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Published: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:30:53 +0100

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Re: SE1 Airbnb Hosts

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:30:53 +0100

Christina is happy to accommodate up to 7 people in [url=https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/10237001?checkin=2017-07-13&guests=1&adults=1&children=0&infants=0&s=Sjl5TjLn#host-profile]this one bedroom flat[/url].
Southwark Council state a limit of three adults to prevent over-crowding.



Re: Street name Alexis Street

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:20:10 +0100

Very humble thanks to both Lionel and John for your most helpful replies to my enquiry!
I feel quite stupid not thinking about the fact that Alexis might have been the Forename of
someone rather than a Surname! I am so obsessed by my Alexis family history research, it just
never crossed my mind, and as soon as I saw Alexis Street I simply assumed it must apply to someone in my family.

I have never come across another family by this name in England so am clutching at straws to try and discover where they came from. There are some in the extended family who think that the father (Nicholas Alexis b. 1770) came from Russia and others (myself mainly) that think he might have been French, so I hoped that there might have been a clue in the Street name!

Anyway, thanks a million for your explanations of Street naming there. Much appreciated.
However if anyone reading this knows anything of the Alexis family, I would love to hear from them!
Cheers from Down Under......Diana



Re: Tesco Tower Bridge Road

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:17:50 +0100

I fully concur: the quality of Tesco TBR has taken a significant plunge. Not just in terms of hygiene, but also in their offering and customer service. It is not the friendly store it once was, when they had the nicest security guard ever.

The ATM had nothing to do with Tesco, but it's a real bore it has disappeared.



Re: Mobile hairdresser SE1/SE16

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:16:32 +0100

Nicola has been doing my hair for years she's great. I live in SE1 but she covers SE16 too. www.njkbeauty.co.uk



Re: SE1 Airbnb Hosts

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:16:37 +0100

Yes, but this isn't Airbnb is it?



Re: SE1 Airbnb Hosts

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:52:05 +0100

[quote Tolstoy]I'm a little uncomfortable with him being made public like this.[/quote]

He hasn't been [i]'made public'[/i]: he created a public profile for himself on airbnb, listing his name, photo, and even profession for all to see.

No 'unmasking' has taken place here.



Re: SE1 Airbnb Hosts

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:36:20 +0100

I'm a little uncomfortable with him being made public like this.



Re: SE1 Airbnb Hosts

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:54:00 +0100

I guess [url=https://www.airbnb.co.uk/users/show/3916946]Charles[/url] hasn't got the memo....



Re: SE1 Airbnb Hosts

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:22:05 +0100

[quote graham]I read this news item with some relief. [url=http://london-se1.co.uk/news/view/9152]
Council warns tenants and leaseholders over Airbnb-style lets[/url]

[url=http://draperestate.com/]Draper Tower[/url] has become a kind of youth hostel, where the lift journeys are less about about talking to neighbours, and more like travelling in silence on the underground. The landings have become places of suspicion, where our children used to play under the kind eyes of caring neighbours in our once stable community.
Maybe I am harking back to a golden age, but short-term lets are destroying that part of the amenity of life here, which I truly enjoyed, and would like to appreciate as I approach my golden years.
I am pleased there is a backlash against the use of social housing as short-term hotels.[/quote]

This Draper Tower unit is still [url=https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/15793373?guests=1]advertised[/url] on Airbnb...



Re: Empty shops in Lower Marsh

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:10:55 +0100

GONE



Re: Shops / Restaurants - Brandon House

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:08:29 +0100

Yep, probably a Pret, Eat or Itsu because we do need another one!



Re: Empty shops in Lower Marsh

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:04:16 +0100

[quote max33]another one bites the dust
what the butler wore ,one of the best vintage shop in the area is going.
so sad[/quote]



Re: Tesco Tower Bridge Road

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:14:22 +0100

The cash machine outside has also been removed.



Re: SE1 Airbnb Hosts

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:17:15 +0100

I read this news item with some relief. [url=http://london-se1.co.uk/news/view/9152]
Council warns tenants and leaseholders over Airbnb-style lets[/url]

[url=http://draperestate.com/]Draper Tower[/url] has become a kind of youth hostel, where the lift journeys are less about about talking to neighbours, and more like travelling in silence on the underground. The landings have become places of suspicion, where our children used to play under the kind eyes of caring neighbours in our once stable community.
Maybe I am harking back to a golden age, but short-term lets are destroying that part of the amenity of life here, which I truly enjoyed, and would like to appreciate as I approach my golden years.
I am pleased there is a backlash against the use of social housing as short-term hotels.



Re: Street name Alexis Street

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:41:28 +0100

Fascinating stuff. Thanks for sharing, Lionel and John.



Re: Street name Alexis Street

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:38:18 +0100

According to 19th-century maps available on-line, Alexis Street was originally Alexander Street. But the name doesn't appear in the list of changes made by the LCC that Lionel referred to. See http://www.maps.thehunthouse.com/Streets/1857-1929.htm



Re: Street name Alexis Street

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:57:51 +0100

After London grew substantially in the 19th century, many streets bore first names such as Mary. One reason for this was speculative builders creating fresh streets and naming them after their daughters.

In itself this isn't decisive, but I noticed Alexis Street (which is both a girl's and boy's name) leads to Linsey Street.

It's natural to assume street names arise for a specific reason, with reference to a famous person, place or whatever. This is true for some streets. However, after researching a few names I've discovered there can be other explanations.

For example, a few years ago someone wrote to this forum from Sri Lanka, asking if Colombo Street had a link to their country. When I checked I found the street previously was known as Collingwood Street.

Against the background mentioned earlier, in the 1930s London County Council acted to rationalise street names across the capital to remove repetition, so taxis didn't take people to the wrong place and so on.

At that time half a dozen local councils had a street called Collingwood. The LCC asked each authority either to make a case for retaining that name (with just one lucky winner), or to change it to something else.

At this point a local historian helped me by pointing out 'Collingwood' and 'Colombo' start with the same 3 letters. He said the word Colombo had probably been chosen to replace Collingwood in a haphazard way, with a council official looking for an alternative in an atlas or newspaper. It's unlikely there was a specific Ceylon / Sri Lanka connection.

If you wish you could send an enquiry to Southwark's Local History Library. Good luck with your search.

http://www.southwark.gov.uk/libraries/local-history-library-and-archive/visiting-the-local-history-library-and-archive



Street name Alexis Street

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:52:44 +0100

Greetings from Tropical Far North Qld Australia

Hi everyone! I have a lot of ancestry from Southwark
with one predominant family by the name of ALEXIS.

As I have only ever found one family by that name
of whom 99% were born and bred in Southwark,
I am wondering if the name ALEXIS STREET might in someway
be associated with one of my family? How did the street
get its name does anyone know?

I have tried to find this from the Internet but without success.

Is anyone reading this related to the Alexis family I wonder?

Kind regards, Diana



Re: Food huts on Blackfriars Road

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:34:28 +0100

[quote JazzyQ]The kebab business has taken up your idea Jules62
I saw them moving stuff this afternoon into that little hole in the wall where there was a cafe before[/quote]

Great news: far better to have a food business that has been well received when it was a stall, than a boring newsagent...



Re: Southwark Council CEO goes back to the floor as Undercover Boss

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:48:11 +0100

[quote Jan the old one]Tak, out of naive technical knowledge, after Major Works are carried out does the Clerk of Works not have to do inspection? Do they still have Clerk of Works?[/quote]

Yes Jan, Clerk of works do sign off the works for Southwark, but they seem to sign off pretty much anything. For example on Draper House 140 front doors were signed off by Southwark Council. When residents complained we were first told too late - they all had been signed off an nothing could be done about the defects. Following sever resistance by residents it then was found that well over 40 of the 140 signed off doors were indeed fault and they were eventually replaced again. I assume though that these doors were paid for a second time though as we had many repeat positions in final accounts. Just as all the faulty Windows Breyer Group fitted to 11 apartments that then were replaced again. They were paid for twice...

And yes, the CEO is not coming to Draper House nor the Housing director. One can only assume they know how bad the situation is and henceforth simply refuse to be shown. SO much for the CEO genuinely being interested in improving the councils performance. Meanwhile this council keeps wasting taxpayers money as if there was no tomorrow, and no-one is challenging this form our politicians.



Re: Kitchen and Bathroom replacement recommendations

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:25:59 +0100

Hi Christie

We live in Alaska as well and saw your post re a good kitchen fitter. Can you share the details?

Many thanks



Re: Tesco Borough High Street

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:16:30 +0100

I'm pretty sure they advertised the one on New Kent Road as "Borough South" before it opened. Geography not what it ought to be.



Re: Food huts on Blackfriars Road

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:32:12 +0100

The kebab business has taken up your idea Jules62
I saw them moving stuff this afternoon into that little hole in the wall where there was a cafe before



Re: Tesco Tower Bridge Road

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:00:56 +0100

There was a planning application but I don't think it was ever validated by the council, let alone determined.



Re: Catering

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:42:45 +0100

Hi lucysalisbury - I've just you a private message, with a name of a company. Let me know if you didn't get it.

thanks



Re: Hasan Kebab Restaurant TBR

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:29:25 +0100

I have seen other people with him at the back of the shop on a couple of occasions recently, so I don't think he is totally alone.



Re: Scammer?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:12:43 +0100

[quote Sophia1967]Same thing happened to me. He was looking really good for a homeless person so he must have been a scammer. He walked away immediately after I told him I had no cash with me. Could you smell any alcochol on him? Because I couldn't.[/quote] I couldn't smell alcohol on him, which is a bit strange for someone who'd been on a stag night :)



Re: Tesco Tower Bridge Road

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:06:54 +0100

Ah, that could well offer some context - though no excuse IMO. I was oblivious to the demolition.



Re: Tesco Borough High Street

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:44:46 +0100

Yes I noticed that too. Making up streets now.



Re: Tesco Borough High Street

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:06:27 +0100

Oh dear #fail