Deptford Market Yard

Railway arches are so typically South London. The sheer density of the rail network and the lie of the land means the whole area is criss-crossed by these Victorian brick arches. Once they were a home to dodgy car repair firms or industrial storage – now they’re becoming agents of regeneration (or even gentrification, as […]

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Spike + Earl – Camberwell

Spike + Earl is an all-day café that has just opened in the former Southwark Town Hall on Peckham Road, Camberwell. The café is a new venture from the owners of The Old Spike Roastery in Peckham Rye and, like its counterpart, is a social enterprise. The business tackles homelessness by training and employing homeless […]

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Festa sul Prato, Deptford

On Saturday evening we headed over to Deptford to visit Festa sul Prato. Thanks to my Italian heritage I can tell you this translates to ‘feast on the meadow’. True to its name, this beautiful restaurant/café is based in Folkestone Gardens, just round the corner from Deptford Park. It truly is a lovely setting and […]

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The Street Banners of West Dulwich

If you’re a regular reader or follower you’ll know that SLB takes a keen interest in street art. There’s been something of an explosion of street art in south London in the past few years with areas such as East Dulwich, Peckham, Brixton, Tooting, Brockley and the South Bank displaying the work of both local […]

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The Half Moon, Herne Hill – Re-opened

It’s more than three and a half years since Herne Hill was devastated by a flood caused by a burst water main. Businesses took months to recover, in some cases years, while others simply never re-appeared (see our article of December 2013). The Half Moon Pub was probably the worst affected of all and it […]

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Rosa’s Thai Cafe – Brixton

Our guest blogger, Nancy Williams, went to Brixton for the opening of a new Thai restaurant – here’s her review: “Rosa’s Thai Café, a small collection of restaurants across London, has just opened a new branch on Atlantic Road in Brixton. Rosa’s offers classic Thai dishes but focuses on sourcing ingredients locally. The menu is […]

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The Avalon – Balham

The pub trade generally has gone through a difficult period in recent years, but in south London there is definitely a resurgence of the great British pub. The Three Cheers Pub Co. is a small group of pubs based in south London that we discovered when we had a great evening at The Rosendale in […]

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Parma Ham at MacFarlane’s Deli – Clapham

Italians tend to take their food very seriously and the city of Parma is associated with two of Italy’s most famous food products: cheese – Parmigiano Reggiano, and ham – Prosciutto di Parma.  The Parma Ham Consortium (Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma) is the organisation that promotes the renowned ham around the world and safeguards […]

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