LSHTM Alumnus Opens London’s First Fair Trade Bar & Café

FairlysquareFairly Square, London’s first fair trade bar and café, opened its doors in February  2013. Serving wine, beer, cocktails, tea, coffee and internationally inspired foods; Fairly Square is open daily from 11am ‘til late.

“At Fairly Square, we drink for a change!” said entrepreneur and LSHTM alumnus, Onome Okotie Akpogheneta, who has worked to get the business up and running for several years. “It’s thrilling to have created a stylish, fun, exciting business that has ethical values at its heart”.

“The problems associated with poor health as a public health issue often go hand in hand with lack of economic opportunity. During my PhD, I saw this first hand, working in the Gambia, and getting to know the families enrolled in the malaria immune-epidemiology studies I ran in the field allowed me to appreciate that public health and economic opportunity can’t really be separated.”

“I’ve been a human rights and economic rights ‘activist’ for over 20 years, and have been an active member of the Camden Fairtrade Coalition for the last 3 years or so. I’ve noticed a growing movement of people wanting to understand the provenance of the products they purchase, and a gap in the bar scene offering this same sort of respect for ethical values. So, I decided to start a business that could meet these needs, as well as provide a welcoming and stylish environment. So, Fairly Square is it, the ethical place to be about town!

Conveniently located near Holborn tube station at 51 Red Lion Street, Fairly Square will be an inviting social hub for all, especially ethically-minded individuals and groups. A programme of literature, art and discussion events, along with music, poetry and movie nights, will be held at the venue.

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