My Postcode - SE15
My postcode – SE15*
The other day I was having coffee with my Canadian friend, Barbara, ’Bee’. Having only recently moved to London, and upon securing that all-important job in the city, she has, without further ado, proceeded to immerse herself into all things London. Her cultural awareness of all activities-to-do and lists of what’s on would easily rival Time Out’s pages - and then some. “Exploring Europe” was Bee’s number one objective for uprooting herself from Vancouver to England, and is an objective that she takes very seriously. Indeed, we met on a hike in the amazingly scenic South-Downs Way - showcasing the unspoilt beauty of South-East England at its best.
"Of course, every Londoner is aware of their postcode - both its importance as a residential definition point, but also its somewhat socio-political connotations."
“So”, Bee started, “what’s with the obsession over here about postal codes, huh?!...” I looked at her and smiled. “I have to give my postal code every time I make a phone call…”. I laughed at her befuddlement and the incredulity of it all. Of course, every Londoner is aware of their postcode - both its importance as a residential definition point, but also its somewhat socio-political connotations; that underlying, unspoken nod that goes with certain postcodes. Bee was only just beginning to settle into London, and to her bewilderment, was learning that those seemingly harmless series of letter and numbers can very well exclude or include you from a tribe.
It got me thinking about my postcode, (SE15) and how it must have changed over the years. I have cherished every aspect of its growing creativity and vibrancy. I am fortunate to be living within walking distance of innumerable eateries and I am still discovering and deriving inspiration from its hidden gems. As homage to my postcode, and in no particular order, here are some of the top destinations in SE15 - and its borders - that I frequent, over and over again.
Food and Drink:
Jason’s – Zionly Manna @zionlymanna
Cravings – La Carreta
Street fruit market- Rye Lane
By Caroline* - Designer-in-Chief - Botanique and Rye.