Streatham news, rumour and general chat

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  1. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer binoculars

    Art & Craft, the poncey beer sellers, are opening a new bigger shop on Streatham High Road. Don't know when it's opening but it'll be down the dip a few shops past Streatham Green. The selection of tasty, locally brewed beers they offer is outstanding but their prices are more than a bit silly. My advice to these people: only sell beers in 500ml bottles (none of this 330ml lunacy) and get your bleedin' prices down.
     
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  2. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    Is that replacing the small one near the station or expanding?
     
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Craft Beer and Urban Art? Hipster jackpot!
     
  4. Casual Observer

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    I assume this is a replacement. It'll be several times bigger than the existing one and in a much more prominent location. Only noticed it today when walking past but it's quite a way off being ready.
     
  5. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    Too far down for me....where it is now suits my weekend jaunt to Lidl and back....
     
  6. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    All the suggestions from their Twitter feed are that the branch in the Dip is in addition to the existing Streatham Hill and West Norwood branches. There is also going to be a branch at Surrey Street in Croydon.
     
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  7. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    If you intend on visiting the new Aldi once it opens - just before Streatham station, where Somerfields used to be - it won't be "too far down". :)
     
  8. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    Hmm...it maybe too far down....going past the White Lion is too far down for me
     
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  9. sw16er

    sw16er Well-Known Member

    That part of the High Road (the dip) is gentrifying at a really fast rate, that Brickwood Café (the posh yellow painted one) opened up down there the other month. I hope some of those Somalian run Cafe's don't get affected as they bring a bit of lively character to that area.

    I do hope the Art & Craft place does well, I'm not a massive Craft Beer fan myself so can't say I will be using the shop much but I do vaguely know one of the owners as he use to own Perfect Blend many years ago, is Streatham bred and is a nice guy who seems to be doing very well with his Art & Craft business.
     
  10. sw16er

    sw16er Well-Known Member

    I'm looking forward to this place opening next year, the new Streatham Space Project theatre. It's already built, it's at the back of the new Megabowl flats development on Streatham Hill.

    Join Us
     
  11. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  12. Casual Observer

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  13. jimbarkanoodle

    jimbarkanoodle Well-Known Member

    Im confused- that police station has been a guardianship scheme for over 2 years, i have friends who live there. Everything and anything police related has long gone.
     
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  14. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

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    The latest row is about the loss of the public "front counter" service at the "Streatham Police Base" in the dip that replaced the former Police Station. Since 14 December, the recently refitted building will now just be used by the neighbourhood police teams with no routine public access.

    The public counter at Kennington Police Station closed on the same day.
     
  15. Casual Observer

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    Aldi opening next Thursday on the old Morrisons/Safeway site if anyone gives a shit.
     
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  16. Smick

    Smick Strictly Second Class

    I give a shit. I absolutely love Lidl, but there’s no Aldi nearby. So Lidl may have a run for their money if Aldi is any good.
     
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  17. Smick

    Smick Strictly Second Class

    I went in last night and it’s great. I didn’t buy much; 3 bottles of beer, an LED light and a microwave meal for one. Nevertheless it was very impressive.
     
  18. T & P

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

    Another nod for the new Aldi. It’s the biggest and neatest i’ve Seen in London. Nice layout and space.
     
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  19. Casual Observer

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    Hadn't been to an Aldi before last week but have now been to the Streatham one several times. Well lit and a good comfortably spaced layout (unlike the dingy, cramped Morrisons that was there before). Many items are half or two thirds of the price that you'd pay in Tesco or Sainsburys for something of comparable quality. I'll be visiting once or twice a week from now on. Can't see the overpriced Marks & Spencer next door lasting long.
     
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  20. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready

    Went into Aldi on Saturday - bought maple syrup and wine and more wine.
    Aldi is great for cheap quality wine.

    I like that corner now.
    The GYM is FUCKING AMAZING.
    M&S is great for deserts.

    Only gripe is that corner entrance to the gym and car park is poorly lit at night.
     
  21. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Large amount of hipster points accrued for this one. Eat some food, drink a 'glass of bubbles' and draw a nude! Crazy, wild, so new etc etc.

    Naked Brunch – Exhibit B
     
  22. sw16er

    sw16er Well-Known Member

    You have to pay £22.50 for this shit! Wow...surely people don't fall for this? :D
     
  23. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    For these terminally bored people, simple, basic pleasures are never enough. They can't enjoy the quiet mediation and concentration of life drawing: they have to hipster it up with fucking bubbles and nibbles to make it Instagrammable and something they can share on Facebook to show just how wild their lives are.
     
  24. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    editor sw16er surely this is very much in the spirit of Streatham as exemplified by the late Cynthia Payne (of luncheon voucher fame)?
     
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  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Cynthia didn't try to solely attract the contemporary hipsters, grazing and bubbles-quaffers of her times. She even used to offer an OAP discount. To compare her to this lot is an insult to her memory!
     
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  26. jakejb79

    jakejb79 Laughing Cow

    A colleague of mine is going, she called it "An exciting urban art evening "
     
  27. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I went today. Was easy to get to (on a train-enabled travel pass) from Loughborough Junction. 10 minutes each way.

    The layout is kind of Bauhaus compared with Lidl. The eye-level fridges containing ice-cream etc was very tempting compared to Lidl's rummaging around in floor-standing freezer cabinets.

    I was interested in the bottled beers, and it seems in the ale section the beers are pretty much as Lidl, except that Lidl's are made by Shepherd Neame in Faversham, whereas Aldi's are Marstons from the Midlands - but have more enticing lables. The quality and price between the Lidl and Aldi versions is virtually identical - £1.19 being the standard price for both.

    The turn-off for me was when waiting on the platform for my train back home I spotted that the coffee, which was marked as £1.39 on the shelf had been charged to me at £1.49

    I find this sort of thing annoying - and it wouldn't normally happen at Lidl, because mostly people use self-service checkouts, so you would see the price when you scanned it.

    Aldi don't have self-service checkouts - and their screen showing the items scanned are tablet format with small print positioned for the benefit of the till operator, not the customer.

    My advice, if you worry about being charged correctly, is check your receipt before leaving the shop.

    Final point - Marks & Spencers looked to be thriving - at least in their café - at 3 pm on a Friday afternoon.
     
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  28. OvalhouseDB

    OvalhouseDB Well-Known Member

    The A23 has been closed for over a week now, S of Leigham Court Rd, due to a collapsed sewer near Gleneldon / Shrubbery. The buses are doing a huge diversion all the way to Streatham Common North (not cutting down valley Rd - which would quickly become gridlocked, obv) and then back northwards up the A23 to St Leonards etc. This will go on for another week. (At least) Pockets of chaos all over the place!

    This is one reason I have not yet been to the exciting new Aldi. Can't face the bus trip, or the walk in the rain.
     
  29. T & P

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

    You could take the train from Tulse Hill, just one stop...
     
  30. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    I love that Aldi.
     

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