Seoul Bakery

London, Restaurants

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‘The best way to get approval is not to need it. This is equally true in art and business. And love. And sex. And just about everything else worth having.’ – Hugh MacLeod

The reason I live in London is places like Seoul Bakery. I never tire of finding new places with a completely unique definition of success and style. Off the beaten track, yet about a minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road, ordinarily I would have walked straight by without a second glance. Luckily I was with someone who knew better.

One might mistake this place for being painfully hip, but it genuinely isn’t trying that hard. Walk in to fairly nonchalant staff, a tiny area with enough space for Maybe 12 people to sit, walls absolutely covered in scribbles, notes, messages from of previous visitors, its obvious that these guys aren’t looking to impress you with its carefully curated decor or attentive care.

Instead everything falls away and allows you to focus on what is truly important, to me at least, when out for a meal; the company, the food and the memories. The food screams authenticity and is by far some of the most delicious Korean food I have ever had. Speedily served and remarkably cheap (2 of us ate for less than £15), perhaps catering to all the local students, it was perfect for a satisfying weekday evening meal and to be honest I felt pretty darn hip.

Check this one out and don’t forget to leave your mark, if you can find space that is!

Seoul Bakery

55 St Giles High St London WC2H 8LH
020 7240 0877
@rimapatel7
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Patrick Drake- How to get on TV and start a food business

Events, London, People

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‘The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.’ – Chinese Proverb

This post is perhaps chronologically out of place. Unbeknown to me at the time, this event would be the one that put the last 2 years in to focus and gave me all I needed to take my next step on my escape and never look back. It was the very first Escape event that I’d been to and the only reason I decided to go is because I saw it in an escape newsletter and had a spark of an idea. A dear friend at work always dreamed of opening her own deli and I thought that perhaps this would give her a nudge in the right direction.

As it happened, while I sat there listening avidly to Patrick, talking through his journey it dawned on me that it was the first time I had heard articulated what I secretly thought in my head but was too afraid to say out loud for fear of ridicule or rejection. Also, I’m pretty sure that I had not yet consciously acknowledged these ideas and hearing them repeated back to me finally hammered it home. Life is too short to let fear hold you back. You can’t waste a single week, day even, doing something that doesn’t excite you and the only regret you will ever have is not starting sooner. I’m already feeling that one!

Patrick spoke about his path that led him from being a city lawyer to creating a hugely successful TV show, becoming the head chef of fantastic food delivery service Hello Fresh and, in the process, finding love. It all sounds like a perfect fairy tale, but what stuck with me was, actually, it was anything but. There was a definite trajectory and in hindsight you can connect the dots as to what allowed him to take the opportunities when they eventually came knocking.

As a lawyer, driven by a passion and curiosity for food he worked evenings in restaurants and in his work canteen for free, learning, on the job, the skills he would later need. He took an opportunity to attempt a TV show in LA which didn’t work out quite as planned, but the lessons learned proved to be invaluable. A bold meeting with culinary genius Heston Blumenthal, meant that he was invited to spend the day in the Fat Duck kitchens with the chefs, later learning that he was the first person such a offer had been extended to. Creating youtube videos of himself making dishes and honing his presenting and editing skills would also prove useful. All of this motivated by a love of food and faith that by following what you love eventually a opportunity will present itself and you will be in the right place at the right time to take it up.

This led him to a point where he received an email from a woman who spotted him on youtube and invited him to Italy to work on a TV show. He knew immediately that this was what he had been working towards and dropped everything and flew out the next day and never looked back. That was the show that proved to be incredibly successful worldwide and that woman turned out to be the person he is now with today. Next came the invitation to work with a couple of people on this exciting new start up – Hello Fresh, which is now the market leader in its field. It’s easy to suggest that all of this came about by some sort of luck or good timing, but to say that would be wrong. Having been to a few Esc events and experimenting with my own escape there is a definite patterns in successful stories:

1. The passion – without this you will not be motivated to persevere through the tough times. A truly big idea that excites you, backed by passion and hard work is a powerful combination that is hard to stand in the way of.

2. Faith in what you are doing – at the time, Patrick, and others I have heard from, didn’t know exactly why they were doing everything, except that they were excited by it and wanted to learn, often offering themselves up for free out of curiosity, for the experience. It reminds me of the Steve Jobs quote I have mentioned in a previous post:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.”

Sometimes you just have to trust in the process and trust in yourself that you will be able to achieve whatever you set your mind to.

3. Very little is impossible – you might say that you don’t have enough time or money or skills or confidence, but ultimately none of these need be prohibitive if you are really focused and determined on what you want. ‘Where there’s a will there is a way’ as they say.

4. If you don’t ask you don’t get/what is the worst that could happen? – A general point of taking more risks in life. We are all naturally risk averse, but sometimes the greater risk is in not asking and then having a regret later in life. For me fear of missing out or regret outweighs the fear of taking a risk every time.

5. Just start, start right now! Take whatever small steps you can immediately. Later, tomorrow, if/when I have enough time/money all effectively mean never. Ultimately, you’re only regret will be looking back you may wish you had started earlier. I certainly wish I had started a year maybe 2 years ago on this particular path.

6. Authenticity is key – If you communicate with authenticity and integrity, people will warm to you and want to help you if they can. If you can in some way help them too even better.

I feel like write ups of events like these are going to start getting a little repetitive, as words of wisdom seem to have similar themes!

Patrick also recommended a couple of books, some of which I have read and reviewed in the links below. Of the ones I have read, they have provided even more fuel to the fire and filled me with determination to persevere no matter what. It’s interesting to see where the themes in these books cross over with the the ideas expressed in Patrick and others’ talks:

Think and Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill (a classic for the foundations of success)

http://humanafterall.co/2014/06/11/think-and-grow-rich-napoleon-hill/

4 Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss (a must read for anyone looking to drastically change how they work and need practical advice)

http://humanafterall.co/2014/06/16/4-hour-work-week-tim-ferriss/

Get Lucky – Thor Muller & Lane Becker

One Thing- Jay Papasan & Gary W. Keller

Others worth a read:

The Chimp Paradox – Steven Peters (great for understanding our brains a little better and getting the most from it)

Creativity Inc – Ed Catmull (a really inspiring story about how Pixar, the animation studio, sought to create a creative, collaborative workplace)

Check out Patrick Drake here:

http://www.hellofresh.co.uk/

http://kylieandpatrick.com/

https://twitter.com/patrickdrake

@patrickdrake

Me:

@rimapatel7

How to travel and write for a living – Caroline Sylger Jones

Events, London, People

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‘You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path; and that will make all the difference.‘ – Steve Jobs

The beauty of escape the city events is that you never know what you are going to leave with. I brought a journalist friend along to ‘How to travel and write for a living’ because I knew it would benefit us both in some way. Although not a journalist I’m also drawn to travel, well-being and having just started up a new little blog, writing too, so I was sold. As always, I learned so much over the course of a couple of hours and left with so many exciting ideas.

Caroline Sylger Jones has had a fascinating and varied career in travel journalism and kindly offered herself up to questions from eager escapees. Having completed a BA and MA in English Literature, written for numerous international publications including all the broadsheet newspapers and glossy magazines such as Tatler and Condé Nast Traveller, had two books published by Footprint Books (Body & Soul Escapes and Body and Soul Escapes: Britain & Ireland (see www.hutonahill.com/books) and set up her own successful retreat review website Queen of Retreats (see www.queenofretreats.com) – her wealth of knowledge and advice was highly sought after and keenly received.

The session was structured as a Q & A, with some really interesting questions and insightful answers for anyone looking to learn more about journalism and how to escape into a more authentic life.

Key advice for all aspiring writers:

– Be honest with yourself – can you really write? If you can, have faith that talent will out – people always want to be inspired and editors of any kind are always looking for great writers.

– Get the basics right – grammar, spelling, structuring a story – then arm yourself with tangible skills – find an evening/weekend class, take a journalism diploma, etc.

– Get lots of experience – develop your style by writing regularly in your spare time, look for an internship, pitch things to local papers, free magazines, collaborative blogs etc. to develop your portfolio.

– Find a niche – for Caroline this was writing about spas, well-being retreats and healthy holidays. By finding a niche you can stand out from the crowd and people will eventually seek out your knowledge.

– Be authentic – Caroline still has a core belief that retreats can truly help a person get the most out of their life – esp today, when everyone seems so stressed out – which helps her write with integrity. Find something you are passionate about and are good at, deliver it with integrity and people will notice.

– Take time to find the kind of writing you want to do – Caroline likes to write slow, thoughtful reviews or personal experience pieces rather than newsy stories. What would you like to write?

– Remember people are opportunities – You need to go to parties. Talk to people. Make lots of contacts. Most of the commissions Caroline has got are by her being proactive – so build and maintain authentic relationships wherever you can. (Adele from Esc had a great bit of advice here too – rather than seeking out advice or help from others, think about what you can do for them. If you help someone in some way they are far more likely to return the favour).

Summary of responses to specific questions:

Q: Journalism sounds like a tough industry to get into, is this a fair assessment?

A: It is getting harder! There are a diminishing number of magazines and newspapers around for a writer to write for and to get their name known, says Caroline. It’s also harder to get a book publisher, and people still want you to write for free online a lot of the time, and it’s easy to get lost online too – there are far, far too many blogs and online magazines. You need to find ways of making yourself stand out. Be picky. Take your time. Learn your craft. Do something different.

Q: How have you maintained financial security whilst being a freelance journalist?

A: Ultimately this industry is portfolio-based, so you’ll want to have your fingers in lots of (related) pies – so as well as writing about spas, retreats and healthy holidays for papers, magazines and websites, Caroline also works as a spa copywriter (writing press releases and web copy for spas and retreats) and a retreat consultant (helping people set up or improve spas or retreats). Her website www.queenofretreats.com helps ‘sell’ each of these parts of her work as well as offering a fantastic array of in-depth, honest reviews of spas, retreats and healthy holidays to help readers can find something appropriate to their life situation.

Q: How do you get copy writing work?

A: You need to be able to write, spell, check grammar, proof read and create professional copy to order and deliver work on time. Get your first client – ask around and see if anyone you know needs help with their web copy, for example. Build a portfolio. Get good testimonials. Then you can start to ‘sell’ your writing – peopleperhour.com works for some people – but for Caroline, word of mouth is everything.

Q: Should you keep your job?

A: The short answer is yes. Write and learn the skills needed in the evenings/weekends until you have built up the confidence/portfolio to attempt your escape and give it the best chance of success. A part time job is always good in the beginning!

Q: Any hints/tips on submitting/pitching for work?

A: Buy the publication you want to write for, have a good look at it and only pitch something you think is right for those readers. Be professional. Call the organisation to ensure you get the correct person to send your pitch to. Email them and make the pitch pithy but short. In Caroline’s experience, if they’re interested they’ll get back within a week. If you don’t hear, chase them once only, one week later. Then leave it – life’s too short to pursue unless your pitch is sensationally amazing. If it is – call them once. Then leave it. Never take being ignored personally – editors are stressed out a lot of the time.

Q: What can an aspiring travel writer do in the next month?

A: Be honest with yourself about what it is you want to achieve and why. Start a writing course. Write as often as you can. Look out for internships, writing circles and mentors to look over your work. Start building genuine relationships with people who can help you and see if you can help them in some way first.

Q: You run a successful website, www.queenofretreats.com. What are the best ways of growing the readership of a site?

A: Mainly, write for others so you can get inbound links – as well as her regular journalism, Caroline writes spa round ups for everyone from the Guardian to Positive News, and regular columns online for The Huffington Post, Healthista.com and Welldoing.org, all to help spread the word about www.queenofretreats.com. Newsletters can help too.

Q: You’ve been writing about spas, retreats and healthy holidays since the late 1990s. What are your favourite spas?

A: It depends on how she’s feeling and the size of her bank balance at the time, says Caroline. She likes Gaia House in Devon for an affordable meditation retreat. Kamalaya in Thailand for a lush holistic break. A retreat can mean anything you need it to – she’d just spent a weekend in St Mawes in Cornwall staying at a self catering retreat where she had daily treatments with a fantastic local therapist. In the UK she tends to avoid spas in hotels unless they’re exceptional and/or pampering (She likes Limewood in Hampshire and The Scarlet in Cornwall) – she’s not keen on massive destination spas as she thinks they’re trying to do too many things and are too commercial. She prefers smaller places that can treat everyone as an individual.

Q: What makes a great retreat?

A: 1. The people. You need first class, experienced teachers, welcoming hosts and brilliant overall management. Not everyone gets it right. 2. A beautiful setting which meets the needs of your guests and matches the claims made in your marketing. 3. Organisation. Leave no detail unaddressed!

Resources:

Caroline Sylger Jones:

http://queenofretreats.com/

https://twitter.com/QueenofRetreats

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Queen-of-Retreats

Jobs in journalism:

http://www.gorkanajobs.co.uk/

http://www.journalism.co.uk

http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/

http://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/

Writing courses:

http://www.citylit.ac.uk/

https://generalassemb.ly/

http://www.faberacademy.co.uk/

http://www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/

Other resources for travel & travel blogging:

http://school.escapethecity.org/essays/can-become-paid-travel-writer/ – Great essay by Mark Johanson is an American travel writer and the former travel editor at International Business Times.

http://www.meetup.com/TravelMassive/ – A massive meet up for travellers in London. The next event is 26th June 2014 at Guanabara, I will be there, come and join us!

Note: a little bit of esc the city magic: whilst browsing the esc community boards I spotted the following post:

http://www.escapethecity.org/users/7638

I responded and got speaking to Prash. Prash is setting up a fantastic project, where travel bloggers will have a collaborative platform to share great travel experiences. He will also be attending the meet up mentioned above. In the meantime feel free to get in touch with Prash directly or me, check out the website and fill in his survey. The site will be going live soon and I can’t wait to both write for and read the posts on localoids to help me on my adventure!

http://localoids.com/

@localoids

Some great blogs to inspire:

http://www.nomadicmatt.com/

http://www.travmonkey.com/

http://chrisguillebeau.com/

http://www.giveliveexplore.com/ (Matt from Esc’s site!)

Me:

@rimapatel7

Let me introduce myself

A little about me

“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.” – George Carlin

So, I feel its time to get to know me a little better. I am, as many of us claim to be, appalling at writing about myself (see unfinished CV, even though I am leaving my job in September, a story for another time). What is it that we all struggle with? I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but there is a certain pressure when we try to define and summarise ourselves down to a page, or a snappy, witty paragraph in the ‘about me’s of our blogs.

I for one get mental constipation just at the thought of it. I don’t particularly want to put myself into a self-defined box.What if I leave something out or the phrasing makes me out to be something I am not? Surely I am more than a page of self indulgent chatter, I must be more complicated!

Part of the reason I feel, is these sorts of self summaries are always for someone else, a potential employer or potential readers out there in the internet ether, so inherently susceptible to approval or rejection.  Also, what if I don’t actually know myself very well yet, what then? I can feel the anxiety bubble up already, just thinking about it.

So a slightly different approach is in order perhaps. I am going to interview myself for you all. Wait.. before you click away.. I get that it sounds a lot like I will be talking to myself, oh wait it definitely is exactly that. So click away if that’s not your bag. I tell you for why I’m doing it this way. 1. I hope I’m not alone, but often I feel very much like I am 2 people. So why not get one to interview the other? 2. When thinking about what I’d write, it seemed to flow far better than just trying to write a traditional ‘about me’. 3. It leaves it open to conduct further interviews to delve in a bit deeper. 4. I’d like to get to know myself better too! So, why not try it ey. Here goes.

Me: So who are you then?

Metoo: Hello! I’m Rima, 24 years old, soon to be ex-accountant, living in London.

Me: Ok so, pretty standard stuff. Why ex-accountant?

Metoo: Ahh its all a bit cliche to be honest with you, but I pretty much fell into this job, and now I am fully qualified, surprise surprise, It’s dawning on me that being an accountant/auditor is not really my life long ambition. I’ve tried the corporate world and you know what, its not for me. I don’t fit in here I don’t think.

Me: I hear a lot of this kind of chat from people in your position. People don’t seem to be content with the well paid, but high stress lifestyle so much anymore.

Metoo: Yea, agreed. We all wanted the money and the power and respect, and now we have a slice of it, not really sure it’s what we wanted at all!

Me: This blog seems to be a fairly new project (June 2014), what made you start?

Metoo: Well part of being in a job like mine is that you feel quite trapped by the skills you’ve acquired thus far and feel that you can’t do anything remotely different. Also, it seems to sap all creative energy and will from you so you both think you can’t be creative and also don’t feel you have the time or energy to even try. So I thought a blog would help me flex my creative muscles, and prove to myself that if I put my mind to it, I can 100% do it.

Me: Nice. But what is the point of your blog?

Metoo: What do you mean? Why do I write it? Or why do I think people should read it?

Me: both!

Metoo: Well I write it to practice writing, to record my memories and thoughts and feelings at a point in time, to share cool things that I think others may enjoy, to question my own opinions too perhaps. As for readers, I include a lot of reviews of stuff that have particularly enjoyed so hopefully others can get inspired to experience similar things! I’m a sharer! I’d like to also dissect some philosophy here too at some point. So would be cool to interact with folks.

Me: That’s a lot you want to do there bud. Anything you think will be a barrier for you getting this done?

Metoo: Erm… myself! Probably the biggest stumbling block of all. I guess until September time is a little limited. Work is a massive part of life at the mo. Honestly though, its only really me that will get in my way, if for some reason I lose the drive/motivation to keep going. Other than that full steam ahead!

Me: Well my advice would be to just do it. Start and don’t stop. What sort of things are you interested in and may write about?

Metoo: Simple enough advice to give ey! Interested in.. hmm…too many things!! By that I mean that there is a lot that excites me. Including travel, philosophy, yoga, mental health, books, art, film, music, poetry, business, sanskrit, dance, languages, people, food. Most of these I am a complete novice at, so am aiming to get a better understanding of all of them over time. I will post my bucket list up here at some point maybe. Give you a better idea.

Me: What is the dream?

Metoo: Arghh big questions dude! Well this is what I am in the progress of working out. However, I listened to some sound advice recently, to be micro ambitious. So, I think I will set myself varying small and medium sized goals regularly. At the mo, yoga, reading, travel plans, learn Spanish/German are high up the list. Also, finding a source of income for when I am unemployed in Sept!

Me: What are your greatest fears?

Metoo: oh man. really, enough with the personal questions? I guess a couple of things. 1. I am a serious people pleaser! So a fear of being disliked. I like to be liked. I’m not particularly ok with people just disliking me. I’m pretty annoyingly positive and enthusiastic sometimes and worry that people think to themselves.. ‘omg.. seriously just pipe down.. no-one cares’. 2. Being a burden on anyone else. I am fiercely independent so would hate to have to rely on anyone else. 3. Seriously FOMO. I know, I’m sorry, I said it, I had to. Its a frustratingly appropriate acronym and I hate myself for using it. I just do worry that life is so dam short, if I spend a single minute, hour, day not in the pursuit of my many, varying passions that I will miss out on the wonders that our planet has to offer. One reason I must quit the corporate milk round. That about covers the main ones.

Me: I feel that we have learned a fair about about us. A lot still to go, but a break perhaps. 20 year old us would have been astonished at how easily and quickly we just managed to bash out 1218 words.

Metoo: Yea wow. Fair play. A fan of this interview style, as crazy as it makes me seem! Until next time!

RP

@rimapatel7

12 Angry Men, Garrick Theatre

Events, London, Theatre

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‘The right thing to do and the hard thing to do are usually the same’ – Steve Maraboli

I should go to the theatre more. I had an outing to see Twelve Angry Men a few weeks ago and it was bloody brilliant!

As one of my favourite films it was a complete no brainer to go see it on stage whilst it was in London. A simple but compelling drama of a jury of 12’s deliberation of a 16 year old’s guilt or innocence in a murder case, it is a classic tale of justice, questioning assumptions and addressing your own prejudices.

I always thought that the story would lend itself perfectly to the stage and it really came alive. One thing I loved in particular was the stage, I didn’t notice at first, but the entire central table was on a revolving section, so you could see all the characters from every angle through out the production. The wealth of experience on stage was great to witness.

The run has come to an end in London, however, watch the film for sure and keep a look out for other productions. I’d certainly go again given the opportunity.

@rimapatel7

Best Pizza in London- Pizza Pilgrams & Santa Maria

London, Pub, Restaurants

‘One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.’ – Virginia Woolf

Man I love pizza. Perhaps its a given but seriously, it is so freaking good. That is why I have scoured London for what is (in my opinion!) the best pizza I can find. I think for now I have settled on my 2 hands down favourites.

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1.Santa Maria nearish Ealing Broadway. Ok, so a little bit of a trek if you don’t live out west but my is it worth it. Having just been voted number 1 pizza to try before you die by the Evening Standard, I am not the only one to think so either. A tiny little place, completely tucked away, the menu is simple and focuses squarely on the pizza. The authentic Neapolitan pizza said to found on the streets of Naples (mental note: visit Naples) is expertly crafted and rich, and literally melts in your mouth. Helpfully, you can also grab a take out, as it is prone to get pretty busy. Or alternatively there is a fantastic pub called The Grove right by it, where you can wait for a table to free up. Check them out below:

http://www.santamariapizzeria.com/blog/

@SantaMariaPizza

http://www.metropolitanpubcompany.com/our-pubs/the-grove-ealing/

@TheGroveEaling

pizza pilgrims

2. Pizza Pilgrims, formally of the Pizza Pilgrims’ van Berwick Street, now of permanent residence at 11 Dean Street, Soho. More than anything, I love the Pizza Pilgrims story. Their food is sublime don’t get me wrong, but how they got to where they are now is an inspirational tale of adventure and passion.

Take 2 brothers, a love for pizza and dash of courage and essentially Pizza Pilgrims was born. They traveled across Italy learning, exploring (creating a little TV show in the process) and upon their return set up the van (a 3 wheeled pizza oven come van) and toured until they finally opened their permanent spot. You can read all about their journey on their brilliant website linked below, it looked incredible!

The passion, quality and authenticity shine through all the food and the atmosphere at the restaurant. They obviously have lots of fun too, with the cracking free pizza for missing Panini football stickers going on at the mo (I wish I collected stickers!) Check this place out. I have convinced myself to get there again as soon as possible, perhaps even tonight. I’m craving pizza!

http://pizzapilgrims.co.uk/

@Pizzapilgrims

@rimapatel7

Ruby Wax on Mental Health

Books, Events, General ramblings, London, People

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‘A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?’ – Albert Einstein
(runner up for quote for this post- ‘One is very crazy when in love’- Sigmund Freud, I’m not sure that there has ever been a bigger understatement made in the history of mankind)
Mental health and well-being is a subject extremely close to my heart. I have seen the devastation and debilitation that mental illnesses and also less severe mental stress/pressure can have on an individual and their lives. From acute stress and anxiety on a day to day basis in the workplace to depression, eating disorders and mood disorders in my circle of dear friends, to the full spectrum in my volunteering with the charity The Samaritans.
I had the privilege of attending a panel discussion held by my workplace, at which the fabulous Ruby Wax was a guest panelist. She spoke honestly and fiercely to a room of eager listeners about her experience and her work into understanding mental illness. I hope that there was plenty of food for thought for the decision makers in the room, because there is a vast divide between the ideal working environment which is truly inclusive and supportive of all and the corporate machine that is in place currently. Change is hard, but I hope that the event really inspired the leaders to lead in this area, where so many big companies are woefully behind.
I’m keen not to waffle on as I am no expert here. However, I want to raise awareness and understanding so here are a couple of things that I think are key and then some places I know where you can get further information for yourself and for others you are worried about:
1. Mental illness is not the same as general day-to-day stress. Of course this is still not great and we should all endeavor to minimise this, but there are medically diagnosable mental health issues which cannot be treated without the help and support of medical professionals
2. Illnesses that fall under mental illnesses: Anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, impulse and control disorders, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, dissociative disorders.. the list goes on.
3. 1 in 4 people will suffer with some form of mental health disorder in the course of a year
4. The economic cost of mental illnesses is estimated to be £62 billion each year
5. When you have a illness of any other region of your body aside from your brain, it is your brain that identifies a problem and tries to respond. When your brain is suffering from some form of illness it is unable to identify this, there is no brain to monitor the brain! Which is why suffers may not recognise the symptoms for long period of time or not thing there is anything wrong with them
6. To treat a mental health condition, a professional should be consulted, it is virtually impossible to treat otherwise
Please find support in the following places:
Mind:
@MindCharity
Samaritans:
Mental Health Foundation:
Ruby Wax:
@Rubywax
Ruby Wax- Sane New World (seperate review on this fantastic book to come!)

Evans and Peel Detective Agency

Bars, London, Restaurants

Image‘Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness’- Bryant H. McGill

Sometimes I like knowing something that no one else knows about. Selfish and very hipster sure. Evans and Peel Detective Agency succeeds in creating that feeling even though it is now a well established little speak easy in Earls Court.

I love that you have to create a story that you want the Agency to investigate on your behalf, and then have to continue the story when you arrive at the ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ front door. It all adds to the drama and spontaneity that I often feel we lack on a day to day basis. That little buzz of excitement and anticipation and then the acceptance into the fold, into the bar itself.

Once you’re in you can relax get on to what is really important, the food and drink. Tasty snacks and inventive, generous cocktails, I was impressed. I’m also a fan of the cosy murky vibe, the fact that you are closer than you would usually choose to be to your company and to other groups. There’s a sense of everyone sharing in the collective experience, the community. I completely lost track of time down there, a feeling I relish in the ever busy lives I now lead.

Check this one out. Something a little different and above all a fun night out.

http://www.evansandpeel.com/

@evansandpeel

@rimapatel7