Bits Of London That Don’t Change
Not strictly true, this, as some nasty new shops are shoving their way into a once-unbroken parade of bookshops on Charing X Road, so that there’s now a Subway (who eats there? It’s always deserted), a hairdressers, a shoe shop (oh good, we need more shoe shops), and dear God a TK Maxx (Chav togs).
However, there are still pockets where serious book-browsers can lose themselves in the stacks filled with mildew, dust and leather mites. They’ll slowly vanish – the biggest secondhand bookshop, a true cornerstone of the street, is suddenly empty this week and more closures will follow.
But there is a solution; get the booksellers to move the book market somewhere less expensive, and allow the revamping of Charing X Rd to naturally occur. The revamped Paternoster Square could and should have been the spiritual home of books, restoring the shops and stalls that were there before the war, and bringing life back into the area.
Bu surely there’s somewhere else that’s central and reasonable?