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Personal Best List

The HdK team love working within the arts, because of our passion and interest in the sector; whether it be theatre, music, literature or dance and each team member is particularly interested in a different area. Therefore, as the end of the year fast approaches, we thought it’d be fun to find out the teams favourite cultural moments of their year and give you all a chance to get to know us all a bit better.

I created this list using a simple questionnaire on www.surveymonkey.com (great for market research if you’re not using this already), which I then curated into the list you can see below, rounding up our favourite technology, books, series, websites and more…

What book would you recommend reading?
Beware of Pity, Stefan Zweig. A beautifully, tragic story with an engaging plot. Zweig’s real strength is in his complex and detailed portrayal of characters , allowing the reader a complete insight into their mental struggles and motives. 
Sophia – Social Media & Digital Arts Marketer

What film would you recommend watching?
Call Me By My Name is a beautiful atmospheric film with the best rolling credits scene at the end I’ve ever watched.
Hans – Director

What is your favourite website?
The Caret www.thecaret.co
A great source of learning about digital trends.
Raf – Designer

Have you been to any great gigs or festivals? Why are they so memorable?
I was gifted a weekend in Paris to see the Hans Zimmer Live Orchestra perform, the combination of musical virtuosity accompanied by captivating cinematography as a backdrop made this an incredibly memorable experience. Although many of Zimmer’s compositions are marginally simple, they’re very effective and well-produced ideas.
Jamie – Developer

What is your favourite theatre show?
I really enjoyed Cockfight, it delved into many controversial topics of male competition within the office in the form of physical theatre. An extremely visceral and emotional show.
Rochelle – Social Media Apprentice

What is your favourite restaurant? What dish would you recommend?
1921 in Bury St Edmunds, the bunny was amazing, I’d definitely recommend.
Kate – Finance Manager

What is your favourite exhibition? Why?
David Hockney at Tate Britain was fantastic. The exhibition is an extensive collection of Hockney’s most famous works celebrating his art in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across 60 years.
Raf – Designer

What is your favourite TV series?
I found ‘Sense 8’ interesting. I really liked the concept of small groups of 8 people telepathically connected, living in different locations in the world. Those in the group are able to call upon each other’s skills and expertise when needed AND it’s available on Netflix.
Jamie – Developer

What is your favourite new technology? Why?
Machine learning. For those who don’t know, the basic idea behind it is that machines can learn processes rather than having them programmed, allowing for significant automation in many roles.
Audrius – Developer

We hope this list has given you some inspiration for the holiday downtime, or perhaps some gifting ideas.  Join us tomorrow for another seasonal delight with a bit of a quirky twist…

My Favourite Christmas Recipes

To me Christmas is all about relaxing, having fun and catching up with family and friends. Having said that, modern festivities just wouldn’t be the same without a table straining spread of food and booze. So, to ensure you don’t fall behind on your hosting duties (or most valued guest) here are a list of some of my favourite recipes, which are easy to knock up and taste a dream.

Sugar Cookies

What Christmas would be complete without Christmas cookies? Icing these cookies can seem an effort, but you can always make the icing with a set of sprinkles etc. to add to them and then tell your friends to ice their own as a ‘fun Christmas activity’!

Ferrero Rocher No Bake cheesecake

If you like chocolate and impressing people, but can’t be bothered with the hassle of cooking on the day, this is the recipe for you. This no bake cheesecake requires very few things, looks brilliant and is delicious. So easy to take over to someone’s or bring out as the pièce de résistance at the end of a meal.

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (V,GF)

I find some guests very frustrating, and those guests are generally vegan (sorry for all vegans reading this, but you know its true). However, this site is full of amazing recipes, which have almost convinced me I could cope without cheese. These cookies are an example of one of those recipes, they’ll please everyone and you can use the leftover chickpeas to make this recipe.

Christmas Rocky Road

If there’s one recipe you need during the holidays it’s this one. When arguments ensue or you set fire to the turkey, eating one of these will soon bring back the yuletide cheer.


I seem to like different cocktails every year and its very dependent on the crowd and atmosphere I’m going for, but these two sisters have such a vast list of delicious cocktails and mocktails, I guarantee everyone will be able to find a tipple of choice on here.

The two below are simple classics to get you started, but I’d definitely recommend stepping outside the standard cocktail comfort zone here, because it’s always good to learn something new and if it doesn’t go to plan, you’ll still be left with some form of boozy concoction to soften the blow.

Mulled Wine

Prosecco and Cranberry Mimosa


Well that’s all folks, let us know your favourite recipes and if you’re in Hoxton/Shoreditch anytime today, do drop by and pick up a slice of cake or a mince pie from our Christmas Bake Sale in aid of Save the Children UK

Merry Christmas to each and every one of us, watch out for tomorrows seasonally inspired post.