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Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:31:24 +0100

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[SE1 Discussion] Re: Pimlico Plumbers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:31:24 +0100

I had PP come fix the boiler in my flat almost 10 years ago. The PCB had a fault which meant it blew the fuse. It didn't take long for the PP engineer to exhaust his stock of three spare fuses, so he informed me he was going out to buy some more. B&Q was only 15 minutes away so I have no idea why he was gone for 2 hours, however he charged me (well, my landlord) for the whole journey so I hope he enjoyed the detour.

The £250 paid for a single shower, then the boiler refused to come on and had to be replaced.

Have never thought about using them since.



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Filthy pavements at Elephant & Castle

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:21:47 +0100

Yes, I don't get it at all. Dirt and grease around bus stops is particuler bad and outside pubs where people congregate (see my post about Elephant and Castle pub. I fantasize about seeing council workers with water pressure cleaners washing away the grime. I agree that the council street cleaners do a good job sweeping up rubbish, but that is as far as it goes. The bare minimum is done.Do local businesses pay for this through rates? Who would we contact at the council?



[SE1 Discussion] Re: The Goldsmith

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:40:39 +0100

I specifically asked if it is going to be open to the public and was assured that it would be :-)



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Coffee shops in Elephant/Blackfriars

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:49:07 +0100

Back home (I'm a Roman), most people take their coffee standing: hit and go. Here most coffee shops don't even have a counter to stand to and drink, the counter is for serving, not for consuming.

Also most cafés (simply called BAR over there) open very early (at least 06:00) so people can have their coffee on the way to work.

Here they open much later (some even at 10:00!) and the espresso machine often isn't up to the temperature and pressure required to make coffee at opening time.

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[SE1 Discussion] Re: Pimlico Plumbers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:47:15 +0100

Their name is a good reason enough for not using them. They are based in Lambeth, why don't they change the name? Ashamed of being south of the river?
It's not like there is any value in their brand: actually given the reviews changing the name would be good...



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Coffee shops in Elephant/Blackfriars

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:40:15 +0100

[quote John C]A friend was reminiscing recently about the good old days, when you could walk the whole length of Bermondsey Street and not find anywhere you could buy a cup of real coffee. Now, as they say, 'Wake up and smell the coffee'.

Personally all I want in a coffee shop is a double espresso - no froth, no whipped cream, no cinnamon flavouring, no coconut sprinkles - and NO INTERNET. Why should I pay for my coffee and then find nowhere to sit down because every table is occupied by someone working on their laptop? (Starbucks take note.) Have they got no office to go to? Are they too mean to pay for their own broadband?

Please point me to some local 'no internet' coffee shops.[/quote]

I don't mind people quietly working on their laptops, but I hate with a passion people having business meetings and job interviews at Coffee shops. Grumpy old men of the world, unite and take over!



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Filthy pavements at Elephant & Castle

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:30:29 +0100

Totally agree.
The new pavement around St Mary's Churchyard is going down the pan as well: marks from skaters, not enough rubbish bin, gravel all over the place (I guess it was placed to stop weed growing, but there are no edges to keep it into place and it's a very windy area).



[SE1 Discussion] Filthy pavements at Elephant & Castle

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:52:05 +0100

Has anyone else noticed just how filthy the pavements are becoming at Elephant & Castle? I'm not talking about litter (which the council cleaners do well to keep on top of), but sticky, smelly streaks and general grime. The granite paving south of the Tube station copes better compared with the York stone more recently installed, which is prone to staining but much of it seems to be caused by piles of bin bags left for collection which then leak across the pavement - the spot right outside the Northern line station entrance seems especially prone to it.

Given the increasing number of people spending time in the area is it not time that Southwark Council sent someone down every now and again with a pressure washer or ride-on machine? Seems a minor additional expense on top of the millions spent tarting the place up.



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Coffee shops in Elephant/Blackfriars

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:10:49 +0100

Sorry, it appears I hadn't read the rules before replying. I got so excited when I saw someone had posted about us. I didn't know that I could post as a business, so posted as a customer. Honest mistake! Didn't mean to cause any upset at all, just wanted to spread the word. Everything I wrote is honest. We love the SE1 community and hope to invite you all to visit. Come and say hi, we're all very lovely!



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Astroturfing Hall of Shame

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:02:45 +0100

This thread always makes me laugh. Seems to have been quiet lately though.
People must be scared of detective James



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Threat to Bermondsey Street Conservation Zone

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:18:09 +0100

I went on Tuesday. I think it will be something different for the area whilst retaining the existing building.



[Business] Drawing for a Planning Application

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:07:52 +0100

I am looking for somebody that can help me with scale drawings for a planning application. Please message me of leave any ideas thanks.



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Coffee shops in Elephant/Blackfriars

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:41:04 +0100

A friend was reminiscing recently about the good old days, when you could walk the whole length of Bermondsey Street and not find anywhere you could buy a cup of real coffee. Now, as they say, 'Wake up and smell the coffee'.

Personally all I want in a coffee shop is a double espresso - no froth, no whipped cream, no cinnamon flavouring, no coconut sprinkles - and NO INTERNET. Why should I pay for my coffee and then find nowhere to sit down because every table is occupied by someone working on their laptop? (Starbucks take note.) Have they got no office to go to? Are they too mean to pay for their own broadband?

Please point me to some local 'no internet' coffee shops.



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Coffee shops in Elephant/Blackfriars

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:23:55 +0100

[quote MarcoC]Thanks Pete, I'll check that one out...[/quote]

You're welcome, glad to hear you found it. I'm going to try hanging around in coffee shops instead of pubs, and see if it makes me feel better or worse in the mornings.



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Coffee shops in Elephant/Blackfriars

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:12:20 +0100

Haha - perfect.

Funnily enough that 'review' made me certain I would never go near the place, if the name wasn't lame enough to put me off already.

What's a cupcake anyway? Is it like a fairy cake but for Americans?



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Astroturfing Hall of Shame

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:48:14 +0100

[url=http://www.london-se1.co.uk/forum/read/1/212516/page=2#msg-212557]Caitlyn Badham-Thornhill of Cupcakes and Shhht[/url] is the latest to join the roll of dishonour.



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Coffee shops in Elephant/Blackfriars

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:47:43 +0100

[quote CoffeeCait]Cupcakes and Shhht is the best coffee shop in Elephant and Castle. My absolute favourite! Super busy on weekends. Has a lovely homey feel, great staff. You can watch them baking, they have a vegan burger, everything is gluten free! You can sit all day, they have internet too. Love it![/quote]

CoffeeCait - you would appear to be the co-founder of said business. Welcome to the [url=http://www.london-se1.co.uk/forum/read/1/117125/page=8]Astroturfing Hall of Shame[/url].

Under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 it is an offence to pose as a customer of your own business. The regulations prohibit:
[quote]Falsely claiming or creating the impression that the
trader is not acting for purposes relating to his trade,
business, craft or profession, or falsely representing
oneself as a consumer.[/quote]

It is also highly offensive to take advantage of people's goodwill to post fake endorsements in this way.



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Coffee shops in Elephant/Blackfriars

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:37:45 +0100

I bought 3 huge brownies for £2 in a market at Newhaven last Saturday, I could not believe how cheap stuff was compared to London. They takes us for a ride here... £7 for a banana pancake Cupcakes and Shhht, come on...



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Threat to Bermondsey Street Conservation Zone

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:15:47 +0100

The issue is not the commercial purpose of the proposed building - its commercial space at the moment - but the development design itself. Take a look at the proposals and you will see that the office block looks like it belongs in Canary Wharf.



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Coffee shops in Elephant/Blackfriars

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:36:28 +0100

Cupcakes and Shhht is the best coffee shop in Elephant and Castle. My absolute favourite! Super busy on weekends. Has a lovely homey feel, great staff. You can watch them baking, they have a vegan burger, everything is gluten free! You can sit all day, they have internet too. Love it!



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Subletting Rockingham home.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:32:16 +0100

They do have photo ID of tenants on file now Jan - not sure how many but I am and I've been a council tenant since 1972. Also my housing officer calls round occasionally to check that it's me living here. I've seen via the media etc that Southwark Council have had a degree of success in weeding out illegal tenants.



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Pimlico Plumbers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:13:58 +0100

[quote connie]Made me think I need to change jobs, £800 a day, that's 16,000 a month. Wondering what they charge at the weekend...[/quote]

You could be right connie. Last Sunday evening I saw one of their vans parked in a residents parking bay in Park Street with 3 parking tickets on the windscreen. Of course, the fines are just peanuts to those on that type of salary.



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Noise

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:10:58 +0100

Thanks for this Michael P. Appreciate your comments



[SE1 Discussion] Re: The Fire

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:10:35 +0100

From what I have read they are permanent homes.

Just have a look though at what our own dear Southwark Council are up to?
Working class people are so shamefully treated. I hope this horrible fire has exposed some of the greed and social cleansing that is happening all around us, and that a stop will be put to it.

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/the-london-council-evicting-homeowners-to-make-way-for-luxury-flats?utm_source=vicetwitteruk



[SE1 Discussion] Re: The Fire

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:38:31 +0100

That is wonderful JazzyQ , not read it properly yet, are they going to be permanent tenancies? Or just a holding pen in luxurious surrounding..hope it's the former! X



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Gardener

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:14:54 +0100

Hi there, did you ever find a gardener to help you? I am also looking for someone to help me with my litte patio garden and wondered if you had found someone you could recommend?

cheers.



[SE1 Discussion] Re: The Goldsmith

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:10:58 +0100

Thats great news. Live around the corner from there and have been wondering when it might open. We used to go there a lot during the good old The Goldsmith times, looking forward to this one opening. And dog friendly, perfect.



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Gardener recommendation?>

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:03:23 +0100

Hi there, I am also looking for a gardener or someone who is skilled in the garden and happy to do the works on my small patio. Flooring needs general regrouting and pressure cleaning, there might be some planting and cutting back of old jasmine. Any recommendations of someone local would be much appreciated.

thank you.



[SE1 Discussion] Re: The Fire

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:15:37 +0100

I never imagined I would read this good news.
The Cinderellas of Grenfell Tower are going to the ball, and being rehoused in new flats.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/21/grenfell-tower-families-to-be-given-68-flats-in-luxury-apartment-complex



[SE1 Discussion] Re: Threat to Bermondsey Street Conservation Zone

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:26:26 +0100

I'd much sooner see this as offices than more luxury flats. It seems like a pragmatic solution.