Wednesday 19 June 2002 3.43pm
A good (but not at all scientific) way of getting some idea about the area is reading the South London Press (Tuesdays and Fridays). Excluding things Millwall hooligans get up to (as opposed to Millwall fans), my impression form this is that the main thing that happens in Bermondsey is that Simon Hughes
opens something. Meanwhile in Streatham, Brixton, Stockwell, Camberwell, Peckham and Walworth it seems like someone stabs someone else every week. In Dulwich of course, there's probbaly a dispute over a garden plant which has encroached on a neighbour's space ...
I find it re-assuring that generally everyone rubs along fine, without things getting boring. My main advice is to watch out for minor thefts - chain/lock things up - otherwise they'll end up in a street market.