Message In A Bottle, Phoenix Theatre,London.

I wouldn’t usually choose a dance production as a theatre trip but Message in a Bottle not only blew me away, it also left me wanting to see it again and again! An amazingly talented dance group telling a moving and dramatic tale of life, civil war, refugees and new beginnings, through the medium of dance, perfectly synced to a soundtrack by Sting.
The energy and strength of the dancers is phenomenal and the group also fully embrace diversity. I feel privileged to have been able to see this incredible production and I only hope it goes on an extensive tour so more people with have the opportunity to share the experience. 10/10.

Stephen K Amos: Everyman, at Leicester Sq. Theatre.

Stephen K Amos, such a funny man! But be warned, don’t sit near the front unless you don’t mind being picked on! We saw Stephen compare a comedy night in Greenwich last summer and he stole the show so leapt at the opportunity to see his own stand up show. He didn’t disappoint. The Leicester Square theatre came up trumps again too as a great intimate venue with a fab little bar downstairs in addition to the bar in the stalls. Definitely worth another visit.

The Producers, Langley Park Boys School 6th Form production!

I was not planning on blogging about my visit to see my son’s 6th Form production of The Producers as being a school show I was expecting a fab night but just a school show. However I cannot keep quiet about what I have just witnessed. The Producers really was an outstanding production showcasing exceptional talent. Every voice, every dance move, every scene change, every actor took on the challenge with amazing maturity and absolutely smashed it, especially Emile Palmer-Almira whose accomplished performance as Max Bialystock blew me away. Sadly tomorrow is the final performance but luckily for me I’m going again!

A Bowie Celebration, Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

A gathering of Bowie’s loyal and talented musicians Mike Garson, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas and Alan Childs plus vocalists including the amazing Cory Glover (Living Color’s front man) this truly was a celebration of that great, great man and his music. Playing the whole of the Diamond Dogs album followed by a melody of classic favourites this gig was a two hour twenty minutes Bowie indulgence. Four vocalists took turns in fronting the stage and even nine year old drummer talent Nandi Bushell joined the ensemble to beat out two tracks with amazing maturity (nine years old!!!!).
Fab venue and fab show.

Beautiful,The Churchill Theatre, Bromley.

January 2020 sees the beginning of a year long tour of the Carol King musical ‘Beautiful’.
Opening in Bromley and starring local girl Daisy Wood-Davis, this musical treat has got off to a swinging start! Daisy is outstanding as Carol King and absolutely stole the show with her incredible singing voice and acting talent. She is surrounded by an exceptionally cast whose all round performances make this a fabulous night out. A sell out in Bromley but check out future dates and venues as it travels around the country, including a return to London at the New Wimbledon Theatre in March.
Once again loved it!!!!!

The Lion 🦁, the Witch 🧙‍♀️ and the Wardrobe, Bridge Theatre, London.

A childhood favourite brought to life in this fabulous theatre! The theatre only opened in 2017 and has been really well thought out with a large welcoming entrance housing the ticket office, bar, coffee bar, cloakroom and merchandising sales. The theatre itself is cosy and comfortable and the big impressive stage and the numerous toilets complete the package.
The show itself was fantastic. Beautifully staged using large moveable props and clever choreography and puppetry to envelop you in the snowy world of Narnia and more. The show was also very funny and with a touch of enjoyable audience participation it also provided a little bit of pantomime magic without being over the top. I loved the show but I also loved the theatre and will definitely keep an eye out for future events.

As You Like It, RSC, The Barbican.

If you are going to sit for three hours and watch Shakespeare, you can’t do better than watching The Royal Shakespeare Company at the fabulous Barbican Centre. A mixture of modern day and medieval, this production was enchanting, funny and brilliantly acted. Although credit must be given to Lucy Phelps whose performance as Rosalind was outstanding. Billy bonus was the fact that we also got our seats upgraded from the upper circle to the stalls so had a fabulous view. Love Shakespeare 💕

Blue Print Cafe near Tower Bridge, London.

A short stroll along the river on the south bank, east bound from Tower Bridge, is the river view restaurant, Blue Print Cafe. Situated on the first floor, this ceiling to floor, glass fronted eatery, serves excellent food with an even more excellent view! Offering a set menu before 7.30pm we could dine for either £20 for two courses or £25 for three, both prices including a glass of house wine and each course having a choice of four options. One of our party has a severe nut allergy and the staff, especially the chef, went out of their way to ensure his food was prepared and served without risk of contamination to ensure a nut free, safe eating experience. With a starter of cauliflower soup with Brie topped bread soldiers, a main of beef cheek on mash with onion and a pudding of home made carrot cake the menu was flavoursome, well cooked and really rather yummy. Celebrating an 18th and an 81st birthday we had a really nice family night out that suited everyone. Definitely worth a return trip sometime.

Full English at Black and Blue, Borough Market.

Popped in to Black and Blue in Borough Market for breakfast on a busy Saturday morning. So glad we did! Full English for £10 and when I asked for no tomato I was allowed more bacon instead at no extra cost. The quality of the ingredients was superb and on further research, it appears that Black and Blue are part of a small family of restaurants who have their own butchers who obviously know what they are doing. I have had a lot of full English breakfasts in my time but can honestly say this was up there as one of the best. Also in a perfect location to sit, eat and people watch as the busy market visitors scurry by. Perfect start to the day.