|The old Vernasca is tucked away off
the Sunday bustle of Petticoat Lane market in Wentworth Street.
You'll only catch a glimpse of it by looking hard behind the
bag stalls. Somewhat the worse for wear externally, we still
like the cheery purple folded awnings and the mutlicoloured signs.
Inside the dark sensurround rosewood gleams under the lamps.
With no windows, the only natural illumination comes from whatever
determined secondhand daylight makes it through the main street
window. Granted, the false ceiling strikes a wrong note but it's
the pervasive, low-level murk and gloom which makes the place
attractive... along with the serried ranks of green booths and
the neat little plum-coloured cup and saucer sets. See it now
before the sickening Camden-ization of Spitalfields lays waste
to every corner of this area.