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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.24

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.24 So that’s planning for you!  Today should have been a baker’s to continue with the rhyme but it’s St Patrick’s Day so we should have probably gone North West where there are some great Irish shops.  But it’s my wife’s birthday and I’m afraid that […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.23

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.23 Rub-a-dub-dub three men in a tub. And who do you think they were?  Tempted to put them all down at once but will resist – one a day. Not just any ordinary butcher here as the name would suggest, it sort of conjures up a veritable Alladin’s […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day no.21

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day no.21 A dear friend is staying with us at the moment, first time in London.  I told him he should go to Brixton today. have a look at the market wander around – look up!  (as you must always do when wandering around town) So here is […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day no.20

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day no.2 It’s Friday! I’m sure a few of us will be squeezing in a takeaway tonight or grabbing something on the way back from the pub, but I implore you, please, when in East Ham, do not try to buy a British designed Japanese inspired jacket… […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day no.19

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day no.19 From the top of the pile to somewhere near the bottom, exploring the breadth of London grocery.  This shop, now closed (guess what it used to sell?) is in Deptford High St one of my favourite streets in London.  The niche shop is a great […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day no.18

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day no.18 Enough of the lower tiers of The Tower, let’s go ‘up west’ to the establishment…Undoubtedly the most glamorous ‘local supermarket’ you’ll find in town. Did you know that William Fortnum was a footman in the royal household of Queen Anne. The Royal Family’s insistence on having […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 02

Shop of the day – 02 It’s Saturday night so let’s go for Pizza – Brockley’s finest – loving the updated super man logo   ©Barnaby Barford 2014 Let me know your favourite takeaways…

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‘Cooling Off’, photograph, John Heywood, 1982 (V&A B.146-2013) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

“Can I Have a Taste of Your Ice-cream?”

With the intermittent bouts of hot sun we’ve been having recently, the sight of children (and some adults!) with ice cream smeared across their faces has become an increasingly frequent sight on the streets outside the museum. Ice-cream and sorbets are now a quintessential part of the summer but it may come as a surprise […]

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A V&A Collections Christmas Dinner

I’ve left it incredibly late yet again, but this Christmas I won’t be charging like a lunatic up the aisles with a sweaty, panicked look on my face. I won’t stand defeated in front of empty shelves where the vegetables used to be, trying to think of an appropriate alternative. And I won’t be placing […]

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