Josh Powell, owner of The Natural Philosopher in East London, has created a Crowdfunder for a new bar concept, Penumbra.

The venue, which will also be in East London, is planned to have a food and drink pairing concept with guest chefs and bartenders making appearances.

According to Powell the venue will be a bar of two parts.

Penumbra or "almost shadow" will be a ground floor bar with a focus on early morning coffee and pastries with light lunch and small bites and cocktails throughout the day and evening.

The East London bar operator envisages monthly food and drink pairing events at the bar with resident chefs but also “events bringing together the best guest chefs and bartenders from around the UK”.

Meanwhile Umbra or "shadow" will be a "darker, more intimate" cocktail lounge on the basement level serving "simple and elegant cocktails". 

Powell added that the bar will be underpinned by ethical working practices.

He said: “The staff will not only have a liveable wage, a fair share of service charge and tips, a say in the direction of the venue, creative control, but they will be partners in the business. We all do well when we all do well.”

Investments in the project can be made at Crowdfunder. The page has a target of £75k within 60 days.