Tuesday, 23 September 2008

The Troubadour Cafe

The Troubadour is, as they say on their website, a proper cafe. It's been around for years but it just gets better and better. It's in London, find out where here, and it's in Speaking of Love because, in the Sixties in London, it was the place for poets to read and perform their poetry. (It still is.) It's also where Bob Dylan and friends played in the Sixties. So where else could I possibly set Kit Marchwood's poetry readings but The Troubadour? It was the grooviest place I knew at the time, and I fell in love with the coffee pots on the shelves in the window.
Aren't they beautiful?

Like Iris in Speaking of Love, I hoped I was as trendy as the trendiest customers and, of course, I longed for a poet to fall in love with me. I gave that privilege to Iris (probably because it never happened to me … !) when Kit falls for her on the night she comes to hear him and then, until they leave London, they share his flat above The Troubadour.

If you live in London, or when you come here, do go to The Troubadour. You can even stay there if you rent The Garret above the cafe; you can eat wonderful food there; you can listen to poets and musicians in The Club and if you can't make it to The Troubadour for a while, you can whet your appetite by reading about it in Speaking of Love.

3 comments:

Karen said...

Speaking of Love contains so many vivid and beautifully realised scenes, and not least of them are The Troubadour ones.

sheri said...

isn't it wonderful to be able to have your characters do things you dreamed of doing. the troubadour sounds lovely, i will visit the next time i am in london.

Angela Young said...

Thank you, Karen, for your sweet words ... and yes, it is wonderful to be able to ask (allow, persuade, make) characters to fulfill your dreams, Sheri.

I think it happens unconsciously, but when you realise what you've done it brings a smile to your heart.