I keep reading about "fashionable B St"
Do we really want more and more bars, restaurants etc opening up on the street? What for - so that gangs of bouyz & grrlz from miles around can come and piss it up?
Garrison & Village East owned by the same people - what happened to competition?
Delfina sold off to become a hotel/offices.
200 flats to be built where Recall are situated.
As for conservation area- developers seems to build as they please.
Yes to more good restaurants
Yes to more good/civilised bars (no to chains, loud bars with underage drinkers in, etc.)
It is easy to criticse Bermondsey St. for being a victim of its own success. I remember not being able to get a table at Village East one night near Christmas and was appalled that us locals don't have an automatic right to be seated! On calming down, I realised it's great that so many people want to eat and drink in our fabulous part of town.
A shame about Delfina in some ways, but hopefully some good new restaurants will open up at Bermondsey Sq. to replace it.
More useful shops and local services would be nice too.
Yes, shops and services are important; it isn't all about pubs, bars and eateries. Where's the good dry cleaner / laundry? Where can I buy hardware without heading down to the Old Kent Road? I love the choice of places to eat and drink, but some practical developments would be appreciated!
Personally I've never seen 'gangs pissing it up', I remember Bermondsey St from 10 years ago and am glad it's changed. I think that everything that's opening is in keeping with the overall feel of the area. I'd much rather everything in the street was run by the owners of the Garrison than to have souless chains opening up.