Hotel Chocolat, the upmarket confectioner, is opening two stores in Copenhagen this summer.The company will also open its first Hong Kong store at the end of this year.Hotel Chocolat opened its first store in Copenhagen, Denmark at the end of 2012 under its Roast & Conch format. The new sites will be at the airport and in an affluent northern suburb.“It is a very sophisticated city and has a great reputation for food,” said chief executive Angus Thirlwell. “We knew we’d have quite a bit to do to win over the locals, but we’re really pleased with the response and now have a good following there.”The brand offers a full range of coffee, hot chocolate of different flavours as well as a daily-changing patisserie menu. Following the departure of Darren Williams to French baker Paul, Hotel Chocolat is also looking for a new head of retail. Until a permanent replacement can be found, international director Roger Williams will manage the UK store estate.
It’s business time: The new Flight of the Conchords special has arrived! The New Zealand-native musical comedy duo has officially released their new hour-long concert special via HBO. As reported earlier this year, the new special, Flight of the Conchords: Live at the London Apollo, features both new and familiar material from the pair comprised of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.In March, Clement and McKenzie embarked on their first U.K. tour in seven years, dubbed “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords,” featuring stops in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, and more. Live at the London Apollo is comprised of footage from their tour-opening run at London’s Eventim Apollo.Flight of the Conchords: Live at the London Apollo – Teaser[Video: HBO]The duo developed a worldwide cult following after their BBC radio series was turned into a TV show on HBO in 2007, showcasing their unassuming yet hilarious blend of music and comedy. The eponymous series ran for two seasons and was nominated for several Emmys in both songwriting and overall comedic categories. After a relatively quiet few years, the group returned in 2016, announcing an extensive summer tour that marked their first U.S. shows since 2013.Ahead of the release of the new hour, Jemaine and Bret went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform one of the new tunes featured in the special, “Father & Son”. Watch that performance below:Flight of the Conchords – “Father & Son”[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]You can watch Live At The London Apollo in its entirety on HBO or any of their streaming platforms now. You can also get a taste of the fun with a selection of clips from the special, including a new song that humorously flips gender dynamics (within the all-male duo, that is), a rendition of fan-favorite “I’ve Got Hurt Feelings”, and some amusing banter about complimentary muffins at hotels that shows off the pair’s ample comedic chemistry.Flight of the Conchords – “A Gender Reversal Reversal”[Video: HBO]Flight of the Conchords – “I’ve Got Hurt Feelings”[Video: HBO]Flight of the Conchords – “Complimentary Muffins”[Video: HBO][H/T Consequence of Sound]