Posts Tagged ‘South Bank’

Coffee kiosk Hungerford Bridge

June 29, 2017

On the South Bank, at the foot of Hungerford Bridge, is a little coffee kiosk.

I asked where were the beans from, he told me the country of origin.

Who are the suppliers, the roastery?

The Roasting Party.

The reply immediately told me, they must know what they are doing if sourcing from The Roasting Party,  as used by Coffee Lab and The Dispensary Kitchen.  They must serve good coffee

I ordered a cappuccino and  was not disappointed.  Excellent cappuccino.

The little kiosk is called Beany Green, part of a little chain called Daisy Green.

If not Friday, Saturday or Sunday (or Monday if a Bank Holiday), when I would head for Ethiopian Coffee Roasters on the South Bank Street Food Market, this would be where I would head for a coffee.

Then walk across Hungerford Bridge for one of the best views in London looking down river.  Then cut through Embankment Gardens and up into Covent Garden, if that was where I was heading.

Excellent coffee.

— to be continued —

Lunch at South Bank street food market

November 22, 2015
fresh cooked street food

fresh cooked street food

Lunch at South Bank street food market. I have a burger that at £6 expensive compared with food off other stalls. I tried a sample, and I enjoyed, but did not enjoy the burger.

One woman with a stall with fancy sausage rolls, wanted to know why was I taking picture?  There is always one. Others were quite happy for me to take pictures.

Coffee from Ethiopia coffee stall. Excellent cappuccino, one of the best but at £2-90 for a tiny cup, expensive.

South Bank Street Food Market

November 20, 2015
paella

paella

Four weeks ago in London.

It was Friday, which meant street food at the South Bank.

Spoilt for choice.

They exact high environmental standards, compostable containers, knives and forks either plant based cellulose or wood. If South Bank can, why not elsewhere.

Two coffee stalls, one had beans for sale (maybe both). Not impressed. Coffee beans should have a wonderful aroma.  These did not, an earthy smell. On the other stall, it was too much trouble for the woman to grind beans fresh for each coffee. If you cannot be bothered, why have a coffee stall?

  • PHOTOS South Bank Street Food Market

Sounds from a Room: Imogen Heap

June 22, 2012
Thames from Hungerford Bridge

Thames from Hungerford Bridge

working boats on The Thames

working boats on The Thames

A room for London: Thames and Hungerford Bridge

A room for London: Thames and Hungerford Bridge

Atop the buildings on the South Bank of The Thames is a boat.

An odd place for a boat. Part of an arts project A Room for London.

This evening, Imogen Heap live streamed over the net from the boat, and was shown on a large screen at Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre.

Three projects rolled into one: Heapsongs, the Listening Chair and Sounds From a Room.

Last week via the listening chair, Imogen Heap was collecting thoughts on The Thames, crowd sourcing for her new song You know where to find me, a perspective from The Thames.

Various themes came through which will be incorporated into the song:

  • Driftwood
  • Walking the Thames, Imogen has cycled the length
  • Quite strong, strong tide, but in slack does not move
  • Can we have a conversation with a river?
  • A him, Father Thames

Piano melody came in the early hours of the morning.

Storm hit during the night. The boat was rocking. Would it be blown off into The Thames?

Beautiful haunting piano melody.

Forgot the song, so new.

People stand around, just looking, can do this by a river.

A very public area with private thoughts.

Word cloud, distils thoughts.

Very little traffic on the river cf Thames River Pageant.

From the boat a view over the Thames and of Waterloo Bridge.

Does The Thames want to be young, blue and green?

Two hours sleep.

Pulled the lyrics together late morning.

You cannot force inspiration.

Just explain, not write, then relax.

Inspiration not on tap.

Used to live in a flat in Waterloo

Cannot write under pressure. Time lapse camera click click click …

Water a vital organ.

River has its off day, like us.

Artist’s favourite friend is procrastination.

Had hoped to finish the song, instead see the process.

Do you have a piano in Edinburgh? Filming will take place in Edinburgh.

Relationships, with the river, with each other.

Part will be filmed in Clore Ballroom after the live steaming.

Top Story in The Boatshed Essex Daily (Saturday 23 June 2012).