-secure environment with a spacious interior, fresh air ventilation and hand sanitizing stations throughout. Markets run on Sunday 5 December, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December from 10am-5pm. The Paxton Centre Arts Space, 52 Anerley Hill, SE19.

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Elderton Road, SE26




Two Bedrooms Private Garage Private Drive

Duplex Apartment Landscaped Garden High Ceilings

Two Bedrooms Chain Free Stunning Views

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Apartment Luxurious Development Leisure Facilities

Three Bedrooms Chain Free Private Garden

Apartment Large Terrace Concierge & Gym

Semi-Detached Newly Refurbished Fantastic Location

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