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Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:00:03 +0000

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Re: Flatpack and D.I.Y help

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:00:03 +0000

The company I was referring to in the above thread (the BAD one) is the one discussed in this thread, i.e.

Re: Flatpack and D.I.Y help

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:14:59 +0000

It would be worth you naming the good and bad companies !

I have used Assembly Angels twice now and been very happy (they do not deliver or clear rubbish, just assembly)

Building is £25 call out+20% of the cost of the goods (+£20 if you want them attached to the wall), and they were quick and neat and tidy on both occasions. Another advantage of using them is that they can build wardrobes in an upright position which meant we could get the taller Ikea PAX wardrobes in our room.

3m of tall PAX units doors and internal fittings was about £1000, and fitting therefore was £245.
That would have taken me a boring day or two to put together and I would have struggled to build them upright.

All done for £1225...Sharps or similar would have cost us £6k+

University Photography Project

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:55:18 +0000

Dear All,

I am a photography student at Ravensbourne University, and I'm doing a photography project on SE1, trying to show what the area means to me and why. I'm focusing on lots of different aspects, I will be visiting religious places, shops, some of the more famous buildings, and I was wondering if anyone on here would be interested in taking part, or would be able to recommend anyone who might be interested?

Taking part would involve a range of things, portraits of the people involved, if you are based in a shop or market stall etc I would like to include images of that. I am also interested in doing some portraiture of people who live within SE1, which could either be in your home or in an area of SE1.

All my work would only be used for university, absolutely nothing will be commercial. It would also go on blog which I run for my university work.

If anyone would be interested or if you know anyone who might please let me know, it would be a great help!

Thank you,
Defne Altinoluk

Re: Garden Bridge

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:21:12 +0000

Absolutely right Alberta Ally - have to trawl back to see where the last comment actually relevant to the bridge is!

Re: Tower Bridge Piazza / Courage Yard

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:13:37 +0000

Any updates on any new openings in the new courage yard

Re: Former Design Museum

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:40:26 +0000

Yes I would also like to know more about this so any information would be very welcome! The blue print cafe is still up stairs.

Re: Former Design Museum

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:29:07 +0000

I believe that is off now.
Is the Blue Print Cafe still in the same building?

Re: Tower Bridge Piazza / Courage Yard

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:08:24 +0000

The latest small business to go is Lifestyles, the homewear shop on Horsleydown which seems to have shut in the past few days. Looks like only the dentist and Café Paradiso are staying. So much for promises of community involvement in the development.

Re: Sainsbury's E&C

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:53:49 +0000

Not been myself but it may be worth using the Tell Sainsburys feature on their website - to offer feedback on the range

Re: carpet cleaner se1

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:54:54 +0000

Spring Clean London just came round to clean a huge living room rug for me - they moved all the furniture and cleaned both sides - I thought £50 was very reasonable for 2 guys and all the kit they brought along. It too about 1.5 hrs. The rug looks great - I would recommend.

Re: Sainsbury's E&C

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:04:02 +0000

Another disappointed customer here.

For a 'full-sized' Sainsbury's, the range didn't seem that much greater than a Sainsbury's Local. The yoghurt selection is dismal (no Fage Total Greek yoghurt - which, these days, is quite a basic feature of any yoghurt aisle).

Another thing this branch has in common with Sainsbury's Locals is the pitiful beer selection, which has all the hallmarks of a beer-buyer who simply can't be bothered. If you went to a Sainsbury's you'd think this decade's boom in craft beer had never happened.

All in all, not a patch on Tesco Metro in Tooley Street, which is only slightly bigger, and not much better than the neighbouring Tesco Metro in the shopping centre.

Former Design Museum

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:08:57 +0000

Does any one know what will happen to the former Design Museum since Zahah Hadid sadly passed away. She was due to take over the building and use it for her Architecture Practice and a Museum of her work.
The building is begining to look rather neglected since the Design Museum moved to Kensington High Street.

Re: Garden Bridge

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:15:54 +0000

and surely a lot of that money went to local official "fees"...

Re: Garden Bridge

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:14:06 +0000

I noticed round the New Year that the Chinese have built the world's highest bridge,545 metres high, 1,341 metres long. Cost £117mn. I know labour costs are lower and probably raw materials, but the difference is staggering.

Re: Sainsbury's E&C

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:16:50 +0000

Went last Saturday and left disappointed too. I only bought one overcooked loaf of bread (selection was dire). They only had very few products. Tesco should not worry for the time being. The Sainsbury in Green Park where I do most of my weekly shopping is much better. Is it the demographics, they think E&C is poorer so we only get shit industrial processed products because some assume poorer people don't cook and just eat fast food crap? 20,000 new people are expected to move in all the new buildings in the area. That's a small town. And that's what we get? A small upgrade from a convenience store...

Re: Peter Wilkinson / Southern Trains Strike / Borough Market AXIS

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:17:59 +0000

okay dokay my mistake soz

ignore my earlier posting - FAKE NEWS!


Re: Peter Wilkinson / Southern Trains Strike / Borough Market AXIS

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:10:55 +0000

Southwark Free School (a primary school) is not the same as the Compass School (secondary) which was the one Peter Wilkinson founded.

Re: Peter Wilkinson / Southern Trains Strike / Borough Market AXIS

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:43:13 +0000

....and now it appears is also the guy behind the free school that just got shut down:

according to:

Borough Market - FAIL
Southern Rail -FAIL
Southwark Free School - FAIL

that is an impressive track record

he's everywhere!

except when he's in Vienna on the weekends

Re: Sainsbury's E&C

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:16:35 +0000

I was happy with what was available. More than usual range of gluten free products. I had a sense that they were finding their feet and would imagine that over time the offerings will change a wee bit.

Re: Garden Bridge

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:11:09 +0000

Thank you boroughonian but that wouldn't have been helpful! It would have started a topic - called what???

Re: carpet cleaner se1

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:56:25 +0000

Used this company several times in the past. Good service and reasonably priced. Saved my bacon when I spilled a tin of emulsion over a customers stair carpet.

Re: Sainsbury's E&C

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:02:05 +0000

I miss the supermarkets back home. Sigh...


Re: Regeneration

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:24:46 +0000

Reading this morning, and came across this article about Community Land Trusts.
I wonder if anyone knows more about this, or has any experience they would share.

Here is the link

Re: Sainsbury's E&C

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:25:28 +0000

Barrier - I wasn't being sarcastic.

I don't expect a supermarket to have a full range of offal, but a bit more than just liver would be useful. It's just an example of the lack of range that Sainsburys thinks we should be fobbed off with.

I was expecting a supermarket from which you could cater for a dinner party or have a reasonable choice of products for a weekly shop without having to buy the same things every week. I was expecting a supermarket with a similar range to the Sainsburys in Pimlico or Angel, or the Waitrose in the Brunswick Centre (all in Zone 1).

I don't see why the people of E&C shouldn't have similar facilities to those in other, similarly central, locations.

ps I don't know the Tesco Metro on Tooley Street, but the ones at my end of SE1 focus overwhelmingly on snack food and food that goes 'ping'. It's really difficult to actually cook from them. Is that providing the community the products it wants, or is it pandering to passers by?

Re: Flatpack and D.I.Y help

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:26:20 +0000

I booked an IKEA delivery and assembly service in London. The original quote was £150 pounds in excess of other quotes I got. However the company looked more professional and I decided to ask for a £30 discount and eventually appointed the company. I also paid the company upfront for all IKEA items worth in total £2611.
Some items worth £822 in total were not available upon pick up at IKEA and consequently not delivered nor assembled.
I have repeatedly asked the company to provide me with a copy of the IKEA receipt to check myself which items had not been collected. The company kept evading my query for a couple of days.
When I finally got the receipt I realized one small and cheap item was missing which forced me to spend 3 hours to go back to IKEA by public transport. I found myself that this item was missing simply reading the receipt which the Company did not mention to me.
I later realized that one drawer was not operating correctly despite the Company not mentioning it to me when doing the assembly job which they could not have possibly missed.

The company committed in writing to refund me on the next day and before xmas for the items that could not be collected. 17 days later the refund was still not done (although it is to be acknowledged that xmas break was in between). The Company invoked personal reasons for not actioning the refund (sic) but did not let me know initially.
I repeatedly enquired in writing and through phone calls about the status of the refund but could not get the company reply to me although my emails were read and partially answered. I was eventually told the refund had been actioned and would take a few days.
Despite me having pointed out in writing exactly which items were missing, I had to spend half an hour arguing about items that I had paid for and that were not picked up which I found very unpleasant. This is shocking given that the IKEA receipt was clearly showing what amount had been spent indeed at IKEA by the Company.
It turned out eventually that the Company had not actioned any refund at this point in time and that their claim it had been done and that it would take a few days was untrue.

I finally asked the Company not to be liable for the assembly cost for the items that were indeed not assembled which is totally fair. The Company declined to do this and keep arguing I was liable to pay £440 as originally quoted for labor that did not occur. (In contrast other companies have quoted around £300 for all the assembly job.)
I found this argument very unpleasant and felt fooled by repeated attempts to make me believe the refund was underway. I spent hours writing emails, checking receipts, leaving voicemails and chasing the Company.

I was originally happy to pay extra to get a good service with a team I could trust and rely upon. I now believe this was a mistake.
I went since through another company to pick up and deliver the missing items which they have done to my satisfaction for a fraction of the price (30% cheaper). I was due a refund which they actioned straight away without me having to argue endlessly.
How would I rate my experience? Poor. I felt I have been cheated and overcharged for a substandard service.

Re: Garden Bridge

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:14:38 +0000

[quote Alberta Ally]If someone adds a new topic within a discussion (i.e. here from Garden Bridge to Freeze on Fares, can they start a new thread perhaps as it's confusing to click on Garden Bridge and find that there's something different being discussed? Thanks![/quote]

You should've started a new thread for this.

carpet cleaner se1

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:12:01 +0000

Have a heavy stain on my hallway carpet - can anyone recommend a carpet cleaner in SE1 area?

Re: Garden Bridge

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:31:29 +0000

If someone adds a new topic within a discussion (i.e. here from Garden Bridge to Freeze on Fares, can they start a new thread perhaps as it's confusing to click on Garden Bridge and find that there's something different being discussed? Thanks!

Re: Garden Bridge

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:29:04 +0000

[quote Thebunhouse]The freeze on fares is for Zone 1 only and not the freeze on fares that was promised for the GLA.[/quote]

Are you absolutely sure about that?

This from the TFL site:


Re: Garden Bridge

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:29:35 +0000

The freeze on fares is for Zone 1 only and not the freeze on fares that was promised for the GLA.