Lord Sugar’s apprentices join celebrities sweetening King’s Cross café

Best friends and business partners- Kristie Bishop and Coralie Sleap
Best friends and business partners- Kristie Bishop and Coralie Sleap

A SELF-STYLED ‘design shop and café bar’ has been taken over by potential apprentices – all hoping of a lucrative job offer from Lord Sugar.

Kirstie Bishop, 26, owner of the vintage-style café Drink, Shop & Do, on Caledonian Road, said: “In the last couple of weeks we have had the contestants and crew of The Apprentice use our café as a venue for a task.”

Although details of the task – to be aired on the BBC One series next year – remain under wraps, Kristie and her business partner Coralie Sleap, also 26, say this isn’t the first time the shop has enjoyed a high profile.

Comedian Billy Connolly, model David Gandy and MTV presenter Lauren Whitmore are among the famous names – actors, bands and celebrity chefs – to have visited since it opened 15 months ago.

Despite this, Kristie said: “I don’t still don’t think we can be considered as a celebrity hotspot.”

“I think it is more a case of people come because no-one knows about us. I don’t think we are that well known. We also have quite a boutiquey design from the front- it isn’t the sort of place you would expect to see someone you recognise.”

The regeneration of King’s Cross has played a large part in attracting trendy businesses to the Caledonian area.