Writer seeks partner

Jacqui writes:

I am an aspiring writer who needs nudging and I am looking for a writing buddy.

Although writing and reading groups are great I'm really looking for an individual in the same boat as me  - have an idea for a book, done some of the donkey work but need some help / criticism / deadlines, etc - and would like to meet up once a week or so in a coffee shop in the area for mutual support.

- If you could be Jacqui's buddy, please email her here.

Brockley business break-in

Lewisham records 4% GDP growth as East rises

Lewisham's GDP grew at 4% in 2016, twice the national average, putting it in the top-10 fastest growing boroughs.

The figures, produced by property consultancy CBRE, reflect local economic activity, rather than salaries earned from jobs outside the borough. While Lewisham may be growing from a relatively low base, these numbers dispel the idea that Lewisham is just a 'dormitory borough', with economic activity being sucked away to other parts of the capital.

The Telegraph reports:

"While Westminster made the largest economic contribution, it only rose by two per cent last year in comparison to Hackney’s eight per cent. Jennet Siebrits, head of residential research at CBRE, puts this down to the north-east London borough’s “burgeoning technical and creative hub”.

"With Newham, Redbridge, Lewisham and the City of London all in the top 10, the results epitomise the rising of the east to become a dominant player in the London economy and the capital’s cultural identity.

“The real story here is the boom of the technology and creative industries in London, the epicentre of which is Hackney’s Shoreditch,” says Siebrits.

“There’s a rebalancing of London under way, with the east, which has traditionally underperformed, now catching up.”

This borough is currently benefiting from all the major trends currently re-drawing the capital: Rebalancing from West to East? Lewisham gains. Rise of inner London, relative to outer London? Lewisham gains. Leveling out of house price differentials as top of the market cools? Lewisham outperforms.

The figures are also a reminder that, banking-passport-or-not, London will continue to be the UK's main growth engine post-Brexit.

Pasta-way

After the love has gone. A shop has become available
Ladywell did not love pasta enough to sustain We Love Pasta, the first new business in the door at PLACE Ladywell. The deli has carbo-loaded the removal van and left town. Ed writes:

"The posh pasta shop has gone... Jimmy Mizzen cafe reports 'yes, I think he's gone to Hackney or Brixton. The mid week trade wasn't good enough for him.'

"Meanwhile the cafe itself has been discovered by mums, digital nomads and others and seems to be doing OK all day every day."

Printworks, Canada Water

The opening weekend
Printworks is a new 5,000-capacity music and arts venue on the site of the old Associated Newspaper printing presses in Canada Water. Following an opening party this month, its line-up in March includes events hosted by Melt Festival, Nina Kravitz and The Hydra.

Printworks has doubled as a Death Star and a zombie rat run in recent Secret Cinema productions and anyone who experienced it in either of those incarnations will attest to its versatility. It's a huge campus and a massive asset for South East London, which is not over-blessed with major venues.

Hit The Floor writes:

"The venue will undoubtedly put London nightlife firmly back on the worldwide map... Was this the best time to open such an establishment when the whole night-time community was being scrutinised and pulled apart? The answer is yes. Yes, this is a perfect time.

"The opening of Printworks has not only solidified the idea that not only is London club culture going anywhere, but we now finally have a venue to rival our European counterparts."

"Printworks comes to us from the team behind LWE, Junction 2 and the now infamous daytime raves at Tobacco Dock... LWE is currently unrivalled and are consistently raising the bar and expectations for what it means to host a successful rave."

For full details, click here.

Station approach

JPM has spotted this sign on his travels and wonders whether Brockley residents would like something similar on the approach to Brockley or Crofton Park stations.

What say you?

Brockley's Crossrail connection completed

Whitechapel station, which will provide an interchange between the East London Line and the Elizabeth Line, is now ready to take five-car ELL trains.

Gary Stevens, Operational Task Manager, Whitechapel said: "Customers using Whitechapel station via London Overground will now be able to use full lengths of platforms 5 & 6 as there is no need for customers to walk through car 5 to car 4 of the train to depart the train. This should ease congestion on the platforms."

The Shenfield to Liverpool Street service opens in May using existing rail lines, and the new route comes online in a phased roll-out from 2018. Thanks to Monkeyboy for the update.

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