These are Linda Crafars
pictures from her recent trip to London this past fall during her Cat Stevens Moonshadow
pilgrimage. She was able to eat at a restaurant now called Afred's but was once under the
watchful eye of Cat Stevens fans in the 60's and 70's as Cat Stevens parents restaurant.
She also strolled through the street made famous by a Cat Stevens song. And took pictures
of the stairwell that Cat was photographed standing on in many pictures.
Cat Stevens parents restaurant
' The Moulin Rouge' later renamed Stavros in the 1970's. It is now under new ownership has
been rename to Alfreds.
The actual address of the
245 Shaftesbury Avenue
London WC2H 8EH
The closest tube station would probably be Tottenham Court Road.
I went and had lunch there when I was in London in August. I felt like standing on the
table, clinking a spoon on a glass to get attention, and yelling to all the oblivious
diners, "EXCUSE ME BUT DO ANY OF YOU REALIZE THE HUGE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS
BUILDING?" I got a warm glow just thinking about all the beautiful music that was
composed in the home above me.
Cat Stevens Parents
3 photos of Cat's old house, as per
the beginning of chapter 2 in Davids Evans book. The building actually has 3 sides
North Oxford Street
The street turned into a
GETTING HUNG UP ALL DAY ON SMILES, WALKING DOWN PORTOBELLO ROAD
FOR MILES, MEETING STRANGERS IN INDIAN BOOTS AND YELLOW TIES AND OLD BROWN SUITS, GROWING
OLD IS MY ONLY DANGER.
- CUCKOO CLOCKS AND PLASTIC SOCKS,
LAMPSHADES OF OLD ANTIQUE LEATHER, NOTHING LOOKS WEIRD NOT EVEN A BEARD, OR THE BOOTS MADE
OUT OF FEATHERS,
- OH I KEEP WALKING MILES TILL I FEEL A BROOM
BENEATH MY FEET OR THE HAWKING EYES OF AN OLD STUFFED BULL ACROSS THE STREET.
- NOTHINGS THE SAME IF YOU SEE IT AGAIN,
ITLL BE BROKEN DOWN TO LITTER, OH AND THE CLOTHES, EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THAT DRESS
WILL NEVER FIT HER
- The Stairwell
- Basing Street
The Stairway from Basing
Street and the European "View from The Top" album cover, also the photograph on
the' Morning Has Broken' music sheet and other photographs were taken from this