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Jul. 5th, 2008 | 06:38 pm

The little independent coffee shop next to Goldhawk Road has closed.

"unfortunately there were too few of you" Yes, that looks pretty closed

This is the place where I bought, at an extortionate price, a large black coffee and a sandwich to eat on the tube almost every workday morning while full-time working, after my morning scramble out of the door. This is also the place where I used to go a few times a week to sit with laptop and coffee and try to do some work after going freelance. The one with the rickety chairs and tables, all painted white so they didn't look quite so rickety but they creaked every time they moved slightly... and the garden out the back where they still didn't allow you to smoke, with the gravel that tables, chairs and shoes sank into unpredictably resulting in regular coffee-sloppage, and the language school next door resulting in assorted students tromping through it all the time.

The one with the astrology and reiki and computer repair and cleaning cards pinned to the board, and the pile of napkins held down with the funny weight on a bit of bendy wire. And the staff who were not only friendly and generally pretty cheerful but also made good coffee. And the regulars, the old Jamaican guy coming in every day for his tea and toast, the assorted Mac-bearing wifi wanderers, as well as people coming in with buggies and kids because they were fine with kids and there were plastic slides and climbing frames in the garden. (It was actually quite busy, generally, particularly mornings and lunchtimes; as I said, right next to the tube, and quite often you'd see people queuing to the door.)

Apparently it closed on the first of the month, but it was only this morning that I went down there to maybe work and also to look at the cards on the board in an attempt to find something in the local area apart from drink and internets.

So, I wandered on a bit further and found another coffee shop, which makes viciously strong coffee and where the staff seemed immediately a nice lot and where I will probably go again. But it isn't, of course, the same.
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from: lilyvalley
date: Jul. 6th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)

"Bush Garden"?


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from: anonymous
date: Jul. 6th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)

Nostalgia - a sign of ageing ....

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The Princess of Id

Re: Nostalgia

from: danaseilhan
date: Jul. 6th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)

Not true. I felt it as a kid every time we had to move. (Navy brat.)

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