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Brixton’s new hot spot, Tom Hanks and Hillary Clinton at the Southbank Centre, and a souk for SE1 By Laura Burgoine
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The Southbank Centre has a glittering literati lineup for this year’s London Literature Festival. Hillary Clinton, Tom Hanks, Annie Leibovitz, and Philip Pullman are all appearing in the Melville whale of a festival. Running from October 13-November 1, the festival opens with the 50th anniversary of Poetry International, features finalists from this year’s Man Booker Prize, Hillary Rodham Clinton reading from her latest memoir What Happened, actor Tom Hanks unveiling his first collection of short stories Uncommon Hype, photographer Annie Leibovitz – in an exclusive London event - presenting a selection of defining works from her newly published book Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005 – 2016. Admission: £15-£70. southbankcentre.co.uk
BONFIRE NIGHT BACK IN BROCKWELL Sparks are flying again in Brockwell Park with Lambeth Fireworks launching on Saturday 4 November. The independent event is themed A Night at the Movies, and will feature an incredible, high-octane fireworks display accompanied by iconic blockbuster soundtracks spanning the last six decades. Running from 5pm-10pm, the festival of fireworks will also include over 20 food traders (including Porky’s, Dough and Deer, and Mac to the Future) as well as live entertainment on the main stage and a funfair. Admission: £19 for two adults, two kids. Individual tickets: £3 for kids, and £6.50 for adults. There are also Premier Viewing Experience tickets for those looking for an even more unforgettable experience and access to a private bar, catering and private viewing area.
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Bala Baya is opening a Tel Aviv souk style market in the Union Street arches. Opening at 8am each day, early birds can peruse the in-house bakery for breakfast options of Babka Pretzels, Pitta Pie, Poppy Seed Filas, iced Cinnamon Buns, Chocolate Babka Swirl, and Quince and Almond Torsade. From 12pm until 3pm, lunch offerings include slow-braised beef stuffed pittas, pumpkin curls with lime yoghurt dressed with pineapple and fermented prawn, and miso and medjool date roasted aubergine drowned with rocket and coriander salsa. Takeaway and delivery are available, and branded ingredients are also on sale. The Bala Baya Shook launches in October and is open seven days a week from 8am-5pm, and on weekends: 10:30am-5pm. Arch 25 Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, SE1 0LR. balabaya.co.uk
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Newly opened Canova Hall is proving that Brixton is the city that never sleeps. Open seven days a week, from early morning until 1am, the Ferndale Road space is a hot-desk by day, hot spot by night. With bottomless coffee and fast wi-fi for freelancers renting office space during the day, it relaxes for revellers sipping on cocktails and dancing after hours. Everything on the menu is fresh with 48-hour fermented pizza dough, and homemade pasta, while cocktail trolleys allow guests to make their own drinks. There’s also DJs, and bartenders who do table service. 250 Ferndale Road, SW9 8BQ.
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SPOTLIGHT By Laura Burgoine
Fine China at Southbank Centre C
hina Changing Festival returns to the Southbank Centre for a second year, celebrating innovative contemporary Chinese culture and its connection to the UK.
Julia Cheng is back with a new solo contemporary dance piece: Orlando Warrior. She talks to the Weekender about strong women, and the myth of Mu-lan. “I developed a show with my company two years ago called Warrior Queen, and this solo is created in the mind that it’ll be an extension of this work,” Julia said. “The origins of Warrior Queen was about the myth of Mu-Lan being a warrior as a woman, and having this yang energy side of each person and bringing that out in movement and life. So this opportunity I have from the Chinese Arts Space [as part of Project New Sun] and Southbank Centre made sense to build up from what I’m working on.” Externalising her inner battles through wushu martial arts and waacking, this piece examines displacement and hybrid identity, masking a yang (male) fighter behind a yin (female) form, travelling through time via physical paintings of a Warrior Poet in motion. “The dance styles I do are hip hop and popping. I studied drama and theatre, and more classical training and travelled a lot. I went to New York and that’s where I learnt waacking –it’s a dance style created by men,” Julia said. “It comes from the LA gay clubs, and is influenced by the silent movie era. It’s very much reflective of real life.” The performer grew up in England with parents from Hong Kong and grandparents from China. “I run an all-female company with great multi-disciplinary artists, lots of musicians, dancers, painters. It’s important to create more visibility for women and strong women. And women of colour –we’re a very mixed company, but that’s happened organically.” This year, Julia is also working with young artists for the On Mass international project for the Roundhouse. Orlando Warrior is on Saturday 7 October at 5pm, at the Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. Admission: free. China Changing Festival is on Saturday 7 October. For tickets, www.southbankcentre.co.uk or call: 0203 879 9555.
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CHINA CHANGING LINE-UP:
TV host, publisher and media mogul Hung Huang, often referred to as ‘China’s Oprah Winfrey’, discusses her life, work and the role of the media in contemporary China, in conversation with Guardian leader writer, and former China Correspondent Tania Branigan. Little Soldier Zhang Ga, the story of one boy’s spirit in World War II in northern China, from the puppetry director of War Horse China Liu Xiaoy. His story is told through puppetry and physical theatre, and is co-written by Guo Yan. Around China with a Movie Camera: a Journey from Beijing to Shanghai, is
an epic filmic journey into the history of China, with a live atmospheric score, composed and performed by Ruth Chan and ensemble blending Chinese music with western classical influences, electronica and jazz. SINK, a play based on the true story of Chinese writer Lao She, which asks questions about freedom, history and identity. A screening of internationally celebrated filmmaker and author Xialou Guo’s UFO: In her Eyes, a surreal story of a Chinese villager whose life changes after seeing a UFO.
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Sunday 1st October, SW2
Brixton Come Together in the Peace Gardens Peace Gardens, St Matthews Church, Brixton, SW2, all-day, Free Running from Fri-Sun, Brixton Come Together is an Afro-Latin American Celebration with carnival parades, live music, film screenings and food. On the final day, the action moves to St Matthews Peace Gardens where there will be ‘The Village of the Future’ offering music, dance and craft workshops for all ages.
The Cuff 301-303 Railton Road, SE24 0JN, 8pm11pm, £10 The Herne Hill Music Festival continues with a night of boisterous bolshy Balkan brass, courtesy of the twenty-strong Trans-Siberian March Band. Expect an evening of riotous Balkan, Gypsy and Turkish tunes, up-tempo Russian drinking songs, Klezmer, with a hint of hiphop and Latin for good measure.
Friday 13th October, SW2
Weird Science at the Effra Social 89 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1DF, 9pm-1am, Free Ben & Kyle present Weird Science, a rummage through electronic music of the 80s, with all songs played on time honoured vinyl and the indestructible Compact Disc format. According to Tomorrow’s World, you can eat your dinner off a CD and it will still play perfectly well. FACT.
Sunday 1st October, SW2
Mod & Northern Soul Night at The Hand in Hand 61 New Park Rd London, SW2 4LA, all day, £6 Polish the mirrors on your scooter and zip along to this mod all dayer with Northern UpBeat and The Sha La La’s playing live, plus Vinylgossen on the decks.
Friday 13th October, SE15
X-Kalay Label Night at Canavan's Peckham Pool Club 188 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4NF, 8pm4am, £6 We love this unpretentious pool hall/bar/club in downtown Peckham where you can swig back your lager without fear of bumping into some hipster peacock Instagramming his ludicrous cocktail. Keeping the dancefloor pumping will be knob-twiddlers Rudolf C, No Moon, X-Kalay label boss Sam and Of Paradise besties Paul P and Fade.
Tuesday 3rd October, SW9
Live Jazz at the Cable Bar & Café 8 Brixton Rd, Oval, SW9 6B, 8pm, Free This weekly event sees jazzy/blues bands take to the bijou stage in this charming little café/bar by the Oval.
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Thursday 5th October, SW9
Live Jazz at the Prince of Wales 469 Brixton Rd, SW9 8HH, 11pm-3am, Free Popular with locals and musicians, it’s perfect for night owls with an insatiable thirst for beer and live jazz. Open till 3am and admission free, the only downside is the requirement for Photo ID. The bouncers are lovely though.
Thursday 5th October, SE22
Watson's General Telegraph Forest Hill Tavern, 108 Forest Hill Rd, SE22 0RS, 8pm, Free Shuffle up the hill to this well stocked, on-trend bar and flap your moveable parts to the sound of hot swinging live Trad Jazz, daddy-o.
Friday 6th October, SW16
Streatham Soul Club at White Lion 234 Streatham High Road, SW16 1BB, 6pm-1am, Free London Soul Radio joins the Soul Club for a night of soul classics, RnB, Rare Grooves and Soulful House.
Friday 6th October, SW2
Old Dirty Brasstards at Blues Kitchen 40 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5SP, 9pm-2am, £5+ Like a country squire who’s just got ‘on one,’ the Old Dirty Brasstards bounce around in tweed garments. The 10-piece brass and drum collective will be banging out an eclectic mix of pop, R&B and soul covers. House band The Atlantic Soul Orchestra follow at 1am, with DJs spinning Stax and soul ‘til 2am.
How Does It Feel To Be Loved at Courtesan
69-73 Atlantic Road, SW9 8PU, 11pm-3am, £6 Buzz is delighted to see Brixton indie club veterans How Does It Feel To Be Loved returning to the ‘hood. Originally based in the Canterbury Arms before the Victorian boozer was needlessly flattened, the club is hosting a special one-off at the delightful Courtesan restaurant/bar in Atlantic Road. The venue is something of an undiscovered Brixton belting out big tunes from the world of Jazz Swing, Musical Theatre, Motown, Soul and Classical.
Friday 6th October, SE27
Stick it On at Book & Record Exchange 20 Norwood High St, SE27 9NR, 8pm-1am, Free A top notch indie record shop and bookstore by day, the vinyl racks are manfully tussled aside to create a dancefloor for music nights every other week. On the first Friday of every month, the Stick It On crew invite you - the great unwashed - to haul in three monster tunes of your choice and get spinning.
Saturday 7th October, SW8
House Passion Summer Closing Party at Fire Arch 39 - 43, Parry Street, Vauxhall, SW8 1RT, 11pm-7am, £10 House and techno slider operators Shenin Amara and AR take over the main room for this end of summer party, backed by as-yet unspecified rhythm and funk acts in t’other room.
Friday 6th October, SE24
Catch Me A Song Cabaret at The Half Moon 10 Half Moon Lane, SE24 9HU, 7pm, £45 It’s great to see this legendary pub open again and putting on live music, but the upwardly mobile change in direction is reflected by the eye-watering £45 charge for a night of cabaret with a three course meal included. The Catch Me A Song cabaret is made up of West End performers
gem, with beautiful period details, intimate lighting, a sprung wooden dance floor and an artistic, speakeasy vibe. Hosted by the indefatigable Ian Watson, guest DJs for the night will be David and Franic of The Wave Pictures. The capacity is only 120 people, so be sure to get there early!
Sunday 8th October, SE24
Greenhouse Klezmer at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses Brockwell Park, Norwood Rd, SE24 9BJ, 4pm-5pm, £7 As part of the Herne Hill Music Festival, contemporary Klezmer seven-piece outfit Oysland will fill the greenhouses with an exuberant and soulful cocktail of wedding songs and lamenting lullabies.
Dub Me Always Ft. Lloydie Coxsone at Upstairs at the Ritzy Brixton Oval, Brixton, SW2 1JG, 8pm, Free Dub Me Always presents another sound system special, with the legendary Lloydie Coxsone joining host DJ David Katz for another night of rare reggae vinyl and unknown dub plates.
Sunday 8th October, SW2
No Frills Sunday Session at The Windmill 22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton SW2 5BZ, 7pm, Free With roaming Brixton folkies, the No Frills Band at the helm, this lively, round-the-table session invites musicians of all abilities to join in with new and traditional songs. Like a musical Whicker’s World, expect to hear an earful of sounds from around the globe.
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Saturday 14th October, SW9
Britpop to Beyonce at the Dogstar 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ, 10pm-4am, £5 DJs Jizzy Rascal and Editor from Brixton’s famous Offline Club bring the noise to the Dogstar’s Ballroom, throwing down a swaggering, sweaty, fun packed mix of fist-in-the air party bangers. Expect your nether regions to oscillate wildly to a sonic feast of dance monsters, pop thumpers, drum’n’bass floorshakers, and bootyquivering anthems guaranteed to get your arms waving in the air like a platoon of semaphore signallers on poppers.
Saturday 14th October, SW16
Azymuth at the Hideaway 2 Empire Mews, Streatham, SW16 2BF, 9pm, £22.50 Legendary Brazilian jazz-funk pioneers behind the hit “Jazz Carnival” visit Hideaway over the weekend as part of their European tour for ‘Fenix,’ their latest album release. “Samba jazz legends,” enthused MOJO mag.
Monday 9th October, SE24
Heads Up Jazz Jam at Off The Cuff 301-303 Railton Road, SE24 0JN, 8pm11pm, Free Musicians looking to 'trade licks' and 'throw some shapes' are invited to assemble in Herne Hill to make sweet improvised music under the arches. Musicians taking to the stage will have the opportunity to play with one of the country’s leading saxophonists, Ed Jones. Ed’s volcanic tenor sound has backed a host of international stars including Herbie Hancock, Tina Turner and George Benson.
Hard House at Club 414 414 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF, 11pm-9am, £5/10 There’s a mighty ten hour’s worth of hard house and trance on offer in this legendary all-night venue in the heart of Brixton’s Coldharbour Lane. DJs include Skol, Matt Rush, Hemlock, Tony K - and it’s also co-owner Tony’s birthday bash. Friendly, welcoming and laid back, the 414’s future is sadly now in doubt as evil developers want to turn it into a ruddy chain cocktail bar. Lodge your objections here: http://bit. ly/2w8EqPB.
Thursday 12th October, SE15
Drake Party at The Bussey Building 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST, 10pm2.30am, £5 A whole night dedicated to the guy who Started From The Bottom and brought us a whole lot of Energy even on his Worst Behaviour. DJs will be playing ol’ Drizzy all night, plus selections from Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Lil Uzi Vert, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, Kanye, Beyonce' and more.
Thursday 12th October, SE24 Trans-Siberian March Band at Off
Sunday 15th October, SW9
Lady Festival at Pop Brixton 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ, noon11pm, Free Billed as a “Festival Curated For Leading Ladies,” this freebie all-day festival will feature over ten female bands and DJs in rotation.
Sunday 15th October, SW9
Grass Roots Live Music at Club 414 414 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF, 10pm-3am, Free/donations
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Gig guide Halloween Special at the Railway Tavern
7 Station Rise, Tulse Hill, SE27 9BW 9pm-1am, Free
There’s going to be a huge Halloween mash up at this bustling pub with a massive garden in deepest Tulse Hill. Offline DJs will be getting the bat wings flapping on the dancefloor with a coffin-shaking salvo of indie, new wave, ska, dancehall and ghoulish beats, while the incredible Alea will be playing live with her band. Hailing from Italy, Alea mashes up an infectious mix of swing, soul and blues. There’ll also be prizes for the best costumes, and surprises all night. Hosted by UB40 trumpet-player Patrick Anthony, backed by a talented house band, this you can expect a night of uplifting blues, reggae and ska in front of a busy, old school mixed Brixton crowd. It’s open till late and a big hit with locals.
Wednesday 18th October, SW4
Open Mic at Bread & Roses 68 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham, SW4 6DZ, 5pm-8pm, Free Owned by the Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Union Council, this is a great place for Tory-free boozing and socialising. Test out your talents in front of a friendly crowd at this regular open mic night.
Thursday 19th October, SW2
House Night at Gremio de Brixton St. Matthew's Church, Effra Road, SW2 1JF, 9pm, Free DJ Lee Harris spins Spanish/Latin House music in this tapas restaurant/bar lurking in the crypt of St Matthew's Church, a short saunter from the centre of Brixton.
Friday 20th October, SE11
DJ Night at the Brown Derby 336 Kennington Park Road, Oval, SE11 4PP, 10pm-1am, Free Offering a profusion of tempting spirits at the bar this retro-themed bar hosts DJs spinning selections of ska, northern soul, bluegrass, country, and rock and roll.
Friday 20th October, SW4
Feral Friday at Fu Manchu 15 Lendal Terrace, Clapham, SW4 7UX, 10pm-3am, Free We can’t make head or tail of the guff on their website, but “good rhythms and jams” appear to be on the cards in this curious mix of dim sum restaurant and nightclub.
Friday 20th October, SW9
Ensi at Jamm 261 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 6LH, 7pmmidnight, £18 The Hip Hop Italia nights are back at Jamm, with rapper Ensi, one of Italy’s highest skilled MCs, returning to promote his fifth album “V,” with DJs 2P and Vox P on the decks.
Saturday 21st October, SE11
Duckie at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY, 9pm-2am, £6 One of the most provocative and funny cabaret nights in London, Duckie features
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burlesque and musical acts playing to a packed gay/mixed crowd. This week’s offbeat live entertainment comes from Duo Bogof, “the Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee of tech-savvy performance art,” plus the Readers Wives DJs, covering anything from Kate Bush, Joy Division, The Cure, Rapture and the Smiths.
Saturday 21st October, SW4
Saturday Sessions at Gigalum 8 Cavendish Road, Clapham Common, SW4 9DW, 8pm-midnight, Free Pledging “pure fist pumping, heart pumping glory” this bar by the Common insists that they are “London's free number one music venue.” Ignore the daft hyperbole and just enjoy resident DJs Hilton Caswell and Ben Yong banging out a half ton of classic soulful house music.
Tuesday 24th October, SE5
Jazz Jam at The Junction 171 Coldharbour Lane, SE5 9PA, 8pm11pm, Free The strummin’, tootin’ and percussin’ starts at 8pm and keeps on throwing shapes and improvising until close in an affordable, independent boozer. Recommended.
Thursday 26th October, SW2
Eric Benét at Electric Brixton Town Hall Parade, Brixton, SW2 1RJ, 7pm11pm, £28 Contemporary R&B maestro Eric Benét brings the sweet dance vibes to the Electric. "I'm not chasing any current whatevers," pledges Benét, a four-time Grammy Award
nominee. "It's about music that gives me goose bumps and touches my soul. That's always been a good barometer for me." Damn right, Eric.
Friday 27th October, SE15
80s Teen Halloween Party at Four Quarters 187 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4TP, 9pm1am, Free This dimly-lit, small venue festooned with retro arcade games embraces the 80s with a Halloween special resonating to the sounds of The Smiths, New Order, Simple Minds, Tears for Fears, David Bowie, Huey Lewis & The News and more.
Friday 27th October, SW11
Cirque Du Soul at Clapham Grand 21-25 St John's Hill, Clapham, SW11 1TT, 9pm-3am, £20 The Cla’am Grand is going full-on for Halloween with a “twisted circus of monsters and freaks” offering a big production of immersive theatre, circus performers and the essential confetti. DJs will be dispensing party tunes from the 70s, 80s, 90s to the present, with fancy dress essential.
Friday 27th October, SE1
Theatre of Blood at The Coronet Theatre 28 New Kent Road, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6TJ, 9pm-4am, £15+ An intriguing night of cabaret, burlesque and live music is on offer in this Halloween special based on the wonderful 1973 horror
movie, "Theatre of Blood." Acts include death blues funeral trash orchestra, The Dead Brothers, musical mortician Troylus Searll, Balkan beatsters Gyspsy Hill and the Chivaree Circus.
Friday 27th October, SW9
Bowie to Béyonce and Beyond at Upstairs at Market House 443 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LN, 10pm-3am, £5 There’s going to be another jam-packed night upstairs at the Market House as DJ Editor and Jizzy Rascal pump out their trademark category-catapulting selections of dance zingers and pop tunes to keep the floor bouncing like an extra-springy Slinky on roller skates.
Friday 27th October, SW9
The Corpses Kasbah at Café Cairo 88 Landor Road, SW9 9PE, 6pm-2am, £8 One of our favourite Brixton venues hosts a Halloween special with live music from Portuguese tango trio La Miseria Deluxe, walk about performance from The Late Night Shop, Jon Bongly on the decks and face painting, silent cinema and more. It’s free before 9pm and two quid off if you come in costume.
Saturday 28th October, SW9
HAAi at Phonox 418 Brixton Rd, Brixton, SW9 7AY, 9pm4am, £10 Resident DJ HAAi (pronounced ‘Hi’) continues her long residency of the former Plan B/Wimpey Bar in Brixton. As ever, she’ll be banging out a selection of eclectic house, disco and other dance floor wobblers.
Sunday 29th October, SE17
Jaded at Corsica Studios 5 Farrell Court, Elephant & Castle, SE17 1LB, 5am-3pm, £16 For hard core clubbers who laugh – LAUGH we tell you – in the face of sunlight, Corsica Studios will be happy to keep you doing your thing till 3pm. There’s enough snap, crackle and pop in the bill to keep you on the dancefloor till the sun has nearly gone down again, with acts including Philipp Strobel, Codex Empire (live), Raymundo Rodriguez and Emily Ono.
Sunday 29th October, SW2
King Nommo at Hootananny 95 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1DF, 9pmmidnight, Free Brighton-based collective King Nommo make the journey to Brixton, with the ten piece throwing down a beefy Afrogroove, laced with mystic Senegalese vocals and a heavyweight horn section.
Monday 30th October, SE5
Folk Jam at The Old Dispensary 325 Camberwell New Road, SE5 0TF, 8pm1am, Free See out the month at this small, friendly, affordable and unfussy traditional Irish boozer where anyone can join in with the band for the weekly folk jam.
Tuesday 31st October, SW2
Live Jazz at the Effra Hall Tavern Kellett Road, Brixton, SW2, 8.30pm11.30pm, Free One of the few traditional pubs left anywhere in the area, this locals’ boozer has regular live music nights throughout the week. On Tuesdays, it’s Afrobeat/reggae local stars The Soothsayers, with guest musicians.
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STAGE & SCREEN By Michael Holland
Bishop's next move
Comedian stars in BBC's next serving of Porridge
he BBC, whatever you think of it, is an institution. Just about every great TV moment has been on the BBC, whether that is Kenneth Wolstenholme telling the nation, ‘They think it’s all over’, Neil Armstrong stepping on to the moon, Basil Fawlty trying not to mention the war, or anything by David Attenborough, and throughout its years of broadcasting the BBC has always produced groundbreaking comedy.
In 2016 it commissioned pilots of some of its classic sitcoms to gauge whether the current generation of viewers were up for them, and one of the standout one-offs was a new episode of Porridge, more than 40 years after it was first broadcast. The warm reviews it attracted convinced the BBC that a full series was warranted, so the writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, now octogenarians, wrote six new episodes. Kevin Bishop plays Nigel Norman Fletcher, grandson of the Ronnie Barker character, and it was this multi-talented actor that I was watching in rehearsals as he and an excellent supporting cast brought out the magic in the writers’ script by tweaking, adding and deleting along with the director and producer in a warehouse beneath the Westway. South east Londoner Bishop first graced our screens as Sam Spalding in Grange Hill until he was expelled, and then was one of the stars in the film Muppet Treasure Island. Since then he has been on TV at regular intervals in an eclectic assortment of series and shows, some he has written himself and others that had him nominated for awards. For the final rehearsal piece of the day, ‘Fletch’ had to talk himself out of a tricky situation with a female prison office who had found a contraband cake in his cell. With minor amendments and a change of inflection on certain words, the scene came good. With everyone happy they packed up and went their separate ways leaving me to talk to the man who has a soft spot for the Southwark Weekender. First of all he brought me up to
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amongst all the rot we are fed about celebrities, and is a delight to interview. Being a natural comic helps. He had me in stitches whenever he dropped into a character for an anecdote he was telling, doing a Fletch voice to demonstrate a tongue-twisting line he struggles with, and even at one point in the interview impersonating Tracey Ullman taking off Ian McShane! Though the best impression was when he told me of a show he has written called Father-in-Law, which is about his real father-in-law, who he will be playing in the show. As he took off his wife’s dad I could tell straightaway that this will be another very funny show from Kevin Bishop. Two shows to look out for. Porridge starts on BBC1 on October 6 at 8.30pm
speed with a film he is in that has just gone on release in Australia called A Few Less Men, the sequel to cult film A Few Best Men, which he hopes will be in UK cinemas this year. The master mimic, whose many impressions in the series Star Stories are legendary, spoke of people he has parodied and how they were quite happy for him to impersonate them, before recapping on the brilliant spoof, Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back. With blue eyes that glint mischievously at all times, he recalled the tale of Farage’s people trying to arrange a lunch date with him, but this was before the programme had gone out so the invitation was declined: ‘I was reluctant from a legal standpoint,’ begins the actor. ‘I didn’t want to give anything away or have them shut it down before it even got on the telly.’ After the show was broadcast
Farage sent word that ‘he liked the portrayal but not the script’. Cue knowing laughter. ‘But he still wants to take me out for lunch!’ More laughing. We drifted off into politics so I veered him back to comedy. Within the blink of an eye he was off into what ingredients you need for a successful British sitcom: ‘The central character needs to be trapped,’ he stresses, before supporting his statement with a list of sitcom lead characters trapped in the situation they are trying to get out of that drives the show. This segued perfectly into Porridge, ‘the perfect premise for a comedy - He’s incarcerated.’ And Kevin Bishop is perfect for the world of entertainment. He is sociable, amiable to all and extremely praising of people he has worked with, saying only nice things about Tracey Ullman, Harry Enfield, and the
Porridge writers (‘Some of the gags in this are classic, classic Porridge’). He is all over Twitter with his admiration of the live audiences at the show’s recordings, yet refuses to name names of those he feels are not worthy of the fame they have achieved. He was even gracious enough to find a positive in Farage and the commitment he has to his political beliefs. Kevin Bishop is a beacon of happiness
THEATRE By Laura Burgoine
Home is where the art is Eight weeks of Latin American theatre in Elephant & Castle
lephant and Castle es su castle next month with the tenth anniversary of Casa festival. The eight week season of Latin American theatre and culture is setting up shop at the Southwark Playhouse, showcasing five new plays by UK based Latin American artists. Artistic director Daniel Goldman talks the Weekender through the Spanish season. “We’ve been at the Ovalhouse in Lambeth, and Union theatre in the past, then up to Hackney and Tower Hamlets but now we’re back and it feels really important,” Daniel said. “Our office is in Elephant and Castle shopping centre, and one of the reasons we’re here is it felt like an important time to come back. With the changes being projected for the area there’s fear among the Latin American community.” Currently, there’s 80 Latin American shops within 20 metres of the shopping centre. “Southwark has the biggest Latin American population, followed by Lambeth. There’s a huge community here –one in nine people who live in Southwark are of Latin American heritage, so it felt really important for us to come back,” he continued. “For
a nomadic festival, it feels like having a home.” After conducting a research project into cultural consumption of Latin Americans in London, Daniel said the main reason people don’t consume culture is a lack of knowledge of what’s going on. “Theatre is hard. We’ve tried to make the mountain come to Muhammad and we’ll see how effective that is.” All of Casa’s shows are in Spanish and Portugese. Daniel, who’s fluent in Spanish, lived in Argentina while attending theatre school. “There’s almost no public funding there, the arts are very under resourced but that means it can be very independent and politically engaged,” he said. “Buenos Aires centres itself as a theatre town –there’s 700 shows every week, and 300 theatres.” Opening on September 26, Casa is bringing the best companies over from Latin America. “We used to invite companies over for two performances. We’ve had a cut in funding, so we’re more dependent on box office takings so we’ve invited companies to do a week of performances,” the director said. The first international show is a puppetry version of Othello from Chile, Otelo by Viajeinmovil. “They’re making incredible work in Chile. Othello is a two
hander, a really simple concept –it starts in act four with Iago and Emilia manipulating lifesized mannequins of Othello and Desdemona,” he explained. “Femicide is more common in Latin America than other countries. In Mexico it’s terrible how machoism leads to more killing of women. They’ve made this version to look at femicide, and what happens when a man kills a woman. And it’s only 70 minutes.” Oslo is a Brazilian show about a serial killer, based on a short story. “We find people at festivals, but also accept video auditions,” Daniel said. “The actor was naked in an aquarium, and it was a beautiful, very, very funny performance. Recently a Brazilian performer was arrested for being naked on stage –because he was gay. So it’s important to have this show. Everything is political. Now more than ever.” First up is UK week, for Latin Americans who live in the UK. “We have six years supporting artists. We give them money, support, mentoring, free rehearsal space. All three shows are theatremakers providing their own work,” Daniel said. Autoreverse by Florencia Cordeu, running on October 11 at 8pm, October 13 at 9.30pm,
and October 14 at 8pm, is a play about memory. “Florencia went home to Chile and her Mum gave her a box of cassette tapes,” Daniel said. “When she was a kid they were political exiles and went to live in the States, and they communicated through cassette tapes from Chile to the US. There’s 60 tapes, her memory is faded, and the tapes are broken.” I Occur Here by Oh Dear! (Mariana Aristizabal and Malena Arcucci), running on October 12 at 9:30pm, October 13 at 8pm, and October 14 at 6:30pm is by a Colombian Argentine duo. “Lots of Latin Americans are here on European passports. What happens to them after Brexit? This looks at the impact of that,” Daniel said. Stardust by Miguel Hernando Torres Umba and Blackboard Theatre, running on October 11 at 9:30pm, October 12 at 8pm, and October 14 at 9:30pm, looks at the human cost of the chain of events that turns the sacred coca leaf into a line of cocaine. “He’s been a part of Casa for years,” Daniel said. “He’s from Colombia, he has a mime background, and is one of the directors of Secret Cinema. Every time he tells someone he’s from Colombia they mention cocaine and he’s really bored of that. He wants to challenge
the stereotyping, and look at the journey –the physical movement of cocaine.” The festival ends with two Mexican shows. The only thing a great actress needs is a great play and the desire to succeed by Vaca 35 runs from October 18-25. “It’s a beautiful piece about domestic servants in Mexico, poverty and humiliation, health, not being able to be socially mobile,” Daniel said. “The final show is an amazing take on Macbeth. It’s earthy and bloody and there’s a live chicken on stage,” he continued. Mendoza by Los Colochos, is reimagined during Mexico’s War of Independence, and runs from October 24-28. Casa runs from September 26-October 28 at Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1 6BD. Admission: £18/ £14 concession. Phone: 020 7407 0234. www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
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Pictures: Johan Persson
Folly good show
By Nicky Sweetland
Geraldine Fitzgerald as Solange LaFitte
Imelda Staunton as Sally Durant Plummer
here are few shows quite as legendary among musical theatre aficionados as Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and when it was announced that the show would be revived at the National Theatre this year, a collective gasp rang out among stagey obsessives all over the country.
The level of anticipation was further increased when a collection of West End stage royalty was cast in the production including Traci Bennett, Philip Quast Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton, but despite the pressure to be swept up in the occasion, I was determined to give the show a fair trial. And as this was the first time I’d ever witnessed the Sondheim epic, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Some of the music is familiar with standards like “Broadway Baby” and “Losing my Mind” very much part of musical theatre history, but what I wasn’t prepared for was just how majestic a show about washed up performers could be. Set in 1971, Follies follows a group who have come together for a reunion, as the theatre in which they met is about to be torn down, 30 years after their last performance. The characters are filled with remorse, as lives which promised to be filled with wonder, never really reached their potential and lovers proved to be more fallible than they seemed during the first youthful flurries of relationships. It’s a complicated thing to stage, with ghosts of the past constantly mirroring the stars onstage and the structure, that of a collection of ‘Follies’ - vaudevillian style turns - with no real linear story threading them together. But the real genius of Sondheim is shown in the musical structure (affectionately
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taking off past musical theatre masters) and the complexities of the characters, which makes Follies utterly absorbing. Vicki Mortimer’s impressive stage design - making the most of the Olivier’s revolve - adds further awe to the piece and Bill Deamer’s choreography helps to give pastiche without anything feeling outdated. And the cast of stars doesn’t disappoint either, with multi-award winner Imelda Staunton infinitely entrancing as the troubled Sally Durant Plummer and Philip Quast effortlessly conveying the torment of Benjamin Stone. Janie Dee is simply wonderful as the embittered Phyllis and her final ‘Follie’ performed with her younger self, portrayed by the utterly captivating Zizi Strallen is a real highlight. It’s an epic production in every sense of the word (even for your posterior, as it runs at two hours and 20 minutes with no interval) but Follies is a must see for musical theatre fans. Follies is running at the National Theatre until 3 January 2018. nationaltheatre.org.uk
Philip Quast as Ben Stone
ARTS & entertainment
By Laura Burgoine
BCA ON AIR: Free Speech, Censorship, and Music – Is Trapping Dead?
ward winning photographer Jim Grover’s latest muse is the Clapham High Street institution Café Delight and its regulars. The Clapham local’s photo essay explores observations of daily café life as well as portraits featuring owners Izzy and Mehtap’s regulars. The collection of 40 photographs will be exhibited in the cafe itself to celebrate its 21st anniversary.
The family-run ‘caff’ opened its doors in 1996 and has been offering friendly banter, countless mugs of milky tea, English breakfasts and hearty roast dinners ever since. It’s a beacon of continuity on a local high-street in a permanent state of flux: a world of challenged traders, ubiquitous coffee shops and high street chain stores. For this exhibition, Grover has captured a broad spectrum of Café Delight’s patrons: a stand-up comic and a chain-saw
Brixton’s Black Cultural Archives has a jam-packed line-up for Black History Month, this October.
Friday 29 September, 6.30pm9.00pm. Admission: free for under 25s, £5 over 25 The spiritual sounds of reggae gave birth to a bass culture and spread consciousness through music. Toasting over beats informed the stylistic feature of rapping influencing how hip hop artists spread their message. However, not all hip hop music carries positive messages of empowerment and in a similar vein bashment music has been under scrutiny over its sexually explicit content and for encouraging misogynist ideas. The media has been called to stop promoting these musical genres due to a negative influence on young people. Others, take more extreme measures and ban artists or musical genres from being played in clubs. Is this fair? Can musical censorship be justified and where does this place our values of freedom of expression? BCA’s Youth Forum, a collective of diverse, open-minded youth leaders express their views on this topical debate. Join our debate hosted in partnership with Kevin, founder and master brains behind Lounge Akadamikz. Book online: https://bcaonairfreespeechandmusic.eventbrite.co.uk
wood sculptor rub shoulders with local builders, shop workers, and members of a local club for the deaf. Some of Café Delight’s regulars have been coming since it first opened 21 years ago, others are more recent converts. Jim Grover said Café Delight is not just a café. “All of the traditional features you’d expect: great food, never-ending mugs of tea, friendly service and spotlessly clean tables. It’s also a community -offering company, familiarity and security for those regulars who have made Café Delight part of their daily ritual. That made it a fascinating subject to capture and an obvious next project for me.” This latest exhibition follows on from Grover’s photo-essay Of Things Not Seen in 2016 and is hot on the heels of 48 Hours on Clapham High Street exhibited in April this year. Café Delight is 21 is at Café Delight, 19 Clapham High Street, SW4 7TS, from September 14-October 31. Admission; free.
BCA Loves Afrobeats with P Montana.
Black Sound: Black British Music’s Journey of Creative Independence
Tuesday-Saturday, 10am– 6pm (last entry 5.30pm). Free admission. The exhibition experience includes an audio-guided tour for £3.
Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity.
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Overcoming the majority status quo of the music industry, Black British music has migrated from the margins to re-master the mainstream. This exhibition celebrates the pioneers that made it happen – the players, the promoters, the producers and the punters that changed Britain’s cultural history. Co-curated by the Champion Agency and Lloyd Bradley, author of Sounds Like London, explore the rich social history of Black Britain though this powerful soundscape. Audio guided tours feature as part of the exhibition experience and you can download the top 100 most seminal albums from the last 100 years. More info: https:// bcaheritage.org.uk/programme/ exhibitions/black-sound/
Friday 6 October, 6.30pm-9.00pm. Admission: £7, £5 concession From Hi-Life to London vibez, Black Cultural Archives celebrates the journey and rise of UK afrobeats
as this genre is redefining the “Black Sound” we listen to today. To mark this special moment in history where music has made it “cool” to reclaim your African roots, renowned and groundbreaking DJ P Montana will play a selection of the hottest, freshest, and classic afrobeat tracks. Listen out for new talent as P Montana curates an exclusive compilation of songs produced by a mix of underground afrobeat artists that have yet to be released. A pioneer in his own right in 2016 Noisey called P Montana ‘a DJ who Timbo, N2theA and Hendrix all credit as one of the tastemakers of the new generation.’ P Montana is a key supporter of the British underground music scene. Book online: https://bcalovesafrobeats. eventbrite.co.uk
UK Afrobeats: The Pioneers, the Movement and their Legacy
Saturday 14 October, 6.30pm9.30pm. Admission: £7, £5 concessions Afrobeat music is not a new sound. Its stylistic features can be found in percussion developed from talking drum, chanted song and the call-and response techniques from old cultural traditions. Transported around the world by musical legends, such as Fela Kuti and Dele Somi, afrobeat music forms an important part of a people’s cultural heritage. More than 30 years later, a new wave of afrobeats with its multitude of features, styles, and sonic variations is sweeping the airwaves of the UK. The rise of UK afrobeats marks a new chapter in our musical history as Black British music is becoming re-africanised by a generation of young and talented artists. But, how did this shift occur? Our powerful panel of pioneering UK afrobeat musicians including Afrikan Boy, Timbo, Mr Silva, and P Montana discuss how they
Derek B, who became one of the first Black British rappers to achieve pop success. Learn about his early days in pirate radio and djing to becoming a successful artist, record producer and remixer in the 1980s. Book online: https://derekb.eventbrite.co.uk
Uncover the Roots of British Black Gospel Saturday 28 October, 1.00pm2.00pm. Admission: £3 influenced the music scene at a time when it was not cool to rap or sing with an African accent. Book online: https://ukafrobeats. eventbrite.co.uk
Jim Ives will be providing a personal portrait of Derek Boland, better known by his stage name
Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, SW2 1EF. Phone: 020 3757 8500. bcaheritage.org.uk
LUNCHTIME TALKS Derek B and UK Hip Hop
Thursday 28 September, 1.00pm2.00pm. Admission: £3.
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10am – 6pm
Sat 7th & Sun 8th October
n the first weekend of October, artists and makers in Lambeth are opening their studios, work spaces and homes to the public.
The free event, which started in 2009, promises a wide range of arts and crafts on show including painting, sculpture, photography, textile design, jewellery, ceramics and print making. It’s an opportunity to buy direct, and support local artists and artisans. Discover the wealth of creative talent tucked away in the borough, and explore studios and workshops hidden in their
ANNA LANDO Anna was born in Venice, Italy and then spent a few years with her husband in Africa until settling in London. Her sculptures are mainly of the human body that she sees as a vast landscape, all creating spirals within a spiral. She is self-taught and has been working for over 30 years. The Portico Gallery, Knights Hall, 23a Knights Hill, SE27 0HS www.annasculpture.wordpress. com DAIRO VARGAS Dairo Vargas’ work directly confronts the vulnerability of the physical and psychological human condition. His paintings are inspired by dance, movement and everyday life; revealing the layers of emotions and feelings that are infused in our communications and interactions. 198 Gallery, 198 Railton Road, SE24 0JT www.dairovargas.com
neighbourhoods. Lambeth Open is also a unique way to meet artists face to face and learn more about the various technical processes involved in their craft. Organiser and artist Tim Sutton (who also organises the very successful Urban Art fair in Brixton) said Lambeth Open provides an affordable opportunity for artists and makers to showcase work in their local area. “Too often these gold mines of creativity are hidden away and we hope our event helps shine a light on our wonderful and colourful creative community,”
Tim said. “All artists and makers will be present at their venues, so visitors can find out how items are made and the various techniques involved. We are so lucky have all this talent on our doorstep and something worth showing off to the rest of London.” The Lambeth Open launch event is on Friday 6 October from 6pm-9pm at Brixton £ Cafe, 77 Atlantic Road, SW9 8PU. Admission is free to all the venues, and doors are open from 10am until 6pm on October 7 and 8. www.lambethopen.com
CHARLOTTE LONGWORTH Charlotte has cultivated a technique that combines her love of drawing and film photography. She creates her own large format negatives and prints limited edition pieces, predominantly using the traditional cyanotype process. Subject matter tends to focus on scenes abstracted from the local area, the picture in this exhibition was inspired by time spent in Brockwell Park. DAVID WOLVERSON “I have found London to be an inspiring and stimulating environment in which to paint, since moving here six years ago.” The Portico Gallery, Knights Hall, 23a Knights Hill, SE27 0HS www.facebook.com/DavidWolverson-110467729319761/ JOHN HOBBS “I was profoundly moved when David Bowie released Black Star and then died last year. I wanted to pay a tribute to him by
Patrick Stern reimagining a Black Star in my own way. This is an oil painting on canvas which then has several coats of resin sealing in the image and giving a perfect gloss finish.” Basement Flat, 131 Lansdowne Way, SW8 2NP www.john-hobbs.com
HENRIETTA MACPHEE Henrietta MacPhee is a British ceramic artist, recently graduated from the renowned City Lit Ceramics Diploma course. She models and carves clay by hand and paints with slips and glazes to achieve bright fresh looking surfaces that are rich, diverse and
tangible. Her work is figurative and stems from exploring the exotic, through a fresh child-like perspective of the world, she portrays social scenes of poetic tenderness and humour. 50 Milton Road, Herne Hill SE240NP 07940 719 397 / @etta_mac
www.henriettamacphee.com GEMMA KELLY Gemma Kelly's emotionally expressive sculptures can be both playful and confronting: from abstracts that draw on the aesthetic joys of dance, to human
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Continued from page 23 bodies that reveal pain and sorrow in their taught sinews and stressed limbs. Much of her work draws on personal experiences that she expresses boldly and without compromise, inviting the viewer into a world that is usually kept hidden and internal. 198 gallery, 198 Railton Road, SE24 0JT 10am - 6pm www.gemmakelly.co.uk CAMILLA GRAY “I make paintings in oils and watercolour sketches of the edges of forests, the borders of the sea and sky, and the play of surface and depth in reflections on water. My subjects are familiar and recognisable but also dreamlike. I try to paint a stillness and silence that you can lose yourself in.” 136 Lowden Road, SE24 0BQ www.camillagray.wordpress.com SOPHIE COOK Sophie Cook first trained as a scenic artist for theatre and then as a fine artist in the atelier tradition. Her still life paintings depict the prosaic, a teacup or a tumbling table top plant; but always seek to capture the less apparent qualities of the objects. She enjoys the subtle shifts in colour and temperature found in nature that lends itself so beautifully to painting in oils. Portico Gallery, Knights Hall, 23a Knights Hill, SE27 0HS www.sophiemcook.com KATE NEWINGTON Kate Newington makes her portraits and still lifes using slivers of scrap paper from magazines, newspapers and flyers - looking at her images, what you see from a distance is not always what you see close up. Her recent collage portrait of the film director Ken Loach can be seen at the Lambeth Open. Kate regularly shows work at the Mall Galleries in Central London and her work is always on show at Skylark Galleries on the South Bank. 30 Saltoun Road, SW2 1EP www.katenewington.com JO SHARPE “I studied textile design and sold textile prints worldwide. Brought up in East Anglia, I am inspired by the countryside of north Norfolk and the beauty spots of Surrey, Cornwall and the South of England. I love colour, creating surface pattern texture and playing with compositions. My studio is in Carshalton, South London, and appointments can be made to view my work.” Portico gallery, 23B Knight's Hill, SE27 0HS
Priscilla Watkins Kate Newington
LUCY DUKE Lucy Duke is a contemporary expressionist artist who exhibits successfully at her home in Herne Hill during Lambeth Open showing at Venue 16. Her style is exuberant and uplifting in watercolour and pastels. www.lucyduke.com PATRICK STERN The maker is a long established glass worker of some decades experience in a variety of glass working techniques. On display are functional blown tableware, and sculptural kiln formed pieces, and the accoutrements of the making of them. In the characterful setting of a railway arch. 209a Coldharbour Lane, SE9 8RU PRISCILLA WATKINS Priscilla is best known for her paintings of people swimming at Brockwell Lido. Her work is full of light, movement and colour, and often verges on the abstract, though some pieces reflect a quiet underwater world. She believes that it is the relationship between light and darkness in art that triggers an emotional response in the viewer and can transform an everyday activity such as swimming into resonant poetry. Her large oils have achieved upwards of £2500 but she paints a wide range of pictures and some smaller pieces are available for around £400. She has also developed a highly successful series of watercolour
‘paper pools’ that sell for £120 unframed. A limited range of linocut prints and cards will also be available. Recent work includes seascapes and small oilon-board paintings of waves. www.priscillawatkinsart.co.uk 19 Tulsemere Road, SE27 9EH TIMOTHY SUTTON Timothy Sutton specialises in portrait work using traditional oil on canvas techniques to create stunningly realistic pictures. He believes the secret of a good painting is not to just capture the likeness, but also a sense of character, be it flesh or fur. Portrait painting has once again established itself as an important record for our modern age. The photographic image has become an unsatisfying, disposable item, typified in glossy throw-away magazines or ‘never to be printed’ pictures on a digital cameras. People are now looking for a more permanent record and a commissioned portrait has proved to stand the test of time. As well as solo and group shows, Timothy has exhibited at the Mall Galleries and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. www.timothysutton.com Brixton £ Cafe, 77 Atlantic Rd, Brixton SW9 8PU ROBERT BROWN Robert Brown’s work begins and ends in drawing, which sometimes grows into an idea. Portico Gallery, 23b Knight’s Hill, SE27 0HS
JANIE KIDSTON Janie Kidston currently makes wheel thrown ceramics – tea and noodle bowls; miniature cups;
medium and larger bowls; beakers and multi functional pots. 18 Spenser Road, SE24 0NR www.janiekidstonartist.com
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it io n pet Co m "The Erdinger Oktoberfest is the biggest ever event of its kind in the UK." MENSWEAR & ACCESSORIES
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ERDINGER Weißbräu – a private German brewery since 1886 is bringing the Oktoberfest event to London this October 5th-22nd, 2017! At Greenwich Peninsula, next to the O2 Arena. Enjoy our German high quality beer in an impressive 3,000 capacity beerhall with great atmosphere and lots of singing & dancing - Decorated with affection and love. We also serve authentic German dishes like Pork Knuckle, Sauerkraut, Apple Strudel and many more. For the real Oktoberfest atmosphere we will have a large beer garden, huts and a fun fair, too!
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Remembering south London of old Beryl Kingston is a veteran of fiction writing, having penned sagas, historical and contemporary fiction for the last thirty years, and sold over a million copies of her most popular title.
Born in Tooting in 1931, Beryl grew up south of the river and studied English at King’s College London. She remembers Tooting during the Blitz, before she was evacuated to Felpham in Sussex followed by Harpenden in Hertfordshire, having to enrol in ten different schools in that time. She returned to London at the end of the war. Now living in Sussex permanently, Beryl has written a homage to the South London of old, in her latest book Everybody’s Somebody, which was published by Endeavour Ink in September. Did you have to delve into much research for the time period, Beryl? I always research everything I write, usually on my feet by visiting the places I'm going to use as settings and talking to the locals, and from contemporary documents. I picked the Borough because I found and loved the Market when
I was seventeen, and because there was a great Music Hall in Tooley Street called The Star and known locally as the La-Di-Da. I explored the place with a local man called Ken Titmuss who uses old maps to guide us and is known as Oldmapman. My chief source of information about life in the trenches came from a relation who'd spent four years there. I used to sit at his feet and listen and afterwards write it all up in my diary, which I kept from the time I was seven until I was well into my twenties. I also had an aunt who had been a suffragette and she told me a lot about that. What are the major changes that you’ve seen to this part of London over the years? Major changes. The most noticeable is the amount of new building The Shard being a prime example. There was a lot of damage to the Borough during the Blitz (which I'm writing about now), and lots of the houses were slums, like the two rooms Jim and his sister rent in Parish Street. There was a
lot of slum clearance after the war. The original houses are hard to find now and there are lots of expensive penthouses and flats. One thing that hasn't changed are the people and their cheerful resilience. South Londoners were a mixed bunch when I was a child there, comprising of many nationalities: Italian, like my grandfather, German, French, Jewish as well as the indigenous English, and that makes for a lively and colourful interplay at street level. Visit Borough Market today and it's still there. Different nationalities, the same friendly, jokecracking, mutually helpful, volatile mix. The
way locals rushed to the aid of the people attacked on London Bridge and in the Borough Market is admirable proof of that. Rosie, your main character, seems quite modern in her feisty temperament and interest in the fight for women’s rights. Do you think The City allowed women of that time more independence then they would have enjoyed in more rural areas? Women's greater independence came about because of the
relentless blood bath of WW1 and the bone-headed ignorance of the generals who didn't know how to stop it. So many men were massacred that it was soon obvious that women would have to do the jobs they were no longer there to do. So they drove trams, cleaned windows, worked in munitions, delivered coal, milk and bread even worked as riveters. Working class women had always worked hard, but until then most of them were badly paid skivvies, who did the donkey work in the house. The change meant that they could earn better wages; better wages meant that they could be more independent.
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family By Kate Graham-Shaw
Get your wellies on! The community greenhouses in Brockwell Park will be running a number of outdoor events for families this autumn complete with a mud kitchen, wigwam, welly boot planters. A new outdoor play kitchen will be open from 10am-5pm ThursdaysSundays. Further activities are run on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, giving a chance for kids to learn in the greenhouses, rain or shine. There are also several story telling events, with a new weekly club, Story Stompers, suitable for 2 to 4 year olds launched last month, running Tuesdays at 9.15am – 10.15am, price £4 per child. A one-off storytelling event for children under 5 will happen on October 20th 11.00am – 12.00am, is
Tiny dancers free, and will focus on how animals in the Brockwell community park gardens are preparing for winter. www.brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk/ whats-on/family-kids/
Families can rave to classic nineties tunes at Big Fish Little Fish. The successful family rave company will be coming to Fire, Vauxhall on October 14th to throw a fun afternoon party, with an ‘Animal Fantastical’ fancy dress theme and music from the legendary Drum and Base DJ, DJ Aphrodite. Aimed at families with children aged 0-8, the event has run popular afternoons at numerous venues across the country, and plays a range of dance, Drum and Bass and Techno music at lower volumes to make the event suitable for all ages. With glitter cannons, giant balloons and bubble machines, this afternoon is sure to be enjoyable. Adults, £9, Children, £6 and pre-walking infants free. October 14th at 2-4.30pm Fire, 39 Parry Street, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1RT www.bigfishlittlefishevents. co.uk
Judith comes to talk Celebrated children’s author Judith Kerr is releasing a brand new book, Katinka’s Tail, and will be in conversation with Sunday Times’ Nicolette Jones at Alleyn’s school. Best known for The Tiger Who came to Tea and the Mog the Cat series, Judith will be talking about her new book at the event in Alleyn’s School. Her new tale tells the story of a cat named Katkinka, who is perfectly ordinary but for one thing – her extraordinary tail. Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for under 18s. Special £20 tickets include a hardback copy of Katkinka’s Tail. Sunday 15th October at 3pm, Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, East Dulwich, SE22 8SU.
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The street dance company Love2Dance have launched brand new classes for 5-7 year olds. The innovative company has been running similar classes for 8-18 year olds for three years, and will now give younger ages a chance to street dance. The youngsters will receive professional training, and also
have a chance to perform at events across the borough. Held at The Albany arts centre in Deptford, the hour-long classes will take place on noon each Saturday, with each class costing £6 - £60 per term. Running until Saturday, December 2nd, 12pm – 1pm. www.thealbany.org.uk/
Rave with your little one
Movie move The Ritzy in Brixton will be changing its Toddler Time showing days to Sundays and Thursdays this October. The showings, exclusively for pre-school aged children and their parents and carers, take place at 11am with highlights including Room on the Broom on October 29th and November 2nd, and Sarah & Duck on November 19th and 23rd. The cinema also runs a similar event for older children; the Kids’ Club runs every Saturday at 10.30am and shows films such as Aladdin on October 7th and Frozen on November 25th. www.picturehouses.com
HEALTH By Laura Burgoine
Smooth operator The Weekender goes to the dentist - to try new Botox treatment Our business developer Michelle, 33, went down to Forest Hill’s Dentistry For You to test-drive their new botox treatments. Doctor Neha Singh was administering the shots. Price: £200 Procedure: 50mg of Bocouture The experience:
I went in, the doctor gave me a mirror and instructed me to scrunch up my face, nose, and tell her where I thought I needed the treatment. I had loads of lines in my forehead so I decided to go for there, the middle of my nose, side of eyes, and two at the top of my lips to reduce smoker’s lines. After that, she explained the procedure of what she was going to do, and what to expect afterwards. It’s not putting fillers or any foreign materials into your face, it’s just a matter of relaxing the muscles. It takes you back to your natural state. It’s also not permanent –it lasts three to four months.
Concerns going in:
I was nervous going in, to the point I was shaking. The thought of having needles in my face scared me. The doctor told me to scrunch up my face and she drew white dots to mark where the needles would go. At this point I’m still worried. I lay down in the dentist’s chair, and the doctor told me I’d feel a tiny little prick. She started with my forehead –I could feel a crunch in my head. It didn’t hurt. I said “is that it?” She moved onto my nose, and then down to lips, and that one hurt. It probably took about 20 minutes for everything. I was warned I might feel weird sensations in my face, particularly lips.
How long until your saw results?
24 hours later, I tried to purse my lips and I couldn’t. It was an odd
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New helpline service supports Londoners to quit smoking A new Stop Smoking London Helpline service, funded and supported by 30 London boroughs including Southwark, has been launched.
The helpline is provided by NHS Smokefree and can be reached on 0300 123 1044. It provides a convenient way for Londoners to access good quality, specialist advice on how to quit smoking. It’s also a gateway to finding out more about the range of free and varied support available across the capital. There are around 1.3 million smokers in London. And one in three adults wants to give up, many of whom will have tried to but failed at least once already. If this includes you, don’t let this dishearten you - you can succeed at quitting, and you’re much more likely to do so with the right support. You can call the local rate number seven days a week – Monday to Fridays from 9am to 8pm and on Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 4pm. Another way to find out about what’s available in your borough is to visit the Stop Smoking London Portal. Here you can choose the type of support you want, insert your postcode and you'll be directed to the information you need to get started on your quit journey.
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Food & DRINK By Becky Morton
Smoke & Salt
Pop B 49 Brixto rixton, n Stati London S on Road, W9 8PQ www.sm okeands alt.com
Small but mighty
aking over the shipping container in Pop Brixton, formerly home to Kricket, which has taken its Indian small plates to a bigger site in Soho, Smoke and Salt has big boots to fill.
After a successful residency in Islington’s Chapel bar last year, chefs Remi Williams and Aaron Webster have moved south of the river promising modern small plates using seasonal British ingredients. Their tasty and original dishes certainly live up to expectations. The restaurant makes good use of the limited space provided by the shipping container with a long counter down one side and small tables on the other as well as a few tables on the terrace which would make for pleasant al fresco dining on a sunny evening. It feels separate enough from the bustling Pop
Brixton for a more relaxed dining experience but you can still hear the music from outside on a Friday and Saturday night. It’s a small menu but packed full of flavour, with the tiny kitchen serving an impressive variety of smoked, cured and preserved dishes. A group of three or four could comfortably sample most of the dishes but our waitress insisted the two of us try practically the whole menu, leaving us stuffed by the end of the meal. This gave us the opportunity to try some of the more adventurous dishes recommended to us. All the waiting staff were friendly and knowledgeable, describing how each dish was cooked as it arrived. A surprise favourite was the tomato salad, which paired deliciously ripe tomatoes with a smoked creamy ricotta and
a nutty vinaigrette. Other vegetable dishes, including courgette with toasted seeds and walnuts and cabbage with a smoked dressing and pickled peanuts, similarly turned humble ingredients into something special. Each plate was beautifully presented with a meticulous attention to detail. The originality continued with the meat dishes. The shredded duck served with warm flatbread and lavender was an excellent match and the miso and honey glazed lamb belly was deliciously tender. Despite the strong flavours, the ingredients were never overpowered with the different elements of each dish delicately balanced. We couldn’t resist trying the dessert, grilled peaches with fresh English strawberries and a custard-like sweetcorn sauce which was surprisingly tasty.
Crispy new potatoes with chimichurri and gorgonzola sauce £4.00 Summer tomato salad with smoked ricotta £5.00 Trombetta courgettes with toasted seed & walnut crumble and summer savoury dressing £6.00 Charred Coley slow cooked in olive oil, roasted hazelnuts & toasted garlic £8.00 Creedy carver duck “rilette” style with duck jam, grilled flatbreads and lavender £9.00 Hispi cabbage with smoky tofu dressing and pickled peanuts £6.00 Boneless chicken leg with fresh carrot and radish slaw and truffled-ponzu sauce £9.00 Miso and Honey Glazed Lamb Belly £10.00 Grilled Amarillo peaches, English strawberries and sweet corn £5.00 Rose Mary Berry £7.50 Boston Sour £7.00 TOTAL
To wash it down there was a short selection of cocktails, craft beer and a couple of wines. We tried the ‘Rose Mary Berry’, a delicious mix of gin, raspberry and rosemary which was fragrant rather than overly sweet, and a bright green whiskey sour flavoured with sorrel. Two or three dishes per person would be plenty and at
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Food & DRINK By Michael Holland
the c palace rystal marke t 3-7 Churc h Roa SE19 2TF d, 020 3475 7080
In the Market for great food By the time I had walked up Anerley Hill to Crystal Palace Market I was ready for a drink. But Anerley is some hill so all I could manage was water. ‘Cold, and plenty of it, please,’ I rasped.
My lunching companion, Fiona, was already there, equipped with tape measure and writing pad, ready to measure up and take notes! She had somewhat misconstrued my invitation to lunch as some sort of DIY mission! Don’t ask. Crystal Palace Market is all about great meat and fish. You can see the elegant swimmers on a bed of crushed ice at the front of the open kitchen, and the menu tells you exactly where the meats come from. Fiona declares she is a vegan straight after the waiter informs us there is no Crystal Palace Market Salad. I coughed, spluttered and took a hefty swig of an extremely smooth Pinot Noir. Fiona sipped on her water. ‘I bet the Goats’ Cheese Croquettes are nice,’ I said hopefully. Fiona is not a complainer; she’d had a good week and no salad deficit was going to spoil that. The croquettes were actually ‘wonderful’, she said after her first course. They looked
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good too. I began with the Seabass and Crab Ceviche. It came with a mango sauce that was both unexpected and very good. Bolstered by recent good fortune, Fiona had lots to tell, so I was updated on her ongoing creative projects, council disputes (won), furniture disputes (won), allotment poachers and a device that helps her concentrate more and hear better. I was just about to mention that she
misheard me and brought a tape measure to lunch when our main courses arrived. Across the table was a sea of green. My fellow luncher had opted for the last remaining vegetable option: Gnocchi with a Creamy Mint and Pea Puree and Green Beans. A plate of gnocchi always looks good to me, even when it is just one colour. I chose the Lamb Chops (Devon). They were not those petite, one-bite cutlets, but thick and juicy slabs of
meat. Beautiful. All three of them. And the salad that accompanied the chops had the most delicious dressing. Our server explained that it was created from grain mustard, orange, lime and lemon juices. So simple but so effective. The lunchtime rush had diminished somewhat by now and the sun had broke through the clouds, so we sat chatting and sipping at our respective drinks. Our informative waitress appeared behind me and like a devil on my shoulder uttered those dangerous words of temptation: ‘Would you like to see the dessert menu?’ Fiona, who had been unable to finish off all her gnocchi, made a noise of surrender and mentioned something about being too full, but I’m a professional and made of sterner stuff. ‘It won’t hurt to have a little look, will it?’ From that point on it wasn’t difficult to lure Fiona in. In fact, it was she who chose the Pineapple and White Chocolate Sauce for sharing! It was like a trip back to the days of fondues, except this was chunks of pineapple to be dipped in a sauce of white chocolate. How could you not fall in love with that?
The Crystal Palace Market is very special. All the food looks good, as well as tastes good. Monday - Thursday there is an attractive Lunch Set Menu (2 courses £9.95; 3 courses £12.95)
the damage Water £3.30 Pino Noir x 2 £14.50 Croquettes £6.50 Ceviche £9.00 Gnocchi £11.00 Lamb Chops £15.00 Green vegetables £3.50 Pineapple & White Chocolate £5.50 Americano £2.30 TOTAL
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Where to have your Christmas party HMS Belfast
If an ordinary Christmas party venue doesn’t float your boat, why not host your event aboard the renowned HMS Belfast? The former Navy cruiser turned museum ship, offers up receptions on its Quarterdeck, as well as seated dinners in the Ship’s Company Dining Halls. This venue is truly unique, giving your guests to experience the ship’s historical features – such as exposed steel walls and elaborate ceiling pipework – whilst enjoying top class dining presented by the ship chefs. With capacities of up to 200, this venue will certainly offer a voyage to remember! Morgan’s Lane, Tooley Street, London Bridge, London SE1 2HJ. For booking enquiries, call: 0845626677
With stunning views of the river and a spectacular, contemporary venue space, the famous OXO tower is the perfect place to host a classy Christmas party. The historic building is opening up its second level for capacities of 100-485 for buffets or 60-280 for seated meals. A sophisticated audiovisual system is on-hand to create the perfect atmosphere – whether you want to host a dramatic Christmas do, or a more subdued affair. Oxo Tower, Barge House Street, South Bank, Greater London, SE1 9PH For booking enquiries, call: 08458626677 www.bigvenuebook.com/venue/738
Victorian Loft at Luminere London
Fancy a chic and bohemian Christmas party? The Victorian Loft at Luminere London would be perfect for you. With exposed brickwork, vaulted ceiling and cosy feel, the transformed loft space has a relaxed atmosphere and is perfect for smaller events. Capacities of up to 80 people. 1-2 Silex Street, 2nd & 3rd floor, Southwark, London, SE1 0DW For booking enquiries, call: 02076204570 https://www.tagvenue.com/ rooms/london/192/lumierelondon/victorian-loft
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Where to have your Christmas party Red Room at The Crooked Well, Camberwell
The Crooked Well, a spacious neighbourhood gastropub in Camberwell, has a beautiful events room upstairs, perfect for an intimate Christmas do. The modern vintage style of the room is impressive, with chandeliers, a private bar and classic deep red curtains. With capacities of up to 35 standing and 22 seated, the venue offers a cosy and stylish place to host a Christmas party. 16 Grove Lane, Camberwell, London, SE5 8SY For booking enquiries, call: 02072527798 https://www.tagvenue.com/rooms/london/57/the-crooked-well/red-room
The London Aquarium
What better place to host a distinctive Christmas Party than the famous SEA LIFE Aquarium? With one of Europe’s largest collections of marine life, the busy tourist attraction can be transformed into an atmospheric venue with a capacity of up to 500 people. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a Christmas tipple watching some sharks? Westminster Bridge Road, London, Greater London, SE1 7PB For booking enquiries, call: 08458626677 www.bigvenuebook.com/venue/763/
Hutong, Level 33 of the Shard
Fancy hosting a more unconventional Christmas party? The renowned Chinse Restaurant, Hutong, situated on the 33rd Floor of the Shard could be just your thing. Available for exclusive hire, with capacity of 100 seated and 340 standing. With spectacular views across London, and traditional décor including hand-carved doors and authentic red lanterns, the venue is perfect for a stylish, yet alternative Christmas event. Level 33, The Shard, 31 Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY. For booking enquiries, email: email@example.com
Tanner Warehouse, Bermondsey
Situated in a former leather factory, Tanner Warehouse offers a superb events space. With capacities up to 150 for dinners and 300 standing, this large and original conversion provides excellent catering services as well as having advanced technological features to help you throw an unforgettable Christmas event. The atmosphere is relaxed and sociable, with a complete 3-course Christmas dinner is on offer, and also uplighters, fairy lights and candles to top-off the festive event. Tanner Warehouse, 50 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UD For booking enquiries, call: 02073570244 www.tannerwarehouse.co.uk
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Get into the right secondary school Where to start and how the system works: The difficulties faced each year by parents and carers deciding which secondary school to apply to for their child remains the biggest problem in terms of education decisions.
You can’t expect to name a secondary school and assume that your child will automatically be offered a place. It is simply a case of listing the schools you prefer and awaiting the outcome of the allocation process. In a highly competitive process it is vital that you get the order of preference right on your child’s primary to secondary transfer application. The biggest mistake you can make is to put just one school down. That might well be the only school you want for your child, but there are no guarantees that your child will be offered this school. To give your child the best chance possible, try to list up to six preferences on their application. It is all too easy just to go by hearsay and reputations - visit the schools for yourself. A school that may never have been in your mind before could offer subjects or have specialist facilities that would meet your child’s talents more than the school that was originally top of your list. There are all types of secondaries, from voluntary aided church schools to academies, foundation schools, free schools and independent secondaries. And it is here where the admission criteria vary. It is important you fully understand the admission criteria and match those criteria to your own circumstances. Some schools are heavily oversubscribed, with hundreds applying for just 120 – 240 places. When you go to an open day, make sure you find out how many applications the school usually receives - this information will also be printed in the Starting Secondary school in Southwark 2018/2019 brochure and Secondary School in Lambeth 2018/19 booklet. The more people who apply for a school for their children, the bigger the risk
that you might not get in. Armed with this knowledge, you should be better placed to put your preferences down. Do use all six preferences however, you need to be wary about only choosing schools which are heavily over-subscribed. Put your first preference down, but also preferences into which you have a real chance of getting your child. As the local paper, year on year we have seen parents and carers left in the worst possible situation. They have only picked over-subscribed schools and have got into none. They did not have a fall-back plan. So, from being in a position where they felt they had the luxury of choice, they were left feeling like they had no option but to accept the school they had been allocated automatically by the local authority. Applying for secondary schools can be emotionally difficult. It is such a vital decision for your child’s future. If your child is in Year 6 and currently attending one of Southwark’s or Lambeth’s
primary schools, you will receive further information from your child’s headteacher. You can apply online at: www.southwark.gov.uk/ schooladmissions or www.lambeth.gov.uk/schoolsand-education/school-admissions/ apply-for-a-secondary-schoolplace-for-201819. The online application process gets rid of the paperwork, and is available to use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The site allows users to save, continue or make changes to their form, right up until the closing date. Your details are safe and secure and you will be advised if you make a mistake. You can of course print a copy of your application to keep and can view the outcome online. The closing date to return forms is October 31, 2017. “The primary schools play a vital role in primary to secondary transfer,” Cllr Victoria Mills, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools, told the Southwark News. “Primaries support and help inform the parents of Year
6 pupils about the procedure and how to complete their online forms.” Since so many of Southwark’s and Lambeth’s secondaries have now become academies, it is vital to check how the admission criteria stand when the school is oversubscribed. Children who have education, health and care plans or full statements of special educational needs are dealt with outside of the transfer process and parents and carers must contact the special educational needs and disabilities team for further advice. Once you have made your preferences and submitted your online application by the closing date, your application will be processed. If you have successfully submitted your online application before the closing date, you will be able to view the results of your application on the eAdmissions website (www.eadmissions.org.uk) during the evening of 1 March 2018. You will also be sent an email after 5pm on 1 March 2018
which will contain information on what to do next. If you are not successful with any of your preferences then the school admissions team will allocate your child an alternative secondary school. This is likely to be the nearest Southwark or Lambeth school to your child’s home which has a vacancy. However, you have the right to appeal for any schools at which you have been refused a place, as well as to put your child on waiting lists. If you have been offered a secondary school place you have until 15 March 2018 to reject the offer of a place. If the school admissions team do not hear from you by this date, your offer will automatically be accepted and your child’s details forwarded to the allocated school. If you do reject the offer and also provide details of any alternative arrangement you have made for your child’s education, your child’s place will be withdrawn and offered to the next child on the school’s waiting list.
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A woman for all seasons Jackie Power
While there are calm, dry conditions clear away summer annuals
ummer has almost slipped away; the sun is lower in the sky and night-time temperatures are cooler. There is not much change in leaf colour yet; they remain mostly luxuriously green – for now. The Hedgerow berries Hawthorn, Sloe and Elder ripened quickly last month producing an early wild harvest.
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Lower Marsh, SE1
• Two Bedrooms • Two Bathrooms • Close to Waterloo • EPC Rating – B
• Four Bedrooms • Chain Free • Off Street Parking • EPC Rating – E
Slade Walk, SE17
Morecambe Street, SE17
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• Two Bedrooms • Split Level • Garden • EPC Rating – C
Carter Street, SE17
• Two Bedrooms • Victorian Conversion • Excellent Condition • EPC Rating – D
Iliffe Street, SE17
Macleod Street, SE17
• Two Bedrooms • Leisure Facilities • 24 Hour Concierge • EPC Rating - C
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Mcauley Close, SE1
Browning Street, SE17
A spacious and light, two bedroom duplex apartment boasting high ceilings and large windows, allowing for plenty of natural light. The first floor comprises of the spacious kitchen and large reception room. Upstairs you will find two double bedrooms both with built in wardrobes, and the bathroom with shower over the bath. EPC Rating - D
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Delightful two bedroom ex local authority flat, located seconds from the vibrant and highly desirable Bermondsey Street. Split over two levels and comprises Pardoner Street, SE1 a large reception room, modern kitchen, fitted bathroom and two well-proportioned double bedrooms. The property is situated at the very heart of Bermondsey street offering • Two Double Bedrooms • Close to Borough easy access to all the bars, boutiques, restaurants and galleries it has to offer. EPC Rating – D • EPC Rating - D
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Metro Central Heights, SE1 £410,000
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GREENLAND QUAY, SE16 £750,000 FREEHOLD A spacious terraced three storey town house offering stunning views of Greenland Dock in this sought after location. The property is conveniently positioned within walking distance of the Thames Clipper Boat service calling at Greenland Pier to Canary Wharf and Blackfriars/Charing Cross. It is also approximately ten/fifteen minutes’ walk from Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, overground station and Canada Water Jubilee line station. Reception/dining room | Kitchen with breakfast bar | Four double bedrooms | Main bathroom | Shower room | Rear garden | Allocated off-street parking. EPC Rating: D
BURRAGE COURT, WORGAN STREET, SE16 £499,950 LEASEHOLD An excellent opportunity to acquire this third (top), floor apartment refurbished to a good standard situated in this well kept sought after gated development close to all local amenities. The development is situated just a short walk from Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, overground station and Canada Water Jubilee line station leading from Stratford to Green Park/Bond Street, giving easy access to both Canary Wharf and the West End. Two double bedrooms | Master with En-suite Bathroom | Reception | Dock Views | Kitchen | Main Shower Room | Hardwood, laminate and fitted carpets | Entry Phone | Secure Parking EPC Rating: E
ROBERT BELL HOUSE, EVELINE LOWE ESTATE, SE16 £425,000 LEASEHOLD A spacious newly decorated second floor apartment conveniently situated close to 'The Blue' shopping centre parade and approximately two thirds of a mile from Bermondsey Jubilee line station, leading from Stratford to Green Park/Bond Street giving easy access to both Canary Wharf and the West End. Two double bedrooms | Spacious reception with covered balcony | Fitted kitchen | Bathroom | Separate WC | GCH | Newly fitted carpets | Double glazing | Off and on-street parking (first come first served) EPC Rating: B
BEECH COURT, ACORN WALK, SE16 £410,000 LEASEHOLD A spacious, newly decorated maisonette forming part of the second and third (top) floors of this purpose built development situated close to major bus routes and just two minutes’ walk from the Docklands Thames Clipper Boat service and approximately one mile from Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, overground station and Canada Water Jubilee line station, giving easy access to both Canary Wharf and the West End. Three bedrooms | Large reception/dining-room with small balcony | Kitchen | Bathroom suite | Entry phone | Fitted carpets | Electric heating | Off-street parking EPC Rating: E
MAYFLOWER STREET, SE16 £420,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD A ground floor apartment positioned in 'RotherhitheVillage', just short walking distance from Bermondsey and Rotherhithe stations, Surrey Quays Shopping Centre and Canada Water Jubilee line station, leading from Stratford to Green Park / Bond Street. It is also overlooking 'King Stairs Gardens'; and is close to the historic ‘Mayflower’ pub. Double bedroom with access to communal garden to front | Reception/fitted kitchen area with access to communal garden to rear | Bathroom suite | Allocated courtyard parking EPC Rating: D
ORCHARD HOUSE, LOWER ROAD, SE16 £1,550 PCM FURN A spacious ground floor apartment within short walking distance of Canada Water Jubilee line station, leading from Stratford to Green Park/Bond Street and close to Surrey Quays shopping centre and overground station. Two double bedrooms | Large reception | Quality fitted kitchen | Bathroom | GCH | Hard wood flooring | Double glazing | Communal garden EPC Rating: E
HULL CLOSE, SE16 £1,295 PCM FURN A well presented two storey end of terrace house positioned in a quiet cul-de-sac close to local amenities. Hull Close is situated approximately a third of a mile from Surrey Quays shopping centre, overground station and Canada Water Jubilee line station, leading from Stratford to Green Park/ Bond Street, giving easy access to both Canary Wharf and the West End. Lobby | Double bedroom | Reception | Fitted kitchen | Bathroom suite | Off-street parking | Large south facing rear garden | Alarm system EPC Rating: D
SOUTHWARK PARK ROAD, SE16 £1,200 PCM PART FURN A light raised ground floor apartment, forming part of a converted end of terrace flat fronted Victorian house, situated within ten minutes’ walk of Bermondsey Jubilee line station, leading from Stratford to Green Park/Bond Street. It is also close to the 381 bus route to Trafalgar Square (via London Bridge, Waterloo) and 'The Blue' shopping parade. Double bedroom | Light reception | Fitted kitchen | Bathroom suite | GCH | Good decorative order | Fitted carpets | Victorian strip pine and laminate wood flooring | Communal garden EPC Rating: D
New Cross Road £999,950 FREEHOLD A beautiful grade II listed period property in the heart of New Cross. This stunning property is spread over four floors with an abundance of original features throughout Grade II listed | Georgian period home | Four double bedrooms | Kitchen/diner | Working fireplaces | Exposed wood flooring | Private rear garden | EPC Rating: D
Tarragon Close £375,000 LEASEHOLD Stunning two bedroom ground floor flat in very good decorative order in an established purpose built development close to New cross gate overground and local amenities. Two Bedroom | Ground Floor Flat | Large Living Room with Open-Plan Kitchen | Patio doors to Garden | Laminated Wood Floor | Economy Seven Heating | Off-street Parking | Double Glazing EPC Rating: C
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Queens Road Offers Over £550,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD An exceptional Grade II listed share of freehold two double bedroom & two bathroom maisonette in the heart of New Cross Gate. | Grade II Listed | Share of freehold | Rear garden | Off street parking | Central Location | EPC Rating: D
Gautrey Road £360,000 LEASEHOLD Being offered is this spacious light double bedroom Victorian Flat situated on the first floor of this attractive building, available with no onward chain and in good decorative order. Victorian Conversion | Laminate wood flooring | Non-restrictive on street parking | Fitted kitchen | Close to transport and local amenities | EPC Rating: C
Camplin Street £475,000 LEASEHOLD A light two bedroom home packed with period charm. Located in the ever popular Hatcham Park conservation area. | Two bedroom | Rear garden | Modern fitted kitchen | Close to Local Amenities and Transport | Period Conversion | Hatcham park conservation | EPC Rating: D
Buller Close £410,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD A beautifully presented two bedroom garden flat occupying the entire ground floor of a period property in Central Peckham with a drive to the front. Period property | Two bedrooms | Front and rear gardens | Close to central Peckham | Modern fitted kitchen | Restored oak flooring | Gas central heating | Off street parking | EPC Rating: D
Regency Court £360,000 LEASEHOLD Beautifully presented 3rd floor (top floor) Penthouse apartment offering a bright and stylish interior throughout. Situated within minutes from New Cross Station, Deptford Bridge DLR and Deptford train station with spectacular views of the London Skyline. | One bedroom | Top floor apartment | Open plan | Double glazing | Modern bathroom | Close to transport | Wrap around balcony | EPC Rating: C
Woodrush Close £304,950 LEASEHOLD Stunning one bedroom flat located on the top floor of this pleasant three storey modern development. Top Floor Flat | Double Bedroom | Reception Room | Kitchen with integrated appliances | Secure Entry System | Allocated Parking | Close to Local Amenities | EPC Rating: D