London diary Jun 1, 2017 13:20:58 GMT
Post by bixaorellana on Jun 1, 2017 13:20:58 GMT
Nosey is very flattering to the thread maker, Cheery! Ennyway ~ Balham appears to be quite "discovered", with many of the businesses that cater to the well-heeled and fairly leisured crowd. My landlord pointed out that it appears to be the international champion for numbers of cafés in one place. Lots of very nice places with liquor licenses as well. Many lean, on-the-way up young men whom LL says are traders in the city with yearly £million bonuses and their attendant wives and young. Any place not already renovated seems to be for sale or being cleared out and you can practically hear the bushes breathing with speculators and real estate agents. It's not nearly as busy as downtown London (or whatever it's called) -- Balham High Road is well traveled, but no big deal to cross, for instance. Honestly, so far I've mostly tromped back & forth between Balham Station and my apartment (sw of Blhm Stn), and only ventured a block or so NE of the station so far & onto Bedford Hill Road. Besides name-brand supermarkets & Boots, the only chain store I've seen is TK Maxx.
Yes, several fish&chips places, with one in particular recommended to me. Ditto Italian and Indian. The Indian restaurants are more in Tooting & apparently are southern Indian rather than the Bangladeshi fare for which Brick Lane is known. This place intrigues me. Despite the name, it's a nice white tablecloth restaurant and, if I'm ever able to eat again, I will try it.
Finally, to round out the picture, the borough I'm in is Wandsworth, so delightfully Harry Potter sounding.
I am going to make a point of going back there to find the URCs and see what I can see. Will report back.
Fumobici: $1,073 Portland--London & return, June 6 to July 6. You only live once and you could meet me and The Others.
I think that plants with protected roots often perform more efficiently, i.e., more like weeds in their flowering & seeding cycles. Just on the other side of that wall, in the landlords' rather blank front garden, is a volunteer poppy I am watching closely.