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A micro-pub opening in Nunhead is set to offer a range of niche cask and bottled beers.


The Beer Shop London, at 40 Nunhead Green, is owned by married couple Lee Gentry and Lauren Willis (pictured above), who live in Nunhead.

The bar’s simple set-up will be “almost like sitting in someone’s living room”, said Gentry. “It’ll be based on good beer and conversation. The idea is that people create their own atmosphere, and we’re just here to help it along.”

The Beer Shop will focus on London breweries such as Gipsy Hill, Five Points, Beavertown, Partizan, Redchurch, Brew by Numbers, Crate and Brick. A series of special, one-off weekends will feature beers from further afield.

Bag-in-a-box cider, wines and a small choice of unusual spirits will also be served at the bar, which will open in mid-November from Tuesday to Sunday. It also hopes to offer takeaways. 

Micro-pubs originated in Kent, offering craft beer and banter in former hair salons, tattoo parlours and butcher’s shops. The Beer Shop London will have a similar ethos, said Gentry, with a focus on “good products, atmosphere and service”.

A planning application to redevelop the front of Peckham Rye Station is expected to be submitted by the end of this year.

More than 400 people have taken part in a co-design process for the site, which has been led by Southwark Council’s consultation specialists Ash Sakula and What If projects. It concludes in October, when the council will assess the feedback gathered.

Councillor Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transport, said: “The council is working on a basis of submitting a planning application by the end of this year, as a target depending on the results of the co-design.

“The council and Network Rail are having ongoing negotiations with landowners and businesses affected. The council intends to have seen everyone personally by Christmas this year, then to continue to talk to people throughout the planning process. We are aiming to be on site early next year.”

Dovedale Court behind the station was not included in the co-design, despite being part of the initial public consultation last year before plans were scrapped. It is home to businesses including Tara Fabrications, Innovation Interiors and Sassoon Gallery.

A spokesman for Network Rail confirmed that the court would not feature in the planning application for the front of the station. He said: “Dovedale Court is not part of the development of the front of the station and will not be included.

“We have no plans for it yet, although like all our property we are always looking for how we can improve it. When we do have a concrete idea of what we want to do, we will let everyone know.”

But Eileen Conn, coordinator of Peckham Vision, warned: “It is really important that local people give their views about all the Network Rail land that was covered under the previous consultation.

“No design of the front of the station can be done properly without taking into account its context – this includes the future of Dovedale Court behind the station and the design of Rye Lane and the public realm around the station.”


Pictured above: Dovedale Court

A new school opening in Peckham next year is asking the community for feedback.  

Photo credit: Haverstock

The Belham is a state primary school that will be led by the Dulwich Hamlet Educational Trust. The trust currently runs the Ofsted-rated “outstanding” Dulwich Hamlet Junior School in Dulwich Village.

The Belham will open in September 2015 on the site of Old Bellenden School at 165 Bellenden Road, which is set to undergo an extensive remodelling and refurbishment programme.

It will welcome 90 children into two reception classes and a year one class, subject to feedback received from a six-week public consultation that is open until November 14.

The school is holding several meetings this autumn to give parents a chance to find out more about it, meet the head teacher and look at plans for the refurbishment of the building.

Prospectuses and application forms will be available at the meetings, which take place on the ground floor of Old Bellenden School on October 22 from 6.30-8pm and October 23 from 9-11am.

There is also an online survey, with comments, opinions and suggestions welcome from everyone – whether or not they are a prospective parent or carer. The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/belham2

Sonia Case, executive head teacher for The Belham and The Hamlet, said: “We’ve been given an amazing opportunity to restore this beautiful Victorian school building to its original purpose, creating much-needed new primary places for Peckham.

“Our hope is that The Belham Primary School will sit at the heart of the rapidly evolving Bellenden community, reflecting local passions and creativity, and we look forward to working with local people in the growth and development of the school.”

Southwark councillor Victoria Mills, cabinet member for children and schools, said: “We are really pleased that we have brought back into use the Old Bellenden School site to create a new free school for the Peckham area.

“Dulwich Hamlet is a fantastic and popular local school, and it’s been a pleasure to work with them to see much-needed new primary school places created.”

For more information on The Belham, visit www.thebelhamprimaryschool.org.uk

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A businesswoman who transformed a former internet café in Rye Lane Market into a clothes shop is one of three new fashion retailers in Peckham and Nunhead.

Neroli Furbert, 24, (pictured above) owns Chant, which sells a mix of vintage, secondhand and new clothes and accessories. “I do a lot of upcycling as well, so revamping clothes, jazzing them up and giving them a new spark,” she said.

Furbert, who moved to London from Bermuda eight years ago, is hoping to sell some of her own designs as Chant becomes more established. “I would describe my own style as cultural, eclectic and timeless,” she said.

“I feel like wearing timeless clothing is the best way to be, because you’re not really following the trends. You don’t have to wear the latest fashions or keep up with the Joneses.”


The diversity of Peckham is what Furbert likes about the area. “I like that it’s thriving, it’s exciting, it’s intriguing to me,” she said. “I don’t like to see just one face. It energises me to see so many different cultures.

“I love the fact that you can go to a Chinese grocery shop, and then an English one and an African one and a Caribbean one. That’s why I really love London – you don’t have that back where I’m from in Bermuda.”

Chant, which is based in unit 31 at Rye Lane Market, 48 Rye Lane, is Furbert’s first business venture. “This is my first shop, and I’m learning as the days go on,” she said. “It’s definitely a 24-hour job, but I love it.”

Elsewhere, TRAID – which stands for Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development – is planning to open a new charity shop at 14-16 Rye Lane. The space previously housed another clothes shop called Loot.

The large store, which is set to open in early October, will be packed full of affordable secondhand and vintage clothes, shoes, accessories, books and bric-a-brac. It will also stock pieces from the company’s own fashion label, Traidremade.

Enedina Columbano, TRAID’s commercial director, said: “We have looked for the right shop in Peckham for some time and finally found it. It’s important to TRAID that our shops help to enhance the high street and community.”

Over in Nunhead, friends Charity Wakefield and Frances Millar have opened Charlie Foxtrot Vintage at 108 Evelina Road. The shop sells vintage clothes for men and women, dating from the 1940s to the 90s. It also stocks accessories and homeware.

At the back of the shop is a courtyard and separate workshop, where freelance stylist Tracey Cahoon will run a by-appointment beauty service offering haircuts, makeup and manicures.

The shop also plans to hold fashion evenings, photography exhibitions and catwalk events. Millar said: “We’re not a musty, fusty, vintage shop or a step back in time. It’s about wearing vintage clothes in a contemporary way.”

All photos taken at Chant, Unit 31 Rye Lane Market, 48 Rye Lane SE15

Photography (c) Lima Charlie