The annual John Lewis retail report explores a year’s worth of shopping data to reveal the tastes of the nation. This year’s report includes new sections such as the five products that defined the year and a chapter dedicated to all things well-being. We hope that in years to come, people will turn to our report for a nostalgic glimpse of the trends that shaped the nation’s shopping habits. Here are just a few highlights which defined the last twelve months.
London’s Changing skyline I first came to London in 1986 and stayed with a friend in Vauxhall bridge road at the Gordon Hospital. A couple of years later in 1989 I moved permanently and again Vauxhall was where I spent much of my time. I rented a flat on the Wandsworth road, a two bedroom flat that cost me £27 pounds a week, unheard of these days. 1989 saw the start of construction of the Mi5 building, a bizarre looking sand coloured building which had manicured conifers on the roof when it first appeared, anyone remember those? Obviously the watering system didn’t work too well and they all shrivelled and disappeared. The choice of Vauxhall for the Mi5 headquarters should have given a clue to potential of the area and yet it seemed to take an age before the rest of the plan would kick into action. The obstacle being the ever changing plans for Battersea power station. With building work finally under way on the power station the skyline is changing rapidly. St Georges Wharf the green and pink ‘wedding cake’ stands next to Vauxhall Bridge on the site of the former Nine Elms Cold Store. Personally I prefer the […]
The March for Homes Demand better housing for London All over London vast new residential developments are rising from holes in the ground. You only have to walk around Elephant and Castle to see this happening. Yet London is in the middle of a housing crisis. There are simply not enough new homes being built to cater for the number of people moving to the city each year. London needs homes to cater for all groups of people and not just the wealthy. Property prices have grown as crazy rates over the past few years and average wages have not kept up with inflation. The average worker will find it impossible to afford a home in the capital. On Saturday 31st January there will be a March on City Hall London to put pressure on the Mayor Boris Johnson to address this problem. The March will assemble at 2 places at 12 midday Assemble St Maryʼs Churchyard, Elephant & Castle SE1 6SQ (tube/rail Elephant & Castle) Assemble Shoreditch Church, Shoreditch High Street E1 6JN (tube/rail Shoreditch High Street) The organisers of the march are demanding that things change. To be part of this day follow this link http://www.marchforhomes.org and […]