Tell me, how did DLT come together?
Michael: Antony, Bosun and myself, who are three of the founders, travelled to New York for the Finance internship program. We came across the daytime and brunch scene over there, where you enjoy your time, then the night was over at 10 pm and we were all thinking ‘Wow this is sick’.
What attracted us the most was that it embraced black culture from the music, food and people. It wasn’t the typical regular audience, so you would get a doctor, student, entrepreneur and a teacher who all linked up for and vibed in the same space, All blackness and pure fun.
Will: All blackness and pure fun there wasn’t an actual market for us. We will go to the typical London nightlife in Shoreditch or club night where there are so many limitations.
We replicated what we witnessed in New York for our community and, fortunately; we connected to MK and created the foundation of the brunch.
Two hours of bottomless brunch, then a party, and people thought we were crazy. 2019 I can say we arrived from social media presence and the brand. You how we are now… see now. Look at god.
Michael: When we returned to London, there wasn’t an actual market for us. We would go to the typical London nightlife in Shoreditch or club night where there are so many limitations.
We wanted to replicate what we witnessed in New York for our community and, fortunately; we connected to MK who owned what was known as Luxford at the time and created the foundation of the brunch.
Why brunch rather than the nightlife scene?
Will: As someone who joined DLT in 2019, I have experienced both and I like both. Doing club nights is amazing, there is nothing more euphonic when it gets to 1/2 am and the set is banging off. But during daytime drinking, you will have a great time and you realise when you get home it ain’t midnight yet. You can’t beat that feeling. It feels responsible.
There’s more you can experience from a range of genres from throwback hip hop, RnB to afrobeats scene. Experience better conversation and become more sociable compared to nightlife you are most likely to pre-drink before the event.
It’s a different vibe. There is more work that goes into the brunch scenes than the nightlife scene.