New Business Spotlight

New independent hair studio opens in Sydenham

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"We're so excited to be part of the thriving business community on Kirk TV dale. Other businesses in the area have been very supportive and welcoming. They really want to see us succeed. It's the best start to running your own business. We love Sydenham and the people here mean a lot to us."

Studio 275 is a unisex hair salon that is the latest addition to vibrant Kirkdale in Sydenham. Jo, Jane and Monika are best friends and an established part of the community.  Born and bred in Sydenham, Jo and Jane met at primary school and started working together as hairdressers in their teens and Monika later came and made the trio. Decades later, their ambition to be their own bosses has finally come true.

Sustainability is at the heart of everything they do. When they took over the existing derelict salon, recycling was a key part of the plan. The result is stunning and a welcomed addition to the area. The interior styling is cool and industrial, with a bar area for clients. Building lasting relationships is important to them. "We wanted to create an amazing experience for our clients. We want people to enjoy the visit and leave feeling glamourous."

Giving back to society is also important to the team. "We decided that every month, we would donate £1 from every haircut to a charity that is special to us. In our opening month, we chose Breast Cancer Now. In December, we're supporting Trussell Trust as we want to help those struggling at this time of year. The charity for January will be Mind. Lockdown has been challenging for so many people and we want to contribute to getting people the help that they need."

In January, Studio 275 are offering 10% off your first haircut with them. Just quote 'Kirkdale' when booking.

Studio 275
275 Kirkdale, SE26 4QD

What's on



Menopause Yoga at the Sydenham Centre

Thursdays 6.45pm

£10 per class booked on

Diane from is running Menopause Yoga classes. If you are keen to learn tips on how to manage menopause symptoms, reduce stress and feel your best please come along. No yoga experience necessary. 


Yoga at the Greyhound

Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.30am and 11am

£10 per class paid in cash or card on the day

Instructor Emily will be teaching Hatha style yoga upstairs at the Greyhound. Suitable for all levels. All equipment supplied but feel free to bring your own.


To keep up to date on all events make sure you sign up to Forest Hill society or Sydenham Society


The Forest Hill Society was founded in 2006 and has over 400 members. We are always looking for new ways to improve Forest Hill – making it a pleasurable place to live, work and shop. Our work has included planting flowers in the town centre, running food markets and street parties. We have campaigned for better train services, support local businesses including the Community Library and organise talks on local history plus much more. 

  We are also encouraging people to support local businesses by Tweeting about them with the hashtag #ShopSE23.

To join please visit


The Sydenham Society was founded in 1972 and has around 1100 members. Our aim is to be a voice for
Sydenham and to improve services and amenities in the area to make it a more attractive place to live and work. We play an active part and support all efforts to create a vibrant high street running markets and community events like the Easter Bonnet parades and Halloween celebrations. We’re strong supporters of Sydenham Community Library as well as local arts and community organisations.  We’ve recently formed a Green Improvement Group which has installed planters and posters at Sydenham Station and in Station Approach. To join the Sydenham Society go to

traders discount schemes/loyalty cards

Remember to ask our independent traders about their loyalty schemes – for example Kirkdale Bookshop have a card with a cash discount after six purchases, Over The Top Hairdressers give a 7th appointment free and Whites Pet Shop give a discount on each purchase. You can also get The Lewisham Local Card which is a scheme that connects you to local businesses
and community projects. It’s an opportunity to save money while supporting the community.
To purchase a £20 card go to