Nordic Bar

Nordic Bar, Fitzrovia

The first time I visited Scandinavia (Stockholm, as it happens) I was struck by three things. First, how tall, blonde and attractive the people were. Second, how they liked to sunbathe at every opportunity, regardless of location (ring roads, office car parks, you name it). And third, how incredibly drunk they liked to get on Wednesdays.

Ozone Coffee Roasters

Ozone Coffee Roasters, Shoreditch

The ability of New Zealanders (or kiwis in English parlance) to reinvent themselves by appropriating the best bits of other cultures never fails to amaze me. The NZ that I grew up in was awash with ale, ale, and more ale.