Monday 15 May 2006 1.26am
Actually we are looking at 2 distinct things here:
1. the need for a flower/plant shop in borough market.
2. The need to restore the building currently being utilised by the flower shop.
I've been inside the shop a few times - but each time walked out empty handed because the prices for the plants are much higher than what you could get elsewhere. I too would like there to be a flower/plant shop in borough market - but expect it to be more reasonably priced.
i didnt really notice any effort on the part of the flower shop to preserve the building but maybe i wasnt looking closely enough. However, as Janefs has pointed out, the opening of the restaurant might actually benefit the building. If the budding restauranteur has any sense, he will capitalise on the inherent charm of the building by sympathetically restoring his part of it.
BTW Applebee's launched a restaurant a few months ago in Wanstead so they are probably interested in a branch in Borough as well. There is a review at http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/reviews/8831.html
if you want to see the kind of fare they might serve