Lumiere London 2018 with us.

Lumiere has returned to the capital to bring some much-needed cheer to the end of January.

Lumiere London 2018 with us.

Lumiere has returned to the capital to bring some much-needed cheer to the end of January.

Lumiere is a festival of lights which first came to London in 2016, and has expanded to new locations due to its success. With over 50 installations to enjoy, which will be a mix of neon lights, sculptures and light projections, they organised an amazing event for everyone. The festival is produced by art production company and registered charity Artichoke. The first Lumiere produced by Artichoke took place in Durham in 2009.

The light show started on Thursday and ends on Sunday, with light shows running between 5:30 pm and 10:30 pm.

The lights were in King’s Cross, Fitzrovia, Mayfair, South Bank, Westminster and the West End. In the West End, the light shows were spread across Leicester Square, Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Picadilly Circus, Regent Street, St James’s and Carnaby Street.

The shows are obviously free (kind of hard to charge people for walking through London), but festival-goers are asked to donate their choosing to buy the official map of the works.

There is a free Lumiere London app which gives details on all of the artworks, how best to get around, and things to do nearby such as bars, restaurants and attractions.

What Is The Most British Thing Ever?

With the twentieth anniversary of the very first time, I came to the UK aproaching; I wanna share with you some of my favorites and most British things ever.

What Is The Most British Thing Ever?

With the twentieth anniversary of the very first time, I came to the UK aproaching; I wanna share with you some of my favorites and most British things ever. Those things that I would say are definately British.

Before I start, I would like to ask you to subscribe to the channel just clicking on the logo on the bottom right. It doesn’t cost anything, and it makes sure we stay in touch. Thank you for that…

Now here you have the most British thing ever for me …. Originally I had many more… however, finally my list came down to 15.

So, what is the most British thing ever for 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


Where to Eat and Hang Out in Streatham

Streatham restaurants, breakfasts, lunches, pubs, bars, cafés and more.

Where to Eat and Hang Out in Streatham

This is the first of a series of videos about the area of London where I live. Streatham.

In this video, I will show you the best places Where To Eat, Drink and hang out In… Streatham

Streatham is a district in zone 3 south London, mostly in the London Borough of Lambeth.

Once known as the ‘West End of South London” thanks to its cinemas, theatres and ballroom, Streatham fell on harder times, during the 80s and part of the 90s

Huge efforts have been made to reverse the reputation of crime Streatham attracted in the 80s

With people being priced out of neighbouring Clapham and Balham, plus a multi-million-pound regeneration scheme,

The faded 19th-century glory as a red brick suburb for wealthy Victorians has seen a new life in recent years as the area has become an attractive alternative to surrounding Clapham, Brixton, and Dulwich.

The high road is claimed to be the longest in the UK, and at nearly 3km long there are plenty of opportunities for smart investors to open up new places where to eat and drink.

As house prices rise in this leafy end of south-west London so has the quality of what’s on offer. Avoid the chains and try out the many independent cafés, pubs, restaurants, and hang out places.

Characterised by a sense of pride in their community many places are family run, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, famous specialities and a relaxed, warmly welcoming atmosphere.
Perfect Blend is a popular Saturday morning location for a hungover fry-up. Apart from that, you can stop by for lunch and dinner, or just a pot of tea and cake.
Perfect Blend is open till 2AM serving cocktails beers and in my opinion is just the ideal hang out place only a few steps away from Streatham Hill train station.

Try Boyce Da Roca on Streatham Hill for everything from breakfasts to light lunches and luxurious cakes.A boutique London cafe where the food is delicious and if you like your tables, chairs, cups, plates or cutlery… you can BUY THEM too!

Blackbird Bakery. The important thing about Blackbird Bakery is that they make everything they sell. That’s everything, from bread, cakes, pastries, biscuits, breakfast cereals, jams, marmalades to fresh juices, sandwiches, salads and even dog biscuits at times!

The Aussie inspired neighbourhood cafe Brickwood offers quality coffee, brunch & full table service. This latest edition that open up to Streatham Green is young and cool.

The perfect romantic date location is Hood, the newest place to open and already one of the most popular. Run by siblings Robin and Melanie Frean it serves modern British food that can’t be found anywhere else in Streatham.

Bravi Ragazzi boasts a wood-burning stone oven to cook their traditional Neapolitan sourdough pizzas with unusual toppings such as salsiccia e friarielli (smoked cheese, wild broccoli, and Italian sausage).

Streatham Hill Italian Addommè is another good spot for traditional Italian pizzas …. and not only that …

El Chicos open Since 1998 they have had extensive refurbishment, always serving good contemporary Mexican cuisine with a fresh twist.
El Chico’s is the All Day, Everyday Place for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails and Parties Parties Parties!

Sunday roast/ Gastropubs

The Manor Arms is worth a trip for a quieter meal of a summer evening, while The Railway next to Streatham Common station is an excellent choice for a Sunday roast.

Anything to add guys??? Let me know.