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Top 10 coffee shops in Shoreditch
Half my time and money is spent in coffee shops and when I’m not in them, I’m daydreaming about what my own would be like (book and art-filled, obviously). The thriving cafe culture in London means that soulless chains can be easily avoided. At pretty much every corner there’s a plant-filled, soya flat white-serving independent coffee shop, and nowhere are they more abundant than in east London.
So whether you’re after a freelancer-friendly spot, somewhere for a lazy Sunday catch-up or the best pre-work take away, this is a collection of some of my favourite spots in east to get your caffeine fix.
1. Nude Espresso
With three cafes, a micro-roastery and coffee school in east London, the guys behind Nude know a thing or two about good coffee. They serve up a huge selection, including the house ‘East Blend’, a single origin espresso bean and four single origins on pour over.
2. Kahaila
You’ll struggle to walk past this charity-run coffee stop on Brick Lane without dribbling at the cake selection in the window. Expect great coffee, life-changing salted caramel brownies and a chilled-out vibe perfect for getting work done.
3. Doppio Coffee
I lived down the road from this place for six months before noticing it. Hidden away at the end of Hanbury Street just off Brick Lane, it’s easy to mistake Doppio for just an espresso machine showroom and barista workshop, but it has an in-house espresso bar, knowledgeable staff, and it’s extra quiet (because not many people know it exists)!
P.S. they also make the best iced coffee I’ve ever tasted; bold claim but very true.
4. Shoreditch Grind
Grind has now become a bit of a London establishment, with six coffee shop-by-day, cocktail bar-by-night venues and an in-house roastery across the city. My favourite by far is the original Shoreditch Grind; it’s located in the midst of it all on Old Street roundabout, making it a great people watching spot.
5. Paper + Cup
This not-for-profit social enterprise is hidden just off Kingsland Road, but despite its out-of-the-way location it’s gathered quite the following of caffeine hunters. Rickety wooden floors, a wall full of books (all for sale), a delectable selection of treats and friendly staff make for the perfect pit stop.
6. Bell Boi
New kid on the block Bell Boi, located just off Brick Lane, offers up Melbourne-style coffee, a concierge service and aesthetically pleasing wallpaper, external street art and cup designs. If you’re after an on-the-go beverage while perusing Brick Lane’s vintage gems, or a handful of #edgy photo opportunities, this is the one for you.
7. Ozone Coffee Roasters
From New Zealand to the heart of Shoreditch, the queue for this place is often out of the door – but don’t let the short wait put you off. Another firm favourite with its own in-house roastery, Ozone’s interior is raw and industrial and the food selection is diverse and delicious (think everything from full English and eggs-any-way to beetroot and cumin fry bread with crushed avo).
8. Holy Shot
Just far enough from Brick Lane to catch a breather and escape the hectic weekend crowds, this light, cosy and plant-filled spot prides itself on only working with the finest ingredients, equipment and baristas. You can expect Caravan coffee and a range of vegan and gluten free snacks in an Insta-worthy setting.
9. Cream
Another recent discovery of mine that’s become a firm favourite, and another all-day café with classic industrial chic interior, Cream is probably my favourite place in Shoreditch for getting work done. Its simple, no-fuss canteen style draws a freelance crowd and it’s a bit off the beaten track so rarely gets overly crowded.
10. Look Mum No Hands!
An all-in-one cycle repair shop and café with a no-frills interior, LMNH! is all about perfectly done Square Mile coffee and serious hearty food in an inclusive, friendly and laid-back atmosphere. Laptops are only welcome on certain tables and they turn off the internet for a few hours each day, making it a great shout if you want to escape the freelance buzz.
Solo Travel: What's the Big Idea?
“Who you going with?” is the first thing most people ask when I tell them about my upcoming two-month trip to South America. And I get it, because I know so many 20-somethings who have travelled with their partners, best friends or as part of a tour group but who the idea of solo travel just didn’t sit well with.
Right now though, no-one I know has the same burning desire to galavant around Colombia, Peru and Chile. In my classic everything-on-a-whim style, I booked this trip at the almost-last minute in mid-August, so I wasn’t too surprised that none of my mates fancied sacking in their jobs and getting in on my plan.
And actually even if someone was keen to drop everything and come along, I think I’d be a tiny bit sad and would probably try and worm my way out of the joint adventure anyway. The idea of solo travel has been lurking in the back of my mind since summer 2014 when I made the (very random) decision to work as a summer camp counsellor in Germany.
It’s taken a cycle of feeling pretty drained and restless on repeat since moving to London 18 months ago to realise that I need a couple of months of chill and time to myself. So, I bought a return flight into Colombia’s capital Bogota and back out of Chile’s Santiago, handed in my notice, and in a months’ time I’ll be hauling the contents of my tiny, cretinous east London flat back to Stoke-on-Trent.
There are loads of reasons why I’m off on what I’m calling an ‘extended holiday’, but here’s why I’ve decided to experience solo travel for myself…

1. Get rid of the 'one day' feeling
Being restless, stuck and a little bit bored at work were probably the big decision makers for me. I thought about applying for new jobs, going freelance or signing up for a City Lit art course, but then decided that none of the options got me excited enough. Like I mentioned, solo travel has been playing on my mind for a while and as soon as I started thinking about it, I couldn’t stop.
2. Forget about the serious stuff
The past 18 months have been hilarious, full-on and exhausting in equal measure. But in among starting a new job, living in two alarmingly unsafe, horrifically shabby flats and trying to make the most of being in the middle of it all, I’ve not really stopped to chill. Just being able to bumble around and not think about sweaty commutes and ridiculous rent prices will be amazing.
3. Meet new people, try new things
One of the main reasons I decided to travel solo is to meet a load of new people from all over the place, and probably find myself in some pretty bizarre situations as a result. Go anywhere in a group or with a partner, and you’re almost guaranteed to make less effort to get chatting to locals, or even fellow tourists, than you would if you were on your own. So hopefully when I rock up solo for my first night in a Bogota hostel, there will be at least one fellow backpacker ready to adopt me into life for the night.
4. Go without restrictions or set-backs
Part of going anywhere with a friend is that you have to take their expectations, ideas and temperament into account; do they want a packed and scheduled itinerary or are they happy with loose plans and a ‘see how it all pans out’ attitude? In an ideal world, everything I do would be a completely last-minute plan, and going it alone lets that happen.
5. Get a bit further out of my comfort zone
While I’d rather keep things chill when it comes to planning, I’m as highly strung as it gets about being uncomfortable or doing anything that involves extreme outdoors. So what better way to force myself to get a grip and gain some perspective than going on multi-day treks through rainforest, desert, high altitude and everything in between.
eurobest 2017 website – 'About London' section

City guide – Museums
This is your definitive guide to getting a bit of creative inspiration outside of the festival venue.
The British Museum
Right around the corner, the British Museum is home to over seven million historical objects that’d take you months to view – all dedicated to human history, art and culture.
The School of Life
A hidden gem that’s devoted to developing emotional intelligence through culture, and inspiring people to live wisely and well.
The Hunterian Museum
Based inside the Royal College of Surgeons and definitely not for the faint-hearted, here you’ll find a collection of anatomical specimens, surgical curiosities and graphic illustrations.
Somerset House and the Courtauld Gallery
London Fashion Week’s former haunt and a brilliant 18th century building in its own right, Somerset House also has an unrivalled collection of some of the country’s best-loved paintings.
The Photographer’s Gallery
A huge public photography gallery, café and well-stocked bookshop in Soho – the ideal distance away from the festival venue for a lunchtime wander.
Wardour News and Gosh
Not exactly museums, but these two Soho-based pit stops are a creative’s dream. Wardour News stocks a collection of art, design, fashion and photography magazines, while Gosh is a mecca for graphic novel and comic book fans.
The Design Museum
A little bit further afield in Kensington, but another no brainer for creatives. It’s been named “the world’s leading institution dedicated to contemporary design and architecture” and there’s always an eye-opening exhibition to see.
Awards Insider: Film, Integrated and Titanium Lions
Representing disability, standing up for equal voting access and radically changing the portrayal of women in advertising were just a few of the societal, social and economic issues embodied in last night’s Lion-winning work for the Film, Integrated and Titanium categories.
In the final awards show of Cannes Lions 2017, the message was clear; things need to change and it's within the advertising industry's powers to break out of its bubble and do so. In Titanium & Integrated juror John Mescall's words, brands and agencies alike need to use their influence to “create work not only designed to live in the world, but also to somehow move the world forwards."
McCann New York’s Titanium Grand Prix-winning ‘Fearless Girl’ for State Street Global Advisors was lauded as an example of just that, with Jury President Tham Khai Meng hailing it a “mind-blowing, disruptive, irreverent” timeless icon that’s “beyond everything we’ve ever done”. The bronze statue stands defiantly opposite Wall Street's partriarchal symbol of the American economy, the Charging Bull, as a symbol of women of the past, present and future.
Titanium & Integrated juror Chloe Gottlieb summed up the need for such a symbol: “For years, decades, our industry has treated women like mindless purchasing machines and never given them respect or acknowledgment as fully formed human beings with hopes and dreams." This, according to Gottleib, is a watershed year in the depiction of women in advertising – a problem that's seen slow-but-steady improvement over the last couple of years.
A report by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media found that one in 10 female characters are still shown in sexually revealing clothing, six times the number of male characters. The research also proved men are more likely to be shown as leaders, speaking about power 29% and achievement 28% more than women.
Perhaps the most notable ad agency taking action is New York-based Badger & Winters, where founder Madonna Badger launched the #WomenNotObjects campaign to end the objectification of women in ads once and for all.
Pushing the industry and the world forwards was equally central to Blink Productions and 4Creative’s ‘We’re the Superhumans’ for Channel 4, a piece described by Jury President Pete Favat as one which “threw the windows open” and started a new conversation on the representation of disability. 
He said: “It’s bold, proud, it has diversity, gender equality, craft, originality and makes us feel a range of emotions. It makes us happy, makes us think, it’s extremely provocative and the most important thing we discussed was that it pushes humanity forwards.” 
“It has everything you could put into a piece of film, and answers so many of the questions we ask ourselves about pushing our industry."
Meanwhile, the Integrated Grand Prix was awarded to 180LA’s ‘Boost Your Voice’ campaign for Boost Mobile, which formed a unique relationship with its customers by enabling them to exercise their most fundamental American right inside a Boost Mobile store: voting. 
Since the 2012 presidential election, 868 voting stations have been eliminated in low-income and minority neighbourhoods. To improve accessibility for all, Boost Mobile stores were transformed into voting stations on Election Day, an idea which President Tham Khai Meng described as an “incredible piece of work” that cuts through, transcends media and integrates into culture and society.
And that's exactly what the industry needs to do – use its authority, reach and influence to start making a real difference, whether that's through drawing attention to gender inequality or championing inclusivity.
Inside the Jury Room at Cannes Lions 2017: Design, Product Design, Media, Entertainment and Entertainment Lions for Music
If you've ever wondered what goes on once the jurors huddle down in one of the hidden rooms of the Palais (with copious amounts of coffee and special blankets, of course), or if you want an insight into some of this year's stand-out campaigns, look no further. We caught up with some of the jurors after they reassociated themselves with the Riviera sun to get the lowdown.
Thailand scooped its first ever Grand Prix with AP Thailand and CJ Worx’s ‘The Unusual Football Field’, and it was lauded by Jury President Sandra Planeta as a vision that’s breaking the norm of what’s possible.
“A room united to define the best work”, “open-minded”, “stimulating, thought-provoking and inspiring” were just some of the ways Entertainment Lions for Music Jury President Olivier Robert-Murphy described the judging process.  
The Product Design jury took three rounds of debate to come to a concensus about the Grand Prix winner. 
It was the first time Colombia won a Grand Prix at Cannes Lions, the country previously won one in Lions Health. 
And Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos joined Weber Shandwick on stage to discuss why it’s much harder to make peace than to wage war. 
Juror Mario Narita explained that he experienced six emotions when judging the work: sadness, fear, anger, surprise, repulsion and joy. 
From around 4,000 entries across 37 Media categories, only around 300 make the shortlist. Media juror Mark Heap explained that the video case study really needs to stand out to help the jury understand both the campaign and why it deserves merit for a specific category. 
A Product Design juror's partner gave birth while he was in the jury room!
Data collection ‘for good’, data-driven dynamic creative, social good, brand purpose and media hijack were some of the key trends noted by Media jurors. 
Product Design jurors looked at around 4,000 pieces of work in the pre-judging stage, then around 2,000 over the last six days of judging. They then had to personally judge approximately 200 each per day until they had a shortlist.

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