Just seen that it's closed and has notice that it will be moving (As Caphe Pho") to EC1. I'm very surprised since it always seemed so popular (I went there quite a few times). Why would they close like that ?! Was it because the landlord demanded too much in rent increase ??
To me that is the worst thing that can happen to a now-trendy street, kill the goose that lays the golden egg. A lovely, popular cafe is forced to move because of rent increases and an estate agent expands - it would be funny if it weren't so shocking.
The barber next door is also being pressured by a new landlord wanting to increase the rent. Apparently the landlord acquired the freehold when he bought the flat above in a bidding war at the market peak in 2014. Classic ! Overpay for a flat then make the poor business downstairs suffer for it.
This is how a "quirky, independent" street dies. A victim of its own "success".
Can't we do anything about it? I know the landlords can do whatever they want with their properties and rent but aren't there any restrictions about how many estate agents you can have on a street vs restaurants and shops? It's crazy if you think of how many successful restaurants are closing down lately!