As if it was not enough that London is the most glorious city on a sunny summer day; as if it was not enough that in the middle of London there is the most luscious park of all parks, Hyde Park; as if it was not enough that in the middle of Hyde Park there is the most exquisite gallery of all world galleries, the Serpentine Gallery; as if it was not enough that in the Serpentine Gallery there is the most out-of-this-world Allienarium. But then in the middle of the Allienarium one can encounter the most groovy aliens... What on Earth, just what on 🌎, could be better than that?!
Possibly the new pavilion... Theaster Gates Black Chapel pavilion is charcoal and in fantastic contrast with the various emeralds of its surrounding vegetation. Yet another alien amidst London.
Well, it turned out that on this same very Friday 10th of June, further down this same old London, one can encounter even groovier, and even more out-of-this-worldly aliens and surprisingly so, in Soho, of all places. Indeed, tatty, muddy and murky Soho doesn't give up its attempts to spiral up in space - luckily, this time not by not-at-their-right-place Costas, Prets, bubble teas and Shu éclairs - but by... shall we say... hmmm... parallel-worlds cultural phenomena? (See video bellow) ... but by some skatboard- rap fashion by Tarstreetsports. Because terms such as Subculture and Counterculture sound unjust, unpreciseand simply dépassé. Therefore, Parallelculture, Parleculture for short, should be the term used onwards*.
Wherewere we? Ha, yes, Greek Street's street wear pop-up skater and hip-hop show by Tarstreetsports I accidentally fell upon. Haven't seen the garments - possibly all black and hyper cool - but the performers, the show, the crowed and the ambiance were all 100% good fun guaranteed. Another excellent foundling was Artist Medea. For more of her here
This cool-cat pop-up, alien - aren't pop-up and alien somewhat synonymous I now wonder? - parallelculture shop is/was? a door a way from The renowned Trisha's, alsok nown as the Blue Door or the Hideaway. With only Cocktails & Hotdogs in between. Mind you Trisha's is your sole orientation point, as the other establishments haven't updated their info onto googlemaps. Having mentioned Cocktails & Hotdogs, I have to admit it turned out to be an unexpectedly good combination.
Having said "an unexpectedly good combination" I have to communicate my latest discovery unexpectedly-good-combination wise, regardless of its wholesome irrelevance to all of the above: At Arabica, the Coal Drop Yards one, the Persian Sangak bread and the Pita breads, are so freshly baked that they can simultaneously do as hot-knee pads, to warm up your under-table-windcaressed lunching knees and as, well, as food. A most unexpectedly discovered unexpectedly good combination. Order two, or one of each - they come in nicely striped paper bags and both your knees will enjoy - as goes the popular irritating expression - the warmth of a Middle-Easten bread-spa together with a lunch at Arabica. Second bonus: Later, you can hand the second bread to a KX-homeless - in case you are too bothered about the diet of the Union-Canal ducks.
Why this discovery is so dramatically important for a visit at Arabica Coal Drop Yards?As I am not sure how to put it in a politically correct way I will simply say: Count on Arab(ica/s?) to settle at the coolest, windiest, shadiest and most cold-abiding of all places. Oximoronical as it might sound Arabs** should be the first to go to Mars, and the Sun later, for they will find the coolest, windiest and shadiest of all corners and angles to settle their establishments by.
*Similarly, listening to The Times radio little genius Matt Chorley's show today, Monday 13th and somebody’s even more genius revelation that 50% of French population votes "extreme left or extreme right"; and having in mind how unjust, unprecise and simply dépassé those expressions are because La Le Pen with 23.2%, Le Mélenchon with 22%, and Le Zemmour with 7.1% have ensemble-ly scored not 50 but A MAJORITY of 52.3% of the French votes; the appropriate expressions now on should be Left, Right and the Extreme-Centre. For this is what nowadays the MINORITY of the French Establishment and the delusional establishment-aspirational masses represent: a minority in the extreme-centre.
**Have no idea whether Arabica has anything to do with Arabs. Lebanon is plenty mentionedin the menu, but it might be just a concept. This Arabica - probably shouldvisit the Borough Market one as well - is in the building of Akha Khan Centre and the Institute of Ismaili Studies.