Design, Drink

Craft Without Soul

My friend Jimmy likes felt tips. Undoubtedly there is some truth in the fact that Jimmy likes felt tips because he was reluctant to master the necessary Illustrator and Photoshop skills deemed necessary to make it in the world of commercial illustration. It probably didn’t help that Jimmy was eternally skint and could barely afford […]

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Drink, Lifestyle

London Coffee Festival 2016

A decade ago, the mere suggestion of a festival celebrating coffee in the UK in the earshot of an Antipodean would likely have been met with a rather colourful choice of language far removed from Their Majesty The Queen’s English. We were not, you see, a country that was looked fondly upon for the quality […]

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Design, Drink

How a Monkey Found its Mojo

We are constantly on the lookout for interesting brand stories and how companies are trying to create an emotional connection with their customers through the stories they tell. Most brand stories read like a press release: who, what, where and the ‘a-ha’ moment of why it was created. The majority of the time they are […]

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Drink

Bigger, Better Batching

I have a friend, an industry stalwart, who had the mixed blessing of living in the heart of Soho when it was still cool. He had some of the best bars in the world on his doorstep, but the price he paid was constantly dealing with all sorts of unsavouries and living in particularly cramped […]

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Drink

Is Craft Beer Really Selling Out?

IT’S A SELL OUT! Words resounded by much of the UK craft beer scene last year when Meantime and Camden were absorbed by beer giants SAB Miller and AB InBev respectively, before the two giants then went on to merge into the largest beer company in the world. Let’s be honest though, Camden and Meantime […]

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Drink

Tiki and Speakeasy: Bar Swings and Roundabouts

“Swings and roundabouts” my hairdresser used to say during my yearly moan-fest, also known as getting my hair cut. I’d bitch about the year’s greatest injustices, friends and enemies, and my haircut. “It’ll grow out” he’d whisper, inspecting his handiwork whilst I peered myopically at the mirror. We all know that trends are just that: […]

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Drink

Cocktail Garnishes: Less is More

This was a contribution by JdF as part of an article appearing in this month’s Imbibe Magazine UK on getting garnishes right. Less Is More Generally I’m a fan of simplicity. I try to focus primarily on low-maintenance garnishes that are pretty, without needing too much in terms of cost and preparation time. A typical […]

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Drink

For The Love of Gin & Tonic

The gin revival is well and truly back, and along with it the most popular gin serve: a marriage made in botanical heaven and surely England’s national drink if ever there was one. So what is the best way to make a gin & tonic? It of course depends highly on preference; however there are […]

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