Brixton news, rumours and general chat - November 2017

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  1. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

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  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    So the strip opposite the Barrier Block tonight had:

    1. Kaya coffee bar - now with live music and charging £10 a head.
    2. The Yard - bar
    3. Shrub & Shutter

    So that's three new (and pricey) units out of five in a row all serving booze on a small stretch. None were here five years ago.
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  3. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I want to know what this new daytime parking on the grass policy is at the Somerleyton Road end of the Barrier Block.
    Is this workers working on estate regeneration or repairs, aggrieved tenants locked out of the undercroft or commuters taking a chance?
  4. technical

    technical stripey

    There's a new bar at the bottom of Tulse Hill near the Sainsburys. The Sympathetic Ear - looks very much a bar, rather than a pub but looks like its got plenty of decent beer on offer.

    Seems to have appeared very quickly - and can't quite work out what was there before?
  5. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    It's owned & run by two local brewers.
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  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I'm still trying to work out how Kaya can get away with charging £10 to watch a jazz band play without lighting, a proper stage or a decent sound system in the back of a cafe that lacks any kind of cost gig atmosphere. Mind you, there was barely anyone there - why spend £10 when you can great live jazz at the Effra Hall Tavern or the Prince of Wales for free?
  7. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    is that live jazz without alcohol? well rad
  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    They've got a booze licence there now. Trendy booze dispensers are rapidly becoming the norm for this strip of shops.
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    editor Taffus Maximus

  10. happyshopper

    happyshopper Well-Known Member

    Pink sky
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  11. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Ooh it is. I'm going to take some pics!
  12. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  13. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I went to meet someone in Costa which has just reopened after a makeover and it's horrible with REALLY bright lights and a really awkward interior redesign. It's really badly done and the lighting is so intrusive that it's not a comfortable or relaxing place to stay. The only good part is that they've opened up the window display space facing Brixton Road (quite why they covered that over in the first place is anyone's guess). They've done a poor job of using that space though as the display is underwhelming.
  14. Twattor

    Twattor Well-Known Member

    When I moved next door soon after the turn of the millennium it was a wonderful pub where you could get a decent pint and chat with whoever was at the bar. The Grand Union was terrible both in terms of being a pub I wanted to go to and as a neighbour. I was hugely surprised when my brother told me that to the admin staff in his office who lived in Croydon it was their weekend destination of choice.
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  15. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Gramsci Twattor Not one to brag but I got sacked from there in 1979.
    I recall a couple of things about my two days behind the bar:

    when a bunch of student types came in ordering "Black Russian" (a type of cocktail, which had to be made up on the spot.
    The landlord called me over after I'd served the round and said - "Tell 'em it's not a fucking cocktail bar next time!"
    The landlord was a rather bullying Scot - and allegedly a bit-part actor on the BBC.

    I also recall a fight breaking out in the public bar. The landlady was running around shouting "get the glasses" - which I suppose was a good idea in retrospect, though I thought at the time it was bizarre protecting property rather than stopping the fight.

    I got sacked because they reckoned the till was £5.00 short - and I refused to be "fined" £1.67 for the shortage (there were three staff on duty).

    I think the only time I went back was in the mid 1990s when the Lib Dem council group an "Away Day" in the upstairs room - which was palatial.
  16. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  17. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Is this the one underneath the railway bridge? I guess it must be as I can't think of any others...
  18. northeast

    northeast Well-Known Member

    Yeah popped in today, it's terrible. Why the hell is the window blocked up. Don't want to sit in a cafe to drink coffee. So now we have Starbucks, Costa and soon to arrive Pret within 50m of each other.
  19. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    Random Brixton spots this weekend - Alexi Sayle and Robert Peston and then Chuck D at the chip shop place (plus skinnyman I think).
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  20. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  21. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    For some reason there always seems to be aspiring actors in San Marino these days.
  22. ricbake

    ricbake working out how

    More pink sky from yesterday

    Pink Sky.jpg
  23. Tropi

    Tropi Well-Known Member

  24. Twattor

    Twattor Well-Known Member

    Do Craft leave their tables out all of the time? If so, then I don't see how Lambeth can differentiate between the two kinds of obstruction. Would Craft need a licence to use the space? If so, then there may be a commercial reason behind Lambeth removing the Small World Urbanism stuff.
  25. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    I think that any pavement license would require you to leave a portion of the pavement clear for what it's supposed to be for.

    If the SWU stuff was removed on the basis that it was a pavement obstruction then the craft beer stuff shouldn't be there either. Report it as a pavement obstruction:

    I did this recently for a hoarding in LJ and was surprised to find that I got a response and action of sorts.
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  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    No, they're not out there overnight, but that's not the point: if having anything on that pavement constitutes an obstruction then it should be kept clear at all times.
  27. alcopop

    alcopop Well-Known Member

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  28. Twattor

    Twattor Well-Known Member

    I wonder whether they have submitted an application? Nothing showing on the licensing database but it doesn't look like it covers tables and chairs.

    Presumably they must already have one for the tables and chairs out the front. If they have put in a new application, I wonder when it was done in relation to Small World Urbanism being given the boot.

    If it is £1,000pa into the Lambeth coffers against the £0pa from the Small World Urbanists plus the ever present risk of litigation from people who might get a splinter, then it is easy to see why they got the chop.
  29. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Why do you make up such ridiculous shit?
  30. alcopop

    alcopop Well-Known Member

    Waladli and bimble like this.
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