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As part of a four-part series amplifying Black talent in the hospitality industry, Havana Club and Black Eats LDN spotlight bartender La'Mel Clarke.
With 300+ vendors today, and regular events including a monthly market at Bohemia place in Hackney (averaging 5k attendees per event), Black Eats LDN — the UK’s first and only Black-owned restaurant directory — supports and celebrates both individuals and Black-owned businesses in the hospitality industry.
Partnering with Havana Club and Notion, their latest venture has spotlighted four innovative mixologists leading the scene. Concluding the series with their fourth event at The Hackney Social, we meet bartender La’Mel Clarke.
After getting into hospitality after finishing uni, La’Mel — who is also a dancer, choreographer and writer — approaches hospitality with a focus on the customer experience. Reflecting on his career so far, he breaks down his process for crafting a menu, his advice for new bartenders coming up on the scene, and the importance of taking up space.
Hi La’Mel! Can you introduce yourself for us?
Hello, my name is La’Mel. I’m 29, I’m from north west London. I got into hospitality straight out of uni — because I needed a job after I got fired from being a street charity fundraiser.