Friday, 10 July 2015

Essex hipsters?

Barking may soon have the cachet of Shoreditch, Bethnal Green and Dalston according to a recent piece in the Evening Standard headlined "Essex Hipsters? It's not such a Barking idea." Guess anything's possible, as I've just discovered a hipster coffee bar has opened at the Whitechapel end of the Commercial Road, near where my great great grandfather traded as a saddler. House prices (which used to be among London's lowest) are rising faster in Barking and Dagenham than in any other borough and there's just been a folk festival there with Barking's favourite bard, Billy Bragg. The Standard also discovered there's an artists' colony in a derelict warehouse on the River Roding, which is now known as the Ice House Quarter. Soon it seems Barking might be away with craft beer, beards and designer cereal shops.

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  1. Barking is in London, not Essex.

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  2. But still spiritually (and formerly) Essex as the Standard's headline implies…

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  3. A 3 screen arthouse cinema is promised as part of a 50m flat development on Axe Street so it could happen...

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  4. Hmmm Billy had to trek in from Dorset didn't he? The real test will be if Broadway theatre can tempt back Neil Young (who recorded 2 tracks of his classic Harvest album there with the LSO and Glyn Johns when it was called Barking Assembly Hall.) Nobody could be hipper than Neil Young right? ... A visiting Ontarian

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