Paris Delights and London Lights make way for Yellow Vest Fights

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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post One of the very trendy neighbourhoods of London is Notting Hill Gate. It was not always so. Whilst heading towards the market in Portobello Road, for a browse, and thus killing time before going to see a film in one of the local art house cinemas, we chanced upon this wonderful "caff", serving tea, right in the middle of the road.
Gosh, I've been there and seen that, but back in 1970-something. I think it use to provide tea and snacks for taxi drivers, 24 hours?
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Gosh, I've been there and seen that, but back in 1970-something. I think it use to provide tea and snacks for taxi drivers, 24 hours?


Yes ! Moreover, they exist since 1875 ...

I found more about it here :http://fizzoflife.com/2016/08/30/ye-...-notting-hill/


A cuppa cha costs only a quid.

You'll find more of these "cabby shelters" at various spots around London:

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Great! I don't remember any of the others, even though one or two are in places I visited much more recently.
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It was great meeting you in Paris! Thank you so much for the wonderful walk!
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Thanks Mridula.
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Mews houses are a feature of London architecture. They were formerly horse stables, now converted into very desirable properties. Dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, they are dotted around the city, but the areas of Kensington and Chelsea have a large proportion of them. In our wanderings in Notting Hill Gate, we saw these extraordinary murals on one mews house.

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The independent cinemas of Notting Hill Gate are very old and are classified as "art house cinemas". Going to see a movie in one of them is an experience ! It is a far cry from the multiplex. The "Electric" is one of the oldest cinemas in England. It was overhauled in 2001 and boasts very comfy seats with lots of legroom and tables upon which to place a drink. It allows you to take a cup of tea or a glass of wine into the film with you. (No styrofoam cups here.) This cinema survived both world wars and the Blitz. Nowadays the front row has six double beds along with cashmere blankets !!

The "Gate Picturehouse" is also historically interesting. The building itself dates from 1861. It opened in 1911 as the Electric Palace. It is a listed building, meaning that it cannot be demolished without special permission. A special feature of the auditorium are "love-seats" at the back ! This also permits drinks during the film, and provides tables in between the seats. Apparently, once upon a time, there was an Indian film club here on Sundays.


On our jaunt around the neighbourhood, we discovered the Notting Hill Spice Shop (1, Blenheim Crescent). It is a treasure trove of spices from around the world. [A comparable place in Paris is to be found on the rue François Miron, called Izraël.] Your nose is assailed by the perfumes of myriad spices, and your eye cannot decide where to alight.
We were looking for Ethiopian "berbere" (a mixture of a dozen or so spices). We easily located it. Then got into conversation with the young lady in the shop, who was from Finland. Of course, the conversation turned to Scandinavian chocolates…

We also dropped into the Notting Hill Book Shop (formerly called the Notting Hill Travel Book Shop) which has been immortalized and commercialized due to its appearance in a film called "Notting Hill" starring Hugh Grant…
The way this shop used to be, and the way it is nowadays, are not quite the same. Around ten years ago, when we were researching our trip to Arunachal Pradesh, I had found a moth-eaten copy ( locked in a glass cabinet ) of a book by Verrier Elwin at this very shop. I told the current staff about it. She remembered the glass cabinet ! Nowadays, tourists come here to take photographs and leave. I bought several books but left feeling a little nostalgic for how the place used to be before it became famous.

The most famous attraction of all is the market in Portobello Road. It attracts lots of visitors, but the merchandise looks pretty tatty. [Still in comparative mode, we can think of the Paris Clignancourt Flea Market, which is more of a tourist attraction than a serious place for antiques.]

Back in the 80s, I used to come to this neighbourhood to visit Khans restaurant, a very popular place for Indian food. Not sure whether it still exists…
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We saw two incredible exhibitions during our week in London. Firstly the British Museum's "I am Ashurbanipal" about the Assyrian empire. And secondly the Royal Academy's "Oceania". Completely different, but fascinating.

Stay tuned !
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TD, you are tickling memory cells of my ancient London past. In my first year or two, I used to live in Shepherd's Bush, and, duh, the place between there and Notting Hill (I didn't cheat and google the tube map). Now, those street names are but dim shadows.

If you venture up North, past Camden, then do visit Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town. You'll enjoy. This last visit, I discovered a second-hand bookshop called Skoob Books, in the basement of the Brunswick Centre.
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Thanks, Nick!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post TD, you are tickling memory cells of my ancient London e.
Does bring back memories,in the mid 60s I had a studio in coach house just of Ravenscourt park,downstairs was for the horses and coach with a cobbled courtyard and upstairs for for the hay and simple accommodation, with the manor house beside it presume long gone.At that time Notting Hill was not a place to wander around at nighttime, used to go and pick up my wife with the motorbike when she finished work in the hospital in the evening (beside it great cider pub with terrific scrumpy to finish of the day!)
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Typically your kind of report , fun and so good to look at.
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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post Typically your kind of report , fun and so good to look at.
Thanks Somnath! The majority of the photos are taken by Mr TD. Messing up the uploads is my responsibility!

This is not a regular trip log. It is sometimes in sequence, sometimes not. Really it's just snippets of things I found interesting.

Both Paris and London are dear to me, and however well I claim to know both cities there's always something new to discover.
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Originally Posted by dcamrass1 View Post Does bring back memories,in the mid 60s I had a studio in coach house just of Ravenscourt park,downstairs was for the horses and coach with a cobbled courtyard and upstairs for for the hay and simple accommodation, with the manor house beside it presume long gone.At that time Notting Hill was not a place to wander around at nighttime, used to go and pick up my wife with the motorbike when she finished work in the hospital in the evening (beside it great cider pub with terrific scrumpy to finish of the day!)
It's nice, for once, to be able to say that I am too young!

Mid 60s, I was still at school in Warwickshire. '67, family moved to Cornwall. My London life began when I left home about 1970.
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