The European Capital of Vibes

To celebrate its longer daytime opening hours, Lewisham street food phenomenon Model Market has created a new muralpaying tribute to the official European Capital of Vibes. They say:

Inspired by similar murals in Austin, Texas and Portland, Oregon, we wanted to produce an artwork that captures the unique atmosphere of our favourite little bit of south east London.

We collaborated with Bread Collective, a network of artists and creatives, to create a mural featuring Lewisham’s local landmarks, including the Horniman Museum, Rivoli Ballroom, Lewisham Clock Tower, Goldsmiths University, the DLR and - of course - the 436 bus. Take advantage of our new daytime hours by bringing the whole family down on Saturdays. Soak up the sun and dig into our delicious street food.

Now celebrating our third year at Model Market, we’re proud to welcome over 4,000 people from the area every weekend. Doors open every Friday from 5pm till 1am and every Saturday from Midday till 1am.

A Strange New Experience in Brock

Eamon writes:

Having recently pulled off a 1940’s film night screening  “Odd Man Out” at the Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery Chapel,  I have  teamed up with the Brockley Jack Theatre to pilot a series of films for  the area - starting with 2 films in the first week of August.

On Tuesday 2 August (7.45pm), we are showing the classic British black and white horror – “The Innocents” (1961). As something of a contrast, on Thursday 4 August (7.45pm), we are showing the very recent “10 Cloverfield Lane” (2016).

Each evening there will be a brief introduction to the film to whet appetites. Tickets are £7 for each film or you can purchase a ticket for both nights for £12 – via the Brockley Jack Theatre website.

The idea here is to generate interest for a local film season -  hopefully starting in the Autumn.  We are keen to hear any suggestions for films that the community think would play well in future.

Please post your suggestions here.

Brockley's Town Centre

The development of 180 Brockley Road has created the closest thing we are ever going to get to a coherent town centre around Brockley Station, so it's worth reflecting on the finished product. 

The building links Coulgate Street and Brockley Road, while the improvements to Coulgate Street have opened up the East Side entrance to Brockley Station.
The new block is, in my view, a mini triumph. The building creates a handsome new stretch of high street that combines symmetry and variation while the materials complement the surrounding buildings without trying too hard to fit in. The angles created by the roofline at either end of Coulgate Street are spectacular, but they don't distract from the charm of the original cottages. Only the value-engineered brown balconies let it down.

Although the ground floor units of 180 Brockley Road offer an underwhelming mix new businesses, another empty unit has been created by the station, which is begging to be filled by a foodie business. Next month, Degustation will re-open as a bottle shop. The Coulgate Street cluster will then be nicely balanced with restaurants (The Gantry, Mo Pho, Nu Spice), a pub (The Barge), cafes (Browns, the Broca), shops (Salthouse Bottles, Sainsbury's), and services (taxis, architects and estate agents).
Perhaps best of all though is what has been done to Coulgate Street itself. Once upon a time, this was Coulgate Street. Now, the bounteous green borders of Brockley Station have been joined by nice wide pavements, while the provision of fewer spaces for cars and more places for bikes has created a much calmer, prettier and more versatile gateway to the neighbourhood. Cafe culture has bloomed.

Brockley's lost railway

Geoff Marshall has produced this short film for Londonist, tracing one of London's lost railways from Nunhead to Greenwich Park via Brockley Station. The line closed in 1917.

Thanks to Lionel and Littlejungleman for the heads-up.

Vinted pops-up in August

A month ago, the idea of one specialist booze emporium opening in Brockley seemed improbable. Now, we have three opening soon and they are currently springing up at a rate of two a day.

Vinted is a pop-up that's occupying Noak for a short while while the former bakery has a rethink about its future direction. 

Launch night is Thursday August 4th and will be selling wines by the glass throughout the month, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Follow them here for more details.​

Salthouse Bottles opens in September

Coulgate Street deli Degustation is being replaced by a new bottle shop led created by a dream team of local entrepreneurs. Richard Salthouse writes:

We are pleased to announce that Salthouse Bottles is soon to open in Brockley (South East London), offering the best of British beers and ciders in bottle, can and via growler-fill, as well as a select range of wines.

We will be focused on providing a selected range of quality drinks and the best possible service to our customers.The store will stock over 100 bottled and canned beers and ciders, including permanently-available and rotating selections, new releases, limited edition brews and seasonal specials. There will be a growler-fill counter, where customers will be able to fill their branded swing-top bottles from an ever-changing selection of up to six draught beers and ciders.

Beer styles will range from everyday pales to challenging sours and celebration stouts.Ciders will be selected from the best of the UK’s longstanding and newest producers, always made from pure UK apple and pear juice –nothing from concentrate!

There will be a number of carefully chosen wines, including those that are natural and biodynamic. The selection available will rotate throughout the year and we hope to include some English sparkling wines.In the fridges and on the shelves will also be all-natural soft drinks, gift cards and branded goods.Customers will have the opportunity to order mixed cases of bottles; for themselves or as gift boxes. The store plans to cater for party orders, helping to select products and to then deliver to the customer (minimum spend and/or postage will apply).

Throughout the opening weekend (8th-11th September), free samples of wine and beer will be available to all customers.

Salthouse Bottles online store will follow, expected to launch late 2016. The online store will include the full in-store range and will offer delivery, collection and online vouchers.

The store is founded by Richard Salthouse, Ross Brown and Charlie Shaw. Richard will be the manager of the store, having previously worked for Antic London as the general manager of The Royal Albert (New Cross), Catford Bridge Tavern and The Antelope (Tooting). In these roles Richard has had the enviable task of selecting eachpub’s range of guest cask, keg, bottled and canned beers. Ross is the owner of Browns of Brockley coffee shop, founded in 2008. Charlie is the owner of Flock & Herd butcher’s shop,founded in 2012 on Bellenden Road, Peckham.

Foxcroft declares for Smith

Brockley and Deptford MP Vicky Foxcroft has declared her support for Owen Smith in the upcoming leadership election, stating that while she broadly supports Jeremy Corbyn's policies, his leadership is shambolic.

In a letter to supporters, the party whip writes:

"I believe we need to provide a credible alternative to the Conservatives... Quite frankly, at the moment, we are a mess, a shambles. A strong leader is needed to pull this together... [Jeremy] has principles, he is honest, but I believe it's time for him to go."

Neighbouring Labour MP Heidi Alexander, backed Smith at the weekend. Corbyn will be re-elected.

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