If anything positive has emerged from this disaster, it has been the willingness of the famous and well-connected, many who live or work in the Notting Hill area and surrounding neighbourhoods to contribute their expertise to the relief efforts or just voice support for the many causes fighting the wrongs that led to the tragedy.
Muna Khogali’s Book and Kitchen finally closed its doors in Notting Hill’s All Saints Road on 7 October after over four years of trading. Yet another demise of a well-conceived independent bookshop, cafe and events space. Bibliophiles across west London had rejoiced at its inception. Finally, a place where you could browse through your favourite tomes and indulge in a cake or two. The concept had been the fruition of a life-long dream for Khogali, who had longed for a place that looked less of a bookshop but more of a wander into your study within the close proximity of a nibble or two. Almost an anti-bookshop where books were showcased in an informal setting alongside the motto “combining the literary with culinary”. It opened to rave reviews and it was easy to see why. A well-curated booklist covering the arts, design, fashion, fiction and non-fiction housed in a airy and immaculate building. It also hosted literary evenings, supper clubs, music nights and book signings. Khogali signed off in an email to customers: “Book and …
At £29,000 rent per month, Apprentice supremo Lord Alan Sugar might not see this Notting Hill house as a wise long-term investment but he seems to continue to indulge his charges.
Burberry’s Christopher Bailey is in defiant mood. He has reclaimed the label’s classic checks once favoured by so-called chavs and football hooligans showing the creations alongside an idiosyncratic photography exhibition, Here We are.
Princess Diana could have had her pick of fashionable dining establishments in and around her Kensington Palace residence but she instead found her way to a tiny nondescript eatery in Notting Hill, west London.
The man who coined the rallying cry for the Occupy Wall Street movement, “We are the 99%”, David Graeber, American anthropologist, activist, author and teacher at the London School of Economics, leads the discussion on how a globalised world affects UK democracy from Notting Hill’s Book and Kitchen as part of our General Elections coverage. *Please post your comments below the live commentary in the comments section below.