Empty – and sadly no more

Sometimes it seems worse but mainly it’s just different.

Slice of London Life

Looking through a steamed up window of Beatroot cafe, Berwick Street, Soho, London

London is changing… and not for the better. I started this blog because I was aware of how much London had changed since I was a child and I wanted to capture the atmosphere and character of the city I love before it disappeared.

I took a walk down Berwick Street today. It was once home to a street market with a dozen fruit and veg stalls, many many fabric shops, record shops, cheap cafes, ironmongers, lighting shops – just everything you could possibly want or need and all from independent small businesses.

The lower part of the street – where the street market is struggling to keep going – is being refurbished with new pavement and road being laid and God knows what else. It’s been going on for what seems like years.

I took the photo above just a few months ago, shortly after or before I took

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About scribblingadvocate

Born in Lancashire, Law degree from Sheffield University and MA in Creative Writing from Exeter. A barrister for twenty five years, who appeared in the Crown Courts in and around London. When I retired we moved to live in Devon, first on Dartmoor, more recently overlooking the Exe Estuary. After twenty years I still feel an exile from London. Married, no children but own an affable Springer Spaniel. I love reading, walking and travel. I completed an MA in Creative Writing at Exeter University and have written three books, Crucial Evidence, Reluctant Consent and Legal Privilege, all set in London. You can email me contact@scribblingadvocate.com

2 responses to “Empty – and sadly no more”

  1. Fenella Montgomery says :

    I know what you mean. I lived in London in my twenties and loved it but I hardly recognise it when I go back now. Still have the memories though. Maybe that’s why we are writers – we have to write down our memories to preserve history for future generations.

    • scribblingadvocate says :

      It is amazing how quickly it changes – although some parts do stay the same but I have been back just to make notes for my second novel on the changes around the Old Bailey.

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