Whilst walking to the New Dewaniam restaurant on Camberwell New Road with my partner (hello Rachel! — see what I get up to when you’ve gone to bed) for dinner the other day I noticed and photographed a new shop called Camberwell Daily that according to the sign is shortly to open. With the strapline “Your local food store” I have hopes that the shop will be a worthwhile addition to the Camberwell shopping environment as the location is very convenient for me when I get off the bus or cycle home.
This parade of shops (which I think is called Clarendon Terrace) has got lots of potential and the presence of clothes shop Kamera Obscura seems to suggest that they are going for the higher end of the market bringing a bit of class (and dare I say it gentrification) to the streets of Camberwell.
Meanwhile the Old Dispensary which closed a few weeks ago sits looking forlorn with happy hour offers still on the blackboard outside and the chairs and table inside arranged as if just about to open. Nearby is the snooker club that may or may not be closed but could certainly do with painting and on the other side of the road sits the former garage site looking as barren and ugly as ever. Not a very good welcome to Camberwell for new arrivals.