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LDNERS is the brand new podcast hosted by LOTI Co-Founder Ben Smith and London writer and woman about town Sonya Barber. Each episode, Sonya and Ben talk to a LDNER who has founded something exciting in the Big Smoke, from the world’s best bar to a nut butter empire. Follow along to hear their honest, funny, strange and inspiring stories.

In this first series, Ben and Sonya chat to Sam Bompas from experimental food duo Bompas and Parr about their seriously wacky creations; Alex from Social Pantry, who's taking catering to the next level by employing ex-offenders (and creating candyfloss for Rihanna); Pip Murray from Pip & Nut on what’s next for peanut butter; Shamil Thakrar, founder of London institution Dishoom, on the story behind its famous bacon naan roll; cocktail guru Ryan Chetiyawardana on how he opened – and then closed – the world’s best bar; and Jennie Webber, creator of Wild Life Drawing, on getting up close and personal with howling wolves.

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7 Episodes
As the purveyor of one of London's most famous breakfasts, Shamil Thakrar may as well have introduced a landmark to the capital. We are, of course, talking about Dishoom's legendary bacon naan. Shamil is the founder of the restaurant inspired by Bombay cafe culture which first opened in Covent Garden in 2010, and it is fair to say it has been a staple ever since. Ben and Sonya dive into the story that led to the creation of Dishoom and everything that inspired Shamil along the way. Stick the kettle on and hit play...  See for privacy and opt-out information.
How do you go from being a theatre producer to launching your own mega peanut butter brand? That's exactly what Ben and Sonya want to find out as they talk to Pippa Murray, the founder of natural London-based nut butter brand Pip & Nut. From blending different ingredients in her kitchen to rolling it out across the globe, Pip & Nut has grown phenomenally since launching in 2013. Listen as we dive into Pip's journey and find out just how much she really knows about nuts...  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Experimental food duo Bompas & Parr are basically the Penn & Teller of the food world. Magicians of culinary delights who can make ramen glow in the dark, recreate what life would be like inside a Prosecco bottle and even conjure up a giant mist that tastes like cheesecake. On this week's episode of LDNERS, Ben and Sonya chat with Sam Bompas, one half of the innovative pair best known for their incredible jelly creations, as well as their surreal spectacular events. From food art to powerful trousers, prepare to fall down a weird and wonderful rabbit hole.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
To get ahead in life, it's important to have a wolf lady on your side. Yes, a wolf lady. We're not lost inside a GoT spin-off, we're talking about some of the great life advice from our latest guest on the LDNERS podcast. Jennie Webber is an illustrator that took her love of animals off the page by bringing amazing creatures into unique places for special drawing sessions. Wildlife Drawing gives people the chance to get up close and personal with wolves, micropigs, owls, baby chicks and many more cute critters. Hence why Jennie has a wolf lady, who handles and cares for a pack of wolves and also educate people on their behaviour and habits. Join us as we dive into the magical world of Wildlife Drawing with it's brilliant founder Jennie.  See for privacy and opt-out information.



Hello Hello. Episode two this week sees Ben and Sonya chat to Ryan Chetiyawardana, otherwise known as Mr Lyan. Ryan is an award-winning bartender and his bar Dandelyan was crowned the best bar in the world. When it comes to fixing a drink, he's one of the most exciting mixologists in the world right now and is shaking up the industry, as well as championing sustainability. Ryan is also the author of two cocktail books helping us all make impressive drinks at home.  Find out how Ryan became the world's best barman, what drinks he makes for his mates and where he hangs out when he's off-duty.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello hello, it's the first episode of our new podcast. Our first guest on LDNERS has been given many title - girl boss, entrepreneur, chef, hostess with the mostess and head honcho - so she's kind of a big deal. Alex Head is the founder of Social Pantry, which is a production and event catering business for all sorts of happenings, from weddings to parties and everything in between. It also has a strong charity partnership and offers work placements to ex-offenders to guide them back into work and support their journey. Find out all about Alex's story, how she started out as a bit of a takeaway and now has to think about producing all sorts of creative and mind-bending food for an event Rhinana might be hosting. Crazy times.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Who we got on LDNERS?

Who we got on LDNERS?


Ben and Sonya tell you all about the guests they have on season one of LDNERS.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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