Streatham Food Festival 2018

The festival features the well-known Streatham Food Tour with more restaurants than ever before.

Streatham Food Festival 2018

Streatham Food Festival is brought to you by InStreatham BID. InStreatham is a not-for-profit organisation created by local businesses to help improve the local area, established in 2013. The Streatham Food Festival is a fantastic event that gives Streatham BID the chance to do exactly that.

With A four-day celebration of the amazing food on offer in Streatham, the festival is designed to put Streatham restaurants, cafes and bars right at the heart of the community and encourage residents and visitors to venture onto this historic high street and try new places.

The festival features the well-known Streatham Food Tour with more restaurants than ever before. Each restaurant, café or bar taking part will offer a selection of dishes all costing between £2 – £5.

The Toddler Tour is also back for a third year, running on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd June offering younger Streatham residents the chance to tickle their taste buds with tasty treats from 20 eateries. to plan your route around Streatham and see what is on offer, download the map, and you will find a link

HERE: https://www.streathamfoodfestival.com…

for the Toddler Tour: https://www.streathamfoodfestival.com…

Streatham Gyms and Fitness Activities

We have four large chains (Fitness First, Virgin Active, the Better Ice and Leisure Centre and the Gym Group) as well as the independent Squats Gym, yoga classes and outdoors boot camp on Streatham common.

 

Streatham Gyms and Fitness Activities

Streatham is a neighbourhood in South London which thanks to its cinemas, theatres and ballroom was once known as the West End of South London. Unfortunately the 80s and part of the 90s saw a decline of the area. This was for many reasons.

However, the Huge efforts made to reverse the reputation Streatham attracted in the 80s, brought this area back to life.

The multi-million-pound regeneration scheme encouraged many private investments in the area. With the growing number of people moving in the area many new trendy restaurants, cafes and bars are now open also new hi-tech gyms, and sports halls opened in Streatham. And in this video, I am going to talk about all the options available.

Streatham Gyms offer a flexible way to keep fit and enables you to choose the one that suits you the most. The variety of gyms and sports centres now available in Streatham makes it easy for you to find places to work out and get fit no matter how busy you are with work, family or travel, wherein Streatham you live and budgets. Streatham is well serviced for Gyms.

We have four large chains (Fitness First, Virgin Active, the Better Ice and Leisure Centre and the Gym Group) as well as the independent Squats Gym, yoga classes and outdoors boot camp on Streatham common.

Let me know if I have missed anything in the comments below.

Thank you so muck for watching and stay fit. See ya. 😉

 

Are The Black Areas in London safe?

London is home to one of the most diverse communities in the world. Nearly 1/3 of Londoners were born abroad, and over 200 languages are spoken here.

Are The Black Areas in London safe?

 

London is home to one of the most diverse communities in the world. Nearly 1/3 of Londoners were born abroad, and over 200 languages are spoken here.

This wide range of cultures and languages is celebrated in London in many different ways – mainly with fantastic food and lively festivals.

The city of London is a safe place for people of all ethnicity and faiths to be.

With a whole host of diverse cultures comes a lot of delicious food!

Restaurants and street stalls around London allow you to try out some new foods as well as treating yourself to some of your chosen dishes.

The heart and soul of London are owed to its multicultural population – without these great people, London just wouldn’t be the same!

Thank you!

Streatham Retail Decline and Recovery History Part 3

In the 1950s Streatham had the longest and busiest shopping street in south London. However, a combination of factors led to a gradual decline through the 1970s and a more rapid decline in the 1980s. Streatham got a bad reputation. But so what. Things changed so much. The reality is amazing.

Streatham Retail Decline and Recovery History Part 3

In the 1950s Streatham had the longest and busiest shopping street in south London. Streatham became the site of the UK’s first supermarket when Express Dairies Premier Supermarkets opened its first 2,500 square feet store in 1951; Waitrose subsequently opened its first supermarket in Streatham in 1955, but it closed down in 1963.

However, a combination of factors led to a gradual decline through the 1970s and a more rapid decline in the 1980s. These included long-term population movements out to Croydon, Kingston and Sutton; the growth of heavy traffic on the A23 (main road from central London to Gatwick Airport and Brighton); and a lack of redevelopment sites in the town centre.

This culminated in 1990 ,when the closure of Pratts, which had grown from a Victorian draper’s shop, to a department store, operated since the 1940s by the John Lewis Partnership, coincided with the opening of a large Sainsbury’s supermarket, half a mile south of the town centre, replacing an existing, smaller Sainsbury’s store opposite Streatham Hill railway station.

Several recent additions, such as Argos, Lidl and Peacocks, are located in new retail spaces on the site of Pratt’s but, in common with other high streets, retail recovery has been slow. And a substantial proportion of vacant space has been taken by a growing number of restaurants, bars and coffee shops.

 

In September 2002, Streatham High Road was voted the “Worst Street in Britain” in a poll organised by the BBC Today programme and CABE. This largely reflected the dominance of huge traffic along the High Road.

Plans for investment and regeneration had begun before the poll, with local amenity group the Streatham Society leading a successful partnership bid for funding from central government for environmental improvements. Work started in winter 2003-04 with the refurbishment of Streatham Green and repaving and relighting of the High Road between St Leonard’s Church and the Odeon Cinema. In 2005 Streatham Green won the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association ‘London Spade’ award for best public open space scheme in the capital.

The poll was an incentive for Lambeth London Borough Council and Transport for London’s Street Management to co-operate on a joint funding arrangement for further streetscape improvements, which benefited the section of the High Road between St Leonard’s and Streatham station, and the stretch north of the Odeon as far as Woodbourne Avenue. However, further spending has currently been suspended because of TfL’s budgetary shortfall.

Streatham Festival was established in 2002. It has grown to a festival with over 50 events held in an array of locations, from bars to churches and parks to youth centres, attracting over 3,000 people.

After several years of delay and debate over phasing, construction started in the autumn of 2011 on the Streatham Hub – a major redevelopment next to Streatham railway station. The project was a joint development by Lambeth Council and Tesco.

The Streatham Hub project involved the demolition of Streatham Ice Arena, Streatham Leisure Centre and the former Streatham Bus Garage, and their replacement with a new leisure centre and a Tesco store with 250 flats above it. The leisure centre would be owned by Lambeth and would have an ice rink on the upper floors with a sports hall, gym and swimming pool on the levels below. Streatham Leisure Centre had been closed since November 2009 due to health and safety concerns when part of the pool hall ceiling collapsed. Streatham Ice Arena closed on 18 December 2011, having celebrated eighty years of operation in February 2011.

In August 2011, Streatham was selected as one of the areas to benefit from Round 1 of the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund, gaining £300,000. Later, Streatham was awarded a further £1.6 million, matched by another £1 million by Lambeth.

The money from this fund was spent on improving streets and public spaces in Streatham. This includes the smartening up of shop fronts through painting and cleaning, replacing shutters and street signs as well as helping to reveal facilities behind the high street such as The Stables Community Centre.

Streatham Library has also undergone a £1.2 million refurbishment. The Tudor Hall behind the library was brought back into public use as The Mark Bennett Centre providing a meeting and performance space.

The central reservation along the A23 is being removed, which involves some repaving and resurfacing, planting of new trees, and the creation of an enlarged bus and cycle lane.

Streatham Skyline introduced new lighting to highlight some of Streatham’s more attractive buildings and monuments with the aim of improving safety and the overall attractiveness of the area.

In November 2013, the new Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre opened to the public. The leisure centre houses a 60 m x 30 m indoor ice rink with 1,000 rink-side seats, a six-lane 25 m swimming pool, 13 m teaching pool, four-court sports hall and a gym with 100 stations.

The jazz venue Hideaway continues Streatham’s long entertainment tradition. It features live performances of jazz, funk, swing and soul music as well as stand-up comedy nights. It won the Jazz Venue/Promoter of the Year category in the 2011 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Playing a vital role in the regeneration of the area, are private developments also taking place on Streatham high street. One of them is London Square Streatham Hill.

A collection of high specification studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments being build.

London Square Streatham Hill. It offers a gated private resident’s landscaped courtyard gardens, concierge, resident’s gymnasium and underground parking.

In the next couple of years, plans to restore some of the oldest art deco apartment blocks are being finalised. This will see some of the Victorian buildings brought back to their former glory.

Streatham is now the place to be.

Streatham in the 30s – “The West End of South London” (PART 2)

A new network of metropolitan railways allowed for the development of suburbs in neighbouring counties from which middle-class and wealthy people could commute to the centre.

Streatham in the 30s – “The West End of South London” (PART 2)

While the city grew wealthy as Britain’s holdings expanded, 19th-century London was also a city of poverty, where millions lived in overcrowded and unsanitary slums. Life for the poor was immortalised by Charles Dickens in such novels as Oliver Twist In 1810, after the death of Sir Francis Baring and Abraham Goldsmid, Rothschild emerges as the major banker in London. 19th-century London was transformed by the coming of the railways.

A new network of metropolitan railways allowed for the development of suburbs in neighbouring counties from which middle-class and wealthy people could commute to the centre. While this helped the massive growth of the city,the growth of greater London also increased the class divide, as the wealthier classes emigrated to the suburbs, leaving the poor to inhabit the inner city areas. The first railway to be built in London was a line from London Bridge to Greenwich, which opened in 1836. This was soon followed by the opening of great rail termini which linked London to every corner of Britain.

The urbanised area continued to grow rapidly, spreading into Islington, Paddington, Belgravia, Holborn, Finsbury, Shoreditch, Southwark and Lambeth.

Towards the middle of the century, London’s antiquated local government system, consisting of ancient parishes and vestries, struggled to cope with the rapid growth in population.

As the capital of a massive empire, London became a magnet for immigrants from the colonies and poorer parts of Europe. A large Irish population settled in the city during the Victorian period, with many of the newcomers refugees from the Great Famine (1845–1849). At one point, Catholic Irish made up about 20% of London’s population; they typically lived in overcrowded slums. London also became home to a sizable Jewish community, which was notable for its entrepreneurship in the clothing trade and merchandising.

So we now understand the reasons that made wealthy Londoners move to the suburbs. with their move there was the need to build not only houses but also entrainment venues. in fact After the First World War Streatham developed as a location for entertainment, with Streatham Hill Theatre (now a bingo hall), three cinemas, the Locarno ballroom (latterly Caesar’s nightclub, which closed in 2010) and Streatham Ice Rink all adding to its reputation as “the West End of South London”.

With the advent of electric tram services it also grew as a shopping centre serving a wide area to the south.

In the 1930s large numbers of blocks of flats were constructed along the High Road.

These speculative developments were not initially successful. And the reason was quite simple: people who lived in Streatham found this modern monsters quite insulting. Wealthy people did not live crammed in purpose build blocks; Despited the fact that the new building had all facilities and luxuries, for example, swimming pools, garages and communal spaces, they were horrified by the fact that they had to share. To them it was a way for developers to maximise their profits. So they refused those modern homes. They were only filled when émigré communities began to arrive in London after leaving countries under the domination of Hitler’s Germany.

 

Streatham: The Hamlet On The Street History (Part 1)

This video aims to tell the rich history of this Neighborhood in suburban London where I live. It made me understand the reasons why those born and been living in Streatham for a long time, are so proud of it.

Streatham: The Hamlet On The Street History (Part 1)

Streatham is a district in south London, in England, mostly in the London Borough of Lambeth. It is centred 5 miles south of Charing Cross. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.

I have to say that Streatham’s always had plenty to appeal.

The high road is flanked by /some of the nicest Art Deco buildings you’ll find/ in the south-west of London, and the spacious pavements mean that the trendy independent cafes / can offer places for people to sit outside. , It’s also very well connected: as well as three overground stations/ many busses are taking you anywhere in London you like.
Many excellent independent food stores are in Streatham– from Polish delicatessens to Halal butchers – besides a fresh crop of trendy restaurants and bars that are popping up to serve the area’s current generation of residents.
Streatham was the home of Sir Henry Tate for many years, The legendary Naomi Campbell was born and grew up here. This was just before making her way onto every catwalk in the world. But this vast swathe of South West London is regularly overlooked in favour of neighbouring trendy Balham, Clapham and Brixton and the very long high road has been the target of many a joke. However, things have changed and still changing, so much and SW16 is now the place to be.

This video aims to tell the rich history of this Neighborhood in suburban London where we live. It made me understand the reasons why those born and been living in Streatham for a long time, are so proud of it.

Streatham means “the hamlet on the street”. The street in question, the London to Brighton Way, was the Roman road from the capital Londinium to the south coast near Portslade, today within Brighton and Hove.

It is likely that the destination was a Roman port now lost to coastal erosion, which has been tentatively identified with ‘Novus Portus’ mentioned in Ptolemy’s Geographia. The road is confusingly referred to as Stane Street (Stone Street) in some sources and diverges from the main London-Chichester road at Kennington.

After the departure of the Romans, the main road through Streatham remained an important trackway. From the 17th century, it was adopted as the primary coach road to Croydon and East Grinstead, and then on to Newhaven and Lewes. In 1780 it then became the route of the turnpike road from London to Brighton, and subsequently became the basis for the modern A23. This road (and its traffic) have shaped Streatham’s development.

Streatham’s first parish church, St Leonard’s Streatham early Tudor tower, was founded in Saxon times/ but an early Tudor tower/ is the only remaining structure pre-dating 1831/when the body of the church was rebuilt. The mediaeval parish covered /a more extensive area including Balham and Tooting Bec.

Streatham appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Estreham. It was held by Bec-Hellouin Abbey (in Normandy) from Richard de Tonbridge. Annually it was assessed to render £4 5s 0d to its overlords.

Streatham Village remained largely unchanged until the 18th century, when the village’s natural springs, known as Streatham Wells, were first celebrated for their health-giving properties. The reputation of the spa, and improved turnpike roads, attracted wealthy City of London merchants and others to build their country residences in Streatham.

In spite of London’s expansion around the village, a limited number of developments took place in the village in the second half of the nineteenth century, most notably on Wellfield Road and Sunnyhill Road. These roads are today considered an important part of what remains of the historic Streatham Village as they found little or no influence from the growth of metropolitan London.

Wellfield Road, which had previously been known as Leigham Lane, was renamed to reflect its role as the main route from the village centre to one of the good locations.

Another mineral well was located on the south side of Streatham Common, in an area that now forms part of The Rookery.

In the 1730s, Streatham Park, a Georgian country mansion, was built by the brewer Ralph Thrale on land he bought from the Lord of the Manor – the fourth Duke of Bedford. Streatham Park later passed to Ralph’s son Henry Thrale, who with his wife Hester Thrale entertained many of the leading literary and artistic characters of the day, most notably the lexicographer Samuel Johnson. The dining room contained 12 portraits of Henry’s guests painted by his friend Joshua Reynolds. These pictures were labelled the Streatham Worthies.

Streatham Park was later leased to Prime Minister Lord Shelburne and was the venue for early negotiations with France that led to the Peace Treaty of 1783. Streatham Park was demolished in 1863.

One large house that survives is Park Hill, on the north side of Streatham Common, rebuilt in the early 19th century for the Leaf family.

It was latterly the home of Sir Henry Tate, sugar refiner, benefactor of local libraries across south London, including Streatham Library, and founder of the Tate Gallery at Millbank.

Development accelerated after the opening of Streatham Hill railway station on the West End of London and Crystal Palace Railway in 1856. The other two railway stations followed within fifteen years. Some estates, such as Telford Park to the west of Streatham Hill, were spaciously planned with facilities like tennis clubs.[7] Despite the local connections to the Dukes of Bedford, there is no link to the contemporary Bedford Park in west London. Another generously sized development was Roupell Park, the area near Christchurch Road promoted by the Roupell family. Other streets adopted more conventional suburban layouts. Three more parish churches were built to serve the growing area, including Immanuel and St Andrew’s (1854), St Peter’s (1870) and St Margaret the Queen’s (1889).

There is now a mixture of buildings from all architectural eras of the past 200 years.

We reached the end of part 1, In the next video will look at The inter-war period when Streatham was a location for entertainment, sport and culture. The Second World War period, its decline and recovery.

Thank you very much for now. I look forward to seeing you next time.

Happy New Year 2018 Wishes

Happy new Year Messages:

Wishing You A New Year Filled With New Hope, New Joy And New Beginnings.

Happy New Year 2018 Wishes

Happy new Year Messages:

Wishing You A New Year Filled With New Hope, New Joy And New Beginnings.

– Wising You Happy Holidays And New Year Filled With Prosperity & Success.

– Learn From Yesterday, Live For Today, Hope For Tomorrow. Happy New Year Wishes.

– A New Year Is On The Way And The Possibilities Are Endless. Happy New Year.

– If You Asked Me For My New Year Resolution, It Would Be To Find Out Who I Am.

– Old Things Are Passed Away, Behold, All Things Are Become New. Happy New Year.

– This Year Believe In Yourself And Achieve Everything You Deserve. Happy New Year.

– Wishing You A New Year, Bursting With Joy, Roaring With Laughter And Full Of Fun