Regular reader Ben Patio has trumped me with a series of exclusives recently.
He is right that the Apollo video library has just sublet half the store and is still open.
He revealed that a new Child Development Centre is going to open on Peckham Road (although, in fairness to me, I did notice that something was going on there, and almost wrote about it yesterday).
He also made the claim that Blake House was a front for laundering drug money, so today I passed by there to see if I could find any evidence; I’m not sure what I was expecting to see, perhaps two shaven‐headed men exchanging a briefcase for a cardboard box. Anyway, I was disappointed.
I went to get a haircut at Cube and was fortunate enough to get a hairdresser who has lived all her life in Camberwell, so we had a good chat about the area. She told me that the Cube club (58a Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8QZ, no connection to the hairdressers, and I’ve never been there as I don’t trust bars with no windows) has been sold, and that her boss knows the owners of Blake House and thinks they just went bankrupt due to lack of business. Probably because of their measly portions.
So that’s two hits out of three for Ben Patio, which is better than I usually manage so I hope he never sets up a rival Camberwell blog.
In other news, my wife and I went to The Phoenix yesterday for lunch. The food was shit; it came out of the kitchen in about five minutes so had obviously been microwaved, and my sandwich had about half a jar of mayonnaise on it and was virtually inedible. Still a great place to have a drink, though.
Also, St George have appealed against Southwark Council’s decision to turn down planning permission for the Grove Lane development. It seemed to be a fairly emphatic refusal, so the appeal could be futile; however, big money has a way of getting what it wants.
I bought a copy of the Camberwell Quarterly yesterday so I’ll mine some stories out of that. Also, I’m giving serious consideration to going on a guided tour of the church next Tuesday. This offically puts me on the path to being elderly.