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Tech Workshop

Why tech startups are advertising on the London underground

They’re unsophisticated, untargeted and seriously old school: so why do London’s tech startups still love tube advertising? Strange as it may seem in the age of Facebook and Google ads, a growing number of London startups are turning to tube advertising to attract new customers and help their brands stand out from the masses. ‘The tube cuts through the noise,’ …

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Inside the White Collar Factory

A new workspace in Shoreditch, although purpose-built, draws on many of the characteristics of old industrial buildings. It’s no surprise the team behind it developed the iconic Tea Building a stone’s throw away.  Courier got an early peak into this ambitious new building. Thousands of people have regularly passed the vast construction site on the south-west corner of Old Street Roundabout …

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Reinventing the business of street food

A glut of new traders, smart sites and big money: street food’s moving up and out.  Five years ago, friends Nud Dudhia and Chris Whitney quit their jobs to sell tacos from a shack in an east London carpark. The city guys-turned-street food makers encapsulated everything about the budding industry that seemed most exciting; bold, brave, a little brash, they …

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Culture Q&A

London’s night mayor Amy Lamé on drugs, developers and diversity

Courier met London’s newly appointed Night Tsar to ask how she’ll tackle the problems facing the capital’s night life scene. In November 2016, London Mayor Sadiq Khan appointed Amy Lamé as the city’s new ‘Night Tsar’. It was a relatively cheap way of landing a few good headlines amid the mournful clamour following the closure of the nightclub Fabric and …

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Hoxton Mini Press: The small publisher that’s created a book-selling brand

People don’t tend to shop for books by publisher. But three years after Hoxton Mini Press released its first photobook, it has built up something of a cult following. Big publishers have long dominated the market for expensive coffee table books, but now a tiny two person book maker is edging its way into people’s living rooms. Hoxton Mini Press’ …

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Interview with Barry’s Bootcamp CEO

Barry’s Bootcamp is a workout, a brand and a buzz word for the wave of fitness fanaticism that’s sweeping across from the US to Europe. Courier meets CEO Joey Gonzalez. Barry Jay devised an intense workout inside a gym that attracted a small but fast-growing local following. It led to the formation of Barry’s Bootcamp, with outposts opening across the US and more …

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Why people are betting big on boutiquey fitness studios

Hot on the heels of SoulCycle’s explosive growth and £90m annual sales, a bunch of UK startups are attempting to build a blockbuster fitness business out of London. Is there substance behind the lifestyle fluff? 26 Sep 2016 Some 15 months after opening his first site in Holland Park, Core Collective founder Jason de Savary was sweating over securing leases on his next two …

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Alan Yau: The tastemaker does tech

Wagamama founder Alan Yau is one of London’s best known restaurant operators. He’s about to launch an app that he says will be the opposite of Tripadvisor and Yelp. Not long after Naamyaa opened just by the corner of Angel tube station, a scathing review came out from restaurant critic Jay Rayner, panning the ‘infantile palate’ of its excessively ‘sweet and …