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December 2019

Issue 5

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Come fly with me The dynamic duo taking Peckham to new heights


6-7: Flying Fantastic founders, Chris and Edel Wigan

25-47: Our curated pick of festive trimmings

Editor’s Letter

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elcome to the December edition of the Urban Fox, our monthly love letter to south London. Locals Chris Mullany and Kevin Quinn have

been at the helm of London’s last paid-for independent local paper, the Southwark News, since 2002. The Fox is their latest creation. In this issue, Cara Cummings gets swept off her feet at Flying Fantastic’s newest aerial studio in Peckham. We countdown to Christmas with a round-up of festive markets, theatre and pantos, and events in your neighbourhood. And, as always, we go out on the town with Brixton Buzz’s Mike Urban, star-gazing with the

22: From the woman who brought you the New Zealand Wine Cellar, comes Laundry in Brixton

Royal Observatory Greenwich, into the garden with Jackie Power, and into the mind with life coach Carrie Brooks.

5 Home Secretary: Our curated pick of the month

Follow the Fox as we bring you all the latest stories and

6-7 Local Faces: Flying Fantastic swings into SE15

goings on around town.

8-13 South London Sounds: Your local gig guide

About us Editor Writers

15-17 South London Larder: Food news and Brixton’s hottest new restaurant

Laura Burgoine Cara Cummings, Katherine Johnston, Michael Holland Cover Photography Hakob Muradyan Marketing Tammy Jukes, Clarry Frewin, Lorraine Wood, Katie Boyd, Samantha Ratcliffe Media Partnerships Anthony Phillips Design Aurelio Medina, Ann Gravesen Finance Emrah Zeki Managing Directors Chris Mullany, Kevin Quinn Contact us Email enquiries@urbanfox.london Phone 020 7231 5258 Printed by Iliffe Print Published by Southwark Newspaper Ltd

20 South London Hemisphere: Greenwich astronomer explores the galaxy

25-47 The Final Countdown: Your festive season in the south

27 Family: Where to meet Santa this month

50 Wellbeing: Survive the stress of the silly season

53 Home Turf: Jackie Power gets tangled up in ivy and holly

56-60 Homeward bound: All eyes on Old Kent Road Our next issue hits the streets in January. Contact us to get involved: enquiries@urbanfox.london or 0207 232 1639


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Calling all shivery Santas: the Brockwell Lido Christmas Day swim is back! If the thought of spending all day with your relatives is enough to make you want to dive headfirst into a freezing outdoor pool, book your place now - and bask in an extra special glow, as all proceeds go to charity. And fancy dress..? Actively encouraged. Jingle bells!

25 December, 9am-10.15am, Brockwell Lido. £5 tickets must be purchased in advance.

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT BATTERSEA’S BIG APPLE

Mark the dawn of a new decade in style at Evolution’s ultra-decadent New Year’s Eve bash in the heart of Battersea Park. The New Yorkthemed soiree features a four course dinner, onsite fun fair, a late-night casino and DJs until 3am. Glad rags mandatory.

31 December, 7.30pm-3.00am, Evolution London, Chelsea Bridge Gate, SW8 4NW. Tickets £190. www.smartparties.co.uk

BAKE OFF, XMAS STYLE

Nothing says Christmas like freshly baked treats - and sparks flying in the kitchen. Unleash your inner Mary Berry at the Big London Bake’s special festive contests throughout December, where you and a teammate can face off against other amateur bakers all hoping to be crowned The Winner. Never fear: a pro baker will be dishing out tips on how to avoid soggy bottoms…

38 Tooting High Street, SW17 ORG. £45 including all ingredients. www.thebiglondonbake.com

CHRISTMAS MOVIES - SUPERSIZED

GET YOUR WREATH ON

What’s more festive than kicking back to watch a Christmas film? Exploring an immersive winter wonderland en route, that’s what. Backyard Cinema ’s latest yuletide experience promises a secret snowcovered world of Victorian shops, a hidden festive food court and even a magical ball pit river - all before you settle in to screenings of classics including Home Alone, Love Actually and Elf. Why Wandsworth, you’re really spoiling us.

Capital Studios, Wandsworth, SW18 1ET. Tickets from £18.99. www.backyardcinema.co.uk

Handy crafters, assemble: Balham favourite The Devonshire are hosting a wreath making workshop that’ll have your neighbours Rudolph-red with envy every time they spy your door. Tickets include a welcome drink, three hours of tips from Wimbledon florists Gray and Greenery and all the materials you’ll need to bring your festive foliage vision to life. Backyard Cinema

4 December, 39 Balham High Road, SW12 9AN. £60. www.devonshirebalham.co.uk

...And for those already Christmased out

Praise be for The Southbank Centre, keeping us sane with two MEGA announcements without a reindeer antler in sight:

Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks Fleabag

Arguably the most famous woman of the year will grace the Southbank Centre for just one night this month, to mark the publication of her script compilation Fleabag: The Scriptures. Hosted by Guilty Feminist podcast host Deborah Frances-White, it’s an exclusive UK appearance for the elusive Waller-Bridge. Ergo: beg, borrow or steal for tickets.

8 December, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX. £30-£50. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Grace Jones to curate Meltdown 2020

Disco fans, your prayers have been answered: diva extraordinaire Grace Jones will be in the driving seat for next June’s nine-day music festival on Southbank. “It’s about time I was asked to darling, don’t you think?” was her official response. Icon incoming.

12-21 June 2020, Southbank. #MeltdownFest

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Local Faces

Up, up and away By Cara Cummings First things first - what is aerial fitness? Anything that gets you in the air and gets you fit! We do a number of traditional circus disciplines and try and bring them in to the mainstream things like aerial silks, which is lengths of material hanging from the roof where you can climb up, wrap yourself in knots and then let go and do drops, figures and tricks; through to rope, aerial hoop and trapeze. Our static trapeze class involves using two ropes connected with a bar, whilst our aerial hoop is a large metal ring and involves lots of spinning. It’s great for creating sequences and flows of different movements, figures and shapes. Why work out in the air? Fundamentally, using your body as levers to haul around in the air is going to get you fit. It’s an incredible workout for your upper body, your core and your legs. The fact that your bloodflow is having to change direction because you’re upside down is very good for your circulation - it wakes the whole system up. If you look at things like aerial yoga, there are some specific health benefits like decompression of the spine. It’s fantastic for depression as well because you have to concentrate 100%. Even if you’ve had a helluva day, when you get on the apparatus you switch off all your other worries and give this your full attention. You step away from your problems. It’s gravitational mindfulness. The exciting bit for me is falling through the air and completely defying gravity. It’s so exhilarating. Honestly, it gives me goosebumps every time. How did you discover aerial fitness? In 2008 my wife and I moved to South America to work for some charities. One day in Buenos Aires, I went looking for a gym and ended up at a small

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London’s hottest fittest craze is coming to Peckham: Flying Fantastic aerial fitness. As their fifth studio opens, the Urban Fox sits down for an exclusive Q&A with founder and ‘Ringmaster’ Chris Wigan.

warehouse. There were crash mats all over the floor - you know that something exciting happens where there’s crash mats - and a load of ropes and material hanging from the roof, which was all completely alien to me. I’m not a gymnast; I’ve never done acrobatics. In my first class, we were all sat on the floor trying to touch our toes and I was about a foot higher than everyone else. They were all there in lycra, and I was in rugby shorts; it was all very embarrassing. But I loved it. I started going three times a week and it was hard - muscles hurt that you never realise you had, and you get the odd bump and bruise because that’s the nature of hurtling yourself around in the air. But

after about a month - and I’m not a particularly vain bloke - I looked in the mirror and suddenly thought: ‘Woah - abs! Where did they come from?’ Why should fitness fans try Flying Fantastic? We always say: anyone can come and give this a go. You don’t need to be classically trained with gymnastic background; we do all we can to make it as accessible as possible. If you can’t get on the apparatus, we will lower the apparatus. Our classes are flexible, so you can come and go whenever you want. We run all levels of classes - in a typical class of 12, we have two trainers working so that no matter who turns up, or whatever level you’re at, we’ll have students who are there or thereabouts too and a dedicated trainer looking after you. It’s a really sociable activity. You’re always working with a buddy partner and you’re relying on them as much as they’re relying on you. It’s not competitive; circus generally has a really supportive atmosphere and there’s such a nice sense of everyone helping everyone else out. What’s the best thing about helping people fly? The bit that I love is that people always exceed their expectations. It sounds very cheesy but I genuinely get goosebumps when people overcome their fears. Inverting in the air is a big deal - it takes something both mental and physical, and that’s a really big thing. When we get people coming to us who haven’t inverted, or who have maybe been coming for a couple of weeks and they can’t quite do it - when they get it, there is always whoops and cheers from the studio. It’s so supportive. That’s really, really rewarding.

Five classes for £65 launch offer. Studio at: Unit 1 Bellenden Road Retail Park, SE15 5BA. www.flyingfantastic.co.uk


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Fundamentally, using your body as levers to haul around in the air is going to get you fit. It’s an incredible workout for your upper body, your core and your legs.

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SOUTH LONDON SOUNDS DJ, Brixton Buzz/Urban75 founder, drummer and Dulwich Hamlet die-hard Mike Urban shares his selection of south London sounds Sun 1st Dec, SW9 Sunday Sax Session at Market House 443 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LN, 5pm-7pm, free Soak up the end of the week vibes with a soothing sortie of sweet sax from Tashomi Balfour, a resident of some of London’s finest jazz bars, and shuffle to Afro, contemporary, fusion jazz, soul and reggae.

Sun 1st Dec, SW9 Downtime with Dialog at Cafe Cairo 88 Landor Road, SW9 9PE, 6pm-11.30pm, free/donations Let the laidback psychill, trance, dub, psybass and reggae wash over you at the unique Cafe Cairo multi-level venue in Clapham. Cinematic special guest Dialog> teams up with VJ Mogston to meld ambient dub, electronica and techno visualscapes, with Pete Ardron and Liquid Lounge keeping the vibes unhurried and mellow.

6B, 9pm-11pm, free Hailing from Ohio, trumpeter Tom Kirkpatrick has played with some illustrious jazz greats including Chet Baker, Woody Shaw and Max Roach, and he’ll be joined by a local up-and-coming trio comprising of Stefan Melovski on guitar, Eleazar Ruiz on bass and Robbie Ellison on drums in this pleasant bijou bar/cafe.

Wed 4th Dec, SE15 Our Girl at Peckham Audio Unit 1, 133A Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4BQ, 7.30pm-11pm, £9 There’s an evening of thick, foggy, garage-rock stacked up with some Sonic Youth scuzz coming right at ya’, courtesy of the hotly tipped Our Girl.

SW9 8LF, 10pm-2am, free The Prince Albert used to host some legendary gigs back in the day and it’s great to see the venue bringing live music back to Coldharbour Lane. Taking to the stage will be festival veterans, The Scribes, showcasing their inventive, sharp and funny brand of hip-hop. “Outstanding rap. Witty, angry and bristling with invention and melody. The Scribes are something genuinely special,” purred Venue Magazine. Expect cheap booze, a full house and some brilliant audience interaction. Urban75 DJs will unleash floor-packing ska, indie, dance and pop till close.

Fri 6th Dec, SW2 10 Years of Never Say Die at Electric Brixton Town Hall Parade, Brixton, SW2 1RJ, 10pm-6am, £25 Dubstep dons Never Say Die have been pumping out all manner of top notch tunes on their label over the past decade, including releases from the likes of Zomboy, Noisia and Skrillex. This all-night celebration features SKisM, Trampa, BadKlaat, Zomboy and Oddprophet Space Laces, who’ll be keeping the bass cones collectively flapping till dawn.

Fri 6th Dec, SE27 Christmas Stick it On at Book & Record Exchange

and DJs. There’s plenty of local acts on the bill, which includes the Meltout Crew, Shumba Youth, Parris Wright, Fisky and UK Principle.

Fri 6th Dec, SW9 Disco Heat Crisis Fundraiser at Prince Of Wales 467 Brixton Road, SW9 8HH, 10pm-6am, £6 Thanks to the relentlessly evil austerity policies of the Tories, homelessness in the UK continues to grow. With winter’s shadowy fingers starting to take a grip on those on the street, this event for homeless charity Crisis looks to raise desperately needed dosh and support. Forming an orderly queue by the DJ booth will be the likes of Faze Action, Bill Brewster, The London Disco Society and Jay Carder.

Sat 7th Dec, SE5 Sound Express at The Kennington Pub 60 Camberwell New Road, SE5 0RS, 8.30pm-10pm, free The Kennington hosts a live show by Sound Express who will be rampaging through a host of musical genres with gay abandon, covering pop, rock, jazz, latin, soul, disco, funk, motown, Brazilian, Cuban, and more.

Sat 7th Dec, SW9 South London Punk Collective at Queens Head

378 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF, 8pm-midnight, free

20 Norwood High St, SE27 9NR, 8.30pm-1am, free Independent record shop and bookstore by day, the vinyl racks

144 Stockwell Rd, Stockwell, SW9 9TQ, 8pm-11.20pm. Free After being unceremoniously hoofed out of their former base at the Hand In Hand, the South London Punk Collective have regrouped at the Queens Head. This four band line up

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Mon 2nd Dec, SE1 Desire Magic Mondays at Union Club 66 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, SE1 7TP, midnight-9am, £6 London’s wildest weekly afterparty, powered by Jefferson Souza and guests Belmonte, Duwat? and Sofi Canter, bringing you a throbbing mass of tech house and techno every Monday night/Tuesday morning, from midnight til 9am.

Despite its diminutive physical proportions, Chip Shop Brixton has hosted some mighty big names. This monthly event sees the And What? collective invite MCs and vocalists to step up and spit in a grime/hip-hop stylee. Hosted by Absent Minded Poetics, Brummie MC/producer Caspar Grant will be on hand to show off his experimental hip hop and psychedelic bass prowess.

are manfully tussled asunder when the sun goes down to create a fully licensed venue for occasional music nights. Tonight, the Stick It On crew invite you - the great unwashed - to bring in three monster tunes of your choice and get spinning.

guarantees bucketfuls of righteous hi-speed angst, oodles of punk ggrrrrr and vast dollops of hardcore energy, with the stage rocking to The Road Atlas, Stone Heroes, Girls Like Us and Immigranti.

Tues 3rd Dec, SW9 Tom Kirkpatrick Quartet at Cable Cafe

Fri 6th Dec, SW9 The Scribes at the Prince Albert

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Thurs 5th Dec, SW9 And What? Rise of the MC at Chip Shop Brixton

Fri 6th Dec, SW9 S.O.U.L at Pop Brixton 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ, 7pm - midnight, free This important event looks to raise awareness for mental health, through poetry, spoken word, live performances

Sat 7th Dec, SW16 Red Letters at the Rebel Inn 78A Streatham High Road, SW16 1BS, 8pm-11pm, free Election special with Red Letters and The Boston Brew banging out tunes in this boisterous rubadub. Continues on page 10


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Sat 7th Dec, SE27 Northern Soul at the Portico Gallery

The only late night live music hang out left in Brixton on a Wednesday night, Triple Jam Sandwich packs in booze-hungry locals and curious tourists and delivers an evening of jazz, ska, reggae and funk from the talented versatile house band.

Hynde’s pocket, Brasstermind haul their ten-strong, all-parping mob of hornsmiths into the Blues Kitchen to perform New Orleans, soul and Afrobeat brass-infused party tunes.

Thurs 12th Dec, SE15 Send It Like Peckham at Four Quarters

21 Bartholomew St, London SE1 4A, 8pm-11pm, free Every Sunday is Folk Sunday at this extremely well-stocked, Shuffleboardequipped, on-trend craft beer pub, a mere sidestep from the rumbling A201.

23A Knight’s Hill, West Norwood, SE27 0HS, 7pm-midnight, £5 The House of Bamboo Soul Club celebrates Christmas with five hours of quality soul from Northern Soul to Motown.

Sun 8th Dec, SW2 Uphoria at Upstairs at the Ritzy Brixton Oval, Brixton, SW2 1JG, 7.30pm-11.30pm, free/donations Billed as a “vibrant, unique and exciting quartet of four young musicians,” Uphoria scurry up a jazzinfluenced soundscape, backed by the SAWA Collective on the ones and twos.

187 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4TP, 8pm-1.30am, free There’s a gaggle of bass-devouring DJs keeping the dubplates, beats and jungle troubling the floorboards till 1.30am in this arcade gaming bar. Wrestling control of the sliders will be Opus, Ekula, Faw, Jwarn and more.

Tues 10th Dec, SE1 The Snow Rave at Ministry of Sound

Thurs 12th Dec, SE24 Aaberg at Off The Cuff

103 Gaunt Street, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DP, 10.30pm-4am £6 The annual snow rave comes with a rodeo reindeer and a plump Santa - if that’s your kind of thing - plus three rooms whipping up a white storm of hip-hop, drill, RnB, trap, house and techno.

301-303 Railton Road, Herne Hill, SE24 0JN, 7pm-11pm, £5 Whispered vocals and wonky beats dominate this three band bill of south London lo-fi acts, headlined by Aaberg, joined by A Paranoid King and Free Lunch.

Tues 10th Dec, SW2 The Soothsayers at Effra Hall Tavern

Fri 13th Dec, SE5 Son Of A Gun Sounds at The Old Dispensary

Kellett Road, Brixton, SW2, 9pm-11.30pm, Free Glug down a Guinness in this oldschool Brixton boozer and enjoy splendid original Afrobeat and reggae-influenced grooves from local legends, The Soothsayers.

325 Camberwell New Road, Camberwell, SE5 0TF, 8pm-1.30am, free Festive pants swinger with Dixon & Chrissie G digging out vinyl treasures covering boss reggae, ska, rock steady, 2 Tone and soul.

Weds 11th Dec, SE11 CHERmas at the Cock Tavern

Fri 13th Dec, SW2 Monumental Might of Jungle at Electric Brixton

340 Kennington Road, SE11 4LD, 7pm-midnight, £9 Celebrating the Goddess of Pop, CHERmas promises a raucous evening of singing, dancing, audience participation and bad Cher impressions. Acts on the night include Raheem Mir, Beau Jangles, Trude and Miss Asia Thorne, with Dosa and Polly Philla on hosting duties.

Weds 11th Dec, SW9 Triple Jam Sandwich at Prince of Wales 469 Brixton Rd, SW9 8HH, 10pm-3am, £5

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Town Hall Parade, Brixton, SW2 1RJ, 1pm-5am, £22 General Levy heads up a limb gyrating, sweaty sock-inducing night of jungle and drum’n’bass at the Electric, with heavyweight names including Congo Natty, M-Beat, DJ Grooverider, Serial Killaz UK, Ray Keith, Ragga Twins Crew and more.

Sat 14th Dec, SW2 Brasstermind at Blues Kitchen 40 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5SP, 10pm-3am, £10 With more brass than Chrissie

Sun 15th Dec, SE1 Folk Music at the Spit and Sawdust

Sun 15th Dec, SW2 Country Music Christmas Concert at The Windmill 22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, SW2 5BZ, 7pm, £6 It’s a yo-ho-ho-yee-hi kind of Christmas/Country mash-up at the Windmill with special guests a-plenty and an “eight-legged boy from Selhurst, Mississippi playing country and gospel songs” topping the bill. Recommended.

Mon 16th Dec, SE5 Folk Jam at The Old Dispensary 325 Camberwell New Road, SE5 0TF, 8pm-1am, Free This traditional Irish boozer is the perfect setting for this weekly laid back folk jam where anyone can join in with the band and sing, strum, rattle or parp to their heart’s content. Popular with students who appreciate live music (and the cheap bar prices, natch), the vibes are always welcoming - we love this place.

Weds 18th Dec, SE5 Jazz Jam at The Junction 171 Coldharbour Lane, SE5 9PA, 8pm-11pm, free Bass playing whizz and bar manager Luke hand picks some of the best musicians in London for an explosive night of hard bop and perplexing time signatures, ably lubricated by an array of fine beers at this independent jazz bar.

Weds 18th Dec, SE15 Karaoke at Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club 188 Rye Lane, Peckham,

SE15 4NF, 8pm-4am, £3 Delightfully rough around the edges and unpretentious, Canavan’s has the homespun charm of the much missed Club 414, and the down to earth vibe of an old Brixton speakeasy before gentrification ripped the soul out of town. Every Wednesday night is karaoke night with Danny Borges manning the decks. Sing yourself stupid, dance yourself daft or just get busy in the pool hall.

Thurs 19th Dec, SE11 Live Music at Brown Derby 336 Kennington Park Road, Oval SE11 4PP, 8pm, Free Unnamed ‘live jazz and blues artists’ bring the music to this unpretentious, 1920s-themed boozer close to Oval tube station.

Thurs 19th Dec, SE15 Bussey Christmas Carnival at The Bussey Building 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST, 10pm-5am, £12 Night Tube & Lab54 exchange high fives and host this multi-room disco, house and garage takeover, headlined by Goldhawk Sounds, Dali and Lanty Jackson, with a Christmas Market offering street food, games and Santa’s Grotto.

Fri 20th Dec, SW8 Bass Face Xmas Party at Fire & Lightbox 39 Parry Street, Vauxhall, SW8 1RT, 10.30pm-6am, £22 There’s a gusset ripping feast of drum and bass, jungle and UK garage lined up at this Vauxhall all-nighter, featuring more DJs than you can wave a glowstick at.

Fri 20th Dec, SW4 Cliff Rescue & The Helicopters at Bread & Roses 68 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham, SW4 6DZ, 9pm-11pm, free The wittily named Cliff Rescue & the Helicopters airlift in their cargo of Surf Rock classics and tropical party tunes, backed by the Cool Beans Roadshow who will be mixing up songs, sketches, panpipe Continues on page 13


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performances, aerobic workouts and an extreme game of pass the parcel.

Shake off the mince pie blubber with a shirt-ripping night of jungle, ragga, DnB and dancehall as Serum, Ed Solo, Deekline, Ray Keith and Phibes mash up the dancefloor, backed by residents Jessi G and Acee, with Flex FM’s Rasta Fou busying himself with dub and reggae in room two.

Tues 31st Dec, SW2 NYE Mexflex at Barrio

See the New Year in with an onslaught of uplifting, melodic, disco-infused house music, courtesy of French house DJ/producer Folamour.

Fri 27th Dec, SW9 Burlesque at Courtesan

Tues 31st Dec, SW9 Queen Bitch NYE Pop Party at The Dogstar

69-73 Atlantic Road, Brixton SW9 8PU, 10pm, Free Tucked away in Atlantic Road, Courtesan’s striking interior recalls a backstreet Shanghai bar from the 1920s. Serving as a dim sum restaurant during the day, the venue transforms into an artistic speakeasy at night, hosting cabaret, live music, and a club night, with fiery Brazilian bombshell, Miss Cherry On Fire your exotic entertainer for the night.

89 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LQ, 10pm-4am, £5/£10 Last year’s QB party at the Effra Social broke all house records, so they’ve moved to the main room of the Dogstar for this beanfeast of party-sized disco bangers, pop thumpers, indie-slammers and arms in the air singalongs. Named after the David Bowie song, this LGBTQ+ friendly night promises a full on night of inclusiveness, fun, hedonism, boozing and partying, with DJs keeping the floor moving faster than a Vaseline power-slide. Expect booty shunters from the likes of Blur, AC/DC, Cyndi Lauper, Ariana, Blur, Fleetwood Mac, Dolly, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Bowie, Beyonce and Cher, plus videos, lasers, confetti cannons, balloon drops and surprises.

Fri 20th Dec, SW9 Jessua Ladybyrds at Habesha Restaurant & Bar 256 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 6AQ, 7pm-11.30pm, £12 Live session of jazz, blues and soul classics mixed with originals, courtesy of Jessua Ladybyrds featuring Helen McDonald from Brixton’s Future Groove. DJs Darkwood and Claudia (Pure Vinyl Brixton) serve up a cocktail of World Music club classics.

Sat 21st Dec, SW11 Grand Christmas Party at Clapham Grand 21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham, SW11 1TT, 10.30pm-3am, £10 The Grand welcomes your worst Christmas jumpers in this full on, flipping bonkers, festive celebration with party bangers, back-to-back throwback tunes and Christmas classics.

Sat 21st Dec, SE19 Live Music at the Great Southern 79 Gipsy Hill, Upper Norwood, SE19 1QH, 8pm-1am, free Live music night at this recently refurbished pub formerly known as the Gypsy Hill Tavern.

Sun 22nd Dec, SW8 Tugboat Captain Xmas Bash at The Cavendish Arms 128 Hartington Road, SW8 2HJ, 6pm, free Bull and the Cold Fins join Tugboat Captain for a Christmas shindig at this delightfully eccentric venue.

Tues 24th Dec, SE27 Railway Christmas Eve Barbershop Chorus The Railway Tavern, 7 Station Rise, Tulse Hill, SE27 9BW, 5.30pm-9pm There’s going to be two performances of this heartwarming Barbershopstyle community choir, with kids taking part at 5:30pm and a more boozy one for the grown ups at 8pm. It was quite beautiful last year.

Thurs 26th Dec, SW9 Jungle Cakes at Jamm 261 Brixton Road, SW9 2LH, 10pm-5am, £22

Sat 28th Dec, SE11 Happy Queermas at Duckie Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY, 9pm-4am, £8 Hosted by the effervescent Amy Lamé, this packed night mashes up indie/ pop dance with weird and wonderful cabaret acts. Taking to the stage tonight is Duckie L’Orange, a Berlin based performance artist with bonus puppetry.

Sun 29th Dec, SE17 Stroberload at Corsica Studios 5 Farrell Court, Elephant & Castle, SE17 1LB, 6am-6pm, £20 Get thoroughly warmed up for your NYE celebrations at this 12 hour, all-day session on the last Sunday of the year at Corsica Studios. Promising a bill of apocalyptic rave, punishing techno and EBM, expect the decks to resonate and rattle to the likes of Tommy Four Seven, The Horrorist, Manni Dee, Imnotyourmate and Raymundo Rodriguez.

Mon 30th Dec, SE11 Arthur West at Toulouse-Lautrec 140 Newington Butts, Kennington, SE11 4RN, 7.30pm-10.30pm, free Arthur West shimmies in his tinkling treasure house of New Orleans, Chicago and Harlem Stride piano stylings to Kennington.

30 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5SG, 9pm-4am, £15 DJ Nacho Nacho Man brings a menu of cowbell assisted sing-along hip-hop, RnB, pop and Latin to this Mexican themed night.

Tues 31st Dec, SE15 Masquerade NYE at the Prince Of Peckham 1 Clayton Road, Peckham, SE15 5JA, 9pm-4am, £14 The Prince hosts a masquerade extravaganza, with resident selectors Art Dealer, Conrad, DJ Cupid and Luke Dwyer throwing down nowt but club classics, dancehall, hip hop, R&B and UK Garage. Maskaphobia sufferers be warned: all guests are required to don a mask.

Tues 31st Dec, SW4 NYE Disco at the Perky Nel 8 Cavendish Road, Clapham Common, SW4 9DW, 6pm-2am, free DJs spinning disco tunes at this admirably free NYE bash at the former Gigalum venue by Clapham Common.

Tues 31st Dec, SW9 Folamour at Phonox 418 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY, 9pm-5am, £20+

Tues 31st Dec, SE15 Canavan’s NYE party 188 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4NF, 10pm-4am, £11 The Azals bring vast bags of soulful, electric rhythms and global samples supplemented with floor stompers, house, funk and disco classics to our favourite pool hall bar.

Tues 31st Dec, SE19 NYE at Westow House 79 Westow Hill, Gipsy Hill, SE19 1TX, 8pm-late, free Free NYE celebration with DJs spinning classic and rare 60s/70s/psych/rock/ Northern Soul 45s all night.

Tues 31st Dec, SW2 NYE Live Music Special at The Windmill 22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, SW2 5BZ, 8pm-late, £11 PVA, Glows and Norman perform live at this brilliantly tatty and authentic old-school venue, with special guest band and DJs yet to be announced.

Tues 31st Dec, SW9 NYE Lost In Brixton Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS, 7pm-1.30am, £25 A new venue bolted on top of Brixton Village, Lost In Brixton is demanding a wallet-draining £25 for this earlyclosing NYE event with DJs and - be still my beating heart - “the London fireworks on the big screen.”

Tues 31st Dec, SW2 NYE at Hootananny 95 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1DF, 9pm-5am, £25 Gordon Bennett! There’s a mahoosive line up for this NYE special, headlined by the gloriously over the top, Oh My God It’s The Church, who are on a heavenly mission to bring revellers together through funk, soul, disco and Absinthe. Also taking to the stage is UK DJ Champion JFB, heavy bass dispensers, WBBL, The Future Shape of Sound, X-Ray Ted, jungle rumbler Pete Cannon and swingy bass apportioner Dan de’Lion.

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by cara cummings Fried chicken aficionados Other Side Fried open their first permanent restaurant in Brixton arches this month, five years since first serving their now-cult chicken strips from a van at the market. Expect clucking epic offerings aplenty at their new digs - BACON AND PARMESAN FRIES, PEOPLE - plus a brand new vegan burger to boot.

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Yet another reason to visit muchloved Crystal Palace local Westow House - from January, 23 boutique bedrooms are opening above the pub. Expect its signature mix of quirky artwork, vintage and upcycled furniture. Perfect for when the post-roast walk home seems just too far.

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Beat those winter chills at the Hope and Anchor on 6 December, where punters can warm up by sampling a range of hot gin cocktails at Sipsmith’s festive pop up Frost Fair. Four words: gingerbread gin, heated cabin. Mmm.

6 December, 6pm-7.30pm, 123 Acre Lane, SW2 5AU. Tickets £9-£13 incl. complimentary G&T.

Fancy leaving something a little spicier out for Santa this year? Hot Sauce Society are back with a winter edition of their all-day chilli celebration, taking over all three floors of The Dogstar. Sample the eye-watering wares of 38 traders and use whatever vocal chords you

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have left afterwards to join in with singalong carols and live DJ sets.

14 December, 11am-6pm, 389 Coldharbour Lane. Free. Make the most of festive-themed Wine Wednesdays at Unwined, south London’s most down-to-earth vino bar “where ponce and fuss are banished”. Christmas fizz, winter warmers and wines for your cheeseboard are all up for discussion - and liberal tasting. ‘Tis the season, after all.

2pm-8.45pm, Unit 16A Tooting Market, SW17 0SN.

Warm up with a taste of Cuba courtesy of Jama Havana , who’ve popped up at Peckham Springs. Expect slow roast pork melts, marinated jackfruit and yucca chips - the perfect antidote to Pret Christmas sandwich ennui.

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What’s better than a) chocolate, b) cheese? Chocolate AND cheese at the same time. Head to Harry’s Chocolate Emporium on 17 December for a one-off evening of pairing the greats. You’re welcome.

7pm, 332 Balham High Road, SW17 7AA. Tickets £35 incl. bread, nibbles and a tipple.

Seven Dials porridge perfectors 26 Grains have landed in Borough, opening new all-day eatery Stoney Street. Expanding beyond the grains that made their name, breakfast dishes include slow roasted tomato galette and milk crepes with yoghurt, while lunch and dinner are small plate-centric. Go for the anchovies arreganate, stay for the signature chocolate mousse.

2-3 Stoney Street, Borough Market, SE1 9AA

Mindful eating just got a whole lot easier in Lambeth - look out for new green and gold ‘Healthier Choices’ window stickers in cafes and restaurants, currently being awarded by family wellness body LEAP. Green means you’ll find balanced meals on the menu and a pro-family environment inside; gold signals the team have had nutritional training. Award-winning East Dulwich gelateria Fabulous Ice Fires are throwing open their doors for a series of ‘apericena’ evenings throughout December. Their twist on Italy’s aperitivo-and-canapes tradition sees sweet and savory gelatos added to the mix, alongside cold meats, cheeses, cocktails and fizz. And all you’ll pay for is drinks…

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Cara Cummings meets the rising hospitality star reviving a piece of Coldharbour Lane history and sprinkling her Kiwi stardust across Brixton’s hottest haunts

THE MAGIC OF MEL ant to see something special? Pop into The Laundry, a newly opened all-day bistro in the iconic Brixton building of the same name, and there’s a 99% chance you’ll find founder Melanie Brown wowing crowds with a talent so natural it must curl the very napkins of her fellow restaurateurs: pure, unadulterated hospitality. The Kiwi chef-turned-wine-impressario and brains behind Pop Brixton’s New Zealand Wine Cellar is the best of hosting, personified: warm, effusive and able to make every punter in a packed house feel like the most important person in the room. In just five years, she’s grown the The New Zealand Cellar from an online idea to a top Brixton bar; expanded into Australian wine, with the rest of the new world club in her sights; and won more industry awards than you can shake a decanter at. Opening The Laundry now adds ‘restaurant founder’ to her already bulging CV. How has she squeezed more into half a decade than most people manage in a whole career? “I get up really early,” Melanie deadpans. She’s not kidding: 3.30am, most mornings. “I’m half Swiss and half Kiwi,” she explains, “so have my Dad’s vivacious Kiwi-ness on one side, and my Mum’s very diligent and time driven OCDness on the other side. It’s a handy combination!” And some. Melanie’s latest venture bears all the hallmarks of her customary ambition: fully renovating one of Brixton’s most popular buildings in just seven and a half weeks. Discovering the building’s 115-year history had a huge impact on Melanie, and her vision for the restaurant as a whole. “This building is old, man!” she laughs. “Construction started here in 1880, before it became a commercial laundry run by the Newland family from 1904 to 2014. It’s kind of scary, taking

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on someone else’s legacy. But when I walked in, I knew there was a provenance that I loved about this building. For me, it’s about being a custodian in time, maintaining its spirit with nuances that incorporate the Victorian and Edwardian eras.” That means warm belle epoque interiors, vintageinspired typeface on menus and a shared-plates dining style inspired by King Edward VII - yep - and his fondness for salubrious meals involving multiple dishes. Melanie credits her own roots for the welcoming, pull-up-a-chair atmosphere that defines her budding empire. “Growing up, you’d look every person in the eye, even if they were a stranger, and say: ‘good morning.’ It just comes naturally to Kiwis, trying to communicate and engage with people. For me, that’s why restaurants exist.” Mel’s passion for her homeland is infectious, and clearly paramount. Her career to date has revolved around a simple mission: banging the drum for new world winemakers. “I knew I had to create a platform where people could learn about New Zealand and buy wine outside of the supermarket,” she says simply. “That’s how you support people who are actually working tirelessly in the vineyards.” That sense of power within a community made south London a natural home for Melanie’s businesses. “The Pop Brixton community vibe pulled me in initially,” she recalls. “Being a part of a concept that drove small business growth and opportunities for the local community resonated really firmly for me, and I still love being part of it. We try to use as many local shops and providers that we can, and do as much as we can in terms of sourcing out staff by reaching out to local colleges for chefs.” “There’s just an amazing, dynamically cool community in south London. I adore it,” she admits. “The people, the culture, the generations. You can get it elsewhere in London, but not like here. Not like our neighbourhood.”

The Laundry at Walton Lodge, 374 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PL www.thelaundrybrixton.com

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Around town

Ghostbusters!

A camp comedy-horror bus tour back in time

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By Cara Cummings t’s not every Thursday you find yourself holding hands with your colleagues inside a darkened bus, collectively humming in an effort to conjure the spirit of a dead and hopefully fictional - serial killer. Yet that’s precisely the position we found ourselves in this week, during what can only be described as the ultimate WTF work night out experience: The London Ghost Bus Tour. The macabre cousin of the open-top bus tour bills itself as “the UK’s only comedy-horror theatre sightseeing experience on wheels”. Which, let’s be honest, is one helluva niche. So let’s be clear from the start: The Exorcist, this ain’t. Tonally, The London Ghost Bus Tour occupies full Carry On Ghouling territory, from a liberal use of saucy street name gags (RIP Fanny Scratching of Cock Lane) to the unashamedly am-dram sounds effects and dry ice - yes, dry ice- deployed throughout. If you’re in the market for a genuinely frightening evening, this isn’t the experience on wheels for you. But it’s hard to fault the sheer enthusiasm of our actor host ‘Lucius Fitznicely’ as he whisks us through a whirlwind tour of the darker side of London’s most iconic landmarks, including the Shard, Tower Bridge, Bankside, the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square. Lucius clearly relishes his role as gruesome fact-finder in chief, regaling those assembled with grim titbits that, be warned, really do stick with you - from the image of Admiral Nelson’s sailors drinking brandy from a barrel containing his body to the grizzly end of Edward II atop a red-hot poker. It’s the OMG-ness of these stories that are the Ghost Bus Tour’s main strength; you really do discover a whole new side to the city you think you know. Full marks also to Lucius’s Victorian sideburns, a facial testimony of his total commitment to character rivalled only by the sheer fruitiness of his delivery. It’s like spending the evening with an articulate Um Bongo. Where the Ghost Bus Tour fails, perhaps, is in trying to be too many things. Having established an air of silliness early on, it’s hard to buy into attempts to unsettle the audience with paranormal tales about the bus itself. Likewise, the dynamic between Lucius and ‘Miss Hinge’, an additional character never fully explained, veers towards grating; at times, their banter is more cringe than spectral twinge. But taken with a large dose of salt, the London Ghost Bus Tour certainly provides an unusual and enjoyable addition to the city’s nighttime scene. Whether you’ll look at your colleagues the same way afterwards remains to be seen.

Tours last 1 hour and 15 minutes. Tickets: £23 adults, £15 child. www.theghostbustours.com

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In a galaxy far, far away How big is our galaxy? What is the biggest/nearest galaxy?

Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Tania de Sales Marques answers your questions about our place in the universe

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, has about 100-400 billion stars, and is about 100-150 million lightyears across. The Andromeda galaxy (M31) is a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way but is about 220 thousand light-years across, making it the largest galaxy in our local group of galaxies. Andromeda’s mass is still debatable, with estimates ranging from about the same as our home galaxy to as high as 50% more massive than the Milky Way. The trophy for largest known galaxy (at least for now) goes to IC 1101, a distant supergiant elliptical galaxy that is home to 100 trillion stars and is about 2 million light-years across.

How old is our galaxy? How did it form?

The formation of galaxies is not completely understood, but it is thought that present-day galaxies are the result of smaller galaxies merging together, and that this is a common stage of galaxy evolution. Our own Milky Way has evolved and grown larger from the accretion of material and mergers, and will continue to do so in the future. Some of the stars in the Milky Way were born just a few million years after the Big Bang, so we could say that the galaxy is almost as old as the universe itself.

Will we collide with Andromeda? When? What will happen?

The Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy are on a collision path and will merge in about 4.5 billion years. Our neighbouring galaxy will appear bigger and bigger in our sky, and eventually the two galaxies will merge in a dance of gas, dust and stars. At the end of that process they will have formed a much larger, more massive elliptical or lenticular galaxy, losing the spiral structures that we’re so familiar with. Head on collisions

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between stars are unlikely to happen because there’s so much space between stars, but some will be ejected out of the new galaxy. But what about the supermassive black holes at the centre of each galaxy? They will eventually merge as well. The full merger will take millions of years to complete.

How many galaxies are there?

The number of galaxies, as with other objects that make up the universe, changes every now and again because the advancement of technology leads to better telescopes, which in turn allows astronomers to detect fainter as well as more distant objects, changing our understanding of the universe. But even with the best telescopes we still can’t see everything. Maybe the galaxies are so far away that their light is too faint for detection (a consequence of the accelerating expanding universe) or perhaps there’s too much dust between us and that object, rendering them “invisible” to our telescopes; the key point is that there are simply too many galaxies out there that we can’t see, so astronomers have to combine the observations with models of the universe in order to have a better estimate of the number of galaxies in the observable universe. The latest simulations indicate that our universe has about 2 trillion galaxies.


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Chic and boutique in Bellenden Jo Johnson opened Form SE15 at 186 Bellenden Road last May, after a stint managing former lifestyle store Bias. Her boutique stocks clothing, gifts, cards and accessories from brands including Folk, L.F. Mackey and Studio Adorn. interview by Cara Cummings

My background is in fashion. I’ve made clothes since I was tiny. My mum was a seamstress, so I was making clothes from a really young age. I come from Norfolk originally and moved to London when I started art college. I’ve lived all over the city and in Peckham for eighteen years. I instantly felt at home here; Peckham is the first place I’ve felt like that. My shop has a lot of print and colour and I think that’s reflective of the area. I’m always looking at what people are wearing around here it’s such a diverse mix of ages, races and cultures. A lot of people were saying, ‘Where am I going to get a really good card, or something unusual to

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wear?’ when Bias shut. Because I’ve managed a store and done fashion buying in the past, I thought I had what it would take to make a shop work. I started asking brands, ‘Would you let me stock you if I open a store?’ You buy clothing a year in advance, so it was a big gamble! Having been on the other side of fashion and knowing what goes into making clothes, traceability and sustainability are huge points for me. When the supply chain is dirty, you often have children being paid pennies to make clothes in unsafe conditions. I knew I wanted to only stock pieces if people can know where they’ve from, who made it and what the factories are like. Ethical fashion isn’t a hippy idea; it’s an essential. If you’re not

doing it, you’re contributing to the issue. We can all make choices to not be part of that. Being an independent means I can do that. Bellenden Road is all independents - we can offer a really personal service and know the vast majority of our customers. I might not know everyone’s name, but I know their dress size. It’s an extra touch that you don’t get from bigger stores. Sometimes we have people coming in who’ve had a bad day, or feel down and just want a break. You create a nice atmosphere and people leave happier than when they arrived. That’s the best thing about running this place: the people.


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THE FINAL Countdown

Where to meet Santa It’s the most magical time of the year - Santa’s back in south London! Your little elves are spoilt for choice when it comes to places to visit him this year. Here’s our guide to the best Santa spotting days out for the whole family.

Whippersnappers Winter Wonderland in Dulwich Park

Santa’s grotto is supersized at this immersive pop up in aid of Whippersnappers, a local not-for-profit supporting children with disabilities. Visitors can help Santa’s elves in the Toy Testing Workshop, decorate Christmas stars in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen and say hello to ‘Moth Starfrost’ the Christmas Fairy - all before meeting Santa himself.

From 30 November, Dulwich College Lodge, SE217BQ. £22.50 for kids, £9 for adults. Book online in advance.

Pexmas

SE15 gets its reindeer antlers on in style at this huge free-entry festival, where you’ll find over 100 independent boutiques ready to fill your stockings. With music, DJs and mulled wine on offer throughout the day, parents may have to draw straws as to who’s hanging out in the Family Zone with the kids…

7-8 December, 11am-6pm, Unit 8 Copeland Park, SE15 3SN.

The big man in red returns to arguably his most unusually-housed grotto for a day of family festive fun. You’ll find free craft workshops and face painting, carols singing with the Windmill Choir and the chance for your wee elves to help judge the Windmill Festive Bake Contest.

Sunday 15 December, 2pm-5pm, Windmill Gardens off Brixton Hill, SW2 5EU.

Victorian Santa’s Grotto at the Museum of London Docklands

Travel back in time with the family for a snowy experience with a historical twist. Visit the Sailortown gallery, transformed for Christmasses past and hear Victorian carols being sung. Little ones who find Santa in his beautiful grotto will receive a festive gift - and photographs with the man himself are available, too.

30 November - 23 December, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, E14 4AL. From £10 per child.

Dulwich Village Christmas Stocking

...and featuring 3,000 Santas: The London Santa Dash 2019

Sunday 1 December, 11am-5pm, Dulwich Village, SE21

Sunday 8 December, Brockwell Park. Adults £22, under-16s £12. Kids under 4 go free.

South London’s favourite village kicks off the Christmas season with an all-day bonanza of family fun. Along with Santa’s Grotto expect carols, mince pies and hot chocolate aplenty, plus a new Mystery Stocking Trail with prizes for successful mini-sleuths, free family entry to Dulwich Picture Gallery and special offers in many local shops.

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Santa at Brixton Windmill

Fancy donning the red suit yourself? Join the dashers and prancers raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital at this year’s Santa Dash. Cross the finish line after a 5k or 10k jaunt and receive a medal, mince pie and hot drink before belting out festive hits with the brass band.


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THE FINAL Countdown Now Dasher, now dancer, now prancer… in Dulwich

The East Dulwich Christmas Cracker returns full of fabulous festive spirit with an exciting array of musical entertainment, exclusive offers from local traders, a wonderfully seasonal North Cross Road market, and the Art Trail Supported by Southwark Council and presented by the Dulwich Festival, the Cracker is now in its eighth year. This year’s street festival programme includes an exciting array of entertainment from choirs, bands and performance groups, exclusive offers from the fantastic local traders, a wonderfully seasonal extended North Cross Road market with tempting gifts and delicious festive food and the return of the Children’s Christmas Treasure Hunt in aid of LinkAge Southwark. The Art Trail will also see many local artists exhibiting throughout spaces in Lordship Lane and beyond.

December 7 from 11am-5pm. Lordship Lane, SE22 8EW

Noir Kringle

East Street is hosting a niche Christmas event for families: the Black Santa’s Grotto Experience. Step into Noir Kringle’s magical Christmas Grotto, set up in Santa’s workshop surrounded by sparkle, presents, stockings, letters piled high posted from boys and girls ready to be read by the man in red. All ages are welcome. You will be greeted by Mr Kringle's helpers and Mrs Kringle, who will guide you through our enchanting Black Santa's Grotto. The workshop tour includes making Mrs Kringle's very own secret magic reindeer feed, a miniworkshop to write a wish list to Mr Kringle and post their naughty or nice letters in the magical postbox. Each tour of the workshop lasts for 30 minutes, including a group meet and greet session with Mr Kringle. Every child will get a chance to talk to Mr Kringle, as well as an opportunity to capture a magical picture with the man in red. At the end of the visit, each child will receive a gift. Each 30 minute session is for small groups of 6 children.

Saturday 21 December at 55 East, 63 East Street, SE17 2DJ. Tickets: £8.06-£16.58. www.eventbrite.co.uk

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Your Christmas RECYCLING and RUBBISH guide

Here are the changes to your recycling and rubbish collection days over the Christmas period. If your normal collection day is:

It will be changed to:

Tuesday 24 December

No Change

Wednesday 25 December

Friday 27 December

Thursday 26 December

Saturday 28 December

Friday 27 December

Sunday 29 December

Monday 30 December

No Change

Tuesday 31 December

No Change

Wednesday 1 January

Thursday 2 January

Thursday 2 January

Friday 3 January

Friday 3 January

Saturday 4 January

Monday 6 January

No Change

The Nice List

We produce more waste over Christmas than any other time of the year. Please do your bit for the environment by recycling the following items:

Glass bottles and jars

Food and drink cartons e.g. Tetra Paks

Go green this Christmas!

Food tins and drink cans

Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays

Paper and cardboard

Fight festive food waste

Write a shopping list, only buy what you need and remember to use up leftovers in sandwiches and curries. For more information on fighting food waste, please visit southwark.gov.uk/greenchristmas

Sustainable Secret Santa

Cut down on waste this year by buying less and giving better. Try having a Secret Santa with friends and family and opt for gifts with the least amount of plastic packaging.

Doing a pre-Christmas clear out?

Items that cannot be thrown away using your household collection service can be taken to the Reuse and Recycling Centre. Opening times: 8.30am to 4.30pm Open all year round except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Residents using vans to bring items to the centre will need to book in advance.

The Naughty List

Most of us in Southwark recycle, but are we doing it right? These festive items cannot be recycled:

Glitter and foil wrapping paper

Polystyrene and bubble wrap

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Tinsel

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Plastic bags and film

Baubles Glittery Christmas cards Christmas crackers

Ribbons and bows Food wrappers and packets

Veolia and Southwark Council wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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CHRISTMAS AT THE CASTLE

This Christmas, Elephant & Castle’s Community Hub is spreading the festive cheer by hosting an afternoon party from 3pm – 6pm, filled with free activities for all the family to enjoy in the lead up to Christmas. Held on the Upper Floor of Elephant and Castle’s Shopping Centre, the event is open to all ages to get involved in arts and crafts activities, enjoy dance performances and music, all while savouring festive treats.

Upper Floor of the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, SE1 6TE, Wednesday, 11 December from 3pm-6pm. www.elephantandcastle.org.uk/communityhub

Free festive selfie station Head over to Elephant and Castle’s very own selfie station where you can snap to their heart’s content in the shopping centre’s five different booths, each offering something different – glittery angel wings, snowmen cutouts, an upside-down room, another sporting a picture frame with glittery backgrounds, neon tubes and glitter floor graphic and one room which emulates a winter wonderland snow scene.

Open now. Free at Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, first floor, opposite Miko’s Café and Café Castello.

Free photo with Santa Santa and his reindeers are coming to the Elephant on December 7 and 14 (12-5pm). Children can have their photo taken for free, and will also receive a gift to place under the Christmas tree.

Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, first floor, opposite La Bodeguita.

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Community Hub Christmas Party for the over 50s Elephant & Castle’s Community Hub is offering an afternoon party for the over 50s. The festive occasion will be filled with free activities, and an opportunity to chat to new people from the area over a mince pie. Those aged 50+ are invited to enjoy an afternoon of exciting performances, delicious festive treats, arts and crafts, card games, and relaxing massages.

Friday, 6th December 1pm-3:30pm. Elephant & Castle Community Hub, Upper Floor of the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, SE1 6TE (nearest tube Elephant & Castle). Cost: free. www.elephantandcastle.org.uk

THE SNOWMAN OF SE1

Follow a festive sculpture trail at this year’s Christmas by the River. Along with family workshops celebrating Raymond Briggs’ quintessential Christmas character, The Snowman, there’s a Walking with The Snowman trail, which features twelve giant Snowman sculptures, each reimagined with designs and decoration relating to the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Created by one of twelve different artists, each statue will be placed at a different location throughout London Bridge City’s, Christmas by the River market.

Snowman Nightlights: Make your own Snowman nightlights to take home and display this Christmas! 7 Dec from 11am-3pm Snowman Snowglobe: Create your own magical Snowman themed snow globe to display in your bedroom this Christmas! This fun arts ‘n crafts workshop is a perfect way to get into the festive mood. 14 Dec from 11am-3pm

The Walking with The Snowman sculptures are on display from 26 November-Sunday 5 January. London Bridge City, SE1 2DB

SAIL AWAY ON A CHRISTMAS SLEIGH

Kids can meet Santa on the River Thames this festive season. With City Cruise’s Sail with Santa, children receive a present, along with a soft drink and a cookie, while grownups get a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

Departing from Tower Pier for one hour, four times a day on Saturdays and Sundays on December7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22. Prices begin from £28 per person for adults and £16 for children. Under ones free. www.citycruises.com


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Samuel Bevington room available for Christmas functions. Follow us on Facebook to find out what we’re doing for New Year’s. Function room: Perfect for birthday parties, baby showers, corporate events, funerals, business meetings, and other events. We can cater anything from a casual buffet to a 3-course meal, with an open fire, screen, and view of the Shard. (Mention this ad when booking to get a free bottle of wine.) We show all major sports

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THE FINAL Countdown WE WISH YOU A MERRY PEXMAS

Peckham’s Copeland Park is hosting a packed calendar of festive, free events with something every weekend celebrating the arts, crafts, and food and drink coming out of SE15. Bussey Collective Winter Fair, 7th & 8th December, Copeland Gallery: free. This year’s Bussey Building Open Studios come to Copeland Gallery. Peckham based artists, makers, crafts people and creators are showcasing their works in an opportunity to meet, buy and commission.

FESTIVE AT THE FARM

Get in the festive spirit at Surrey Docks Farm with carol singing, donkey rides, children's activities, craft stalls, mulled wine, Santa’s grotto and more! The popular wreath-making workshop returns and you can buy beautiful real Christmas trees throughout the day.

Surrey Docks Farm’s Christmas Fair is on December 7 from 11am-4pm. www.surreydocksfarm.org.uk

Pexmas Festive Market, 7th & 8th December, Unit 8: free, Pexmas is Peckham’s home grown festive market, and a celebration of local business, creativity and community spirit. You will find over 100 independent boutique stalls including prints, plants, bath products, ceramics, clothes, accessories, jewellery, homewares, foodie gifts, craft beers and wines & textiles. Plus street food, DJs and their infamous mulled wine.

Bonenkai - Japanese Forget the Year Party, 13th December, Kanpai Taproom: free. In Japan, ‘bonenkai’ is the perfect chance to gather your pals and colleagues, let your hair down and forget any troubles of the last year! Kanpai is putting on special cocktails and drinks deals to get you in the mood, and DJs spinning Japanese tunes on the decks. Grill Jam, 13th-15th December, Unit 8. Admission: £15.50 The 3 day food festival celebrating all things grilled, with BBQ wings, ribs, steaks and seafood. There will be live music, an indoor beer hall, raclette cheese bar, hot wing eating competition and a winter rooftop garden.

Copeland Park is at 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST

RIVERSIDE YULETIDE

MEZE CHRISTMAS

In a hands-on cookery class in Borough Market, learn to whip up festive meze, courtesy of the chefs at Arabica. Located in the Cookhouse in the heart of Borough Market, the morning session starts with warm pastries and single origin Workshop coffee at Arabica Bar and Kitchen while the afternoon session kicks off at the cookhouse with some baklava and mint tea. You’ll produce an array of seasonal meze dishes featuring some of Arabica's herbs, spices and larder essentials like Freeke, preserved lemons, wild sumac, pomegranate molasses and Za'atar. The sessions conclude with an informal meal, enjoying the food you’ve cooked, served with Lebanese wine.

December 7 from 9:30am-1:30pm or 2:30pm-5:15pm. Meet at the Cookhouse located above Three Crown Square, next door to the Borough Market reception. Price: £100 per person. shop.arabicalondon.com

London Bridge is lighting up as the picturesque festive market Christmas by the River returns. Boasting over 70 stalls, creative workshops, a stunning array of boutique gifts, and delicious world cuisine, this is a unique Christmas shopping experience with unbeatable riverside views. This year’s Christmas by the River is sure to set hearts racing once more with a vintage ski theme. The ski themed bar at the Scoop is the ideal London hot spot to stave off the cold and enjoy a hot toddy. During the festival’s six week run, there’s live music as well as festive crafts at The Pier’s pop-up winter workshop, including wreath making and Christmas jumper decorating.

Christmas by the River runs from Tuesday 26 November through to Sunday 5 January. London Bridge, SE1 2DB

SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL CAROLS

Coinciding with Alzheimer’s Society’s 40th anniversary, this year’s Carols at Christmas event will be hosted by BAFTA award winning actress, Carey Mulligan, on Wednesday 18 December. Harry Potter actor, David Bradley, will also be among the celebrity guests. The event includes music from an Alzheimer’s Society Singing for the Brain group from Croydon, where some of the members are affected by dementia. There will also be the chance to singalong to the classic carols. Money raised goes towards Alzheimer’s Society services including its Dementia Helpline and Dementia Talking Point online community.

Wednesday 18 December, Southwark Cathedral, SE1 9DA. Tickets range from £45-60, Children under 12 can go for free. To book your tickets visit alzheimers.org.uk/carolsatchristmas or call 0330 333 0804

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FESTIVE & M ERRY AT ELEPHANT PARK The Festive season has arrived at Elephant Park. Sayer street and the newly opened temporary Wildflower Meadow are being transformed into a winter delight complete with music, snow and more Christmas trees than you can wave a candy cane at.

Visit elephantpark.co.uk/festive-events for the schedule and more information Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to discover daily offer and events updates @ElephantParkLondon


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Merry Elephant Christmas Pop Up Whether looking to purchase your fresh Christmas tree and get some on point decorating tips with the team at ‘Pimp My Tree’, find the perfect craft present at the ‘Gift Shop’ by SoLo Craft Fair or capturing the perfect selfie at the free festive photo booth, then the Merry Elephant is going to be your one stop shop. Open 10am to 8pm Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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Snow showers in the meadow Dreaming of a white Christmas? Then you’re in for a treat every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, from 5pm. Head down to the temporary Wildflower Meadow on Deacon street to enjoy a 20-minute snow shower backed by roving entertainment.

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Christmas Tree Forest Wander down Sayer street and get lost in the Christmas Tree Forest that has popped up. Take a selfie amongst the trees and laze on the swing chairs with a delicious snack from one of the food options that have recently opened on Sayer Street.

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Light and sound windows Get your senses ready as you stroll along Sayer street and be immersed in the light and sound window displays along the street.

Visit elephantpark.co.uk or follow @ElephantParkLondon for all the latest information, offers and event schedules.


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Christmas spirit is a-brewing

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ndependent Bermondsey-based craft brewery Anspach & Hobday are celebrating the festive season by throwing their annual Christmas Carols celebration at their brewery tap room, complete with their annual Christmas beer: the Pfeffernüsse Saison. The Pfeffernüsse Saison is inspired by the traditional tasty German Christmas 'peppernut' biscuit of the same name. The seasonal special is an amber saison style brewed with candied sugar and spiced with ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamon, cloves and black pepper. These Christmas spices come together with the saison to give a wonderful biscuity, spicy and festive flavour. This year, the label on the bottle of The Pfeffernüsse Saison features the winning entry from the brewery’s Christmas poem competition: the winner of this year’s competition being Chris Green. Founded in 2013 by childhood friends Paul Anspach and Jack Hobday, A&H is undergoing rapid growth following a successful round of crowdfunding earlier this year. Anspach & Hobday are best known for their flagship beer, The Porter.

Christmas Carols & Festive Beer in Anspach & Hobday’s Brewery Tap Room, 118 Druid St, SE1 2HH, on Friday 6 December from 6pm. www.anspachandhobday.com

SPICE IS NICE

The season of pumpkin spice is well and truly upon us but there’s nothing #basic about this evening tipple. For the past century the classic Negroni has been creatively twisted to suit the changing of the seasons or special occasions. Bartender and CAMPARI Brand Ambassador Joe St Clair Ford has crafted a festive Pumpkin Spiced Negroni recipe, sure to impress friends by adding nutty pumpkin pie notes to your or cosy night-in drinks. • 25ml CAMPARI • 25ml Cinzano 1757 Rosso • 25ml Pumpkin Spiced Gin • Stir and garnish with a cinnamon stick and slice of roast pumpkin

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SO FRESH SO CLEAN NYE PARTY 31ST DECEMBER 7PM - 3AM TICKETS FROM £5

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THE FINAL Countdown MAKERS’ MARKET IN GREENWICH

Find one-of-a-kind gifts and sample the wares of Greenwich artisans at artist hub, the Conservatoire. Championing the works of local artists, makers and craftspeople, the market is on November 24 from 11am-3pm.

Admission: free. 19-21 Lee Road, SE3 9RQ. www.conservatoire.org.uk

A VERY FOXY CHRISTMAS

This Christmas uncover something new at the Crafty Fox's market. The market brings together the best artisanal, sustainable and smallbatch makers, all with a collective passion for creating purposeful design-led products. Check out Charlotte Filshie illustrated dinosaur products and gift wrapping, two separate workshops with Little Dot Loves - pom pom wreaths and holiday card making and Made by Swimmer whimsical handmade toys and gifts.

December 7-8, from 11am-5pm: Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR For more information visit: www.craftyfoxmarket.co.uk

MALTBY STREET UP LATE

The gourmet street food market at Maltby Street is holding its first run of seasonal after-dark markets at Ropewalk. Each Friday until Christmas, market-goers can sample the gastronomic delights of winter feasts and flavours under the Dickensian setting and twinkling lights of London's most picturesque railway arches. Do a spot of Christmas shopping in the modern salvage mecca that is LASSCO, pre order an exclusive Maltby Street Christmas hamper packed to the brim with eclectic foodie treats, and cosy down in one of the enclave bars - Tozino and Little Bird Gin. All this will be accompanied by the magical sounds of carollers from local primary school Snowfields, responsibly sourced Christmas trees to take home and adorn, and the smell of hot mulled wine wafting through the crisp night air.

November 22-December 20 from 5pm-9pm.

Maltby Street

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SMITHFIELD MEAT MARKET

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Don’t Be Home Alone on Christmas Day 2019

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If you (or someone you know) will be alone on Christmas Day why not come along to our Party at Bacon’s College on December 25th

open to the trade and the public all year round 2am to 8am Monday to Friday

We offer: • Free Traditional Christmas Meals and Entertainment • Free Transport Door to Door

CHRISTMAS TRADING HOURS

Dinner will be served at 1pm Bacon’s College is at Timber Pond Road, Rotherhithe, SE16 6AT

1am to 10am every day from Monday 16th to Tuesday 24th December

nearest Underground stations—Farringdon or Barbican. Free car parking for customers in the West Smithfield car park, EC1A 9DS 15 to 24 December from 9pm until 10am the following day.

(Go down the LHS of the Rotherhithe Tunnel entrance)

Just phone Les on 0203 355 2619 or book online at southwarkpca.org.uk Closing date Friday, 15th December. We regret we are unable to cater for children. Ethnic and Diet Meals available – please notify in advance.

www.southwarkpca.org.uk SMTA, 225 Central Markets, London EC1A 9LH Tel: 020 7248 3151 Email: info@smithfieldmarket.com

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This Party is for residents of the London Borough of Southwark

We acknowledge the generous assistance of Southwark Council, Local Businesses and Trusts. People Care Association Ltd. is Registered Charity No. 1077651


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THE FINAL Countdown SAMPLE SEASON

At Greenwich Peninsula’s new two-day, family friendly shopping experience SAMPLE , you can visit 100 designermakers and explore an extensive programme of live music, street theatre and family-friendly festivities along London’s new elevated linear park, The Tide. There’s plenty of unique gift ideas from the brightest talents in fashion, design, homewares, food produce plus free and paid for workshops, seasonal entertainment and much more. Powerhouse Gospel Choir set the scene as you stroll under an arch created by jewellery designers, Tatty Devine then snuggle up to roast marshmallows and chestnuts, while sipping mulled wine at the fire pits. Fun and games include curling, giant snow globes, disco bingo, name that tune, a lip sync competition, and a Santa’s sustainable workshop.

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December 7-8, The Tide, Greenwich, www.eventbrite.com/o/yodomo-ltd-19123535207.

UNDERNEATH THE ARCHES

Check out ceramics, jewellery, art and street food at the Arches Studios’ Christmas show in Peckham. Look for one of a kind gifts with knives at Blenheim Forge, ceramic globes from Debbie Randall , and more.

December 6 from 6pm-9pm, December 7 from 11am-6pm, and December 8 from 11am-5pm. 48-50 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL. www.thearchesstudios.co.uk

AFRO CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS

Celebrate the vibrancy of African and Caribbean businesses this Christmas at an indoor event representing entrepreneurs from across the African and Caribbean diaspora. Entrepreneurs are displaying high quality products including food, clothing, stationary, books, jewellery, hair and beauty.

Black Culture Christmas Market, December 7-8 from 11am5pm. 3Space, International House, Canterbury Crescent, Brixton, SW9 7DE. Free registration on eventbrite

Black Culture Christmas Market

MAKERS’ MARKET IN NORWOOD

The Upper Norwood library is hosting a one-day makers’ market on December 8 (11am-4pm) with 16 local makers selling their products, including a number of people who are based in Dulwich, Crystal Palace, and Streatham. It's the perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping as well as supporting talented local people, and the library. You'll find personalised sweatshirts, exclusive prints, handmade lampshades and candles, and loads of Christmas decorations and cards.

Download your free tickets at EventBrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-south-london-makerschristmas-market-tickets-72667712083

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YOUR NEW VILLAGE BUTCHER IS HERE! We would like to thank everyone for their support so far it’s great getting to know you all. We are your fully free range butchery stocking meat and poultry from sustainable farms across the country along with some fantastic cheeses, fresh bread, a range of condiments and kitchen cupboard essentials. We use whole carcass animals and are committed to the highest quality. All of our award winning sausages are hand made and gluten free and we aim to keep all of our products as natural as possible.

You can find us at 86 Dulwich Village on the zebra crossing. Keep up to date via our website : proudsow. co .uk

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We look forward to serving you ! Oliver ~ Butcher and Owner

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GREENWICH THEATRE PROUDLY PRESENTS

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THE FINAL Countdown WINTER WARDROBE

This festive season, the portal into the magical world of Narnia is opening via Tower Bridge. Based on the novel by C. S. Lewis and directed by Sally Cookson, the Leeds Playhouse production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe lands at the Bridge Theatre. Step through the wardrobe this winter into the magical kingdom of Narnia for the most mystical of adventures in a faraway land. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and say hello to a talking Faun, an unforgettable Lion and the coldest, cruellest White Witch.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is at the Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Field Park, SE1 2SG, from November 9-February 2, 2020. Phone: 0333 320 0051. www.bridgetheatre.co.uk

CRACKER JACK

Olivier-nominated and award-winning playwright Paul Sirett captures one of the most treasured and classic children’s fairytales Jack And The Beanstalk in this updated production at Theatre Peckham. Directed by Suzann McLean, this festive pantomime is a wonderful coming of age tale set in inner-city London. The cast includes a mix of students from Theatre Peckham’s Academy as well as professional actors.

December 4-22. Theatre Peckham, 221 Havil Street, SE5 7SD. Adults £15, Child£12, Conc £12/Family £40. If you live in Southwark, prices are: Child £9/Adult £12/ Concession £9. Phone: 0207 708 5401. www.theatrepeckham.co.uk

THE BIG SLEEP

The Greenwich Theatre pantomime is even more special this year as it represents a cornerstone in the theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations – and Andrew Pollard – the dame of dames – can’t wait to get “the family” back together for a Sleeping Beauty that also pays tribute to Ewan Hooper, the man who saved the building from demolition back in 1969. A stellar cast will bring to life the story of a timehopping sleeping princess and an artistic director fighting to save a derelict theatre. The year is 1851 and Princess Anastasia is born of Tsar Ivar the Mildly Irritable and Tsarina Bertha. The fabulous Fairy Fabergé blesses the princess but when the wicked Rasputin appears and casts an evil

spell on the little princess all seems lost. Meanwhile, in 1969, Ewan Hooper is planning his grand reopening of Greenwich Theatre before a peculiar stranger summons him back in time. Can he, with the help of some trusty allies, save both the theatre and the doomed princess?

November 22-January 12. Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8ES. Admission: £15.50 – £30. Phone: 020 8858 7755. www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk

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Sew hot right now

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By L aura Burgoine

arah Robins’ vintage and retro clothing shop, Make Do and Mend, has become a revered Brixton hot spot for lovers of the pre-loved. The retailer began her career in the West End, working in wardrobe for major productions including Les miserable, Hairspray, War Horse, and Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. “For ten years I toured all around the world and in the UK,” she said. “I studied drama and theatre arts at university and specialised in costumes but I’m completely self-taught at sewing. My grandma, Mum and Aunty taught me to sew and I just picked it up.” From doing alterations and running wardrobe every night on the West End, Sarah moved up to wardrobe mistress, and then head of department, which involved, among other things, maintaining the costumes and making sure the laundry was done for the fast-paced eight performance a week schedule. Sarah opened Make Do and Mend (MDAM) almost five years ago, as one of the original tenants of Pop Brixton; the community pop-up built out of shipping containers on the corner of Brixton Station Road. “I lived in Brixton at the time, I’d already started doing market stalls, I had idea of opening a business and was holding vintage market events in south London, alongside my day job,” she said. “I saw Pop Brixton advertised on Twitter and followed it from the beginning.” “I’ve always loved sewing and I’ve always loved vintage,” she says. “I’ve worn it, bought it, done charity shops -that’s always been my style. Then I wanted to do something for myself, have my own

business, and a vintage shop was obvious to me.” She continued: “I wanted to incorporate that ethos of mending, sewing, repairing, and wearing what’s already been made. It’s a really exciting time to be doing what I’m doing, it’s so in the mainstream now –people’s eyes have been opened to wearing second-hand, and it’s much needed.” Make Do and Mend is dominating south London particularly, Sarah says. “Vintage is so accessible –we have customers from schoolgirls to 80 year olds.” It was important to Sarah to make the clothing really affordable. “That was one of my biggest business choices,” she said. “I was frustrated by going to east London and seeing overpriced things that were so marked up. The attraction of pre-loved clothing is that you’re getting a bargain as well as something unique.” Make Do and Mend is at the lower end of the market, price wise. “We have t-shirts at £8, a blouse is £15, flannel shirts are £15, and original ‘60s dresses are generally between £16-£30.” Sarah sources clothing from all over the world, regularly traveling to markets and fairs in Europe to hand pick good quality garments. MDAM holds kilo sales every month in Brixton, Peckham Springs, and Hanbury Hall selling vintage and retro clothing for £15 a kilo. “For £15 you can get three or four items and we bring a high quality, proper shop mix, not the dregs or things that can’t sell - like wholesalers do.” From the beginning of December, MDAM is open for late night shopping until 9pm on Thursday and Friday.

Make Do and Mend, Unit S13, Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ. www.popbrixton.org/members/make-do-and-mend

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Cutting edge

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t’s 9.30am on a Saturday and I’m watching a video by a Dutch artist dressed as a lycraclad mosquito doing workout routines, tormenting a papier-mache housewife and fantasising about exterminating mankind. It’s complex, hilarious and may or may not be about climate change. But what’s the strangest thing about this scenario? It’s showing in a hair salon. DKUK is the UK’s first gallery-cumhairdressers, where customers are styled in front of art instead of mirrors, and the staff are all art graduates who can discuss the exhibitions as they work.“Our goal is making art more accessible,” explains Daniel Kelly, DKUK’s 38-year-old founder. Since launching in 2014, DKUK has hosted 40 exhibitions by both established and emerging artists. Since it’s new, stunningly designed permanent home opened in Peckham last year, paintings, sculptures and installations have all graced the DKUK walls. “Nowadays for art students, it’s kind of given that you won’t make a living from your art,” he explains. “The best you can hope for is a free studio; it’s very tricky. We’re always open to submissions” As a concept, DKUK is as unique as its softly spoken, down-to-earth founder. “I trained as a hairdresser when I was 17,” he says. “I failed my A

Levels - mainly through clubbing instead of revising - and thought it would be a nice job, wearing nice clothes and chatting to people all day. But I got bored of being in a salon. I wanted to study art.” Daniel came to London in 2004 to study painting at Camberwell College of Arts. “I wanted to leave the hairdressing world behind when I started there,” he recalls, “but my tutor said: ‘Don’t forget how you got here. We don’t get many people from Toni & Guy!’” After graduating, Daniel worked as an artist and an artist’s assistant; he showed at the Saatchi Gallery and Whitechapel. “Which all sounds impressive but is actually really hard work just to earn a living. You’re always working two jobs. I sold a painting for ten grand, which sounds like a lot of money but actually that was all I ever really sold, plus the odd commission. That was it, over seven or eight years; it really doesn’t go very far. “After a while you think: well, shouldn’t you have a holiday every now and again? As you get older, you realise you need time for yourself as well as your job. I was tired.” So, Daniel started offering haircuts in a gallery as an exhibition. “I just wanted to experiment,” he remembers. “That first show was about labour and how artists earn a living. But a lot of people came in to the gallery who had never come in before. They saw it as a salon; as more

Cara Cummings meets the founder of London’s most exciting hair salon to talk art, mirror-free makeovers and why an afro hair specialist is joining the team

welcoming. That was the genesis of it all.” He admits that the body positive, “mirror-free” media buzz about DKUK has been an unexpected surprise. “I never wanted to open a ‘salon without mirrors’,” he stresses. “I wanted to do a project where people look at art. But by framing it that way we realised that we’re doing something bigger. We’ve had people say, ‘I saw this recommended on a blog for people with body anxiety.’ That makes us all so happy, because we’ve always wanted to be a welcoming space.” That drive for accessibility - echoed in DKUK’s gender-neutral pricing and ‘pay what you can’ first visit policies - has just entered an exciting new chapter. Already the sole Peckham stockist of leading afro hair brand Design Essentials, DKUK have just welcomed afro hair specialist Wendy Allick to the team. “Wendy is an artist - a hair artist,” says Daniel. “She’s done a lot of creative editorial work and is so experienced in her field. If you’re looking for that expertise: come and try it here. Come, try it here and see the exhibitions as well. This is a place where creative things happen.”

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Wellbeing

Carrie on… the season to be merry Greenwich life coach Carrie Brooks shares her tips

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he Christmas music has started, the relentless TV ads are coming in thick and fast and the shops and supermarkets are assaulting us with all things Christmas. Have you felt the stress building or are you managing to ignore it until you can’t resist it anymore and proceed to launch yourself into Christmas on a wave of Santa fueled panic? Why is it that this time of year is so stressful? Is it because of all the present and food buying? Is it the extra work you have to do before the holiday? Or is it simply the huge expectation that is loaded onto our shoulders, weighing us down with the obligation of it all? I’m chuckling now as I can imagine you shouting ‘Bah Humbug!’ and accusing me of being a killjoy, however I am highlighting how most people feel at this time of year. Ideally, Christmas should be a chilled out and relaxing time, enjoying the company of family and friends, an escape from the everyday stresses and strains, a delightful time out. However has this ever been the case for you? In this article I’m asking you to reinvent Christmas for yourself and decide how you want yours to be before you get swept along with the feverish momentum and fall into the usual yearly stress and panic. I know of some people who buy their presents and are stocking up from September onwards every year. However most of us are super busy in our everyday lives and only react to Christmas when our stress levels have risen to such a crescendo that we are finally propelled into action. It’s quite interesting when you break it down. What actually has to get done, is present buying, getting in enough food and, if you wish, decorating the home. When looked at in this way it all seems quite doable, so what makes this such a big deal? Why all the super stress and panic? It’s because we are reacting to the external stimulus of advertisers and social pressure. Christmas has been on our screens since very early October and by the end of October the supermarkets are in epic, unashamed Christmas full throttle. Is it surprising that by the time December

comes we are fully primed and over saturated for the event, which let’s be real here, is only one day maybe two if you count Boxing Day. We need a reality check here. Why not make the decision that you’re going to do Christmas your way and resist the push and pull from all the external shenanigans. Decide your timeline, set a date for your present shopping and schedule it in as would anything else and also decide a date for your food shop. Be realistic with your timeframes and once it’s in the diary just forget about it until it’s time for action. This way you will feel in charge. A deeper understanding of precisely what causes stress and overwhelm with help us to better negotiate life’s more demanding periods. In a nutshell, overwhelm and acute stress are caused by feeling out of control, when we are behaving reactively to outside pressures and being swept along with our heads barely above water. The way to ensure a stress-free existence is to feel in control by actually taking charge of life events, being organised and good scheduling, so when we look at our calendars we are reassured that everything is in its place. This is the positive mindset to adopt in the festive period if you wish to ensure that you are enjoying all the fun bits and flying through the tougher commitments unscathed. There is also the side of Christmas which doesn’t get talked about much and that’s the family politics. This is normally the one time of year when members of the same family, of all generations are all squeezed together under one roof. This can be a time of psychological stress as the old animosities and unresolved issues bubble up to the surface. Here again, decide how you want your Christmas to be, focus on the good relationships and enter into the spirit with good humour. Duck and dive around controversial subjects and just imagine yourself breezing through your time together until it’s time to leave. By setting a clear intention of how you want this time to be, by ensuring that you’ve thought about it beforehand and have a game plan, you will be ready and prepared for any potential war zones and make the best of your Christmas. Let’s make this festive time a fun time, let’s reignite what this time of the year is meant to be, a heart-warming celebration with friends and family and move away from all the pressure and stress. It’s your Christmas too, your holiday and your friend and family time, decide how you want this year’s celebration to be and as Jean-Luc Picard would say on the Starship Enterprise “make it so.” So the next time someone asks you the age old question… “Have you done your Christmas shopping yet?” instead of finding yourself being taken over by a rising wave of panic, you can smile and calmly answer that it’s all in hand and move on to more interesting and stimulating subjects! Wishing you all a wonderful festive time!


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ovember was mostly overcast with higher than average rainfall; this left the ground saturated, making it difficult to finish year-end gardening tasks. A cold snap arrived mid-month bringing low temperatures, and a few welcome bright sunny days. December weather is usually changeable and often becomes milder and wetter as Christmas approaches. This year’s winter Solstice will fall on December 22nd and marks the beginning of winter. All but essential gardening work stops for a month or so. There is still time to organise gifts; the gardening sections in High Street book shops can provide inspiration on every subject from pruning to companion planting. But if time is limited, why not browse Hive books www.hive.co.uk. Alternatively a year’s membership for Kew (starts at £71) or the RHS (£63) may be a welcome gift. Tools are a tricky choice; gardeners can be fussy about what they use! As winter begins, the focus will be on evergreens – Fir/Spruce trees, Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe, as pot or cut plants. They have symbolic meaning in ancient folklore and we continue the tradition

Jackie Power is a horticulturalist and herbalist who lives in Southwark of using these plants for festive celebrations. Ivy (Hedera) is often sold as an indoor pot plant (but found in gardens, scrambling up walls and trees) and was used to decorate rooms during midwinter festivals; it is also supposed to bring luck. Holly (Ilex) with its spiky dark green leaves and red berries is a symbol of fertility and said to protect from witchcraft. It is a useful shrub to grow as a hedge or single specimen tree; tolerating shade and needing little attention. Mistletoe (Viscum album) is a talented and mysterious plant; a parasitic shrub - it grows on a host tree (Apple, Lime, Hawthorne, Poplar). The berries are ‘planted’ by birds wiping their beaks on branches, the seeds get stuck in crevices (birds do not like the acidic sticky seeds). Mistletoe nestles high up in the tree canopy remaining unnoticed during leaf cover. The twigs and leaves of Mistletoe (not the berries which are poisonous) have medicinal qualities and are used in herbal medicine. Always seek professional advice from a qualified Medical Herbalist before using plants/herbs to treat any illness. Mistletoe is a sacred plant to the Druids; it is believed the custom of kissing under the Mistletoe originates from Druid ceremonies! Season’s Greetings!

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INDUSTRIAL SITE IN BERMONDSEY, PART OF OLD KENT ROAD OPPORTUNITY AREA, SET TO BECOME NEW HOMES IN £9.75M DEAL BY KALMARs warehouses and factories. The Old Kent Road Opportunity Area and new Action Plan is a 20 year investment strategy to strengthen the area’s appeal, build stronger communities and provide substantial highly-sought-after homes and workspace. KALMARs recently highlighted in a focused research report that the Old Kent Road regeneration plans have a GDV of £10.7 billion, with the Bakerloo Line Extension and location’s growth potential proving hugely attractive to investors and developers. The Hatcham Road site could prove a very substantial investment as land values along Old Kent Road and throughout the surrounding area are rising; the site at Hatcham Road sold for circa £159 per sq. ft. when based on the potential consented residential space of 61,000 sq. ft., as KALMARs report that new-build private home schemes along Old Kent Road are achieving between £700 up to £800 per sq. ft. once completed. Estate agency KALMARs are very experienced in South London and are handling a number of high profile deals in the Old Kent Road Opportunity Area, having recently also completed on the sale of a 53 unit development that sold out within a month of practical completion at prices achieving within 3% of the £800 per sq. ft. asking terms. Sebastian Kalmar, Director of Residential Development at KALMARs, commented: “KALMARs are delighted to have guided the successful sale of Hatcham Road, an industrial site that is set to be transformed into new-build homes and commercial space. The area within the Old Kent Road Opportunity Area is seeing significant investment and we expect the area’s appeal to grow over the coming years. Given the potential increase in land values once a scheme is completed, Hatcham Road could prove to be a very substantial investment.”

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SHINE 2019 Discover our Intermediate and Advanced Jewellery students’ exceptional work. Some items will be for sale.

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PENNY LECTURES THE ORIGINAL TED TALKS

Our oldest tradition dates all the way back to when we were first founded! Listen to a lecture on an interesting and unusual subject, delivered by an expert, for just a penny. Performance and Positivity, by actor Samuel Blenkin 27 January, 18:00-20:00, 1p

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MORLEY CHAMBER MUSIC MORLEY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT: HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803-1869) CONCERT OVERTURES Morley College London Friday 6 December, 19:30-21:00, £5

Barry Till Gallery, Morley College London, until 16 January

CLARA SCHUMANN: THE ARTIST AND THE WOMAN Cardew Space, Morley College London, until 14 December

A CHRISTMAS TALE Featuring the Morley Chamber Choir, the Morley Choral Society, and the Meridian Choir St Peter’s Church, Vauxhall Friday 6 December, 19:30-21:00, £8

SILENT FILM: PICCADILLY (1929) with live accompaniment 14 February, 19:30-21:00

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