Monday, 05 January 2004
Pix Of The Day: Formica Rules In Post WWII Caffs
CREDIT: © Adrian Maddox/ClassicCafes.co.uk
WHERE: London, England. WHAT: socio-cultural anthropology.
MAP: Tour de Caff. Thumbnail click pops-up larger image.
What red Michelin Guides are to high class dining, ClassicCafes.co.uk is to the humble caff. Although mainly concerned with premises in London, the site does range further out into the south east of England for some coastal locations, and even travels as far as Wales. It is not so much a guide to caffs, more of a socio-cultural anthropology of the survivors of the Formica revolutions of the 1950s and 60s.
Webmaster and caff polymath Adrian Maddox has gone on to write a book based on the web site. The site is rich and deep, and so we suffered acute editorial angst trying to decide how best we might structure this piece, until finally we decided to feature four pictures from section heads, in the order that a visitor might tackle them on the site. We hope this scheme works for you.
Left to right, the images and their sections are:  INTRODUCTION - Railway Cafe, Kings Cross Arches (deceased);  CRITERIA - Euro Sandwich Bar, Swallow Street, Piccadilly;  CAF&; QUOTESCAFÉ QUOTES - Zippy Restaurant, Goldhawk Road; and the rather quirky  PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY - Pellicci's in Bethnal Green Road.
Those who enjoy the written word may receive pleasure from the INTERVIEWS:  Iain Sinclair from 'Lights Out For The Territory';  interior space designer Quentin Reynolds;  Mr. Burkeman of the Copper Grill in Eldon Street;  a profile of Pellicci's by Clancy Gebler Davies of the London Evening Standard; and  Lorenzo Marioni of The New Piccadilly profiled by Matthew Sweet in the Independent on Sunday. Five interesting insights into the world of caffeine and Formica.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)