by UnHerd Staff
Thursday, 1
December 2022
Event
17:54

The launch of Old Queen Street Cafe and the UnHerd Club

Some snaps from the launch of our new Westminster home
by UnHerd Staff
Exterior of the UnHerd Club and Old Queen Street Cafe

Over the past week, UnHerd has been welcoming people to its newly opened building in the heart of Westminster.

The Old Queen Street Cafe, located just off Storey’s Gate, is open to everyone, every day — come by for breakfast, coffee, lunch, cocktails or dinner!


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Upstairs, the UnHerd Club will play host to our ongoing series of talks, screenings, lectures and events. There are some spaces left for our remaining December events — check them out here — just subscribe to UnHerd to make sure you are invited…

Here are some snaps from the launch events:

Miriam Cates MP, UnHerd Executive Editor Freddie Sayers, Michael Gove MP and Pamela Dow
UnHerd Editor Sally Chatterton, Matthew Goodwin and Lucy Denyer
UnHerd Deputy Editor Jacob Furedi
Jess De Wahls, UnHerd‘s Freya Sanders, Sarah Ditum, Janice Turner and Louise Perry
Olga Polizzi, William Shawcross and Baroness Finn
Flo Read and Esther Watson (both UnHerd)
Freddie Sayers, Katy Balls and Cleo Watson
Viscountess Grimston, UnHerd Chief Commercial Officer Melissa McAdden and Bim Afolami MP
Naaman Brown and Inaya Folarin Iman
Red Tory meets Blue Labour: Philip Blond and Maurice Glasman
Sally Chatterton, Charlotte Pickles and UnHerd‘s Olivia Ward-Jackson
Sebastian Payne, Dominic Lawson and Matthew Parris
Sir Paul Marshall, Konstantin Kisin and Lady Marshall
Sonia Sodha, Naaman Brown, Ayishat Akanbi and Mercy Muroki
Helen Lewis, Hadley Freeman, Andrew Sullivan and Freddie Sayers
Freddie Sayers and Sophie Winkleman
Alex Caccia, Sunetra Gupta and Madeline Grant
Andrew Doyle, Justin Webb and Freya Sanders
Flo Read, James Billot, Aris Roussinos and Rob Lownie (all UnHerd)
UnHerd‘s Nicholas Harris and James Sean Dickson
UnHerd COO Sebastian Giraud, Elizabeth Linder, Melanie Price and Latika M Bourne at the launch of UnHerd's new headquarters in Westminster - November, 2022
UnHerd COO Sebastian Giraud, Elizabeth Linder, Melanie Price and Latika M Bourne
UnHerd‘s Panda La Terriere, Esther Watson and Cecily Watson
The UnHerd team

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Steve Murray
Steve Murray
2 months ago

Good to be able to put some full-length photos to names, and to see Unherd gaining further traction at this new location close to the heart of power.

J Bryant
J Bryant
2 months ago

Interesting move to Westminster. I’m sure the lease on that real estate wasn’t cheap. I’m guessing Unherd is positioning itself to more directly influence key decision makers, or at least raise its profile, and the profile of its brand of balanced journalism, with influential people.
I was glad to see Sunetra Gupta there. I hope her early stand against lockdowns hasn’t hurt her.
And inviting Katy B***s from The Spectator! Never hurts to befriend the competition. 🙂

Last edited 2 months ago by J Bryant
Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
2 months ago
Reply to  J Bryant

“I’m guessing Unherd is positioning itself to more directly influence key decision makers,”
God, I hope not. Intercept, debate, and encourage to come to the ‘coffee house’ to express their positions, amongst a diverse ‘rabble’, maybe, but we hardly need any more ‘shady, quasi official sounding, research or lobby groups’.
Like the coffee houses of Old Edinburgh, hotbeds of the Enlightenment, hopefully this will become much the same.

Richard Craven
Richard Craven
2 months ago
Reply to  J Bryant

Loving the moderation of Katy B0llocks’s name.

Graeme Kemp
Graeme Kemp
2 months ago

Endorsed by Michael Gove !!!! Oh dear…..

Nicky Samengo-Turner
Nicky Samengo-Turner
2 months ago
Reply to  Graeme Kemp

ahhh.. I thought he was the under butler…

Iris C
Iris C
2 months ago
Reply to  Graeme Kemp

I have never understood what what wrong with Michael Gove, a Scot from Aberdeen, highly intelligent and with a broad knowledge of different cultural and political subjects which makes him an ideal candidate for office. One might object to the fact that he is a Tory but it seems go go beyond that.
Perhaps someone would enlighten me!

Jeremy Bray
Jeremy Bray
2 months ago

Had I by some cosmic accident been invited to this party I would be relieved not to spot any of the authors whose articles I had disparaged in the comments as dross but disappointed not to spot the outstanding Mary Harrington who writes so often and to such a high standard or Kathleen Stock whose excellent articles I have often enjoyed. I would also miss Debbie Hayton whose level-headed analysis of matters trans I have often admired. It would be good, however, to see Andrew Doyle, Constantine Kisin and Inaya Folarin Iman whose work I have also admired – but as for the absurdly tall, handsome and intelligent Freddie Sayers, a standing reminder that nature does not distribute her favours in a fashion that is in any way fair, I should accidentally step on his toes and demand to know why he has failed to respond to any of my complaints about the moderation system, which he would, no doubt, brush aside with inscrutable charm and a shrug.

Ben J
Ben J
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeremy Bray

I suspect Mary lets her writing do the talking as opposed to schmoozing with a load of establishment media NPCs.

Nicky Samengo-Turner
Nicky Samengo-Turner
2 months ago
Reply to  Ben J

Let us perhaps hope like The Whig’s and Brooks’s Club a new political party may come?

Ben J
Ben J
2 months ago

More like Centrist Fabians, I fear. Look at all these upper middle-class types, riding to the Plebs rescue!

Emre S
Emre S
2 months ago

Ah must’ve been nice to join an event with big Suze, looks like it was a nice party.

R Wright
R Wright
2 months ago

Nice pictures but don’t get too cozy amidst the Wesminster set. You’re meant to be Unherd

Ben J
Ben J
2 months ago

How cosy. How London. How posh. I can see where this might be heading.

Chris Bredge
Chris Bredge
2 months ago
Reply to  Ben J

Yes, I thought so too. It’s also a bit odd for them to be bringing out a physical paper edition. Be careful you don’t get too metropolitan and forget the opinions of us great unwashed outside of London!

Derek Smith
Derek Smith
2 months ago

What? No Mary???

Matt M
Matt M
2 months ago

Looks great! Good luck with the new ventures. I will definitely look in on the cafe when I’m next in town.

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
2 months ago

Nice to see the faces (and bodies. Am I allowed to say that ? Better for sizing people up (is that heightism ?) far better/human than those ghastly, corporate, headshots) behind Unheard.
If I were to make comment, and I’m sure I’m wrong in this respect, it looks on the face(body, surely, given your last comment) of it that the Unheard team is a pretty ‘homogeneous’ group !

J Bryant
J Bryant
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom Lewis

I wasn’t so much struck by their homogeneity, as by the fact there were so many members of the Establishment attending the party.
When I first discovered Unherd in 2020, I viewed them as a plucky upstart covering the stories the msm so shamefully ignored or suppressed. Unherd did a wonderful job covering the worst of the plague years, but I learned they are funded by a wealthy financier. Over time I’ve come to regard them as representing the part of the Establishment that doesn’t buy into progressivism and still values individual responsibility, free speech, etc. Nothing wrong with that, and I appreciate Unherd’s journalism, but they’re not quite the David v. Goliath I originally imagined.

Jonas Moze
Jonas Moze
2 months ago
Reply to  J Bryant

I know where you are coming from, I also thought them a sort of much more sophisticated ‘Rumble’ (youtube alternative much favored by those outside the agenda) kind of thing. And indeed they have been wonderful in the capacity of being outside the political agenda… but… then one gets a whiff of the possibility of a ‘controlled opposition’ thing going on. Maybe it is not possible to be too outside though; maybe not good to be either.

This rather dazzling spread definitely makes for all manner of conflicting thoughts on what Unherd actually is… but in a good way. You cannot speak to power as an outsider; but then I have always been rather a fallower of David Icke so do know about the lizards and such….definitely lots meets the eye in this scene. Very Cool though. Well done Unherd, what ever it is you are.

J Bryant
J Bryant
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas Moze

” a whiff of the possibility of a ‘controlled opposition’ thing going on. Maybe it is not possible to be too outside though; maybe not good to be either.
Exactly. You described it better than me.

Stuart Rose
Stuart Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  J Bryant

Yes, they’re on a higher rung than those of us who discovered Unherd at its inception would have assumed.
Still, it’s an outstanding publication that provides viewpoints much of the media wont do more than occasionally allow onto the OpEd pages.

Jonas Moze
Jonas Moze
2 months ago

A striking location. This is some big statement; are we to expect things are afoot?

Arkadian X
Arkadian X
2 months ago

Are you next door to the spectator then?

Allison Barrows
Allison Barrows
2 months ago

Big Suze!

Rod McLaughlin
Rod McLaughlin
2 months ago

Wish I was in London. Good luck.

Rocky Martiano
Rocky Martiano
2 months ago
Reply to  Rod McLaughlin

Good to se my MP there. I wouldn’t have taken Bim for an Unherd reader, but he obviously moves in the right circles.

Warren Trees
Warren Trees
2 months ago
Reply to  Rod McLaughlin

Yes indeed. I plan on making a trip over the pond in the Spring to be at one of the lectures. Looking forward!

Nicky Samengo-Turner
Nicky Samengo-Turner
2 months ago

Old Queen Street?… like, really herfennsyffe to senior LGBTQ and like, elitiist non democratic hirearchical non hinklussyffe pandering to stereotypical outdated monarchy?

Warren Trees
Warren Trees
2 months ago

You seriously need to sober up before posting my friend.

Adam McDermont
Adam McDermont
2 months ago

This could be a good place to try and convert normies to some more robust and less limp causes.

Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart
2 months ago
Reply to  Adam McDermont

Yeah – like those in ‘orange robes’ who used to catch students in the street with the offer of a free lunch and a side salad of indoctrination. I went with them, but to genuinely debate their beliefs – got chucked out, with peace and love of course, after a couple of hours.

But great idea all the same!

Ethniciodo Rodenydo
Ethniciodo Rodenydo
2 months ago

Didn’t invite me then

William Reynolds
William Reynolds
2 months ago

Please show us the lunch menu.

Iris C
Iris C
2 months ago

I applaud this raising of your profile.
The media and the government are much of a muchness. There is little difference between the two on major issues because jobs and votes are lost by not following the pack..
But Unherd cannot be voted out of power, thus this independence allows you and your contributors to widen the debate, which is badly needed.

Dougie Undersub
Dougie Undersub
2 months ago

What I glean from this is that several of your contributors are using byline photos from the distant past. Miiaaow!

Annette Lawson
Annette Lawson
2 months ago

It would be good to actually know the game plan. Is it to enlarge the Herd? There are rather too many Alpha Males perhaps for one herd already so what manner of splits might emerge?
I would love the voices to not remain unherd. Having a cafe should make for much talk. What is the desired audience? We should not forget to follow the money.