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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...

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...