It looks like someone has taken on the lease at the Savoy and something is going on. It’s a far cry from what it used to look like 🙁 Photo from London Shop Fronts“
saladefolle - 10 March 2011, 12:16 am
Yes I saw that 2 night ago and was so so sad they got rid of the original features. Wasn’t the shop front protected or something? I thought it was… Not keen on those cheap doors either.
ewebber - 10 March 2011, 12:20 am
Nope, it got pulled apart before it was listed http://eastlondonlocal.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/savoy-cafe-on-graham-road-destroyed/But you can see the original features in my set on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/emilywebber/sets/72157619950686676/
saladefolle - 10 March 2011, 12:24 am
Aaaaaargh, they’ve done it again! I hate those people who don’t appreciate what’s already there! I’m familiar with those pics you took, they’re fab, thanks, they’re all we’ve got now.
benjamin - 10 March 2011, 4:09 pm
Yeah, it’s a shame, but I guess it was inevitable given that to create self-contained access to upstairs they had to create a side passageway and front doorway. Still it’s a shame they didn’t put a better quality shop front in. I remember going there a few times about 20 years ago (ouch!), and they still had a chart on the wall for easy conversion from £sd to metric!
ewebber - 10 March 2011, 5:10 pm
@benjamin yes they had to do some interior changes, entrance to the flat was inside the cafe and there was no room for a loo downstairs.But at the same time they ripped out a gorgeous counter, an amazing ceiling and a fantastic shop front.I wonder what happened to all of that. I’m sure that chart was still there when I got to have a look around.Both photos from my flickr stream“
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