At the Porcupine on Friday – infamous home of Intel roadmaps – I could not help but notice that an antiquarian shop that had been there since times immemorial, well OK for a while, has been displaced by a corporate chain.
Enter Patisserie Valerie in the Charing Cross Road, where formerly a fine bookstore was.
Personally, I blame Amazon more than I can blame Patisserie V. Although, however, PV is beginning to become a high street menace rather than the charming place it once was, in Soho, W1.
And a Tale of Two Cities. There’a PV in Oxford too. What can match the splendours of Oxford, now garnished by a Patisserie Valerie, aussi guv. ♥
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE and money money money. That’s all you need on Carnaby Street in Soho.
But meanwhile, on the north east corner of Soho, quite a few old watering places, including the Bath House, appear to be scheduled for the knacker’s yard because they’re going ahead building Crossrail.
A real shame.
Here’s Carnaby Street and its Christmas decks. ♦