Strictly Ballroom is a dazzling, sequined, joyous, life-affirming bundle of unadulterated pleasure and utter joy. It is a perfect antidote to all of life’s ails, it should be available on the NHS to those feeling blue. To say that I love this doesn’t even come close. It is one of the best pieces of theatre I … More Strictly Ballroom, theatre review, London
Do you think you’ve got what it’s take to pull off a long con? If so this immersive theatre piece set in Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel might be just the way to find out. Set around a very loose story of Ben, a chap now departed who was born and spent his life at the hotel, … More The Grift, immersive theatre, Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel
There is something truly magical about surprising someone but particularly someone you love. And so my excitement was at an all time high when I finally told T and our new girl gang member, H, that we were going to Rascals on Curtain Road for a late, bottomless brunch followed by a trip next door to Ballie Ballerston, the … More Rascals, bottomless brunch, restaurant review
Fresh, profound, riotous, bizarre, somewhat confused, a little overlong, magical. While contradictory, all of these are true of this new show, looseły based on the Victor Hugo novel, TheMan Who Laughs. Brought to the stage by Tom Morris of War Horse fame, it’s one of the most bizarre shows I’ve seen and it’s well suited to the small space of Trafalgar Studios. The … More The Grinning Man, madness and wonder, theatre review.
Is it worth the hype? That’s the big question. Well yes and no. It’s a strange fit, for a bar like Dead Rabbit, in the stuffy, formal establishment that is Claridges. We didn’t have a booking but were able to walk in on Friday afternoon before the afterwork crowds. The space itself is fun, … More Dead Rabbit pop up at Claridges, London
At Christmas, my sister always buys a bottle of Chambord for us to add to our processco making it, I now know, not a Kir Royale but a Chambord Royale. And so, when the Little Bat Bar in Islington emailed me about Chambord #tastingtuesday, I signed up immediately. Little Bat Bar comes from the same … More Little Bat Bar, #tastingTuesday, Chambord
If you find yourself in Girona, with a hankering for a brilliant cocktail, then make your way immediately to Nykteri’s. On a quiet street in the old town, this little bar is easy to miss, but very much worth a trip. When NN and I visited, we were overwhelmed by the vast cocktail list, featuring … More Nykteris cocktail bar, Girona
After our excellent lunch at Lyle’s Tom and I ubered into town to the trafalgar studios to watch The Buried Child. I was particularly exited as the last thing I went to see I left at the interval and this featured the excellent Ed Harris in the role of Dodge. This award winning play written … More The Buried Child, Trafalgar Studios
Last night I became an alumni of the Chamber of Flavours and this, sadly, means I can’t really say much at all about what happened. What I can tell you is this. E and I were like children on Christmas Eve, waiting to receive our location for the night’s adventures. When it came, our excitement … More Chamber of Flavours 2.0, shhh it’s a secret.
After many weeks of excited anticipation, I headed off to meet the Spanish, three Michelin starred chef, Quique Dacosta. Dacosta has worked on a collaboration with Spanish kitchen and bathroom giants Porcelanosa, creating kitchens designed for cooking. I should add that kitchens should also be designed for dancing but cooking is a good place to … More Cooking with Quique Dacosta