Any place that still plays the warm crackles of vintage vinyl is fine by me, but when you walk into any establishment for the first time and, somewhat freakily, find the song being played is the No.1 the day you were born? Well, it was meant to be. I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that only 24 hours ago I had no idea St David even existed, until a brief mention was made of it on the SEC Awards thread yesterday in fact. But as I had the car with me, I zipped over to Forest Hill, a place that, Horniman aside, well, at least I can say I knew of its existence if nothing else. But now I know it boasts groovy hangouts like St David I think I'll have to investigate further. What hits you the moment you walk in is the relaxed, rustic vibe owners Lisa and Dan have worked hard to cultivate, coupled with the 60s/70s retro emporium of the second-hand furniture, curios and artefacts tastefully arranged in every nook and cranny. It's as earthy and as solid as the sounds emanating from the turntable. More fabby than shabby chic, it's the kind of charming bohemian drop-in that you'd be happy to spend an hour or more soaking up the atmosphere. Always a good barometer of whether the products live up to their surroundings, the flat white was absolutely exactly how I like it, strong and dense, proudly using their Square Mile beans with due reverence. The food's good too. I tried a Chorizo and pear sandwich (unusual but it works), and a frangipani for afters, followed by another flat white which was every bit as impressive as the first. I guarantee that no matter how many times you return you will always find yourself looking up wondering why you hadn't noticed another cool quirk or piece of history before. There's a lovingly well-stocked book and comic case, featuring a splendid collection of stuff to buy or exchange, while rows of locally sourced England Preserves (based in New Cross) jams and chutneys jostle for shelf space with ancient typewriters, music memorabilia and original artworks for sale by Paula McGurdy, who often uses the space as her studio. It's not hard to see she chose well. I think I did too.