As summer rain continues to drench our beloved South East London we're finding moments of (dry) solace in a handful of good reads and numerous cups of coffee (Spike + Earl is currently serving Old Spike's Peruvian Benedict Blend). We've handpicked a vibrant selection of quarterly, monthly and weekly print publications which you'll find at both Spike + Earl and Old Spike, but for those who prefer their information on the go, here are some of our top online reads for August:
- Wallpaper* writer Emilee Tombs recently visited our latest opening Aside London, located in the heart of Peckham. Read her musings on the design of the venue here.
- If you've ever wondered how that all important morning coffee can turn you from hulk to hero in a matter of minutes this Caffeine Mag article is the one for you. Pick up issue 28 (a tea-focused special) at Spike + Earl and ask our team for an introduction to our own new tea selection!
- The New Yorker never fails to deliver sharp, witty and insightful cultural commentary. Last month contributor Cynthia Zarin saw five of London's latest theatre productions in as many days. Read all about her week in London here.
- In the wake of the poignant loss of architect Zaha Hadid, Peckham-based blogging duo Mark Stanley Russell and David White ask the question: what's next for design? Read their thoughts on Forward Features.
- Hospitality interior design is a huge part of any bar, restaurant or hotel (and something we've been thinking about a lot recently with the upcoming launch of Coal Rooms). See what happened when Monocle met three hospitality players who are shaping the future of the hotel industry. Read online here.
- For #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek (back in May) Shortlist writer and editor Sam Diss revealed how his love of trainers dug him out of his depression. The piece spread far and wide and continues to hit home with new readers. Take a look here.
- We've all been caught peering through a window to get a better look at someone's home interiors. One of our highlights of the latest issue of the South East London journal is documentary maker Smita Patel's stunning double-fronted late Victorian house in Peckham. See it here.
- We're big fans of the team over at arts and culture hub It's Nice That and Jenny Brewer's behind the scenes look at the weird and wonderful world of Rick + Morty is well worth checking out.
- In case you missed it, last week we asked a handful of freelancers to share their top tips for working in your favourite cafes, bars and restaurants. See what they had to say here.
- Last but not least, Spike + Earl's very own David Rochford recommends keeping up with the music gurus at Crack Magazine for the best new releases. Check out this week's here.
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