South East London Blog is an independent culture and lifestyle website sharing news, reviews and #SpotlightOn features on culture, food and drink, community, health and wellness and travel.
Editor in Chief – Rosanna started #SELondonBlog in 2016 as a natural step-up from @LoveHerneHill Twitter, Est. 2010, as it had grown from 1 to 8k followers. South East London Blog has since attracted a wide range of followers. Rosanna created this platform to celebrate local people and the community. Now well established, Rosanna continues to grow the content and is always keen to hear from people who have a story to tell. She is a communications specialist by day, by-life, regularly practices yoga and meditation, is a health and wellness junkie, wannabe chef, cyclist, loves comedy and dancing, and is on her own mission to #zerowaste and sustainability. Rosanna loves London. As a born and bred south Londoner, she truly believes it is a unique place, full of wonderful people, places and communities where the impossible does come true and chance meetings are what makes it extra special. Rosanna has various accolades to her name, is studying nutritional therapy and was a visiting student at the London School of Journalism in 2016. Rosanna’s favourite south east London spots include The Horniman, Prince Regent, White Hart, Beckenham Place Park, Southbank, Dulwich Woods, Greenwich Park, Crystal Palace Park and the markets of Deptford, Peckham and east Dulwich.
Nick Richards, Arts and Culture Contributor. Nick, is an artist living in Sydenham. Originally from Liverpool, he studied illustration in Kent, then dabbled in Graphic Design for a living before switching to oil painting, his true vocation, in the last few years. His work was selected for the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibition at Mall Galleries this year, he appears on Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year on television & is featured in the Portraits for NHS Heroes book just published by Bloomsbury. As well as portraits, Nick paints landscapes of the local area & has even been spotted painting the dinosaurs in the snow in Crystal Palace. Nick’s favourite SELondon spots are Dulwich Village, Sydenham Hill Wood. Beckenham Place Park and Crystal Palace Park.
Claire Foster, Lifestyle and Parenting Contributor. Claire’s love of writing began at high school studying Media and English. Claire is a Dulwich dweller and the mother of two year old Arthur.
Working in communications, Claire champions organisations with purpose and inclusivity. Whilst she sits on the executive board for Global Women in PR, she spends her time locally enjoying Dulwich and Brockwell Park. The dinosaurs at Crystal Palace are a firm favourite too. Her favourite pub for lunches with friends, dinner with parents and wine in the sunshine is the delightful Rosendale. That’s where she also met her NCT group.
Enjoying 15 months maternity leave attending baby signing in Herne Hill, baby yoga and cinema in West Norwood, Water Babies swimming lessons in Bromley, walking round the Horniman Museum or Dulwich Picture Gallery, Claire is now back at work and Arthur attends a local nursery. Outside of work and writing, Claire has been having 121 Pilates instruction for five years and can’t wait for Mighty Hoopla and Pub in the Park to return in 2021!
Julie Bird, Communities and Health Contributor. Julie is a retired professional who has worked for many years in NHS Mental Health Services, as well as in research and education. Julie is now working as a therapist in private practice, and has a particular interest in bereavement support. She has written a number of papers and book chapters focussing on the relationship between spiritual well-being and mental and emotional health. Her passions include reading, museums, gardening, is a self-confessed tea snob and enjoys cooking. Her Christmas cake is second to none. Julie’s favourite south London spots to wander are the Southbank and Greenwich park.
Laurel Waldron, Books Contributor. A lifelong bookworm, Laurel adores nothing more than escaping into a good tome; from enthralling fiction to escapist travel literature and intriguing biographies, last year she managed 76 reads. Originally from Kent, she’s lived in London for over a decade though only recently made the move to South East after seven years in Clapham. Something of a jack of all trades, Laurel juggles a full time role in beauty PR with freelance food and travel writing for a number of lifestyle titles and has a portfolio of hobbies, from singing in London’s coolest choir (according to Time Out…) to amateur photography and making bespoke wedding dresses on the side.
Though lockdown has somewhat hindered her exploration, Laurel’s favourite local haunts so far include Crystal Palace’s Blackbird Bakery and Sydenham’s Kirkdale Bookshop and she can’t wait to delve into more of the local food and drink this year, as well as get back on stage with her beloved choir at Mighty Hoopla!
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