After identifying the safe house, it was time for the first mission. Agents gathered together to crack the clues leading to the tasting lab
The Superintendence greeted their fellow agents at the tasting lab
The agents were seated to get down to the serious business of planning the capture of the Syndicate
Any spy knows that missions can't be completed on an empty stomach, but eating should always be stealthy. A spy case was the perfect hiding place for the first course.
The Superintendence were on hand to train agents on how best to conceal their key gadget: the Nokia Lumia 1020
Some missions require complex communication techniques
The Spymaster was on hand to inform the agents of their next missions as The Superintendence pursued the Syndicate
Agents became experts in disguise
Double agents sprang up from the tables, but The Superintendence prevailed - members of the Syndicate were successfully captured!
Until next time, agents...stand by for your next mission.
I’m dressed in black and white. I’ve received a mysterious message telling me nothing but to be ready to hop on the Overground at 5.45pm sharp. No, I’m not going on a date with Derren Brown – in an event organised by pop-up dining aficionados Gingerline, Nokia and Windows Phone, I’m about to embark on a secret dining assignment known only as MI1020. After receiving instructions to head to Haggerston, I arrive in east London with trepidation – will it be a ‘Mission: Impossible’? The evening that lies ahead is under wraps – part of the fun of Gingerline’s famous undercover supper club experience – but all I know is there’s a four-course meal waiting if I complete a challenge with the aid of my Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone, issued to me for this very task. With my ingenious code name in place, Agent FL-Zero is ready to join the Superintendence in the pursuit of the Syndicate: stand by for a full mission debrief...
Following instructions to look for ‘something fishy’, I’m soon walking into an aquarium. Giving a password to some mysterious-looking people dressed in black (pet shops have moved on!) I come face to face with all manner of sea life – which I snap away at overexcitedly with my Nokia Lumia 1020’s 41-megapixel camera. Then there’s a commotion, and I join a group crowded round a video playing on a phone’s brightly coloured display. The head of spy agency Superintendence reveals herself to us, saying ‘The question isn’t who are we – the question is, who are you?’ Her organisation is, she explains, a group of secret agents enlisted to help defeat a foe called The Syndicate. Following a series of clues, we’re to find our way to the ‘tasting lab’ – and with that tempting idea in mind, we’re released onto the streets of London. Meeting some shady characters along the way (including a secret agent who jumps out of a wheelie bin), we enlist the Nokia Lumia 1020’s easy-to-use features (including the maps, the supersharp camera and, yes, the phone bit) to help us complete our tasty task. Clues are everywhere. Zooming in on a photograph taken by one of us, we discover a secret message picked out in clear detail – which points us to a mysterious toilet cubicle, whose hidden door swings open to reveal… the tasting lab. Phew!
Feeding time at the agency
Four courses of creative fine dining await in a space decked out like a spy bunker from the 1940s, but we can’t rest on our laurels just yet. Between each course (and some delicious cocktails of the shaken, not stirred variety) there’s a challenge to complete – including using the Nokia Lumia 1020’s powerful zoom to locate and photograph ‘bugs’ planted around the room, for a champagne reward. The night ends in a dramatic finale, with The Syndicate revealing themselves to be – gasp – among us! But by the power of sheer London resolve, the dastardly bunch are quickly defeated. Fun, intrigue and polishing off four courses of delicious Gingerline grub – my mission, thanks to my secret weapon the Nokia Lumia 1020, is well and truly complete. Agent FL-Zero signing out (and looking for a deed poll form to change my name). Missed out on MI1020? There’s still a chance for you to get closer to the action and win a secret mission to Los Angeles – where the competition winner and a guest will enjoy seven different meals at seven unique restaurants in that creative Californian culinary hot spot. Enter now for your chance to win.
Nothing else comes close...
No self-respecting spy can complete his or her missions without the right gadgets. The Nokia Lumia 1020 lets you get closer: with a 41 megapixel sensor and 3x optical zoom, every detail of every image in your sights is captured in crisp focus. You can even edit your photographs before sharing them instantly and effortlessly with Windows Phone.
Where the Pancakes Are
Who doesn’t love a pancake? That’s the simple premise behind this bright new addition to Southwark’s Flat Iron Square, and it seems to be working – I had to wait 20 minutes to get a table on my visit. It’s easy to see why: the buttermilk beauties served here have just a hint of sourness, managing to be substantial and moist without stodginess. In other words, flipping perfect. The intriguing menu is split into sweet and savoury. Take the Hummingbird, for example, with cinnamon poached pineapple, crushed meringue and a scattering of delicate flowers. Fancy, eh? Or the Instagram-ready Dutch Babies, which are baked in an oven and served in a heavy black frying pan, from which they billow like enormous Yorkshire puddings blotched with goat’s cheese, cheddar and parmesan. Sure, it’s a bit more fiddly than a squeeze of lemon and sprinkle of sugar, or frazzled strips of bacon with a glug of maple syrup, but those are on the menu too if you’re in the mood for something more straightforward. The dining space is covered in soft woods, with a white powdered ceiling and a wall of felt discs that dampen the hubbub around you. The light fittings resemble upturned stacks of pancakes with leafy vines spilling over the sides and large bulbs with spiraling filaments; when viewed from the roomy mezzanine, they become fetching hanging planters. In short, Where the Pancakes Are makes a great brunch or lunch option as well as a nice place to go on your own if you’re looking for somewhere to cos