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t is with great pleasure that I introduce the inaugural edition of the Urban Fox, a 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 Urban Fox is their latest creation. In our August issue, we go behind the scenes of the UK’s No. 1 gelato-maker’s Dulwich laboratory. We also delve into the zero waste revolution stirring up Herne Hill and Nunhead, and talk to the parents quashing baby brain with their TED talk-style events in East Dulwich. Follow the Fox as we bring you all the latest stories and goings on around town.
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SOUTH SPECIFIC ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// VICToRIAn PLEAsuREs Step back in time to a very Victorian Vauxhall as the Pleasure Gardens plays host to a free day of bank holiday festivities. The circus is in town with tightrope walkers and strong men, while there’s also music hall bands, stilt walkers, a Victorian inflatable balloon, icecreams served from a vintage trike and a very vintage carousel. The event is free with lots of offerings for young children. Sunday 25 August from 3pm-7pm. 139 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5HL. www.beinvauxhall.com
DuLWICH LoLs Rising young comedian Lauren Pattinson is performing a stand-up set at the next Dulwich Hamlet Comedy night. The Newcastle comic was nominated for Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, and returned to the Fringe festival last year with her show Peachy. She’s joined by Tom Ward, Funmbi Omotayo and Chelsea Hart, with the evening hosted by Alexandra Haddow. August 4 at 7pm (bar’s open all day) at Champion Hill Stadium, SE22 8BD. Tickets: £8.
CounTDoWn To sW4 Craig David’s not walking away from Clapham mega festival South West Four. Running across the August bank holiday weekend, this year’s festival features Martin Garrix, Sigala, Armand Van Helden, Wiley, and Basement Jaxx among many others. August 24-25 at Clapham Common. www.southwestfour.com
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A RIVER Runs THRouGH IT Illuminated River, the longest public art commission in the world, is lighting up four of London’s bridges to capture the spirit of the River Thames. London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium bridges are already lit, and now, to celebrate its 20th anniversary MBNA Thames Clippers has joined forces with the Illuminated River Foundation to host a series of guided tours where you can take in the light installation from the best possible vantage point. 30 minute tours run from 29 August-September, departing from Tower Pier or London Bridge City Pier. Tickets: £6 per adult, £4.50 concessions. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.thamesclippers.com
Multi-award winning blues legend Watermelon Slim brings his Mississippi blues to London’s deep south. The evening opens with live music by London blues musicians, followed by a screening of documentary Blues Before Sunrise, which premiered at Raindance Film festival in 2016. There’s a Q&A afterwards with the filmmakers and one of the film’s main stars: Watermelon Slim himself. The night caps off with a live set from Watermelon Slim and the Truckers. Wednesday 21 August at 6:30pm at Off the Cuff, Arch 654, 301-303 Railton Road, SE24 0JN. https://dice.fm
LooK AHEAD The Streatham Free Film Festival returns in September screening an eclectic mix of films, from arthouse and indie to major blockbusters in a range of unusual locations. Watch this space. www.freefilmfestivals.org
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The Iceman Cometh By Cara Cummings
N a quiet corner of East Dulwich, south London’s very own Willy Wonka is conquering the world - one scoop of artisan gelato at a time. To call Taseer Ahmad unique is an understatement. His delightfully bonkers frozen creations have won more awards than you can shake a tiny spoon at and are so delicious that children have been known to chew the edges of the ‘pozzetti’ - a traditional Italian display freezer - at his iconic East Dulwich gelateria. He’s made flavours inspired by everything from immigration to oysters to the inauguration of Charles II. This year, he officially became the best gelato maker in the UK - and the 14th best on the planet - having nabbed a top-15 spot in the Gelato Festival World Ranking. He also cultivates East Dulwich’s most impressive moustache. So, how does a Pakistani-born, Kashmiri-origin architect become one of the most innovative gelato makers on the globe? With a little help from his friends, it turns out. Taseer spent 30 years designing award-winning buildings and pioneering architecture’s digital revolution. “In the early ‘90s I did space architecture and designed habitation modules for the missions to Mars,” he says, as if describing your average day at the office. He then retrained as a gelato maker under the watchful eye of an Italian expert with generations of artisanal heritage. “My very good friend is the fourth-generation owner of a gelateria in Florence that’s been going for a hundred years,” Taseer explains. “That’s where I learnt and observed their methods.” “I started going to Italy way back, however,” he says. “I had a little old MG Midget as a student that I got in one day and set off to tour Europe. That would have been back in the ‘70s. I go back a long way!” The unassuming iced treats genius’ encyclopedic knowledge of his craft is fueled by one thing: creativity. “It’s certainly a form of expression,” Taseer says of the subterranean wizardry he concocts in a specialist lab underneath his East Dulwich shop, the birthplace of experimental flavours including mozzarella, smoked salmon - and even caramelised insect. “Gelato is this thing where you can really get into the science of it - percentages of fat, percentages of sugar, weighing them up… You can do it by formula, or you can play around with it and put your own twist on it,” he explains. “There’s a science and an art. Gelato pulls together all the things that mean something to me; science, art,
architecture. It’s about memories that are created by having a particular flavour, in a particular place.” Taseer’s design-based philosophy is writ large in his Fabulous Ice Fires store, an ultra-luxe sensory playground replete with coloured light displays, film projectors with Charlie Chapman’s dancing across the walls and digital installations. Your average ice cream parlour, this isn’t. Everything inside has been designed to celebrate the local area. “There’s actually different shades of white in here,” Taseer points out, “because of the old English meaning for Dulwich. ‘Dill’ and ‘wihs’ meant ‘fields of dill’; dill has white flowers, so this place is white because of that.” Taseer, who’s lived in south London since arriving from Pakistan as a 6-year-old child, has even sourced angel-inspired light fixtures in honour of William Blake, the eighteenth-century poet who lived in the area and claimed to converse with angels on Peckham Rye. As for the store’s name? “We started out as just Ice Fires,” says Taseer, “to express the extremes of flavour people might experience here, from chilli to chocolate. Then people starting saying ‘It’s fabulous!’ so often that we just added it to the front of the name!” Since Taseer opened up in 2015, it’s not just his Each Dulwich customers being wowed. He’s taken the international gelato scene by storm, winning accolades and awards for his innovative, all-handmade iced riffs on British identity, culture and heritage. His ‘Black Pearl of London’ a cardamom-infused gelato adorned with a ‘black pearl’ made of chilli kulif and served
assigned to me, which this very serious Italian guy thought I’d taken from him. It’s hilarious; all over a bloody mixer!” Hokey Pokey’s citrus honeycomb crunch was inspired by Taseer pondering historical links between the UK and Sicily. “I realised that the first immigrants to come to England and sell ice cream were from Sicily,” he explains. “I remembered them from my childhood they were called hokey-pokey men, from the Italian words ‘ecco’ and ‘pocco’, which means ‘here’s a little’. “I made it using ricotta, orange blossom and Sicilian lemon extract in their honour. The honeycomb crunch was the English element - hokey-pokey men used to chuck it into everything to give it a bit of pizazz, and mask some of the bad ingredients that were in there. They were selling it on the street, after all.” Multiculturalism is a subject close to Taseer’s heart. As a Kashmiri-origin Pakistani with a South African partner, a Polish-Irish ex-wife and sons who share a myriad of heritage, he’s the model of a global citizen - and proud to embody every element. “If people ask me, I say: I’m a hundred percent English, and a hundred percent Pakistani,” he says. “I feel Kashimiri, Punjabi and English but, most of all, I’m a south Londoner. “I went to school near Crystal Palace football ground; we used to break into the Greyhound Ballroom in Croydon to see David Bowie and Lou Reed.” “I’ve lived in Dulwich for the last 20 years - this area has changed a lot. Lordship Lane used to be quite seedy, you know? Now you’ve got Sweaty Betty, JoJo Maman Bebe, chi-chi restaurants... It’s nappy valley, with young
in an oyster shell to celebrate East London’s diverse culinary history, won rave reviews at the capital’s first Gelato Festival in 2015. Last June, a crystal-infused homage to King Charles II’s favourite dessert of ‘white strawberries and cream’ - the earliest known reference to ice cream in the UK - earned Taseer the Popular Jury Public Vote Prize. And at the invite-only Sherbet Festival in Sicily just three months later, his Hokey Pokey concoction won a top five selection from expert judges, beating entries from 45 of the world’s top gelato-makers. Not that it was easy. “You make it in this big communal lab kitchen, in front of everyone else,” Taseer recalls. “It’s really intense. People fall out over their whisks going missing - I had one that had been
families moving over from Battersea and Clapham. And of course, Peckham is the new Hoxton… But that’s London. London is always changing. It’s brilliant.” “I want to make mine a world gelato,” he says simply. “I have a word for it: ‘pangeolato’. It’s about reflecting our shared roots as human beings, whatever those may be.” Can gelato save the world, then? “Well,” Taseer laughs, “it can certainly bring people together. It’s a kind of vital force, as far as I’m concerned.” We’ll have another scoop of that.
Fabulous Ice Fires is at 54 E Dulwich Road, SE22 9AL. Phone: 020 7635 9992.
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LAnD VALuE The Land Over Sea exhibition by Laura Hepworth and Katie Iacovou lands at Jeannie Avent Gallery from 31 July-14 August. 14 North Cross Road, SE22 9EU.
JusT AnnounCED: Award-winning journalist and radio presenter Ira Glass is bringing his live show to Royal Festival Hall next year. The American creator, producer and host of This American Life (downloaded by 2.5 million people per podcast) is sharing lessons from his life and career, from starting out as a 19-year-old intern at National Public Radio's network headquarters in Washington DC, in 1978, to working as a tape cutter, newscast writer, desk assistant, editor, reporter and producer. Seven Things I’ve learned: An Evening with Ira Glass is at Royal Festival Hall on 16 May 2020.
FAMILY TREE As part of its Nordic Film Nights season, Deptford Cinema is screening Under the Tree, a pitch black suburban satire following the story of a man accused of adultery and forced to move in with his parents. While he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a bitter dispute between his parents and their neighbours regarding an old and beautiful tree that casts a shadow on the neighbours’ deck. As the dispute intensifies, property is damaged, pets mysteriously go missing, security cameras are being installed and rumours emerge of sightings of the neighbour with a chainsaw. The Icelandic-language film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was chosen by the Icelandic Film Academy as its contender for the 2018 Oscars in the foreign-language category. Monday 5 August at 7:30pm. Tickets: £6 adults, £4.50 concession. http://deptfordcinema.org
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Keith & Co at Pop Brixton 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ , 7pm-midnight, free The inaugural Keith & Co sees guests Krywald & Farrer and Whitby joining host Keith Lorraine, with an evening of classic dance music from Soul to House on the cards.
Sat 3rd Aug, SW4
Jessua Ladybyrd Band at Bread & Roses 68 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham, SW4 6DZ, 9pm-midnight, free The Jessua Ladybyrd band feature Yabba Funk front woman Helen McDonald and spin out a toetapping web of soulful funk and popular covers.
Mon 5th Aug, SW9
Sat 3rd Aug, SE27
Thurs 8th Aug, SW2
7 Station Rise, Tulse Hill, SE27 9BW, 8pm-2am, Free Absorb a modern take on vintage soul funk from acclaimed eight-piece band Crowd Company at the Railway. Open wide and scoop up a heady mix of catchy hooks, tight grooves and soulful singers.
94 Brixton Hill, Brixton, SW2 1QN, 9pm-midnight, free BRXTNFNK and their DJ confidantes will be rummaging through their record collections in this busy boozer on t’hill.
Sat 3rd Aug, SW2
443 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LN, 9pm-3am, £5 DJ Afrochick stirs up a booty shunting selection, whisking up a heady froth of hip-hop, RnB and dancehall.
389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ , 8pm, free We’re not sure what an ‘Industry Monday’ is but there’ll be a DJ from 8pm and cheapo drinks all night.
Crowd Company at The Railway Tavern
Thurs 1st Aug, SW9
And what? at the Chip Shop Brixton 378 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LF, 8pm-midnight, free Hosted by Absent Minded Poetics, with IsaacB with Calaida and Joel Deep holding it down on the decks, this event is open to all MCs and vocalists with a penchant for grime, hip hop and rap.
ARKIVE at White horse
Sunburn All Dayer at The Windmill
Gospeloke at Prince of Wales 469 Brixton Rd, SW9 8HH, 8pm-11pm, £13 Get ready to hit those big, arms aloft notes at London’s first Gospel-style Karaoke knees‐up, where you get to sing with a live gospel choir behind you. There’s prizes for 'Best Confessional', 'Best Solo Performance' and 'Best Duet/Group Performance, ‘ with an eclectic selection from Whitney to Bon Jovi to Mary Mary's 'Shackles'.
Fri 2nd Aug, SW4
Fabio Fusco at Fu Manchu
Fri 9th Aug, SW9
Saturday Shakedown at Market house
Frauds, Sat 3rd Aug
Absent Minded Potics, Thurs
22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, SW2 5BZ, 3pm-4am, £10 Hosted by acerbic, maniacal duo Frauds, this Sunburn all
Thurs 1st Aug, SW9
dayer hauls up a heap of bands for a trashy, rock’n’roll, fuzzy, punky summer party. The line up includes Brighton postpunks Ditz, alt-rockers Lazybones, noisy Taffs, Twisted Ankles and Bristolian Iron Maiden fans, Sugar Horse.
Sat 3rd Aug, SE27
Northern Soul at The Portico Gallery 23A Knight's Hill, West Norwood, SE27 0HS, 7pm - midnight, £5 The House of Bamboo Soul Club returns to the Portico Gallery to whack out five hours of the finest soul sounds from Northern Soul to Motown.
Fri 9th Aug, SW9
Brockie & Det at JAMM 261 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 6LH, 10pm-5am, £15 The Brockie & Det Experience is rolling into town with a weighty assemblage of Jungle, Old Skool and Classic DnB. Also on the bill is noted slider transposers Fabio & Grooverider, Nicky Blackmarket, Profile, Potential Bad Boy and Kenny Ken with Kapow! and Sky Designs busying themselves in Room 2.
Horizon Opening Party at lightbox 6a South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP, 11pm-6am. £13.50 Horizon opening party features Maxinne (Toolroom) spinning deep tech and vocal house, with secret guests and the usual panoply of visual effects.
Sat 3rd Aug, SW9
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Sat 3rd Aug, SW8
DJ Fabio Fusco, Fri 2nd Aug
15 Lendal Terrace, Clapham, SW4 7UX, 9pm-3am, £15 Hamburg-based, globe navigating DJ Fabio Fusco hauls along his bag of progressive trance, house and techno to this Chinesethemed eatery/ club.
Industry Mondays at the Dogstar
DJ Afrochick, Fri 9th Aug
DJ, Brixton Buzz/Urban75 founder, drummer and Dulwich Hamlet die-hard Mike Slocombe shares his selection of South London Sounds
128 Hartington Road, SW8 2HJ, 8pm-11pm, £5 A two band bill at this fascinating, bohemian themed small pub that’s popular with students and artists. The Wake Ups manipulate surf rock, alternative rock, punk, indie and grunge into a pleasing ball of malleable pop fun, while Manchester duo Bloodtooth get busy in the kitchens of The Pixies and The Kills to serve up a dish of hot Pixills.
Dead Prez, Fri 16th Aug
Dennis Ayler, Dempsey and Janix pumping the floor.
6A South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP, 11pm-6am, £11.50 This joint fundraiser for Mind & The National Autistic Society sees a wealth of UK Garage acts get jiggy on the ones’n’twos, including Sticky, Martin Larner, Mighty Moe and Pied Piper.
Sun 11th Aug, SW2
Congregate Brixton in Windrush Square Brixton Oval, SW2 1EF, noon-8pm, free Congregate Brixton returns for its third year in Windrush Square with live music, street food, market traders, workshops and street art. Hosted by Absent Minded Poetics & IsaacB, there’s live music, DJs and wordsmiths from Carpetface, Idris Miles & MEGAMiKES and the Stack Up Sound.
Sat 10th Aug, SE5
Vinyl DJs at The Joiners Arms 35 Denmark Hill, Camberwell, SE5 8RS, 9pm, Free Roll down to the base of Denmark Hill and inhale a night of vinyl tunes in this splendid, two-room traditional and affordable boozer.
Sat 10th Aug, SW9
Queen Bitch at the Dogstar Ballroom 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ , 11pm-3am, £5 After the success of last month’s Pride after-party there’s a brand new LGBT+ friendly party taking place every month at the Dogstar. The theme is inclusiveness, fun, hedonism, boozing and partying like Freddie Mercury on an exocet love missile. There’ll be DJs hurling out party-sized disco bangers, floor-crunching pop thumpers, indie-slammers, arms in the air singalongs and chartbusting blockbusters from the 70s to today. Expect booty flappers from the likes of the Sugababes, Britney, Cyndi Lauper, Ariana, Fleetwood Mac, Dolly, Madge, Bowie, Beyonce and Cher, plus videos and confetti cannons and balloon drops.
Sat 10th Aug, SE15
Canavan's Peckham Pool Club 188 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4NF, 8pm-4am, £7 It’s hard not to love Canavan's - a late night, no-nonsense, rough-round-the- edges, retro pool club with a thumping great Funktion-One sound system. There’s loads of pool tables and ping pong to distract you, with Tenderlonious,
Humanity For Palestine at Electric Brixton Town Hall Parade, Brixton, SW2 1RJ, 7pm-11pm, £15 This fundraiser features US artists Dead Prez - they of the mighty ‘Hip Hop’ tune - plus Havoc of the Infamous Mobb Deep, DJ L.E.S. and Big Noyd as well as the UK’s own Lowkey, DJ Snuff and Palestinian band 47 Soul. Monies raised will benefit various organisations that work directly with Palestinian children, providing medical aid and support.
No Frills Sunday Session at The Windmill 22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton SW2 5BZ, 7pm, Free With the hard drinking No Frills Band at the helm, this jaunty, round-the-table candlelit session invites musicians of all abilities to join in with new and traditional songs. Like a musical Whicker’s World without the airfare or cavity searches, feel free to sing along to globally sourced tunes.
Sun 11th Aug, SE17
Jaded at Corsica Studios 5 Farrell Court, Elephant & Castle, SE17 1LB, 5am-4pm, £15 For daylight shunning revellers who want to keep the Saturday night party going, Jaded serves up a half ton of techno, industrial, dance and rave bangers with an entire fleet of DJs on hand to keep the subwoofers oscillating wildly, Lining up to show the sliders who’s boss will be the likes of Aert, Sluhg, L Ʌ V Σ N, Casper Hastings and Raymundo Rodriguez, while Flora Yin-Wong, Ceili and DJ Ketaflush do their stuff in Room 2.
Sun 11th Aug, SE22
Live Music at Watson's General Telegraph 108 Forest Hill Rd, SE22 0RS, 5pm-7pm, free There’s early evening live music sessions every Sunday at the former Forest Hill Tavern, and this week it’s Tileyard Music artist Shaun Colwill bringing his soulful sound to the stage.
Shut The Front Door at JAMM 261 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 6LH, 4pm-4am, £20 An all-day and night summer slab of cocktail-imbibing, BBQ-wolfing, disco ball-rotating disco thrusting, with selectors across three areas. DJs Jamie 3:26, Luke Solomon and The Lowdown will be ladelling out the house, disco & deeper sounds till close.
Sat 17th Aug, SW11
Saturdays at the Clapham Grand 21-25 St John's Hill, Clapham, SW11 1TT, 9pm-2am, £10 Get ready to sweep, strut and sashay in the direction of the dancefloor and unleash your animal loin-thrusts to an uncomplicated amalgam of crowd-pleasing party classics, with resident DJs spinning Hip-Hop to House, Disco to R&B.
sun 18th Aug, sW2 Boubacar Kafando at hootananny 95 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1DF, 9pm-midnight, free A N’goni and kora virtuoso, composer, singer and leader of the Zaama Nooma Band, Boubacar Kafando hails from Burkina Faso and launched his debut album ‘Douni Zougou’ in 2010. Mixing captivating acoustic sounds from various African traditional instruments such as the kora, n’goni, calebasse, tama, shékéré, Peul flute, Djeli goni, musical bow, Boubacar and his band have shared their music all over the world.
Tues 14th Aug, SW2
The Soothsayers at Effra hall Tavern Kellett Road, Brixton, SW2, 9pm-11.30pm, Free Glug down a Guinness in this old-school Brixton boozer and enjoy splendid original Afrobeat and reggaeinfluenced grooves from local legends, The Soothsayers.
Thurs 15th Aug, SW16
Boubacar Kafando at White lion 234 Streatham High Road, SW16 1BB, 6pm-midnight, free Boubacar Kafando plays this lovely community pub (see listing on 18th Aug for more details).
Fri 16th Aug, SE15
Multi-Storey Orchestra at Bold Tendencies Peckham Car Park, 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4ST, 7pm, £5 The Multi-Storey Orchestra's summer season continues
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Sat 10th Aug, SW2
Friday 16th Aug, SW2
Sat 17th Aug, SW9
Fri 9th Aug, SW8
Destiny Charity Fundraiser at Fire 2
with a performance of classical and original material inside Peckam’s iconic multi-storey car park. The orchestra has been internationally renowned for its unique approach to classical music and performances that enable local young people to perform with professional musicians.
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Folk Jam at The old Dispensary 325 Camberwell New Road, SE5 0TF, 8pm-1am, Free This traditional Irish boozer is the perfect setting for a spirited weekly folk jam where anyone can join in with the band and sing, strum, rattle or parp to their heart's content. The booze is cheap and the vibes are welcoming - recommended.
mob handed to bring the big band sound to this splendid Tulse Hill boozer with its mahoosive garden.
With an accomplished house band on hand, expect some top notch musicianship in an affordable, independent boozer.
Sat 24th Aug, SW2
Thurs, 29th Aug, SE11
St. Matthew's Church, Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1JF, 9pm-2am, Free DJ Yvette Lindquist spins funky vocal house and Latin beats, accompanied by an undetermined sax player, who we’ll call Sax X.
336 Kennington Park Road, Oval SE11 4PP, 8pm, Free Unspecified ‘live jazz and blues artists’ bring the music to this unpretentious, 1920s-themed boozer right next to Oval tube station.
Sat 24th Aug, SE15
Vinyl DJ at the Rebel Inn
Funky House at Gremio de Brixton
Weds 21st Aug, SW2
Basement Blues at Blues Kitchen 40 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5SP, 9.45pm-midnight, free Inspired by legends from across the pond, Niall Kelly brings his signature electric blues sound to the Blues Kitchen.
Live Music at Brown Derby
Fri 29th Aug, SW16
South London Train - 12 Years at The Bussey Building
78A Streatham High Rd, London SW16 1BS, 9pm-midnight, Free Come down and shake a body part to old school funk, reggae, hip-hop and more at this old school boozer.
2 Empire Mews, Streatham, SW16 2BF, 7pm, £10 A top evening of soul filled blues and Americana awaits as Chad Strentz leads his band The Chad-illacs back to Streatham’s Hideaway.
133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST, 10pm-5am, £15 The South London Soul Train is in full-on celebratory mode as they toast the Bussey Buildings 12 Year Anniversary with a full-on 7 hour, 3 floor, 4 room bonanza. Acts include Jazzheadchronic and Parisienne Soul/Funksters Echoes Of, plus a phalanx of DJs evenly distributed across multiple floors.
Fri 23rd Aug, SE1
Sun 25th Aug, SW9
66 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, SE1 7TP, 1am-10am £10 For the party-hard crew who refuse to let go of their Thursday night hedonism, the Union Club opens up at 1am Friday morning and keeps going till 10am. This underground after-hours event pumps out a metric ton of house, tech, electro and other throbbing delights, all soaked in a deluge of smoke and lasers.
418 Brixton Rd, Brixton, SW9 7AY, 9.30pm-4am, £16.75 Apparently the “undisputed champion of all things bass,” Bournemouth born Flava D shuffles into Brixton for a rare intimate show of dancehall, funk and grime, alongside her Butterz pals and dancehall dons, Swing Ting.
Thurs 22nd Aug, SW16
Chad Strentz at the hideaway
Algo Mas at union Club
Fri 30th Aug, SW2
Brixton Buzz party night at the Effra Social
Flava D at Phonox
Fri 23rd Aug, SW2
Sat 31st Aug, SW16
DJ at Pratts & Payne 103 Streatham High Road, SW16 1HJ, 9pm-2am, Free Unspecified DJs serve up soul, disco, funk and reggae in this retro chic bar stocked with real ales.
Sat 31st Aug, SW9
Beat wave at Barrio Flava D, Sun 25th Aug
Burlesque at Courtesan
30 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5SG, 8pm-2.30am, free Barrio All-Star DJs roll out a mix of Tropical Soul, Latin Licks, Funky Disco, Old-Skool & Party Faves to get your weekend wobbling wildly.
Fri 23rd Aug, SE24
Roscoe Roscoe at off The Cuff 301-303 Railton Road, Herne Hill, SE24 0JN, 8pm-11pm, £5 A fiver on the door gets you no less than three bands, with headliners Roscoe Roscoe belting out psychedelic rock, plus guitar and harmony-led Good Guy Clarence, and indie grungers Frayed.
Sat 24th Aug, SE27
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South London Jazz Orchestra at the Railway Tavern 7 Station Rise, Tulse Hill, SE27 9BW, 8pm-2am, free It’s the annual visit of the South London Jazz Orchestra, who’ll be arriving
89 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1DF, 9pm-1am, Free Well-oiled Brixton Buzz DJs are back on the decks to spin floor-filling party bangers at this crazily busy free night. The music policy is: paaaaaaarty, so expect pop nippletweakers like Cyndi Lauper, Beyonce, Bon Jovi, A-Ha, Fleetwood Mac, Cher, Dolly, Whitney, Queen, Bowie, Outkast and more, backed by off beat dance visuals till 1am.
69-73 Atlantic Road, Brixton SW9 8PU, 10.30pm, 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 club nights.
Sat 31st Aug, SW9
Positivity Project at Cafe Cairo
Sun 25th Aug, SW4
Sundays at Aquum
68-70 Clapham High Street, Clapham, SW4 7UL, 9pm, £5 This night invites “sexy and stylish” women and “smart casual and stylish” men to shuffle about to a set of 90's-00's RnB, HipHop and House. Not for us, then.
88 Landor Road, SW9 9PE, 9pm-2am, £5 A night of funky codpiece movers is promised from Griz and Gramatik, with glitchy bass from the likes of Ninjula and Sugarbeats and inventive psychedelic swing from artists such as Parov Stelar, Jamie Berry and Caravan Palace.
Mon 26th Aug, SE1 Carnival Afterparty at Ministry of Sound 103 Gaunt Street, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DP, 10pm-6am, £20 The official Carnival After-Party at the Ministry throws up four arenas, and no less than twentyfive DJs banging out House, Garage, HipHop, Grime, Techno, Drill, Afrobeats & Carnival Vibes, with co2 cannons, lasers and strobes a-plenty.
Tues 27th Aug, SE5
Jazz Jam at The Junction 171 Coldharbour Lane, SE5 9PA, 8pm-11pm, Free
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The day that changed the world In light of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Royal observatory Greenwich’s astronomer Hannah banyard talks about that how one event shaped humanity’s place in the universe
HE 1969 moon landing may seem like a lifetime ago, however scientists are still reaping the rewards of humanity’s greatest achievement in exploration. Neil Armstrong became the first human to step foot on another celestial body 50 years ago, on the 21st July, followed by Buzz Aldrin and only ten others in the succeeding three years. Although short lived, these missions gave scientists some of the most valuable data to date. Across the entire Apollo program, astronauts spent a combined 12.5 days on the lunar surface collecting samples and taking measurements. A total of 382kg of rocks and soil were returned to Earth by the missions – some of which are currently on display at The Moon exhibition at National Maritime Museum - and each year NASA reallocate the samples to different scientific institutions around the world to be studied. Improvements in technology
means new information is still being extracted from samples that have already been subject to much scientific investigation. The research derived from these has not only revolutionised our understanding of lunar science but also planetary science, including the evolution of the Solar System. Evidence has been uncovered to support the theory that a Mars-sized planet impacted an early Earth and the debris this created combined to form our moon. Sample analysis has allowed scientists to calibrate crater counting - a method used to determine the age of surfaces in the Solar System. Drilled samples down to a depth of two metres provided a celestial timeline for scientists, recording events such as solar wind intensity and periods of bombardment, giving clues to events that helped shape the Solar System. As NASA prepares to send humans back to the Moon by 2024, one key question is posed: is it worth it?
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If the thousands of scientific papers which make use of Apollo data are not enough, consider the human impact. The Apollo missions were a huge expense but it is important to remember this money was not wasted. Apollo advanced science, drove technological innovation, inspired younger generations to become scientists and brought humanity together. Born out of the competition of two superpowers, the Apollo 11 astronauts expected other countries to congratulate the Americans on their achievement. However, pilot of the command module Michael Collins spoke of the world tour after they had returned to Earth and the greetings they received of “we did it!” around the globe. The moon landings were an incredible feat, providing invaluable data - the decision to return is imperative to increasing scientific knowledge and ultimately understanding humanity’s place in the Universe. The Moon exhibition is at the National Maritime Museum until 5 January 2020 www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/moon-exhibition
Exit: burbage by Katherine Johnston
E was Shakespeare’s first leading man, the original Hamlet, Othello, and MacBeth, and a celebrated thespian, the ‘finest tragedian’, and one of the men to create the world-famous Globe Theatre. But Richard Burbage, the greatest actor of Shakespeare’s age, has long since faded from prominence. Now, residents on the eponymous Burbage Road are hoping to change that, with a new project – Exit: Burbage – commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death and the extraordinary life he led. Richard Burbage was born in 1568 to Ellen and James Burbage, with theatre in his blood. Originally a touring actor, his father James settled in London and opened The Theatre in Shoreditch when Richard was eight years old. Based just beyond the City of London’s northern wall, The Theatre is believed to be the first permanent theatre built in the capital since Roman times, which achieved great success. James brought up Richard, and his other son Cuthbert, into the family trade and by his early 20s, Richard was already a superstar, after treading the boards throughout his teens. As shareholders, the family created a new system of theatre ownership whereby the company of actors owned a share in the theatre and its production, the foundation of the industry we know today. By the 1590s two leading companies had emerged in London’s theatrical world as rivals. They were The Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men, led by James Burbage and his sons at the Theatre, and the Admiral’s men, led by Edward Alleyn and Philip Henslowe at Bankside’s The Rose. In his long career – which only ended with his death at the age of 52 Burbage performed as Romeo, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Henry III, Pericles and Shylock, and appeared in a host of Jacobean plays including Sejanus, Knight of Malta and Mad Lover. Shakespeare is believed to have written his characters with Burbage, a great friend, in mind. One of Burbage’s most popular turns was as arch-villain Richard III, widely credited with sparking a fashion for the way he strutted with one hand upon his dagger. One story, written in the diary of John Manningham, a contemporary of
both, has it that one female audience member was so enamoured with Burbage’s performance as Richard III she requested him to pay her a night time visit. Shakespeare, overhearing the proposition, seized the opportunity for himself but was interrupted by a disgruntled Burbage. After being told Richard III was at the door, Shakespeare is said to have replied that William the Conqueror was before Richard III. But for all their success, The King’s Men also had plenty of misfortune. By 1596 the Burbage’s had found themselves – and the future of Shoreditch’s The Theatre – in real difficulty. The Theatre’s lease was due for expiry in April 1597, but the landlord, Giles Allen, was refusing to renew. The company gained permission for a new structure in Blackfriars, but this was overturned due to complaints by wealthy residents worried about the clientele’s raucous behaviour, leaving the Burbage family out of pocket with a theatre they couldn’t use. A year later Richard’s father James had died and The Theatre’s future was still in jeopardy, after Allen claimed it had reverted to his ownership after the lease was up. It was left to the young Richard, and his brother Cuthbert, to solve their quandary. At the end of 1598, they found a novel solution. The company enlisted help and dismantled the entire structure in Shoreditch, while Allen was away celebrating Christmas, painstakingly carrying it across the Thames. They rebuilt the theatre on a new site in Southwark’s Southbank. With space for up to 3,000, the new venue became the state-of-the-art The Globe. Richard and Cuthbert remained majority shareholders of the King’s Men, with other members of the company pitching in, including William Shakespeare, who gained a stake. Burbage and Shakespeare were colleagues but also great friends. It is said that Shakespeare wrote his parts with Burbage in mind, and that Burbage was the star quality to help draw in the crowds.
The Globe survived outbreaks of plaque, and a fire in 1613 when it was razed after a theatrical canon misfired into the thatch. It was rebuilt the following year but eventually torn down not long after being closed by the puritans in the 1640s. Burbage married
As a local I’ve always cherished Dulwich’s association with some of the great actors of the past and there’s none finer than Richard Burbage
Winifred Turner at some point in the 1590s and together the couple had eight children, with all but one dying in infancy. The only child to survive, William, was born in 1616 and named after Shakespeare, but little is known of what became of him. Burbage died on March 9, 1619, at 52, amid a huge outpouring of grief from the public. Although London’s theatres recovered in the Restoration era, it wasn’t until 1997 that the Globe stood once again in Southwark. Although renamed ‘Shakespeare’s
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Globe’, the theatre owes as much to Burbage as it does to the Bard. But while Shakespeare’s name is world-famous, Burbage has slipped into obscurity. Burbage Road was built in the 1880s as London began to expand into the hitherto country villages. Why this particular spot was chosen
to honour Burbage is unknown, but it is likely a wry nod to his rivalry with fellow thespian Edward Alleyn, the founder of nearby Dulwich College and Alleyn’s School. Today’s residents, including Game of Thrones actor Iain Glen, were delighted with a new mural celebrating Burbage on their street. “As a local I’ve always cherished Dulwich’s association with some of the great actors of the past and there’s none finer than Richard Burbage,” he said.
For more information visit www.exitburbage.org.uk
The daily planet by Donnachadh McCarthy
OME good news for south Londoners who occasionally fancy a leisurely weekend cycle ride to Greenwich. We may soon have a protected two-way cycleway all the way from Tower Bridge to Greenwich. Two years ago, TfL consulted on a scheme to install a protected cycleway along about two-thirds of the route. This got a fantastic 83% positive approval from the public and construction is now underway. However, there was a middle section in Rotherhithe which is controlled by Southwark, which was not part of the original scheme. This area is undergoing major redevelopment with large numbers of new homes being built. As Southwark councillors originally opposed the TfL scheme, there was a worry among some parents and the cycling members of the community, that Southwark would block suggestions for a continuous protected route. But thankfully, Southwark have now published their proposals for this final section and people were delighted to see that they are planning a two-way protected cycleway along the roads connecting the bits TfL are building. About six years ago, Southwark Council’s Head of Planning, announced the council would oppose ALL protected cycleways, as he said that having cyclists on the roads meant they slowed traffic to safer speeds. This meant that children and pensioners were basically being regarded as human speed-bumps! Outraged by the refusal to protect our kids, we set up a campaign, which was the predecessor for Stop Killing Cyclists. We set about doing direct actions at Council meetings and were delighted when Cllr Peter John, the leader of the council, announced a complete U-turn a few months later in an interview with Southwark News. Since then Southwark has slowly improved. And this announcement marks the completion of the policy turn-around. Well done Southwark. However, we need to again win the debate during the public consultation period. It is crucial that the car and blackcab lobby do not block this precious route for family and commuter cycling, as they have done in some other boroughs. Please take two minutes to email Southwark at email@example.com Full details are at https://consultations.southwark. gov.uk/planning-and-regeneration/lower-road/ With your help weekend leisure cycle trips to Greenwich can become a protected cycling nirvana!
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FOOD & DRINK NEwS ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Take a seat at the ultimate Dulwich dining experience. Filippo Berio’s East Dulwich Supper Club boasts a pre-dinner drink and canapes, a three-course meal, coffee, and an amazing Filippo Berio goody bag to take home with you – think Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Pesto and Crostini. Wednesday 14 August at 7pm. 57 North Cross Road, SE22. Tickets: £42 per person. www.wefifo.com For those with a taste for biodynamic wines –look no further than sommelier Frederic Grappe’s Dynamic Vines. Created 14 years ago, the company moved to its current HQ in Bermondsey’s Spa Terminus in 2015 and now stocks over 60 producers who follow biodynamic principles. Open every Saturday from 8am-2pm at Dockley Road Industrial Estate, Dockley Road, SE16 3SF. www.dynamicvines.com Branding expert and Lib Dem councillor for Surrey Docks ward Nick Johnson’s newest creation Trinity 25 is a light gin, made in Bermondsey. The tipple, made by Spirit of Bermondsey, is 100 percent English grain spirit infused with juniper and a trinity of botanicals: cardamom, black pepper and coriander seeds. It’s inspired by Bermondsey’s rich history of spice warehouses. Trinity 25 is available at www.spiritofbermondsey.com
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CAFÉ MuRAno sET FoR sE1 The owner of Michelin-starred Mayfair hotspot Murano is venturing south of the river with a new restaurant on Bermondsey Street. Angela Hartnett is planning to open her third Café Murano (following outposts in St James’ and Covent Garden) on the former site of Italian eatery Zucca, which closed in 2015. Planning documents have been submitted for the café to open at 184 Bermondsey Street, so the air in SE1 should soon be rich with aromas of rustic Italian ragù and radicchio. Angela hartnett
FAT DuCKs The Head Chef and sommelier from Heston Blumenthal’s famed Fat Duck are opening a new restaurant in London Bridge. After working together for over a decade, chef Jonny Lake and master sommelier Isa Bal have joined forces to open informal, high quality eatery Trivet in Bermondsey’s Snowfield Yard development (on the site previously occupied by Londrino). Opening this autumn at 36 Snowfields Street, SE1.
Jonny lake & Isa Bal
NEw ARRIVALS The team behind Lyle’s, one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, has opened a second restaurant in Borough. Part wine bar, part bakery, Flor is inspired by the Buvettes of Paris and the Pintxos bars in San Sebastian. 1 Bedale St, SE1 9AL. www.florlondon.com A new Middle Eastern coffee shop for Camberwell, Nandine, has already won over legions of social media followers. 45 Camberwell Church St, SE5 8TR.
Mini-chain Baozilnn officially opens its flagship three-floor restaurant in Borough on August 1. Renowned for authentic Hunan and Sichuan streetfood inspired dishes and trademark bright coloured dim sum, the Borough restaurant also features a cocktail lounge. 34-36 Southwark Street, SE1 1TU. www.baoziinn.com
Australian Argentine fusion restaurant Mama Fuego opens in North Greenwich this month. Australian coffee meets South American cuisine on the Jubilee line. North Greenwich Station, 5 Millennium Way, SE10 0PH.
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The women fighting the war on waste Three sustainable food outlets have opened in south London within the last 18 months. The war on waste is picking up pace and our corner of the capital is leading the charge. Cara Cummings meets the eco-friendly female pioneers behind south London’s conscious shopping revolution to talk bulk buying, Blue Planet, and why there’s never been a better time to go green…
THE nEW GIRL on THE bLoCK
Jessica Rimoch opened Jarr Market in July. The zero waste shop is Herne Hill’s first. A magic shop used to inhabit 19a Half Moon Lane. Walking into Jarr Market, it’s clear some lingering wizardry has rubbed off on new tenant Jessica Rimoch. Somehow, she’s managed to stock an astonishing 220 products - all sustainably sourced and packaging free - in just 22 square metres of space. It’s a self-service cornucopia stuffed with spices, coffee, mueslis, six types of pasta and chocolatecovered treats. There are bath bombs, bamboo razors, even biodegradable toilet rolls in ‘Who gives a crap?’ coverings. Customers arrive looking for everything from flour to deodorant; none leave disappointed. Jarr Market has been crafted entirely from sustainable materials without a shred of plastic in sight. From the handmade glass dispensers adorning the walls to the recycled chipboard shelving made by a family friend, Jess has walked the walk when it comes to establishing Jarr along zero-waste lines. “I’ve always been passionate about tackling waste,” explains 29-year-old Jessica, who hails from Mexico. “I used to be a product manager at a tech startup but was getting really frustrated by the lack of options for cutting down my plastic usage. “I’d heard about zero waste shops and thought: if there can be a Tesco on every street corner, why not a zero waste store? Instead of waiting around for one to open up near me, I decided to just go for it. ” Jessica quit her job and embarked on a three-month, self-taught crash course in eco-shop management. “I’ve learnt most of what I know about zero waste online,” she explains “but you do get parts of it that can be negative, like people creating eco-anxiety
Jessica Rimoch at Jarr Market
or bullying others for doing the ‘wrong thing’. “I think you have to be supportive, keep a positive mindset about the issue and not attack people for using a plastic every once in a while if they need to. Don’t dehydrate for want of a reusable bottle!” Jessica chose Herne Hill to bring her vision to life after a challenging search for premises. “I was trying to set up in North London originally,” she admits, “but the rent was insane. Herne Hill has a real community feel - people care about who their tenants are, and about projects that will make a difference. It’s way easier to set up a business here.” Her gamble seems to have paid off - Jarr has been packed since it opened. A surprise visit from a local celebrity on day one may have helped. “Jay Rayner
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came in, took some photos and tweeted them,” says Jess excitedly. “And he has a quarter of a million followers!” Jessica’s ultimate eco-philosophy is simple. “You can make choices that make your life more eco-friendly and not rely on supermarkets. Reusable water bottles, coffee cups, shopping bags - all of that can have a really big impact. “I learnt that from my mum. She was always doing a lot of projects to get environmental issues to be taken seriously by the government; those are some of the biggest influences and memories that I have of her. This place is a tribute to her.”
Jarr Market is at 19 Half Moon Lane, SE24 9JU. www.jarrmarket.co.uk
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SHOPPING ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// THE nunHEAD no-WAsTE HERo laura hipkiss runs zero-waste store Bring Your own in Nunhead
THE bACKYARD buLK-buYER
Phili Denning founded Naked larder in January 2018 as herne hill’s bulk-buying club The quiet streets of SE24 aren’t the most likely location for a revolution. But in the garage of a busy Herne Hill family home, that’s exactly what’s been happening since 2018. Every month, hundreds of south Londoners gather to collect Naked Larder’s pre-ordered groceries, bought in bulk by founder Phili Denning - and all packaging free. What they take them home in is entirely up to them. “The strangest thing I’ve seen is probably empty gin bottles!” laughs Phili. “We get lots of people with pillow cases, too; customers will come and fill them with pasta. Some people haul things home in suitcases…” Naked Larder functions as a neighbourhood bulkbuying club, offering its members everything from beans and pulses to nuts, dried fruits - “our dates are particular popular”- cereals, cleaning products and toiletries. “I’d have loved to open a zero waste shop,” says Phili, “but having young kids meant that wasn’t a viable option for me. A home-based space was key to get the family/work balance I needed. “So I thought: How about using the garage and operating differently? “It means we can pass on savings to our customers, too. Our prices are mostly in line with supermarket own-brand products because we don’t have to pay for property or business rates.” Nearly 700 people are currently registered with Naked Larder and Phili’s order rate keeps climbing. “We’ve grown faster than I would have ever imagined,” she says. “It’s incredible - people seem really ready to try something different. Phili believes the SE spirit might be behind Naked Larder’s success. “People in south London are quite switched on,” she explains. “We’ve got lots of other local initiatives that go hand in hand with packaging free shopping like Plastic Free East Dulwich, too. There's groups of people everywhere getting together and talking about it as an issue.”
A certain BBC documentary could have factored too - “When I launched in January 2018, it just so happened that Blue Planet came out the month before,” says Phili. “That started a whole new level of public awareness. We call it ‘the Blue Planet effect’.” But Phili’s key piece of advice for anyone trying to address their environmental footprint is bigger than plastic. “It’s about reducing consumption of everything,” she insists. “You don’t need brand new stuff to be zero waste. We’ve all got things that we can reuse. “If you want to shop with zero waste, don’t rush out and buy lots of cotton bags and jars - we’ve all got bags, and jars, and pillow cases at home already. Use those things until you can’t possibly use them anymore.”
For more information, visit: www.nakedlarder.co.uk
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As career change stories go, Laura Hipkiss’ takes some beating. Before opening Bring Your Own (BYO), Nunhead’s first plastic-free grocery, Laura lived in a very different world. “I had super corporate jobs in finance,” she says. “Immediately before BYO I was financial controller of an advertising agency, and before that, Caffè Nero.” But something was missing. “I just wanted to do something that I was passionate about, that mattered,” Laura remembers. That realisation sparked an almighty leap of faith Laura quit her job, moved onto a houseboat, and started figuring out what to do next. When her boyfriend sent her an article he’d spotted about Earth Food Love in Totnes, the UK’s first zero waste shop, something clicked. “I just thought - that’s it!” she says. “That’s a great idea! And everything fell into place.” Not that it was an easy journey from that point to her own shop in Evelina Road. “I ran out of money at one point and had to do a cycle courier job,” she admits. “I ended up delivering flowers to the office where I had been the boss. That was… interesting.” Her determination never wavered, though - and now BYO is a beloved stalwart for conscious shoppers in the area. The feeling, it seems, is mutual. “I wanted to do this in south east London because I’ve lived here myself and felt really attached to it; I also knew it would be the right demographic. “The people I meet every day are amazing - everyone from young people who are really passionate about the environment, to new mums who want good quality organic food for their kids, to the older generation who used to shop like this and think that it’s great to get rid of packaging because they can buy exactly how much they want of something, without a supermarket dictating the amount.” Laura has big plans for BYO with DIY cosmeticmaking workshops on the cards and hopefully a store expansion in the near future. And the corporate world is still in her sights, albeit with a different ambition. “People are starting to realise that there is a huge problem, and that it’s not just the government that needs to do something about environmental concerns - we all need to do something, on a consumer level. It has to be everybody: the government, big corporations and us. “We can’t all blame each other and then sit back waiting for somebody else to start addressing the situation.”
BYO is at 145 Evelina Road, SE15 3HB. www.bringyourownuk.com
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SUMMER FUN ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Katie boyd and her family test drive Paradise Wildlife Park
ROM adventure playgrounds to farm yards and even a paddling pool, Paradise Wildlife Park has it all. The Park gives people incredible access to some of the world’s most exotic and endangered species, including lions and tigers, meerkats and lemurs. The experiences are very safe, educational and allow visitors to establish special bonds with some of the animals. As one of the best days out for families in Hertfordshire, they offer something for everyone. Each experience includes admission to the zoo, so you can spend the whole day at the park around your experience if you wish. You can bring guests who pay normal admission prices but cannot participate in the experience. What our reviewer Katie said: My family and I had a fantastic time at the Paradise Wildlife Park. There was enough variety for kids of all ages to enjoy and of all the dinosaur
related days out we have been to this was by far the best. Even us adults could appreciate it. The kids enjoyed the play area/mini shows that come on intermittently throughout the day and loved feeding the animals. It’s well worth the money and a great family day out for everyone.
Paradise Safari Park, White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, EN10 7QA. Tickets: £20 adult, £17 children. Phone: 01992 470490. www.pwpark.com/
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The kids enjoyed the play area/mini shows that come on intermittently throughout the day and loved feeding the animals. It’s well worth the money and a great family day out for everyone.
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AT THE UNICORN THEATRE A Unicorn Production
UNTIL 4 AUG
AESOP’S FABLES Directed by Justin Audibert & Rachel Bagshaw
FOR AGES 4 - 7 & 8 - 12
THE sWEET LIFE Join in chocolate-making workshops for the whole family this summer in Stockwell. Using fruits, ganache and top quality Belgian chocolate to make some fruit skewers, chocolate lollies and truffles, the cacao apprentices will turn their hand to proper chocolatier techniques like tempering, dipping, drizzling, moulding and decorating.
At the end of the workshop, each child will take home a bag full of their artisanal creations.
29 JUL – 16 AUG
Saturday 3 August from 12:30pm-2pm. Morley College Stockwell Campus, 1 Studley Road, SW4 6RA. Tickets: £15. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
DRAMA, DANCE & SET DESIGN WORKSHOPS FOR AGES 7 - 16
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Join July â€“ September From Kids Summer Splash to EFG London Jazz Festivalâ€™s Summer Stage, Shakespeare in the park, to a sunset finale of fireworks, gliding swans and an illuminated mechanical garden, many of these amazing events are free to enjoy. www.royaldocks.london/jointhedocks #JoinTheDocks
Join the Docks this summer for over 150 exciting family-friendly events
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SUMMER FUN //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
By Hillary Chaisson Whats on: The Lodge space Family Friendly Events in July
offers and class packs. Meet at 9:45am in Decathlon’s Reception (located a short walk from Canada Water Station). For booking, go to: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com
The Lodge Space, a family friendly wellness centre, is offering loads of free activities for parents and children to enjoy during the summer holiday.
open Play Every-Day! Games, tea, and colouring books are up for grabs everyday in the Lodge Space’s cafe. Enjoy a healthy lunch and some quality time with your kin. The zen garden has direct access to Southwark Park’s playground and is open everyday. You can even have homemade fresh fruit ice lollies during your visit!
an effort to help and support parents. To Book a Parent and Baby Yoga session, go to: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com
Email Julie@thelodge.space to request your free session, only available to new customers of this class.
Parent and Toddler Yoga
Rooftop Yoga at the Decathlon
Enjoy some coffee and sweets with friends and babies alike every Tuesday from 10am to 1 pm. Start the day out with Parent and Baby Yoga from 10:30am to 11:45, and finish your lunch hour with 10 percent off on food and drink. Monthly, there will be talks at the facility covering a range of topics in
Parent and Toddler Yoga is offered every Wednesday during the summer break at 10:30, with your first class being offered for free. Yoga teacher, Talia Firton, will teach the class about meditation, pranayama, and child friendly poses. The session will be filled with fun games and songs. Toddlers from walking up to four are welcome!
Starting on Saturday 7th, July 2019, Rooftop Yoga Flow will be offered at the Decathlon in Surrey Quays. Every Saturday at 10am, enjoy the view from Decathlon’s Sports arena, while soaking up the morning sun and rejuvenating with various yoga poses. Booking is available as part of all existing memberships, including intro
Parent and Toddler Yoga
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Back by popular demand, join the Lodge Space for a night of laughter, jenga, scrabble, exploding kittens and more. Children are welcome with accompanying adult. Happy hour will be from 7pm-8pm with buy one get one free on the Summer Cocktail menu. Everyone who registers and attends will be entered into a prize draw to win a goody bag. To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gamesnight-thelodgespace-tickets-65245362636
The Lodge space is located at 120a Lower Rd, London sE16 2ub. The Lodge Space is an inclusive environment that welcomes families, supervised children, and is breast-feeding friendly. Dogs are also welcome when on a leash.
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Upper floor of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre, opposite Jennyâ€™s Burgers, Unit 227â€“230, Elephant and Castle, New Kent Road, London SE1 6TE www.elephantandcastle.org.uk/communityhub @elephantandcastleshoppingcentre
# FollowTheElephant The Community Hub provides all ages with free wellness activities, fitness classes and arts & crafts workshops, plus many more exciting events and activities to come. Watch this space!
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How to battle baby brain by Cara Cummings
UTH Bennett and I are sat in an airy East Dulwich cafe talking about parenthood, paleontology - and a game called True or Poo. There really is no such thing as an ‘ordinary’ chat with the founder of Babble Talks, London’s first bring-your-baby speaker series that’s been hailed as ‘TED talks for parents.’ Since launching last year, Babble have brought astronomers, geneticists, historians and even an archaeologist exploring whether Jurassic Park might actually happen to London’s new mums and dads. One topic is firmly off the menu though: parenthood. “When I had Julian,” explains Ruth, name-checking her adorable 19-month old firstborn, “I felt like I was meeting lots of parents who were so interesting, with all sorts of different experiences and backgrounds but the conversations we were having were microfocused on babies. “Even if you intend to talk about something else, you end up talking about the babies. That’s your point of connection. “People that come along to Babble events find themselves having conversations about things beyond who they are as a parent. It isn’t an escape; it’s a way of saying that it’s possible to do something that’s for you whilst you’re parenting.” Ruth and husband Ian, co-chief of Babble, run monthly events run in East Dulwich, Balham and Crouch End that regularly sell out to new mums and dads hungry for something different to do during parental leave. Babble’s ethos stems directly from the couple’s experience as first-time parents, which Ruth admits was a “huge change.” “It’s impossible to understand until it’s happening to you,” she says simply. “Everything is a first - how do you deal with cutting the nails? How do you deal with what’s happening with the nappies?” The difference in what she was thinking about on a daily basis proved to be the biggest shift for Ruth. “Getting to grips with how to look after a baby is challenging,” she recalls, “but it’s different to the intellectual kinds of challenges that you find in the workplace. There was this other part of my brain that didn’t stop whirring.”
Ruth began to realise that there wasn’t anything on offer for new parents keen to expand their minds and leave the house at the same time. “There’s lots of parent-and-baby exercise classes, and lots of things that are body focused like post-natal fitness,” she explains. “I wanted that but for the mind. A combination of a social environment and learning something new.” It was Ian who had the lightbulb moment that kick-started Babble. “It completely came from him,” grins Ruth proudly. “He looked at me and said, ‘so what you need is TED Talks, but that you can bring your baby to.’ He’s the creative genius!” It took the couple just three months to get Babble off the ground. (“I tend to do things in a kind of all-or-nothing way,” laughs Ruth.) Their first event in Balham - a talk on ‘The Secrets in our DNA’ by geneticist Dr. Lucy van Dorp - sold out ahead of time. For Ruth, it was a deeply personal affirmation that she wasn’t alone in how she had been feeling. “People don’t really think about what the experience is of people who are on parental leave,” she says. “You’re a bit of a hidden demographic. “There’s this perception of people sitting around drinking coffee - that it’s a ‘break’ from work. Actually, it’s harder than work! But there’s still a lack of real understanding of what that’s like. “It was wonderful to have this community of people saying: ‘this is exactly what I needed’, when they might not have felt able to before,” she continues, “because you don’t always want to admit that you’re not having a non-stop wonderful time as a new parent.” The Bennetts’ parent-first ethos extends to every aspect of Babble events, from ensuring there’s pushchair storage space at venues, to ruling out negativity when selecting what subjects to explore each month. “Having a new-born baby is a really emotionally vulnerable time,” explains Ruth. “Even reading the news can be upsetting in a way that it wasn’t before - you’ve got hormones, and tiredness, and
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All of a sudden you become so ok with talking about bodily functions. It’s such a barrier breaker.
Ian, Julian & Ruth Bennett
then thinking about the future of your baby… We don’t want anything at Babble that’s too bleak.” Inclusivity is equally important to the couple, who are sharing parental leave for Julian – Ian has recently taken over whilst Ruth heads back to work. Creating a supportive atmosphere for all new parents is the couple’s prime mission. “There’s all sorts of different set ups and routes into parenthood today,” says Ruth, “but there’s still quite a lot of stuff which is ‘mum, mum, mum’. We really want to avoid that kind of unthinking segregation, so everything in our content is parent focused - the whole point is that it’s not just for mums.” What’s next for Babble? Bringing the brand to more areas of London and a partnership with one of the capital’s most iconic venues are on the cards. But for Ruth, the focus remains on creating the best events possible for parents. “That’s what we really care about,” she says. “In fact, I’ve just booked a speaker for East Dulwich in September who’s written a book about AI. Now that’s going to be exciting…”
For more information about Babble, including event dates and how to buy tickets, visit www.babbletalks.com
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CARRIE ON ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Greenwich life coach Carrie Brooks shares her tips
When is it oK to say I’m too old?
HEN we look about us and see people achieving amazing feats, regardless of their age, surely it begs the question what do they have that I don’t? The answer is nothing. When I think of all the amazing people that have challenged what we should or should not be doing by a certain age, I think of Sidney Poitier, the actor and director who wrote his first novel at 85. I think of Mary Wesley, the prolific author who sold 10 million copies of her books worldwide and started writing at the young age of 73. I also think of Madonna who, at 61, is still bringing out new music and performed successfully on a world tour when she was 58. What all these people have in common, is the refusal to be limited by their age, to choose a life free from the constraints that we often impose on ourselves as we grow older. I find this attitude really refreshing and with my coaching clients I am always challenging their concept of age. I have had clients in their early 30s believing that they’re old and that they had missed the boat both relationship and career wise. It’s such a delight to work with them towards embracing the concept of enjoying each stage of life, and most importantly not limiting themselves by adopting a negative mindset regarding age.
With advances in medical science and a deeper understanding of health and nutrition, we are looking towards living ever longer. In the 1950s your 40s were considered a frumpy middle age. That is being challenged now. As we are living longer this gives us another important reason to start challenging our mindset about what we can or cannot do as we get older. The only thing holding us back from thoroughly enjoying our later years is the mindset of thinking ‘I’m old now and it’s time to start closing my life down.’ The difference between people who live their lives to the full and those who don’t is the understanding that an expansive life is one of joy and that a constrictive life is one of slowly shutting down. What about physical frailty as we get older you may well ask? Well, I’d like to bring your attention to Deirdre Larkin who completed her first race at 78 years old and later went on to break the half-marathon world record for runners over the age of 85. Now I’m not saying that we should all don our shorts and vests and getting running marathons, I am simply illuminating the fact that there are older people out there who are far from frail and are instead maintaining a healthy strength and physical fitness. A friend of mine
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Staying safe in hot weather
While many people welcome some summer sun, it’s important to make sure that high temperatures – like we’ve experienced recently – do not harm you or anyone you know. A heatwave can affect anyone, but some people are more vulnerable and at risk. These include older people, babies and young children, and people with serious long-term conditions – particularly heart or breathing problems.
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A woman for all seasons by Jackie Power
UNE was fine throughout, with only occasional rain, surprisingly cool evenings and then a brief blast of heat. July is often the hottest month and also the wettest; either way humidity levels are beginning to rise. Over recent years the weather has become more unpredictable; past patterns are no longer a guide to seasonal conditions. July is full of flowers and verdant growth. There are exotic Passion flowers like the Hibiscus (an ideal container plant) with its large violet blue or pink flowers. By contrast, the understated Japanese anemone exhibits simple pale pink or white flowers (loved by bees) which last until late September. One of the stars of July’s garden is showy Agapanthus, recognisable by its strappy leaves, tall fleshy stems holding deep blue or white flowers. There is also Golden Rod with its dusky yellow radiance, attractive to beneficial insects and so a useful perennial to have tucked away in the border or herb garden. Golden Rod (Solidago virgaurea) is a medicinal plant traditionally used to treat a variety of illnesses, including flu, cough, catarrh, urinary tract infections, kidney and bladder stones. Caution: always consult a health care professional / qualified Herbalist and do not self diagnose or treat with herbs. Humid weather encourages plant diseases such as mildew, which are recognisable by a
white powdery coating on leaves and stems. It spreads quickly. The best way to avoid mildew (and other diseases) is to ensure that plants are strong and healthy, feed regularly and remove any dead foliage or faded blooms. If plants become affected there are organic sprays available: RHS Bug & Mildew Control (also a foliar feed) at £6.99 is available from the Organic Gardening Catalogue www.organiccatalogue. com . Or another is ‘Ecofective’ Bug & Mildew Control (£9.99). Planning ahead for next season’s planting (and beyond) is always on the gardening agenda. This is often hard to organise at this time with many ongoing tasks to be done like weeding, tidying, clearing plants past their best, watering, and deadheading. This month put in Autumn-flowering bulbs to ensure there is colour around when summer flowers are a distant memory. Autumn Crocus (mauve or white) is an obvious choice. For something a bit different there is the Canna lily (this blooms from AugustOctober) or scented Amaryllis belladonna. And not to be overlooked is the delicate Cyclamens to plant under trees or tuck into window boxes (alongside current displays).
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