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by J Robertson

Review: About 100 yards up Caledonian Road, a grey cafe and shop on the left with punky graphics in the window. If you're visiting London, Caledonian Rd is two blocks east of Kings Cross main station, which is left out of the main exit. What strikes me as odd about this place is that it was a bit too clean, but, hey: that's practical for food. Maybe it's just a sign of being organised. To declare an interest, I was there to sell them shoes so you won't be surprised that I recommend squidgeing the sole of the Bouncing Boots and feeling the thickness of the Welfare State cloth top boots (like Plutoniums or whatever they used to be called). Um. And non-breathable rain proof jackets made in London. If this could register as a fair trade shop and score points for working conditions, this would out-score any existing fair trade shop but it's just a vegan one selling things that happen to be made in Europe. And they sell a selection from different vegan supplier's stuff and generally you can touch it and try it on before buying which is close to unique in London (exceptions: BBoheme let you visit and Natural Shoe Store just sometimes stock a single Veggie Shoes style if you're lucky). As for the food, some of it's quite camp & relaxed cafe stuff. Sometimes a little dog called coco visits. For anyone who is scared of the dagger graphics on the huge range of Secret Society of Vegans gear, it's good to see cup cakes and a little dog living alongside. Nearby shops are an ethiopian restaurant, two gay clubs of the low-lights kind (directories in the basement entrance to Central Station pub, off Wharfdale Road) and a gay pub: Central Station. Housemans "radical bookshop since 1945" is on the same street and I think a backpacker hostel almost opposite. Tony's hemp corner sells Khat and Hemp products but didn't buy my shoes. Near the corner with Northdown Street is a wonderful straight pub, the King Charles 1st. If you've ever stuck near Kings Cross waiting for a Eurostar or an appointment selling shoes, this is a great place to hang out.

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