Last weekend saw the launch of our walking tours, the Artesian Wanders. Thanks to big support from the people at FIJI Water, tour no.1 that traces the route of the River Fleet got off to a great start
A hard-core group of Artesian Wanderers not scared of the rain met in Quinn’s pub for one for the road and to pick up a bottle of FIJI (plus courtesy umbrella) for our trip along the route of the underground River Fleet. A pint down, we walked south armed with the tour podcast on our smartphones to narrate Camden’s rock’n’roll past. Casual tour guide Josh Jones was on-hand to wow us with his arcane knowledge of bass guitar shops and the Burning candy graffiti group. He led us past the red-brick behemoths of St Pancras, through Percy Circus and down into Clerkenwell.
It was raining hard again by now, so we were very glad to dash to the post-tour party courtesy of FIJI Water and Palm Beer at the great Three Kings pub. Oliver Keens serenaded, and all of a sudden a whole host of additional le coolers appeared out of thin air.
This week, le cool’s publishing editor, Chloe McCloskey meets up with retired food blogger Helen Yuet Ling Pang – the brains and tastebuds behind World Foodie Guide.
I love World Foodie Guide. The main reason being that I love dim sum and Helen, the author of this excellently executed food blog, is a connoisseur of the Cantonese brunch custom. Her guide to dim sum in London is a great resource for anyone interested in exploring the Capital’s offering of this very special fare. But if dim sum ain’t your chicken wing (or foot), there is plenty of great stuff to read through from restaurants in London to recipes and travelogues.
Helen suggests we meet at Dishoom in St Martin’s Lane and we catch up over lamb chops, pau bhaji and the Bombay cafe’s heavenly black dahl. She quit the blog in December 2009 because it had kinda taken over her life. Since giving it up, she has stopped cooking meat at home; in fact, her vegetarian husband does all the cooking. She’s self-published a book on eating in Japan and is happily continuing her career as a film examiner for the BBFC.
To our absolute pleasure, Helen has put together her top ten London activities, complete with matching meals. Check it after the jump.
le cool’s headmistress of hipness Ms McCloskey (showing your age and your geographical upbringing if you get that) and Slutty Fringe’s John Power chew the fat to a soundscape of the comings and goings of the London Fields Radio caf, along with some damn funky disco.
In features, our intrepid explorer Sarah-Jayne Boyd tracks down the founders of the Accomplice interactive theatre experience Accomplice; Dan Walker-Smith speaks to BFI events programmer Laura Adams about David Lynch’s favourite expression; and Sonya Barber talks to comedian Mae Martin about stand-up in London and how stalking Don Cheadle paid off.
Podcast track listing after the jump…
Yours truly, the Canadian and the man Foo D recently set off on a mission to investigate central London fish and chip shops that we’d not yet covered in the hallowed pages of le cool. Apparently this fish and chip crawl was my idea, so I was bullied into writing it up….
First stop was the supposedly legendary Fryer’s Delight in Holborn. Word on the street is that they’re still using authentic, old school lard and although the fish cakes appear to be of the frozen rather than freshly made variety, the fish here kicked us off in a storming manner. The succulent chunks of haddock and cod along with a pretty nifty line in mushy peas to boot made it the eventual winner on the fish front. (Check the gallery after the jump)
Last week we gave you a bit of a bit of background on le cool’s inner circle. Now that know who’s who, read on for Delaina’s interview of our top 4 le coolers.
It’s Friday in Soho and it’s mental. Why did I pick a Friday? In Soho? But with a crew as busy as these four, pinning them all down in one place at one time was the key goal. After a while I get Chloe, Tom, Josh and Mat – those mysterious names behind le cool London – to start answering some questions, though they all seem so hesitant to be interviewed. There is one thing they are all happy to talk about at length: le cool.
I begin by asking them how they came to be involved with le cool.
Mat: I met Rene through friends of mine about three years ago now (This is Rene Lönngren, a Swede who started le cool in Barcelona in 2003). He was in London and he was looking to start up a London le cool.
I did one of those things where you say, if I was to do it, it would be like this and blah blah blah. And at the end of the night he said well, you should do it. And that was that. We’ve never had a contract. I had never really written anything, but he knew my opinions about London and what I was interested in and what I cared about. He took a punt on the fact that I might be able to do it. I sent out an email to about 20 people who I knew, and about 20 people who he knew. And we went for a drink and quite a few of the people who’re now writing for le cool turned up that day.
And that’s how it started. Tom was there right from the start.
Who are Mat, Chloe, Tom and Josh, anyway?
le cool’s own Delaina Haslam decided it was high time we met the names behind le cool London: who are they, what do they do and where do they hang in London?
The le cool crew – Chloe, Tom, Josh and Mat, those mysterious names behind le cool London – have been almost impossible to pin down to one place and time. All a bit shy to be the subject of interview, there is one thing these four are happy to talk about endlessly: le cool. Their enthusiasm for the newsletter and for London is boundless.
This week we take a look at who these top 4 le coolers are. Stay tuned next week for le cool and the gang Part 2: The Interview.
Let’s face it, on a Friday night in London, any place with a tap is a party with a queue to get in, but if you are looking for something more original than a Wetherspoons and more class than a neighborhood boozer, our own Chloe le cool was featured in vTravelled magazine naming the Top Ten Specialist Drinking Venues in London. From Champagne to wine to gin bars, cocktails, Belgian beer to whiskey or tequila, home girl’s broken it down and chosen London’s best of the best!