London In The Sun: Day Three and Four…

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A wonderful couple of days in London were quickly followed up by another couple of days!! (I was there for six, aren’t I lucky!!)

Tourist at Trafalgar:

I got to continue being a tourist on Wednesday whilst my friend Lizzy was at work. First stop was Tottenham Court Road for a cheeky look round Primark. I needed a dress to go under my belted shirt I was wearing as the one I had packed had SHRUNK IN THE WASH!! Ooopsie! I found a perfect simple black dress and a floppy hat that tied the outfit together perfectly!! I loved my outfit for the day, but somehow managed to not get a photo of it!! Ahh well, i’m sure I will get to share it with you in the near future.

The sun was glorious as I walked around the centre, so naturally I headed to Trafalgar Square to munch on my lunch (left over pizza thank you very much Domino’s). Being a weekday it wasn’t packed but it was still busy enough to pass the time sitting on the fountain edge and watching the world go by. I love seeing everyone pose for their photographs, don’t you? This was followed by a stroll around Covent Garden and St Paul’s Church garden which is currently decorated for a Shakespearean play being performed there.

The Breakfast Club:

I met a friend at The Breakfast Club for tea. It was YUMMY! … We both had an American breakfast which means pancakes, bacon, eggs, sausage and potatoes. All with lashings of maple syrup. Whoever worked out that pancakes, bacon and eggs taste fantastic together with syrup is a genius. I can’t get enough of that concoction! More importantly than the food however was getting to catch up with Chris. A fellow ex-colleague who is about to start a Masters in Drama Therapy! I am so proud of what he is achieving and know that he is going to be incredible in his field of work. Luckily for me, he has also been on his travels to Australia so he can send me me lists of places to visit when he thinks of them!

Appi-Hour Anyone?:

My ultimate and all time favorite chain for cocktails in London is Be@One. After tea we headed to Greek Street’s Branch to meet some other friends from my work in London. I haven’t been back to London since February so it was wonderful to get to see everyone again and find out how they all were. So much changes in just a few months, I can’t imagine how much will differ next time i’m back in London. We spent the evening trying a few (a lot) of the hundreds of cocktails on offer to us, making good use of Be@Ones clever ‘appi-hour’ app once happy hour was over, and enjoying the show the bar staff put on when making each cocktail. They really do rock the “service with a smile”!

Muggles Everywhere As Per Usual!:

Thursday’s first stop was at Platform 9 3/4. I nearly swapped my plans and headed to Hogwarts instead of Australia, but alas, someone had been tampering with the barrier again so we couldn’t get through. A fellow wizard managed to capture me and Lizzy on a photograph as we tried to push the trolley through the barrier… proving Gryffindor and Slytherin can work together sometimes!

A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time:

Wow! If you are in London at any point… OR the tour is coming to a theatre near you… GO AND SEE THIS SHOW!!! It is STUNNING. The script, the acting, the set, the lighting, the projections, the costume, the perfectly timed work of the back stage crew. Everything is FLAWLESS. I was in awe throughout the whole performance and I don’t think it is a show like any other at the moment, especially on West End. Based on the book by Mark Haddon (which you should also read!) A Curious Incident is based on a tale by Christopher, a 15 year old boy. The story enables the audience to see into the mind of someone who may have Autism or Asperger Syndrome and delves into how they cope with the challenges that life brings. I would go and watch this play again tonight and tomorrow if it was possible! … Several £15 tickets are released for every performance, at 10am on the day, in the Gielgud Theatre box office. I bought one of these and had a slightly restricted view but felt I did not miss anything. …. FYI… don’t rush off at the end of the show.

xoxo

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London In The Sun: Day One and Two…

London in the sun

The past few days have been a blur of activity in the city. I lived in London for almost five years before making the decision to pop home for a few months before heading out on my travels to Australia. I was lucky enough to spend six days last week revisiting some favourite spots, taking in some sights, shows and new experiences as well as seeing some of my favourite people that I haven’t been able to see in way too long!

Bend it like Beckham:

I got to spend Monday night seeing two friends who I went to University with as well as being travel companions on my trip to Uganda. We spent the evening catching up, eating typical English pub grub and going to see Bend It Like Beckham, The Musical at the Pheonix Theatre. Bend it like Beckham was one of the first VIDEO’s I bought for myself out of my saved up pocket money. It made me want to be a footballer for approximately two days until I was reminded just how quickly that football could fly at you! I was keen to see how they would make such a film into an on stage musical and it did not disappoint. An easy going show to watch, BILB’s score and script has hints of ‘Matilda’ meets ‘Billy Elliot’ with a clever fusion of traditional Indian music and original musical numbers. There is also an interesting generation blend shown by the parents and teenagers within the cast during the Bhangra numbers that could get almost anyone laughing and bobbing along. The coming of age struggle, alongside the debate of how to please a traditional family’s views whilst trying to follow your dreams, is shown in a delightful humorous way. And although a bit long, the evening passed quickly and we left the theatre smiling and daydreaming of sparkles and football.

My Village Cafe:

On Tuesday I discovered a cafe that I highly recommend everyone drops into when shopping at Camden. Called ‘My Village Cafe’ and based just past and opposite The Stables side entrance (before you reach Morrisions) this little cafe is a decorative delight. I stepped inside out of the rain for a cup of tea and was immediately made to feel incredibly welcome by the cafe’s hosts. Whilst browsing the fresh food I was handed a sample of a coconut milkshake they had just concocted and I knew I couldn’t have something as simple as an English tea here. Mind you I am fussy when it come’s to my tea, and I don’t like coffee, so a hot chocolate was the only way to go. I ordered and was given another drink sample… this time a chocolate, coffee and ginger blend which was delicious even to a non-coffee drinker like me. I would definitely recommend it to any coffee and hot chocolate lovers visiting. I settled down amongst the rustic furniture, next to the bared brick walls with scattered artifacts, and tucked into my hot chocolate and book whilst the bad weather passed. It was so pleasant I ended up staying for lunch. I wish I discovered this place when I lived in London. It would definitely have been a regular spot of mine.

See their website (under construction) for what it looks like inside. The dim lighting means my photographs do not reflect the place as they should… http://myvillagecafebar.co.uk/virtual-tour-to-my-village.h

Two for Tuesday:

The rest of Tuesday was spent with my housemate and best friend of five years in her new house catching up, watching films and, of course, eating Domino’s!! A perfect couple of days.

xoxo

Let’s Have A Catch Up…

Let's SummariseOops! I cannot believe how long long it has been since I last wrote a post!… No excuses but I have been super busy rehearsing for a show and must admit that I felt a bit guilty writing or reading when I could be going through that song just one more time (five more times…). So time has well and truly slipped by. Time for a little update on whats been happening then don’t you think?

As I kind of said above, i’ve been in a local AmDram production of Legally Blonde The Musical! As you can tell by me actually sitting down and writing again, it’s now sadly finished, but what a rollercoaster ride it was! Having not sung or danced for nearly four years it was a pretty scary thing being offered a named character role. Margot…. It was a pretty big deal for me and I hope that I rose to the challenge and people enjoyed my take on it/singing/dancing/overall performance! It was an incredible feeling to be back on stage after all this time, such a buzz! However the main thing i’ll take away from the past few months are the amazing friends I made who supported me throughout… More people to miss whilst i’m away!!

Work-wise, time has flown by and now I only have two days left!… English GCSE’s have been and gone and I suppose that means that my job is done… But what a lovely week to finish though as the Year 11’s have their High School Prom tomorrow. I’ve been helping organise it and will be spending the afternoon harnessing my inner events designer to try an make the venue look wonderful. I cannot wait to see all of the girls in their dresses and the guys in their suits.The excitement will be bubbling out of them i’m sure.

Fitness. I have been going to the gym fairly regularly (for me) for the past few months to try and improve my fitness ready for travelling. Friday is my last day of my membership there so I think I am going to attempt the ’30 Day Shred’ from the beginning of July. My friends have seen incredible results in their fitness, stamina and toning since they started it. Let’s hope I can keep the motivation up once i’ve started. Maybe mentioning it on here will force me to keep it up!

It’s been lovely having my brother home for a few weeks. He found out yesterday that he passed his second year of university with a 2:1 in Chemistry!!! He is quickly overtaking me in academic knowledge. The little smarty-pants. I am so proud of him. He starts his placement soon which he will complete over the next year before going on to finish the final stage of his Degree.

My other little brother has just turned 18!! Not so little any more hey! He has also been offered the character of Eugene in Grease! with the same company that we performed with in Legally Blonde!.. Another reason to be a proud sister!

Finally, it’s also just been my Nanny’s 80th birthday! How amazing is that? .. I won’t say much though as I plan to do a separate post later on.

I should be posting more regularly from now on.. Time is quickly vanishing before I head away and there is so much to be done!

xoxo