It’s Friday night and we are walking along Norwood Road in Herne Hill only to find that the Portuguese restaurant that we were going to try isn’t open or has probably closed permanently being that it is Friday night. Not far away is a fish and chip shop and not just any old fish and chip shop so we go there instead. They call it an experience and it certainly is. The setting is very nice and different and the food excellent. The staff are very welcoming and the prices are more than reasonable. If you get a chance to visit then please do. http://www.olleys.info/
While I love London and live and work in it there is something very tawdry about it compared with Paris. Tourists come here to see the historical sites but also to get ripped off in places like Madame Tussauds. When and why did that get so expensive? I guess they have to pay image rights to make wax models of dreary celebrities. Then of course there are the chain shops with their pile em high, sell em cheap. So London is becoming the chav shopping capital of the world.
Now take Paris, lots of independent shops, cafes and restaurants and not so many Starcoffee and Costa Bucks. At a recent concert we attended the main artist didn’t finish until 11:40 but few if any people left before the end. If that had been London it would have had to finish by about 10pm and people would be rushing to get out to get their last train. London, it really isn’t rock and roll like Paris. And after the concert, well you just go to a little bar on the corner of the street where your hotel is and that is open to 2am in the morning. No having to pay a fortune and get past a bouncer to get in for overpriced past 11pm drinks.
And then there is the architecture, Paris is beautiful and old, London has been flogged off so that the Qataris and Chinese can rip it apart and do what they want because in London money talks whereas in Paris it is French and it is known as the City of Lights. It is a beautiful city and has what London can’t have because London has been sold off so that the get rich quick merchants can buy their new Bentleys and Range Rovers.
There is much that London could learn from Paris but the authorities can’t see and won’t listen.
I think we have been to this great little restaurant in Glendower Place three times after seeing films at the Cine Lumiere just round the corner. The food is nice and very tasty, the staff very pleasant and the prices very reasonable. We will definitely be going again. http://www.papparoma.com.
Small and Beautiful is a little gem of a restaurant in Kilburn in London. It is independent and nicely and uniquely decorated. The food is well cooked and presented with plenty of flavour and the prices are very reasonable. We went there before we went to see the comedian Mark Thomas at the Tricycle theatre. Definitely worth a visit. http://www.small-and-beautiful.co.uk/