Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Kensal Rise temperature

I own a weather station, and here is the temperature every hour from last Monday to yesterday. Note the impact of Saturday's rainstorm. Note these aren't temperatures you would necessarily see from the Met Office as about 12pm to 4pm the weather station is partly in the sun.

Kensal Triangle

Anonymous (possibly Jessie) in the comments gives us the Kensal Triangle Residents Association website.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Kensal Green resident gets MBE

Just saw this on the news and thought worth a link about a local resident getting an MBE for community care.

Builder request

Can anyone recomment a good builder who can do extensions to houses?

One for meat eaters

The Paradise apparently does 'host your own roast', if you have a lot of friends who need feeding on a Sunday.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Calling cyclists

A very promising new cycle route planner, covers most of London and some other places in the UK. It lets you choose fastest, shortest or 'quietest' routes, and has a very simple interface - down to point and click on start and end (or the usual postcode options). It says 'camden' but it does the whole city.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Things we noticed

So Tesco is opening Wednesday 1st July, Harvist is about to get a garden with seating and a BBQ, and it was VERY WET about 5:45 today (sat). And so dark that those fairy lights on the tree by Tesco came on.

But here's a question - what is the place between Niche and Scarlet & Violet? The door was open today and inside were a load of chairs, mirrors and tables, a bit like storeroom but more in fact like a bar/nightclub? Any ideas.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Tesco soon to open

Well the signs are up, the cash machine (free, RBS) is in, and the shelves and interior decoration is almost done too. Just one floor, the basement must be a storage room (as far as I can see). Anyone know the exact opening day? Monday? I thought originally it was going to be in July though.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Upper Ladbroke Grove?

A slightly tongue-in-cheek suggestion that Chamberlayne Road should be renamed 'Upper Ladbroke Grove', in order to gain from the cachet that road apparently has. Personally I think Ladbroke Grove should be renamed 'Lower Chamberlayne Road'.

Miro's Bar & Kitchen

We went here for dinner last week - a range of Tapas and small plates. The food was good - we had Baba Ganoush, chicken wings, Arabic salad - and we thought reasonably priced. The wine remains excellent, with good sized glasses for 3/4 pounds (although the Prosecco could have been slightly colder). There was a nice ambience in the place but we noticed a lot of tables had been reserved, and while we got a table no problem it might be difficult around 8pm or later.

Out and about

A few things that we noticed when out and about this weekend:

* Tesco still says 3 weeks to go but that must be merely because they haven't updated the sign - the shelves are now in place and it looks pretty close to completion.

* There is to be a new women's clothes and accessories (perhaps vintage?) shop opening in two weeks just to the right of the sushi bar.

* Brilliant Kids is shut until July

Wednesday, 17 June 2009


That's the shop on College Road opposite Gracelands, or at least the thing next to the thing next to Gracelands, which might be a laundrette.

It has an interesting website here, with lots of things to click on and 'location' which doesn't seem to be the shop.

Monday, 15 June 2009

New things

As noted in the comments the Raj indian on Chamberlayne Road is under new management, a management that appears to have created the world's largest biryani (which I thought was Bawarchi's claim), although the photoshopping of their name onto a picture of it didn't inspire confidence. Still we will try it and give you our impression.

Tescos now has a front and is apparently 3 weeks from opening, it certainly looks likely.

Finally the benches I have criticised just off Chamberlayne Road remain uncomfortable, and so close together you can hold hands with the person in the bench opposite (I tried yesterday) but the posts to stop cars driving through are very jazzy. Perhaps too jazzy.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Kensal Rise property developer collapses

I guess these are the flats in College Road opposite the shops?

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Restaurants in Kensal Rise featured in Evening Standard

Apparently we are trendy. Nothing in the article that will be new to most of us, but good to see the favourable publicity.

Flower stall by l'angolos has closed

So says a note on the Kensal Green forum.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Cash machine goes

I noticed the non-free cash machine near Kensal Rise train station on Chamberlayne Road has gone. There are other non-free ones on Chamberlayne Road, although that was the only 24hr one, at least at the top end. Of course there is apparently now a free one on College Road, and we all expect Tesco's to have one when it opens.