Keeping It Local:

Some businesses and even some private homes have already been decked with fairy lights, trees and tinsel, but next weekend, the first in December marks the kick-off for festive fun and retail.

If, like me, your idea of hell is a crowded shopping centre or overheated department store there are artists’ studios in both Camberwell, SE5, and Walworth, SE17, open next weekend. And I’m sorry to tell you you’ve missed it, but today there was a sale of locally produced honey at Lettsom Gardens with the best lucky dip ever – everyone was a winner.

Back to next weekend. On Saturday I’m leading a guided walk around Walworth, my home patch.

The walk begins outside Kennington tube at 10.45, and ends outside opposite the Open Studios outside a café where dogs are welcome. It costs just £10pp and there’s no need to book in advance. Continue reading “Keeping It Local:”

Denmark Hill and Camberwell Walk

This Sunday at 2.30 in the afternoon I’ll be leading a guided walk around Denmark Hill and Camberwell. It’s a public walk, so everyone is welcome to come along. It costs £9 per adult, £7 for over 65s and full-time students. Meet me outside Denmark Hill Station. I’ll have a clutch of London Walks leaflets with me.

Of course Camberwell had its few minutes of fame the other week when Camberwell Grove was featured on BBC’s The Secret History of Our Streets. If you missed it, click here, the programme is still available on BBC iplayer for the next few days.

Mendelssohn used to come to Camberwell, though he didn’t stay in Camberwell Grove. You may recognise this piece he composed during one of his visits.

Its original title was Camberwell Green. As Michael Caine, whose name also crops up on this walk, might say, not many people know that.

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