Milk bars, ice-cream parlours and espresso bars are all a feature of the London landscape that were borne out of the 1940s to 1960s. It is a time when floods of immigrants set up their businesses providing frothy coffee to the city’s workers.
Today, many of these establishments still function as caffs and have their original elaborate and shiny machines that continue to dispense no end of steam and cups of tea, and still feature vinyl and tiled floors and walls.
This book provides an affectionate look at one of London's endangered species', featuring 28 caffs throughout the capital. Each example is accompanied by anecdotal captions which evoke the atmosphere and context of each place, as well as addresses and nearest tube stations, so that anyone wanting a fix of old-style London can go and find it.
Half Moon Cafe.
P. George Snack Bar.
WEST END & CENTRAL LONDON.
The New Piccadilly.
Euro Sandwich Bar.
Johns Sandwich Bar.
Wilton Snack Bar.
CLERKENWELL & CITY.
The Copper Grill.
Golden Fish Bar.
Piccolo Sandwich Bar.
Regis Snack Bar.
Scotti's Snack Bar.
Sue Barr is a photographer and tutor at the Architectural Association in London. Her work has been featured in numerous international journals and publications, including Icon and Architectural Design. A regular collaborator of Wiley-Academy, Sue Barr's photography appears in Barbican: Penthouse over the City and in the forthcoming 70s House, both by David Heathcote.
“…this book celebrates their survival and urges you to visit while you may…” (Delicious, November 04)
“…forget skinny mochas – what we really want is double egg and chips…” (Olive, November 2004)
“… fine and long overdue book. With lovingly framed photos and reverential descriptions …” (Sportladsmag.com, November 04)
“...Buy this wonderful book featuring some of the UK’s oldest, most famous and salubrious greasy spoons...”(The Big Issue No 614, 25 October 04)
“…a sympathetic and affectionate survey…Sue Barr’s excellent photography captures the decaying sadness of these establishments…” (Blueprint, November 04)
“…a handy, pocket-size guide and shameless ode to the fading Formica world of the great metropolis…” (Instant; Café Culture Lifestyle – Edinburgh, November, December 2004)
“Owl staff love this feast of stylish, down-at-heel but always authentic, greasy spoons.” Independent on Sunday ‘Box Office Hit List’ top ten as provided by The Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town. 24th April 2005