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See yourself in your cappuccino at London tea rooms

A London-based chain of tea rooms has become the first in the UK and Europe to offer what it

is calling the “Selfieccino”, a cappuccino with the customer’s selfie printed on it using futuristic

printing technology that scans the selfie and injects edible food colouring into the froth to print

the image.

“We are proud to be introducing something quite unique to the UK market. It’s the first time

people will be able to print their selfie, or any image, on their cappuccino,” says Ehab Shouly,

Managing Director of The Tea Terrace, which owns and operates three tea rooms at the House

of Fraser department stores in London’s Oxford Street and Victoria Street, and Guildford.

Customers simply take a selfie and then send it via a messaging app to the barista at The Tea

Terrace, who will then prepare a delicious, frothy cappuccino. The barista then puts the mug of

cappuccino under the high-tech printer, which then prints the selfie onto the froth in less than

30 seconds.

“The likeness and accuracy of the image is amazing. And it still looks like what is known

among coffee lovers as ‘barista art’, which is when a barista spends time creating a likeness of a

customer on the froth manually. The problem with barista art is that by the time it’s done, the

cappuccino’s gone cold,” says Shouly.

The Selfieccino is available at The Tea Terrace’s branch in London on the fifth floor of House

of Fraser Oxford Street and will be rolled out to the company’s two other branches at House of

Fraser in Victoria Street, London, and Guildford, Surrey.




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Waterloo’s iconic Graffiti Tunnel gets

all lit up

Leading-edge lighting design consultancy

Nulty has recently completed work on the

regeneration of Leake Street Arches in

London’s Waterloo, including lighting 300m of

dramatic street art. Originally brought to fame

by notorious street artist Banksy, Leake Street,

also known as the iconic Graffiti Tunnel, links

Lower Marsh to the South Bank and is one

of London’s most popular urban street-art

locations. As one of the few legal walls in

the UK where artists can freely express their

creativity in public, the atmospheric tunnel is

a haven for graffiti artists around the world to

leave their mark.

Working closely with the developers LCR,

Nulty’s main objective was to highlight and

celebrate the artwork, while improving the

quality of the light throughout this urban and

individual space.

The result is a theatrical truss suspended

down the underpass mounted with a series

of gallery-quality lighting to pick up on the

colourful artwork. Bespoke spotlights were

designed to have an anti-glare cowl, for a more

theatrical appearance, along with a secondary

glass lens that can be easily removed and

cleaned, should fittings be spraypainted over.

Coloured uplights on top of the truss

illuminate the arched ceiling and highlight the

architecture of the space.

Eight former railway arches next to the

Graffiti Tunnel are being brought back to

life to provide a collection of independent

restaurants and bars that capture the essence

of urban culture.