In the morning
When once we only saw 9am on the wrong side of a night out, now the promise of fluffy pancakes, Eggs Royale and flat whites somehow keeps us all in line. Oh, and a chorizo hash brown for when it all goes horribly wrong.
Thursday 27th November
November is a long grey month, even Guns ‘n’ Roses think so, and they’re hard as you like. Over here, we run straight from Carnival through to Christmas without a break to catch our breath. Our American neighbours, however, have this great little thing called Thanksgiving – a mid-autumn day off to warm up our taste for turkey, drink wine and then fall into a happy coma in front of an open fire.
We can’t guarantee your boss sees it has a legitimate day off, but we’ve got a Thanksgiving feast that will probably deserve a least day of annual leave recovery time. You’ll be bathing in gravy with pumpkin pie up to your eyeballs – £35 for two big courses, see the menu and book your spot here.
What we're listening to
Like the smell of new shoes, September inevitably brings a tidal wave of releases from the hot young tickets of the music industry. It’s the thank you for waiting patiently whilst festival touring season kidnaps everything you want to listen to.
Anyhow, there’s been a glut this year – FKA Twigs, Kindness, long-awaited Caribou… lots of fun new things you can listen to from under the duvet.
Tell us what you like, share your favourite tracks, or send us a list and we’ll stick it up.
The Central Illustration Agency began life as one guy with a packet of drawing pencils, an eraser and not even a hint of Photoshop 1.0, and ended up bringing together a ton of great other graphic designers, illustrators and animators. These days they’re still a heavyhitting agency with a roster of the top dogs of modern graphic art.
Better yet, they’ve got a blog of the newest and coolest in the world of illustration – from fun facts in cartoon, to interviews, toffee apples and exhibitions.
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Somewhere between hunting lodge and horsebox, our private dining room is tantamount to a country escape. Secluded from hubbub of the Cafe but for a couple of grazing horses, the space seats up to 14 for meetings, meals, parties and whatever you might not like to share with everyone else.
IN HIGH FASHION, THE CONDE NAST YEARS 1923-1937
In 1923 Edward Steichen took up the enviable position as chief photogapher at Condé Nast, where he both kickstarted modern fashion photography and became the highest paid photographer in the world. Not a bad gig.
For the following 15 years, he enjoyed the privilege such a role afforded and shot some of the most iconic figures in politics, literature, theatre and, of course, haute-couture fashion. In High Fashion brings together over 200 vintage prints, many for the first time since the 1930s, and gives real insight into the time.
HE SPOKE STYLE
Oh girls, you’re spoilt for fashion advice. From uber quirky tips via Susie Bubble to the simplistic monochrome looks of We The People Style, if you don’t know which shoes to wear with culottes then for goodness sake we can’t help you.
If you’re a man, help can be a little harder to find. We suggest immediately checking out Brian Sacawa’s fashion pointers. With posts like When Is It Time For New Jeans? and High Risk / High Reward: Paisley Tie, He Spoke Style oozes the stuff.
Officially, by their count at least, designboom was the first web-based design and architecture magazine. It was 1999 – Google was still sucking at the teat of a 56.6k modem and this team had the vision realise the world wasn’t going to apocalypse itself and the internet might be a great place to gather up the worldwide expanse of cool.
They haven’t achieved global domination, but they’ve proven that there’s no replacement for real clever humans curating interesting content.
It’s been a big year for Metronomy. Besides us whittling on about them, they’ve released yet another cracking ablum, Oscar-winning director Michael Gondry did the video for ‘Love Letters’ and they nigh on conquered AMERICA Y’ALL. Like an early Christmas present, they’re back in town for a gig at Ally Pally.
This tour has a suspciously 60s variety show vibe about it and they’ve even given up the iconic chest lights in favour of 2D cloud props. Their synth-pop is still the stuff of teenage optimism though – an analog Napoleon Dynamite in a distinctly digital world, probably a nightmare for every Mogwai fan out there.
At the sharing table
WHO DID YOU MEET?
Once upon a time, we chatted to strangers, brought jams to neighbours in times of plenty and said hello to passersby. We hear it still happens up North.
We also hope one might choose to shoot the breeze with fellow diners at the sharing table. Maybe you might debate current affairs; maybe you share a secret haunt; maybe you might just pass the pepper.
DAILY CAKE QUOTIENT
Everyday, our kitchen brings us a jar of cookies. Or sometimes a pretty little cake stand with a banana loaf. Macaroons. Meringues. Depends how they’re feeling. But everyday, regardless, there is a new batch of home made treats to eye up on your way in and have with a cup of tea.
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WE AND THE COLOR
We’ve spent much time perusing fonts. We’ve fallen out with good friends over the use of Times New Roman. Don’t get us started on Impact. We’ll give into Comic Sans in only the most ironic of applications, because we’ve got a sense of humour, right?
Dirk Petzold’s blog, We And The Color, circumnavigates graphic design, illustration, photography and these things pleasing to the eye. We, however, swoon at his appreciation of a decent font.