The Flood Gallery
The world of gig poster art may well be one of the biggest art scenes you have never heard of. Consisting of a new wave of artists collaborating with high-profile musical acts, they create distinctive works which elevate the once humble concert poster to a new level. Although relatively unknown over here, the scene is massive in the USA (where the majority of the artists are based). The Flood Gallery, based in Greenwich Market, is probably the only outlet for this niche sector in London - if not the whole of the UK.

If the word "gallery" intimidates you or conjures up images of elitism and pretentious chatter then fear not. The Flood gallery is a bright, open and welcoming place. The vibe is more that of a record shop where enthusiastic staff are happy to share their specialist knowledge...

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Goddards at Greenwich
Operating from smart new premises on the corner of Greenwich market, Goddards pie shop represents a family tradition stretching all the back to the late 19th century. The family’s first pie shop was set up in Evelyn Street in Deptford in the 1890 by Alfred Jacob Goddard. As well as serving up the classic combo of pie, mash and liquor the business also branched out in its early days. Inside the shop you can see an early 20th century photo of a van delivering the family’s own brand of potato crisps...

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Music and Video Exchange
The Music and Video Exchange set up shop in Greenwich in 2001, although somehow it seems to have been part of the High Street furniture forever. Given the rate at which businesses come and go in this unforgiving location, trading for 13 years (and still going strong) is evidence of considerable staying power. The shop is managed by self-effacing house music afficianado Jamie Upton. He joined the company to keep himself ticking over before finding a "proper job" and 18 years later he is still there.

Alongside Jamie is a roster of colleagues each with their own specialist musical interests but all sharing a broad knowledge across a whole range of musical genres. Trivia fact - if you want to get a job at M&V you have to take a written test of your musical smarts. So if you don’t know your Electric Prunes from your 13th Floor Elevators then dig out your copy of the Rare Records Guide and get revising...

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La Salumeria
La Salumeria is an Italian deli which has been based in Greenwich for over 20 years. If you stick to the town centre of Greenwich you will miss it but a short walk down Trafalgar Road will reward you with a place where you can find seriously good coffee (I can vouch for this personally), freshly prepared Italian snacks and a carefully selected range of fine Italian produce.

La Salumeria (a salumeria is a traditional Italian deli specialising in cold cuts) was founded in 1992 by Michelle Cicchillo and has been a fixture of the area ever since. Michelle hails from Puglia in southern Italy and initially worked in the restaurant trade before setting up shop in Trafalgar Road. Michelle has since stepped back and the shop is now run on a day-to-day basis by his son James and daughter Sara.

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Greenwich Book Place & Gallery
The mark of a good bookshop is that browsing through its shelves can be an education in itself, a journey where you can discover the unexpected - and not just follow recommendations based on purchasing habits. If you enjoy these kind of literary expeditions then pack your metaphorical compass and hiking boots and head over to The Greenwich Book Place and Gallery on Creek Road in Greenwich.

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Blackheath & Greenwich Amnesty International Book Sale
It's Saturday June 21st, the summer solstice, and the Church of the Ascension in Blackheath is buzzing. Every pew is filled and people have been queuing outside since 8.30am. It is not a wave of revivalist fervour in SE10 that is drawing the crowds, but the now legendary Blackheath and Greenwich Amnesty International book sale. The benches are packed with bargain books and the 'congregation' is here to snap up some literary bargains whilst also supporting a great cause.

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Casbah Records
Every so often you will hear some pundit or other wringing their hand over the imminent death of the music business. Large chains such as virgin and HMV have either shut up shop or crashed and burned. Head down to Creek road in Greenwich though and you will find Casbah records - a shop which specialises in new vinyl and is thriving.

The interior of the shop is colourful, tidy and imaginatively laid out. The style is a mix of retro and eclectic modern with a hint of kitsch and reflects Graham’s interest in 60’s and 70’s cult film and music. The shop as a whole is a visual delight and it is no surprise that as well as attracting discerning vinyl enthusiast it also attracts a steady procession of photographers, film-makers and TV crews (they once appeared in a One Show feature on Lulu)...

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