Friday, November 8, 2019
The Bookshelf Revisited
As long as we're talking about pubs, here's one that hasn't fared well in recent years. You may remember I blogged it before, more than four years ago -- Swan & Edgar, with its outdoor bookshelf. It once claimed to be London's smallest pub, with a bookish decor and a bathroom paved with Scrabble tiles. But it closed in 2013, and as I understood the plans, it was supposed to become a residence.
As you can see, it hasn't. It hasn't become anything at all, in fact.
I'm not sure why it was more economical for someone to buy and close this pub and let it sit empty than to allow it to continue to operate. I'm sure there's a story behind it but some perfunctory Googling didn't reveal anything new.
Anyway, the outdoor bookshelf is still there, looking even more mournful. The books have become illegible shapeless lumps.
Our tree trimmers did come yesterday, and although they moved incredibly slowly, they were very careful and got the job done. We're happy with the service and I'll share some photos tomorrow!