Tuesday 15 December 2009

Dennis Severs

Last night we were out on a school night....well it is the season to be jolly. As ever nothing went quite a smoothly as it should....I drove into London having driven to Cheltenham and back for a 45 minute meeting at 12. I got a coffee, but not even the hint of a sandwich let alone something more seasonal. Jeeeeeeez.

Anyway, when I found where I needed to park, it had one of those meters that you can pay by phone. As I had no coins, it was a good option. It's a bit of a phaf (faf?) as you have to keep pressing digits on your phone. Did I want to park my motor bike? No. Did I want to park my scooter? No. Did I want to park a new vehicle. Yes. Please enter pin number or last four digits of credit card (FYI, the card was replaced a couple of weeks ago). PIN not recognised, please try again. PIN not recognised. Goodbye. Repeat six times. Sh*t, damn and blast. So I turned to the concierge on the door of the restaurant that I parked outside. Could they break a £5 note for me? "I'm sorry sir we don't carry cash here. But don't worry I'll look after your car. It'll be fine" And indeed when I returned the car was still there, and no parking ticket. I felt the need to tip him. By this stage I had just a £10 note, so he got that...somewhat more than the £1.50 it would have cost if I'd had the coins!

Anyway, we went to Dennis Severs House. Which is an amazing experience. Especially in the dark. Especially at Christmas. It's hard to describe what it's like....a sort of living, breathing museum. But don't look at the objects individually. Soak up the atmosphere, start to believe in and experience the 'story' Truly amazing stuff.

If you don't know anything about Dennis Severs, it is worth reading up on him. A real character. Here is his obituary...but it misses some of the madness of the man


  1. Dennis Servers? Never heard of him. But now that I have I shall have to visit his former abode next time I visit the capital. Thanks for the info!

  2. I have not heard of Dennis Srvers either, but that picture is very atmospheric. Sounds like an interesting place to visit.

  3. I am also ignorant. But will be enlightened shortly.

  4. Wow! It sounds like a fantastic/phantasmagorical place created by a true eccentric.

    It's great to have a teen that can appreciate and enjoy dinner at a place like this. My daughters are 14 and 16 and it is great to go somewhere interesting and unusual with them and get their take on it. I took them to Manhattan a year ago and it was a great. They loved the natural history museum, the Guggenheim and SOHO we had a lovely time.

  5. What a posh life you lead. Meters that use phones, London lights etc. You have no idea how amazing this is to us midland bumkins. I'm quite envious but I'd never cope!


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