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Cracking Cranberry Sauce Recipe

We have a cracking cranberry sauce recipe for you to try, that is easy to prepare and absolutely delicious! Ingredients: 450 g fresh cranberries Rind and juice of 1 large orange 1 teaspoon of freshly grated root ginger or ½ level teaspoon ground ginger 75g caster...

A Festive Evening at The Queens Chapel of the Savoy

We were lucky enough this week to host and enjoy a beautifully festive carol concert at The Queens Chapel of the Savoy. The carols were sung by the outstanding Brandenburg Sinfonia and conducted by Robert Porter. Max Barley accompanied the choir on the organs. The...

Christmas Is Coming

The City is the place to be to feel in the Christmas Spirit. For a special treat you must pop into the Ned Hotel for a glass of champagne and the best manicure and hammam in town. We would recommend you take a short walk across the Thames by way of the Millennium...

Ekte.

Ekte has soared to the top of our favourite restaurants, a truly unique and scrumptious spot to visit. Danish-born restaurateur Soren Jessen, has officially launched Ekte Nordic Kitchen in the Bloomberg Arcade in the City of London. Ekte, meaning genuine or real in...

Brown Spelt Bread Recipe

Daunted by the need to knead I hadn’t tried to make bread until this summer, when staying with friends in Devon I had my first experience of the simplest recipe with excellent results. Try it. You will get plenty of satisfaction... Ingredients 500 g Spelt flour 500 m...

‘The Greater Game’

This week we saw  ‘The Greater Game’ at the Waterloo East theatre. The Play tells the remarkable and true story of the 41 members of Clapton Orient (now Leyton Orient) Football Club who enlisted at the outbreak of World War I. Perfectly fitting for this time of year,...

Shrouds Of The Somme

Shrouds of the Somme is an art installation at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which physically represents each of the 72,396 British Commonwealth servicemen killed at the Battle of the Somme who have no known grave, and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval...

Beyond the Deepening Shadow

On Sunday 4th November, Ten thousand torches lit the bare dark moat to bring the Tower of London to life. To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Each day this week a specially commissioned sound installation featuring choral music and words from Mary...

ArtRabbit

Interested in Art? Want to discover incredible artists and exhibitions? Don’t know where to go? Well have I got the app for you… drumroll… ArtRabbit!! ArtRabbit is a unique guide to the contemporary art scene, connecting thousands of art spaces, exhibitions and events...

SOFAR … So Good!

Sofar Sounds is a magical app!  It transforms everyday spaces;  a living room, a gallery, a shop and creates a captivating venue for live entertainment. On the spur of the moment, I downloaded the app and was directed to a secret venue. Not knowing what to expect I...

Friday’s Fabulous Find

Connaught Street is a great 'off the beaten track' road with many a hidden treasure. One such gem Abasto, an Argentinian coffee shop, not only serves great coffee but also delicious and now famous empanadas. I spied the chef, perched high on a stool at a work bench,...

Four Simple Ways To Manage Stress!

Here are some ideas to help you #KeepCalmAndCarryOn : Keep those muscles moving Progressive muscle relaxation is a way to lower blood pressure and cortisol levels, reducing your chances of getting a headache. With your eyes closed clench a muscle group, for example...

Too Good To Go

Following our recent blog (http://aldrich.co.uk/blog/saving-the-environment-whilst-saving-you-money/) we have found a new app to help us not only save money but also the environment! #Toogoodtogo is an international company that fights food waste by providing a...

The Best Things In Life Are Free

The original Big Smoke may have cleaned up its environmental act, but it’s not unusual to witness London’s visitors choking on the prices charged for food, drink and entertainment within the city. However, London is one of the world’s greatest cities and if you avoid...

Addressing work attire

With London fashion week having just come and gone for another year, we thought it was fitting to address interview and work attire. Here are our 3 top tips when dressing for an interview or the office: What is the company culture? How you would dress for an interview...

Saving the environment might just be saving you money too

Extreme levels of plastic pollution has a damaging effect on the environment, everyone needs to come together to prevent the effects from escalating further. Did you know, Britain uses around 8.5 billion plastic straws a year and the average Londoner uses 175...

The Island Poké

Our new office food obsession is the Island Poké (pronounced Po-Keh). The authentic Hawaiian dish Poké is literally translated as ‘chop up into small pieces’. The modern day dish has since evolved, from its humbler beginnings into a Hawaiian staple of diced raw fish,...

Exploring the wilderness at Lewa Wildlife Conservation

I visited Lewa last week. We were privileged to see the Grevy zebra, more common zebra than deer in Richmond, giraffe, lions, black and white rhino (charged by both!) and elephants (also scarily close). The Massai guides and trackers were so knowledgeable and keen to...

Fun at the Edinburgh Fringe

It’s that time of the year again, the world’s largest arts festival is back for the 71st year. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe begins its 24 day stint today and is showcasing a host of new talent! The fringe is not only a site for entertainment but also a site for...

Red Moon Competition!

Keep your eyes peeled tonight for a RED MOON that comes around once in a lifetime. The moon may turn a deep shade of burgundy, or even appear to vanish completely. This once in a blue moon spectacle will be caused by the moon entering the Earth’s shadow! From 8.49pm...

The Cinnamon Trust

Loneliness is a problem which many elderly and terminally ill people face on a daily basis. Pets are often a key, and sometimes only, member of the family for these people. However, many are unable to keep these pets without support. The ‘Cinnamon Trust’ is a...

Women Empowered at Sketch, Mayfair

Iconic Mayfair venue Sketch launched its Women Empowered exhibition this month. Coinciding with the City of London’s Women: Work and Power season, sketch’s summer exhibition invites you to view works by celebrated female artists including Eliza Douglas, Hannah...

Dining at Dans Le Noir

Sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing – senses we take for granted. Dans le Noir is a dining experience which, deprived of light, challenges your tastebuds. Rafal Zarenba, Michelin star chef creates a unique experience. In the silent bar (noise cancelling headphones)...

Round the Island Race Countdown

The festive atmosphere in Cowes, Isle of Wight is in full swing. The Round the Island Race (50 nautical miles) run by the #Island Sailing Club  (their 87th) in association with #Cloudy Bay (a winning formula in my book) looks set to produce a memorable day on the...

The new-found Prince

As the UK has decided to participate in summer this year, we are all about getting out and about to explore fresh, fun and fabulous new hang-outs. The Prince is our latest find and is situated just seconds from the district line at West Brompton. In one connected...

Ice-cream inspiration

What a fabulous summer!  I thought you would welcome some ice-cream inspiration.  Who better to advise than Annie Hanbury founder of Baboo Gelato.  I worked for Annie last summer, she uses the finest local organic ingredients; foraging berries, forcing rhubarb,...

LDN CRU

London Cru, established in 2013 as a part of Roberson Wine, is the first urban winery in London. It was set up by Cliff Roberson who has been in the wine trade for over 60 years and saw making a wine in the heart of the capital as a brilliant way to engage people...

A Riot of Colour

I met the artist Howard Hodgkin on my 50th birthday at his studio and took this snap of his floor which I love for the memory of the man and his work without exploiting copyright. Born in 1932 Howard Hodgkin died in March 2017. He was passionate about his work and...

Off to the Races!

https://www.epsomderby.co.uk/ We are super excited to be off to the races!  One of the greatest racing events - so atmospheric, with top hats and tails we are really going to town.  I go every year with friends and family and it is the biggest day in my calendar and I...

The Weekend – So much to look forward to!

The highlight this weekend is clearly The Royal Wedding and many of us will be celebrating with the happy couple as they exchange vows in Windsor. Bunting and Union Jacks, sunshine and champagne.  If you haven’t got an invitation there are various options – and...

Join our Team

We are expanding and looking for a dedicated, motivated and ambitious graduate-calibre individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to join our team. Focused on placing high quality business support staff in the most prestigious Financial Services...

Shooting at Belvoir Castle

The heat was on at the annual Belvoir Castle Charity Shoot hosted by Their Graces the Duke & Duchess of Rutland in aid of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust and Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust. It was boisterous and great fun - 5 drives with some very high and challenging...

Get a dream job

I have known Aldrich for a while, my sister had been placed (extremely well!) into her dream job by Aldrich so when the time came for me to consider my future the first call I made was to Digby for some sound advice. During my first meeting I met the entire team and...

What’s in a name

This morning we received the Royal announcement, the name of the new Prince, Louis Arthur Charles.  And that got us thinking… Celebrities, perhaps uninspired by their given names, adopted new ones along the road to stardom I’m thinking of Reginald Kenneth Dwight...

The Road Well-Travelled

Months ago and sparked by a conversation about mental health at work I was asked to join Malcolm Hollis on their charity day, fund raising for Heads Together, the mental health charity in memory of their colleague Dan Pryke. Setting off early as the mists rose we zig...

It’s warming up

Spring is in the air and it’s time to get running, unless you started this a long while back and are training for the London Marathon on the 22nd April of course! In which case good luck! And the temperature is set to rise to low 20’s! I recommend having a session...

Skinny Bakery

This week I had the opportunity to have a week’s work experience at Aldrich and have loved my time here. I have learned so much, the team have taught me business skills which make so much sense and have given me a foundation to prepare me for my future career in Human...

Happy Easter

What makes us happy? I can give you a long list – but here at Aldrich we specialise in shortlists! If you have read our previous blogs, you will what is on, everything from the theatre to latest exhibitions as well as career tips like how to ace an interview. I...

In the Land of Plenty

In the Land of Plenty Andreas Gursky is one of the most famous photographers of our time. His works have been described as a magnificent depictions of our modern world, gloriously orchestrated compositions with over-saturated colour spectrums that transcend detail....

Floralegium

How often do we hear how a career falls into your life quite by accident? Victoria Neave’s career blossomed quite by chance; a  friend wanted some flowers from New Covent Garden Market and she said she’d collect them, immediately smitten with the market and of course...

News and Views

Our business is built from a passion to help others achieve their career goals. We have an extremely happy supportive culture where success is celebrated and shared.  We’re all unique and our transformational coaching supports people throughout their careers.  We...

Rhyme and Reason

The pleasure and personal benefit derived from reading, reciting and writing poetry is sometimes overlooked.  An ancient art and important method of communicating from declarations of love to political message.  Looking back through history much of early literature...

Salome at The ROH

A thrilling, but unrelentingly distressing story fortified with desire, socio-political and religious tension and sexual violence. A German modernist masterpiece first produced by Richard Strauss in 1908 and based on Oscar Wilde’s 1891 play, originally written in...

ABBA: Super Troupers

A must for any ABBA fan, this exhibition celebrates the Swedish pop sensation as they take over 1970s Britain. An immersive, ambitious exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker (a long term fan), it was developed alongside the Abba Museum in Stockholm, and brings fans...

‘Silicon Valley is coming…’

‘Silicon valley is coming’ said JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon in his April 2015 annual letter to shareholders. Nearly three years on, most would suggest that he was right ‘on the money’. The context of this statement is that he was suggesting there will be a huge...

Charles I: King and Collector

Treasures reunited at the Royal Academy During his reign, Charles I acquired and commissioned a remarkable collection of paintings and sculptures, including pieces by Titian, Rubens and Van Dyck, rendering him one of the most significant art collectors (and...

Modigliani at the Tate

During his short and tumultuous life, Modigliani produced some of the most extraordinary paintings of the 20th century. This exhibition at the Tate contains the largest selection of his nudes ever reunited in the UK, as well as his lesser known sculptures and...

Impressionists in London

This exhibition presents captivating works by Monet, Tissot, Pissarro and their compatriots. In the 1870s, France was devastated by the Franco-Prussian war and insurrection in Paris, driving artists to seek refuge across the Channel. Their experiences in London and...

A Hotel Stay to Remember

The Ned has made a huge impact on the City from dawn ‘till dusk. The hub of the City now has a great hotel which is part of Soho House group. They have outstanding restaurants – and every whim is catered for,  it’s a vibrant and happening place with the chicest rooms...

New Year Around The World

New Year around The World   Much like Christmas, the New Year is celebrated differently around the world.   As 2018 sweeps across different time zones, (starting with Samoa and Christmas Island) we can witness the global phenomenon of the Times Square ‘ball drop’, the...

Merry Christmas

We have just come back from India and our visit prompted me to think of how Christmas is celebrated around the world. Well in India, it’s relatively quite a small festival – due to the number of people who are Christians (about 2.3%) compared to people of other...

A Family Recipe

Mince pies   My dear Granny Grange would arrive for Christmas with the very best present possible, trays of her special mince pies.  Going through her ancient and lovingly written receipts we have been practicing this time honoured tradition and now wish to share it...

Locanda Locatelli

Locanda Locatelli at the Hyatt Regency in Marylebone, Digby had chicken parcels made from the finest pasta in a consommé, then a risotto with black truffle followed by cinnamon ice-cream. Another late night but so much fun, somebody's got to do it. You need a white...

General Data Protection Regulation

All businesses handling personal data are assessing their procedures and the financial services sector is certainly no exception as the new data protection law comes into force in May 2018.  The penalties are considerable – potentially 4% of annual turnover for...

G&T at The Ned

The new Ned has made a huge impact offering outstanding restaurants, a lively vibe and the chicest rooms in the Square Mile. Their rooms are so fabulous, based on the 1920 designs, staying on a Sunday night last week was a great luxury, having had lunch on the roof...

Christmas Preparations

We’ve been dazzled by some of the stunning Christmas decorations that are popping up all over London. Here at Aldrich & Co , we are also getting into the festive spirit. Tinsel is being hung across desks, catchy jingles are being played and the office Christmas tree...

The Ferryman

I thoroughly recommend you to go and see the play. Headlined as EPIC – now that’s quite something to live up to.  The play was set on one long day in a farm kitchen, there were children – the youngest was just 9 months, animals; rabbits and geese, being geese. The...

India: A History in Nine Stories

I’m just back from Mumbai having seen an extraordinary exhibition, a collaboration of between the British Museum, The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum (CSMVS) and the National Museum of Delhi. Five years in the making, the exhibition opened with fanfare on the lawns...

Remembering Rae

It has been 96 years since we initiated the poppy to remember fallen military personnel, with Saturday 11th round the corner, we are looking back on the extraordinary war tale of Major Keith Rae – a gunner officer with the 97th (Kent Yeomanry). June 12 1940, on the...

Rex Whistler

I recently had the pleasure of having lunch at the Rex Whistler Restaurant at the Tate. Named after the famous artist of the 20th century, Whistler was commissioned to paint the mural called ‘The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats’ and the stunning restaurant has...

Garden Party in the City

Located in the heart of one of the City’s rare garden squares, next to the famous St. Botolph church, The Ivy City garden transports you to a different era. A classic style bar envokes sentiments of the 1930’s Art Deco movements, and the feeling is compounded by the...

For Soldiers. On Horses. In armour

Home to the glorious Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and The Queens Life Guards, the ‘dramatically modern and uncompromising’ Barracks are quite a sight! The historic landmark was constructed in 1785 – four years before the French Revolution! The stables though,...

Bake and sell from home!

Passionate about baking? Have a consistent need to churn out those yummy carrot cupcakes? Start a baking business from home! It’s not as daunting as it sounds – so long as your goods taste absolutely scrumptious, the rest is attention to detail! So how do you go about...

The Western Canon

‘Avid reader’ you write on your CV. This opens up the opportunity for all interviewers you meet to ask you what you are currently reading. You would be shocked at the number of candidates who are apparently ‘avid readers’ but haven’t read a full length book since...

Trafalgar Square – 5 Facts

Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson was born 259 years ago today!   We wanted to celebrate Nelson by sharing 5 little known facts about Trafalgar Square with you.   Nelson’s column Built in 1843, Nelson’s column was built to honour Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson and his naval...

The Meisner Technique

“The Sanford Meisner Technique is defined as the simple act of doing – of action borne on emotion, which takes place one honest moment at a time.”  – Sanford Meisner This is the beautiful, frustrating, gloriously simple principle of the Meisner Technique, an approach...

Cocoa May

About half an hour ago, we received a box of handmade brownies. At the time of writing, there is not a single one left. The author looks not unlike Bruce Bogtrotter. This blog is a homage to the chef, entrepreneur and caramel alchemist Rosie Yates, the founder of new...

Build your website in 10 days

One of the biggest issues facing entrepreneurs and business owners is time scarcity. Often, we're the head of finance, the marketing master, the chief decision maker, the key account manager and the sole implementer. So when we decide to tackle something new on our...

Kim St John

Kim has been at the forefront of the Temp Business since the founding of Aldrich & Company in 1995 and has worked tirelessly to build Aldrich & Co into one of the premier recruitment firms in the City of London today.  However, after 37 years in the recruitment...

Fastnet Race 2017

Ed who has been working for us this summer tells us about his experience in the Fastnet race 2017: “Last week I competed in The Fastnet, a 650 mile offshore yacht race, that has been described as the “Everest of sailing” which presents an enormous challenge to all...

Vagabond

‘Did I just make more money on wine barrel futures than I did on the stock market?” -Suze Orman Fine wine boasts one of the best performing asset classes of the last 20 years – this is the perfect excuse to literally try before you buy! Here at Aldrich we appreciate...

Silicon Valley and Seneca

Tim Ferriss is one of Fast Company‘s “Most Innovative Business People” Fortune‘s “40 under 40”, and an early-stage technology investor/advisor, who saw the success of Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba (and 50+ others) before anyone else. He’s the author of...

Bank on Safety

In the same way that Freakonomics style studies have proved swimming pools more dangerous than guns, the proximity and familiarity of the junction at Bank undermines its status as one of London’s most dangerous intersections. Chris Hayward, Chairman of the City...

Ride Mail Rail- The London Postal Museum

As much as we all hate the tube at this time of year, you must make your way back down to the Postal Museum rides opening this September. The museum portrays the immense role the underground Mail Rail played after it was built 90 years ago. The Mail Rail was first...

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, on at the V & A until February 2018

The V & A is currently showcasing pieces from one of the biggest names in fashion, Christobal Balenciaga. The exhibition highlights some the designer’s most profound achievements and is a great opportunity to admire beautiful clothes. From ball gowns to work attire...

Jean – Michel Basquiat

Recent attention has been paid to the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat following the record breaking sale of his work ‘Untitled’ last month. The work sold for over $110 million (£85 million) to Yusaka Maezawa, an unprecedented price tag for any American artist. Prior to...

‘Time alone will prove an honest man’- Reputation and Sophocles

‘Time alone will prove an honest man’. Though Sophocles wrote these words two and half thousand years ago, they are still undoubtedly true today. Some may argue that the emphasis on bringing ‘honour to one’s family’ as a warrior, athlete or orator is less relevant...

Shrouds of the Somme

Many people are aware of the extraordinary loss of life during World War I in the Somme campaign; over 1 million men died and a further 300,000 were wounded.   Few know that the bodies of 72,396 of the British servicemen who died there were never recovered or marked...

Giacometti At The Tate Modern

It’s impossible not to be captivated by Giacometti. One of the great painter-sculptors of the 20th Century, he was a restless innovator who experimented with a range of styles, historical sources and materials, whilst honing his unique artistic vision. This Tate...

AMFAM

The 25th of May 2017 was not your average Thursday. We were all excited about participating in AMFAM DAY   but there’s a huge difference between reading the mission statement A MEAL FOR YOU = A WHOLE YEAR OF SCHOOL LUNCHES FOR ONE CHILD and actually believing it’s...

Oil Painting to Kitesurfing: Notes from the Bottom of Your CV

“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.” ― Richard Feynman All Aldrich candidates have a desire to excel professionally, however, strewn across the bottom of most CVs are Interests, hobbies, moonlit...

AMFAM – A Meal for a Meal Day

On the 25th of May, Aldrich & Co will be participating in AMFAM - A Meal for a Meal Day. This extraordinary initiative harnesses the simple demand for lunch in the in the City and makes it the driving force behind tackling malnutrition in India.  We contacted the...

Operation Smile

Having spent nearly two years with Operation Smile, most recently on a medical project in Morocco, arriving at Aldrich’s office near Moorgate was quite a change. The buzz of industry in the City is palpable and could not have been more different from the dusty streets...

Butchers, Bakers and Candlestick Makers

Livery Companies trace their origins from their craft: making fans for instance in the 15thC was a prolific industry (for cooling the brows of elegant ladies in their tightly girdled gowns), the Fan Makers now support the aerospace industry. Emily and I are members of...

Happy Birthday Your Majesty

The Queen was born in Bruton Street Mayfair on the 21 April 1926, she is 91 today and has been on the throne since 6th February 1952.  Her birthday will be marked publicly by gun salutes in Hyde Park, Windsor Great Park and the Tower of London at midday.  Here at...

Lunch with Kate…

Say the word diet and I can't help thinking die with a t. If it involves eating like a rabbit for weeks on end, I struggle at the thought. That is of course until I discovered Rabbit on Kings Road in Chelsea where vegetables are now a complete revelation alongside...

Augustus Harris

What a find. The Aldrich team were introduced to Augustus Harris this week.  We skipped over to Covent Garden for drinks after work and were so impressed we thought it worth writing home about.   A table for 12, superb service, excellent wine and absolutely delicious...

Boat Race

I’m a regular on the tow path running throughout the year between Barnes and Putney Bridges generally early in the morning.  So I’ve got to know the tides, being out in all weathers and experiencing the changing seasons, the ebb and flow, river life, the wildlife –...

Milk and Two Sugars?

My first job in the City, 30 years ago, was in Plantation House. How things have changed!  I look about the City today and wow, what a transformation.  Cranes everywhere, glass and steel decked buildings replacing natural stone. Lunch options were limited to...

Friday at the Fox

When Aldrich first moved in to Finsbury Circus, our local umbrella shop was the world renowned Fox Umbrellas. Their reputation for creating the finest of umbrellas was second to none: handmade, customised and maintained ideal for swashbuckling across London Bridge –...

Richard Mosse at the Curve, Barbican

The Barbican has a new exhibition on in The Curve by documentary photographer and film maker Richard Mosse. Mosse has created a series of images and films documenting the refugee crisis in Europe and Northern Africa using a military grade camera, which allows him to...

KÊU

In the City there are lots of options to choose for lunch, too many, in fact. From numerous chains and coffee houses to unique, edgy delis to City institutions like Birleys, the options are endless.  I was always intrigued by KÊU, a Vietnamese deli which offers Saigon...

Change is in the Air

We are seeing a lot of change in the City at the moment and it’s an exciting time to be here. From the development of Crossrail to the growing pressure to deal with air pollution, the City of London is at the cutting edge. Some of the changes going on around us at the...

You Say You Want a Revolution? Exhibition at V&A

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be treated by friends to a surprise visit to the V&A’s Records and Rebels 1966 - 1970 exhibition. The exhibition is fantastic; its focus is the counter-culture that brought the changes that took place during the sixties. The audio...

Shabu Shabu

Cold, dark winter nights require a little bit of shaping up. We would recommend Shabu Shabu – it is a Japanese one pot dinner cooked at the dinner table using a portable gas stove (or revive the fondue burner!) with a pot called a Donabe (a wok would also work...

Eiichi Kono – A Profile

In 1916 Edward Johnston revealed the type he had been commissioned to create by Frank Pick three years earlier to be used by London Transport on the public transport system. The iconic lettering and bullseye logo he created, which we see every day, has become...

Nice Fish

Nice Fish. Even the title draws you in. It’s now into its final month of the run at the Harold Pinter theatre after transferring from a sold out season in New York and stars the man of the moment Mark Rylance. The story follows two men fishing on the ice pack on a...