Is it me or has there been a proliferation of street drinkers in the last few months?
The corner of Blackfriars Rd. and Webber St. has always been a popular spot for them (no idea why) but lately, there appears to be a new wave - mainly youngish females. There seem to be a hardcore of three but often more. They stand out purely because they are not your usual street drunks - homeless chaps, etc.
I find this alarming; not in a fearful way but what it means in terms of urban society generally. They don't appear to be threatening but are quite loud. Where do they come from and what is it that brings them to this state of affairs?
I seem to have noticed the same thing around Tower Bridge Road shopping area South of Bermondsey Square. Cider seems to be the drink of choice around here. Not too disruptive, though bored with dodging vomit on way to bus stop..................
Yes, I noticed them too on my way home every evening. Although they appear clean and normally dressed, they actually look at you in quite a menacing way. Last week, one of them was actually sleeping right at the corner. At first, I thought she had fainted, but no, she was just plain drunk. Last night, one was standing outside the convenience store at the corner, downing a beer. I feel they might be concentrating around the places that sells them alcohol.
"Clean and normally dressed" - my point exactly! Where on earth have they come from? I know there is a Sally Army hostel a bit further down Blackfriars Rd but they just don't seem the type to have come from there.
I also know that the Laughing Gravy have been having a few problems with them and they don't need any more problems at the moment.
The other thing is that they seem to have driven off the normal old drunks who were always around. They were never a problem unless you minded being chatted up in the most unintelligible fashion!
Better dressed street drinkers is just one of the signs of SE1 gentrification.
It's only a matter time before they turn up with hampers and Pimms (although, of course, as the year pushes on into Autumn, they will be changing from Pimms No. 1 to something more warming. Perhaps a brandy-based confection. Something to fill the gap between Summer and the Snowball season).