One City Stories: Ben and Gaz, Founders of Sub Cult

Nicola Sheppey
The ‘sandwich kings’: Gareth ‘Gaz’ Phillips (left) and Ben Chancellor. Photo: Sam Harris (@samharrisphoto)

‘This quirky little island has birthed so many subcultures – they’ve always fascinated me.’ Such was the starting point for old friends Ben Chancellor and Gareth ‘Gaz’ Phillips, merging love for food, music and fashion into the ultimate sandwich brand. Sub Cult puts a very British spin on the great American sandwich – a place where submarine rolls pay homage to stylish subcultures.

After five years, the ‘sandwich kings of the street food scene’ (Time Out London) are putting down roots in the City, growing from a monochrome van (the ‘Soul Roller’) to a shiny new store in Watling Street. Ahead of the big launch later this week, founders Ben and Gaz sat down with One City to talk all things Sub Cult.

Tell us the origin of Sub Cult.

Ben: It’s a bittersweet story – I was working in PR and I got very sick, and I was signed off work for a year. It made me rethink everything. I thought if I start something for myself in an area that I love, perhaps things will be more manageable. I was really interested in the street food scene, seeing successful London-centric chains launched off the back of street food – there was a real zeitgeist going on, but no one was doing the American sandwich. I’d been out to the States at 19 and was blown away by Sub sandwiches out there, thinking ‘man, this isn’t a sandwich, this is next level – this is something completely different’. America’s the home of the Po’ Boy, the Sloppy Joe, the Reuben, the Philly Cheesesteak … they absolutely think of a different value proposition as a sandwich.

Gaz and I are old friends; Gaz was living in America at the time. I’d had an idea for a food business already, but whilst Gaz was away I was going down to markets like Street Feast and Maltby St, and I kept coming back to the American sandwich, thinking ‘why is nobody doing it?’ At the time I was a proper die hard mod – I’ve always been interested in subcultures from a sartorial perspective. I wanted to tie it all in together – music, fashion, and food. I was in the bath one night and I had this eureka moment – ‘sub cult’! I leapt out of the water like a dolphin and phoned Gaz, who was in America – weirdly, he’d been thinking about sandwiches out there as well.

Gaz: I’d been eating incredible sandwiches in the States. When I got back an opportunity came up in Dalston – a friend asked if we wanted to do a pop up in a pub. We’d been trading out of a gazebo in Soho, then suddenly found a new home in Dalston. We got some press attention from it and stayed there for 18 months – it was great, we had a prep space, storage, stash, and we could sell our sandwiches in the pub and prep for events and markets. We got a van after around six months.

Ben: As press caught wind of it, we were popping up in ‘best sandwiches’ lists, and we ended up doing quite a few kitchen residencies around east London. We entered the British Street Food Awards and won ‘Best Sandwich’ and ‘Best Vegetarian’ categories, which were judged and awarded by Michelin starred chefs. That got us on the radar and we started to collaborate with chefs like Tom Aiken. We ended up in his restaurant in Chelsea, doing lobster sandwiches, a whole lobster in a sub – our sales in his restaurant ended up being better than his sales overall! After getting into the more decorated markets like Maltby St and Street Feast, we went to a forum and connected with CODE Hospitality – soon they and a few others were investing in us. We managed to open a shipping container in Liverpool Street, and are now opening a brand new site in Watling Street. It’s really been quite the journey and not without its peaks and troughs.

Being in the City is great – the workers love the sandwiches, they want lunch that’s tasty, gourmet, filling, and quick. We’ve built a fanbase here – this is where the sandwich belongs. It’s a daytime food, and we’ve really refined our menu. We’re hoping this’ll be the first of many targeting the Square Mile, after which we can look beyond it. A lot of the City workers love that we’re independent – one guy came in and said he felt like he was ‘cheating on the system’. We’re not from the same background as your average chain, we’ve come from street food.

British subcultures meet great American flavours: a selection of the subs. Photo: Sam Harris (@samharrisphoto)

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in the London food scene?

Ben: Street food is a hard graft – it’s weather dependent, seasonal, really physically hard. We’ve had some difficult times, as any street food trader could tell you – even when you’re really busy, it’s make-or-break quite often every year. Winter’s got the lean months, summer’s where you make your money. One of our worst moments was literally the day before we spoke to CODE and began our investment journey: we were driving to Essex to pick up our catering van, driving in the workhouse van that did all the supply runs – it was winter so it was gloomy – and the van broke down. It was bleak – we’d come a cropper with a problem that was completely out of our control and had nothing to do with our performance, and we were deep into our overdraft. We looked at each other and said ‘let’s just call it a day, eh?’

We were planning on rolling the company up when we made it to that forum the very next day, and good fortune came along. Really miraculous. Here we are.

What’s your daily routine like?

Gaz: Given that we’ve got the shipping containers and now a new shop to prepare for, as well as the street food van, our days are pretty varied. I’m more on the operations side, so in the mornings I’ll usually head down to the arch at 7am to pack up all of the deliveries that come in the middle of the night, then get ready for a day on the markets. I’ll drive the Soul Roller into town, at Broadgate on weekdays, drop the van in situ, meet the staff who’ll be working on it, set them up for the day, then head over to the new shop. I’ll have site meetings, staff meetings, talk to suppliers, then have a working lunch with our consultant. After that I’ll head back to the van and reverse the process – drop the van back at the arch, get the stock packed away.

Ben: The landscape’s totally changed to when we began. When we first started, for the first few years we’d have two markets on the go every day – Gaz would be doing one, I’d be doing the other – and at one point, we had three kitchen residencies running at the same time. It was absolutely crazy, we’d all be deployed in different areas. Sub Cult’s growing up now, so a day in the life is totally different. I’m normally replying to lots of emails and spending my days in meetings with PR consultants, investors, accountants, lawyers, web designers, whoever it might be. We do private events for huge brands, and have even been asked to do TV appearances. Then we’ve got our family life as well. There’s no ‘day in the life’ the way there used to be – but we’re riding the wave. We take each day as it comes.

A creative combination: the ‘Submarine’. Photo: Sam Harris (@samharrisphoto)

What’s the secret to a good sandwich?

Gaz: We keep our sandwiches really accessible with some flourishes of magic in there – whether that’s adding some decadence with truffle, or creating unusual combinations like our pork and seafood ‘Submarine’ sandwich (pictured above) – people always think ‘I wouldn’t have put those ingredients together’ but after they’ve tried it, they’re sold. You want the sandwich to be accessible enough for people to come back daily. Our best-seller is the chicken club, a straightforward sandwich – with our own Sub Cult magic in there.

Ben: We never try to reinvent the wheel – we looked at all of the American classics and played around, honing our menu down to just four subs for breakfast and eight for lunch, including our seasonal special. With the seasonal sub, we love to collaborate with suppliers and chefs to create something really fresh.

One of the four breakfast subs: the Subcontractor. Photo: Sam Harris (@samharrisphoto)

Where’s your favourite place to spend time in London?

Gaz: I really enjoy going to Peckham – my brother (who’s our Head Chef) runs a music event each month in the Bussey Building, which I love to go to. It’s child friendly, so I can take my little boy and my wife and we hang out in Peckham for the day.

Ben: I’ve been in London 16 years, used to love Camden and Shoreditch areas, but I’m 41 now with an eight-month-old baby so my regular spots have changed. Gaz and I love a quirky old pub. At the moment, as middle-aged as it sounds, I can often be found traipsing around Beckenham Place Park which is this amazing green space which I think rivals Hampstead Heath and Richmond Park. It’s an old stately home which was a golf course for a while, but then given to Lewisham Council. The Bussey Building guys come and throw vintage fairs, street food fairs, yoga, record store days, things like that. It’s really beautiful grounds, sweeping hills, forests and lakes – you can walk for miles and miles. When work gets stressful (and I’m a West Country boy, a country boy at heart), I go there for some ‘tree-bathing’ which is very therapeutic to the soul. Getting a good work-life balance is so important.

London offers an awful lot, you’ve just got to scratch the surface to get into the underbelly of it, but the more diverse and unusual spots you find, the better. The markets are such a key part of this city, all the street food markets and the vintage fairs – it’s a lovely tapestry for London.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own food business?

Gaz: The advice I always give it to never do it alone. Do it with a partner. It’s too much on your own – I’ve seen people burn out. Do it with someone that you trust, ideally someone who’s got a skillset different to your own.

Ben: Gaz and I complement each other perfectly – my background is PR, marketing and sales, whereas Gaz’s has always been operations, events and cheffing – and we learn from each other all the time. But the fact that we’re such good friends is great for morale. A lot of people say ‘don’t work with mates’ but we personify the reason to do it: you can call a spade a spade when you’re close mates and it makes things a lot easier when you’re going through tough times.

The other advice I’d give is not to try and reinvent the wheel. Look at what you think is missing out there, but stick to something that has universal appeal, especially in the current market, with the shadow of Brexit and big chains going belly-up. There are trends, but certain markets are quite saturated; choose something where there’s room for growth and isn’t too obscure.

Also – don’t despise humble beginnings, and be prepared to fail. Someone once said to me ‘when you fall, fall forwards and pick something up when you’re down’. There’s no such thing as failure with the right outlook – always stay learning. Things can trip you up that are out of your control – it’s not a walk in the park. But we wouldn’t change anything – we’ve learnt so much. Help as many people as you can, because what goes around comes around – when you’ve got a network of friends and peers, everyone can help each other when things get tough. Always have an attitude towards altruism, and enjoy the journey!

Photo: Sam Harris (@samharrisphoto)

Sub Cult opens at 82 Watling St, EC4M 9BX, this Weds 19 June. Open Mon-Fri 7am-6pm; click here for info & more locations.

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Five Must-See Summer Exhibitions in the City

Nicola Sheppey

Lee Krasner: Living Colour – Barbican Art Gallery

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 29: Lee Krasner: Living Colour exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery on May 29, 2019 in London, England. The exhibition is on view 30 May – 1 September 2019. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Barbican Art Gallery)

It’s almost criminal that this is the retrospective in Europe for over 50 years of Abstract Expressionist Lee Krasner, but it’s certainly worth the wait; this summer the Barbican celebrates the American artist who reflected the feeling of possibility and experiment in New York in the mid 20th Century. The large, multi-floor exhibition takes you through the origin of her work, from intimate self-portraits of a painter at work, to cubist life drawings under the tutelage of Hans Hofmann (so good ‘you would not know it was done by a woman’ said Hofmann of Krasner’s work) to geometric abstractions and wildly colourful canvases reflecting her turbulent life.

The scale of the art gallery is perfect for the scale of her impact; walk through her life and watch her style evolve in over 100 works, some of which are being exhibited in the UK for the first time. Alongside this, enjoy rare photography and film from the period, grounding her work in the post-war period; her surreal, abstract paintings contrasting with stark footage from a time when the USA was reeling from its new position as a superpower and women were embracing lives of domesticity. All this and more, at an exhibition that provides ‘an exciting opportunity for visitors here to experience the sheer impact of her work’ (Jane Alison, Head of Visual Arts, Barbican).

1 Jun – 1 Sep 2019 | Barbican Art Gallery
Admission: Mon-Fri £15; weekends and bank holidays £17; members and under-14s free
Click here for more info plus related talks and events

Haffendi Anuar & Nadia Waheed: For the Few and the Many – BEERS London

In situ image of exhibition courtesy of Damian Griffiths

The two artists in this group exhibition offer a vastly different yet complementary analyses of society. Both born in Asia and having lived and worked around the world, each artist has created different visuals on identity and environment that are proudly explored at this colourful exhibition near Old Street. Waheed, a Pakistani-born Saudi-American artist, exhibits a set of intimate paintings of women, some self-portraits, some other – the women are painted in various bright hues (‘What really signifies one’s identity,’ questions Waheed, ‘do they have to be painted brown to be brown?’) and intertwine and cradle one another. The traditional dress of some of the paintings and the often-nude portrayals explore Waheed’s identity – and women’s identity – in thought-provoking detail.

Anuar on the other hand, a Malaysian sculptor, looks at societal issues of construction and modernisation in a more abstract way – with sculptures that resemble foundational support columns that hold up the more traditional Southeast Asian buildings. Painted with numerous layers and sanded down, the wear-and-tear aesthetic artificially dates the sculptures so they almost resemble antiques. At the same time, the bright layers of paint shining through create their own suggestions about exposing vulnerability, and how this architectural imagery may tell us more about our changing landscape.

18 May – 29 Jun 2019 | BEERS London
Admission: free (closed Sundays & Mondays)
Click here for more info


Architecture of London – Guildhall Art Gallery

© Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London; Image © Anthony Lowe

London has long been a fascinating and inspiring place for artists, and here the Guildhall Art Gallery brings together 400 years’ worth of urban and suburban depictions of our city. The exhibition features 80 works by 60 artists, giving us a glimpse into how London, its residents and its skyline have changed over the years – with each artist’s own unique perspective on the era they lived in.

The City itself has been through astronomical change – from the destruction following the Great Fire of London, to the rebuilding on the old medieval street pattern, the Victorian boom, the introduction of brutalism, to the ‘big bang’ in the financial sector causing the City’s skyline to grow ever larger. Nowhere else has this fascinating contrast of old against new, and ‘Architecture of London’ shows its enormous artistic influence on the people who dwell in it. A must-see for all who are fascinated by London’s built environment.

31 May – 1 Dec 2019 | Guildhall Art Gallery
Admission: £10 / concessions £7
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Queer Spaces: London, 1980s – Today – Whitechapel Gallery

Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, The Scarcity of Liberty #2 , 2016. Cork board mounted on wooden frame, magazine pages, pins. Courtesy the artists and Arcadia Missa

LGBTQ+ spaces in London have long provided safe havens to the community and have been places to celebrate all kinds of love and identity, from centres to pubs to theatres to cruising areas. But are they increasingly under threat? In a time when redevelopment seems to be putting the needs of investors over the LGBTQ+ community, Whitechapel Gallery charts the appearances and disappearances of queer spaces over the last 30 years.

Displays from the archives and artists’ depictions show safe spaces for self-expression and look at how activists have fought to protect these areas in the past and present. Case studies and eye-opening art pieces reveal the radical inventiveness and creativity of London’s LGBTQ+ communities since the 1980s to today.

2 Apr – 25 Aug 2019 | Whitechapel Gallery
Admission: free
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London Festival of Architecture City Showcase – The City Centre


How creative can an architect be with something you take a seat on? That’s the question the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) puts out to both new and well-established architects and designers each year. Benches, normally considered the unassuming and not-that-interesting amenity that you’ll find in any public area, take the spotlight this June as part of the LFA ‘A City of London Bench’ competition. Alongside that, the ‘City Parklets’ competition inspired designers to reimagine under-used car parking spaces and turn them into miniature urban parks that transform kerbside areas into something completely new.

You might have already seen ‘Whippet Good’, the large sleeping dog curled up on the ground by St Mary-le-Bow Church; ‘Love Without Borders’, a heart-shaped hole nearby that seems best shaped for a summer snooze; the ‘Pavement Art Gallery’, the paving stones elevated to canvas-level paying tribute to London’s old pavement artists (inspiring you to get stuck in yourself); or many of the other colourful new sights around the City. But at The City Centre you can find out all about their designers, the plans, and the inspiration behind each bench and parklet – all as part of the LFA City Showcase exhibition, up until 27 July. A fascinating look at just how creative London’s architectural experts can be.

20 May – 27 Jul 2019 | The City Centre
Admission: free (closed Sundays)
Click here for more info

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Six Facts About Fleet Street

Nicola Sheppey

Fleet Street: it’s one of the most recognisable and prominent streets in our City, connecting the the Strand to St Paul’s. We’re all familiar with the shops, cafes and offices dotted along the busy street – and particularly the pubs. But have you ever wondered what other legacy lurks along this old road? We’ve rounded up six of our favourite stories and facts about this historical hub.

The Home of British Press

A long history of printing and publishing has made the name ‘Fleet Street’ synonymous with British journalism; the road was the home of London’s first daily newspaper, The Daily Courant, initially published in 1702. In the 20th Century it housed most of the more recognisable papers to modern readers – The Times, The Daily Express and The Sun to name a few – but sadly by 2016 all had relocated. Some newspapers’ shady journalism meant Fleet Street wasn’t always celebrated for its long publishing history, but it’s sure to mean that the street’s pub-goers were the first to eavesdrop on some juicy gossip over the years.

Protecting St Paul’s

Walk from west to east on Fleet Street and you’ll see the majesty of St Paul’s emerge. The great dome of our City’s finest monument, St Paul’s Cathedral, is subject to protected views: legislations that prevent architects from building modern towers that might block a particular view of the cathedral, known as viewing corridors. While most of these views are from parks and hills around the whole of London, including Primrose Hill, Alexandra Palace and Greenwich Park, there are also some street-level restrictions – with an unofficial (but generally respected) viewing corridor on Fleet Street. If you stand at a certain point in the street, you must be able to look up at the dome and see blue sky* on either side – complicating some planners’ ambitions to build on the eastern side of the City, but protecting a historical skyline. This is even part of the reason the Leadenhall Building (the Cheesegrater) and the Scalpel have their iconic slanted shapes. (*Well, grey sky. It is London, after all…)

The Demon Barber

For some literary and musical theatre fans, it’s difficult to hear the words ‘Fleet Street’ without thinking of its very own demon barber Sweeney Todd, made particularly famous after Tim Burton’s 2007 film starring Johnny Depp. First appearing in a Victorian penny dreadful, Sweeney Todd became an urban legend: a serial killer barber who polishes off his victims during a shave – often slitting their throats with his barber’s razor – and baking their remains into meat pies for the public. Don’t worry – it’s unlikely he was based off a real man (according to most scholars), but if he was we can only assume he was inspired by all that cut-throat journalism taking place.

Fancy seeing more of Sweeney Todd? St Bride’s Foundation are performing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on 19-22 June; click here to book.

Polly the Parrot

Historical pub Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese has had a few notable customers passing through it – Charles Dickens and Mark Twain included – but maybe its most beloved presence was its cheerfully rude parrot. Polly, the pub’s resident African Grey, was famous for memorising an extensive vocabulary of abusive words and even drew crowds from all around the country to come and be insulted by him. After he died in the early 20th Century, his obituary was published in over 200 newspapers (and even covered by the BBC). If you’re keen to see Polly, his taxidermied remains still reside in the taproom, his old home (though we hope he’s a bit quieter these days).

A Wordy Resident

Speaking of vocabulary, it’s suddenly become a lot clearer where Polly might have learnt all those swear words – Dr Samuel Johnson famously lived in Gough Square in the 18th Century. It was while he was here that his most famous achievement was published: A Dictionary of the English Language, the comprehensive book that formed the basis for most English dictionaries after it. Today his Gough Square house is a museum, commemorated with a Royal Society of Arts blue plaque, and it sports a variety of cultural and historical events – take a look here to see what’s on. You can even find a statue of beloved cat Hodge in the courtyard outside.

Winning Monopoly

Pass Go and collect £200 – if only living in London were that easy. It might be pricey to rent on Fleet Street in real life but you can live there vicariously through Monopoly (on the board, Fleet Street is teamed up with the Strand and Trafalgar Square). Within the game, the Chance card: ‘You have won a crossword competition – collect £100’ was inspired by the public crossword competitions of Fleet Street’s newspaper behemoths during the 1930s.

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What’s New in the City: Spring 2019

Nicola Sheppey

Bakeries, cafes, karaoke and gardens – we’re spoilt for choice for new openings in the City this spring. Below we’ve rounded up our top 5, so beat the crowds and put these on your to-do list.

 

If you’re after: sweet treats – Cutter & Squidge

 

We dare you to walk past the shopfront of Cutter & Squidge without pressing your face up against the glass. But don’t just freak out the staff – head inside, take your pick from an endless selection of goods and leave with a guaranteed smile on your face. The iconic Soho bakery has opened up shop in the Royal Exchange and the cakes, tray bakes, and trademark ‘biskies’ (think cake/cookie hybrid sandwiches) have taken sweet treats in the City to a whole new level.

Cutter & Squidge put creative combinations at the forefront of their products, with combos like banana peanut caramel, popcorn with cherry and chocolate, and salted caramel marshmallow, to name a few. Come in for anything from a single biskie or mini selection box to a whopping multi-tier luxury cake or hamper and feel rest assured that you’re about to become the office favourite. The ethos behind their goods is that nothing is gratuitous – the products only have exactly as much fat and sugar as needed to make them delicious, firmly excluding any excess. Plus, the cafe area is perfect to curl up in for an afternoon.

Find it: The Royal Exchange (access via Threadneedle St)

Learn more: https://cutterandsquidge.com/ | @cutterandsquidge

 

If you’re after: a relaxing spot to sit – The Garden at 120

Free to access, no need to book, and you can even bring your own food up – the new Garden at 120 is a rooftop garden like no other. Keen to combine the free access of a public garden with the luxury views of a sky-high rooftop, Eric Parry Architects design brings nature and architecture together to create a shimmering oasis under the City sunshine.

Here is not a place to look down on a toy-town London, but to sit comfortably among the mid-level section of the skyscrapers, apart from the chaos of the streets but still nestled in the heart of the City. Add a gently trickling stream, a bower of wisteria and London’s iconic horizon, and it hardly gets any better. At least, not until later this year, when the new D&D restaurant opens just one floor down.

Find it: 120 Fenchurch Street

Learn more: https://www.thegardenat120.com/

 

If you’re after: a great night out – Lucky Voice Holborn

Karaoke: you either love it or you hate it, or at least you think you hate it until you’re two tequilas down, a microphone has been guided in your hand, and you hazily realise that for your whole life you were just a missed opportunity away from being Britain’s answer to Ariana Grande. But even if you’re still not a fan, you’d be hard pressed not to feel genuinely delighted with Lucky Voice Karaoke’s latest branch in Holborn.

The colourful and well decorated bar/lounge area makes for a musically-inspired drinks spot in its own right; our personal favourite features are the coloured transparent boxes in the middle of the room with song title riddles inside for you to solve (a barbie doll? Whatever song could that be?). But karaoke is the star, with a variety of sized rooms fitting anything from 6 to 30 singers inside each one. Queue up a playlist of all-time classic belters alongside current chart bops, with easy-to-find categories including every song genre you can shake a stick at, plus some useful shortcuts like ‘duets’, ‘musicals’ and ‘Disney’. And the party doesn’t stop when nature calls – step into the ladies’ loos for disco decor like no other (we’ll say no more).

Find it: 84 Chancery Lane

Learn more: https://www.luckyvoice.com/bars/holborn/ | @luckyvoiceholborn

 

If you’re after: delicious dinner – Emilia’s Pasta Aldgate

 

The St Katharine Docks favourite, known for its refined and authentic take on simple Italian pasta dishes, has come to the fringe of the City. Emilia’s Crafted Pasta was born out of its founder’s genuine desire to make and serve pasta exactly the way the Italians do, which can be a little different to our softer, slightly distorted English offerings (something anyone who’s gorged on an authentic Roman dish will know). The restaurant seems prepared for a little British tradition getting in the way – up on the wall of their new, airy venue in Aldgate are a set of strict rules denoting exactly how they’ll serve their pasta (‘parmesan will not be used in or on a carbonara’, and so on), so no pesky requests get in the way. And trust them on that – for what is served up is genuinely delicious.

The menu is small and focused on the classics – we tasted and can highly recommend the slow-cooked béchamel bolognese (pictured), or the smoked salmon carbonara with pecorino and beaten eggs. What might be considered safe choices in chain restaurants become stand-out offerings at Emilia’s – it’s a struggle to leave anything on your plate at all. With a selection of similarly simple and truly delicious sides and desserts to accompany it, Emilia’s is a taste of Italy on our home shores, without skyrocketing costs. Brexit, be gone – we’re not ready to abandon this European cuisine just yet.

Find it: 77 Alie Street

Learn more: https://www.emiliaspasta.com/ | @emiliaspasta

 

If you’re after: a healthy breakfast or lunch – The Good Yard Shoreditch

With its quirky decor, friendly staff and cheeky marketing, it seems like Shoreditch is the natural home for The Good Yard, but their Leonard Street branch is the baby of the bunch compared to the longer-running Liverpool Street and Leadenhall Market cafes. The Good Yard pride themselves on “dirty health food”, and if that’s a synonym for moreish and indulgent without the guilt, we’re very much on board.

Serving breakfast and lunch boxes, bowls and wraps in a relaxed, takeaway style joint (complete with trendy art, of course), The Good Yard has found their niche and they do it well. We could describe their food as ‘simple with an edge’ – a chicken and halloumi wrap sounds tasty in an accessible, safe way, but it’s the Spanish chorizo and Sriracha mayo that takes this into ‘holy s*@$!’ territory. Similarly, the herby chicken salad has the perfect balance of pesto folded up in its shredded chicken to add a punch, without it being overwhelming. Everything here just tastes GOOD – it’s difficult to imagine being disappointed by anything, especially when the prices and loyalty scheme show your contact card some love as well.

Find it: 94 Leonard Street

Learn more: http://www.thegoodyard.com/ | @goodyardldn

 

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Eggcellent Ideas for an Easter Break in the City

Nicole T Raleigh

If, like me, you’re struggling to find ideas to keep the younger members of your family occupied this spring (whilst trying to juggle myriad other tasks, naturally), then look no further than this humble yet oh-so-useful blog.  Yes, the One City team have put their heads together and taken the thinking onus off your shoulders to compile a handy, not-too-long list of things to keep youngsters (and adults) amused and intrigued this Easter Break – including the requisite chocolate egg or two, of course.  From shopping to the animal kingdom and even our breath-taking built environment, this holiday make sure you become even more familiar with the global wonder that is the City of London.

(1) Egg Marks the Spot @ the Bank of England Museum

On until 18th April, Egg Marks the Spot brings a little Easter fun and frolics to exhibits that can sometimes be a tad informatively dry at the Bank of England Museum.  Not every young mind has aspirations to later work in finance, it’s true (despite our brilliant world-class locale), and so the museum has brought in a savvy flourish of seasonal activities such as arts and crafts and an egg hunting trail (together with some fact finding, too, of course).  All so that younger generations will link finance with absolute enjoyment. Clever stuff, that. Oh, and there’s a tasty treat waiting at the information desk for those who find all six eggs, too.

(2) Beasts of London @ the Museum of London

If you like your exhibits even more fantastically interactive, however, then head to the Museum of London for Beasts of London.  Run in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, it travels through time from the Roman era, into the heart of Medieval London, and on into the mad modernism of today, all the while following the animals that once roamed our fine city’s streets.  Expect celebrity-voiced critters (Kate Moss in foxy role, a regal eagle Pam Ferris… you get the gist).  Surprisingly, there roamed through London beasts of far larger proportions than foxes and rats and cats and dogs. As Dorothy said it, “Lions, and tigers, and bears – oh my!”

(3) Garden Tours @ various locations in the City

Of course, imagining the travels (and travails) of animals big and small can only lead one’s offspring (and perhaps more sprightly elder generations, too) to hanker after a quick stroll en plein air (in what is hopefully lovely sunshiney spring weather… But one can’t have everything).  To this end, London Gardens Trust have advised a list of top semi-sightseeing walking routes to undertake.  So, be inspired by the Museum of London’s exhibit and start 2000 years ago in the Roman heart, before widening out into the skyscraper City haven of the modern day, the global financial hub that you all learned of at the Bank of England museum.  You’ll be raising not only wannabe zoologists, but perhaps even brilliant architects to boot (we’ll make no further mention of banking, promise).  And there can only be a hurrah, and maybe a nice cup of well-earned tea, to that!


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