2015

Nathan: It's funny. You know. No matter how rich you get, shit goes wrong. You can't insulate yourself from it.- Ex MachinaResolute against a rising tide of gentrification - the face of Brockley 2015In 2015, a record number of new shops, cafes and restaurants opened in the area, but this growth in new arrivals was simply ...

Buster Mantis – Ante Up

Didn't get time for pics once ppl started arriving, but: bar looked like this last night. Thanks for coming, guys pic.twitter.com/ZORcpLbdRy— BUSTER MANTIS (@BUSTERMANTIS) December 20, 2015 Deptford archway bar / restaurant / gallery Buster Mantis is now open and throwing a New Year's Eve party to celebrate. Specialising in jerk cooking, it's already earned ...

Beginners Lindy Hop Course starting January 2016 at The Ivy House!

Dance Fit in January 2016 at The Ivy House! Traditional Jazz & Lindy Hop - new beginners course (for adults!) 16 Jan – 13 Feb 2016 (5 weeks) Saturdays 11am - 12noon / £50 Start 2016 with this fun 5-week introduction to the vibrant jazz dances of the 1920s-1940s. Learn how to dance the popular ...

Death by Dancing: New Cross (1940) and Bermondsey (1903)

A couple of tragic tales of death by dancing, hopefully those going out on New Year's Eve can avoid such dangers.  The first relates to the New Cross Palais de Danse - still going today as the Venue in New Cross Road - the second occured at a Christmas party in Bermondsey.'Witness 'jitterbugs' at inquest ...

The Independent tries the Hilly Fields Parkrun

Hilly Fields parkrunners in actionIndy journalist Genevieve Roberts has written about her experience of joining the 'ominously named' Hilly Fields parkrun. Much has already been said on these pages about this excellent institution, but Roberts' article is a good guide for anyone who's been thinking about trying it in 2016. She writes:Emma Malcolm, 44, a ...

Deptford Town Hall: commoning and history

I enjoyed the New Cross Commoners event at Deptford Town Hall last month (14 November) as part of the Being Human Festival. The aim was to host an  'an evening of open reading and discussions on the possibilities of commoning in New Cross, organised around the preparation and eating of food' with 'Bread and spreads... ...

Vote now for the Newcomer of the Year 2015

Voting for the Best Newcomer 2015 Award is now open. Please head over to the right-hand side of the page to cast your vote for the best new local high street business of the year.As ever, only businesses in Brockley and Ladywell are counted and businesses need to have changed hands and reinvented themselves to ...

Open the Window: soundscapes from South London to the World

For the third Christmas Eve in succession, Hither Green-based experimental/improvisational music label Linear Obsessional has released a compilation based on inviting submissions in line with a chosen theme. This year's premise was simple: 'open your window and record two minutes of what you can hear. Interacting with it live if you wish, or editing and ...

I Am An F.B.I. Estate Agent!

The Reverend Sheridan James wants to shake off the Feds. She writes:The space above the Hill Station, formerly known as Cafe Fed, is seeking a new tenant.Over the last 40 years this space has been a library, a cafe and a sixth form common room. This is a terrific space, with great views over London ...

Coming soon: Chaplin’s of London

Chaplin's of London is an established Deptford barber, opening a new branch in Crofton Park, next door to Jones of Brockley.Following on the heels of KR's Barber Station and Blue Tit, the gentlemen of Brockley have never been so well served for coiffeurs.