Hold on to your hats because it’s the next instalment of my East Dulwich advent calendar in pictures and it’s a Christmas cracker! Here’s a round up of the last 7 days of Christmassiness in and around SE22.
Day 10 featured Horniman Museum and Gardens a short walk up London Road towards Forest Hill. The gardens stretch across 16 acres and offer magnificent views across London. Here you can travel the world in plants – a range of display gardens created by the Horniman’s gardeners and curators unite the indoor and outdoor collections. It’s a fine place for a December walk although at this time of year you will find some of the plants are wrapped up warmly for the winter!
The East Dulwich Deli (above) was the star of Day 11 in my Christmas Countdown. The ED Deli always look fabulous at Christmas – I love the festive painted windows and pannettone hanging from the ceiling.
Baby it’s cold outside – how to fight the chill factor? Days 12 and 13 featured two possible answers! One option is to head for House of Tippler on Lordship Lane which serves mulled wine and a range of Winter Warmers. Let’s raise a glass to Tim Oakley, owner and drinks aficionado, for helping keep us SE22 dwellers warm! Option 2 involves popping into Chi Chi Ra Ra on Upland Road which has a wonderful collection of chunky cardigans and jumpers. Or you could pick up one of their patterns and knit your own!
On Day 14 I photographed and then consumed three, yes THREE, crumble-topped mince pies from the Blackbird Bakery on Grove Vale. The cafe stocks a huge range of Christmas fayre – cakes, puddings, stollen slices, hazelnut & orange biscotti, parmesan bites… Yum!
Day 15 and a quick mulled wine refuel was required at The Actress on Crystal Palace Road.
I doff my Santa hat to Daren Naish, owner of The Clipper and Little Clipper on North Cross Road, who starred in Day 16 of the East Dulwich Countdown. His salons’ windows feature Santa Claus and a team of little elves who bear more than a passing resemblance to salon staff! Surely a contender for most Christmassy window in SE22.
Which brings us to Day 17 and to All Fired Up on East Dulwich Road where you can paint your own ceramic bauble for the tree. How sweet is that? A Crafty Christmas is for everyone, not just Kirstie Allsopp.
Next week I’ll be posting my final round up of images of an East Dulwich Christmas (you can read on my website). Don’t forget I’m tweeting an image every day. If you’re a tweeter, search for the tag #EDXmasCountdown or follow me @helenjermyn.
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