The pace of change in London is relentless. Half the City seems to have been replaced since I started working there – now Broadgate, sparkling new when I was a fresh-minted graduate, is coming down to spawn a new generation of office space.

Restaurants open, last one year and then close as the next big thing arrives – one year it’s tapas bars, the next it’s Vietnamese cafes – while skyscrapers seem to sprout like weeds in an untended garden.

But in Lower Marsh, SE1, the pace of change seems to have stalled. Change is certainly there – with a natural foods supermarket and a vintage clothes shop of some distinction – but the old style caffs, laundrette and menswear shops are still there as if the 1950s have never left the platform. [click to continue…]