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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...

Art

Over the past couple of weeks at least half of our office have been to see Art, the play currently running at The Old Vic. Starring Rufus Sewell (Serge), Tim Key (Yvan) and Paul Ritter (Marc) and directed by Matthew Warchus – this is the 20th anniversary of Yazmina...

Wreath Making at Christmas

Everyone seems to be doing it this Christmas, Instagram feeds are jam-packed with homemade wreaths and last week, Kim got stuck in. She spent an evening at a friend’s home doing a wreath making class run by Louise at Garland Flowers – a florist based in Muswell Hill....

The Aldrich Cocktail

Everybody has a favourite cocktail and I think they say quite a bit about the person, though it’s not one of our usual interview questions! Cocktails have been around since 1688 when for ‘the health of the nation’ King William of Orange reduced taxation on...

William Kentridge at Whitechapel Gallery

Thick Time is the brilliant exhibition on at The Whitechapel Gallery at the moment, running until 15th January 2017. William Kentridge is a South African artist who is well known for his animated sketches and collages which explore the troubled history of South...

Book of the Week

A quick weekend read to get totally lost in. A friend recommended this book to me this summer and it sat on my shelf for a few weeks after buying it, the cover is not that appealing and I was mid-way through last year’s Man Booker winner, the epic Brief History of...

Gin Lab Experience

Tucked away off Fleet Street is the City of London Distillery, enter through a side street and go down into the atmospheric bar. The walls are lined with the gins they produce, two of which have just won extremely prestigious awards at the San Francisco World Spirits...

Top Tip for lunch in the City

For those of you not yet in the know, tucked away on Artillery Passage, Ottolenghi has opened a café and they deliver delicious working lunches. When the Aldrich & Company team get together to celebrate or strategize, it's always a great excuse to eat something...

Top tip for lunch in the City

I joined Aldrich & Co earlier this year, my first job in the City. It took a while before I had the time to venture out for lunch to explore as the pace in the office is fast, with the constant flow of candidate enquiries especially during their lunchbreaks! After...

Columbia Road

Sundays in London are made for Columbia Road Flower Market especially when the sun is out. It’s a cacophony of noise, chaos and colour with great independent shops shadowed for the day as the entire street is transformed with stalls selling whichever flowers are in...

Meeting Mother Teresa

A month ago Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a Saint. The news took me straight back to one of my visits to Kolkata, India. At the time I was working for ORBIS, an international, non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to saving sight worldwide....

Five Senses

A macaron is a sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, sugar, almonds and natural flavours. Having just returned from a most delicious Autumn launch by Pierre Hermé, I can safely say that no other patisserie can compete with their macarons.  Their shop on...

The Return To Hampstead

Having lived in Hertfordshire for over ten years, I recently moved back to my spiritual home - Hampstead!  A wonderful haven, so close to the centre of London but worlds apart from the bustle of the City. I have been drawn back time and time again to this area where...

My Australian Adventure

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to travel to Australia. We travelled across the country starting in Perth and ending up in Sydney, via Adelaide, Melbourne and Port Douglas. One of our stops was the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland where we booked into an Eco Lodge...

Transition Abroad

A Kiwi in London - a rite of passage switching hemispheres, widening perspectives. I took a well-trodden path from a small and close knit country to the fast paced hustle and bustle of one of the largest cities in the world - definitely a culture shock. Brisk walking...

Top 5 Summer Reads

No holiday is complete without a good book to while away hours in the sun and totally escape with. My holidays tend to revolve around how to pack my clothes in around all the books I'm desperate to cram in!  Here are my 5 books to take away with you this summer: The...

Wine Musings, Feature 1

Last weekend I went in search of something a little more special to serve at a small gathering that I was hosting. The forecast was fine and a formal sit down had been benched for a more relaxed affair in the garden, thinking twinkly lights... A visit to our wine...

Cycling Coast to Coast 2016

This year I took up the challenge to cycle across the Southern Pyrenees from Bilbao to Barcelona, I accepted my two friends suggestion of the proposed 600 km cycle over 5 days. They are sensible chaps – CEO of a global investment bank and client of ours  and a leading...