Saturday mornings are about going walking down to the high-street to get the week’s supply of fruit and veg. (Every suburban town in London has a high-street.) Our high street (Kingsbury) has two quarter-mile long parades of shops - a couple of run-down arcades and a tube station. It is a very busy, slow-traffic road at the weekends - but I really enjoy coming down here on a Saturday morning. There must be around 10 different fruit & veg shops all competing for your custom - and you can usually fill up a couple of large carrier-bags of groceries for less than five pounds.
Apart from fruit and veg shops - London high-streets also feature several pharmacies, a few hairdressers, TV repair shops, some jewellers, locksmiths, several meat shops, newsagents, off-licences, a run-down Woolworths, a laundromat, a post office, some banks and several takeaway food joints. These types of shops are all very typical of a bustling suburban high street.
HOWEVER: There is one type of shop that you will only find in areas where there are plenty of Indians. It’s hard to put this type of shop into any particular category - but you can instantly tell what I mean by seeing the picture:
(This particular shop is actually in Ealing Road Wembley - taken from top-deck of Route 79)
Yes - wherever there is an Indian/Asian population - you will find this type of shop - it sells mops, brooms, plastic chairs, bin-liners, kitchen gloves, bins, buckets, cutlery, bowls, clocks - and all sorts of home and kitchen gadgets that you never thought you really needed. The stuff for sale will almost invariably be spilling out over the pavement at the front of the shop - and almost everything is no more than a couple of pounds in price. The proposition is this: “Why go to Homebase or B&Q - when you can get the same thing cheaper from here?”.
I love shops like this. My local high-street would not be the same without them.Posted by jag at April 03, 2004 11:50 PM