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Soul Food Meditation and Brunch

Here at Redemption we are holistic bunch and so we are back by popular demand with our amazing meditation & brunch sessions in Notting Hill – another step in our journey to give people the space to ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’ – rather a different type of lunch break, a bit of LA in…

Supper Club With a Twist: can healthy eating and lifestyle help prevent cancer?

We’re excited to announce the birth of a new concept : “Supper Club with a Twist”! Join us on the 9th of March from 7pm to 10pm. Chantal Di Donato of Live Lean Health is joining forces with the founders of Redemption Bar Catherine and Andrea. We will be creating a space for our guests to…

Andrea Waters – Our Creative Director at Redemption Featured on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch

Andrea Waters – Our Creative Director at Redemption Featured on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch

Tell us a little bit about yourself and Redemption? I’m from New Zealand. I’m a classically trained chef and now I’m Creative Director at Redemption. Our concept is to offer people a space away from all toxins and temptations – which is still a proper night out. We are the only bar restaurant in London which is…

Healthy tips for January

Healthy tips for January

As you guys will know, here at Redemption towers we are definitely not holier than thou. We need Redemption more than anyone else – why do you think we invented it?! Admittedly we are somewhat regretting the decision to close operations for 10 days over yule since we are now feeling rather bilious and can’t…

New Year healthy presents for 2017

New Year healthy presents for 2017

Five Buddha Bowls £30 Buy your loved ones a passport to health for just £30! We don’t all have the time or money to go on a full detox retreat in January, so we’ve put together a weekly Buddha Bowl course for £30. This thoughtful gift will help your loved one, colleague (or even yourself!)…

Healthy Christmas gifts from Redemption

We all love Christmas, but it’s a time when many of us spend, consume and waste much more than usual.  We don’t want to be a grinch so we have come up with some solutions which mean you can spoil yourself without spoiling yourself – with bells on! We are all becoming so much more…

Christmas at Redemption

We all love Christmas, but it’s a time when many of us spend, consume and waste much more than usual.  We don’t want to be a grinch so we have come up with a solution which mean you can spoil yourself without spoiling yourself – with bells on! Did you know that one kilo of…

Buddha Bowls at Redemption

buddha bowls We don’t all have the time or money to go on a full detox retreat in January, so we’ve put together a weekly Buddha Bowl course for £30. This thoughtful gift will help your loved one, colleague (or even yourself!) to eat healthily in the new year. Each day we prepare a super-nutritious…

a tour around the healthiest autumn menu in London

As the nights draw in, the wind picks up and the leaves fall, we finally accept summer is behind us. Sob! But now we embrace the richer, earthier tastes of autumn and look forward to the mysterious promise of Halloween, Bonfire Night and beyond. It might be tempting to succumb to sausages and mash, but…

Alcohol Free London

Alcohol Free London

Being the owners of London’s only real alcohol-free restaurant, we often get asked our opinion on going alcohol-free for a month, whether that be Go Sober For October, Dryathlon or Dry January. The answer is, of course, we are all for it! Our customers tend to be young cool people who like the idea of…

Welcome to London

Welcome to London

Given that London is the no.1 tourist destination in the world and we are now heading into holiday season, we wanted to give a big welcome to all our overseas visitors. We are ignoring all the boring political things that are happening, and we hope you feel totally welcome and have a lovely time in…

Complete Redemption is here

Complete Redemption is here

I’m really pleased to announce that Redemption now has its own loyalty scheme, launching today. Every time you spend £15 in one of our restaurants in Notting Hill or Shoreditch, you get redeemed of one of the seven deadly sins, and on your 8th visit you redeem £15 of food & drink for free. It…

Female entrepreneurs unite at Southbank

Female entrepreneurs unite at Southbank

International Women’s Day has been a global hit, celebrating and empowering women in all corners of the world, and sparking discussions across a number of gender-specific topics.   Fuelled by the accessibility of social media, a piping hot discussion point has been women in business, which is something we’re particularly passionate about here at Redemption…

Our Instagram Favourites

Our Instagram Favourites

Hello and Happy Friday! We’ve been busy bees here at Redemption Bar as we start plotting Redemption for the Spring and Summer seasons. If you’re still feeling a bit chilly as we wave goodbye to dark nights and pack away our mittens, check out Andrea’s top 5 winter warming ingredients. If you’ve got some spare…

Seeking Redemption in London Fashion Week

Seeking Redemption in London Fashion Week

So as you, your mum and your cat will all know, London Fashion Week has brought the city to a swanky standstill with designers showing of their unique collections and predicting trends. Naturally, we immediately began to seek Redemption, and here’s what we found: There are definitely traces of our Beet-O-Tini on Xiao Li’s AW16 runway: Embed…

Our latest Instagram Favourites

Our latest Instagram Favourites

We’ve been sooooo busy recently, which we love – especially because it means there’s more gorgeous Instagram photos of you all seeking Redemption for us to drool over. So we’ve chosen a few of our favourites (which was extremely difficult to narrow down!) and have featured them below – make sure to tag us in your foodie…

Who is having the best sex this Valentine’s Day?

Who is having the best sex this Valentine’s Day?

We have just announced that due to popular demand we will be opening on Sunday evening in Shoreditch for Valentine’s Day.  We know our lovely Redemptioners always have a spring in their step – and we started looking into why: 1. What women want For a start recent research has discovered that modern women have…

Health is for life – not just for January

Health is for life – not just for January

What with Dry January, Dryathlon and Veganuary, January 2016 seems to have brought about a seachange in the perception of both veganism and booze-free choices. The national media has been full of articles that analyse the change in behaviour towards this form of mindful living, and it’s perhaps no surprise that Redemption featured a number…

Andrea’s top 5 ingredients to beat the winter blues

Andrea’s top 5 ingredients to beat the winter blues

We love party season, but come January we are dying to get some balance back in our life – without sacrificing our passion for good and plentiful food. There’s nothing more depressing than being faced with an unimaginative pile of wilting salad leaves and a diet Coke…it’s January, it’s cold and we want to cleanse…

Shoreditch L-O-V-E

Shoreditch L-O-V-E

Following the latest Redemption Bar site opening in Shoreditch, we have been absolutely overwhelmed by comments of support and excitement by you lovely people. We’re so delighted with our new pad that we’ve had some beautiful photos taken of the restaurant, the food, and our gorgeous team (even if we do say so ourselves!). One…

And then there were two: the making of Redemption Shoreditch

And then there were two: the making of Redemption Shoreditch

When I first came up with the idea for Redemption in 2012, I had an instant vision of a white / grey neon sign and the dark navy teal colour.  (Maybe it was a reaction to being at Virgin and looking at the colour red all day for 17 years!) I began to think of…

All sorts of shiny new things

All sorts of shiny new things

Hello and Happy New Year! We hope you don’t need to seek too much redemption after the holiday season – but we’re always here if you do… In fact, we’re super excited to announce that we have opened our second site in Shoreditch! So even more of you beautiful people can seek redemption (We’re at 320 Old…

The UK’s Most Hungover Moment

The UK’s Most Hungover Moment

Ahh, December. Our favourite festive month is now in full swing: a comforting barrage of Christmas songs on the radio, a baffling array of saccharine adverts on the telly and, of course, the annual office Christmas party. According to Addison Lee, Thursday 10th is the biggest office party night of the year, providing a great…

What would you do with £30 billion?

What would you do with £30 billion?

What would you do with £30 billion ($45b)? My favourite story this week was about Mark Zuckerberg giving away 99% of his wealth. But what should he spend it on? As a trustee of the small but mighty Ethiopian charity Partners for Change Ethiopia as well as founder of a socially-minded business, Redemption, I found this article on the BBC website…

Black Friday Shenanigans

Black Friday Shenanigans

I’d completely forgotten it was Black Friday until I found myself wading through 50 sales emails this morning! According to data from Experian and IMRG, UK shoppers will spend £1.07bn on 27 November, a predicted 32% year-on-year (YOY) increase from 2014’s £810m. Additionally, almost a third (30%) of online shoppers are either ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to shop during…

Coconut love

Coconut love

Okay. We admit it. We are officially obsessed with coconuts here at Redemption. But you can hardly blame us when they can do so many magical things, including: Coconut water –  benefits include aiding weight loss, curing hangovers and reducing blood pressure. Coconut milk – lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those…

5 things no health freak can live without

5 things no health freak can live without

Here at Redemption we use all kinds of different ingredients, from avacados to micro amaranth shoots, chia seeds to raspberry coulis. These clever little things each bring unique colours and flavours to the dinner table, and we love them dearly. However we would be nowhere without our fabulous basics too. Here are our top five base ingredients…

Andrea’s Sugar Free Hot Chocolate

Andrea’s Sugar Free Hot Chocolate

It’s Friday, and it’s cold, and it’s raining. These 3 things mean it’s absolutely time for a hot drink, and what better than a cosy hot chocolate to warm your hands and heart up!? Our wonderful head chef, Andrea reveals her delicious recipe for the greatest vegan sugar free hot chocolate. This little number will…

Supper Time

Supper Time

Hello and Happy Friday! If you’re anything like us, the idea of a vanilla and dark chocolate cheesecake landing on your doorstep is the kind of stuff our dreams are made of… Until now… We’re ridiculously excited to announce that we’re now available on Supper, so if you’re based in Central London, you can now…

Autumn Vibes

Autumn Vibes

Well firstly, we can’t quite believe October is nearly over! We feel like we’re going to blink and it will be Christmas (are we allowed to mention that word yet?) We’ve introduced some cosy autumn dishes to our menu which have already proved extremely popular, including the butternut squash curry, goddess salad and pumpkin soup:…

Sweet treats

Sweet treats

Happy Friday! We don’t know about you, but we are the worst sweet tooths here at Redemption, which is why we work so hard on making sure our delicious deserts still feel like a treat rather than a chore! Here are a few of our most recent favourites that you have all been loving on Instagram…

A beverage bonanza

A beverage bonanza

We are all about the good stuff here at Redemption, so we just thought we’d pull together a few of our favourite snaps of the delicious drinks we serve here at Redemption. All of our drinks are alcohol-free and low in natural sugars. If you need a cosy winter warmer, we offer a range of high quality ethical teas and…

Our 5 top Instagram posts of the week

Our 5 top Instagram posts of the week

We’ve been inundated with so many wonderful images from the land of Instagram… and it looks like everyone enjoying a bit of Redemption. So we thought we’d pop five of the most popular ones in one place for you to nosey at. Don’t forget to take an arty snap of your food next time you visit us…

What’s the secret to success?

What’s the secret to success?

How can you become successful? In this week’s vlog, Catherine reveals the secret to success; namely that there isn’t one. She highlights the importance of recognising failure as a natural side effect of success, and why we should embrace and learn from it. Take a watch for yourself:

Sneak Peak: Tour of Redemption Bar

Sneak Peak: Tour of Redemption Bar

We do love a good old behind the scenes video, so if you’re anything like us, you’ll love this week’s FridayGram: Catherine gives you an exclusive tour of Redemption Bar Notting Hill, disco ball and all – take a look below!

It’s what’s on the inside that counts

It’s what’s on the inside that counts

We consider ourselves a snazzy bunch, but this was’t always the case.  A lot of thought and planning went into bringing our little place together, and it’s so exciting to see the vision come to life. Stick around for next week where we give you an EXCLUSIVE tour of Redemption!

If at first you don’t succeed…

If at first you don’t succeed…

Hello and Happy Friday! It’s been a great week here at Redemption as the leftover sparkle from Notting Hill Carnival dies down. We’ve been reflecting on how far we’ve come in the few weeks we’ve been open, and how we overcame the various obstacles thrown in our path. We’re very proud of where we are now but…

Redemption in the Spotlight

Redemption in the Spotlight

People have been saying some really lovely things about us recently. So we thought we’d neatly wrap them up in a little blog post for you… call it a cocoon of reviews if you will. A cosy cocoon that is turning into a beautiful butterfly. Have we taken this metaphor too far? Right you are.…

How do you launch a restaurant in 6 weeks?

How do you launch a restaurant in 6 weeks?

We launched Redemption in just 6 weeks! Our founder, Catherine Salway reveals how we did it, and how we overcame the obstacles thrown and got to where we are now.  

Catherine’s Business Journey makes the News!

Catherine’s Business Journey makes the News!

It’s been a crazy few weeks for the whole team at Redemption, and to add to all of the excitement, an article highlighting Founder, Catherine Salway’s decision to trade in her high-flying, high salary job as Richard Branson’s Brand Director. Read the original article.

Our top 5 Instagram posts of the week

Our top 5 Instagram posts of the week

We’ve been inundated with so many wonderful images from the land of Instagram… and it looks like everyone enjoying a bit of Redemption. So we thought we’d pop five of the most popular ones in one place for you to nosey at. Don’t forget to take an arty snap of your food next time you visit us…

Read all about it

Read all about it

Well, what a first week it has been! We have finally found our permanent home in Notting Hill and have had a hugely successful launch week. The media has cottoned on too and we’ve been mentioned in several publications. So, in case you missed it, here are some of the highlights of the coverage so…

Launch week

Launch week

There have been a couple of times this week where I’ve sat back and its sunk in a tiny bit what we’ve achieved and created as a team. We launched a restaurant and it’s really quite lovely! I’ve been asked a lot of questions this week about what our motivation is for Redemption and what…

Howdy partner!

Howdy partner!

For those of you who have been following Redemption recently, you will have seen the wonderful and beautiful Andrea Waters. She’s best known as our chef, but I’m really excited to announce that she will be coming on board as my business partner and as Creative Director for Redemption. I’ve been on the Redemption journey…

On the cusp

On the cusp

I guess we all know people around us who have just drifted into success, or had success come overnight, or it’s just landed in their lap. Not me. I strove hard for my qualifications and I worked passionately at Virgin for 17 years, and although it might seem that success came to me, there was…

The wait is finally over

The wait is finally over

We are SO excited to finally announce where our new home for Redemption is! At one point we thought we were going to have two venues, one in Shoreditch and one in Notting Hill. But in the end… It’s Notting Hill! Notting Hill will be the first major home for Redemption. We’re on the corner…

Why you need to sign up to our newsletter

Why you need to sign up to our newsletter

Redemption is coming! Have you seen it on social media? If you follow us on social media (which, if you’re not – you need to re-evaluate your life choices) just go to the bottom of the homepage on this site and you’ll find the newsletter form. Enter your details and Bob’s your uncle. Why? Well,…

How to make our Bounty Balls

How to make our Bounty Balls

INGREDIENTS 1 cup almonds 1 cup raw quinoa flakes 1/4 cup raw cacao powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon maca powder 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds Pinch sea salt 2 tablespoons rice malt syrup 2/3 cups nut butter 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk Desiccated coconut (for rolling)   METHOD Place nuts and quinoa in…

How to make our summer beetroot risotto

How to make our summer beetroot risotto

INGREDIENTS (Serves 2-4) Olive oil, for cooking 1 large red onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 200g pearl barley 300g cooked beetroot, cubed 1 litre vegetable stock , hot 100g frozen garden peas Handful fresh mint, finely chopped ¼ cup chopped pecans Himalayan salt and black pepper Micro herbs to garnish or drizzle…

What’s next for Redemption?

What’s next for Redemption?

We came to the end of our residency in March and by the end we were exhausted! And definitely started to question why we (a) did a pop-up at all and (b) why we started said pop-up on January 2nd. But in all seriousness, it went incredibly well and we’re so excited about the next…

How Redemption can help you with your dieting goals

How Redemption can help you with your dieting goals

At Redemption, we’ve had quite a lot of publicity about the fact we’re London’s first alcohol-free bar, but we’re more than that. Our concept is ‘Spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’ and that includes alcohol but also sugar, wheat, meat and dairy. If you read any nutritional guides they will tell you those are the things…

Why you #needRedemption if you don’t drink

Why you #needRedemption if you don’t drink

If you don’t drink alcohol, going for a night out can sometimes be a daunting prospect. You might find yourself making up ridiculous excuses (Yes, I’m on antibiotics – again) just to avoid the judgement of others. But that’s why Redemption is a great choice for you. You’ll be used to being surrounded by people…

Why you #needRedemption even if you drink

Why you #needRedemption even if you drink

If you’re the sort of person who likes to drink frequently, or likes to drink every time you go out, I would encourage you to not reject the idea of Redemption. You might find it’s a nice alternative to take a break away from the constant temptation of booze. So whether that’s a Monday night…

My advice for young entrepreneurs

My advice for young entrepreneurs

I was at Virgin for a very long time and have done a lot of innovation work, so I often get asked what my advice is for young entrepreneurs. It’s really tempting to say, “Just go for it!” But you do have to do your homework first because it’s so easy to lose money so…

What was the most stressful moment of the pop-up?

What was the most stressful moment of the pop-up?

Our experience of setting up Redemption at Fairly Square was a journey to say the least! And I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t stressful at times. JD, our manager, started mid-December last year so we had just 2 weeks to organise everything – slightly pressurised! Setting up Redemption at Fairly Square happened over…

What we’ve learnt from starting a pop-up

What we’ve learnt from starting a pop-up

We’ve been searching for properties the whole time we’ve been doing residencies, that’s taken us nearly through to 2 years – can you believe it! During that time I think we’ve made an offer on something like 6 properties. Some of them looked like they were going to come through and then we lost them…

What is a pop-up?

What is a pop-up?

Here at Redemption, we tend to throw the phrase ‘pop-up’ around with reckless abandon, but a lot of people still aren’t sure what it actually means. A leasehold is something that you own for several years, you trade under that leasehold, you have rights to that space and you have a contract with your landlord.…

Is chocolate healthy?

Is chocolate healthy?

Calling all chocoholics! A little indulgence never hurt anybody, according to our very own chef Andrea. Want to make our delicious Raw Chocolate Mousse yourself? Andrea has kindly shared the recipe below. Enjoy!

Join us at Strive Festival

Join us at Strive Festival

It’s Friday, the sun is shining, and an exciting weekend for Redemption awaits! In case you missed my announcement earlier in the week, we will be at Strive Festival all weekend! Based in London’s creative hub, the South Bank Centre, it’s a festival for young people created by young people. And we’re thrilled to be…

Good FridayGram

Good FridayGram

With Easter finally upon us, it’s a time for reflection. It feels particularly apt after almost two years of trading. Lots of successes to celebrate, lots of bruises to heal and lots of lessons learned. The response to Redemption from the public and the media has been amazing. We’ve had love from great organizations like…

New beginnings

New beginnings

This Sunday and Monday are our LAST days at our pop­up in Fairly Square in Holborn. And what an experience it has been! I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and encouragement. Like every new business, we had the odd teething problem, but we’ve met some lovely customers who have given us…

What are the key values of Redemption?

What are the key values of Redemption?

We try to get the balance right in terms of our values. The concept of a healthy eating, alcohol-free venue is in essence almost hippy-fied. But what sets us apart is we never preach to people. So if you want a night away from temptation, whether that is alcohol or sugar, we can provide an…

How to market to the under-30s

How to market to the under-30s

The under-30s demographic can be tricky to market to, but I found they aren’t as elusive as they appear. With Redemption, I was mindful that this particular generation are very ethically aware. It’s not just about coming up with a cool marketing campaign. The under-30s on the whole have great ethical credentials, so it’s important…

BOGOF offer!

BOGOF offer!

What an amazing time we’ve had in our pop-up space in Holborn! However, we only have 4 weeks left. It’s been a blast and we’ve been blown away by the response! To say thank you to our lovely customers for the amazing support we’ve had, we’re offering a Buy One Get One Free on any…

What can a first timer at Redemption expect?

What can a first timer at Redemption expect?

People often feel apprehensive when they arrive at Redemption for the first time. I’m not sure whether they expect a smug hippy vibe or that of an AA meeting, but I’ll happily say in reality it’s neither! It’s customary to get drinks in straight away when arriving at a venue. And I’ve noticed that without…

What was the inspiration for Redemption?

What was the inspiration for Redemption?

To most, the concept of an alcohol-free bar in boozy Britain seems ludicrous. And then to build a business on dining without our favourite social lubricant? Well, it seems like a recipe for disaster. But I saw potential. We’re bombarded with temptation to drink everywhere we go, and within the social setting this can often be…

Fully belly laughs at Redemption Comedy Club

Fully belly laughs at Redemption Comedy Club

Apologies to all of the lovely people who have tried and not been able to get into Redemption during our January pop-up at Fairly Square.  We were a bit overwhelmed with demand!  The good news is that we still have availability for our Redemption Comedy Club on sunday nights.  MC’d by the brilliant Rob Thomas,…

The story of the neon

The story of the neon

People often ask me how I thought of the name Redemption and it’s true it came to me in a bit of a flash. I was on a run in Australia with my best mate there Sam, and said, “maybe I should just call the bar – I dunno – something like, Redemption!” and she…

Wet yourself without wetting your whistle at Redemption Comedy Club

Wet yourself without wetting your whistle at Redemption Comedy Club

I’m delighted to announce our new weekly comedy club starting next Sunday, 18th January, with some of the best comedy talent in the UK. We’re selling a great value ticket of £25 which includes a two-course meal and comedy. Our MC, Reading Comedy Festival and UK Pun Championship finalist, Rob Thomas (pictured), said “acts have…

An amazing first night in central London

An amazing first night in central London

It was our first day at our new residency at Fairly Square yesterday and I’m not sure how we did it, but we totally nailed it. Our exec chef was stranded away skiing so we only had one chef, we were shorted on our food orders, we had a new team, and we were within…

Silly season

Silly season

We’ve begun telling people that Redemption will be open in our new residency at Fairly Square (Holborn, London) in January and the response has been pretty overwhelming. The phone is going, bookings are coming in. People want to know if we are open before January. It goes to show that the need to detox may…

Rawsome Revolution

Rawsome Revolution

A while ago we held an event at Redemption Portobello called Rawsome Revolution and it does feel as though there is a raw food revolution about to happen. For those of you unfamiliar, it is about eating vegetables, nuts and seeds in as raw a form as possible so you can get the most nutrients…

onwards and upwards

onwards and upwards

And so on to the next phase of Redemption’s development. We’re doing another residency in central London, at Fairly Square, London’s first fair trade café bar, in Holborn. We’re going to take over for January and then be in residence every Sunday and Monday through to March, at least. It’s an interesting marriage of brands…

Knot the end of the week

Knot the end of the week

Those of you familiar with me enough to know about my inanimate object rage will be surprised to learn that I have endless patience with undoing knots. When I was a kid, my mum used to give me her tangled up bits of wool to untangle. I find it somehow pleasing. The trick is not…

my baby turtle brand

my baby turtle brand

This week has been a total rollercoaster. As one door opens, another closes. Successful entrepreneurs talk about dark days and how everything is at its darkest just before the dawn. Now is the time to dig deep. This is where it’s important that your brand is hitched to consumer trends and needs – the key…

Do I look stupid?

Do I look stupid?

I think there must be something about my face / demeanor which makes people think that I am naïve and clueless. Here’s some of the most bleeding obvious things people have said to me this year: Why don’t you do some publicity and promotion for Redemption? (I’ve had at least £2 million worth of coverage)…

3 years since Virgin

3 years since Virgin

This week I passed my 3 year anniversary of leaving Virgin. 3 years of having no employer, no salary, no title, no expense account, no corporate travel. And subsequently having very few holidays, new clothes, new furniture, or nice beauty treatments! Has it been worth it? It might seem like I’m living the dream but…

Pub industry doff their cap :)

Pub industry doff their cap :)

Big thanks to the Publican Morning Advertiser for their Big Interview with me this week. They also invited me to speak at their upcoming conference – who would have thought it? The UK pub industry is actually interested in what I have to say. The respect is mutual