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YOUR GUIDE TO... The 21st annual Dulwich Festival

ALEX MONROE

On a gilded life

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EDITOR Alexandra Jones EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Catherine Hales EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Ilana Fox, Lawrence Roullier White SENIOR ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGER Lynsey Saker GROUP PROPERTY DIRECTOR Alexandra Hunter PROPERTY DIRECTOR Andy Elmer PROPERTY EDITOR Lucie Pearce ART DIRECTOR Ray Searle PRODUCTION MANAGER Stewart Hyde PRODUCTION DESIGNERS Gemma Isteed, Tahir Kapucu SENIOR DESIGNER Pawel Kuba DESIGNERS Andrew Mavin, Ekrem Yilmaz JUNIOR DESIGNER Rebecca Noonan COPY CONTROLLER Christine Mann FINANCE DIRECTOR Alexandra Hvid FINANCE MANAGER Marianne McFadden DIRECTOR Greg Hughes MANAGING DIRECTOR Sherif Shaltout For editorial enquiries please email: alex.jones@zest-media.com For advertising enquiries please call 020 7704 0588 or email: advertising@zest-media.com Subscriptions are available simply by emailing marianne@zest-media.com You can receive an online subscription for FREE or a postal subscriptions for 12 months, ÂŁ30 respectively (to cover postage and packaging). Please email us with your preferred option and details. Published by ZEST MEDIA PUBLICATIONS LTD, 213 WESTBOURNE STUDIOS, ACKLAM ROAD W10 5JJ WWW.ZEST-MEDIA.COM T: 020 7704 0588 F: 020 7900 3020 Zest Media Publications Ltd. cannot accept responsibility for unsolicited submissions, manuscripts and photographs. While every care is taken, prices and details are subject to change and Zest Media Publications Ltd. take no responsibility for omissions or errors. We reserve the right to publish and edit any letters. All rights reserved.

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CONTENTS M AY ARTS & CULTURE 10. WHAT’S ON This month’s diary 18. NATURAL TREASURE Jeweller Alex Monroe on drawing inspiration from nature 22. ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE Luke Sheppard talks musicals and life south of the river

STYLE & FASHION 32. GILDING THE LILY The best of spring’s floral trend with an edge

HEALTH & BEAUTY 41. HEAVEN SCENT Lawrence Roullier White on the best scents to wear in the great outdoors 45. BEAUTY NEWS

FOOD 47. TO MARKET, TO MARKET A run down of South East London’s stellar local markets 51. FOOD NEWS

HOME & GARDEN 53. IN THE OPEN Six of the best gardens opening their gates to the public this spring 57. SHADY LADY Kate Gould offers advice on the difficulties of urban gardening 60. THE GREAT OUTDOORS Interior products inspired by nature

TRAVEL 62. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Jessica Batten explores Puglia, Italy’s undiscovered gem

KIDS & EDUCATION 67. BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Amanda Constance on navigating the perils of internet use 69. EDUCATION NEWS

PROPERTY 80. PROPERTY NEWS 90. IN THEIR OWN WORDS Jade Woollacott, Wooster & Stock

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Editor's Letter The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden,’ wrote Sir Thomas More, trusted Chancellor of Henry VIII (trusted, that is, until his unceremonious decapitation in 1535). And if that’s the case, space-starved Londoners must be a soulless lot. Well, north Londoners anyway, because here in South East we’re blessed with many gardens and plenty of parkland. Not sure what to do with your own small plot? May is the perfect month to get inspired, thanks to so many green-fingered locals who are throwing open their gates to the public in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. There are literally hundreds of beautiful, usually private, gardens in our area for you to visit but turn to p.53 to find out which six we’ll be heading to in the coming weeks. Our lead interview this month is with a man who certainly appreciates a good garden. Alex Monroe’s jewellery is whimsical,

beautiful and wildly popular, much like his new memoir, Two Turtle Doves. I chat to the Camberwell local on p.18 about what it took to write a book, run a business and have a family all at the same time. He also gives me some stellar cycling advice (he’s done Land’s End to John O’Groats, I can barely manage from my front door to the end of my street). And for those of you who, like me, want to get back into cycling after years out of the saddle, turn to p.25 for our local cycling special. Whatever you do this May though, head outside, if not for the good of your soul, then at least for the good of your suntan. Enjoy!

Alexandra Jones, Editor

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what’s on MAY

CALLING FESTIVAL

28 - 29 June Clapham Common

Held on Clapham Common, the festival will feature multiple stages with 20 of the hottest acts in rock and pop performing each day. There’ll be some exciting surprises and amazing on-site facilities including an array of food stalls and a funfair. The headliners this year will be tight-trousered rockers Aerosmith who will return to England for the first time in four years to play the festival. Windmill Drive, SW4; livenation.co.uk

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Royal Shakespeare Company Live:

HENRY IV (PART I) Ritzy Cinema 14 May

Having just deposed the previous king, Henry IV is painfully aware of his tenuous position and as soon as his throne comes under threat from enemies both domestic and foreign, he prepares for war. His son, Prince Hal, has no such worries, preferring to spend his time in taverns with his faithful companion, the notorious Falstaff. As the state of the country worsens, Hal and Falstaff are thrust into the harsh realities of the battlefield and Hal is forced to abandon his wanton ways. Coldharbour Lane, SW2; picturehouses.co.uk

ONE NIGHT IN HARLEM

16 May Belair House

Ned Bennett’s Harlem Meer Cats will be tearing the roof off Belair House with numbers from the original cool cat himself, Duke Ellington. The swinging sextet, each carefully chosen for their musical savoir faire, will be treating audiences to classic arrangements of some of the Duke’s greatest hits including Rocking in Rhythm, Black Beauty, Jeep’s Blues, Echoes of Harlem and many more. You dig, daddio? Gallery Road, SE21; belairhouse.co.uk

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WINCHESTER ‘73 9 May Dulwich Picture Gallery

atch Jimmy Stewart doing what Jimmy Stewart does best: swaggering, shooting and wearing the hell out of a stetson. As part of the Gallery’s film season, the Picture Gallery will be screening the 50s cowboy flick that tells the story of a marksman whose prize rifle is stolen. His subsequent obsession with the gun and quest to retrieve it leaves a mass of bodies in its wake. Gallery Road, SE21; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

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AT HOME WITH MUSIC 27 May Horniman Museum In celebration of the arrival of the new exhibition at the Horniman Museum entitled ‘At Home With Music’, a live performance on the museum’s own 772 Kirckman harpsichord will be held in the Music Gallery on the last Tuesday of each month. The May concert will see Richard Ireland take to the harpsichord to play sections of music from the 17th century English virginalists JS Bach, Domenico Scarlatti and Haydn. A fun idea for an evening out that won’t leave you flat Baroque. London Road, SE23; horniman.ac.uk

HALF TERM HOLIDAY CLUB 26 -30 May Nimble Arts Centre

ny children at a loss for how to spend half term can fill their days with creativity and fun at the Nimble Arts Centre. Day 1 kicks off with ‘Robots and Rockets’, a chance for kids to design the the gadgets of their dreams; day 2 takes a dramatic turn with ‘play in a day’; learn circus skills on day 3 with ‘Take Flight’; experiment with sound day 4’s ‘Soundlab’ ; day 5 rounds off the week with amateur filmmaking in ‘Film Lab’. Heber School, Heber Road, SE22; nimblearts.co.uk

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FILM: MALEFICENT In cinemas 28 May

nce upon a time, there was a beautiful princess called Aurora. But this story isn’t about her. Angelina Jolie stars in this highly anticipated film about one of Disney’s most notorious villains, providing an insight into the origins of Maleficent. Here’s a hint: she didn’t start off bad. Directed by Robert Stromberg and starring Angelina Jolie, this film could either be a brilliant addition to the Disney canon or destroy everyone’s childhood. We can’t wait to see which way it goes.

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Dulwich Street Art - the inside story

A fantastic opportunity for anyone under 18 with artistic leanings to compete for the chance to have their work displayed around Dulwich, as well as some vouchers to spend at the Art Stationers in Dulwich Village. Entrants are asked to submit a rendering of a meaningful journey in 2D on paper no larger than A2, by 10 May. 3:00 PM Children’s Fantasy Concert St Barnabas Parish Hall 4:00 PM Organ demonstration Christ’s Chapel

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8:00 PM Jazz at The Patch with Georgia Mancio & Nigel Price The Patch

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DULWICH F E S T I VA L G U I D E

Art on the walls, music in the open, talks, walks and everything in between, Dulwich Festival is back. To make sure any eager attendees don’t miss a single event, we’ve included a comprehensive list of all that’s going on with a couple of highlights picked out. Happy festival!

11:00 AM Dulwich Festival Fair on Goose Green Goose Green 1:30 PM Come and Sing Mozart’s Requiem - Rehearsal & Concert Holst Hall, JAGS 2:00 PM Architecture Walk Dulwich Village 4:00 PM Architecture Walk Dulwich Village 6:30 PM Come & Sing Mozart’s Requiem - Concert Audience Holst Hall, JAGS

FRIDAY 9 MAY 7:30 PM Life, Death and the Limits of the Human Body with Adam Rutherford & Kevin Fong The Old Library, Dulwich College 8:00 PM Festival of Choirs Holst Hall, JAGS

SATURDAY 10 MAY 10:30 AM Fairness in trade and investment; debate with Tessa Jowell The lounge at St Barnabas Church 2:00 PM Children’s Art Competition R Woodfall’s Opticians

Anyone with aspirations to stardom, or just who just fancies a good old sing-a-long, can join in this event. Singers will rehearse and then perform Mozart’s fantastic Requiem to a live audience, conducted by Rupert Bond.

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7:45 PM Organ Recital Christ’s Chapel

FRIDAY 16 MAY

MONDAY 12 MAY

7:30 PM Gerard and the Watchmen, Worry Dolls & Alex Bayly Upstairs at EDT

7:30 PM Judith Kerr in conversation with Nicolette Jones Dulwich College

TUESDAY 13 MAY 6:30 PM Tree Walk Dulwich Park Gate

7:30 PM Harlem Meer Cats - One Night in Harlem Belair House 7:30 PM Food Panel Discussion How Big Can Local Go? The Patch, Lordship Lane

SATURDAY 17 MAY

Great Escapes: Edward Stourton in conversation with Simon Pearson The Charter School

2:00 PM Street Art / Fine Art Vale End, Opposite East Dulwich Station.

WEDNESDAY 14 MAY

2:30 PM Drum Fun East Dulwich Community Centre

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7:30 PM The Chilingirian Quartet Christ’s Chapel 7:30 PM Dulwich Street Art - the inside story Upstairs at EDT

8:00 PM Comedy Double Bill: Andy Zaltzman & Dan Antopolski Michael Croft Theatre, Alleyn’s School Gear up for a giggle on Saturday night with a cracking comedy double bill. Andy Zaltzman, of satirical comedy podcast The Bugle will combine forces with Dan Antopolski, whose edgy and unusual stand up has previously earned him the BBC New Comedy Award.

SUNDAY 18 MAY 12:00 PM Walking Tour of the Lost Effra Herne Hill Gate, Brockwell Park 12:00 PM Floodtide on the Effra River Effra 12:00 PM History Walk Crown & Greyhound

2:30 PM Fantasy Beasts Children’s literary workshop Belair House

2:30 PM Piano and voice recital The Old Library, Dulwich College

4:00 PM Drum Fun East Dulwich Community Centre

2:30 PM History Walk Crown & Greyhound

DULWICH FESTIVAL

Children’s Art Competition

Anyone curious about the wonderful street art that has been cropping up all over Dulwich can get the ‘inside story’ from organiser Ingrid Beazley on Day 6 of the Festival. Using a combination of film, slides and discussion, Ingrid will tell the story of how the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery came about.

THURSDAY 15 MAY 7:00 PM Festival Youth Concert Kingsdale School 7:30 PM Zeppelin Nights - London in WW1 with Jerry White The Old Library, Dulwich College 8:00 PM Barn Dance St Barnabas Parish Hall

For more info visit dulwichfestival.co.uk

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OPENHOME Juliana Cavaliero and Debra Finn of art & design consultancy Cavaliero Finn, have been taking part in the Dulwich Festival’s Artists’ Open House since it began eleven years ago. Here they tell Absolutely what they love about an open house and what they’ll be bringing to this year’s festival

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or two weekends in May each year, the Dulwich Festival’s Artists’ Open House arts trail sees literally hundreds of artists and designermakers in and around Dulwich throw open their front doors and invite the public inside to see their work. It is one of our favourite parts of the Dulwich Festival. After many years of visiting exhibitions in the sterile, white cube spaces favoured by much of the art world, it became our aim to create a more familiar and less intimidating environment for people to see artists’ and designers’ work. We hope that our home-cum-gallery, which we open for the Dulwich Festival and in December each year, provides just that informal environment because for us, there’s no better way to experience art and design. When you’re invited into someone’s home to see an exhibition, there’s a real sense of intimacy and exclusivity that you don’t often get in a traditional gallery set up. In most cases you also get the chance to meet the artists, which can give you a wonderful insight into their works. For the festival this year we are curating two shows, one at our home-cum-gallery in Herne Hill and the other at the newly refurbished Belair House, in the heart of Dulwich. At both of our shows we’ll be hosting ‘Meet

the Maker’ sessions with some of our more established artists. These include a session with landscape painter and Threadneedle Prize nominee Gill Rocca, and a talk by ceramicist and sculptor Daniel Reynolds, ahead of his forthcoming show at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York. Apart from the rich variety of work you get to see while on the arts trail, from paintings, prints, sculpture, photography and video, to ceramics, glassware, textiles, furniture and jewellery, the Artists’ Open House experience also offers interiors addicts the perfect excuse to have a nosey around other people’s homes. For this, Dulwich has much to offer as there are so many inspiring spaces in and around the village. We find it amazing to see how different people use and design their living spaces and we regularly come away brimming with ideas. This is also true for one of our clients Jordan Cluroe, finalist of the BBC’s Great Interior Design Challenge, who loves this aspect of the Festival. And, if like us, you are equally interested in design and interiors, you might like to know that Jordan and his partner Russell Whitehead of local interior design company 2 Lovely Gays, will be giving a talk at Belair House on Sunday, 11 May from 2-3pm. The talk is free to attend and you can see our exhibition at the same time. This year the Artists’ Open House looks set to be the best yet. There are over 150 venues to visit, so why not grab one of the fabulous Artists’ Open House booklets? Take your pick, plan your route and prepare to be inspired. For the latest information about Cavaliero Finn’s exhibitions at Belair House and their homecum-gallery in Herne Hill see cavalierofinn.com; dulwichfestival.co.uk/openhouse

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OUT FOXED Hello, my name is Ilana and I’m addicted to East Dulwich. It’s chronic – to the extent that I feel uneasy outside of SE22. Yep, I get the shakes when I leave the confines of our neighbourhood.

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’ll admit it: I’ve never really been an outdoorsy kind of person. Despite saying that I like ‘long strolls in the countryside’ like I’m a walking, talking dating advert, the truth is that I kind of don’t. I mean I do – in theory – but the reality is that I’d much prefer to be at home watching a Mad Men boxset. I like fresh air, spring flowers and clear blue skies as much as the next person but if I’m going for a walk I’d like it to be to an actual place; I’ve never much seen the point of an aimless ramble. Of course, I know I may not be in the majority. When my friends suggest we go for a saunter on Peckham Rye after a Sunday lunch in the pub, I feel my heart sink. I understand the logic of wanting to burn off a few calories but when we’re out on a walk and debating if it’s ‘crocuses’ or ‘croci’, I yearn for other stimuluses or stimuli - such as the Sunday papers, alcohol, and perhaps a game of Scrabble. I like simple, indoor pleasures. I can’t help it. Things recently came to a head when I arranged to meet a friend last weekend. He was getting the Overground and I was to find him near Honor Oak station. ‘Shall we meet at a bar?’ I asked. He said no. ‘A cafe?’ I suggested. He said no again. ‘I want to meet at the WW1 gun emplacement on top of One Tree Hill,’ he declared. Because he lives in East London and doesn’t see trees very often, I begrudgingly agreed. And as I embarked upon that almighty nightmare of a trek up the hill I began to feel guilty as well as breathless: I get to go to woods every day if I want to, whereas our non-SE22 friends don’t have the same luck. ‘This is brilliant,’ my friend said as he gazed down at the city through the clearing. ‘It’s great to be outside.’ I murmured my agreement but my mind and gaze were elsewhere. For, partially hidden under some trees (sycamore and ash, apparently), was a couple who were enjoying the great outdoors in a different kind of way. As they began to moan, my friend and I began to laugh, and I realised that the great outdoors isn’t so boring after all. Especially when it comes to stimuli like that.

Ilana Fox is a writer. Her third novel ALL THAT GLITTERS (Orion Books) was published last year. She’s currently writing her fourth. She lives in East Dulwich with her two annoying cats. Follow her on Twitter @Ilana

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Well read Sheila O’Reilly and the team at Dulwich Books recommend their selection of sensational reads – enjoy! BLACK VENUS by James MacManus lack Venus captures the artistic scene in the great French capital city, at a time when the likes of Dumas and Balzac argued literature in the cafés of the Left Bank. Among the bohemians, the young Charles Baudelaire stood out - dressed impeccably thanks to an inheritance that was quickly vanishing. Still at work on the poems that he hoped would make his name, he spent his nights enjoying the alcohol, opium and women who filled the seedy streets of the city. One woman would catch his eye - a beautiful Haitian cabaret singer named Jeanne Duval. Their lives would remain forever intertwined thereafter, and their romance would inspire his most infamous poems. James MacManus’ Black Venus

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recreates the classic Parisian literary world in vivid detail, complete with not just an affecting portrait of the famous poet but also his often misunderstood, much-maligned muse. Duckworth; £16.99

by Tony Parsons

THE HIVE by Gill Hornby

his is the gripping first novel in an explosive new crime series by bestselling author Tony Parsons. If you like crime-novels by Ian Rankin and Peter James, you will love this. Twenty years ago, seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter’s Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe has recently arrived in the Homicide division of London’s West End Central, 27 Savile Row. As the bodies pile up, Max finds the killer’s reach getting closer to everything he loves. Soon he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life.

et in an imaginary South London private primary school this is a wickedly funny and fascinating story about group politics and female friendship. From the joys and perils (well, mainly perils) of the Lunch Ladder, to the military operation that is the Car Boot Sale, via the do’s and don’ts of dressing your child as a dalek, all human life is here. Having never had kids I have missed out on this side of children’s education, however Gill’s book has provided an entertaining and funny insight for me. The perfect summer read as you lounge by the pool.

Century; £9.99

Abacus; £7.99

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Treasure Alexandra Jones meets jeweller and Camberwell local Alex Monroe to talk nature, memoir and the art of making Photography: David Stockings

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he day that I meet Alex Monroe is one of those that makes you really rather glad to be in London. One of those hazy sunny days in spring that is crispy but not too cold, where rays follow you from behind buildings and your shadow wobbles long over cobbled streets. We bump into each other outside Alex Monroe HQ, a pretty, oddly shaped, rabbit den of a building that houses the shop (think: glinting trove of loveliness, stacked with display cases of gold and silver jewellery), a workshop, various small offices, a meeting room and a roof terrace. He is locking up his bike and I am running late thanks to a delayed overground train. During the course of our chat he explains that it is the only way he travels, brushing off my jitteriness: ‘you just have to be careful, you know? Don’t do stupid things like ride with earphones, people who do that shouldn’t be allowed on the road.’ And assures me that when you cycle regularly you realise ‘how seldom it rains. Actually I prefer cycling in the rain,’ he adds conspiratorially. ‘All the other buggers stay at home.’ Much taller than I’d imagined (in my head I had pictured a delicate jeweller stooped at a workbench, squinting through a monocle: a miniature man, working in miniature), Monroe is gregarious, loquacious and expansive in his compliments of his staff. And despite being a

creative, an artist, he talks about most things as about cycling, with a blithe practicality. He explains, for example, that he became a jeweller because when he tried to be ‘arty’ and to get work into galleries, he realised it would never make him any money. ‘I made some earrings and I sold them to a shop. They gave me sixty quid; I remember it was a cheque. I cashed it, went to the pub and had a few pints and some curry sauce and chips. I drank and ate that night and I thought, well this isn’t rocket science, I can make stuff and sell it.’ It is fitting then, that his memoir, a wonderfully readable 240 pages entitled Two Turtle Doves: A Memoir of Making Things was never really meant to be anything so fanciful as a memoir. Rather, it was meant to be an exploration of the thought processes of a maker, taking the reader through the rich webs of inspiration, from those first intangible sparks, through layers of design and re-work, to the final shiny product. ‘I’ve read books that have transported me to the world of a sailor or a sportsman or a housewife or a gardener or a chef,’ explains Monroe. ‘I love Nigel Slater’s Toast, that really let me into the mind of a foodie, of someone who lives through food. But I’ve never read a book that transported me into the world of a maker. The bits of memoir were just supposed to…support that.’ On both counts the book is a huge success. And no, I’m not being unnecessarily complimentary when I say this. On the one

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Aquamarine ring, £1,200

Bumblebee, £150

‘...if I see a photo of Northern Canada, where there isn’t a human being within a thousand miles, I just long to be there.’ hand the reader is invited behind the curtain, to see how his work comes into being. We find out, for example, how the bee necklace – now wildly popular, Monroe’s calling card, even – was carved from a solid silver rod, how he added textures, how he soldered on the legs and delicate wings. On the other hand, the reader is given a glimpse into the whys of each object’s creation, through anecdotes from his own past as well as family history. The fact that his past – growing-up in an ‘un-parented’, ramshackle household, semi-wild in Suffolk – is particularly book-worthy certainly helps. All is described with great lucidity and the two modes (making and memoir) run together seamlessly to create a finished product that has that rare quality which makes you desperate to keep reading on, despite telling yourself that ‘no, you must go to bed at the end of this chapter.’ When I ask how it feels to have the book so well received (I read him a quote from The Spectator’s review: ‘a highly-wrought achievement...it’s difficult to think of a text that better describes the way in which lived experience is translated by high craftsmanship into art’) Monroe bristles happily. ‘It’s really, just, well, it’s brilliant. The thing is, it’s so much bloody work, writing a book!’ Monroe’s regular writing hours were between 9pm and 2 or 3am each night, after which he would wake-up at 7am each morning to go to work. ‘I wrote ten times more than ever made it into the book,’ he admits. ‘It was exhausting.’ But he would write another one? ‘Oh yes, I have some ideas, maybe a fiction but still centred around the workshop, it’s all I know really.’

Bunch of Keys, £180

Gingerbread Man, £180

Peacock Earrings, £174

Teeny Tiny Bee, £465

As well as another book, Monroe mentions that he’s thinking of getting a business qualification, a degree of some kind, to brush up on the nuts and bolts of managing a business, the bits that, he explains, don’t come so naturally to someone who, if you cut him in half, would be a maker through and through. Here again Monroe’s practical side is much in evidence. So too when he attributes his success as a jeweller to the fact that, when he was starting out, instead of making the highly conceptual, minimalist pieces that were in vogue in the late 80s and early 90s, he decided instead to make pretty, wearable, whimsical jewellery that he knew would be more widely popular. This made him a name in foreign markets, Japan in particular, but for a while not so much at home. And from reading his memoir you get the sense that, had his upbringing not been quite so poor, had this not made it necessary for Monroe to be quite so practical, his knack for keeping an eye on the commercials of the business might have been subsumed by the artist in him. And he is an artist. A fact that is never more obvious than when he talks about his relationship with nature, the obsession with which has been the driving force for so much of his work. ‘I think it’s in the blood. I cycled Land’s End to John O’Groats with a couple of mates a couple of years ago and they were driven to distraction: I would just stop every two minutes because I thought I’d heard a particular cricket or I’d be half in a hedgerow, picking leaves. I always, always press flowers, which isn’t a particularly macho thing to do! They kept going ‘oh mate, what’re you doing?!’ because there we were, three blokes on bikes and I’d be like ‘Oooh! There’s a primrose, let’s stop for it!’ ‘Some people love Glastonbury,’ he explains. ‘They get excited by the idea of ten million people, all sitting in a field. If I even see a photo of Glastonbury I start to break out in cold sweats. But if I see a photo of Northern Canada, where there isn’t a human being within a thousand miles, I just long to be there. There’s almost a need to be a part of that kind of boundless nature.’ Here, I think to myself, I have found the part of Monroe that is not even a bit practical. Here, I think, I have found the topic that best brings to the surface his artistic soul: the wilds of nature speak to his most creative self. ‘But then, the trouble is, you can’t have that and have a nice decaf latte, so when the weather’s like this,’ he gestures round ‘you can’t beat London, really.’ Or maybe not.

Two Turtle Doves: A Memoir of Making Things £16.99, Bloomsbury

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Absolutely: How did you become a director? Luke Sheppard: When I was a kid I did a bit of accidental acting. A few stage things, then fell into a bit of TV and quite enjoyed it, as a hobby. I got to my later teen years though and realised that I was pretty terrible at it. So I began exploring other ways of working in theatre. I did drama at uni and while I was there I began making shows. I didn’t really realise that it was directing at that point. In my last year I blagged myself some work experience at the National Theatre Studio, making tea really badly (seriously, on my first day I spilled a tray of about seventeen teas all over their newly polished floor). Anyway, while I was there, I sort of realised that you don’t need to be at the National Theatre Studio to make shows, so I went back and made a musical in my bedroom with a couple of writers. It did better than we expected and after Edinburgh it came to London. AB: What’s the musical? LS: It’s called Jet Set Go. It’s a musical about cabin crew, of all things! It’s not the sort of show that we’d necessarily choose to create now but it really opened us up to the world of London theatre, which we had no experience of. The journey since has been a balance between projects like In the Heights, which is just the most exciting thing and finding assisting opportunities like I’ve had on Matilda and Singing in the Rain.

All the world’s

a stage… Absolutely talks to Southwark-based theatre director Luke Sheppard about bringing Tony award-winning musical In the Heights, to the London stage for the first time

AB: Do you have a favourite play or musical? LS: I’m not sure if I have a favourite but I think the most inspirational moment in my life was when I saw Oliver at the Palladium. I was eleven and it was like nothing I’d ever experienced. I remember walking in and being gobsmacked that a place like that could even exist. When we left I told my mum that I wanted to be a part of something like that. I was actually very lucky because I blagged my way through the audition a year later and ended up in the show. Though I was probably more interested in what was going on backstage. Actually I met Cameron Mackintosh [Oliver’s director] recently and I told him that, which was a nice full circle. AB: Where are you living now? LS: I live in Southwark, just off Tower Bridge Road. I love the area. We moved there a little while ago and rented for a long time, watching these rents escalating beyond anything we ever imagined. We luckily found a way into affordable housing, which has meant that we can live there. It’s an amazing area: you have the Southwark Playhouse, Young Vic Theatre, The Old Vic Theatre, The Union Theatre. There’s a

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real brush up of cultures. What’s fascinating is watching it change and evolve around us, which is one of the things that drew me to this piece, and to Southwark Playhouse. AB: Speaking of the piece, it’s very New York: Washington Heights [where In the Heights is set] is a very famous area of New York, even MTV have done a show there. Are you transposing it in any way? LS: No. The piece is about an area in New York that has a very strong Latino and Hispanic contingent. And those terms have to be used very loosely because it’s a way of grouping a huge demographic...and the spirit of the piece absolutely belongs to them. The key for me, is that the themes that it deals with are universal. Washington Heights, while still belonging to that community, becomes a synecdoche that can be applied much wider. When I first heard it, the music took my breath away. Then, reading the story, I realised that the narrative has something that really touched a nerve with me, living in the area that I live in at the moment. Watching somewhere like Elephant and Castle, which is being transformed, it’s absolutely what the people in the piece are dealing with. They’re living in an area that’s going through a process of gentrification, rents are escalating, they’re looking at these businesses that they’ve formed and this economy that’s running away from them and it’s the process of adjusting to that. They look to each other as a community to find a way through. So we’re remaining completely true to the spirit of the piece but there’s a reason we’re producing it in London, in 2014.

LS: I think it’s success in America is down to the universal subject matter. There’s something for everyone in there, it works across generations. Musically, yes it appeals to the children of the 90s and 00s, it’s sound is very current and relevant, but there’s also this undercurrent of a salsa beat. It also represents a few generations: you have the younger generation who are frustrated by what’s happening around them. You’ve got the mid generation who are looking at what happened previously and learning from that. Then you’ve got the older generation, and these are the first generation immigrants in this Latino culture. I think audiences are able to tap into that representation across the age spectrum. I think that’s one of the reasons that it’s successful. I think also it took people by surprise. When people ask me to describe the show I say ‘well it uses a Latin Hip Hop style to explore a weekend in the lives of these people’, and they sort of go ‘right, that sounds...interesting.’ But I think if we get it right it should feel absolutely natural that people use this form to speak in, and I think that surprises people.

They’re living in an area that’s going through a process of gentrification...there’s a reason we’re producing it in London in 2014.’

AB: What are your ambitions for the piece? LS: We want people to come and engage with it, take something from it, be inspired by that celebratory environment which it creates. We want to do it justice at Southwark Playhouse. AB: If someone didn’t know much about it, are there any reference points that you could give them? LS: It’s unique in many ways, so it’s quite hard to give one specific reference point. If you imagine a salsa, Latino world, that is meshed and mangled with a contemporary MTV generation. That melting pot along with a story that is, at it’s heart, about the journey of a community. There really is nothing else like it, certainly not in our vocabulary, here. See In the Heights from 9 May – 7 June at Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1; southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

AB: The musical has been incredibly successful, winning the Tony award for Best Musical. Do you feel any pressure? LS: There is a real pressure actually. A lot of people who know about musical theatre hold this piece quite close to their hearts and when we announced that we were bringing it over, Twitter exploded. We sort of feel like the custodians of it’s entry into London. AB: Why do you think it has been so successful?

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Absolutely hung out at Camberwell’s newest cycle shop and café, Cycle PS

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ccording to the 2011 census, the number of people commuting to work by bike has increased by 101% in the last ten years. So many of us have been getting on our bikes that cycle-safety has become a hot-button topic and political parties have clamoured to come up with the best bikefriendly policies in the hope of attracting the cycle vote. ‘The popularity is down to a few things, I guess,’ explains Harvey Brown (pictured), manager at Cycle PS in Camberwell. ‘Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France, the Olympics, people caring more about the environment and obviously, cycling’s cheap and no one has any money!’

As with most popular pastimes, more and more communities are springing up with cycling at their heart. And thanks to a crop of new cycle cafés and clubs, sharing a love of the saddle is getting easier. In Camberwell, Cycle PS opened in December last year, just six months after launching their first outpost in Kennington. A bike shop and bar where you can get a cup of proper coffee (or, if the mood takes you, some Brixton-brewed beer), play a game of pool or get a pizza while you wait for your repairs, their success is thanks in large part to the fact that they’ve created a place where socialising is just as important as cycling. Owned by husband and wife team Liane and Martin Evans and managed by Harvey,

the place is bright and, despite the fact that it’s the middle of a weekday when we visit, buzzing with people. ‘Cycling is more social now,’ explains Liane. ‘Cyclists want to meet up and show their bikes and talk about them with friends. And with the Tour de France becoming more popular, we wanted to be able to screen it in a bike environment, where people can really get into it.’ With monthly ‘Pscycle Analysis’ talks, where repair demos and safe cycling discussions are capped off with a guest speaker (photographers, touring cyclists, authors), as well as film nights and screenings of big cycling events, Cycle PS attracts seasoned enthusiasts and novices alike. ‘I’d like to think we appeal to most people,’ Liane tells me, ‘from roadies to hipsters on their fixies.’ For the uninitiated (i.e. us) roadies are people who ride road bikes, with gears, and who mostly wear sports clothing to ride in. Fixies are the single speed, fixed gear bikes favoured by trendy types and, as Liane said, hipsters. ‘It’s an interesting community, fixies and roadies, one can become quite opinionated about the other,’ laughs Liane. ‘I think I’d definitely fall into the roadie category, I’m not cool enough to be a hipster.’ Not that it seems to matter to the scores of cyclists who have already made Cycle PS their local. As London becomes more cycle friendly – Norman Foster’s plans for a ‘SkyCyle’ highway that would be built above existing railway lines are currently being mooted – places like Cycle PS, with it’s relaxed atmosphere, good coffee and better beers will undoubtedly become the haunts that we all head to for a quick one after work. Whether we’ll be roadies or fixies is something we’ve yet to decide. 41 Camberwell Church Street, SE5; cycle-ps.co.uk

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David Hibbs, owner of Crystal Palace cycle shop, Blue Door Bicycles answers the questions that local cyclists most often ask Illustrations by Gillian Hibbs

competitive cyclists. If you are struggling to get a bike that fits you, you can have one custom-built. Talbot Frameworks based at our shop, for example, has made frames for very tall people.

Absolutely: I haven’t ridden a bike since I was a child, which bike should I pick? David Hibbs: The first thing to think about is how you are going to use the bike because what you should pick will vary according to use. Some bikes are specifically for going fast on roads, others are for dealing with rough, offroad tracks. Talk to a bike shop about your expected use and they should be able to advise on the best model for you. For many people, a good starting point is a hybrid bike which is a mix of mountain (off-road) and road bike. This will handle a wide range of uses but won’t work for people wanting speed or to tackle really tough terrains. AB: What size bike should I get? DH: There is some guidance online (e.g. the Dawes website) but we would always recommend that you test ride a bike and make sure it feels right. All bike shops should work with you to make sure that the bike is not only the right size but that it is also set-up correctly for you (adjusting saddle height, steering stem length etc.) and some can sell you a technical bike fitting, though this is more for

AB: I’ve heard of the ‘cycle to work scheme’ but what does this mean? DH: This is a scheme that gives employees access to tax-free bikes and associated equipment (e.g. locks and helmets). The employer signs-up to the programme, then the employee goes to a bike shop to get a quote for the bike of their choice (up to £1,000). The quote is then input into the employer’s chosen system and shortly afterwards, the employee will get a voucher to take to the shop to exchange for the bike. The employee pays for the use of the bike from their salary. AB: Isn’t riding a bike in London very dangerous? DH: It’s true, there are too many accidents involving cyclists. Having said this, there is work taking place to reduce the risks. Whilst each accident is a terrible thing, we need to keep in mind that there are also many risks associated with inactive lifestyles!

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DH: 1) Keep it clean! Difficult in the winter but well worthwhile. Clean your bike and lubricate the chain and it will run much more smoothly. 2) Keep your tyres pumped up, this reduces the risk of punctures. 3) If you are unsure about DIY maintenance, book it into a bike shop. If you run with worn-out parts, you damage other bits of the bike and this can cost you more in the long term. AB: What are you favourite British brands? DH: My favourites have to be Talbot Frameworks and Talbot Wheelworks, our own-brand bikes and wheels made here, in Crystal Palace. I have a soft spot for Dawes as they built the bike I rode from Land’s End to John O’Groats. I also love some of the Pashley bikes made in the West Midlands, where I come from. Carradice luggage is practical and stylish and I like the way that the people who make the bags (in Nelson, Lancashire) sign their work. Hope Technology is tough and great looking (and also made in Lancashire). I could go on (Brooks, Eastway, Raleigh etc.) but I suppose you can only have so many favourites! AB: Which brands do you think are best value for money? DH: Dawes and Raleigh have some great value bikes for those who are on a budget. AB: What kind of price range should you be thinking of for a first bike? Does price really matter? DH: Whether for an adult or a child avoid the very cheapest bikes. They tend to be heavy and built with poor quality parts which don’t work properly. For an adult bike I would start at about £250 – £300 but if you are going to use it heavily (e.g. for commuting every day) £350 – £450 would be a sensible entry level. £500+ gets you a better bike which will be nicer to ride and more robust. As you go up the price range you get lighter and nicer bikes but you don’t need a full carbon road bike (at £2000+) to enjoy riding it! Beware of second hand bikes. Some are genuine bargains but many are stolen and they can have defects that will cost you in repairs. Blue Door Bicycles, 5-7 Central Hill, SE19; bluedoorbicycles.com; gillianhibbs.co.uk

AB: What do you like most about cycling? DH: I like cycling down quiet country roads – preferably in nice weather – but even when it’s cold it’s great to see the countryside and feel a part of it. AB: What are your top tips for maintaining a bike?

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o, spring is here, the sun’s out, the blossom’s in full bloom and you can’t wait to get your trainers on. Am I right? No? Rather have a glass of wine in the garden? Me too. This might seem a little strange, considering I’m a personal trainer. Here’s the thing, even though I feel better when I exercise (in fact, I feel much better when I exercise and who doesn’t want to feel better?) I have a slightly weird relationship with exercise (deep breath, confession time). Let me tell you how we met… A good few years ago, after some pretty significant stress in my personal life, I signed up for a no-frills, army-style, 4-day boot-camp. I was mentally exhausted and as strange as this may sound, I thought that physical exhaustion might bring some relief. In a way, I thought the balm of tired muscles would soothe the mental aches and strains of the previous months. I’d never done anything like that before and I loved it because who knew I could flip a tractor tyre! But it wasn’t actually the exercise that I enjoyed the most, it was the team spirit amongst all of us. I liked the camaraderie, I liked the fact that we were all in it together. When others were flagging, I seemed to be quite good at jollying them along and encouraging them to stick at it. I really liked doing the motivating bit and it seemed to work. This was noticed by the guys running the boot-camp and they asked me if I’d ever considered going into personal training. I laughed. I mean, I was 12 years into a career in marketing, working at a pretty senior level. I

had all the trappings that came along with the high status: high stress and high anxiety. The following summer, I did another similar fitness ‘holiday’ in the hope of finding that same restorative feeling I got from the first one. Again, similar comments were made: people seemed to respond well to me, had I considered doing this type of

thing for a job? I laughed again. I liked being fit and healthy but I was certainly no fitness fanatic. The idea seemed bonkers, but a chord had been struck and I started to think that maybe it was time to turn my back on the daily grind and do something completely different? So I did. I resigned and enrolled to retrain as a personal trainer. If I’m honest, I felt a bit fraudulent as I went back to college. I was sure I’d be surrounded by super-ripped, super-fit individuals who spend every waking hour in a gym. And I knew this wasn’t me. I loved how I felt after exercise, I loved the endorphins, I loved the sense of achievement but personal trainers sleep in their gym kits don’t they? And run marathons every other weekend? And do tuck-jumps whilst waiting for their broccoli to cook? Qualifying as a personal trainer was the most disorientating and terrifying thing I’ve ever done but, without a doubt, the most rewarding. I absolutely love my job. Helping people to feel better, to have more energy, to sleep more soundly, to lose weight, or to take their fitness up a gear is a privilege. And I’m good at it. And the reason that I’m good at it is because I understand that heading out for a run, or jumping around in the park, can be daunting and isn’t necessarily at the top of everyone’s list of desirable things to do. So, what are the morals of my story? Firstly, take every opportunity to try something new. You might love it. Having a job that’s all about supporting and motivating others was new to me but I’ve never been happier. Secondly, it’s spring time, a time for new beginnings and fresh starts so set yourself some new goals. A few years ago, I decided to become a personal trainer and it feels really good to finally be doing it. And thirdly, now the weather’s getting nicer, dust off your trainers and get outside. Everyone feels better when they do a bit of exercise and not all personal trainers are fitness-obsessed machines with a penchant for shouting. Some of us are smiley and approachable. So if you’re struggling with knowing where to start (and that glass of wine is still calling), find yourself a trainer to get you off the sofa. As for me, my latest goal is to run my first ever ½ marathon in under 2 hours. Yikes. Wish me luck! WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT JAY? Go to her website: thefeelbetterpersonaltrainer.com or email her on getintouch@ thefeelbetterpersonaltrainer.com

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Emotional Freedom Technique e can hear the sceptics snorting already, but hold on, hold on, this is a type of counselling that draws on varying principles of alternative medicine as well as acupressure and neuro-linguistic suggestion. You do it with a councillor who has you think of certain events in your life while tapping parts of your face and body. The idea is that you deal with any emotional baggage before it becomes a health risk. At the very least you get a solid hour of ‘me’ time.

EXERCISE of The Month LOCAL PERSONAL TRAINER DARRON KELSHALL WILL MAKE YOU FITTER, FASTER AND STRONGER. AND HERE’S HOW…

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The one-legged movement of the walking lunge allows you to put emphasis on the quadriceps and gluteus with the front leg and your rear strength and flexibility with the back leg. The emphasis on multiple muscles when performing this exercise makes walking lunges a fundamental component to any successful leg workout.

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1 Standing tall with your shoulders back and down and abdominals engaged, place your feet together. Your arms can be flat at your side, holding your hips or behind your head. 2 Breathing normally, step forward with your right foot, bending both knees so that your front knee is aligned over your ankle and the back knee comes close to the floor. Your back heel is lifted off the floor.

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3 Before your back knee touches the floor, push up with your back left leg, forcing the weight of your body through your right heel, simultaneously bringing your left foot together with your right foot.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS Two new South East health and beauty businesses have caught our eye this month. Firstly, Yogarise Peckham. We love the Rise & Flow classes (guaranteed to get your day off to a better start than that triple shot skinny cap) but we’ve heard that Yoga Fusion is the ultimate in pre-summer holiday toning. Secondly, mobile beauty business Ella’s Beauty Box. Brid (the owner) specialises in instant transformation procedures (waxing, tanning, manicure-ing etc.) and we had to mention her because she was just so, well, nice. Efficient and charming, a wax has never been so enjoyable. yogarisepeckham.com; ellasbeautybox.co.uk

4 Here is the ‘twist’ keep your left leg straight kick back as far as you can then bring your leg back to the start position. 5 Without pausing, alternate legs, lunge forward with your left foot, bending both knees so that your front knee is aligned with your ankle and the back knee comes close to the floor. Your back heel is lifted off the floor and repeat the same steps as above.

I would recommended doing 4-5 sets of 20 reps and to super-set these with our ‘exercise of the month’ from last month’s column. For more info, contact Darron Kelshall on 07885752415; kryptonitefitness.com

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ocated in the heart of Dulwich Village, The Groom Room has become a staple in the local community. More than your average barbers, they boast a wide range of quality grooming products, expert advice, and a treatment room. You can have anything from a traditional Turkish wet shave to a deep tissue massage. You’ll leave feeling like a new man.

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WIGWAM ucked away on Rosendale Road in West Dulwich, Wigwam is an independent, family-run toy and gift shop. It offers a wonderful selection of toys, games, gifts, furniture and pocket money treats for children and babies. Wigwam also stocks balance bikes, micro scooters and playhouse wigwams‚ perfect for summer.

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TO MARKET, TO MARKET The sun’s out and the Absolutely team are hitting the streets of South East London to round-up our favourite local markets Illustrations Edward Taylor

Brixton Farmers’ Market Where: Brixton Station Road, SW9 When: Every Sunday, 10am – 2pm Why: A great market if you’re interested in the provenance of your food as you can trace every knobbly celeriac and tangy cheddar all the way back to the soil that nurtured it and the dairy that churned it. The sellers are all happy to have a chat about their produce and even if you couldn’t give two artisanal figs about the name of the little piggy that came to market (in the form of bacon), you’ll still get a decent-priced weekly shop done. Our pick: Alham Wood Organics. Their buffalo milk yoghurt will change your life.

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Brockley Market Where: Lewisham Way, SE4 When: Every Saturday, 10am – 2pm Why: We once went there and ate three lunches. That’s why. There are some outstanding street food vendors, from burgers to burritos via some seriously inventive wraps, so even if you’re not there to do a proper food shop, you’ll still find plenty with which to occupy yourself (well, your stomach). Home grown, hand-reared, often-hugged groceries (tomatoes, pork chops etc.) are also available. Our pick: Aston’s Organic Bakery. Their spelt sourdough makes the best toast.

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Where: Coldharbour Lane, SW9 When: Most places are open every day until 6pm. Why: We know you know that Brixton Village is great, but we couldn’t do a round-up without it. For the past five years this South London market has been a hub of regeneration, with a new gastro pop-up, popping every week. In fact, did you try the beef mince pie at the Pie Bird pop-up? It was deee-lish. And if you missed it, they’re popping-up again at Brixton Cornercopia on 15, 16 & 17 May. We’ll see you there. Our pick: Brixi. We could spend hours just browsing the shelves of pretty knick knacks. And Emy, the owner, is a delight.

Crystal Palace Market Where: Haynes Lane, SE19 When: Every Saturday, 10am-3pm Why: There’s nothing that’ll get your Saturday off to a better start than the buzz of community spirit in action. And the Crystal Palace Food Market has camaraderie in bucket loads. The prepared food comes from local stores while the fresh produce is from small sustainable farms, just down the road. The market opened in May 2013 and is the brainchild of the Crystal Palace Transition Towners. Happy birthday to you! Our pick: Owl Kitchen. Some really cracking cakes. And gluten-free=fat free, right?

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Herne Hill Market

North Cross Road Where: Off Lordship Lane and Crystal Palace Road, SE22 When: Every Saturday Why: It’s right on our doorsteps and the selection of vintage makes us ashamed of our high street togs (we just can’t pull off the vintage thing, alright?). A jaunt through the market is like a big ol’ community hug, as everyone knows each other and if you go often enough they get to know you too. Our Pick: Rye Books. Because ‘a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one’ (thank you, George. R. R. Martin). And because of ‘their funny little bookmobile’ (thank you, Ilana Fox).

Where: Railton Road, SE24 When: Every Sunday, 10am – 4pm Why: There’s a bit of a carnival atmosphere at Herne Hill (music, dancing, drinking, cooking demonstrations) which means that each Sunday people are as jolly as if it were a bank holiday. As well as fresh and freshly produced food, there are artsy things and crafty things including handmade home wares and antiques. You can also pick up some vintage and vintage-inspired fashions. Great all-rounder, and everything is made or grown within 100 miles. Our pick: Jumi Jam. Newcomers to the market, but we took home one of their bitter orange and cognac preserves a month ago and we haven’t been able to look at a regular, supermarket marmalade since.

Horniman Farmers’ Market Where: The Bandstand Terrace, Horniman Gardens, SE23 When: Every Saturday, 9am – 1.30pm Why: Even though this market has only been going since September 2013, and only got its permanent licence a few months ago, its popularity is undeniable. As with most farmers’ markets, you can get a local, organic, sustainably grown marrow quicker than you can say that sentence. The location, on the other hand, that’s something you’d have to go far and wide to replicate. We could harp on for days about the beauty of the Horniman Gardens but instead we’ll leave you with this image: it’s Saturday morning, the sun is shining, you’ve got a freshly brewed coffee in your hand and the whole of London is stretched out before you. Heaven. Our pick: Mean Green. Expertly flavoured vegetarian food.

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Birthday Season t’s all about Crystal Palace this month, with two local institutions celebrating birthdays. First up is lovely restaurant Joanna’s, which celebrated an astounding 36 years in the business back in April. Unsurprising really: their food is a marvel. Hurrah for them! There’s also the weekly Crystal Palace Food market, which celebrates its first anniversary this month. The buzzy market is a triumph of community spirit and camaraderie (read more about it in our markets round-up).

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BOYCE DA BAMBINO

Those who have been to Boyce da Roca’s outpost on Streatham High Road will undoubtedly be excited to hear that they’ve come to South East! Their second café opened in the middle of April and is part of Bambino, Crystal Palace’s most marvellous vintage emporium. For the uninitiated: they’ll be serving food (think black treacle pulled pork on organic sourdough toast – our mouths are watering just writing that) and Volcano coffee. You can also buy the wares from the shop. Like the salt and pepper shakers? They’re for sale! Like the chairs? They’re for sale! Suddenly breakfast became much more expensive.

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• Plain flour • 1 pack readymade short crust pastry • Greaseproof paper • Dried beans or ceramic beans to weigh down the pastry • 1 small cauliflower broken into small florets • 4 rashers smoked bacon roughly chopped • 1 onion diced • 3 eggs beaten • 500ml crème fraiche • Small bunch chives chopped • 100g grated strong cheddar • Salt and pepper

WHAT TO DO: 1 Preheat the oven to 170°c, 325°f or gas mark 3. 2 On a floured surface roll the pastry to the thickness of a pound coin and line a 23cm loose-bottomed flan tin, gently pushing the pastry into corners. 3 Line the pastry with greaseproof paper and weight it down. Cook for 15 minutes then remove greaseproof paper and cook for a further 8 mins or until the pastry is pale golden. 4 In a pan of boiling water simmer the cauliflower for 5 minutes then drain. 5 In a frying pan cook the bacon until brown, then remove. Turn the heat down and gently cook the onion in the same pan for 3-4 minutes until soft. 6 Tip the cauliflower, bacon and onions into the pastry shell. 7 In a bowl combine the eggs, crème fraiche, chives and half the cheese and season. 8 Pour the egg mixture into the pastry case and top with the remaining cheese. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes until the top is golden brown. Serve warm or cold.

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OPE N EACH YEAR THOUSANDS OF PRIVATE GARDENS THROW THEIR GATES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS PART OF THE NATIONAL GARDENS SCHEME, IN THE NAME OF RAISING MONEY FOR SOME VERY WORTHY CHARITIES. THERE ARE HUNDREDS TO CHOOSE FROM IN SOUTH EAST LONDON BUT HERE ARE 6 OF OUR FAVOURITES

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22 Scutari Road EAST DULWICH, SE22 0NN

They say: Sue’s on-going, possibly never-ending, labour of total love is now in its 10th year. This everevolving garden has a cottagey area, water, trees, ferns and a multitude of shrubs. A centrepiece is the palatial chicken house in which a quartet of pampered feathers reside, though steps and narrow paths may make access difficult for less mobile visitors. We say: A cacophony of leafy greens and a winding stone walkway make this the perfect garden for a shady stroll on a warm spring Sunday. When to go: Sun 18 May; Sun 22 June (2pm-6pm). Admission £3, children free

Penge Gardens PENGE, SE20 7QG

They say: Two contrasting gardens. One is a small, minimalist, modern garden with clever juxtaposition of sandstone landscaping and plants, and the other is a cottage garden. 43 Clevedon Road is 50ft x 22ft, with unusual trees and shrubs including snake-bark maple, sorbus cashmiriana and itea ilicifolia. Abundant rambler roses (including Félicité Perpétue), also feature amongst colourful mixed borders and pots on the terrace. 26 Kenilworth Road is an…inspirational contemporary garden providing maximum impact in a small space. An inventive layout extends the living space with seating and large trough planters. The planting is bold and textural featuring a diverse selection of drought-tolerant Mediterranean plants, providing year-round interest with seasonal colour. We say: Well-positioned planting and clever design can do wonders for a space. When to go: Sun 25 May (2pm-5pm). Combined admission £6, children free

Choumert Square PECKHAM, SE15 4RE

They say: Choumert Square is comprised of about 46 mini gardens, with maxi-planting in Shangri-la situation...Built in the latter half of the 19th Century...[it is] a laneway of tiny cottages leading to a communal walled garden...The street divides into a sunny side and a shady side, and the gardens’ eco-climate (and planting) reflect this. Key features are the variety of roses growing in the Square, the mix of trees and a colourful array of perennial border plants and annuals, many home-grown. This year the popular open gardens will combine with our own take on a village fete! Live music, arts, crafts and entertaining stalls. Highly commended in the London Squares Competition. We say: It’s a splash of pastel prettiness that’ll leave you smiling all day. When to go: Sun 8 June (1pm-6pm). Admission £4, children free

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4 Cornflower Terrace EAST DULWICH, SE22 0HH

They say: A garden Tardis: this pretty, secluded and tiny courtyard cottage garden, in a quiet street in the heart of artistic East Dulwich, is only 50ft x 9ft. Around a sunken patio and solar fountain are clustered climbers, roses, ferns, annuals and herbs in raised beds and pots backed by a charming painted garden shed. Picture perfect. We say: This whimsical compact garden offers a relaxing space in which to idle an hour. Great for herb enthusiasts. When to go: Sun 8 June (2pm-5.30pm). Admission £3.50, children free

Tewkesbury Lodge Garden Group FOREST HILL, SE23 3DE

9 Dulwich Village

They say: These four very different hillside gardens are within a short walk of each other with spectacular views over London and the North Downs. Discover a sculptor’s creative courtyard ‘container’ garden crammed with unusual plants and the artist’s sculptures and ceramics (for sale). A small SE-facing garden has borders with rich colours within formal outlines to complement a modern extension, plus mini meadow and a tranquil vegetable garden, with seating, greenhouse and compost area. The front garden of another, inspired by Beth Chatto’s Dry Garden, has stunning borders in soft mauves, yellows and white, interspersed with drifts of red and purple poppies. A hilltop country garden is in two sections, with deep informal flower borders under mature trees, raised vegetable beds, a fruit cage, greenhouse, chickens, and wildlife areas to encourage diversity. We say: Be inspired by this four-in-one visit! When to go: Sat 31 May (5pm-8pm); Sun 1 June (2pm-6pm). Evening admission (combined) £7, children free

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They say: This stunning garden in Dulwich is surprising on many levels; the traditional frontage belies the dramatic contemporary garden behind – almost an acre designed by the master of minimalism, Christopher Bradley-Hole. Designed on a grid, there are huge blocks of yew, gravel and box balls and raised beds for fruit and vegetables. There is a slate swimming pool and patio with pink walls. Planting is signature Bradley-Hole with an emphasis on grasses and herbaceous perennials providing structure and movement. There are informal areas too: a woodland walk through native British hedgerow trees and an orchard. The garden is wildlife friendly with planting to attract bees and butterflies and plenty of habitat areas including a deluxe bug hotel. We say: This is the wow-factor garden. When to go: Sun 8 June (2pm-5pm). Admission £3.50, children free

For more info and a comprehensive list of open gardens go to ngs.org.uk or pick up your free copy of Dulwich Gardens open for charity 2014 from most local shops

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ight plant, right place is what I was taught. It is so easy to get swept up in the bright summer displays in garden centres and nurseries and tempting to plant impulse purchases in difficult and challenging spaces. Although hope over experience can get you so far, with conditions such as those of a shady border, it is much wiser to select your plants with planning and care. A shady border need never be dull. Texture is the key to adding interest, but before we consider plants we should evaluate the aspect. There is shade; gentle and dappled with shafts of bright light at different times of the day, and then there is shade; dry, dark and unforgiving. Needless to say if you have the conditions of the latter then that is rather unfortunate and establishing any planting will be a labour of love. Most often shady gardens are shady because of overhead tree cover, so they’re dry too. Preparing your ground is vital. Well rotted organic matter, pH appropriate to your site should be incorporated in and around the generous planting hole. Prior to planting deluge, use two or three full two gallon watering cans of water into each hole before you put

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Some plants to consider for a successful partly shady border:

the plant in to soak the surrounding earth. Let the water drain away and then place the plant in the hole, backfill with the original soil mixed with new organic matter, top soil, fertiliser and compost and then a final water and a mulch over the top to prevent water loss through transpiration. While the plants are young, watering will be vital throughout the drier months. It is tempting to buy larger specimen plants to start a scheme, but in shady spaces starting small (2-3L) is more likely to produce better and quicker results than planting a mature shrub. Smaller plants establish better and will attune themselves to the location and conditions much more easily. Colours that work best in the shade are, not surprisingly, whites, pale blues and pinks. These light shades help to brighten a dull space and work well against the foliage shades of dark green supplied by most shade loving shrubs. In order for your shady area to be successful, the key is in the preparation and research. Prepare your ground well and choose plants that the RHS’s A-Z of Garden Plants states as shade tolerant, or for a more contemporary approach, websites such as crocus. co.uk and shootgardening.co.uk are extremely informative and provide excellent advice. Taking the time to plan your border means that a once difficult space could be transformed into a colourful border that provides interest throughout the seasons. Kate Gould is an award-winning garden designer and a regular exhibitor at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show where she has been awarded three Gold medals. kategouldgardens.com

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Do not let them dry out as the flowerheads will not develop. For an easier approach stick to white varieties which are reliably white regardless of soil pH.

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Anemone blanda look best on a sunny spring day in bold swathes in a woodland and combine well with ferns, emerging Hosta and Paeonia leaves and white Narcissi.

DICKSONIA ANTARCTICA Leaf: Depending on your climate Dicksonia can hold their leaves all year. Colour: Green Size: A mixture of 3, 4 and 6’ plants are a good combination Great for a tropical looking scheme with other ferns.

RHODODENDRON VARS Leaf: Evergreen or deciduous Colour: White, blue, pink, red, yellow, orange, purple, mauve Size: From 1m to large tree-like forms Appreciative of shade and adds colour to spring borders. Acidic soil is important but if your soil is pH neutral then the acidic ratio can be added via specific food from garden centres.

ERYTHRONIUM ‘PAGODA’ Leaf: Deciduous Colour: Yellow Approx Size: 50cm x 30cm Nodding yellow trumpet-like flowers are held on plants in groups. These woodlanders combine well with ferns and blue flowered bulbs.

CONVALLARIA MAJALIS Leaf: Deciduous Colour: White Size: 30cm x 20cm Lily of the Valley will spread to form wide clumps if allowed and their scented blooms are an added bonus. Best planted at the edge of a border under shrubs where they can be kept in check.

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entertainment every night during peak season. Cinema screenings, markets and music are just a few of the treats on the menu, all of which gain from the beautiful landscaping and flowering bougainvillea that trail over every wall, rooftop and neatly placed rural relic. If it sounds like Disney World via Cinema Paradiso, that’s because it is – but the artificiality of the environment is so brilliantly (not to mention expensively) realised that it never feels wrong. Indeed, this is where Justin Timberlake married Jessica Biel: an A-list endorsement if ever there was one. As if the singular styling of Borgo Egnazia isn’t pleasant surprise enough, Puglian gastronomy provides another revelation. Lovers of all things fishy will be in heaven, and the olives are out of this world. With six restaurants and bars on site (though not all of them open in low season), the options available range from haute cuisine to rustic Italian comfort food. The chef in charge of it all is Mario Musoni, a Michelin-

‘Indeed, this is where Justin Timberlake married Jessica Biel: an A-list endorsement if ever there was one’ starred maestro and leading light in the Slow Food movement. Musoni believes in zero food miles, and most of the produce used on the complex comes from its own estate. The results are gorge-worthy. Of course, eating feels so much better when you’ve earned it, and another advantage of Borgo Egnazia’s completist approach is that a veritable mountain of activities is available to exercise body and mind, from bike riding and watersports on the estate’s private beach to ceramics classes; in that sense, it’s a great place for a family trip. A few days in and already fearful of our return flight, we made a bid

to take a slice of Italy home with us, signing up for a cookery class hosted by a real live farmer’s wife. Using the freshest of ingredients (the tomatoes were almost laughably red) we made a simple pasta dish that tasted about three million times better than anything you might find at home. Not that we could recreate it later; some of the magic of the surroundings must have leached into the sauce. Last but not least on our hit-list was a trip to the estate’s Vair Spa, which stays true to the aims of the hotel by offering only Italian products and a variety of traditional treatments. My massage, followed by a private soak in the Roman bath, was just the thing to ease away the last few cares of home, and put me in good shape for a few forays into the countryside around the complex. It’s tempting, of course, to stay in Borgo Egnazia (not to mention the spa itself ) for the entirety of your stay, but a short drive around the local area reveals stunning coastal scenery, romantic olive groves and several beautiful small towns – including the fishing village of Gallipoli and Ostuni, a hill town of stunning white buildings. Of course, the one road you want to avoid is the one back to Bari and the airport. Yet after a week in Borgo Egnazia, there’s at least one thing to reassure you as you wend your way back towards normal life – the fact that there are still amazing discoveries to be made, and that they aren’t always as far away as you might think. Rooms at Borgo Egnazia range from 360E to 2000E a night. borgoegnazia.com

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Javaid Ahmed

Sales Manager at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward’s Forest Hill branch � 020 8699 1596; kfh.co.uk

Property I’d most like on my books and why? I appreciate architecturally designed properties which have managed to retain most of their original features. I once sold a 1930s maisonette which was owned by an architect who had gone to great lengths to preserve and celebrate the property’s history, he even bought furniture from the 1930s. The best place to invest? Forest Hill is a great place to invest, with the combination of the East London Line Extension and the great value for money compared to neighbouring areas, it has performed exceptionally well over the past year, our buyer registration levels have increased by 92% year on year.

Finest property showcase... I really like properties with a certain level of charm, especially ones that have managed to retain their original features, and my showcase property has certainly achieved this. Built circa 1901 by renowned master builder, Ted Christmas, is this eight bedroom detached house in Perry Vale with an internal area of 3,440 square feet and a 155 foot garden. The property has many ornate fi replaces, cornicing and sash windows.

work will continue to be exhibited at Property In office, 133 Lordship Lane until the closing weekend of the Dulwich Festival on the 18th May. Please apply for entrance to the private view to Caroline@propertyin.com or alternatively pop in for our Open House wine and cheese reception on 11th May (when all four artists will be there to meet with you). Stephen Smith, Director of Property In says: “Of all of the events I have supported locally over the 25 years of being an estate agent in Dulwich, this is the one closest to my heart. It gives me enormous pleasure to have been involved and to have supported its growth for many years.” � 020 8693 8000; propertyin.com

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rt-loving local estate agents Property In are hosting four exciting artists for this year’s Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House event. Property In have been the main sponsor of the Artists’ Open House for a number of years, transforming the office into a gallery space and, in 2012, welcoming street artist Stik to paint his unmissable interpretation of Gainsborough’s A Couple in a Landscape on their wall. Annette Hamley-Jenkins, Kristin Watt Bonar, Hope and Eden and Jodie Glen-Martin will be exhibiting their work at 133 Lordship Lane in what is set to be a must-see show. The artists will be hosting a private view on Thursday 8th May and their

The toughest sale and why? I had a very complicated sale last year which became tied up in chains with two emotionally invested families, it was a stressful situation for all involved. However when the sale completed, there were tears of joy all around.

JODIE GLEN-MARTIN

PROPERTY IN SPONSOR THE ARTS

The most interesting property I have been involved in is... I have just sold a house in which the former base player, John Illsey of Dires Straits, lived. I keep imagining the group having jam sessions in the house and how songs from one of my favourite albums ‘Brothers In Arms’, was thought up in this very property.

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MINUTES WITH...

Nick Baer Director of Keating Estates, Brixton

� 020 7095 5777; keatingestates.com

DEMAND SET TO CONTINUE IN SOUTH EAST LONDON

James Gough Director of Martin & Co., Crystal Palace

� 020 8771 9990; martincocrystalpalace.co.uk

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t’s hard not to get caught up in the apparently inexorable rise in house prices, particularly if you happen to read a newspaper or watch the news. Th is is one occasion where you should believe what you read in the papers, certainly in

Why this area? Brixton is one of the most vibrant and exciting parts of London with a beautiful park, excellent housing stock and transport links as well as diverse nightlife and restaurant scene. What’s not to love? our corner of London. Prices have been rising consistently and our view is they will continue to push on up. Shortage of supply, coupled with seemingly insatiable buyer demand is driving prices across the board and across all sectors of the market. There really has been no let-up in demand, and while the areas we operate in remain comparatively reasonable in price compared to other parts of London, we see no let-up in buyers from other parts of London registering for property in the South East.

CHANGES IN THE MORTGAGE MARKET

INTRODUCTION FEE PAYMENTS

Julian Hill

Steven Pearce

Director of Elysian Finance

� 020 8676 5090; elysianfinance.co.uk

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s mortgage lending grew by 43% in February, there are a number of other features that are returning to the mortgage market as lenders and buyers grow more confident of the sustainability of the housing market. The number of 95% mortgages has doubled since a year ago and the number of homebuyers borrowing over four times their salary is at its highest levels since 2005. However mortgage borrowing is still 40% down on the boom years. Th is is partly due to lenders stricter criteria before offering mortgages which includes affordability checks and stress testing on the assumption of higher interest rates. Mortgage Market Review regulations became law on 26th April and borrowers, including re-mortgages will need to produce more evidence on their income and levels of expenditure to demonstrate that they can afford the mortgage. It is therefore important that you keep your paperwork up to date!

Consultant Solicitor � 07813 882818

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eople with experience of property sales will know that there are a number of ways that estate agents can market properties and, in order to stand out from a very competitive crowd, estate agents are becoming more and more creative with their methods. The internet and a little imagination can go a long way. One development has been the introduction of the practice of marketing property on the basis that the buyer is asked to pay an “introduction fee” in addition to the agreed price for the property. This is, of course, the opposite of the normal arrangement whereby the seller of the property is responsible for settlement of the agent’s commission account. On the face of it, this is a “win-win” for the seller, but it is worth exercising caution when considering the buyer’s position. There is a suggestion that, when the buyer’s solicitor notifies the transaction to the Revenue, then he/she is obliged to reveal the existence of the introduction fee payment in addition to

What is your company ethos? How do you translate that into giving the best customer service possible? Honest advice and sensible pricing is key. Th is ethos combined with maintaining a manageable level of properties on our books allows us to provide a more bespoke service and treat each property with dedicated time and attention. What properties are you most excited about having on your books?  I’ve seen many different properties that come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but what excites me is when I’m surprised with something different or unique. It could be a small one bedroom fl at with incredible roof top views of London or a grand Victorian house backing onto Brockwell Park. What do you predict for the property market in 2014? Confidence in the property market has certainly returned and while increases in house prices of up to 35% in some pockets of Brixton over the last twelve months would appear hard to repeat I see no signs that the market will cease to increase for the rest of 2014.

 the price paid for the property. If the total of these figures results in a higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax becoming payable, then the buyer is the obvious loser.... As ever, the devil is in the detail....

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For Sale

Montem Road, Forest Hill SE23

ÂŁ440,000 L/H

This brand new two bedroom, two bathroom apartment is positioned on the ground floor, forming part of the beautifully designed Montem Place in the heart of Forest Hill. Combining generous living space with a comprehensive specification, this apartment benefits from a private terrace and an allocated parking space creating a highly desirable home. Energy Efficiency Rating C.

Please contact our Forest Hill office for more information on 020 8333 5080 or email foresthill@acorn.ltd.uk

Grove Hill Road, Camberwell SE5

ÂŁ399,950 L/H

Spacious Victorian conversion ground floor one bedroom flat in a highly sought after location situated between three train stations and only a short walk away from the ever popular Lordship Lane. Accommodation comprises large reception room, double bedroom with doors leading out to the rear garden, good size kitchen/dining area with access to the decked area and beautiful gardens beyond.

Please contact our Dulwich office for more information on 020 8516 3666 or email dulwich@acorn.ltd.uk

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To Let

Consort Road, Peckham SE15

£2,000 PCM

A unique three double bedroom garden conversion situated superbly for Peckham Rye town centre. Positioned close to Peckham and Nunhead Village with its mixture of bars, shops, restaurants and a great community spirit. Both Peckham Rye & Nunhead stations are easily accessible providing excellent transportation links to London Bridge, Victoria, Clapham Junction and Highbury & Islington. Energy Efficiency Rating C.

Please contact our Peckham office for more information on 020 7771 6777 or email peckham@acorn.ltd.uk

Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill SE24

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Situated on the first floor of a beautiful period mansion house is this spacious flat located only a short walk from North Dulwich station. Accommodation comprises large reception room with feature window, separate kitchen, second bedroom/study, large double bedroom and bathroom. The property boasts high ceilings and period features throughout. Energy Efficiency Rating D.

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Christopher Cady, Associate Director

Prime residential Road

Striking family bathroom Lacon Road, SE22 A Victorian terraced house in one of the prime residential roads in East Dulwich. The hallway opens into the front of the double reception room. To the rear is a kitchen which leads to the charming garden. The first floor comprises of three double bedrooms with a striking bathroom and there is a lower mezzanine floor to the rear which has a fourth bedroom and an en-suite. ÂŁ1,200,000

Share of Freehold

Dulwich 020 8875 7999

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Balham 020 8675 6565

Earlsfield 020 8971 7070

Wandsworth 020 8875 8899

Battersea 020 7924 2255

Putney Open 2014

Clapham 020 8875 7995

Streatham 020 8677 9900

Wandsworth Common 020 8672 9077

East Dulwich 020 8875 7999

Tooting 020 8767 0522

Wimbledon 020 3195 9111

www.jacksonsestateagents.com

Fabulous Victorian cottage Residential road

Cornflower Terrace, SE22 A fabulous two bedroom Victorian cottage in a lovely, quiet residential road in East Dulwich. The house has a small front garden and on entering the property there is a hallway which leads into the front reception room, then to the kitchen/breakfast room at the rear which gives access to the charming garden. The first floor provides two double bedrooms and a contemporary bathroom. ÂŁ675,000 Freehold

Dulwich 020 8875 7999

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Sophia O’Carroll & Tilly, Sales Manager

Victorian Maisonette

Open Plan kitchen/reception Cheltenham Road, SE15 An impressive first floor Victorian maisonette with its own rear garden. The property is in good condition and has immediate vacant possession. The first floor landing provides access to the loft and leads to the three bedrooms at the front of the building and then to the bathroom, to the rear is the spacious open-plan reception/ kitchen. ÂŁ440,000 Share Of Freehold

Dulwich 020 8875 7999

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Balham 020 8675 6565

Earlsfield 020 8971 7070

Wandsworth 020 8875 8899

Battersea 020 7924 2255

Putney Open 2014

Clapham 020 8875 7995

Streatham 020 8677 9900

Wandsworth Common 020 8672 9077

East Dulwich 020 8875 7999

Tooting 020 8767 0522

Wimbledon 020 3195 9111

www.jacksonsestateagents.com

Ground floor

Striking Victorian building

Oakhurst Grove, SE22 A terrific one bedroom ground floor flat in a striking Victorian house built around 1877. There is a wide main entrance hallway leading to the flat door and within the flat a front reception room which has fine cornices and full-length windows. The fully fitted modern kitchen is in the middle of the property and a new shower room and double bedroom are to the rear. ÂŁ344,950 Leasehold

Dulwich 020 8875 7999

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Offices throughout London

Burnwood Court

£450,000 Leasehold

Lewisham Heights

£450,000 SoF

A stunning two bedroom purpose built apartment with a study offered to the market with no chain. This property is bright, spacious and has been refurbished to a high standard. Located very close to both Honor Oak & Forest Hill BR Stations. EPC = C

A stunning, very unique and well looked after two double bedroom purpose built flat with a balcony and amazing panoramic views over London with fantastic space throughout in Forest Hill offered to the market chain free. EPC = C

Dulwich & SE I 020 8299 1722 I dulwich@bushells.com

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Manor Court

Levande House

£320,000 Leasehold

£345,000 Leasehold

A spacious one double bedroom first floor purpose built flat located in a popular location in Camberwell close to both Peckham Rye and Denmark Hill train stations offering great transport links into the city. Offered to the market chain free. EPC = C

An immaculate one bedroom apartment within a stylish modern development in East Dulwich. This property is very well maintained and offers fantastic living space. Located on the popular Lordship lane this property would make an ideal first time buy. EPC = C

Dulwich & SE I 020 8299 1722 I dulwich@bushells.com

Dulwich & SE I 020 8299 1722 I dulwich@bushells.com

Acton  Balham  Bloomsbury  Battersea  Camden  Clapham  Dulwich  Fulham  Hammersmith  Islington  West Hampstead

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Jennings Road

Offers in excess of £700,000 Freehold

A charming two double bedroom house with study/nursery offered to the market located on a popular and sought after residential street in East Dulwich. This house benefits from a reception room, a bright and airy kitchen/diner, south facing garden, two double bedrooms, one single bedroom and bathroom. Close to all local amenities including bars, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and delicatessens on and around Lordship Lane and perfectly located for Heber primary school and transport links in to the city. EPC = D Dulwich & SE I 020 8299 1722 I dulwich@bushells.com

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Senior Sales Negotiator: Wooster & Stock, Sydenham Photography: Paul Scannell

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lways being sent outside the class for talking, it was at the age of 15 years that I realised I needed to have a career where meeting people and communicating was a big part of my role. I was desperate to gain experience and become independent, mainly because I had money on my mind and working was the only way I was going to pay for my driving lessons. My mother convinced me I should at least do a year at college so I studied the only course I thought would be beneficial as a school leaver who did not really know what sector of business she would be heading to next. I studied Administration. It was through work experience that I entered my first ever estate agent. The branch manager was an old neighbour of ours who was selling our family home at the time. The company took me under their wing for two weeks and I knew after day one that this was the job for me. This is where my working career begun at the age of 17.  Having now worked in the industry throughout the past 7 years I can honestly say that handing over the keys to a purchasers’ new home is still exciting, even for me. To know you have helped someone with the biggest investment they will ever have made certainly provides job satisfaction. I am also lucky to work with a company that has a very unique presence in this industry. Wooster

& Stock’s approach to property is honest and understands the needs of our clients. We have traditional values combined with innovative marketing and we know that customer service and communication are the basic principles for a happy client. And more importantly, everyone here loves what they do! The last 12 months have been amazing for the property market. With prices soaring, there is no better time to sell. Situated in Sydenham and covering surrounding areas such as Penge, Forest Hill and Crystal Palace I have witnessed a vast improvement. New businesses are appearing and existing businesses are having facelifts. Forest Hill has seen a new leisure centre open and there is the Portas Pilot project recognised as SEE3 currently underway. There is an increasing choice of restaurants, delis, boutiques and pubs to wander in to and the mixture of people ranges from yummy mummies to colleagues participating in after work drinks. The ever lovely Lordship Lane and Crystal Palace Triangle are a bus ride away and ideal for a dinner, drinks or a stroll. My personal selling points for any newcomers to the area are the amazing transport links to the city, the stunning parks we are surrounded by and the fact that this part of London is constantly on the up.

020 8613 0060; woosterstock.co.uk

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£2,900,000 COLLEGE ROAD SE21 Joint Sole Agents ooms, A perfectly proportioned double fronted semi detached neo Georgian family house with a Gross Internal Area of about 2,967 sq ft (275.63 sq m). This property has 6 Bedrooms, £2,900,000 COLLEGE ROAD SE21 Joint Sole Agents £2,900,000 COLLEGE ROAD SE21 Joint Sole Agents Garage, Off Street Parking and a Rear Garden 143’ n 143’ Family Bathroom, 3 Shower Rooms (2 ens), Reception Room, Study, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Cloakroom/W.C, A perfectly Aproportioned double semi detached Georgian house withhouse a Gross Internal Area of about sq ft2,967 (275.63 sq(275.63 m). Thissq property 6 Bedrooms, perfectly proportioned double semineo detached neofamily Georgian family with a Gross Internal Area2,967 of about sq ft m). Thishas property has 6 Bedrooms, x 41’ (43.59 xfronted 12.50 m).fronted EPC Rating (E) Family Bathroom, 3 Shower Rooms (2 ens), Reception Room, Study, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Cloakroom/W.C, Garage, OffGarage, Street Parking and a Rearand Garden 143’ Family Bathroom, 3 Shower Rooms (2 ens), Reception Room, Study, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Cloakroom/W.C, Off Street Parking a Rear Garden 143’ x 41’ (43.59 x 12.50 m).x EPC Rating (E) Rating (E) x 41’ (43.59 12.50 m). EPC

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£2,350,000 FRANK DIXON WAY SE21 Sole Agents Very rarely available, Edwardian detached house c.1908 in the & Crafts style and situated possibly one of this A lovely detached double substantial fronted family house, individually commissioned by thebuilt original owners, was built Arts as a replica of a Georgian house. The GrossinInternal Area of this of £2,350,000 FRANK SE21 Sole Agents £2,350,000 FRANK DIXON WAY SE21 SoleStudy, Agents Rear property about 2,504 sq ft (232.62 sq m) and it has 5 Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Drawing Music Room, Cloakroom/WC, Garage and1971 a Rear the bestisDulwich Village locations between theDIXON park2 WAY and shops. ThisRoom, is the first time thisKitchen/Orangery, property is on the market since A lovely detached fronted family house, individually commissioned owners, was built as a replica Georgian Thehouse. Gross The Internal Area of thisArea of this A lovely double detached double fronted family house, individually by the original owners, was built asofa areplica of ahouse. Georgian Gross Internal Garden 118’3” x 53’9” (36.04 x 16.38m). EPC Ratingcommissioned (E) by the original property isproperty about 2,504 sq ft2,504 (232.62 m) and sq it has 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Drawing Room, Music Room, Study, Kitchen/Orangery, Cloakroom/WC, Garage andGarage a Rearand a Rear is about sq ftsq(232.62 m) and it has 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Drawing Room, Music Room, Study, Kitchen/Orangery, Cloakroom/WC, Garden 118’3” x 53’9” (36.04 x 16.38m). RatingEPC (E) Rating (E) Garden 118’3” x 53’9” (36.04 xEPC 16.38m).

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£2,900,000 £2,900,000 COLLEGE COLLEGE ROAD ROAD SE21 SE21 Joint Joint Sole Sole Agents Agents A perfectly A perfectly proportioned proportioned double double fronted fronted semi semi detached detached neoneo Georgian Georgian family family house house withwith a Gross a Gross Internal Internal Area Area of about of about 2,967 2,967 sq ft sq(275.63 ft (275.63 sq m). sq m). ThisThis property property hashas 6 Bedrooms, 6 Bedrooms, £1,750,000 WINTERBROOK ROAD SE24 Sole Agents Family Family Bathroom, Bathroom, 3 Shower 3 Shower Rooms Rooms (2 ens), (2 ens), Reception Reception Room, Room, Study, Study, Kitchen/Breakfast Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Room, Utility Utility Room, Room, Cloakroom/W.C, Cloakroom/W.C, Garage, Garage, Off Off Street Street Parking Parking andand a Rear a Rear Garden Garden 143’ 143’ An excellent Edwardian family house on the sought after west side of Winterbrook Road. The house has well proportioned, elegant rooms with high ceilings. The gardens at the front x 41’ x 41’ (43.59 (43.59 x 12.50 x 12.50 m).m). EPCEPC Rating Rating (E) (E) have been beautifully landscaped and the rear boasts a very pretty, west facing garden. Accommodation comprises 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Family Room, Reception Room, Dining Room, Garden Shed, Downstairs, Cloakroom, Garden measuring 50' 9'' x 24' 5'' (15.46 x 7.45 m). EPC Rating (F).

£2,350,000 £2,350,000 FRANK FRANK DIXON DIXON WAY WAY SE21 SE21 Sole Sole Agents Agents A lovely A lovely detached detached double double fronted fronted family family house, house, individually individually commissioned commissioned by the by the original original owners, owners, waswas built built as as a replica a replica of aofGeorgian a Georgian house. house. TheThe Gross Gross Internal Internal Area Area of this of this £1,450,000 WOODWARDE ROAD SE22 Sole Agents property property is about is about 2,504 2,504 sq sq ft (232.62 ft (232.62 sq sq m) m) andand it has it has 5 Bedrooms, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Drawing Drawing Room, Room, Music Music Room, Room, Study, Study, Kitchen/Orangery, Kitchen/Orangery, Cloakroom/WC, Cloakroom/WC, Garage Garage andand a Rear a Rear Extended and improved Edwardian family house retaining many attractive period features. The property is situated towards the Village end of Woodwarde Road with attractive Garden Garden 118’3” 118’3” x 53’9” x 53’9” (36.04 (36.04 x 16.38m). x 16.38m). EPCEPC Rating Rating (E) (E) gardens at the front and south facing rear, approx 52'3" x 19' (15.93m x 5.79m). Accommodation comprises of Five Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms, Double Reception Room, Large Kitchen/Dining Room, Utility Room. This house is in a particularly well sought after road and viewing is strongly recommended. EPC Rating is (E).

£1,695,000 £1,695,000 BECKWITH BECKWITH ROAD ROAD SE24 SE24 Sole Sole Agents Agents A substantial A substantial Edwardian Edwardian family family house house located located on on thisthis popular popular residential residential road road in ainsought a sought after after North North Dulwich Dulwich Triangle Triangle withwith a Gross a Gross Internal Internal Area Area of about of about 2,942 2,942 sq ft sq(273.31 ft (273.31 sq sq m).m). There There areare 5 Bedrooms, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Bathrooms, En En Suite Suite Shower Shower Room, Room, Sitting Sitting Room, Room, Reception Reception Room, Room, Kitchen/Dining Kitchen/Dining Room, Room, Laundry/Cloakroom/W.C, Laundry/Cloakroom/W.C, Eaves Eaves Storage, Storage, Cellar Cellar andand £1,595,000 DORCHESTER DRIVE SE24 Sole Agents Rear Rear Garden Garden 48’9” 48’9” x 22’9” x 22’9” (14.86m (14.86m x 6.93m). x 6.93m). EPCEPC Rating Rating (E) (E) A 1930’s detached house with great potential to extend and improve to create a fabulous family home. There are 4 Bedrooms, Bathroom, 2 Cloakrooms / WC’s, Reception room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Utility Room, 2 Garages, Off Street Parking and Gardens. The garden is south facing and extends to 56’ x 76’ (23.17 x 17.07 m). Dorchester Drive is located just off Poplar Walk and the nearest stations are Herne Hill, Denmark Hill and North Dulwich. EPC rating (E).

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Spotlight on West Norwood 7

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE... Kingsmead Road, SW2 £900,000

Jonny Kuzak

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Manager of Pedder, West Norwood � 020 8670 9008; pedderproperty.com

rare opportunity to purchase a semi-detached five bedroom Edwardian house on Kingsmead Road. The property is approximately 2239 sq ft, and comprises five double bedrooms, two receptions rooms, dining room and separate kitchen. Further comprising one bathroom, separate WC and loft room. To the rear of the property there is south facing garden of approximately 58 foot.

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Garden room

Set at the rear, a garden room with direct access onto the south facing garden. Tremendous high ceilings and light busting through original wooden doors give this relaxing room a bright and airy feel.

Master Bedroom

An original conversion on the upper floor is this master bedroom. It has been sympathetically maintained enjoying the essence of the era, with original fire place and wooden flooring.

Main Reception Room

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An impressive reception room that offers a sense of grandeur and excellent proportions. Consisting of stripped wooden flooring, a fire place and and light streaming through the original casement windows.

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Elm Wood primary school in Carnac Street for pupils aged between 3 and 11 years. It received an outstanding Ofsted report and is very soughtafter in the area.

Although temporarily relocated, West Norwood library currently offers event for all ages - pilates, a teenage reading group and nippers story time, to name a few.

Opening in Spring 2014 is the newly equipped health and fitness centre, including a one hundred station gym, six lane 25 metre swimming pool and group exercise studio.

West Norwood Feast takes place on the first Sunday of every month from April to December. It offers a retro village, auctions, a food fair, artisans market and much more.

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PROPERTY OF THE MONTH / DULWICH

DOME HILL PARK, SE26

£1,200,000 F/H

Fabulous 1960s detached home behind a gated entrance in this lovely private cul-de-sac off Sydenham Hill with a large front garden and off-street parking for several cars. As you enter the front door you will be wowed by the bright and spacious hallway with beautiful oak parquet flooring. Off the hallway is a modern cream kitchen leading to a well stocked wide garden. There are three reception rooms plus a handy study room and separate downstairs cloakroom. Upstairs there are four double bedrooms; two with walk-in wardrobes and one en-suite plus a family bathroom.

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ST. GOTHARD ROAD, SE27  £575,000 F/H

TRITTON ROAD, SE21  £425,000 SoF

Recently refurbished semi-detached, double fronted three bedroom

Newly refurbished two double bedroom first floor Victorian conversion

cottage with a good sized rear garden. Well placed for an excellent

flat offered to the market chain free. This property has been recently

choice of local amenities, transport links and great schools.

decorated and is ready to move into.

Dulwich Office

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LORDSHIP LANE, SE22  £1,150,000 F/H

FRIERN ROAD, SE22 £1,200,000 F/H

Fantastic 6 bedroom Victorian gem bursting with original features in a

Stunning four bedroom Victorian home in a sought after residential

great location close to Dulwich Park and all that Lordship Lane has to

road. Close to Lordship Lane and East Dulwich station with easy links to

offer. With good transport links from three stations nearby too.

London Bridge together with North Dulwich and Peckham Rye stations.

Dulwich Office

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PROPERTY OF THE MONTH / HONOR OAK PARK

MANWOOD ROAD, SE23

£550,000 F/H

Fabulous three bedroom period mid-terraced house in the very popular area of Crofton Park. Comprising a separate lounge and dining room and a modern fitted kitchen, three good sized bedrooms and an upstairs bathroom. Externally there is a well maintained garden. Within close proximity to Crofton Park station and Brockley High Street.

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RAVENSBOURNE ROAD, SE6£475,000 F/H

BREAKSPEARS ROAD, SE4OIEO £450k F/H

Well presented two bedroom mid-terraced house in a quiet

Beautifully presented large two double bedroom first floor Victorian

residential road equidistant to Catford Bridge station and Honor Oak

conversion in the extremely popular Brockley Conservation Area. Close to

station. Close to local shops and the lovely Blythe Hill Park.

4 stations and the beautiful Hillyfields Park.

Honor Oak Park Office

Honor Oak Park Office

GUBYON AVENUE, SE24  £1.350,000 F/H

ACACIA GROVE, SE21  £1,400,000 F/H

Handsome 6 bedroom, double- fronted Victorian family home close

A stunning and beautifully decorated 4 bedroom semi-detached house

to Herne Hill station with great connections into town. Beautifully

tucked away in Acacia Grove. Close to good transport links including

presented throughout and retaining a wealth of period features.

West Dulwich station and several buses into the West End.

Dulwich Office

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Hangout

It might be a bit over subscribed now, but you can’t beat Frank’s bar for a drink in summer. Perched atop a multi-story car park in the middle of Peckham, the inconspicuous entrance conceals the view at the top.

Luke Bishop

Office Manager at Wooster & Stock, Brixton

020 7952 0590; woosterstock.co.uk

Time Out

The Vale Practice is an amazing healthcare clinic providing treatments, including massage, for the mind & body in a relaxing and professional environment. Welcoming staff & it’s open late in the evenings.

Kim Jones

Sale s Manager at Bushells, Dulwich

020 8299 1722; bushells.com

Interior Inspiration

Local Street

Selling antique and homemade furniture, the second hand shop Worn not Torn is a charming treasure trove for aspiring decorators. Located on Bellenden Road, it’s a six minute walk from Peckham Rye station.

The beautiful tree lined Josephine Avenue – Grand terraced, late Victorian three-storey houses with long front gardens and lined with iron black railings. Situated round the corner from Brockwell Park.

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Nick Baer

Lettings Manager at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, Peckham

020 7635 0034; kfh.co.uk

Kids

Why not try the adventure playground in Westow Park? Tucked away behind The Secret Garden gardening centre this little gem will keep even the most adventurous kids busy.

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Edward Ogden

Sale s Manager at Jacksons, Dulwich

020 8875 7999; jacksonsestateagents.com

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Clapham BrixtonDulwich

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SALES

Kirkwood Road, SE15

£499,950 Freehold

Two modern properties in the heart of Nunhead. The properties consist of two double bedrooms, off street parking, modern bathrooms and large light and airy modern open plan kitchen reception rooms with direct access to a private garden. The properties have just been built boasting a modern feel ingrained with charm and character throughout. Kirkwood Road is a quiet residential street conveniently located equidistant from Queens Road Peckham and Nunhead train stations (8-10 minutes). Dulwich Office: 020 8299 8111  dulwich@keatingestates.com

SALES

Lausanne Road, SE15

£319,950 Leasehold

A well presented one bedroom garden flat in a Victorian conversion finished to an excellent standard throughout. The property comprises of light and airy reception room to the front, a modern bathroom, a double bedroom and a charming eat-in-kitchen with direct access to a well maintained south west facing private garden. Lausanne Road is conveniently located between Queens Road Peckham and Nunhead train stations (5 minutes) offering great transport links into the city. This flat also has the added benefit of being within 5 minutes walking distance to the vibrant Nunhead village. Dulwich Office: 020 8299 8111  dulwich@keatingestates.com

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SALES

Helix Gardens, SW2

£599,950 Share of freehold

This could be the loveliest two bed garden flat in all of Brixton. The property sits on the private road part of Helix Gardens and has a charming shingle drive, a large, hedge-surrounded, gated garden shared between the three flats in the house. There are few properties in the area that have as many positive attributes, from the style, secluded country feel, size, outside space, storage and the proximity to all the action the area has to offer - we really like it.

Brixton Office: 020 7095 5777  brixton@keatingestates.com

SALES

Kings Avenue, SW4

£629,950 Share of freehold

A substantial three double bedroom apartment set within this distinguished period mansion block, located a ten-minute walk to both sets of amenities in Clapham and Brixton. Abbeville Village is also within a ten-minute walk, so this property covers the wants and needs for most purchasers, all within a short walk. The property has a generous square footage and you will be hard-pressed to find too many flats that boast over 1200 sq ft.

Brixton Office: 020 7095 5777  brixton@keatingestates.com

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Clapham BrixtonDulwich

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SALES

Clapham Common South Side, SW4

£650,000

New to market is this massive two bedroom split level common-side apartment with two very large bedrooms, two luxury bathrooms a very large living room opened up to the equally large kitchen. The property is split over three floors with its own entrance at street level, masses of storage, plush carpets and luxury fixtures and fittings throughout, views over Clapham Common and only a minute’s walk from the tube station.

Clapham Office: 020 7720 2113 clapham@keatingestates.com

SOLD

New Park Road, SW2

£975,050

Large four/five bedroom Grade ll listed family house. Four luxurious bathrooms and an enormous living space occupying the entire ground floor with a lovely luxury modern French country style kitchen leading onto a luxurious-feel, lit courtyard garden. Go down a level further and the basement, natural light flooding in reveals either a separate dwelling with its own entrance, kitchenette and bathroom for a live in nanny, kids who haven’t fled the nest or as a rental opportunity. Brixton Office: 020 7095 5777  brixton@keatingestates.com

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SALES

Gateley Road, SW9

£1,275,000

New to market and right in the heart of Brixton, on this quiet residential street a couple of minutes from the station, sits this fantastic 5 bedroom family home. The property is currently tenanted and ideal for anyone looking to stamp their own mark on a property. A great investment all round and will appeal to all types of buyers. This is a very grand home that, once extended could be as much as 250 square metres.

Brixton Office: 020 7095 5777  brixton@keatingestates.com

SALES

Rosendale Road, SE21

£1,750,000

We are delighted to offer to market these two imposing, grand, double fronted family residences. Within the West Dulwich pocket of grand, spacious homes walking distance from the highly rated Dulwich Prep and Dulwich College (both independent) and the offsted-excellent-rated Elm Wood primary school, as well as moments from Dulwich Park, the shops and station of West Dulwich with Victoria services.

Dulwich Office: 020 8299 8111  dulwich@keatingestates.com

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Vermeer Gardens SE15 ÂŁ550,000 Freehold

Larkbere Road SE26 ÂŁ239,950 LH/SofF

113.70 sq. metres (1224 sq. ft.) Modern town house / Five bedrooms / Modern bathroom / Fitted kitchen with oven and hob/ Private rear garden.

37.10 sq. metres (399 sq. ft.) Ground floor conversion flat / Private rear patio garden / Fitted kitchen including oven and hob / Modern bathroom.

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Silvester Road SE22

£575,000 Freehold

60.57 sq. metres (652 sq. ft.) Victorian “Half-House” offering two double bedrooms, fitted kitchen/breakfast room, lounge to the front and ground floor shower room. Outside there is a (7.62m) 25 south facing rear garden. Located on this quiet tree lined street with easy access to Lordship Lane with all its amenities and close to East Dulwich Station for direct transport links to Central London (11 minute journey to London Bridge).

Dunstans Road SE22

£1,750 pcm

90.30 sq. metres (972 sq. ft.) Lovely mid terraced Victorian house / Well fitted modern kitchen and dining room with French doors / Private rear garden.

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Gloucester Court SE22

£1,600 pcm

65.52 sq. metres (705 sq. ft.) Stunning modern penthouse apartment / Large private roof terrace / Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room.

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Pedder Community news

Herne Hill Free Film Festival

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he Herne Hill Free Film Festival is back for 2014 and this year is set to be the biggest yet. Activities will be taking place throughout May across a number of Herne Hill’s most renowned landmarks, kicking off with a screening of Buster Keaton’s silent classic Steamboat Bill

Jr., projected onto the front of Herne Hill Station, with a live piano accompaniment. Over the following 4 weeks further outdoor screenings will be taking place at the Herne Hill Velodrome, Brockwell Lido and Brockwell Park in addition to plenty of other events for filmgoers. These include a return of the Herne Hill 48-hour Film Competition where judging is being led by Oscar winning producer David Parfitt, a screening of Treacle Jr. on location at Steve’s Café where part of the film was shot, a 3-part series of documentaries and talks on food and drink and a night of shortfilms linked to Herne Hill.

For more information visit the free festival’s homepage at (freefilmfestivals.org/whats-on/ herne-hill.html) or you can follow developments on Twitter with @ hernehillfilm and @hhfff48.

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n just a few short years Sydenham has evolved from a sleepy hamlet into a bustling hive of activity and the momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing. With so many plans in the pipeline including new homes developments, restaurants and wine bars, the outlook for the area is very encouraging and promises that Sydenham’s profile is still very much on the rise. We have seen a significant increase in the number of people migrating from areas outside of south east London including first time buyers, young families and people wanting to downsize either their property or their mortgage. This comes as no surprise considering Sydenham has so much to offer and compared to surrounding areas, is still very good value with potential for the future.

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e are proud to continue to support the Dulwich Festival, and a host of exciting events are planned for the Festival this year. From art in all its forms, to music of many kinds there will be something for everyone in the delights coming

to a street near you. The festival takes place 9th – 18th May and includes a Fair on Goose Green at Sunday 11th May, a talk between children’s author Judith Kerr OBE and Nicolette Jones; book editor of the Sunday Times at Dulwich College and a Youth Concert at Kingsdale School on Thursday 15th May. More information and a full line up of events can be found on the website www.dulwichfestival.co.uk

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A FRESH APPROACH TO ESTATE AGENCY

CAMBERWELL GROVE SE5 £425,000

This one bedder is just perfect! Sitting on the second floor of a handsome period gem on the upper, leafier end of London’s premier Georgian row it’s been gifted a tasteful and sympathetic refit throughout. The interior

is bright and stylish and the sort of proportion you usually find in a two bedroom property. The flat has a share of the rear garden and Lettsom Gardens is just around the corner for more outside space.

NUNHEAD 17 Nunhead Green, SE15 3QQ nun@woosterstock.co.uk 020 7708 6700

SYDENHAM 110 Kirkdale, SE26 4BG syd@woosterstock.co.uk 020 8613 0060

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UPSTALL STREET SE5 £1,300,000

We love Edwardian homes for their generous rooms and high ceilings. This solid, five bedroom beauty, resting off the leafy fringes of marvellous Myatt’s Field, reaffirms our amour. A sprawling reception,

vast kitchen/diner (fit for a banquet) and charming bedrooms make a fine home. There’s a large storage cellar, pretty garden and some lush decor touches throughout. Upstall Street is a real winner!

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CARRE MEWS SE5 £899,950

Boasting an unimaginably fabulous roof terrace panorama over the very lovely Victorian Myatt’s Field park, this splendid three bedroom house invites you to sit back and open the vino after a long day. Spread over

three expertly decorated floors, the property comes complete with an allocated gated parking space and south facing wrap-around patio garden. The roof terrace has an electric awning and leafy vista.

NUNHEAD 17 Nunhead Green, SE15 3QQ nun@woosterstock.co.uk 020 7708 6700

SYDENHAM 110 Kirkdale, SE26 4BG syd@woosterstock.co.uk 020 8613 0060

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BRIXTON 105 Acre Lane, SW2 5TU brx@woosterstock.co.uk 020 7952 0590

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LENNARD ROAD BR3 £1,350,000

Fancy getting lost in your own home? This positively vast period beauty supplies all the space one could possibly need. Spread those wings, add to the brood, host socialite banquets – whatever you decide there’ll

still be room left over! Dotted throughout you’ll find plenty of original features; stained glass, fireplaces, inner doors, picture rails and cornice work all delight in equal measure. All six (yes, six) bedrooms are doubles!

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Herne Hill SE24

ÂŁ699,950

A three double bedroom Victorian house with two bathrooms, two reception rooms and 19ft kitchen/diner. Polished wooden floors and a paved garden.

Forest Hill SE23

ÂŁ600,000

A wonderful modern house in a private gated mews development. Three bedroom, modern bathroom, guest cloakroom, balcony and an attractive rear garden.

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West Dulwich SE21

ÂŁ700,000

A charming Victorian house in superb decorative order. Three double bedroom, good size garden and great entertaining space.

Camberwell SE5

ÂŁ325,995

A two double bedroom purpose built maisonette, two bathrooms, eat-in kitchen and private front door.

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Ash Tree Cottage, Mount Gardens, SE26

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delightful Georgian cottage built c1812-1820 in this idyllic location on the borders of Dulwich. Beautifully restored, improved and extended by the current owners, the property is detached with gardens on three sides, a driveway, garage and a car port. Featured in ‘Ideal Home’ magazine, the house is spacious with four bedrooms, five reception rooms and a bespoke hand-made kitchen/breakfast room opening onto the garden.

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his charming two double bedroom house with study/nursery is located on a popular and sought after residential street in East Dulwich. The house benefits from a reception room, a bright and airy kitchen/diner, a south facing garden, two double bedrooms, one single bedroom and a bathroom.

Bushells, Dulwich

beautifully presented three/four bedroom Victorian Home situated on a quiet and sought after road in East Dulwich. Set over three floors, the lower ground floor is a great open plan entertaining space including a fully fitted kitchen with central island, living and dining area.

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Spotlight on SE21: Average asking price - £1,061,889Average asking rents - £2,253 pcmAverage property value - £791,337

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DON’T FORGET Liz Marshall Pickwick Estates, THE Area Manager LIGHT� 020 3397 1144; pickwickestates.com BULBS  magine this – you walk into the property of

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your dreams – feature fireplaces, Victorian radiators, bespoke kitchen, roll top bath – the perfect house you think. You then exchange contracts and on the day you move in your roll top bath has been replaced with a plastic avocado suite, your Victorian radiators are nowhere to be seen and you no longer have a kitchen! What do you do? OK, so this is the extreme and in the 12 years I’ve been working as an estate agent I have luckily never had to deal with such a situation. Where do you stand legally if any of those precious fixtures and fittings that drew you to spending the largest amount of money you will ever spend are gone? So let’s go back to the beginning. You see your dream home, you make notes and take pictures, you agree a sale and instruct a solicitor and very soon after you will receive a fixtures and fittings form from the vendors’ solicitors stating exactly what they are taking and leaving. Make sure you check this list thoroughly and if there are any discrepancies take it up with your solicitor. If you have agreed to purchase any items from the seller make sure your solicitor is aware of this too. If you then move in and find anything missing that wasn’t stated on this list you have a legally binding document to refer back to and, if need be, would stand up in court. What do you do if the seller has left you a loft full of his unwanted treasures? First try to make contact through your agent. It may well be he has genuinely forgotten about it. If you have no joy this way, contact your solicitor and see if they will contact the seller’s solicitor for you. If you still find that you are getting nowhere you can have the items removed ‘at a reasonable cost’ and try to claim it back from the seller, or the council will remove most items free of charge as long as you leave them outside your property. Finally, most people know if you leave items outside your property with a note saying ‘Free – please take’, by the morning everything will probably be gone.

This classic Victorian house has a unique but complimentary design style and has been refurbished to a very high standard.

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inished to a superb standard, this four double bedroom semi-detached house offers a marvellously sized family kitchen. Featuring a plethora of sumptous features including cast iron Bisque radiators, coving, solid oak flooring and bay windows. Close to East Dulwich station with its direct links to London Bridge, this family home is also ideally located for all the great local amenities, bars, restaurants and cafes.

Details

Derwent Grove, SE22 £1,300,000 Freehold

Contact

Winkworth, Dulwich 020 8299 2722; winkworth.co.uk/dulwich

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South Croxted Road, Dulwich £899,950 A Victorian house upgraded and modernised by the current owners to a high standard. The property comprises 4 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, bathroom, downstairs WC and a 52’ rear garden. There is also potential to extend the property further both into the loft space and the side return (STP). EPC: (D).

Please contact our Dulwich Village Office on 020 8299 0922

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Upland Road, East Dulwich £1,300,000 A Victorian family house upgraded and modernised to a high standard with a gross internal area of 2140 sq ft. The property comprises of 5 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), double reception room, extended kitchen/breakfast room and cellar. Externally to the rear there is an 88’ garden with patio area. To the front there is off street parking. EPC: (E).

Please contact our East Dulwich Office on 020 8299 3721

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A passion for property

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Champion Crescent, Sydenham ÂŁ579,950 This Victorian property has a contemporary decor with original accents retained throughout. The property comprises of a reception room overlooking a 32ft front garden, kitchen/dining room opening onto a second garden area, three double bedrooms and a family bathroom. There is further potential to extend into the loft space (STP). EPC: (E).

Please contact our Sydenham Office on 020 8659 0220

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Upper Tulse Hill, London ÂŁ1,950,000 A 3 double bedroom split level conversion flat. Presented in immaculate order throughout retaining period features, the property comprises of a bright reception room, modern kitchen/dining room and shared courtyard garden. EPC: (E).

Please contact our Herne Hill Office on 020 7738 5926

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Thorpewood Avenue, Forest Hill ÂŁ849,950 A three bedroom detached house on the border of Sydenham and Forest Hill. The property comprises two large reception rooms, fitted kitchen with ample storage, en suite bathroom to master bedroom and a family bathroom. The property benefits further from front and rear gardens, sun terrace, detached garage, and off street parking. EPC: (E).

Please contact our Forest Hill Office on 020 8314 4070

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Hamlet Road, Upper Norwood ÂŁ575,000 A spacious garden flat with no onward chain totalling 1625 sq ft. The property boasts features such as a private entrance, a double garage to the side of building (which would make a great home office or storage space), a conservatory which leads directly from the kitchen to the garden, an outside storage room and a share of the freehold. EPC: (D).

Please contact our Crystal Palace Office on 020 8670 7160

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Telford Avenue, West Norwood ÂŁ575,000 An immaculately presented Victorian conversion top floor flat. The property consists of two double bedrooms, a large reception room, family bathroom and a fully fitted separate kitchen. Other benefits include high ceilings, a Victorian fire place and large windows. Nearby transport links include Streatham Hill station and Brixton station (Victoria line). EPC: (D).

Please contact our West Norwood Office on 020 8670 9008

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Launching Summer 2014 Prices from ÂŁ320,000* A bold and stylish development compromised of nine 1 and 2 bedroom high specification apartments on Gipsy Road. The development is located just a short walk away from West Norwood High Street and Gipsy Hill providing easy access to local transport, shops, gastro pubs, restaurants and renowned local parks. *Correct at time of printing

Please contact our New Homes Office on 020 7783 6839

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Take the first bite... Be the first to buy some of the finest new builds in SE London

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Vision Mews From ÂŁ925,000* A development in East Dulwich providing four contemporary 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom mews style houses with individual secure parking and private landscaped gardens. The shops, bars and restaurants of Lordship Lane are located just a short walk away and East Dulwich Rail Station is within walking distance providing easy access into central London. *Correct at time of printing

Please contact our New Homes Office on 020 7783 6839

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Unlike some of our competitors, we have spent many years selling and letting property solely in South East London. Our superior local knowledge means that we can offer (we believe) the best possible advice to vendors and landlords. You could almost say we’ve written the book on it. Pedder. Nobody knows South East London like we know South East London.

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