Get some wedding inspiration with the best of bridalwear, flowers, food and venues in East Dulwich…
Street Voice: The Fresh Flower Company
With years of expertise as an event and wedding florist, we talk to Fran Bailey, owner of East Dulwich’s Fresh Flower Company, about what makes the area special.
I thought if I don’t open a flower shop here, someone will! I’ve lived in Dulwich for 24 years and loved going to the market on North Cross Road. So I took the leap in 1996 and opened the shop. I kept the event side of the business going as well. At that point we were working out of a railway arch in Camberwell doing parties in fantastic places like the Natural History Museum. In summer 2014 I moved into a new workshop – an old mechanics garage behind Lordship Lane, where we also run classes.
The area has changed so much in recent years. When I first moved here it didn’t have that attraction as a destination for a day out shopping.
Dulwich has the peace and quiet of the green areas, but it’s a vibrant place. I liked the green spaces here. You have Sydenham Woods, where you really feel like you’re out in the countryside, and Peckham Rye which is brilliant. This area has lots of multi-culturalism, the housing is lovely and it’s really vibrant.
We’re decorating an outdoor wedding in the Austrian Alps. One of our customers is getting married at her grandmother’s holiday home in the Alps. They’re having three tipis in the field and are marrying under the trees. So we’re going to put flowers in the trees, dress the tipis, then party the night away!
Elizabeth at the Duck Egg café makes the best flat white coffee in Dulwich. I also love the Blue Brick Café on Fellbrigg Road for lunch. My favourite place to eat out is Thai Corner Café on North Cross Road. Every fortnight or so I crave their food.
39a North Cross Road
Gail’s Artisan Bakery
From dainty bite-sized raspberry financiers, to moist and spiced-to-perfection carrot cake, if you’re after cakes to impress your wedding guests, Gail’s is the place. But these clever bakers don’t stop there. Pop by their Dulwich Village bakery and tuck in to their world-class loaves, top-notch coffee and freshly made salads – the perfect way to relax after a hectic day of wedding prep.
91 Dulwich Village
Dulwich Picture Gallery
For a truly unforgettable day, you can now exchange vows in the gallery among masterpieces by Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Canaletto. Founded in 1811, this became the world’s first purpose-built art gallery when Sir Francis Bourgeois RA bequeathed his collection of old masters ‘for the inspection of the public.’ Today the gallery is a vibrant cultural hub set within beautiful landscaped gardens.
Gallery Road, Dulwich Village
This tranquil tea house peppered with shimmering chandeliers is a stunning venue for a stylish, grown up hen do. Indulge in afternoon tea, or finger food and canapes washed down with speciality tea-infused cocktails. Or opt for the full Moroccan dinner menu in their North African inspired dining room, available for hire for small private parties.
162 Lordship Lane
From stylish wedding gifts to bunting, confetti to wedding cards, ED is a treasure trove of unique and eclectic homeware and gifts. This beautiful store is always bustling and if you don’t find what you’re looking for at ED, try their local sister stores, Tomlinsons in Dulwich Village and The Dulwich Trader in West Dulwich, which each have slightly different styles.
41 North Cross Road
Taking inspiration from the glamour and romance of vintage Hollywood, designer Naomi Neoh creates elegant bridal gowns at her studio in Dulwich. Using luxurious fabrics including silk voile, couture weight organza and chiffon, all delicately embellished with French lace, silk flowers and subtle beading, her creations are simply stunning.
40 Martell Road
Hope and Greenwood
Tables laden with sweets – for young and old alike – are a hit at any wedding reception and you can’t go far wrong with Hope and Greenwood. Discover jolly gobstoppers, popping candy, flying saucers and all kinds of tuck at this gorgeous traditional-style sweet shop. Don’t have a sweet tooth? Don’t worry! Pop in for jaunty ceramics, linen and home accessories too.
20 North Cross Road