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.

The Ivy Market Grill, Covent Garden.

My second visit and review of this lovely central London restaurant. The weather outside was frightful but the Ivy was quite delightful! Warm and cosy with soft lighting and tastefully, Christmassly (not sure that is a real word and neither does auto correct!) decorated, a very pleasant evening was spent on a festive night out. A starter of creamed mushrooms on a bed of onion rosti, topped with a quail’s egg, a main of beautifully cooked lamb with mash and vegetables and creme brûlée for pudding which was so tasty I forgot to take a photo until my plate was empty! Thank you The Ivy Market Grill, you did not disappoint!

The Greatest Play in the History of The World, Trafalgar Studios, London.

Performed by Julie Hesmondhalgh and written by her husband, Ian Kershaw, this story telling epic was phenomenal. A one woman show that embraced you like a cosey duvet on a cold winters night. The telling of this tale took you back to a safe, warm, bedtime story cuddled up with a well loved parent who captivated your mind with wonder and ore. The script accentuated the beauty of the English language with poetic justice and the intimate venue involved the audience with a warm embrace. But what really made this play stand out was the last five or so minutes which reflected on what makes us human and special and unique. Not a dry eye in the house but you need to go along and see this beautiful play to understand why. Epic theatre thank you to both Julie Hesmondhalgh and Ian Kershaw.

R.S.Hispaniola restaurant and bar, on the Thames by Hungerford Bridge.

£35 per head bottomless brunch. Three courses and an hour of free flowing Prosecco. Food was well cooked and yummy. Prosecco indeed flowed freely for an hour. Views across the Thames to the London Eye meant you knew without a doubt that you were dining in old London Town. Good company and the perfect place to catch up with friends (Caroline’s smiling face makes a return to my blog 😊). The only negative is that being on a boat on a busy river like the Thames, you feel the constant motion that come with being on the water, especially when another vessel goes by!!! But unless you have very bad sea-legs this really wasn’t a problem just an interesting sensation. A very good time was had by all.

Ian McKellen on Stage, The Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

This great man is spending his 80th year, touring the country chatting about his life and sharing a multitude of monologues from a lifetime of stage and screen performances. Three hours listening to an old man whittle on doesn’t sound like an evening of theatrical entertainment but my goodness three hours was barely enough. Sir Ian is captivating. His audience were seemingly all big fans and to be honest he probably could have just sat there eating his supper and we still would have clapped! But he didn’t, he entertain us with tales of his life, journeying through his childhood and onwards through his colourful career. The first half was varied and of course shared with Gandalf and the second half concentrated on Shakespeare. There really is no better actor to bring the great Bard’s work to life while the audience listened in captivated silence. On top of this praise, Sir Ian remains a lovable, Lancaster lad with a cheeky grin and an abundance of energy. To finish off the night this humble man stood in the entrance foyer holding a charity bucket to the delight of the exiting crowd to ensure we would all dig deep and donate to the many charities this tour is supporting.
Sir Ian we love you 😘.

The Laramie Project, 3rd Year BA Acting Students, RADA.

I had the chance tonight to see the 3rd year BA Acting students at RADA perform in a powerful play depicting a true story in the words of those who lived through the ordeal. Performed in a small intimate space, where at times the actors were right by your side, as close as a conversation, this was an interesting theatrical experience and a fantastic showcase of talented young actors. First class.

Lungs at The Old Vic

I love The Old Vic and now that the full refurbishment is complete even the toilets get 10/10.
Lungs is an hour and 20 mins long with no interval and stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith.
The play consists of the two actors performing on a stage of square grids. It tells the tale of their relationship, initially as a couple but then how their relationship changes after a circumstance beyond their control consume their lives and leaves both of them responding in a different way. It is a tale of love and sadness but it is also very, very funny. Very dialogue heavy it is credit to the stars for remembering the script!! I really enjoyed this play and would recommend it to all.