Martins Refrigeration, 19 Fortess Road, Borough of Camden, London NW5, 2012 • A close-up of Chris Ruocco’s scary-looking neighbour. That looks like a Gustav Metzger artwork in the widow, but I expect it’s actually alien slime.
Chris Ruocco Tailors, 17 Fortess Road, Borough of Camden, London NW5, 2012 • In the 1980s they catered to the likes of Wham!, Bananarama and Spandau Ballet. There’s a painting of it here by artist Stuart Free, and you can go inside (in 2011) via Google magic, which is rather exciting. The entire block (bottom pic) still looks the same in 2014, but with a faded sign above saying “Exciting new development”.
Off Licence Internet, 47 Fortess Road, Borough of Camden, London NW5, 2012 • An oddly minimalist shop window, no less bleak with its cafe set up out front (below). Still had the same weird arrangement of flashes on the window in 2014.
B & S D.I.Y. Homecare, 313 Kentish Town Road, Borough of Camden, London NW5, 2012 • DIY sign for a DIY shop; despite its makeshift appearance, it’s still there.
Abba Electronics, 236 Kentish Town Road, Borough of Camden, London NW5, 2012 • Now I’m going to spend a few weeks featuring London postcodes I’ve not published before (though there are still loads I’ve never photographed). This fine NW5 emporium probably predates the eponymous pop group, and is still there.
Broadway Market, 42 Tooting High Street, Borough of Wandsworth, London SW17, 2006 • A hotspot for tattoos and “Kenkey” (whatever that is), this opened in 1936, and proclaims itself South London’s biggest indoor market, though you wouldn’t guess it from the outside. Still much the same today but with a new black entrance sign derided by an angry young local as a “cheap shoddy facelift”. At least they’ve kept the excellent wall sign.
Broadway Bagel Bakery, 394 Edgware Road, City of Westminster, London W2, 2003 • The front fascia is pretty crap, but I like the golden-bagels-from-hell wall sign. It’s now called Bagels Etc, and actually has a better, older-looking vernacular sign.