With the bite of Winter slowly closing in on us, most people let the beauty of Autumn slip by unnoticed. However, being the fanatic South London city dwellers that we are, we thought it our duty to let you know of some of the nicest and leafiest places south of the river to visit to get the best out of Autumn...
1. Point Hill: Greenwich
With one of the most stunning panoramas of the London skyline, Point Hill sits at the top on a list of London’s best viewpoints. Encircled by trees with a large open space filling the summit of the hill, a bench occupies prime position at the horizon lookout.
Visit this historical site and imagine how the skyline in front of you would have looked like on that day in 1940. In summer, a trip to Point Hill will provide you with a feeling of rising above the capital and soaring with the birds that dip and dive amongst the trees and rooftops. A winter excursion should be undertaken with the correct clothing as there isn’t a huge degree of shelter. However, the lookout bench is the perfect place for lovers to sit with misty breath and watch London light up in the growing dark. Find it here. (but don't tell!)
2. Greenwich Park: Greenwich
Through the village of Greenwich or across Blackheath Common will take you to the Royal Greenwich Park. With its secret gardens, tennis courts, cricket green and pedalo lake, there’s so much scope for family fun and enjoyment. Also, if we get an early snow (highly unlikely), the many undulating hills that lead down to the maritime museum are the perfect place to take your toboggan this winter.
3. Eltham Palace Gardens: Eltham
Whilst visiting this medieval palace, do take time to step out into the beautifully kept gardens. The English Heritage have restored and kept up the site tremendously. With 19 acres of greenery, allow enough time to explore the herbaceous border designed by award-winning garden designer Isabelle Van Groeningen and nose around the Rock Garden with its pools and cascades flowing to the moat where London’s oldest working bridge is. Find it here.
4. Crystal Palace Park: Crystal Palace
With idyllic avenues of trees with overhanging branches and canopies that catch the light, patterning the ground with dappled shapes, walking through Crystal Palace Park is a wonderful spot for a romantic stroll or some alone time with a good book.
If you’re looking for a family trip, the full-scale models of dinosaurs are definitely a place to take the kids. The maze and various lakes should also be incorporated into the day out. Find it here.
5. Chumleigh Gardens: Walworth
The gardens of this Victorian alms house situated in the hustle and bustle of South London are a city oasis. Horticultural designs reflecting Mediterranean, Islamic, Oriental, African & English gardens are adjacent to one another. Sculptor Heather Burrell who designed the garden’s gate, built it to represent community and police joint efforts against hate crime and its upkeep is managed by those with recent or ongoing health issues. Find it here.
6. Sevendroog Castle: Shooters Hill
This Grade II listed building situated on Shooters Hill in Oxleas Wood was built to commemorate Commodore Sir William James, who in 1755 led the attack on Suvarnadurg fortress of the Maratha Empire in Western India.
Over the centuries the castle fell into disrepair as it changed ownership several times. Having been bought by the council in 1922, by 1984 they could not manage the costs and the castle was boarded up. Sevendroog then became part of the BBC TV series Restoration in 2004. The show garnered support for the castle and by 2014, Sevendroog was opened up to the public. From the battlements at the top of the castle one can see 7 counties on a clear day. With extensive woodland stretching out around the castle and a quaint tearoom at the entrance to the tower, a visit to Sevendroog is a great day out for the family. Find it here.
7. Nunhead Cemetary: Nunhead
Nunhead Cemetery is one of the 7 Magnificent Cemeteries in South London. With notable burials such as English Shakespearean actor, George John Bennett and Cordite co-inventor Sir Fredrick Abel take your time to weave your way around the cemetery and stroll amongst the large proportion of First and Second World War graves.
The cemetery is a Local Nature Reserve and Site of Metroplitan Importance for Wildlife. Tawny owls and woodpeckers populated the dense woodland around the area. Only a 5 minute walk from Nunhead Station, walk in peace in this area of tranquillity and history and have a look at Charlotte Mew’s famous poem In Nunhead Cemetery whilst your there. Find it here.
8. Horniman Museum & Gardens: Forest Hill
Situated on a hill-top overlooking Forest Hill, The Horniman Museum & Gardens provides a phenomenal view of South London and beyond. It is beautifully designed, with a botanical garden, a band stand and ample foliage both large and small to keep you protected from the high winds. The museum is a nationally renowned charity and is home to some fascinating relics and fossils. Be sure to check out all these features out on your Autumn stroll, taking in the stunning views and the cultural history that this lovely institution provides. Find it here.
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We thought it was high time we did a list of the blue plaques of one of South London's most well-known areas - Peckham. There is no doubt that Peckham is up there with Wimbledon and Greenwich as one of the place names most synonymous with South London, and this maybe down somewhat to the success of the sitcom Only Fools and Horses, which, as most of you probably know, was set in Peckham. A lot like much of South London, Peckham has a relatively low number of blue plaques, and there are actually only 3 'official' blue plaques in the whole area. Alongside these 'official' plaques, which are part of the scheme run by English Heritage and the London County Council before them, there are also plaques voted for by the people of Southwark. Though these are also blue, they don't have quite the same status as the others, but we thought we'd include them anyway because the people and things they commemorate are still significant. We have made it clear, however, whichplaques are Southwark plaques. So, without much further ado, here is our list of the blue plaques of Peckham.
Accidentally wearing the same clothes as someone else is terrifying. No, not just a similar outfits, we're talking about actually wearing the same garment as someone else, and then both of you recognising this. You don't actually have to be wearing the said clothes for this to happen - have you ever seen someone else wearing an item of clothing that you own? We have, and it's a chastening experience. There is a very simple reason as to why this happens, oh so simple, and it's that we're all buying our clothes from the same sodding shops! The best way to avoid this is to avoid the major big brands, avoid them like the plague, and instead head to local independent clothes shops. Not only do these shops stock a wide variety of great clothes, they tend to stock much smaller brands, and sometimes their in-house labels as well. Not only does this make it more likely that no one else is wearing the same threads as you, it also means you're contributing more directly to the local economy. Anyway, to get you started we thought we'd give a rundown of what we think are the 7 best independent clothes shops in Brixton.
We read a statistic last year that said, in 2016, 14% of English footballers in the Premier League were from South London. That got us thinking, who are the best players from South London? Then we thought, what if we were to assemble a team of the greatest players to come from the wondrous land of South London? South London being defined as any London Borough south of the River Thames. Now, for fairness, to define a player from South London, we thought we would include both players born in South London and players brought up in South London. So this means if a player was both in South London, they are from South London and if they were born away from South London, but brought up in South London, then they are also from South London. So there are players in this list who were born in South London, but brought up elsewhere, and also players born outside South London, but brought up here. We should stress that this is our XI, and you have every right to disagree with it. If you do, as is very likely, we would welcome your suggestions to players who should be included. Anyway, here it is, our all-time South London XI
Florists are useful for quite a number of occasions - weddings and funeral particularly, but there remit is not limited to those sorts of events. In fact, most florists will cover all your flower needs. We admire good flowers at South London Club, we recognise the importance of a good florist, and the effect that flowers can have on the atmosphere of a room, and so and so forth. We're not just about recommending good places to have food, we're about supporting independent businesses of all kinds, and South London has plethora of fantastic florists to choose from. We've decided it's about time that we gave you a rundown of what we think are the 17 best florists in London, and hopefully our list will prove useful should you need the services of a florist in the near future.
For those who don't know, the Woolwich Ferry is a free ferry service that connects Woolwich on the south side of the Thames, with North Woolwich on the north side. Like doing a history of the Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels, some might argue that the Woolwich Ferry really exists across the Thames, however, like the Woolwich Foot Tunnel, it's named after Woolwich, which is in South London. No North London, you can't have the Woolwich Ferry - you already took Woolwich Arsenal (when was there ever an actual arsenal in Holloway Road we ask?). This is all very brash fighting talk and, as you'll see, we're going to have to backtrack pretty hard on it after this first glorious image of the Woolwich Ferry, but for the time being, we'll maintain our stance as we begin a brief history of the Woolwich Ferry.
Bicycling as a method of transport for getting round London has grown and grown - something which is only positive. While some cyclists are not as responsible as they should be, it's likely that those individuals would be just as careless behind the wheel of a car, so we should be thankful that they are only in control of a bike. South London Club are firmly behind this clean method of transport which also provides a convenient opportunity to exercise. We understand it can be aggravating as a driver if a cyclist skips a red light, but just bear in mind that if you are involved in a collision - they'll be coming off a lot worse, so maybe be a little more forgiving when in control of a machine that was directly involved in the death of 1,732 people in 2015, and in incidents which caused serious injuries to 22,137 individuals. Anyway, less about that, and more about how useful bike shops are, and how the gradual growth in the number of independent bike shops across South London reflects how many people are now using their bike to get around. We know that a good bike shop is something that many people rely on for repairs and whatnot, so we think it's a good idea to give you our list of the the 13 best bike shops in South London.
Ah Richmond, scene to the most famous quotation of the 21st century so far – “Fenton…Fenton…Fenton! Fentoon!! Fentaaahn!!! Fentaaaaahn!!! Fentaaahn!!!! Oh, Jesus Christ! Fentaaaahn!! Oh, Jesus Christ! FENTAAAAAGHN!! Oh, Christ!” Still famed for its deer, Richmond Park is the centrepiece of leafy Richmond, which used to play host to all sorts of royal types, including Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I. Beyond royalty, Richmond has also been called home by a number of famous ladies and gentlemen, most of whom are commemorated by blue plaques. We at South London Club love lists, so here is a list of the blue plaques of Richmond.
Parks are vitally important, particularly in urban environments like London. To be able to escape the concrete and steel cage of the city, for just an hour possibly, has to be a good thing. Not that the countryside is for everyone, there are plenty of people who can't stand the slowness, the absence of activity, but to have that sort of space is very good. Below we've provided you with a shortlist of what we think are the best park in South London, and we've tried to make the spread as fair as possible. Obviously all of this is subjective, and we may have missed your favourite park out, for that we can only apologise - we did out best. We tried to make the definition as fair as possible, so if it was defined by the council that runs it as a park, we included it - which explains the presence of Blackheath in the shortlist. We've been asking you guys to vote a bit recently, and you guys have responded really well. We had a vote for South London's Best Train Station, and then we asked you to vote for South London's Worst Train Station - almost twice as many of you voted in the latter poll, than in the former, giving an indicator as to how much us South Londoners like a good moan. We won't be asking you to vote for South London's worst park though, we don't think that's anything worth celebrating at all - parks as an idea are inherently positive, and should be treated so, regardless of their current state. Anyway, we've included images of the parks below the voting form, have a look at some of those if you need to be reminded what they look like. The voting closes on Thursday 27th July, and the results will be released on Friday 28th July.
We all have a particular meal that we enjoy more than others, it's natural, so don't feel bad about it. Some days you feel like trying something new, some days you don't, and today we're gonna be focusing on those days that you don't - though you could still use this list as a guide of places where you can try new foods, there's absolutely nothing stopping you. There are even more added layers to all this, you could use this list as a guide for new places for you try your favourite foods at, did you think of that? Yes? Well done then. If you are using this list of 17 places for your favourite foods in South London for any of these reasons, that's fine, we just hope you're using it safely, in a responsible environment, with people you trust. Anyway, here it is.
Having established what are the Top 10 Best Train Stations In South London, we set about finding out what the respectable denizens of South London thought were the Top 10 Worst Stations In South London. We examined every station, we considered the statistics, and we provided you with a shortlist. The votes are now in, and boy do the quantity of votes reveal what a miserable bunch we South Londoners are. We received almost double the votes for this then we did when deciding the best train stations! Clearly, we far prefer to moan about train stations than we do praise them. Anyway, for those who missed the initial voting phase, the criteria for stations on this list were stations within Zone 4, south of the river, that were either particularly bleak, particularly useless, or possibly even both. This was a pretty tight run affair, and came down to the wire as to which would be top dog, the tightest of wires! So, here we go, beginning at number 10, the top 10 worst train stations in South London, as voted for by you - the people