If you’re beginning to explore the wonderful queer world of polyamorous London, then here’s my guide to all the dating apps, events, podcasts and parties that you’ll probably want to know about. I’ve been active within London’s polyamorous community for two years, so I’m still new to it myself and will keep updating this list as I come across exciting things I think you should know about. While this list is obviously London-centric, it’s also useful for a lot of […]
Whatever your tastes and quirks, there is something to stimulate everyone’s desires in London. From art deco swimming spots and warm oil play parties to naked men reciting stories and practising yoga, this city is truly a treat for the senses. So leave your inhibitions at home and venture out with your favourite partners (or even by yourself) to try some of these sexy things to do in London. Please note: as some of the events and venues below are […]
The new ABBA exhibition opened today in London – so, of course, I had to go. My love for the Swedish supergroup is undeniable. Having been a campy queer teenager in Australia when Muriel’s Wedding and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert were released, I feel like their music almost unavoidably forms part of my identity. So, I was very excited when I saw that the new ABBA Super Troupers exhibition was opening in London this month. Having missed the Southbank […]
Are you visiting London this autumn? Or a local looking for the best that your city has to offer over this fabulously festive season? Well, luckily for you, I’ve handpicked the best of everything the UK capital has to offer over the next couple of months. From Judy Garland to Travis Alabanza, there are so many fabulous things to do this autumn in London. So, when does autumn (or fall) start this year? Most people in the UK go by […]
Are you visiting London this summer? Or are you a local looking for the best that your city has to offer now the sun is (finally) out? Well, luckily for you, I’ve handpicked the best of everything the UK capital has to offer over the next couple of months. From Peaches’ new variety show to my Lipsync1000 grand finale performance (!!!), there are so many fabulous things to do in London this summer. So, when does summer start this year? […]
Spending this winter in London? Or simply looking for some fabulous things to do during this icy season? Well, luckily for you, I’ve handpicked the best of everything the busy UK capital has to offer over the next couple of months. From Cate Blanchett at the National Theatre to feminist topless raves, there are so many fabulous things to do in London this winter. So, when does winter start this year? Most people in the UK go by the astronomical […]
South London’s fabulousness may not be immediately apparent to a newbie, but you just need to scratch the surface to see the wonders it has in store. It’s not as showy or in love with itself as the other parts of the city, but I would argue that it is the real London – it’s authentic beating heart. And thus, you can find some of its best and longest-running clubs and venues here. So here are my recommendations for fabulous […]
When I think of South London, I think of Viks. She embodies all the good things I associate with this side of town: real ale, awesome politics, and a big-hearted authenticity that would be impossible to replicate. She’s lived in Peckham/SE15 with her wife, Pudds, since 2005 in houses filled with Lego, flat caps, bicycles and a tortoise named Archie – and has been a shining light in my life for the past 8 years. If you want to experience […]
If you don’t live south of the river, you’ll definitely need some recommendations if you heading there for brunch. Here are some great options worth checking out if you’re after the best brunch in South London. Looking for fun things to do in South London? See my full city guide here! Rosie’s Situated just outside of the hectic hub of Rye Lane, Rosie’s is a quintessentially South London cafe. The original Rosie’s was opened in Brixton 12 years ago by […]
London is such a huge metropolis that venturing to a part that you don’t live in can feel like visiting an entirely different city. I’ve been an East London girl for the past decade, which means I rarely head South unless it’s to hang out with one of these babes below. So I thought why not ask them for their insider knowledge? So here is my South London locals’ guide from some seriously fabulous locals. All of these tips are […]
London has an abundance of chain restaurants and cafes; some are big international brands like Pizza Hut, Pret and Starbucks, whilst others are very UK specific, like Wahacca, Leon and Zizzi. Over the past couple of years, there has been a huge increase in the attention they’ve paid to their gluten-free customers, so now many of them have clearly marked items on their menus! Pretty much wherever you are, there will be one of these gluten-free restaurants in London. So […]
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What's on in South London
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Why you will love South London
When I first moved to London in 2004, I lived in South London because it was the cheapest place I could find. Living in Camberwell, right next to Peckham, suited me so well because it was an incredibly affordable area - especially the films that were £3 at the Peckham Plex then. I moved North the following year and then East in 2006 (where I've stayed for the last decade) but I'm so glad I had the chance to get to know this part of London. Mainly because it has barely changed. Ok, so it has become a whole load cooler in the last 12 years (there was nothing like Franks or the Bussey Building then, let alone Peddler or Lido Cafe) but compared to the rest of the city, it is still very much the same. This has a lot to do with the people who live here I feel: South London knows who it is and if you want to see the "real" London, I would go here.
Things to watch out for in South London
Its areas aren't that showy: so you have to hunt for the good places. Use this guide to help you.
Some transport options aren't great: it's so much better now the Overland runs from North/East London to the South now, but if that line isn't running, you may have to catch a few different tube lines or buses. Areas like New Cross can be quite hard to get to and Brixton can feel like a long way away if the Victoria line is down. Make sure you check out your route in advance.
South London highlights
Peckham: the Bussey Building and Franks are probably the first places people will recommend you go for a good night out. Franks is only open in the summer, whilst the Bussey parties all through the year. Worth coming here during the daytime to check out Rye Wax and Feastival food market. If you want to hang at a real local boozer, head to The Gowlett.