Last week I went on a mission; Mission East. Google were back in the game last week with their first London event for Local Guides since they rebranded from their original name of City Experts.
We were told to meet at the Brew-Shed at Crate Brewery on Wednesday for an evening of food, tech and photography in Hackney Wick and that was it. Luckily my friend Jen is also a Local Guide and was able to snag a spot at this exclusive event as well so I wasn’t completely on my own heading to something totally unknown.
After checking in we were asked to select a character pin badge before grabbing a drink and settling down for an introduction by Google staff Katie and Anouk. To start the evening off we were given a presentation by Paul Winch-Furness on how to improve our food phone-tography. (If that’s not a real word, I’m making it one!)
Those of you who’ve followed my blog for a while probably know that the majority of my pictures are taken using my iPhone so I found this to be very interesting and took plenty of notes on the subject!
Afterwards we were split into groups depending on which pin we’d selected and as I was #TeamStarWars and Jen went for #TeamGandalf we were separated at this point. Each group set off to explore one of five different local companies – my team struck it lucky with a visit to H. Forman & Sons, the oldest smoked salmon factory in London.
We were greeted with a glass of champagne by the owner himself Lance Forman, wowed by the spectacular views of the Olympic Park and treated to a talk on the history of salmon smoking as well as being shown exactly how to carve a side of smoked salmon by none other than the Guinness world record holder.
I absolutely love salmon so it was a real treat for me to see how this was done and of course afterwards we were allowed to try a selection of what Forman’s supply. It was genuinely the best salmon I have ever tasted!
After we had our fill of bubbles and salmon we were shown upstairs to the magnificent Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, which showcases the work of many local artists throughout the year. We were actually given a sneak peek at their latest exhibition: Martin McGinn: Selected Works which had its grand opening the following night!
Sadly it was time to regroup at the Brew-Shed, grab a drink (and a CRONUT!) and find out what our other Local Guides had discovered about the Hackney Wick area. It was a really fun event and it was nice to see the focus be on the venues and their history.
If you are interested in finding out more about Google Local Guides then check out this page to find out what it’s all about.