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Come to Camberwell for Coffee

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Following on from the previous post on Camberwell coffee it seems that development of the Camberwell cofee ‘scene’ is continuing — two new arrivals are worth highlighting — Daily Goods and the Pigeon Hole.

Daily Goods is due to open very very soon (maybe this week or next?) at 36 Camberwell Church Street. According to this article on sprudge.com the new shop will combine American influences with the proprieter having moved from a concession in Kinko Cycles in Soho to this new venture in Camberwell.

A coffee shop that has fairly recently opened is the Pigeon Hole Cafe at 2 Datchelor Place (just down from the Flying Fish) — it is a cafe and antique shop, its website states “Everything you see inside – from the tables and chairs, to the artwork on the walls – is for sale, whilst the cafe will provide customers with the best of local food and drink, sticking to simple recipes with an aim to excite the taste buds.” The cafe’s website features lots of enticing food and cakes

Cant wait to wake up and smell the new Camberwell coffee!

 

Edited to add: According to their Twitter account Daily Goods Camberwell opened on Thursday 24 July

Comment now » . July 23rd, 2014. Filed under Eating & Drinking

Camberwell Arts Festival, 20th Anniversary

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It’s 5 days until kick off…

… No, not the England game, but London’s finest Camberwell Arts Festival, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary.

From the 14th June, Camberwell will once again become the urban gallery as artists take their work out of the studio and on to the fair streets of SE5, exhibiting in unusual locations, from bus-stops to billboards, cafes to car parks and pubs to parks. 20 public installations have been commissioned with help from Arts Council England, as well as a bigger better Lucky Dip arts competition.

The Literary Kitchen Festival

This year there is even more performing arts, spoken word and live music then ever before: The wonderful Literary Kitchen Festival will take residency at the Peckham Pelican, championing new and emerging talent and acting as a hub to generate writing practices and a sense of community for writers.

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St Giles Church will host two evenings of live music, one of which will feature the inimitable Ida Barr hosting The Pop-Up Choir’s 5th birthday on Saturday 14th June with music from Fleetwood Mac, Daft Punk and J-Lo all washed down with a fully licensed bar. You’d be fools to miss it. (£6 on the door)

The festival also includes an exclusive Edinburgh preview by Nitroglicerina at The Bear along with a wealth of Fringe events which will include workshops by Camberwell UAL, public art installations throughout SE5 and an Open Studio weekend (21/22nd) showcasing the diversity of the local artistic community who hail from studios: Clockwork, Coldharbour, Empress Mews, Warrior, Vanguard as well as artists based at their own homes.

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The festival opens this Saturday (14th June) with the ‘Made in Camberwell’ Art Market on Camberwell Green (10-5pm) bringing together some of the best hand crafted products by local artists, designers and creators of ceramics, fine art, photographic prints, textiles, bags and more.

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And how do you celebrate a 20th anniversary? With China of course! Camberwell Arts is very proud to have collaborated with local design hero’s, Mini Moderns to release a range of already sought after commemorative mugs, which are on pre-order at Etsy and can be collected from the Arts Market.Don’t be a Mug: They are sure to become collectors items! Purchase a set of these Camberwell Beauties and 100% of the profit is invested back into the festival.

On Sunday 22rd June, once you’ve complete the Open Studio trail, kick back with an afternoon of Comedy in the Sun with an impressive lineup of comedic talent, followed by a trip to see Chutney8 and their annual encampment on Camberwell Green where we celebrate the end of this 20th arts festival with a carnival of the weird and wonderful.

Full programme details are now available at www.camberwellarts.org.uk/festival-2014 and a beautiful printed brochure is available throughout Camberwell. We suggest you grab a copy, and a highlighter pen and start planning how much you can squeeze in!

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9 Comments » . June 9th, 2014. Filed under Art, Events, General

Coffee in Camberwell — the public speak

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With the news that two new cafés, Daily Goods Coffee and Sun Café, will be opening shortly, it seems we’re having somewhat of a coffee (re-)naissance in the area at the moment. This is something I feel I should be writing about, yet feel uniquely unqualified for: I just don’t like coffee. So I thought I’d open this up to the public on Twitter, and here present my crowd-sourced guide to Camberwell café society.

One of the latest to open, and perhaps the most popular in all the responses, is Fowlds. The upholsterer, a fixture of Addington Square for so many years, has converted the front of their workshop into a café which is petit but trés chic (not sure why I went French with that). It’s away from the centre of Camberwell, meaning it’s probably little known; as David O’Mara said, “only realised Fowlds was near to where I live a short time ago, definitely think its the best in the area”. Celia agreed: “Fowlds all the way”. Vaguechera says “Fowlds is the perfect coffee spot — super coffee, lush cake, great little spot to hang out and a nice friendly vibe”, and Kat Brown adds “I went to Fowlds specially and it was lovely — great atmosphere, coffee, food”. Burgess Park also chimed in, saying Fowlds is “awesome! Double thumbs up. Be great if there could be more outside seating” (it is on the small side).

Maloko, on Church Street, also has positive reviews. Peckham Burger says “I like Maloko. Nice coffee, good music, smells divine and the most charming service. A little gem.” Jane Common addedI like the coffee, and lots of others speak highly too, in the Brazilian place” (it’s Cameroonian, I think).

Just down the road, Sammy Boy says House is “always friendly, and have good coffee! Plus you can sit in the window and feel like an artsy display!”, and Anna Mazzola says House have the “best cappuccino in SE5!  House also came in for praise from Sam B (no relation), who mentioned Flying Coffee Bean in Denmark Hill station too.

Peterwalker99 cast a vote of confidence for No. 67 “by miles. Some of the best in London, I’d say.” Andy seconded that.

My wife may not be a fan of Cafe Noir, but it has its enthusiasts. James Piper says “Cafe Noir all the time. Great loyalty card. 5 coffees then a free one.” Camberwell Carrots spoke up in favour of Angels & Gypsies and Cool Cats Café. At the weekend, M Degen prefers “my caffeine fix from the guy on Camberwell Green market.”

Less enthusiasm was shown for Costa, recently opened on Denmark Hill. Jo C sayson principle never Costa support local crews ie Love Walk, Eroma, Cafe Noir”. I have to point out here that Costa was a local crew — they started as a roastery in Lambeth some 40-odd years ago and opened their first retail branch in Vauxhall in 1978. Now as chain as chain can be, of course.

No-one mentioned Cycle PS or Cafe at the Ortus, which I’m sure is purely a matter of oversight, not opinion. And this is far from an exhaustive list (not a coffee drinker, remember?), so apologies if I’ve missed anyone out.

For me, you can keep your coffee; I’ll be trying out the wine at the newly-opened wine bar Le Tire Bouchon instead.

Update: Café Florence, opposite Love Walk Café on Denmark Hill, is tipped by HowardS: “Its coffee is really good and it is far superior in almost all ways to Love Walk, if you’re up this part of town.”

 

49 Comments » . May 28th, 2014. Filed under Eating & Drinking

Camberwell is for mugs

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As you may know, Camberwell Arts festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, a set of four beautiful mugs have been released. Designed by local interior designers Mini Moderns, the mugs show the Green, the Grove, a Camberwell Beauty, and the world-famous Camberwell Carrot.

Four Mugs with Camberwell-related designs

The mugs are for sale on Etsy; you can buy each individually for £12, or the whole set for £40. Be aware there’s no postal delivery — you’ll have to pick up from a stall at the arts market on 14th June. I’ve already ordered my set, and they’re selling fast so I recommend you get a wiggle on if you want to own them.

Update: The first batch sold out, but it seems a second batch should be available soon.

The full programme for this year’s event should be available soon; if someone involved with Camberwell Arts would like to write a short blog post, I’d be happy to publish it.

28 Comments » . May 16th, 2014. Filed under Art, Events