This month we have Ed from The Travelling Gin Co. answering my quick fire questions!
The Travelling Gin Co (TGC) are a firm favourite of mine and I’ve worked with them many times over the past few years, in a variety of venues, inside and out, rain and shine! Their service and set up is particularly great for dry hire weddings because, 1) gin! 2) they are completely self sufficient and self contained, 3) they are friendly, fun, guys and deliver a great service, and 4) their gin is on point and their whole set up is totally instagrammable!
Here he the main man, Ed. is to tell you a bit more about himself and TGC….
Please Introduce Yourself:
My name is Ed Godden, I’m the managing director & co-founder of the London based Travelling Gin Company – a pop-up bar experience serving cocktails and mocktails straight from the baskets of our vintage delivery bicycles.
1. What made you want to set up your business?
A love of gin and bicycles (but not whilst riding!).
2. What’s the best part of your job?
Every occasion is unique. Breaks routine and keeps the job fresh.
3. What’s the worst part of your job?
Primarily working unsociable hours.
4. What’s the weirdest request you’ve ever had from a client?
Our gin bikes are also hired for corp/private events as well as weddings, and we had the privilege (and tricky task) of designing a bespoke basketball themed menu for the New York Knicks.
5. What’s been your favourite ever wedding you’ve worked on/at?
Back in July, we spent the weekend in Suffolk at the Wilderness reserve for Lily & Dara’s wedding – cycling around the glorious estate countryside, where guests were staying throughout, delivering morning cocktails to their doors whilst getting ready, as well as pre-ceremony service & followed by next day lazy Sunday pool party drinks.
6. You’re surrounded by beauty in your job. What do you find beautiful?
Collective happiness in one room.
7. Best piece of advice to offer to those getting married?
Try to be accommodating to all your guests, but don’t lose focus on what you, as couple, want your wedding day experience to be.
8. Anyone you particularly admire in the industry?
The Asylum Chapel, Peckham. Our favourite venue! They allow couples to use the space however they so wish, bringing in their own suppliers, and all in one of the most stunning settings available in London.
9. What was your career plan B?
Music – I worked at a recording studio previously. It was a case of wanting to start my own project and fulfil the idea Joe and I put together, rather than wanting a change my career path.
10. Where do you call home?
Greenwich, SE LDN!
11. Favourite shop?
Master Of Malt. My specialist go-to for exciting bottles of booze.
12. Favourite restaurant?
13. Who would you have play you in a movie about your life?
Harry Dean Stanton is my favourite actor of all time and although he sadly passed away last year, I’m still going to pick him!
14. Cocktail of Choice?
15. Your biggest extravagance?
See the answer to my next question…!
16. Do you collect anything?
35mm film cameras.
17. If you could buy any building, which one would it be?
2 Willow Road. (A National Trust Property beside Hampstead Heath – an ‘innovative and influential Modernist home from 1939’.)
18. What’s the most romantic thing someone’s ever done for you?
My wife organised a surprise Twin Peaks party for my 30th birthday… even though she hates it(!).
19. Where do you go to let your hair down?
The cinema or the sofa.
20. Tell us something surprising about yourself!
I was in a punk band between 16-21. Our biggest fan was John Peel!
21. Invisibility or flight?
Definitely flight. A huge life wish is to see as much of the world as possible.
22. Any regrets in life?
I wish we’d (the TGC) had made a gin product in the early days of starting. We’re spoilt for choice now of excellent spirits. The drinks market is starting to become saturated, but this is still potentially in the pipeline if done properly!
23. Tell us your favourite Instagram accounts at the moment!
24. If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Climate change deniers.
Thanks so much to Ed from The Travelling Gin Co for taking part! I loved reading his answers – especially since I’ve worked with these guys so many times, it was great to get to know Ed a bit more! And such surprising answers this week….! Loved it!