I went for a haircut – the first at my usual barber for many moons – which allowed for a spot of exploration of West London, including my first visit to Sally Clarke’s new shop at the corner of Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road, one of the few good things that has emerged from COVID. Such a pleasure to see the rows of macaroons !
And I walked through the Hallfield Estate, a surprisingly intact post-war development, designed by Berthold Lubetkin, its construction overseen by Denys Lasdun and still preserving a nearly perfect atmosphere of Eastern Europeanism:-
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We were most interested in your tale of our patch in west London..Sally Clarke’s arrival in Westbourne Grove has indeed cheered us up a bit and Roger is very keen to know where you have your hair cut. He currently favours the Greeks at the bottom of Queensway.
As for Hallfield, between us all we had three children at Hallfield School and we walk through the estate to Kensington Gardens from our house at Royal Oak…all very familiar thank goodness.. But Whiteley’s in Queensway has been gutted and you can imagine the “luxury hotel and apartments” that are going behind the façade.