Saturday, 6 February 2010

Out and about

We went for a Kensal Rise stroll today - and a few things are worth mentioning.

It began in the library, which has had a refurb and although my initial sceptical view was that it would mean fewer books, and I'm not entirely sure that isn't the case, the automatic machines to get books out are amazing. Once you scan in your library card, you simply put ALL the books below the machine, and it immediately recognises all of them without any scanning or opening etc. I assume this is RDS technology, but it's very impressive.

Next we went to Retrouvius, a tardis of a second-hand furniture/collectables place. It's quite trendy and is featured a lot in magazines such as Living Etc, and well worth a visit from time-to-time.

Then we looked in the window of Ammonite2000, and then moved on to the William IV. This was refurbished last year and we liked it, although it doesn't quite work - it falls a bit between being the Paradise and being a All Bar One style place. The menu looked good though and I'm glad there are pubs still showing the football.

Finally, back on Chamberlayne Road we asked at the pizza place that was opposite Tesco what was happening. Apparently it is going to be the same people running a pizza place, but this time a restaurant, and it will also do Mediterranean food, whatever that is.

9 comments:

Josh said...

Well good to know the pizza place is not going anywhere. In the end it is an option from all the other restaurants around this place.

Anonymous said...

is the pizza place olive branch or another one?

bebebebebee said...

The Pizza place referred to here used to be the takeaway place on the corner next to Tescos. They have been revamping it for the last few months but seem to be getting close to completion as they have wallpaper up etc.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, but if I remember their pizzas are done under a grill (not wood fired) and were pretty poor standard.

Has been a while since so hopefully they up their game as there is a possible big market for them.

BluBee said...

The library self service machines are indeed wonderful,but please spare a thought for the staff who will inevitably lose their jobs because of them.All Brent libraries will soon be the same,Kilburn is to follow suit in April.

Anonymous said...

Out and about? Trying to get to the O2 tonight and overland is "down", jubilee line is "down" the boat is full and found out central line is down......

London wake up!!!

Arghhhhhhhhh!

Anonymous said...

The new bistro where Beautiful Kids was opens in a fortnight apparently.

Clare said...

How about starting a campaign on this blog to get real time train information at Kensal Green station? We seem to be the only station in London that has no info on the platform or even up in the station!

Anonymous said...

I agree - we were told years ago at an area consultative forum that the train departure boards were in in hand due to funding given to TFL regarding the Western Extension CCharge and it still hasn't happened!!