Letter: Why al fresco need not mean a car park

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Sir: I very much enjoyed David Lister's column 'Move that car, a cafe awaits' (26 April) advocating the better utility of public spaces. Although London has acquired a more 'continental' flavour in recent years (Covent Garden, to name but one area), there is still much room for improvement.

I lived in Spain for many years and still miss the pavement cafe bustle that is so much part of Madrid's lifestyle.

David Lister's article certainly underscores the need for a co-ordinating London authority, not least for improving and promoting the city's image for our many


Yours faithfully,


London, N19

26 April