East Fountainbridge and Tollcross
Situated just outside the city centre at the top end of Lothian Road as East Fountainbridge and Tollcross. Two well established areas of the city with tenement lined streets and these days, a real mix of old and new buildings.
Starting off with The Palais, most recently known as the old Mecca Bingo hall. This shut down a few years back and moved to new premises along the road in the Foutainpark development with “electronic” bingo, which mustn’t have caught on as it’s shut now too. This building hasn’t been used since the Bingo vacated despite the area around it really being regenerated.
Reminds me of a quick joke… How do you get 500 old ladies to say ‘fuck’ at the same time? Shout “HOUSE!”
Over the road is what’s left of the old Meat Market next to one of the typical newer buildings of the area.
Heading round the corner and towards Tollcross you pass Tolcross fire station, one of the major stations situated around Edinburgh.
Across the road from the Fire Station is a club that anyone from Edinburgh over a certain age will be familar with, or at least the name. These days it’s a Jongaleurs comedy club amongst other things but it’s still known by most as “The Cav”. The Cavendish to give it it’s full name was a notorious pick up joint 20 years ago, not that I ever ventured in. Well, not that often anyway.
Round the corner and we’re at Tollcross junction where 5 roads meet. The area has changed a lot over the last 5 years with lots of new buildings.
In the middle of the junction is the Tollcross clock which has apparently been here since 1910. Similar clocks can be found at other locations in the city.
From here there are plenty routes to take but lets head towards the Meadows and Arthurs Seat, in less than 100 yards the buildings stop and the road opens out in the parkland of The Meadows on the left and Bruntsfield Links on the left. Along Brougham Place you’ll find Cloisters, one of the better pubs in Edinburgh. Don’t confuse it with the IB just up the road where you’d be more likely to get your jaw broken for wearing the wrong colour as with most typical football pubs.
To finish off, I can’t be in Brougham Place without a quick mention of The Bombay Bicycle Club, quite possibly the best curry place in Edinburgh!