As an area, Brockley & Crofton Park has an inordinate number of incredible curry offerings per square foot. Seriously, they should be listed as local amenities by Real Estates. Regional delicacies hailing from the Himalayan foothills, the Malaysian Peninsula, from the Pakistani plains to the beaches of Goa, Brockley’s got just about anything you could think of to spice up your weekly takeaway…
There's nothing like a little pick-me-up as the days are getting colder. As you swap to your winter boots and scarves and the seasons change, sometimes you want to change your look as well. Not forgetting that much needed relaxation that comes with a beauty treatment. Well, South London has a lot to offer you in terms of pampering and chilling out. Here are our 7 favourite salons that you can count on to make you feel special and leave looking fabulous! You deserve it...
We live in a day and age where faceless supermarket chains surround us and promise cheap deals and convenience. But it hasn’t always been this way, and it doesn’t have to stay that way. So what can we really do about it? We think the story of Waters SE23 might inspire you to get involved in bringing local businesses back to life.
Markets may seem like a lost pleasure in this day and age of instant internet shopping, but there is still something special about meandering around the many stalls on offer and finding something truly unique. Whether it evokes happy memories of your childhood, you want to find a new trinket or you want some yummy food, South London has a market that is perfect for you.
When you were first handed the keys to your home you had visions of a perfectly executed interior design that wouldn't look out of place in a showroom. Instead, you've managed to accumulate random pieces of furniture and decorations that somehow make up the patchwork of where you now live and you think it is time for a change. Maybe you want a full-scale renovation and need the full works, or maybe you want to change up the colour scheme with fresh carpet and blinds. Or perhaps you just want a new piece to add charm and sophistication to your indoor vista. Whatever you want or whatever your style, you don't have to trek to IKEA to look at the same old items and get insanely stressed in the process. South London's independent shops are here to help you create the home of your dreams.
For a foodstuff that makes up a very large part of the diet of a large proportion of the the great people of South London, we don't seem to take much care in the quality of the meat we eat. We're happy to go to the supermarket and buy the pre-packaged meat on the shelves because it's more convenient, and we're not going to damn you for doing it, a lot of the time you've just come home from work and haven't got any food in your fridge. However, we would certainly encourage you to make an effort in purchasing meat of a higher quality as the taste and flavour will certainly make it worthwhile. Butchery is an ancient trade and though almost all large supermarkets will have a butcher in their premises, independent butchers are a great way of supporting the local economy. If you're not sure of where to look for your new local independent butcher, we're here to help you with our list of the 11 best butchers in South London.
Camberwell is one of the most ancient parts of South London. When it appeared in the Domesday Book back in 1086 it was already a pretty substantial settlement, and due to it's rather central location has a long association with London - much longer than most of South London. For a while Camberwell has gone somewhat unnoticed by those who aren't from the area or live around it due to the success of its near neighbour Peckham, however, due to the potential saturation of Peckham (it's just becoming too trendy for the trendy-types), Camberwell has seen its own form of trend-ification. It's a great place to get some great food, and we think it's about time some of its brilliant eateries got the credit they deserve, so here is our list of the 7 best meals in Camberwell.
Beer shops are actually quite an old thing, though it might not feel that way. Having gone through something of a lull, plenty of beer shops have been opening up all over London in recent years off the back of the surging craft beer scene. As we all know, and we as showed in our A-Z, South London is home to the best craft breweries in all of London - and the presence of these breweries has led to the opening of some fantastic beer shops. Beer shop operate in a very similar manner to wine sellers, and they are wonderful places to just browse - you know, just stand around looking at stuff you might buy. If you haven't got into the craze that is figuratively sweeping South London, we think it's about time that you did, so to help you get going here is our list of the 14 best beer shops in South London.
Ask many of the older members of the South London community and they will tell you that pollution, particularly smog, used to be a fact of life in the area - and that could probably have been said for the rest of London at that time. To give you an idea of the scale, from 1933-1978 there were 9 fossil-fuel burning power stations alone operating in what constitutes as South London today, and 11 north of the river as well for most of that period - that's also not counting the large number in surrounding counties like Kent. When one looks at figures like that, it's hardly surprising that events like the Great Smog of London in 1952 occurred. All but one of those South London power stations were decommissioned during a period between 70s to the early 80s, and only some of the buildings are still standing. These structures, however, were quite stark and significant, and though not all of them were quite as massive as Battersea, they still stood out on the skyline. We're interested in telling the story of South London, and many of you will remember these power stations, while some of you might not even know that these power stations were there. So, here it is, a list of the 10 power stations of South London.