Cycle cafe to open in Camberwell?

Exciting news — we may  will be getting a Cycle cafe here in Camberwell.

According to local blog Sansom Street cycle shop, cafe, bar Cycle PS which already operates on Newington Butts near to Elephant and Castle is considering opening a second shop in the old Tadim’s building on Camberwell Church Street.

Edited to add: We have had confirmation from Cycle PS that they are opening shortly — a comment was left here
“Hello! I’m commenting on behalf of Cycle PS, we are very excited about setting up our second branch of Cycle PS in Camberwell, and can’t wait to fix all of the camberwellians bikes. If you guys have any requests/suggestions I would love to hear them. Kind regards Harvey”

And in other exciting restaurant related news I see a new Italian  restaurant Gusto has opened up on Denmark Hill next to Pizza Hut and  opposite Nandos — walking past the other day I thought it looked good and might be worth investigating further. Has anyone been?


64 thoughts on “Cycle cafe to open in Camberwell?”

  1. I saw quite a lot of working going on in Tadim the other day — lots of glass fronted fridges (although maybe from tadim).… Great news if its a cycle cafe!

    Anyone have an update on what’s happening at the Recreation Ground?

  2. OPEN HOUSE is this weekend. Anyone in Camberwell producing household rubbish will be fascinated by the way it is turned into gold just off the Old Kent Road:

    Millwall, our local major team (and bottom of their division) struck gold on Tuesday beating top club Blackpool 3–1. They are now off the bottom. Tomorrow is their local derby against Charlton.

    Dulwich Hamlet hammered Shoreham 6–0 in the FA Cup to go through to the next round.

  3. Ah yes I saw the new Italian restaurant Gusto on Saturday — menu and surroundings look good, I will add it to my list of Camberwell places to go to.

    Sadly at 7:30pm or so on Sat when I walked by there seemed to only be two tables taken in Gusto. In contrast Nandos was full of people mostly young couples and families — I wonder what is the attraction of Nandos that other resturants dont have?

    Is it the accessibility, lack of stuffiness or is it a lack of confidence on the part of some people in approaching the traditional restaurant set-up? Is the familiarity which a chain has? Surely everyone has come across pizza and so pizza restaurants arent too threatening?

  4. @Sophiee,

    I have walked past Gusto a few times, stared at the menu, and the decor and wondered if I really can be bothered. The pizzas are more expensive than Caravaggio, and the decor is, well a little bit boring.

    What has it got to entice me in there?

    On the other hand, Nando’s has atmosphere, and you know what you are going to get. I may not personally like it, but many people do and they feel comfortable in there.

    I can’t yet say I would feel comfortable in Gusto’s. But maybe I am being a overly harsh.

    On the other hand, glad to have something opening, i.e. the cycle shop/cafe, that is a little bit different.

  5. @Sophiee, Um I am guessing that you know that Nando’s is a chicken/spice based offering. I guess if you feel like eating chicken then a pizza won’t do.

  6. @Eilean yes I am aware of that — however pizza and chicken have entered general consciousness as almost ‘commodity’ products — ie most people going out for dinner would know what both offer.

    I was lamenting the fact that people were choosing a chain over an individual restaurant; I know Nandos are good at what they do but I was just thinking aloud about why they were popular when the Italian maybe offered a less processed more real alternative.

  7. Hey, a pizza is just a frisbee you can eat, right? Whilst a chicken is a just a frisbee with a feathered dinosaur wrapped around it?

    Seguing neatly on from this? The go-ahead SE5 Forum meets for its annual general meeting on Wednesday?

    The more followers and ethusiasts there are for the SE5 Forum, the more things happen in Camberwell. New people are always a good idea. The Forum is friendly, effective and the soul of the new SE5.

    The nearest alehouse is the popular Fox on the Hill, a Spoons, where you can completely vaseline your lens for a tenner.


  8. Hello! I’m commenting on behalf of Cycle PS, we are very excited about setting up our second branch of Cycle PS in Camberwell, and can’t wait to fix all of the camberwellians bikes. If you guys have any requests/suggestions I would love to hear them.

    Kind regards

  9. @Dagmar, will there be chicken or pizza at the SE5 Forum AGM?

    Seriously. SE5 Forum have done a great job in the last two years

  10. @Jonathan: Morleys, across the road has a rating of 3 out of 5, as does Stormbird and Silk Road, but I know which ones I’d rather eat or drink at.

    I don’t think that the hygiene rating really tells you anything that useful. It really does depend on what the criteria are.

  11. Everyone with a glimmer of interest in Camberwell simply must attend the SE5 FORUM AGM tomorrow night. At these events, people eye each other up — this is the latest trend, craze, to hit cutbacks Britain. They say it started in East Dulwich when people realised that humans who ate only organic food were fair game themselves.

    Vegetarians have a healthy glow and are very lean, whereas vegans are watery and tend to blow off when you’re carving. Meat-eaters, especially those fond of factory chicken, are packed with weird hormones. Enjoy sirloin of carnivore with a nice little Chianti and you’ll wake up with skin like a handbag and feet like fluffy mules.

    The Eclairs have a new, black Bentley on an ‘O2 plate, a nice four-door saloon. Probably, you can take your old M‑Reg Bentley Turbo down the dealer and part-ex it for a 10-year-old pre-used for less than a new Sierra.


  12. For those of you who stray beyond the bounds of East Camberwell, the Friends of Warwick Gardens are meeting Tuesday 1 October 7pm at the Villa School (Azenby Road/Lyndhurst Grove).

    All welcome.

    Dogs, plants and other pressing issues will feature. Plus we’re head hunting a new chair.

  13. Question is though…will anyone spot Dagmar? Will he be sporting a tricorn hat with a feather quill in his hand. Or will he be more akin to a gonzo a la Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson. Or maybe, he’s more of a journo hack with a dodgy raincoat and a sleazy look in his eye.

    Bonus points to whoever gets a photo of our verbose Banksy.

  14. Sunset is at 6.53pm this evening and what better place to gaze on it (etc. etc. etc. etc.) than 1a Sunset Road SE5 8EA at the Temple Bowling Club where we will all be surely at the annual SE5 FORUM AGM?

    I will conceal my identity with a gamp, but I’ll furl it up and use to correct any gentleman who tries to tickle my fancy beneath my bonnet with his curly moustaches thank you very much.

  15. A Cycle Café sounds alright. Drop in and hang out while you look at bikes, talk about bikes, stuff like that, I guess?

    The supposed cycle highway that’s planned to run from New Cross through to Vauxhall looks absolutely piss poor. They’ve started down by Queens Road Station. So far, it looks tragically sh*t, I’m afraid.

  16. Good news, bad news for UKIP supporters. Good news, the Polish shop has gone. Bad news, a Portuguese cafe and deli has taken its place.

    Looks like it will be ready soon.
    Looking forward to trying it out. I love a good custard tart.

  17. Some people may object to the word “tart”, M’cat, but your satire of UKIP is nicely expressed in your good news/bad news joke.

    UKIP is indeed popular in frightened suburbs and the vestigial countryside — wherever the “Daily Mail” is received as holy writ. But I do not think there are many Ukippers round here.

    Dulwich Hamlet beat Margate 2–1 at the seaside. Who will they face next in the FA Cup? Manchester United quake in their football boots!

  18. Good news about Dulwich Hamlet…They have started the season really well despite playing in a division higher and with more or less the same squad…It’s a great atmosphere down there — a genuine cross-section of the local area enjoying some footie…

    A Portuguese cafe? I must investigate 😀

    Is it the same chaps who were looking for some premises on church street last year?

    It was an Anglo-Portuguese name if my memory serves me correctly…

  19. Portugal is our oldest ally. They are the special one.

    Millwall have risen from the dead, beating bitter rivals Leeds at the weekend. Their manager Lomas, from bitter rivals West Ham, has a stay of execution.

    Did anyone go to SELCHP on Open House weekend? I turned up well before 4pm closing but was told it was closed. I did get to the waste recycling plant off the Old Kent Road, magnificent. They make the stuff that gets burnt in its sister plant, SELCHP.

    You wouldn’t think that the Old Kent Road and Millwall’s neighbour power station were at the cutting edge of greenery, but they are.

  20. I hope it’s similar to the Portuguese deli by Brixton Station (or even the same people). Love that place.

  21. It is bright and breezy with the salt wind of the Atlantic, maybe needs a little wearing on. Maloko seems like it has been there since the 15th Century.

    The autumn flowers in Camberwell’s gardens are wonderful this year, the normally sad Michaelmas daisies — heralds of the end — are bulging with life.

  22. Deeply traumatised by the discovery of Caravaggio’s food rating, but it’s so bloody lovely there that I am just going to have to put my fingers in my ears and go “la la la” until I’ve forgotten.

  23. Oh, and in really sad news, Little Cat Cafe in Myatts Fields Park is closing for the winter. They’ve stretched their opening hours this year, and apparently can’t afford to pay the staff. It’s such a shame — I love the coffee there and it’s such a lovely hub for the park. Christmas carols won’t be the same!

  24. Yes it is sad about the Myatts Fields Park cafe — it is a great loss to the park and local area. I got the impression that it would still be open for special events such as the carols.

    I cant help feeling though that they could have promoted it a bit better to local households, local businesses, schools etc and linked in for example with the one oclock club.

    The variable opening hours meant that you were never quite sure whether it would be open — if they had opened it every day at lunchtime I would have thought they would get a good passing trade from the Paulet Road business estate and surrounding areas.

  25. Meanwhile we’ve been visiting secondary schools across Southwark.

    Whether you’re academically minded, or practically inclined, I always think the art department is the measure of a school. So it’s somehow reassuring that virtually every school has a Jimi Hendrix portrait in the art or music rooms. And of course, every school has Barack Obama on the walls. That wouldn’t have happened in my day.

  26. Did anyone go to the Duende PopUp thingy at Asylum last night? We’re going on Sunday so interested to hear your thoughts …

  27. @Gabe We will be undertaking similar visits in a year or so — what was your general impression of Camberwell schools? Did you also look at the Lambeth ones such as St Gabriels or Lillian Bayliss or even further away?

  28. Gabe, that’s not Obama, that’s Nelson Mandela. Duh.

    By the way, Jimi Henrix is God. People used to think God was Eric Clapton, but he is clunky compared with our Jimi.

    Sophiee, there are no Camberwell schools. The nearest is Peckham Academy. There are some excellent staff there dealing with a hardened situation. But it is not a very diverse school.

    Deptford Green, in New Cross near Goldsmiths, is good and has an excellent future. Marvellous building.

    Charter is vastly oversubscribed and has the odour of hardcore Dulwich about it, not even East Dulwich.

    Kingsdale is great, but everyone wants to go there and our distance therefrom is a problem.

    Askes is weird.

    Camberwell is insanely ill-served with secondary schools. Parents shit themselves.

    There is no easy option.

  29. Hi Sophiee — we haven’t looked at any in Lambeth yet. You can apply to any school in London, but it’s a complex system. Most schools are distance-based, but some aren’t. Some are heavily over-subscribed, and some aren’t. Some are boys only, some are girls only, etc.

    Overall I’m more encouraged than I thought I would be.

    Most (all?) of the schools we’ve visited seem okay. I was more worried a few years ago, but now that the kids are growing up I can see that they’ll learn and enjoy themselves more or less wherever.

    Maybe I’m being naively hopeful. The thing is, the outcome appears to be a combination of randomness and the illusion of choice. Short of moving house, there’s not all that much you can do.

    I’ll post more later.

  30. Dagmar — although it’s on Ofsted special measures, I liked Deptford Green a lot on the two visits we made last week. It felt most like a normal school. A real mix of abilities, races, cultures, sexes, etc. A proper South London comprehensive. And it’s a relatively short bus ride.

    The academy set-up means there are quite a variety of “thought-systems” that pervade school culture, according to who the owner/sponsor is. The Harris Academies, for example, appear to think they’re training the next generation of police men.

    Askes and Charter position themselves as better than the rest. I would say they have the most challenging academic programs and sufficient numbers of well-off kids to make it work. But they’re exclusive to very small catchment areas. Visiting is a bit like viewing a house you can’t afford, and the estate agent knows it.

    The kids all seem to want to go to Kingsdale, but it’s a lottery system and it is a schlepp of a commute.

    We’re going back to Peckham Academy tomorrow morning to see it with some actual kids inside. On the open evening they closed early and all the kids went to hang-out in the nearby park, which was insightful in its own way.

  31. ^^ A few grammar errors in that post above. Oy.

    Last comment for now:

    The schools throw out the most impenetrable, and clearly iffy, stats on the GCSE pass rates. Hardly any of them talk about the importance of being inspired by the subject matter. Sometimes the odd teacher breaks ranks and you can tell they really like physics, textiles, PE, or whatever.

  32. Totally, Gabe, totally. Brilliant on Aske’s and Charter:

    “Visiting is a bit like viewing a house you can’t afford, and the estate agent knows it.”

    British Library, posterity, can you hear!

    Deptford Green is great — only opened last year, but what a building, what a future, what potential all round. Children already there from Lyndhurst really like it. Has saved Camberwell kiddies’ bacon.

    Kingsdale, yes, best school round here — properly diverse, intelligent, relaxed, fab building, fab green and leafy grounds, set amongst the marvellous tree-lined boulevards of Norwood. And a complete lottery to get in — El Gordo — heartbreak all round.

    Deptford Green — a fine, modern comp, like a contemporary-nordic-design, lead-glass minimal glass waiting to be filled with the spirit of the young inspired by the spire of the vibe of SE5.

  33. There are a few local secondaries in Camberwell which are currently being completely rebuilt in their entirety…

    St.Michaels and All Angels on Wyndham Road

    Sacred Heart on Camberwell New Road

    One CofE, One Catholic

    Not sure if they will get any better but if they are anything like when I attended another local school around these parts which was also a massive disappointment then I wouldn’t advise anyone to hold their breath…

    Still, the Zaha Hadid designed Evelyn Grace Academy on Shakespeare Road in Brixton is a striking piece of architecture which I happen to enjoy quite a lot 😉

  34. Faith schools are largely for people who don’t believe but want a good education for their children, a difficult highwire act. The Brixton building is great, even houses a police station. Guns are not tolerated in the school at all.

    Anyway, big things are happening on our railway.

    Boring? Every day at 3.25pm a spoil train comes through Camberwell — a train of open trucks filled with clay from the boring of the Crossrail tunnel, the spoil.

    The Crossrail tunnel is a magnificent project. The circular, tubular, tunnel is so large it would house three old “tube train” tunnels. Millions of tons of spoil — in this case, practically pure clay from the aptly named London basin — must be dug out and taken somewhere.

    The science of “arisings” — anything dug up or gathered through construction, demolition and excavation — has come a long way from the old landfill times. More of this later, but first, the locomotive that drew the spoil train today was the Class 66 (nickname by railfans “ying-yings” or “sheds”) 66744, now named, yes, “Crossrail”.

    Peter Tandy’s excellent website is full of fascinating Class 66 photos and information. He heads his Class 66 (Camberwellonline passim) section thus:

    “The introduction of class 66 to the British railway scene has probably caused more argument and controversy since steam haulage ceased in 1968. Dubbed “Red Death” by the more sensationalist railway press, the locomotives stirred up strong emotions amongst enthusiasts, the less rational of whom immediately swore never to photograph one regardless of the location or the train being hauled. I well recall this being said when class 60 was introduced, and look at their following today. Even in 2005 one still hears people saying the likes of, “I’m not bothering with that, it’s only a shed”. To my mind, this attitude shows that the person voicing the sentiment is not a true railway enthusiast, but a blinkered throwback to the never to be repeated times when a dozen different classes could be photographed in a single day without straying more than a few miles from home. Much as we might regret the passing of favourite classes, times move on and if we enjoy being at the lineside and photographing trains, then we have to accept that class 66 is here to stay. That the design is successful is undeniable. It is spreading across Europe and has rapidly become the standard freight locomotive of choice to most operators. In the UK, we have several different colour schemes, and this adds to the interest.”

  35. The spoil will create the largest new wetlands centre in Europe for 50 years at Wallasea in Essex. Wallasea means where the Welsh — literally the “foreigners” — are, like Walworth. Camberwell means where the Welsh — foreigners — are and have a well. The Cambria pub is named after the Latin name for Wales and is indeed the haunt of interesting tribes to this day.

    Let tell you more about the naming of 66744 and the vast transformation by the RSPB of Wallasea Island in Essex.

    “GB Railfreight was awarded the contract to operate the spoil trains between Royal Oak and Northfleet by consortium BFK. The latter was a joint venture by BAM, Ferrovial, and Kier JV, which had been awarded the contract to bore Crossrail’s Western Tunnels (Royal Oak to Farringdon). The first trial running of a spoil train to Northfleet occurred on 27th April 2012, Class 66 No. 66729 arriving from Tonbridge with a rake of 26 empty JNA wagons. This was followed on Friday 11th May by the running of the first Westbourne Park to Northfleet spoil train – the rail link, however, was not officially opened until 21st June 2012. On this day, a special train of six BR Mk 1 carriages was run from Victoria, top and tailed by Class 66 No. 66744 and Electro-Diesel No. 73205 ‘’Jeanette’’. No. 66744 was formally named ‘’Crossrail’’ during a ceremony at the site, which was attended by the Thames Gateway Minister and officials from Lafarge, Network Rail, and Crossrail. GBRf has dedicated a pair of Class 66 locomotives and two 27-vehicle-strong rakes of JNA wagons to the Crossrail operation.

    “After arrival at Northfleet and loading onto ships, where does the spoil go to? In fact, not far. It is being used as part of a scheme by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to form a new 1,500 acre wetland nature reserve at Wallasea Island in Essex. This requires 10,000,000 tonnes of spoil, of which the Crossrail scheme is providing just under half.”

    Boring is the new interesting.

  36. Two good tips eusebiovic. There’s definitely something to be said for staying local. My mental geography would prefer that.

    The catholic school is probably out-of-scope, so to speak.

    We know a lad who goes to the new one, which I think is also a form of Christian school. The good thing is they’ve only just started up again so there aren’t many pupils there yet. But that also means they probably haven’t got everything working yet.

  37. Glad that shit Polish shop has gone. And thank Christ it’s not another yam / plastic bowl of rotting veg / powdered milk place.

    Let’s hope the Portuguese place serves something tasty, like custard tarts.

  38. Their coffee smells wonderful. Let’s hope the Polish find a more sympathetic site. The Poles are good solid people and their women are war-causingly beautiful.

    Is it not true that the ultra-British fish and chips is a combination of Yiddish fried fish and Irish spuds cunningly bunged together in the East End? Let us rejoice in our biodiversity.

    Anyway, now that that funny EDL bloke from Luton has joined the Moonies, maybe their electricity will now be cheaper.

    More sombrely, the chop-down of the orchard started yesterday and will take a week. It’s a great pity to see the trees come down, but Camberwell will be more progressive for a proper library.

    Burgess Park is burgeoning. The end-of-season flowers are stronger versions of the delicate native ones and extend the late summer show. That’s the way it’s going.

    We should send our friend Monkeycat to Burgess Park in the spring with his camera like an Attenborough to record the new life.

  39. Hello fine people.

    I’m looking for someone who might like to take minutes tomorrow afternoon at the inaugural meeting of the People’s Pub Partnership’s board of trustees — PLEASE!

    The meeting starts 3pm in the back room at Ivy House on Stuart Road in Nunhead

    I can record the meeting if there’s not time to arrange to be there — it’s short notice because I posted this on People Per Hour and on the Ivy House forum last week but have got nothing back from local people and I just completely forgot about Camberwell Online but, having bumped into Monkeycat the other day, probably pricked up my ears about a last minute attempt here, so to speak.

    There will be up to ten people at the meeting and there will be an agenda. It’ll last about an hour and a half I think — two hours at absolutely most — and there will be some social after. The pub people are going to do some nibbles and refreshments.

    Most of the trustees have never met each other and it should be fascinating, for them at least, — they’re all very good at what they do in their own areas of expertise, one, Dale Ingram, who’s a woman by the way, is CAMRA’s Pub Campaigner of the Year 2013, and they’re all very different and all very passionate about pubs. Should be some fun especially if you’ve got a personal interest in pubs and people and beer.

    If everything goes according to plan, the meeting should be a little bit of history, the beginning of a revolution in pubs!

    If you’re interested and want to know more or just want to do it anyway — please call me

    07768 096 761 I’m posting this at 18.21 on Wednesday 09 October… thanks


  40. @Eilean

    So are the houses being gutted and the fascias retained or completely demolished…the link isn’t clear

    They are fine unique buildings but I suspect have been shamefully allowed to deteriorate to help justify demolition…

  41. @eusebiovic

    As I understand it only the fascias of the buildings will remain. A Victorian face for a New Elizabethan backside.


    I find a meeting with an agenda is very hard to resist. You can rely on the campaigners of Camberwell to be there

  42. Inclement in the capital today, rain like razor blades from the north-east coming in on a slant at 20mph. The senors of Montenegro (where is it?) not used to cold weather at the best of times, will not prevail against the English at Wembley tonight where the roof only partially closes. The Montenegroes will wear their sunglasses against the rain, not doubt, but to no avail. LONG LIVE RITA ORA!

    Meanwhile tomorrow offers a corker at Hemel Hempstead where Dulwich Hamlet play in the FA Qualifiers. Fire up the motorcycle and sidecar and make for Hertfordshire to support our boys!

    Sporting Millwall are not playing tomorrow. Their keeper, Forde, is also that of the Republic of Ireland team who are playing Germany tonight.

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