Lord Sugar, Karren Brady and Claude Littner may have all returned to whittle down this year’s 16 candidates, but there’s still a major player missing from The Apprentice 2018: The Bridge Café.
Although the Acton greasy spoon has been a regular part of the show in recent years, it’s not been seen in the 14th series, with the defeated team in each task instead visiting the nearby La Cabana Café.
Candidates use this café as it’s close to the TV studio where the boardroom scenes are filmed.
Yes, despite the shots of the London skyline suggesting candidates are grilled somewhere in Canary Wharf, firings actually take place near an industrial estate on the other side on London.
Why? Owing to the sheer amount of people sometimes in the boardroom, a lot of cameras are needed to capture all the action. And that calls for a proper TV studio.
As the BBC says on The Apprentice website: “In order to set up and manoeuvre those cameras properly without interrupting proceedings, the series director needs to work from a gallery. Therefore it is not possible to film the boardroom scenes from Lord Sugar’s real boardroom.”
Is La Cabana a real café?
Yes, you can actually pop in for a cuppa. No grilling by Lord Sugar necessary.
What happened to The Bridge café?
The Apprentice hasn’t confirmed whether The Bridge will once again host the post-task arguments, so it’s still possible the café will return in future episodes. After all, the candidates haven’t visited The Bridge in every episode of the show – in fact, losing contestants visited La Cabana during some episodes in last year’s series too.