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the canteen

March 1, 2011

photos are mine, from the archives and posted here before.

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i don’t normally post things like this, but i feel too strongly about it not to say something.

the rochelle school canteen, a beloved local spot in shoreditch, is in serious danger of being closed down. the council has upheld a petition by some local residents and the canteen has had its application to renew its license blocked. the reasons given are noise and antisocial behavior. (let’s not get into the surrounding clubs/businesses which are likely the true source of the late-night noise and antisocial behavior. suffice it to say that the canteen, which is a quiet spot open on weekdays only until 4pm, is not the offender).

the canteen is a true gem. i’ve had a handful of memorable lunches in this unique and beautiful space, tucked away from the street. the food is delicious and the canteen creates a sense of community in a neighborhood that has had its fair share of crime and problems. the canteen creates jobs, it buys local food and it is a vital part of the surrounding area.

if you would like to do something to help, please join me in sending a letter to the council supporting the appeal. HERE you can find a form letter that i urge you to print, sign and send in. the letter must be postmarked by 3 march (this thursday), so please act quickly.

there is more helpful information about the canteen and the appeal HERE.

thanks, and if you live in london, i hope you will act to support this wonderful local business.

(back to regularly scheduled posting around here later today)

  1. March 1, 2011 6:23 am

    I sent my letter last week so just hoping enough people have done the same.

  2. March 1, 2011 7:28 am

    I’ll happily send one today, this place sounds very special. I hope I get to visit it one day x.

  3. March 1, 2011 8:41 am

    I love Rochelle Canteen–I associate it with quiet lunches in the sun and a nourished spirit. I’ve just printed off my three copies to mail; thank you so much for notifying me to the cause.

  4. March 1, 2011 10:34 am

    absolutely love these photos. great composition

  5. March 1, 2011 12:23 pm

    yes! please save. i’ve not been there yet and would be so sad to miss it.

  6. March 1, 2011 2:45 pm

    this is so sad. hope everybody’s rallying round to save this place.

    (love the ercol chairs.)

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  8. March 1, 2011 3:25 pm

    oh, i hope they don’t close it…i wish so much to go there someday. and to eat that rhubarb dessert.

  9. March 1, 2011 5:17 pm

    done, not least because its full of my furniture,

  10. March 11, 2011 7:46 pm

    this may seem very girly, but i love the pattern on her dress!!

  11. wendy permalink
    April 15, 2011 5:21 pm

    i had the pleasure of running into this place last year and it has been in my dreams and thoughts constantly. food is amazing and atmophere is just genuinely lovely and peaceful. i hope to visit there many more. sorry i missed the deadline.

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