Thoughts from category: friends

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

Final touches before the big lift

Screw that bit in

Easy now


A final spruce from Squidge


Then it was onto the hanging gardens of Shoreditch

Hanging toms

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


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.


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.

Dave chandler band

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


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.

Tally canvas
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.

the walls are alive

With some very fine tomatoes.

In just 10 days time, we're opening the doors to our 5 for 5 cafe and we're pulling together the final touches.

Along with some of the finest vegetarian fare for miles around, our cafe is going to feature a number of very special walls. Move over brickwork, breezeblocks and MDF - walls of fruit and veg are the way forward.

Our friend Rob at Rocket Gardens has been busy in his wood shed knocking together some frames for our living walls.

Here they are being loaded onto Rob's very snazzy blue tractor.

Snazzy tractor

And here they are full of tomato plants, all ready for the journey up to London and their debut at The Tramshed.


There's still a giant wall of Little Gems to come.

Lettuce pray it arrives on time.

To book your spot at the cafe and to see the walls with your very own eyes, just click here.

peace on your computer screen

Next Tuesday 21st September is Peace One Day. To mark the occasion you could do a few things for peace. You could watch the webcast of the Peace One Day 2010 Celebration from 8pm GMT including an exclusive high quality stream of the Peace One Day concert from Paris and live presentations. You could join the innocent and Peace One Day wall of peace and encourage as many of your friends as possible to do the same. Or you could find a limited edition innocent and Peace One Day smoothie in the shops and wear your free badge with pride for the whole day.

Or you could do all three, watch the concert, join the wall, get the smoothie and badge.