Posts tagged hospitality
Summer in the Cronx

"so Croydon is usually more Stormzy than Shakespeare but this summer we'll be transported to the streets of fair Verona for a production of his most famous play, Romeo and Juliet."

Craft markets, pop-up mini golf, urban beaches and even a spot of Shakespeare, William Murray’s hometown of Croydon has pulled out the stops for summer events this year so we thought we’d share our top five picks to embrace summer CRO-style. 

Saturday 13th July - Yoga on the Roof 

Those weekend vibes will be in full flow at Boxpark this Saturday as the uplifting vinyasa yoga class from YoGlo Yoga comes to the covered rooftop deck. The one-hour class begins at 9.30am so you can start your day on a virtuous note then either continue the clean-living with delicious vegan-friendly treats from the likes of Oatopia or reward yourself with a slap-up brunch at laidback weekend hang-out The Breakfast Club.  Advanced tickets for yoga are £10 (or £13 on the door). Find more details here. 


Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July - Pop-up Crazy Golf 

Yes you could schlep into the city for a round at Swingers, OR you could nip down to Croydon High Street between 11am and 5pm on 20 & 21 July for pop-up crazy golf. Nine holes to putt your best foot forward with friends, the kids or the work crowd. Find more details here. 


Saturday 27th July  - Made in Croydon Craft Market  

We love a browse round street markets full of independent sellers, so this one is a must. Find unique homeware, fashion, handmade jewellery and gifts whilst supporting your local artists, designers and craft-workers at the next Made in Croydon Craft Market. Made in Croydon is a local collective of creatives who are brought together to showcase their skills. Definitely worth a sunny Saturday browse between 10am and 5pm. Find more details here. 


Thursday 8th August - Shakespeare on the high street: Romeo and Juliet 

So Croydon is usually more Stormzy than Shakespeare but this summer we'll be transported to the streets of fair Verona for a production of his most famous play, Romeo and Juliet. Tickets are free for the open air, high street performance starting at 7pm so embrace your inner culture vulture and spend a balmy summer evening with a pair of star-crossed lovers. Find more details here.  


Saturday 24th- Monday 26th August, 10.30am-6pm  - Beach on the street  

Buckets and spades at the ready! We’ll be asking ourselves if we’re in Croydon or Croyde this August as 15 tonnes of pure clean sand are poured across the High Street to create our very own urban beach complete with striped deckchairs and ice-cream stalls. #Beachvibes all round. Find more details here. 

Just two days to go…
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"We have entered an age of transformation and ground-breaking discoveries disrupting the status quos. Perhaps these are at the highest rate of change the industry has ever seen."

Technology has always played a major role in food, drink and hospitality. From equipment innovations in the kitchen, to game-changing guest management software in hotels, the wider hospitality industry is awash with game-changing tech. It feels like only yesterday that we put technology in the takeaway market under the blog microscope.

We’re in the middle of an incredible time for technology. Artificial intelligence, robotics, block chain and other ‘deep’ technologies have grown from wishful sci-fi thinking to a modern day reality. With technology’s undeniable impact on food and drink, it’s never been more important to think about and prepare for the future.

There’s a lot to think about, but don’t panic, we’ve got you covered. To kick start your thinking, we’re excited to be hosting a roundtable on Thursday 8 November at the Plexal Centre in East London. The session is running as part of Informed Funding’s ‘Funding for Deep Technology’ event.

The table will be filled with leaders in deep tech, innovators, entrepreneurs and investors, all excited to explore the opportunities and challenges of adopting new technology in our ever-changing industry.

We’re excited to have representatives from:


  • Corkscrew

  • EtherSec

  • Frasers Hospitality

  • GIG

  • Hope & Glory

  • Kitchen CUT

  • Office Serve

  • OpenTable

  • Ordamo

  • Premier Foods

  • Radegast Digital

  • Store Performance

  • Tested Works

  • Threep

  • UCL

  • Yumpingo

  • Zizo

Keep an eye here on our blog. Shortly after the event we’ll be releasing an exclusive report shining a light on the key talking points of the day. But, for now, visit the Funding for Deep Tech website to learn more.

You can find us in the:

Lynn meeting room
12.45 -1.30

Plexal Centre
14 East Bay Lane,
The Press Centre,
Here East,
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,
E20 3BS

Coal drops year: A template for the future of retail?

"The new shopping district is the biggest development in central London for more than 150 years."

Morty & Bob’s is the latest Instafamous restaurant to join Coal Drops Yard when it opens this autumn. It’s part of an already starry line-up of eateries, including Barrafina, Casa Pastor and The Drop, all of which are set to open in the new King’s Cross development on 26th October 2018.

The new shopping district is the biggest development in central London for more than 150 years. It forms part of the King’s Cross regeneration plan which, once complete, will be home to 50 new buildings, 1,900 new homes, 20 new streets, 10 public parks and squares and 26 acres of open space. It’s so beefy it’s even got its own postcode.

With constant news headlines about the death of the high street, is Coal Drops just what the UK retail scene needs? With the aim of becoming a neighbourhood amid an era of generic townscapes, it’s a scheme that – if it proves a success – could provide a template for urban retail for decades to come.

Here’s why.


The mix of sweeping modern curves, concrete and historic architecture designed by hip Heatherwick studio and realised by developer Argent is taking its final shape and is nearly 75% leased. The location of every retail unit has been cleverly determined. Michelin-starred French chef Alain Ducasse’s café and shop, Le Chocolat, is near the entrance, so the smell of warm chocolate wafts along the canal, drawing people in viscerally.


Even the hoardings around the development and its head office are discreetly labelled. It’s the antithesis to Westfield’s near-generic blueprints, which feature mostly indoor shopping spaces.


As well as homes, offices and education (Central Saint Martins is just next door in Granary Square), its village-like layout has plenty of opportunities for outdoor events based around music and culture. Public areas and wow factor brand concept spaces act as a conduit for engaging with young trendsetters and tastemakers that can’t necessarily shop at this stage, but are future spenders.


Like a petri dish for the evolving retail sector, Coal Drops packs in a wide variety of shops, from global names like Samsung and Paul Smith, through to artisanal brands like eyewear label Cubitts, eco-luxe accessories company Lost Property London and cult homewares designer Tom Dixon. Concept-led stores offer everything from pencils and candles up to lighting and furniture. After all, shoppers rarely stick to one price point nowadays.


Several collectives in Lower Stable Street, which comprises smaller units, will be given over to smaller retailers and collectives, many of which will undertake events like product-making workshops with local schools. There’s also specific space for service-based tenants in the grooming and beauty world such as barbershops, beauty salons and a tattoo joint.


With the halo effect of the commercial-institutional heavyweights set to open, Coal Drops could be registering a potential spending power of approximately £1.6bn per year – if it can deliver the concept authentically. With only three months to go, we don’t have to wait long to see if a retail scheme 160 years in the making will succeed where other high streets have failed.