Exmouth Market: Anatomy of a modern high street

Tatts with bikes

Tatts with bikes

It says a lot about a high street when the Tattoo Parlour expands into the shop next door. The Ink business must be good round these parts. It has them queuing round the block for tramps stamps and tribal bands.

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Of course, once you have your girl’s name emblazoned on your back, you can always pop into Sweet next door for some meringue and vanilla shortbread.

Down the road, a little further, a friend’s birthday present is easily purchased. Thank goodness Exmouth Market has such important shops like this, which allow the local populace to buy that lampshade they’ve always wanted. Knitted purses? Sure, just pop in.

Necklace

A place for purchasing useless items you don't need

A place for purchasing useless items you don’t need

Lamp

The Guardian and Observer newspapers salivate over Moro – and have been doing so for the last ten years. Tis a great restaurant for sure, but does it have something to do with the fact that their offices used to be just round the corner? No need to travel far for a good feed, especially on account …

What keeps The Observer sated

What keeps The Observer sated

One needs a small bar on one's high street

One needs a small bar on one’s high street

Every house should have some mid-century furniture. And a dachshund. A dachshund is mandatory for modern-day living.

Furniture

Besides the obligatory head massage, one of the great joys of having your hair cut must be watching what the hairdresser is doing via a specially positioned television. A little more back and sides, mister.

Spell check please…

Spell check please…

Look closely and you can see the little television under the mirror.

Some shops like to state matter-of-factly what they are, particularly when their remit expands beyond the one theme. Take this cafe:

It has music. It has coffee. It has bagels.

It has music. It has coffee. It has bagels.

Where bike shenanigans happen

Where bike shenanigans happen

Brill likes to cover its bases. After eating here, you’ll probably want to work it all off with a cycling jaunt. I love watching people cycle but I don’t do so myself. Walking is my preferred choice. Cycling for some has become the new speed drug. It’s like being in a car with all four windows down.

Frozen Yogurt, the most useless foodstuff on Earth

Frozen Yogurt, the most useless foodstuff on Earth

The less I say about frozen yogurt the better. I have just about got my head around the explosion of gelati shops in temperate London but frozen yogurt? Really? And a whole shop devoted to it?

A place where real men hang

A place where real men hang

The lure of the hardware store. Perhaps the only practical shop left on Exmouth Market but only cos Zone 2ers like nothing more than a little weekend DIY. We’ve yet to see the gleaming glass and granite version of a hardware store but if it does happen, I’m sure Exmouth Market will be the first place to see it.

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