Shop Locally for Christmas. Part 2.

Clearly Camberwell has become a hotbed of artistic tendencies. Or people are getting better at organising. Or it’s Christmas. Or all three.

Why do I say this? Because there seem to be a lot of open studio events, Christmas Markets and also a big auction of artworks by the great and good, as well as the unknown, up at King’s in the next few weeks.

1. Coldharbour Studios and Clockwork Studios both have their open studio events this weekend. The private view is on Friday 6th from 6–9pm, with the studios open throughout the weekend and lots of pressies for you to buy, as well as the odd mince pie and glass of wine I’m sure.


2. Camberwell Arts are hosting “Made in Camberwell” on Saturday 7th from 1–5pm at the Tiger with local artists and designers selling their wares. See their Facebook Page for more details of who is exhibiting.

cam arts

3. On Thursday 12th December, King’s College Hospital is celebrating its Camberwell centenary  with an auction of 100 artworks by 100 artists who have connections with Camberwell or the hospital. Some of the better known artists who have donated works include Maggie Hambling, Gillian Ayres and Sir Peter Blake, as well as lesser known local artists and designers such as…, ahem, me! (Monkeycat). More details of all the artists can be found here: Together We Can.

There is a private view of Kings’s 100 Artworks Auction at 6pm with the obligatory mince pies and mulled wine before the auction, which starts at 7pm. You need to buy tickets (only £5). You can either get them from the Friend’s Gift Shop on the ground floor of the Cheyne Wing in Kings College Hospital, or buy them online from Rosebery’s, the auctioneers who are conducting the event. You can get them here: BUY TICKETS.


4. Mini Moderns, the amazingly talented design chappies, are holding their own open studio event from Friday 13th — Sunday 15th December, with the private view on the Friday evening. Well worth a look, especially if you’re thinking wallpaper and home wares are just what you need to get someone for Christmas.

Mini moderns

5. The Farmer’s Market on Camberwell Green are also holding a Christmas Market on Saturday 14th December from 10am-4pm. Alongside the usual food stalls, there will also be live music and carols, artists and general Christmas good cheer.

Camberwell Christmas

I can’t think of any more events at the moment but if you know of any, just get in touch or leave a comment and I will update.

Update: On Saturday 14th there’s also a Christmas Bazaar at The Tiger. — Peter


83 thoughts on “Shop Locally for Christmas. Part 2.”

  1. Southwark has published its designs for Camberwell’s pocket spaces. In a nutshell: big redesigns for Datchelor Place, Artichoke Place, the north end of Grove Lane, Wren Road, Selbourne Road and Coldharbour Place. All intended to make these places better for pedestrians, shoppers and flaneurs (like Dagmar).

    No dates as yet for delivery, except that Datchelor Place will be done sometime during next year.

    Here is a link to the report

    Peter, maybe it would be worth a blog entry to show off some of the ‘visualisations’ in the report? It’s an attractive picture of Camberwell as the al fresco dining capital of London.

  2. Good job, Job.

    Pete, can you photoshop up the rest of the manor to make it look more like Dulwich? Bung a few trees in, y’ know.

    I myself will be glad to flan past the hipsters on these new-fangled raised areas for them. “All right, sir?” I will give, holding out some lucky Kent lavender.

  3. @Dagmar

    In addition to a clothing rail of overpriced second-hand tweed jackets…you can put the lavender in the handkerchief pocket…it keeps the moths away, you know


    + TOMORROW! +

    Tuesday December 10 2013 at 08:30 pm

    Peckham Liberal Club, 24 Elm Grove, Peckham


    PCO ARE the outfit who played the “Rite of Spring” in the Peckham Multistorey a while back. They are the fab, wild young spirit of classical.

    but get there in good time for a decent seat.


  5. The Peckham Chamber Orchestra inaugural concert last night was exceptional for its venue, vitality and ambition. Well done Hannah and the band.

    The venue is the little-known Peckham Liberal Club on Elm Grove, near Highshore Road Open Space, the smallest park in the area with the longest name (this will change soon — watch this Space).

    The Peckham Liberal Club is one of the area’s best kept secrets. The membership have recently resisted selling the large club to build flats and have won social amenity status from Southwark Council.

    It is an old-fashioned working men’s club or south London social club which still sells mild. The hall where the concert was held is large and grand, wood throughout.

    The bar is like an old-fashioned local pub and has carpet. The atmosphere is warm, relaxed and subtly friendly. What will keep the club going is events like last night. The club can be hired for events. The demise of local pubs has been well documented here, but the Peckham Liberal Club is worth a look and worth preserving exactly as it is.

    The PCO played Elgar’s “Serenade for Strings”, the Theme and Love Theme from “Twin Peaks” (specially arranged by Hannah Jone for the PCO) and Vivaldi’s “Winter” from the “Four Seasons”, expertly fiddled by soloist and freelance violinist Tom Newell — he has a contemporary folk trio called “Effra”.

    The place was packed. The locals were a bit bemused by the influx of about 200 switched-on classical music fans the average age of which was roughly the same as their grandchildren — it was a bit like Frank’s Bar Goes Bach in the Queen Vic — but the bar takings must have been as impressive as the concert.

    Hannah writes in her programme notes that Peckham Liberal Club is the PCO’s home and thanks the Club for encouraging them to be “the first mildly alcoholic orchestra”.

    Yesterday evening was really something. It gave off the feeling that there are all kinds of possibilities in the world.

  6. The Liberal Club has benefited from Peckham’s new-found hipness; there are a number of events on there every week now, from craft fairs to live bands. Interested to hear what will become of the shrubbery; all of the shrubs near the pavement were removed recently and replaced with turf. A prime improvised bathroom has gone.

  7. Some people may be perturbed by the phrase “a prime improvised bathroom”. Does that mean the shrubbery was once used as a khazi by passing bacchanalians put off by the street lighting in Highshore Road Open Space?

    The events held at the Peckham Liberal Club are cutting edge — a Bowie night for connoisseurs, jazz, South/Central-American. Maybe they need a website.

  8. I was confusing that with Holly Grove Shrubbery, which is a known and most convenient convenience for a gentleman returning from his revels.

  9. The foliage there is a rich green.

    Boris has a new plan for an airport in Ruskin Park.

    There must be other news, surely? Come on, Camberwell!

  10. @Dagmar

    Camberwell Free Film Festival returns!

    Thursday 20 March — Sunday 30 March 2014

    Lots of fillums for everybody to enjoy

    Good innit?

  11. I think the white squirrel might be living in my garden. I see it every morning wandering round in a ghostly kind of way.

  12. The white squirrel has been a regular visit to my garden for the last two years. No idea of how to post a photo otherwise could have another look at him.

    Interesting that the one in the news item was seen in Crawford Road — that’s a short walk from here but it’s across Denmark Hill. Perhaps there are two of them …

  13. @Jes

    They are only increasing capacity by 50 seats…

    Funny how the planning meetings for these type of things are always scheduled for just before Christmas!

    I’m not arguing against Theatre Peckham which is a very great thing indeed for the kids but the debating chamber is to be demolished, which is sad 🙁

    I’m not convinced that all options have been explored…despite what they say.

    I strongly suspect it will be approved…all development is good development and all that kind of ting…

    Happy Christmas and New Year to Everybody!

  14. Yes, God bless us every one, including the squirrel.

    The Law family are very loyal and local to Camberwell in an understated, understandably private way. And Jenny Agutter is the Jenny Eclair of… they are both… God bless us, every one.

  15. That’s a really good review of the Peckham Chamber Orchestra, Dagmar. Enough to make me want to go next time.

    Speaking of that area by Holly Grove, it looks like an art gallery is opening in the empty unit by the station with red shutters (that used to be a very smelly fishmongers). New art galleries are good, obviously, even allowing for the w*nk quotient.

    Theatre Peckham is a really good local set-up. The kids went to see a play the other day and a few of their friends from other schools were acting in it. So really it is a good community and artistic organization.

    We went back to the William Booth Hall for more Blood & Fire earlier this week for the kids’ Christmas concert. It was great. A bit more relaxed than International Evening.

    But the show of the week was Southwark Gymnastics Club annual display in Peckham Academy. They sold 450 tickets and packed the place out. The show itself was amazing… moves you can’t hope to pull unless you train hard several times a week for years. They have some incredible gymnasts and choreography. (The club also operates from Brunswick Park School and Camberwell Leisure Center).

    Any world cinema (you know, forrin’ stuff) planned for this year’s film festival, eusebiovic?

  16. Talking of Brazil, Ronnie Biggs, who died today, was born in Stockwell in 1929. He lived in and around just a few streets on the Clapham side of Stockwell — Dalyell Road, Kimblerley Road, Lingham Street, Santley Street and attended the Brixton School of Building.

    1963: JFK, Profumo, the Great Train Robbery, the winter, the Beatles, marvellous.

  17. @Gabe

    Quite a few foreign ones up our sleeve…more will be revealed nearer the time!

    Some classic, cult and contemporary ones…maybe a cartoon

  18. But how to interpret evidence from people who know future historians will be reading? I’ll have to be very careful with my posts from now on. On the upside, they say history is written by the victors, so we must be winning… at something…

  19. I live at the end of Wren Road and despite continuous requests this is the first time I have actually seen the proposals for Wren Road. I live in a block of 30 flats so a total of approx 60 people with elderly,disabled and young children included. None of us have been consulted on this proposed work. I really like some of the ideas and have considered them myself over the years but they have not really taken into account how the road is used. Firstly there is access for the flats and also the police station. I think the street car parking can be reduced as its just a place for double, triple, diagonal, totally illegal parking particularly at the weekends. I don’t understand the market stall idea as there is one across the road and where are the stallholders going to park. Again this blocks access to residents. Making the road narrower and planting trees is very positive but they would have to decide how cars are going to get up to Denmark Hill because at present Wren Road is just a turning point and that is not going to change. Wren Road is also home to some charming cottages which are owned by Kings. They house people recovering from all sorts of illnesses and their well being has to be considered re the extra noise. I hate to sound like one of these ’ not in my backyard people’ but it would have been nice to have been consulted because we are now going to just waste time objecting.

  20. Hello, I posted comments about the white squirrel but they’ve disappeared (or never appeared perhaps). I’m not a new poster (if that helps).

  21. The council paints ’em.

    Just as everything becomes comfy for Christmas, one of the sinister yellow train passes through tonight, pulled by a Class 37 built by English Electric 1960–64 and known as a “tractor” by railfans because of its dieselly noise.

    In fact 37603 started clagging in front of us (belching black smoke as it accelerated from a low speed) and scared my little girl. “Don’t worry, duck” I said, “it’s just a tractor claggin’.”

    More scary were the faces peering from the yellow carriages: old Radio Caroline DJs, glam rock stars, scoutmasters, Methodist ministers, Popes, Liberal-Democrat Members of Parliament — all kinds of retro riff-raff, drinking Watneys Red Barrel from handled mugs and smoking Embassy, Kensitas, cigarillos and pipes.

    A grim trudge up Dog Kennel Hill revealed a persistent Roma Big Issue vendor selling “direct” through the windows of cars coming out of Sainsbury’s and stuck at the lights. “Many kissmass!” she cried compulsorily at the drivers. But at least she was validly collecting for her handlers, unlike the gangs of youth who roam Dog Kennel Hill Estate at will, scattering anyone they walk through. The best advice to any old people living there is die as soon as you decently can.

  22. Brilliant half moon early this morning. Big, furry fox ran out of Lucas Gardens and lolloped down Vestry Road.

  23. I walked through the Sunray Estate with my father this fine Christmas morning…

    A magnificent piece of social housing engineering and town planning by Camberwell Borough Council — those guys and gals knew a thing or two about a thing or two.

    At it’s centre is Sunray Gardens which is a lovely peaceful park with a pond chock-full of ducks.

  24. Last orders, it’s a short night on Christmas Day evening at the Cave, but very interesting. You see people there you’ve never seen before and never do again. Some say they are from the other side.

  25. @Dagmar

    Don’t worry, I only like to viddy the waterfowl in the fine municipal ponds of our fair city

    No duck, but I was thinking of a goose this year but I left it too late…one of those bad boys need ordering in advance and sometimes even a deposit.

    So we had rack of lamb with all the trimmings and baked hake followed by homemade creme caramel for desert…yum yum

  26. Flippin’ ‘eck, Eus, as the naturalised turtles say in our municipal ponds.

    The Canada geese leave a large deposit but it’s all to the good. The falling trees will brain a few tonight.

  27. Dagmar…

    The Hake was for starters…then the Lamb

    I didn’t really think about the hake for hope…but I like it!

  28. A big shout out to all the grey squirrels out there, burying nuts day in, day out, whose efforts go completely ignored. These industrious little creatures yet again overshadowed by the one albino in their midst — celebrated on celluloid for what? Walking along a garden fence, jumping down and walking across a pavement! The injustice of it all.…..
    Meanwhile, they quietly brace themselves for the massive influx of Romanian & Bulgarian squirrels hell bent on stealing all those buried nuts.….

  29. As I slurped the first port and lemon of 2014 in the Hermit’s Cave, my thoughts turned to the origin of the name. I present two options for your consideration.

    Hermit’s Cave, Australia:
    The Hermit’s Cave, situated on Scenic Hill on the outskirts of the town of Griffith, New South Wales, Australia, is in fact a complex of stone structures covering an area of 16 hectares.[1]
    These structures include shelters, terraced gardens, water cisterns, dry-stone walling and linking bridges, stairways and paths that stretch intermittently across more than a kilometre of the escarpment. The complete structure and landscape was created single-handedly by reclusive Italian migrant Valerio Ricetti who made this place his home between about 1929 and 1952 during that time creating his own private “utopia” using the natural landscape and materials found in the area.[2]
    The site is recognised for being a rare example of an Australian hermit’s domain and is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register.

    Hermit’s Cave radio show:
    The Hermit’s Cave was a radio horror anthology series, syndicated by WJR Detroit in the mid-1930s, sponsored by Olga Coal after the first two years. As the wind howled, the ancient Hermit narrated his horror fantasies from his cave. The cackling character of the Hermit was played by John Kent, Charles Penman, Toby Grimmer, and Klock Ryder.
    William Conrad produced when the show moved to KMPC Los Angeles with Mel Johnson as the Hermit (1940–42), followed by John Dehner (1942–44).

  30. That’s good stuff that port and lemon in the Cave. They say many of the skippety squirrels in our parks are the spirits of ladies who used to ask for a port and lemon in the pubs round here.

    This is a nicely paced tribute to Eusebio, or as David Coleman used to called him as he scored, EUSEBIO! There will be three days of official mourning in Stockwell.

  31. Port and lemon, is that a thing?

    Excellent clementines in Cruson at the moment. Four for a pound.

  32. @Gabe. A Port and Lemon is indeed a thing and a very good thing. One part Port and two parts lemonade. Right up there with Blackcurrant Top, Snowball and Snakebite. Yum

  33. Good pics, Gabe. The driver’s seat of a bus makes a great frame. That’s how we see them every day, a strangely public but anonymous, on-view, on-stage job, like working at the check-out.

    So the year is in gear and the first of the mysterious yellow trains rumbles slowly through Camberwell on the way to who knows where, pulled by 31233 and 31105, two venerable old Brush Type 2’s built between 1957 and 1962.

    In the windows, painted representations of people in 1970s haircuts and lapels, drinking Nescafe from… but wait. What’s this?

    In the final, yellow carriage, live, animated heads. A closer look reveals the face of — it must be — Phil Everly, effortlessly strumming a guitar — with — is it? — Elizabeth Jane Howard in her pearls belting out a chorus — and — wait, yes — Eusebio playing cool, alto sax.

    So it is, that the mystery of the mysterious yellow trains seems partially solved — and yet, before we know it, dissolves once more into the half-light of the blustery, late January afternoon.

  34. What is the relative hipster count in Moloko vs PS? ie. young, bearded, tweedy

    Also, has Johanssons shut down or have they all gone to see the Northern Lights?

  35. I owe my name to the great footballer known as Eusebio…

    My dad was a big fan…even though he is Spanish…but then he did marry a Portuguese woman so that explains it!

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