Issue 9


I first met Rich McCor two years ago, just before he became an Instagram sensation buddying up with the likes of Apple and Instagram. Ever since, I’ve been waiting for the right time to pop the question about doing a cover for us… and I’m now thrilled the day has finally come. This is our first photographic cover, so it’s apt that it features Covent Garden’s stones and cobbles, the fabric of the area, as the backdrop for Rich to work his magic on. Can you guess the exact spot?

This booze-heavy issue begins with a piece by our new neighbour Mick O’Hare, a New Scientist staffer for over 25 years, about the science behind the Martini. Following that up is a journey back in time to the gin-soaked streets of Victorian London, where we hear how the spirit was once cheaper (and cleaner) than water.

Elsewhere we explore other forms of hospitality, including a look at the 17th-century Jelly-houses, which were home to some ‘unconventional’ ingredients (decomposed urine, just to give you a flavour). Regula Ysewijn also gives us a tried and tested recipe for Blanc Mange, a food fit for kings, while Dr Ruth Richardson writes about grub in Dickens’s London. Plus we have our food pages to help you plan your next treat out and about.

We are thrilled to welcome West End royalty, Director of The Ivy Fernando Peire, to share his wisdom on the coming season’s best West End shows.

Finally, I urge you to keep visiting Covent Garden – the beating heart of our brilliant capital.

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