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New to London? 33 Must See places

by Sarah Cameron

Our lovely intern Alex Rombach will be leaving us shortly, (sob) and as she’s new to London – she’s from The Black Forest in Germany – she asked us for a few tips on great places to go in London.  The studio came back with a whopping 33 Must See places.

If you have any additions to make to our London ‘must sees’ please get in touch: sarah.cameron@cpb.co.uk

1. On a Sunday morning, The Columbia road flower market (www.columbiaroad.info)
2. Primrose Hill, for bars, Boutiques & views of London (www.primerosehill.com
3. Hampstead village for cafe society, old pubs and Hampstead Heath (www.pubs.com/main_site/pub_details.php?pub_id=109)
4. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – it’s the last week this week and although the weather isn’t going to be great (Friday might be the best day), it’s a really fantastic experience.  www.openairtheatre.org
5. A walk around Richmond Park and then into Richmond is lovely on a sunny day.  In particular, there are beautiful views over the Thames out towards Twickenham on Richmond Hill and a pint in one of the pubs facing the river is great. If you’re in that area then a visit to the cafe/tea house at Petersham Nurseries is also recommended for superb food and quirky surrounds.www.petershamnurseries.com
6. Lancashire Court in Mayfair is hidden away but is full of buzzing bars and restaurants.  It’s particularly good on a warm evening when everyone spills outside.
7. Rebel Bingo www.rebelbingo.com Described as ‘a raucous night of booze, bad behaviour and filthy underground bingo’. This is one of the best night of organised fun I’ve been to. The bingo can be a little rude so not for the prudish!
8. Bourne and Hollingsworth www.bourneandhollingsworth.com A great little bar near central with a retro feel. They serve cocktails in china cups with cucumber sandwiches. A little fancy, but cute.
9. Elk in the Woods - www.the-elk-in-the-woods.co.uk/ Yummy little eatery just round the corner from Angel Tube. If you fancy a menu that is slightly alternative but delicious here is your place.
10. www.lemercury.co.uk - a good french restaurant, Upper St, Islington
11.www.londontheatre.co.uk - loads to see at the theatre
12. www.ronniescotts.co.uk - good venue for Jazz music
13.http://montgomeryplace.co.uk/ - a lovely cocktail bar in Notting Hill that has a James Dean style about it
14. http://www.electriccinema.co.uk/ - a gorgeous, luxurious old cinema where you can drink vino too!
15. http://www.coronet.org/ - another cool cinema, which is slightly cheaper – £3 on a Tuesday
16. Visit Black Rat Press (http://www.blackratpress.co.uk/) gallery in Shoreditch then on for a drink in the Dragon Bar opposite.
17. Busaba for good Thai food in soho (http://www.urbanpath.com/london/thai/busaba-eathai.htm.) Then onto this secret little bar- It’s number 57 greek street. Go down a flight of stairs sign your name and your in. There is normally a man sitting in the corner playing the saxaphone and a good mix of people in there. 
18. I really like Spitalfields market on a Sunday. http://www.visitspitalfields.com/ Could go after the flower market.
19. The Palmtree Pub – in Mile End Park beside the Regents Canal is the most magical pub – I have taken quite a few friends there who all decide it is their new favourite pub in London. On Friday and Saturday nights they have a live band made up of really talented local old men who play old classics from Frank Sinatra to Ella Fitzgerald. Stays open till 2am or 3am as no-one minds the noise, because the park surrounds it. Everything else was bombed during the blitz, but the Palmtree stood tall, and still has all the original features including a big old till and gorgeous wall paper, all bathed in golden light! Bill Murray and Wes Andersen loved it when they made Fantastic Mr Fox in studios close by too! 
http://www.timeout.com/london/bars/reviews/13135.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/jun/14/palm-tree-mile-end-london
20. Secret Cinema – wonderful monthly event that turns cinema into the most incredible immersive experience. No one knows what film they are going to see, the location and dress theme are revealed just before… its on tonight tomorrow and Sunday night. Go if you can!
http://www.secretcinema.org/
21. Dennis Sever’s House – a beautiful house in East London that brings the past to life in the most charming way.
http://www.dennissevershouse.co.uk/
…Brick Lane is so good on a Sunday too, if you go, wander down to their famous 24 hour bagel shops and check out Beyond Retro – its one of the best vintage stores in London.
22. The Luminaire, Kilburn www.theluminaire.co.uk - best gig venue in London, small, intimate, amazing sound. Just don’t go there for a chat, its famous for throwing people out who talk over the music, as the signs on the walls warn you. The King Head pub below (as in the king of rock not the king of England) is a great place to meet before. 
23. The Brixton Windmill - www.windmillbrixton.co.uk - second best gig venue I London, although a bit of a mission to find, its small again, feels like its falling down and has a dog who lives on the roof. Bands play every single night and big names are know to play sneaky warm gigs here too. Plus there’s free BBQs and cake at the weekend gigs.
24. The 100 Club - www.the100club.co.uk - This Oxford street jazz venue is an institution and has its place sealed for ever in music history, the basement venue might look like any other gig venue but as the pictures on the walls testify the great and good of rock and punk have played here, everyone from the Rolling Stones to The Sex Pistols to Oasis. Bands always try harder at The 100 Club. 
25. Bandstand busking (www.bandstandbusking.com) if you can catch it – a lovely way to spend a weekend afternoon. Sign up for the emails, they tell you who, when and where …just go along a enjoy some free music!
26. Gordon’s Wine Bar (www.gordonswinebar.com). A small underground bar with nice wine, low ceiling and a good atmosphere
27. Broadway market for all it’s little shops and weekend food stalls (www.broadwaymarket.co.uk) …then sitting in London Fields with your picnic 
28. Greenwich – market on Sat and Sun including clothes, antiques, food etc, interesting independent shops and architecture, nice bars and cafes, exhibitions, beautiful park, walk by the river, even get the river taxi. Cutty Sark and National Maritime Museum based here if sea-faring history is your thing! A great destination for a lazy Sunday. http://www.greenwich-market.co.uk/
29. The Nag’s Head in Kinnerton St – a small, traditional English boozer in a quiet little mews at the back of bustling Knightsbridge. Strict no mobile phone policy which is quite refreshing! Lots of interesting brick-a-brac and stuff to look at (from memory the land lord appeared in Grange Hill in the 80s and his Dad was something to do with Doctor Who so there are strong links with theatre and TV). Chris Evans’s famous hangout when he used to go boozing in the day with Billie Piper and not turn up for his radio show.  http://www.pubs.com/main_site/pub_details.php?pub_id=150
30. Borough Market – great foodie extravaganza and fantastic atmosphere, mornings definitely best time to go (open Fri – Sun) http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/
31. Marylebone High Street on a Saturday for a stroll taking in La Fromagerie, a beautiful cheese shop complete with a specialist cheese room (http://www.lafromagerie.co.uk/)
32. Walking across Waterloo Bridge for the best view of London to then experience what the South Bank has to offer. 
33. St. Paul’s – Climb the stairs to the Whispering Gallery and up to the Golden Gallery for an unexpected, but amazing view of London (http://www.stpauls.co.uk/)

A weird and wonderful wine tasting

by Sarah Cameron

 

 



Last night our very own drinks expert Alex Ririe held a fabulous wine tasting event at our office, making a pretty rowdy bunch of creatives even rowdier. 

When Alex isn’t being a Business Director at CPB, she holds wine tasting evenings. And she’s very well qualified to do so – she is a (rather rare) Associate of the Institute of Wines and Spirits, having recently completed her Level 4 Diploma in Wine & Spirits and even winning the prestigious IWSC Waitrose Scholarship in 2013. 

And so, after much begging on our part, she finally treated us to a fabulous wine tasting evening for 27 of our most passionate boozers.

We tasted seven very different wines with particularly unusual grape variances, which she matched with a suitable choice of cheese for each. We tasted some amazing wines not only from France, Italy and Spain, but also from Austria, Hungary and Armenia. And as we sipped and slurped (never spitting), Alex gave us some great facts about the wines, their provenance and what foods to match them to. Cleverly, she included some paper so we could scribble some notes, or we’d have never remembered in the morning…

 

What we wrote:
1 JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset, No.21 Crémant de Bourgogne NV Brut 12% (France)
“This wine was really refreshing and light – with a really nice soft bubbliness” Carolyn 
2 Bellavista Franciacorta Cuvée Brut NV 12.5% (Italy) 
“I really enjoyed drinking this flowery drop – really nice balanced” Eliona
3 Vigneti del Vulture Gerco/Fiano ‘Pipoli’ 2013 13% (Italy)
“I loved the fruitiness and the sweet flavour of this wine. My perfect summer white wine.” Valeria
4 Dobogó Tokaji Furmint 2011 13.5% (Hungary)
“This was wonderful” Vicky
5 Heinrich Burgenland Zweigelt 2011 12.5% (Austria)
“Very rich in herb aroma – really elegant” Eliona
6 Zorah ‘Karasì’ Areni Noir 2011 13,5% (Armenia) 
“I liked the complexity of this red wine and the fact that it goes really good with red meat.” Alex B.
7 Valdespino ‘El Candado’ Pedro Ximenez NV Sherry 17% (Spain)
“Strange to love a pudding wine (who’d have thought?), but it went really well with stilton and choccie brownies.  Yum!” Sarah

 

5 Beautiful Things. Summer Edition

by beautiful
With the summer season now in full swing (and even the weather to match!)  our latest 5 Beautiful Things has been themed around the delights of summer.  With exhibitions, architecture, wonderful summertime occurrences, and some  inspiring pieces of design included, there is something for everyone.
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1.      As if a trip to Fiji wasn’t tempting enough?
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Fiji Airways got our attention when they released previews of their redesign earlier this year. We have now been able to see their full rebrand, complete with aircrafts proudly embossed with Teteva Masi symbols, and cushions to match. We love how the theme doesn’t vary from its origins, with direct symbol translations communicating Fiji’s welcoming nature. The design is simple, distinctive, and sophisticated; perhaps a trip to Fiji is in order?

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2. Get in touch with your roots
This beautifully creative new envelope concept by the Swedish postal service is both unique and arresting; this new trend of designer envelopes has swept over Sweden and we hope it comes our way soon! With each of the four envelopes representing each season, we love the transformation of such a banal object into a work of art, to be treasured surely by any recipient.

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3. Showcasing the freshest artistic talent

If you are in London this summer, head down to the Royal Academy for this year’s Summer Exhibition. This display is a true celebration of artistic talent, with works from both the well-known, and the unheard-of. What really distinguishes this exhibition is the sheer scale of the event. This has earned its title of the largest open exhibition in the UK, boasting a collection made up of paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, architectural design and models. With a collection uniquely chosen and hung by artists, this is a spectacular must-see.
For tickets: https://tickets.royalacademy.org.uk/performancelist.asp?ShoID=1956

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4. Summer pavilions just got playful…

This striking take on the summer pavilion by Atelier Zundel Cristea, has been installed in the Museum Gardens in Bethnal Green, London. We urge you to dismiss all existing mental imagery of summer pavilions, and take a look at this satisfyingly symmetrical, undulating inflatable structure. Perhaps simply a coincidence, or a factor in its very design, the pavilion has been located next to the Museum of Childhood.

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5. Manhattanhenge

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Manhattanhenge is a stunning, half natural, half man-made occurrence in which the setting sun aligns with the East-West streets of the main street grid. This amazing phenomenon happens just 2-3 times per year and as people local to the area flock to the best viewing spots, this attraction has been likened to the crowds that gather to celebrate the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge. So if you happen to be in Manhattan over July 12th, be sure to secure yourself a good vantage point. If you aren’t lucky enough to be there, the Pinterest page is well worth looking at!
http://pinterest.com/naturalhistory/manhattanhenge/

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Pentawards Victory in Paris

by Craig Barnes

After being shortlisted for many awards in 2012 for the Morrisons M Savers work, we finally won not one, but two awards on the same night! Sadly there were not enough of us available at the office to go to both The Fresh awards and the Pentawards ceremonies in person. However, Claire and Craig managed to head off to Paris to pick up a Gold Pentaward at their glamorous 6th annual ceremony. It was a glitzy affair at International Paris Le Grand Hotel in the heart of the city. The building itself was incredible; only the French can do opera houses like this one, and we felt very special heading up to the stage to collect the coveted trophy in front of  200 members of the design world.

Not long had we struck gold with Morrisons before we were awarded a bronze for our Beefeater Inside London design. This, and being totally seduced by our surroundings, meant we couldn’t help but celebrate our success with a drink or two – and a few more for the others back at base who couldn’t make it!




 

 

 

Dreams for sale because ‘Reality Sucks’

by Alex Benady





Even before the media started to talk about the post Olympic blues that the UK is experiencing, and how people will pick themselves up from this, the British people and indeed people across the world have been feeling an increasing desire to escape.

Research we conducted back in April found that 54% of Britons agree that the need to escape has become more important to them over the past few years and 69% agree that ‘it’s good to be random or do random things occasionally’.

This is no surprise really given the grim economic situation many in the West have been experiencing, and the over regulated world we live in today where we consume too much, often on autopilot and follow very rational ways of thinking, that leads to dull monotonous design.

In this rather grey world where ‘reality sucks’, we have seen a new trend emerging which we have explored in our latest Visual Futures presentation, ‘Reality Sucks’.  Click here for quick snapshot of the presentation https://vimeo.com/49679657

The full report covers how design, products and brands are drawing on the principles of Surrealism to offer consumers alternative realities, such as Cadbury’s Joyville and an Alice Wonderland inspired gym in Japan to escape to. We have also seen absurd design from the likes of Lady Gaga, a rabbit shaped exhibition centre at the Shanghai World Expo and a boat on top of the Royal Festival Hall, just for the hell of it.

The use of Surrealism has not gone unnoticed by the public. Indeed, it has even been attributed to feeding collectors desire for Surrealist Art. In the past 18 months, Surrealist records have fallen like dominoes with Miró’s “Peinture (Etoile bleue),” 1927, fetching £23.5 million at Sotheby’s London in June. It is Oliver Camu’s belief (deputy Chairman of Christie’s Impressionist and modern art) that the growing interest in Surrealism can be attributed to its “presence in everyday media, marketing and advertising”.

NEW REALITIES FOR PARALYMPIANS

Jonnie Peacock crosses the line

However, for me personally the greatest example of how juxtapositions have becoming more accepted and can be used to open our eyes, is the rebranding of people who were once ‘people with disabilities’ as ‘superheros’. There can be nothing more amazing than the sight of Jonnie Peacock on his blade completing the 100m in 10.9 seconds! They have escaped the grim confines of their everyday reality, by sheer determination, dreams and getting people to see them in a new light.

 

Visual Futures event 2012: Reality Sucks!

by Sarah Cameron

 

As June approaches, the Coley Porter Bell office is gearing up for our annual Visual Futures event.

This year’s presentation is a lively and engaging visual analysis of an emerging trend towards alternative realities, one that plays to the principles of Surrealism and it’s impact on products, services and brands.

We will look at why this is happening now and how brands and companies are responding.

The event is being held in the wonderful surroundings of the Soho Hotel. Please book early as places are bound to go quickly.

We look forward to seeing you there.  Click on this invite for more details…

Visual Futures 2012: Reality Sucks

Explaining to the French why we tampered with a French icon. In English.

by Ridhi Sain

 

Ricard is much more than an alcoholic drink in France. It’s an institution, a cornerstone of French life and its design and advertising occupy a truly iconic position in French culture.

So it was with equal feelings of honour, pride and gut-wrenching anxiety that I stood up to speak last week at the opening of an exhibition of Ricard’s journey through the years in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

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Happy Diwali in Lantern Light

by Charlotte Newbold

In celebration of this week’s Diwali festival Coley Porter Bell designed and installed a window display at Coutts London head office on the Strand.

The design, which wishes everyone a ‘Happy Diwali’ in Hindi and in English, features gold and fuschia lattice work that sits above three huge live edge acrylic lanterns. The pattern work and the design of each lantern represent a different part of the festival.

Diwali Lantern Light

Diwali Lantern Light

Happy Diwali on the Strand

Happy Diwali on the Strand

The circular yellow lantern marks the first day of Diwali, which welcomes Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. This is the start of a new year and a new financial year, when people light up their homes to symbolize hope for the coming year.

The second lantern gives reference to the blooming lotus flower that Lakshmi sits within. On the central day people pray to her for wealth in body, spirit and mind.

The third lantern reflects the final day of Diwali, which celebrates the love between brothers and sisters with the sharing of traditional food and gifts in their homes.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Lotus Flower Lantern

Lotus Flower Lantern

Lantern of Brotherly and Sisterly Love

Lantern of Brotherly and Sisterly Love

People start the new business year at this time, and some will say prayers to Lakshmi for a successful year. Regardless of your preferred mythological explanation, the festival stands for a reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship and goodwill, and a celebration of the simple – and some not so simple – joys of life.

The window display was build and installed by Limited and Capital Models. Watch the installation in time release animation here, http://www.youtube.com/couttsandco

Lanterns in Daylight

Lanterns in Daylight

Lovely Reflections of Light

Lovely Reflections of Light

Designer: Charlotte Newbold

Design Director: Richard Clayton

CPB makes a fashion statement at Coutts HQ on the Strand

by Charlotte Newbold
London Fashion Week Window at Coutts on the Strand

London Fashion Week Window at Coutts on the Strand

Coley Porter Bell has transformed the facade of Coutts London HQ on the Strand, into a giant window display proclaiming the bank’s support for London Fashion Week, and the Fashion Forward scheme, which provides support for talented British fashion designers and their businesses.

The design took its inspiration from the world of fashion. Simple letter forms are cut from semi-transparent material in reference to the art of pattern cutting, they spell out the words ‘British by Design’ and create windows to peer through.

Behind the letter forms hang banners containing photographic portraits of the Fashion Forward winners Todd Lynn and design duo Peter Pilotto, and dress maker’s mannequins stand wearing garments designed by them exclusively for Coutts. The images are printed on fabric and the mannequins sit on photographic backdrops, again in reference to the fashion industry.

The promotional campaign also includes banners at Somerset House and a press ad in the Fashion Week Insiders Guide. Together they aim to raise awareness of Coutts connection with the British fashion industry and their support of creative entrepreneurs.

Coutts London Fashion Week Window - from the inside out

Coutts London Fashion Week Window - from the inside out

Designer: Charlotte Newbold

Design Director: Richard Clayton

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