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London Coffee Festival 2017: Combining Art with Coffee

Ever wondered what coffee and art have in common? Let’s face it, probably not. But, when I went online to buy my ticket for the London Coffee Festival, I came across the Coffee Art Project which combines coffee and art to raise money for charity.

The Coffee Art Project first ran in London in 2013 and gives artists the opportunity to submit work that relates to coffee or an experience with coffee. Artists can use any type of media they want to, from sculpture to photography and anything in between – the only criteria is that there must be a link to coffee.

Katie, a 19-year-old lover of coffee says: “For someone who is a huge coffee lover and finds coffee essential for my daily routine, I think it’s such a cool idea to make art by using coffee.”

Artists who submit their work are critiqued by a panel of judges which is made up of artists and industry professionals. The winning artist is awarded with a cash prize of £1,000 and three runners-up are awarded with £250.

The competition has taken place in several cities around the world such as Milan, New York and Paris. It will soon be launching in Buenos Aires, but not before taking part in the London Coffee Festival which takes place this weekend. Visitors to the London Coffee Festival will be able to vote for their favourite piece of artwork.

The submitted pieces are auctioned off, with some pieces being sold for over £1,000. All money raised by the Coffee Art Project is donated to Project Waterfall, a charity which aims to bring clean drinking water and sanitation to coffee growing communities around the world.

Since 2011, the charity has raised over £285,000 and provided clean water and sanitation to more than 13,000 people in coffee growing countries such as Tanzania and Ethiopia. 90% of coffee comes from third world countries and 60% of people in these countries do not have access to clean drinking water.

Anna, a 19-year-old art lover who had never heard of the Coffee Art Project before, says: “I think it’s a fantastic idea and I’d love to take part! Seems like a really good way of getting the community together to do something good for a community elsewhere.”

Ali, a 22-year-old Londoner says: “I think using coffee, something that is used every day worldwide and combining it with art is cool, creative and imaginative! What’s even better is that it is done for charity.”

The London Coffee Festival launches UK Coffee Week which takes place from April 10th – 16th and all of the donations it receives are given to Project Waterfall. The London Coffee Festival is open to the public from April 7th – 9th and adult tickets can be purchased online for as little as £16.50.

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7 Places You Have to Visit in London

From skyscrapers to markets, London has it all, making it almost impossible to see everything in one trip. Whether you’re coming to London for a day or a week, there are certain places you can’t afford to miss out on seeing – here are seven of them in no particular order.

1. The Shard


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The Shard. Image taken by Fred Mouniguet, courtesy of http://www.unsplash.com

London’s tallest skyscraper, The Shard, opened in 2013 and has dominated London’s skyline ever since. Its viewing platform, The View from The Shard, gives visitors the opportunity to see London from its 72nd floor and tickets can be purchased here.

Nearest tube station: London Bridge

2. Big Ben

Big Ben is over 150 years old and is a must see for anyone visiting London. It is part of the Palace of Westminster (or, as you may know it, the Houses of Parliament) which is where the government debates about the major political issues facing Britain. Below is a live stream I did on Periscope from opposite Big Ben on 03/04/17 to give you a feel of what it’s like to be there in person.

Nearest tube station: Westminster Station

3. London Eye

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View of the London Eye from Westminster Bridge. Image taken on iPhone 7 on 03/04/17.

The London Eye is one of London’s most iconic landmarks and is only a five minute walk from Big Ben. In only thirty minutes it will give you a view of the entire city from over 400ft in the air and, according to a Twitter poll I conducted, it’s the main tourist attraction my followers would want to see if they came to London. Tickets can be purchased here.

Nearest tube station: Waterloo

4. Sky Garden

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London’s Sky Garden is located at 20 Fenchurch Street and is based on its 34th-37th floors. It is situated opposite The Shard, giving visitors the best view of Britain’s tallest building available (as shown in the image above). There are even two bars in the Sky Garden, meaning you can get a drink as you take everything in. The best thing about it? Tickets are completely free.

Nearest tube station: Monument

5. Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace. GIF courtesy of GIPHY.

Buckingham Palace is the home and headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom and is a huge attraction for both tourists and Londoners. From watching the Queen’s Guard march outside to relaxing in one of the three neighbouring parks, it’s easy to spend the day at Buckingham Palace.

Nearest tube station: Green Park

6. Covent Garden

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Covent Garden has everything tourists come to London to experience. It’s full of shops, restaurants, bars and even has its own market. It’s a place that often gets overlooked by visitors because it isn’t home to skyscrapers or famous tourist attractions, but it’s definitely worth visiting.

Nearest tube station: Covent Garden

7. Camden Market

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Camden Market. Image taken on iPhone 7 on 03/04/17.

At the heart of Camden is Camden Market. You can buy pretty much anything in the market, from clothes to food to art. It’s the perfect place to buy something unique from your trip to London that your friends back home won’t be able to get anywhere else. It’s also not too expensive and Camden Town is full of restaurants, bars and shops to keep you occupied once you’ve explored the market.

Nearest tube station: Camden Town


So, there you have it. Those are seven of the places you have to visit if you’re ever in London, according to someone who has lived here for over twenty years. There are dozens of other places I could have recommended, but I think these seven are the most enjoyable if you’re a tourist and want an insight into what London is really like.

If you want any other recommendations or want to complain that I’ve missed somewhere that you see as hugely significant, then leave a comment or tweet me @ConorClark.

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