Coal Drops Yard | London’s newest shopping arcade
Coal Drops Yard (CDY) is an industrial chic shopping quarter just behind King’s Cross. It opened last October, so if you’re visiting London this holiday season, stop by this interesting area where you can enjoy art, commerce, culture and architecture. Much of the Victorian industrial architecture in this area has survived. Today, reimagined, all shops and eateries offer an experience, no mass supply and lots of interaction through workshops, blurring and concept stores. It’s located right behind King’s Cross where you arrive if you travel by train from the mainland of Europe. We visited the area in the beginning of November, on a typical London day, with grey clouds and some rain but we can highly recommend the area! Just walk or bike around the wall, which resembles the Highline trail in New York a bit, enjoy the space, check out the boutiques. We visited it just before boarding the train and had a great lunch at one of the eateries, Barrafina. We can highly recommend their delicious Presa Ibérica 5J, Ajo Blanco.
Trends we spotted | Week 49
At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.
This week, amongst others, a link to an article about the second barbecue restaurant for Black Smoke, now in Antwerp and Rotterdam. Check out the video over the Harry Potter make-over at Changi Airport which we spotted at Facebook and in Shanghai the new M&M’s World will open! A development in the world of guides: Michelin has bought Tablet a hotel booking platform from New York to lead their digital transformation. Also great images of the new CitizenM in Copenhagen at the website of concrete Amsterdam. By the way, have you ever tasted Dutch wine? Well this year it’s better than ever!
Beer52 teamed up with a couple of restaurants | To launch beer & food collaboration
Craft beer delivery aficionados Beer52 have teamed up with a host of London’s very best restaurants to launch an exclusive range of collaborative brews. Arriving on members’ doorsteps this November, the subscription box showcases London’s diverse food scene and will mark the debut of ‘Table’, a new brewing project exploring the relationship between beer and food.
The Flyingtable | Creating extra space
The Flyingtable is one of the nominees of the Horecava Innovation Award 2019 in the category; Concepts, Interior & Design. The table can be attached to every pole, tree or column and can also be removed again without damaging the objects! The nomination confirms that the Flyingtable can be an added value for restaurants, bar, food trucks, hotels and catering establishments.
JARR Kombucha | Partners with Belgian brewery Duvel Moortgat
JARR Kombucha, the fermented tea drink launched in 2015 by Adam Vanni, Tom and Jess Seaton, and Neil Hinchley, have partnered with Belgian family owned brewery Duvel Moortgat to pave the way for further growth and expansion throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. Another impulse to further expand the sales of Kombucha!
Starbucks | Masters in local holiday beverages
The holidays have arrived at Starbucks around the world, with flavors that have come to define the season. Some inspiration from Starbucks unique drinks for the 2018 holiday season from Japan, China, Latin America and many more countries. Do you know for example what’s on the Christmas menu of Starbucks in Europe? Well we spotted many, many drinks but it seems that these are the most popular: The Toffee Not Crunch Latte, The Gingerbread Latte, Eggnog Latte and The Salted Caramel Brownie Hot Chocolate!
Getting into the festive spirit with bubbledogs golden hotdogs
This December, bubbledogs, the gourmet hotdog and Champagne bar in Fitzrovia, London, is getting into the festive spirit with a gold hotdog giveaway, where visitors have the chance to win a bottle of co-founder Sandia Chang’s favourite rosé Champagne on the house. Bubbledogs will be giving away golden hotdogs from the 4thDecember until the 31stDecember. Recipients of each golden hot dog will receive a 375ml bottle of Collin-Guillaume Rosé Champagne.
Cruise ship Virgin Voyages | Unique camouflage design for restaurant Razzle Dazzle
With 2020 in sight, more and more details about the upcoming cruise ship of Virgin Voyages are available to public. The ship is currently being built and is expected to arrive in PortMiami in 2020. Recently, we received images of one of the restaurants on board, created by Dutch company concrete. Restaurant Razzle Dazzle is perhaps one of the most striking parts of the ship.
The use of power banks in the hospitality industry
For restaurant owners it will always be important to continue to respond to the needs of the modern guest. The modern guest with his cell phone, we mean! We have already seen several solutions for this, from actions to enthuse guests to switch off the phone during dinner to offering various possibilities to charge their mobile. This doesn’t always have to go hand in hand with huge investments, an example of restaurant De Dorpskamer in Ermelo (the Netherlands), which offers their guests power banks to charge their mobile phone at the table.
Starbucks + Christmas | Real stories, holiday cups and festive flavours
The Christmas magic is back in all Starbucks stores in the USA and Canada. They’re celebrating the spirit of Christmas with new and old Christmas blends, holiday cups and a new ad with real stories and real magic: Starbucks partners featured in holiday ad campaign. We were kind of expecting the festive flavours and the holiday cups but simply love the idea of showing Starbucks partners in their holiday ads!