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how to put a lettuce wall

Rob, Bobby and Squidge from Rocket Gardens managed to transport the wall of lettuce and tomato hangings down to London in their various bits and then spent all of Wednesday planing everything up.

Here's Rob in the middle of the lettuce wall, planting away with a hand from Squidge (in the red hoody)

Plant it

The lettuce took over a month to grow and was lovingly tended to by Bobby to make sure it was just the right size for the wall. The lettuce he grew is of the mizuna variety and the red one that makes up the number '5' is called Red Knight.

Here's Rob giving it a final trim before it goes up

Trim it

And here's how the cafe looked at about 4pm on Wednesday
Before

Final touches before the big lift

Screw that bit in

Easy now

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A final spruce from Squidge

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Then it was onto the hanging gardens of Shoreditch

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Potting up all the herbs for the pick-your-own herb gardens on every table.

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And then a thorough watering of everything and a good sweep up before heading home.

So please make time to admire Rocket Garden's handiwork if you're heading down to the cafe over the next week and be sure to add some freshly picked herbs to your lunch.

a very grand opening

Parp parp.

The innocent 5 for 5 cafe is now officially open for business.

Last night, we had the opening party. And it was right old knees up.

Under the starlit branches of our portable orchard, posh cocktails made by our friends at Sipsmith were supped, fine ales from the chaps at The Camden Town Brewery quaffed and a canape frenzy ensued when the miniature dishes from Gizzi's menu began to waft past.

The welcome sign handcrafted by Aldworth James & Bond lit the way as guests entered through the mini secret door.

Sign

Upon entering, breaths were taken at the sight of the amazing lettuce wall made by Rocket Gardens.

Lettuce wall

Everyone then got a bit fidgety waiting for the canapes to arrive

Food blackboard

The excellent Dave Chandler Band provided the music for the evening.

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(They're a quintet. Which is 5. Yep. We know)

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Lots of people. Mingling. Having a good time. Having a chat. Keeping one eye out for the canapes.


Tansy and annika

And here are the two wonder ladies who pulled the whole thing together - Tansy and Annika - looking proper hot.

Joe M was there too. Looking for free stuff.

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Finally after everyone had drunk, eaten and chatted their full, they were given a party bag with a crumble for one to take home but not before leaving their mark on our massive 5 a day tally counter.

The cafe is now open for business and word on the street (Twitter) is that it is the place to be.

Hopefully see you down there.

come along to our cafe

We're going to be opening a little cafe in Shoreditch, East London for 7 days this October and we'd love you to come along.

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We've called it the innocent 5 for 5 cafe because from the 1st - 8th October (closed Monday 4th), we're aiming to serve 5,000 people their 5-a-day for a fiver.

Which is 25,000 portions of fruit and veg.

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For just £5, you can choose a 2 course lunch or dinner from a tasty menu which has been specially designed by our guest chef, Gizzi Erskine.

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We've got a special kids menu too and a handy takeaway hatch round the side where you can pick up a veg pot and smoothie for £5 if you've only time for lunch on-the-go.

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The 5 for 5 cafe is bookings only, so to bagsy yourself a seat or find out a bit more, just click here and we'll hopefully see you down the cafe.

would you rather...

...have fish for fingers or tin foil for toes? The beak or the voice of a pigeon? Or would you rather substitute vinegar for milk or wear your Nan's pants?

These things, we must know.

In fact, so life defining/office time wasting are these dilemmas that we've put them on the back of our big cartons.

Here's the latest batch as penned by our drinkers

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If you fancy seeing your name in crayons on the side of a litre of whole crushed fruit, just post your favourite 'Would you rather...' below and the best ones will end up on the next set of designs for our big cartons (around December time) as well as winning a case of smoothies for pushing our grey matter to the limits.

Rules are: nothing rude, offensive or pigeon related. We've exhausted the pigeon category.