On an Autumnal Monday night Trouva x The Hoxton brought together a group of friends for a relaxing evening of delicious food and terrazzo coaster making (it’s a thing) in the stunning surroundings of their new Southwark hotel.
Firstly, what might we need terrazzo coasters for? Cocktails of course… the evening kicked off with these being served in The Apartment, an industrial loft like space intended to invoke all the pleasures of home with none of the tidying up. Eclectic furniture pieces and handpicked homewares abound. After soaking up the ambience guests were invited to embark on the eagerly awaited terrazzo workshop with surface and product designer Katie Gillies.
It’s safe to say it’s been a mega few years for terrazzo; the material best described as concrete’s flamboyant cousin. On Trouva, we’ve seen its popularity grow in abundance with more of our boutiques sourcing homewares pieces featuring terrazzo finishes. We knew we were in for a treat when we heard we’d have a couple of hours to play around with Jesmonite, an acrylic and resin based building material which is also environmentally friendly.
What unfolded was a three stage process: First we coloured and set the jesmonite for the flecks, once they were set we crushed them into a range of sizes (a bit like breaking up an overly chilled chocolate bar) then set we set the flecks in the base itself. A therapeutic, craft filled few hours the workshop was fully embraced by all in the room, especially when it came to experimenting with colours for the creation of the flecks. It was playful, a little bit messy (!) and allowed us to flex our creative muscles on a Monday evening. It was interesting to see the styles that everyone came up with and surprising how well they represented the individual personalities in the room.
Post coaster creation stomachs were rumbling and we were ready for dinner at Albie, the Hoxton Southwark’s Italian riviera inspired ristorante. Set within a high ceilinged open plan space shared with the hotel lobby and adjoining bar it’s spacious and modern but filled to the brim with textures, warm colour and touches of rattan that gives it a soft and comfy feel. The lighting is low and ambient – perfect for picture taking and people watching.
Soon we were tucking into three courses of family-style sharing plates including handmade pasta, freshly baked focaccia and baked sea bream. Accompanied by a cocktail menu with a whole section dedicated to alcohol free options, ideal for a school night. We strongly recommend the booze-free Albie Negroni classic.
With bellies full and thirsts quenched we coasted up to our rooms for a night’s stay only to be welcomed by a goodie bag of one-of-a-kind homewares gifted by a selection of Trouva’s boutiques. Heaven!
We’ve partnered with the Hoxton Southwark to give a lucky winner a stay in the hotel and a £200 shopping spree on Trouva. Enter here.