Age Exchange: Creativity and challenges to combat loneliness in older adults

South East London Blog reporter Julie Bird talks to Age Exchange about the growing older adult population and creative ways of working to help reduce loneliness and isolation often experienced by many. Founded in 1983 by Pam Schweitzer MBE, Age Exchange was formed as a response to the growing recognition of the value of reminiscence work with older … More Age Exchange: Creativity and challenges to combat loneliness in older adults

Handmade Food, Blackheath: Restaurant Review

Does eating food from a sustainable business taste better?  Trends report that consumers are more and more looking to spend their money and associate with brands that present ethical sustainable practice and credentials, a way for consumers to also play their part in the process. For Handmade Food in Blackheath, their ethos is all about … More Handmade Food, Blackheath: Restaurant Review

April #SpotlightOn Artist Andrew McIntosh, ‘I Saw This Coming’

Andrew McIntosh is a British artist whose new body of work re-contextualises derelict buildings in south east London, drawing on his ongoing interest in the political dispute between artists and the inevitable developments of the property market. As a fan of Urban Decay and Derelict Art, one favourite artist being J Bennett Fitts,  I was keen … More April #SpotlightOn Artist Andrew McIntosh, ‘I Saw This Coming’

Support Future Green Spaces – Sprout Up CrowdFunder to Create RHS Hampton Court Flower Show Garden

Sprout Up is a garden design company that volunteers to help local schools and children’s nurseries have better outdoor spaces so children can freely access nature.  However, in the cold light of day, lack of time and funds often means that not enough children are being reached to make a lasting difference. Last year, Sprout … More Support Future Green Spaces – Sprout Up CrowdFunder to Create RHS Hampton Court Flower Show Garden

Let’s all start cooking a bit more. One organisation’s mission to create a butterfly-effect towards a healthy, sustainable eating experience.

2019 is tipped to be the year where ugly fruit and veg is no longer deemed ugly, but invaluable. To ‘through the ages’, where the focus is on enabling oneself to lead a longer, healthier life, ‘as consumers deem health and wellness a holistic, proactive and ongoing pursuit.’*  Well, one south London organisation is helping … More Let’s all start cooking a bit more. One organisation’s mission to create a butterfly-effect towards a healthy, sustainable eating experience.

Buenos Aires, Greenwich: A month’s meat fix in one night – Restaurant Review

Argentina is renowned for its good meat and red wine, and whilst we are not in Argentina, you can find a good taste of the culture in the midst of south-east London, Greenwich, which is the location for the family-run business, Buenos Aires cafe. Reinaldo Varga and his wife, Kate set up the restaurant in … More Buenos Aires, Greenwich: A month’s meat fix in one night – Restaurant Review

February #SpotlightOn Artists’ Maggie Li and Frann Preston-Gannon

This month we had the pleasure to meet Maggie Li and Frann Preston-Gannon, friends and fellow children illustrators as they prepare to showcase their work at an exhibition in Herne Hill. We were  impressed by Maggie’s and Frann’s desire to educate children by raising awareness of problems in the natural world, which they are clearly passionate about. It … More February #SpotlightOn Artists’ Maggie Li and Frann Preston-Gannon

Walking With Dinosaurs

Caroline Cross steps back in time with the world famous Crystal Palace park dinosaurs. Fundraising efforts have paid off for a south east London charity who has campaigned to build a bridge to connect visitors of Crystal Palace Park to the 167 year old resident dinosaurs. Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs (FCPD) has been on a mission … More Walking With Dinosaurs

January #SpotlightOn Artist Nick Richards

We are always humbled to meet local artists’ and the #SpotlightOn feature is one of our favourite highlights of the month.   For the first of our 2019 series, the January issue presents Nick Richards, local Sydenham artist and fellow Crystal Palace Park running pal. Tell us about your work? I’m a painter of portraits, landscapes … More January #SpotlightOn Artist Nick Richards

PizzArte, Brockley – Restaurant Review

PizzaArte is a family friendly Italian restaurant situated on Brockley Rise, south east London.  The venue is bright, airy and welcomes diners in with a well priced traditional offering. S.E.London.Blog tells you more: Service and story PizzArte pretty much does what it says on the tin, a family-friendly Italian restaurant in south east London.  Set … More PizzArte, Brockley – Restaurant Review

Toomai Square, Pan-Asian Greenwich – Restaurant Review

We were recently invited to the newly opened Toomai Square in Greenwich.  A family-run restaurant that brings bold pan-Asian cooking to the heart of the borough. S.E.London.Blog tells you more: Service and Story Set up by two brothers hailing from a small village in Northeast India, Toomai Square combines much-loved Thai, Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian classics on … More Toomai Square, Pan-Asian Greenwich – Restaurant Review

A hint of Flint and a sprinkle of Asparagus – Clement & Black Wine Tasting

Picture the setting…  A cosy bar in south east London, candlelight,  enthralling conversation, a charcuterie board to write home about and an abundance of great tasting wine. ‘This is not any wine tasting, this is a Clement and Black Wine Tasting.’ As we settled in for the night at Two Spoons in Honor Oak we … More A hint of Flint and a sprinkle of Asparagus – Clement & Black Wine Tasting

‘Glad I Did It’ Inside the mind of Ruth Ellis, Bermondsey Project Space

This week sees the launch of Glad I Did It, a creative installation by Award-winning Irish artist Christina Reihill that steps inside the mind of Ruth Ellis, the last British woman to face the death penalty. In an immersive three storey installation, the exhibition uncovers the facts about Ruth Ellis’ psyche that have never been brought … More ‘Glad I Did It’ Inside the mind of Ruth Ellis, Bermondsey Project Space

Bianco43 Pizzeria, Blackheath – Ristorante Review

Bianco43 is one of south east London’s authentic Italian pizzeria’s specialising in traditional Italian cuisine.  Massimo, Fabrizio and the team invite diners to enjoy a menu of carefully selected ingredients from specific regions of their homeland, bringing a true Italian flavour to London. S.E.London.Blog tells you more: Service and Story The Bianco43 team are friendly … More Bianco43 Pizzeria, Blackheath – Ristorante Review

DeptfordX – A Living Visual Arts Festival

This weekend DeptfordX opens, a ten-day free festival of visual arts focused on new work by emerging local artists. Every year, DeptfordX throws open its doors to contributions from independent contemporary artists in its long-running un-curated fringe festival. This year, platform artists Shawanda Corbett, Georgia Lucas-Going, David Steans, NT and Laura Yuile and Special Project … More DeptfordX – A Living Visual Arts Festival

September #SpotlightOn: Peckhamite Abstract Artist Katrina Adams

September’s #SpotlightOn is bought to you by Marcela from @SESussed… ‘When South East London Blog got in touch about working together I jumped at the chance.  I was already a big fan of Rosanna’s work and her blog was hugely informative, especially when I first started writing about the area myself. So I am thrilled to … More September #SpotlightOn: Peckhamite Abstract Artist Katrina Adams

What do you do to help build a more sustainable, greener environment? A Spotlight On: Norwood Collective and the south London #LocalGreenHeroes

What do you do to help make the community greener? Recycle packaging and food scraps, use a compost or even a wormery?  You may carry a reusable coffee cup, or offer those that do money off a cuppa? We’d love to know. It is always good to see individuals and local businesses moving towards a … More What do you do to help build a more sustainable, greener environment? A Spotlight On: Norwood Collective and the south London #LocalGreenHeroes

Look Local – 55 East: A Social Enterprise Hub, East Street, Walworth.

In 2017, Hatch Enterprise, a charity that supports social enterprise in South London opened 55 East:  a co-working space set up as an affordable hub for the community on East Street. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, it has now launched three spaces:  55 East Studio, an affordable co-working and training space; 55 East Lounge, events and … More Look Local – 55 East: A Social Enterprise Hub, East Street, Walworth.

Introducing #SESussed Entrepreneurs Series: Nena Foster.Food.

Last month we introduced Marcela from #SESussed.  Keen to share Marcela’s ‘south east London’s entrepreneurs series with you, here is the first in collaboration with South East London Blog:  Marcela interviews Nena Foster.Food. Tell us a bit about ‘Nena Foster. Food.’ Food and nutrition have always been a big part of my life as a vegetarian … More Introducing #SESussed Entrepreneurs Series: Nena Foster.Food.

Doctors orders this summer: First Aid Box, Herne Hill – Restaurant Review

First Aid Box (FAB) in Herne Hill – little sister to Shrub and Shutter – packs a mighty fine punch into the world of signature cocktails and food residencies. We ventured down to meet the guys last month, Chris and Dave, owners of Salts of the Earth drink consultancy opened this place following the opening … More Doctors orders this summer: First Aid Box, Herne Hill – Restaurant Review

Love ABBA? Then the Super Troupers exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre may just blow your mind….

Here’s some ABBA trivia for you: Did you know that London’s Met Police declined ABBA’s request to shoot the video for ‘Super Trouper’ in Piccadilly Circus? In a ten year career, ABBA only toured for three months in total. Jim Henson’s Creature Shop created puppets of the band members. The very clever teams at the Southbank Centre and Entertainment Exhibitions … More Love ABBA? Then the Super Troupers exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre may just blow your mind….

400 Rabbits Crystal Palace Gets All Up In My Grill – Restaurant Review

Ever wondered why it’s called Four Hundred Rabbits?  It is all to do with fermentation.  A process revered by the Aztecs who worshipped a goddess of alcohol and a god that discovered fermentation.  The two (so folklore has it) ‘got it on’ one night and created offspring, otherwise known as the 400 rabbit gods.  And there … More 400 Rabbits Crystal Palace Gets All Up In My Grill – Restaurant Review

March #SpotlightOn Artist Andy Holden’s Laws of Motion at The Cinema Museum, Kennington, London

That’s not all folks! Artist Andy Holden invites you to re-live your childhood love of cartoons and walks us through the ten rules of motion in an animated landscape. We dropped in to see Andy at The Cinema Museum, a unique, historic space devoted to keeping alive the spirit of cinema. By Rosanna Head. Tell … More March #SpotlightOn Artist Andy Holden’s Laws of Motion at The Cinema Museum, Kennington, London