The Ribena Colouring Cafe

Cafes. There are hundreds (maybe even thousands?) in London, each with their own style and atmosphere. From the swanky coffee bar to the greasy spoon, they are a hub for people meeting friends, working away from the office or just relaxing. They all have that in common. But what about if you’re looking for something different to the norm of coffee and brownies? You’ve probably heard about the Cat Cafes popping up, but if you don’t fancy fur with that latte…

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Covent Garden, a new kind of cafe had appeared. There wasn’t a cappuccino or cat in sight, well… ok, there was a cat:

Ribena Colouring Cafe
Ribena Colouring Cafe

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that adult colouring in has been a bit of a trend. As a creative it’s quite an odd concept to me if I’m honest. If I had Β£1 for every time someone had said that my course at uni/job was just colouring in I’d be rich. And anyway, I find it pretty stressful trying to stay in the lines.

But anyway… Nostalgic, creative and apparently stress-busting, colouring in books have been flying off the shelves for a couple of years now, and so really it makes sense to have a space where people can chill colour in together. Well, don’t worry because Ribena had it covered…

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Serving Ribena (obvs) and a selection of treats, it was a sweet tooth dream and the cafe was buzzing with people chatting about colouring in. Admittedly, this wasn’t just a cafe though… it was a film set, and so I’m sad to say that you can’t visit the Ribena colouring cafe anymore, sorry! But come along on my experience and it’ll be like you were there…

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That would explain all of the cool props, right? From cute teapots and colour co-ordinated books to giant teacups and lamps shaped like birds… and this was all before the sugar rush had begun! πŸ˜‰

If you watched my latest Creative Blogger Mail Haul video on Youtube (and if you didn’t yet, you should… AND subscribe!) then you’ll have heard me talk a bit more about what happened. But basically, pens at the ready, Ella & I chatted about bobble hats and ice cream vans whilst colouring our way to mindfulness… standard!

Ribena Colouring Cafe

So what was it all about then? Well, you can see for yourself:

Soooo, yeah. I’m on TV guys! Did you spot me? I somehow manage to feature 4 times in the long version of the advert, although there are a couple of shorter versions that I’m not in at all. I just went along to do a bit of colouring in for my Instagram, but I guess my Youtube camera practiceΒ finally came in handy. Everyone in the cafe was so lovely from the ‘baristas’ to the film crew, who dealt with our giggling very well.

It was a weird couple of hours but fun to be involved and share the experience with Ella (who I’d dragged along with me… not knowing that we would be filmed). They asked us to talk about how colouring in made us feel, what made us happy and a few other random things that probably made interesting watching for whoever edited it all together. ICE CREAM VANS!

When we walked into the cafe they handed us a tile to colour in, and although we could tell it was part of something bigger, we didn’t really know what it was that we were colouring in. We actually ended up colouring in 2 tiles because we were there so long, both of mine in the photo below – the gnomes and the man with the map:
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Obviously I got the tile of the man’s crotch! ha It was really nice to see when people finished their tile and went to place it onto the wall, the mural coming to life piece by piece! If you watch the advert you will see that it really did come to life thanks to some clever light animation, but unfortunately I wasn’t around for that bit…

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On a side note… how cool is this jacket? This lady hand paints them herself πŸ™‚

Overall it was a cool experience and the response I’ve had from people spotting me in the advert has been so so lovely! Luckily the edit was kind to me and they didn’t show any of the weird things I did… including a tah-dah! Oh dear. Sometimes I’m just too cringey for my own good! The guys at Ribena sent me my tile, so I’ve ‘the crotch’ pride of place in my flat, much to Jack’s amusement.

Did you spot me asking that all important question; Do you like colouring in? And do you? Am I the only person in the world that gets stressed out from colouring in? Let me know…

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4 Comments

  1. e.m.veness@gmail.com' 28/08/2016 / 11:00 am

    ‘The Crotch’ is fantastic! I must say I find the adult colouring books really weird, but I was introduced to them by my psychiatrist and in all honesty, that was enough to put me off. I love the tile idea, and like it even more in the bottom left hand corner where the colours don’t quite match.
    and that jacket. I neeeeeed it!
    erin | words and pictures

    • 29/08/2016 / 11:38 am

      Haha thanks for the crotch appreciation Erin πŸ™‚ Yeah I’m not sure how I feel about colouring in because I just get stressed! Yeah it’s cool where they are completely random colours – a patchwork drawing!

  2. nixtee@gmail.com' 29/08/2016 / 12:25 pm

    I haven’t heard of this place before, but it sounds like fun. I find colouring in quite relaxing, unless I’m doing it with my niece & nephew (because they tell me off for using the wrong colours etc!).

  3. sianemails@gmail.com' 30/08/2016 / 1:57 pm

    Gutted I missed out on this, but glad to hear you had a cool experience! I really love that all the tiles came together in the end, and how the different colours work with another πŸ™‚

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