Clotilde Lataille has lived in London for four and a half years, where she has been developing her career as an artist. A little over two years ago, she discovered a passion for bartending, a profession she's learned entirely on the job, making brilliant use of her creativity. Clotilde is an active member of the "Ladies Bartender Club" set up by Camille Vidal, and has already won a number of competitions, leading her to be invited to work in several prestigious bars in London and in Paris. Notably, you can find Clotilde behind the bar at Hawksmoor Spitalfields.
Why did you decide to live in this country and what aspect of your new dual culture do you find most enriching?
After gaining my Masters in visual arts, I wanted to get out in the world, but I didn't speak English. I moved to London in order to learn English, fell in love with the city and that's where I've stayed. London is incredibly cosmopolitan. Its enrichment comes first and foremost from cultures from around the world; it's a unique experience and a daily discovery. The partnership of two cultures is today part of what sets me apart and I use it as a source of inspiration in all of my creations, both as an artist and a bartender.
What French touch do you pass on there in your daily life and/or in your profession?
You don't pass by unnoticed... After four years, my accent is just as pronounced. I can't lie about where I come from, but that's part of the charm of being French. Whenever I get the chance, I share my culture with the people around me. I like to add a French note to what I'm creating, whether with a flavour or a reference. The French Art de Vivre aspects I particularly like to share are good wine, delicious meals, incredible company.
Which experience epitomising French Art de Vivre in your adopted country and/or city would you recommend?
For me, a market is something that epitomises French Art de Vivre. Spend a week in London and stroll through its many markets: Portobello Road to make you think you're at a French flea market, Borough Market to savour world cuisines and buy its fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables, Old Spitalfields Market which changes every day, not forgetting Broadway Market – where I live – on Saturday morning and, finally, Colombia Road flower market on Sunday morning.