Trends we spotted | Week 43


  • Trends we spotted
  • Fletcher Hotels celebrate 25 years of hospitalityFletcher Hotels celebrate 25 years of hospitality
  • Bobby's Gin X KangaROOSBobby's Gin X KangaROOS
  • Christmas market in Trondheim - credits InboviChristmas market in Trondheim - credits Inbovi

At we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

With this week links to article about amongst other Toca Social, this is a great place to watch the World Cup in London and you can even kick a ball yourself! In Paris you have a lot of ‘Bars à’ and even a ‘Bar à Couscous’, it’s called Bladi and you can create your own bowl filled with Couscous.

From 1 hotel to 115 hotels in 25 years… That’s worth a party. Fletcher Hotels did it and celebrates 25 years of experience in hospitality with…

Restaurant Pastorale (**) in Belgium stops after 30 years, chef Bart De Pooter starts new fish restaurant in Antwerp! And our favorite baker from New York Dominique Ansel opened ‘Dominique Ansel Las Vegas’ at the Caesars Palace.

Do you know where the Trafalgar square Christmas Tree comes from? We didn’t but it’s an annual gift from Norway since 1947. Also in London: The Warmer Room will open, it’s a grand return of the London Nightclub inside a toilet. Dancing with 80 others in a toilet, created by The Warmer People.

Our hometown Leiden gets a rooftop bar at a famous building in the middle of the city, Zirkus restaurant, rooftop bar & ‘spielplatz’. And a sneaker collab: BOBBY’S Gin X KangaROOS, cocktail culture in your shoe closet.

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Great place to watch the World Cup in London and even kick a ball yourself

Food, booze, big screens and an interactive game to end your night with – World Cup screenings don’t come much better. Check out the article about Toca Social on Secret London, link in the title. Toca Social is an immersive bar that opened just after the Euros in 2021, giving football fans a three-pronged attack of gourmet food, drinks and shooting footballs at the famous O2 arena. Here up to 12 players can jump in a personal booth and start shooting at a wall with innovative ball-tracking technology.

Restaurant Pastorale (**) in Belgium stops after 30 years | Chef Bart De Pooter starts fish restaurant

We recently wrote about Bart De Pooter as chef of WILDn, the plant-based gourmet restaurant at Sapphire House Antwerp. He did this alongside his well-known two Michelin stars restaurant Pastorale in Reet (Antwerp), here closing its doors on 24 December, after 30 years. Next January, he will start a new fish orientated restaurant concept in Antwerp, restaurant ‘Vis van A’, on the Rijnkaai in Antwerp. Pastorale’s team will move with him and the concept will also include a fresh food shop. More in the (Belgian) article on Knack, link in the title.

Bladi in Paris | ‘Bar à Couscous’

A ‘Bar à Tiramisus’, ‘Bar à Chouquettes’ by Philippe Conticini, ‘Bar à Crêpes’, a ‘Gyoza Bar’, the first  ‘Bar à Brioche’… All food concept at which you can create your own dish, according to your taste and cravings, all bars are located in Paris. And at the ‘Bar à Couscous’ Bladi you create your own medium or big bowl of couscous with all kinds of ingredients. Check out the French article at Paris Secret in the link in the title or their Instagram post embedded below. (the text will continue below the post).


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Dominique Ansel Las Vegas in the Caesars Palace has opened

Our favorite baker from New York Dominique Ansel opened ‘Dominique Ansel Las Vegas’ at the Caesars Palace. Meaning that if you go to Las Vegas you can enjoy his signature pastries, like the Cookie Shot, Cronut®, DKA, and Frozen S’mores, right in the heart of The Strip. Check out the specials he made for the opening in this city: Vegas-only creations, ‘Lucky 7’ pastries that pay homage to lucky symbols from around the world, bringing good fortune with something sweet. Check out the article on the website of the Caesars Palace in the title or the embedded Instagram post below.


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Norwegian miracles | The Trafalgar square Christmas Tree is an annual gift from Norway since 1947

On the first Thursday in December, a huge Christmas tree is lit in London’s Trafalgar Square, radiating its Yuletide joy in all directions. What you might not know, is that the tree has travelled all the way from Nordmarka outside of Oslo (Norway). Check out the narrative in the press release link at Visit Norway in the title, or in the video below. In the press release everything about the Christmas Markets in Norway and Oslo is The Christmas capital of Norway.

From mid-November, you can visit the big Winter Wonderland Christmas (Jul i Vinterland) market at the main street Karl Johan. Shop Christmas gifts from the market stalls, have a warm cup of gløgg (the Scandinavian version of mulled wine), ride the Ferris wheel, or strap on a pair of ice skates. There is also a popular Christmas market at Youngstorget, as well as several other smaller markets around Oslo.

The Warmer Room |  Grand return of the London Nightclub inside a toilet

Public Life, the old Victorian loo-turned-nightclub in Shoreditch, ran in its original guise from 2006-2012, before licensing issues meant it had to pop the engaged sign up on its doors for the final time. the WC is making a comeback though, and it’s got a new name, Warmer Room created by Warmer People. They will run a monthly club night in the name of dancing in a toilet together with 79 other likeminded individuals. More details in the article on Secret London, link in the title.

The city of Leiden gets rooftop bar | Zirkus restaurant, rooftop bar & ‘spielplatz’

Zirkus will open on the top two floors of the former V&D warehouse building early December. A restaurant with rooftop bar and a ‘spielplatz’, in short a place where guests can get together for a game of bocce (jeu de boule) or enjoy each other’s singing skills during a karaoke night. It should mark the beginning of the vibrant place in the city that property owner Alexander van Nimwegen wants to turn the entire building into. More details in the Dutch article on, link in the title or check out their Instagram page, they are still looking for colleagues in the kitchen and service.

 Fletcher Hotels celebrates 25 years of hospitality experience with…

From 1 hotel to 115 hotels in 25 years…. That’s worth a party. To celebrate this happy event, guests at the Dutch chain Fletcher hotels will be treated to festive petit fours and a glass of Fletcher’s Bubbles on Saturday 29 October. But Fletcher Hotels will also surprise its (potential) guests with sharp deals and anniversary promotions. For example, guests can book a hotel night for only €25 per person per night including breakfast, a special anniversary menu has been created and it is possible to enjoy a relaxing visit to one of the eight wellness locations for only €25 for two people. And all Fletcher employees, in addition to the delicious treat(s), will receive a hotel night as a gift. View all offers at the link in the title.

BOBBY’S Gin unveils sneaker collab with KangaROOS | Cocktail culture in your shoe closet

After nine years of success in the world of spirits, Bobby’s Gin unveils its very first sneaker, a partnership with innovative, originally American, lifestyle brand KangaROOS. Two tastemakers, both popular in their own scene are now mixed in a limited collab KangaROOS x Bobby’s Gin. The result: the unisex KangaROOS Ultimate in Bobby’s colourway ánd scent, handmade at its eastern neighbors and limited to just 350 pairs. A tasteful addition to the series of special editions from both brands. If that isn’t the spirit!

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