At first I think it’s mainly the absence of the traffic that used to permanently jam up along here.
I’m early for what I’ve come to Kensington for, so I take a walk around the streets.
And when I get to where I’m going I ask my friend Sue why it’s so quiet compared to the always busy neighbourhood I remember around here.
“It’s the students. They’ve all finished now for the summer and gone home. A good half of the houses round here are student houses now. And as soon as anyone moves out the developers move in, rip the insides out of the houses and turn them into half a dozen student flats for people who aren’t here half the time.
The students are no trouble but they’re not part of the community either. They work them hard these days so they just come back to here to sleep, in the sleepy streets of Kensington, who’d have thought it!”