Local History

A Brief History of Dulwich Picture Gallery

A Brief History of Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery is the oldest public art gallery in England, having opened its doors to the public in 1817. As you can expect, the gallery has a rich history that we were keen to dive into. From a cherished friendship to a painting famous for being stolen the most times than any other, here is our brief history of Dulwich Picture Gallery.

A Deeper Look Into Stockwell’s Bronze Woman Statue

A Deeper Look Into Stockwell’s Bronze Woman Statue

This statue is one that marks many incredible events in history, from the Empire Windrush to what became the Bronze Woman Project. This blog will take you deeper into how this sculpture came to be and the significant history that is behind it. What you will find at the centre of it all, is one very special woman by the name of Cécile Nobrega.

A Brief Inside Look Into Croydon Borough’s History

A Brief Inside Look Into Croydon Borough’s History

Did you know a part of Croydon’s history was behind the inspiration for a Beatles song? Croydon’s humble beginnings into a huge London borough shouldn’t be forgotten, with its rich religious history and musical influences, this blog will dive into what makes Croydon the prominent borough of London it is today!

Two Spoons: Southeast's most exciting new bar.

Two Spoons: Southeast's most exciting new bar.

A cosy little café by day, we’re here for the night: a showcase of its new list of 10 cocktails inspired by local landmarks and figures. Inside, you could be in Paris with the darkened, intimate atmosphere - almost enough to make you forget that just outside are London’s rainy streets and not a mild, leafy Parisian boulevard. Almost. The new menu is a definitively local affair with one important...

History of The Brixton Markets

History of The Brixton Markets

“We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue and then we’ll take it higher” sang Eddy Grant in his 1982 hit single. The song - his response to the 1981 Brixton riots - centred on one of the area’s most famous streets and home to part of Brixton Markets. Brixton Markets now comprises of the street market down Electric Avenue, Pope’s Road and Brixton Station Road plus the arcades of Brixton Village, Market Row and Reliance Arcade.

A Brief History of the Brockley Jack

A Brief History of the Brockley Jack

The Brockley Jack is so synonymous with the area of Brockley and Crofton Park, that it has its own bus stop. There is good reason for this. A pub of that name has stood on that spot since 1863, though the current building, as the date at the top states, has stood there since 1893. There is, nevertheless, a more intriguing history to be told here...

Blue Plaques of Blackheath

Blue Plaques of Blackheath

Blackheath is not quite as famous as its near neighbour, Greenwich, despite today sharing a similar atmosphere and community. Curiously however, Blackheath has more blue plaques than the part of London that time itself is named after. Here's an assemblage of some the many great people that have lived in Blackheath.

London History Day

London History Day

On Wednesday 31st May 2017 the first ever London History Day is set to he held. The date marks the anniversary of the day in 1859 when Big Ben began keeping time for the residents of London. The aim of the day is to highlight our great city’s wonderful history and is part of Historic England’s wider ‘Keep it London’ campaign, which aims to make Londoners discuss and celebrate the heritage of the capital. All across London, more than 40 galleries, museums and institution will be showing rare London-related objects, or staging special events and conducting tours to mark the occasion. A number of these special events will be happening south of the river in the more pleasant half of London. To save you time, we at South London Club have compiled a list of the events happening in South London