A Love Letter (and Guide) To South East London

Recently dubbed the 'best place to live in London' by The Sunday Times, Crystal Palace sits atop a hill in South East London. Local residents and Aimé team members, Kim and Kirsty, share their best tips of what to do in Crystal Palace and the surrounding area.

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The Sell-Out Sandwich

The Chatsworth Bakehouse began life in the lockdown era of home baked sourdough loaves. Run by couple Sian Evans and Tom Mathews, the small-batch neighbourhood bakery offers a weekly menu of baked goods that changes seasonally. Top tip — pre-ordering sandwiches is essential, but foccacia, sweet treats and pizza (Saturdays only) are available for walk-ups.

Chatsworth Bakehouse, 120a Anerly Road, London SE19 2NA

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The Cultural Fix

The South London Gallery was established in 1891, to 'bring art to the people of South London'. The Gallery has an emphasis on presenting emerging work from British and international artists, with an ongoing residency programme providing artists with the opportunity to develop new work. The South London Gallery also runs exciting events for children and families that are artist led and open to all.

The South London Gallery, 65 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH

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Mindfully Sourced Homeware

LAMP LDN stocks a carefully chosen edit of homeware from independent makers, alongside a selection of vintage pieces too. With everything from candles and tableware to lighting with custom lamp shades, this perfectly sized shop is a cornucopia of unusual home treasures.

LAMP LDN, 20b Maxted Road, London SE15 4LF

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A Little Self Care

Plaster offer luxurious manicures and pedicures, using nail and beauty products that are vegan and cruelty free. Score more style points with their expansive colour range and contemporary yet totally wearable nail art. They also sell their own range of products so you can continue the self care at home too.

Plaster Beauty, 46 Church Road, London SE19 2RT

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A Well Stocked Larder

Penge General Store packs a lot into a small space with a broad range of a little bit of everything. Their selection includes a wide range of store cupboard essentials, ready meals, deli items and a superb collection of wines and cheeses.

Penge General Stores, 55 High Street, London SE20 7HW

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Antique Homewares

There's no shortage of shops to find second-hand home items in South East London, but Crystal Palace Antiques is our favourite. The emporium spans four floors and the offering features a real mix of objects, period and design persuasions.

Crystal Palace Antiques, Imperial House, Jasper Road, London SE19 1SG

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The Dinner and Drinks Spot

With a modern-European inspired menu that evolves weekly, Llewelyn's is a friendly neighbourhood restaurant with a seriously chic interior. Expect quality, in season ingredients, a pared back wine menu and a relaxed setting to enjoy an indulgent lunch or dinner with friends. Top tip — request a table outside during the summer months and spend the afternoon people watching.

For drinks and small plates, visit the newly opened Lulu's next door. A compact shop and wine bar, Lulu's offers a charming selection of store cupboard supplies and deli items to takeaway, plus seasonal dishes to eat in.

Llewelyn's, 293 — 295 Railton Road, London SE24 0JP

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