My Week In Pictures Monday 20th – Sunday 26th April 2015

I wish I could make a theme tune for my weekly picture blog; every time I start penning it I sing Craig David’s 7 Days (“met this girl on Monday, took her for a drink on Tuesday….”) Oh Craig!

Well this week I gave had quite a lovely time! The weather has been agreeable and I have had a few drinks with friends and a few theatre trips!

Monday

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On Monday I met up with my friend Rasha, who I last saw when I visited her in New York in October. She has just moved back to the UK after living in the US for a year so I decided I would take her along to see War Horse with me.

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Before the show we had a cheeky espresso Martini at the Holborn Grind, which was most delicious!

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War Horse is always a great show, it is very sad as it is set amid World War One but it truly is visually stunning. The Handspring puppets used throughout the show are incredible.

Tuesday

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I love a quiet Tuesday and this was just that. At lunch time I sat in the Geffreye Museum garden of dreams at lunch time and ate my lunch and out of my beloved Van Gough lunchbox.

Wednesday

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Amelia and I were supposed to be going to wagamana after work to review the new menu but something had gone awry their end so it didn’t work out. Instead we popped to Beagle after work (a nice bar/restaurant near our office in Hoxton) and had a good chat over a glass of wine!

Thursday

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I went to see the Young Vic transfer of Golem at the Trafalgar Studios. The show, created by theatre group 1927, was delightfully visual. If you like design and something a little quirky, you will love this show! (Review here)

Friday

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On Friday night will and I went to a 1940s party at Kettner’s, which included a couple of delicious complimentary cocktails! There was swing dancing, burlesque and a good old fashioned cockney singalong – read more about it here.

Saturday

Will and I got up a tiny bit later than planned due to the gin cocktail consumption the night before. Nonetheless we managed to drag ourselves out of bed and drove to Norfolk for a short weekend by the sea.

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We met up with Will’s family at Horsey Wind Pump (actual factual name!) and had a good three hour walk around the Norfolk Broads and the coast, which is home to hundreds of SEALS!!!!! Yes!

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Obviously you can’t mess with the seals, but you can get pretty close and they look so jolly!

Later on we all had a barbecue at the holiday home we were staying and finished the day by making cocktails and playing a ridiculous but hilarious role play game!

Sunday

After taking a late morning stroll by the beach with the dogs, we headed to the pub for Sunday lunch. Mmm!

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Will and I skipped off after lunch as it is a 3 hour drive back to London. On our way back we stopped in Newmarket for a quick visit to my mum, stepdad and beautiful dog Bracken. Luckily she had just baked a cake…’nuff said!

Now Will and I are back home and I am feeling a touch under the weather :'( I hope it’s just because I am a bit tired!

Lights Out at Kettner’s

On Friday I was invited to have some fun at a 1940’s party at Kettners, a restaurant and champagne bar near Leicester Square.

Champagne at Kettner's
Champagne at Kettner’s

A couple of weeks ago I had a sit down with the marketing manager of Kettner’s, during which she supplied me with champagne as we planned a few ways we can work together. With a blogger review night planned for a couple of weeks time, I was invited to their 1940s Lights Out! night as a guest, an invitation I gladly accepted.

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I didn’t have much time to plan my outfit, but luckily I have a few things that may not be totally historically accurate but does channel the 40s vibe.

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I wore a red polka dot shorts suit with a red headscarf, red earrings, a red satchel and some seamed stockings (oh la la!)

 

Will went slightly more casual in a shirt, jeans and red braces. Swoon….I LOVE a man in braces!!!

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They had decked out the entire top 2 floors of the venue with wartime decorations like enlisting posters and sandbags – it very much looked the part. There were also wartime sweethearts singing songs in the halls which very much set the scene of the era.

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After picking up our ration cards, we headed to the gin room (such hardship!) and supper a lovely gin, lemon and champagne cocktail.

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After a cheeky gin, we checked out some swing dancing (led by the Swing Patrol) in the main hall which was all kinds of fun.

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Throughout the evening we popped in and out of various rooms hosting burlesque routines and good old cockney singalongs! We sang classics such as “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts” and “Knees Up Mother Brown.” We latter supped a whisky cocktail as I enviously ogled a drinks globe (a life long dream of mine!)

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There were many roving actors  and musicians throughout the evening, which meant that even when we were just sat down having a drink, we were entertained!

After an evening of all kinds of fun, we braved the streets (luckily no longer war torn!) and ventured home. Thanks Kettner’s!

*sorry the pictures are a bit rubbish – it was pretty dark! Time for a new camera me thinks!

My Week In Pictures 13th – 19th April 2015

Life life life. Life kept in rolling this week and I had a lovely time sitting in the unseasonal sunshine and having a few drinks with friends. Hurrah 🙂

Monday
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On Monday I went for a slightly impromptu dinner with my lovely friend Kate. We had a cheeky 241 cocktail at B@1 on Old Street before heading to Kingsland Road for some Vietnamese. Pho-reaaal. It was so nice ti catch up with one of my favourite people.
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Tuesday

Champagne at Kettner's
Champagne at Kettner’s

GYPSY DAY! GYPSY! YEY! I had tickets to see Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton at the Savoy Theatre. I saw it in Chichester before it transferred and was VERY excited to see the show again.

BUT before I saw the show, I had a business meeting at Kettner’s, who will be hosting a blogger event for me in a few weeks. This meeting even involved sampling a couple of glasses of champagne!
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I then headed to Sommerset House for a quick drink with a few friends pre- Gypsy and then headed to the Savoy to watch the show, which was A M A Z I N G!

Wednesday

Sunshine in Hoxton!
Sunshine in Hoxton!

Wednesday was soooo sunny! AH HOW BEAUTIFUL. The picture above was actually taken on Monday, but scenes were similar all week during my morning commute!

On Wednesday evening I watched Will’s brother Ryan do some stand up comedy at a night called Comedy Virgins in Stockwell which was loads of fun. Ryan did very well and had the audience in stitches 🙂

Thursday
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On Thursday I took advantage of my Drinki app and had a free Bellini at Beagel after work (MUCH needed) then went home and rustled up some stuffed peppers for Wilbo. Lovely.
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Friday

I got to work from home on Friday which was a joy and I was able to get waaaaay more done than I ever could at work due to the peace and quiet!
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In the early evening I headed over to Emma’s house in Colliers Wood for a cheese, wine and music sesh. Ideal.

Saturday
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Saturday was Record Store Day so Will and I headed down to Rough Trade and picked up some records. Above is Will getting interviewed for Japanese TV about his record choices!

We then had a rather delicious lunch at The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields. Mm. This little baby you see beneath is a Mexican take on Eggs Florentine, but with chorizo instead of ham, lashings of mashed avocado and some fresh chilli. Hi hi hi.

Such beauty!
Such beauty!

Later we headed to Berwick street and saw John Cooper Clarke perform live as part of the RSD15 festivities. After that we headed BACK to Shoreditch to a club night hosted by Miserable Man which was pretty cool. The last act was some kind of James Blake in the making!
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Sunday
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Today I went for yet another brunch (whoooops!) this time in Farringdon at Smiths. The lovely Terri Paddock hosted the brunch and plans to host brunches every month for the foreseeable future to help bring some of her creative friends and connections together. Excellent idea! I for one am looking forward to the next one!

My Week In Pictures 6th – 12th April 2015

Hurrah, 4 working day week! Yey for Bank Holidays!

This week I spent quite a lot of time enjoying the outdoors as the weather seems to have finally turned a corner. Shockingly too, there aren’t very many pictures of food or theatre!

Monday

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So on Monday Will and I headed back from Amsterdam on the Eurostar. We had a 2 hour stopover in Brussels, where we found this very hairy house!

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I really liked travelling by Eurostar; even though it takes longer, it is pretty hassle free.  Also, hurrah for the big clock and glass roof at St Pancras.

Tuesday

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Tuesday was so sunny and lovely. Despite being at work I managed to enjoy the sunshine in the Garden of Dreams, AKA the Geffrye Museum gardens in Hoxton. Every summer this is my choice lunch break location.  This week I visited the garden three times. Hurrah for grass and sun and joy!

Wednesday

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After work on Wednesday I went to a cool pub in Dalston that, a) has cinema seating (extremo Shoreditch) b) had some lovely fresh flowers on each table and c) served BABYCHAM. BABYCHAM! Seriously! Life is glorious once more.

Thursday

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Yeah – we are back in the Garden of dreams…AND WHAT. Flowers! YES!

Friday

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On Friday I went for some post work drinks with the Emma’s, each as fabulous as one another! We started our drink-a-thon at a creepy but cool bar called Circus near my office in Hoxton. Hi creepy dolls on the celling!

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Emma introduced us to this App called Drinki – which allows ladies to have free drinks in bars in exchange for a facebook check in. I will do MANY things for a free Strawberry Marg…so check me IN!

We then headed for a curry on Brick Lane which was too messy to picture, but then the best things are :).

Saturday

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Hurrah! On Saturday I went to my cousins baby shower where I essentially ate scones, drank prosecco and cuddled my 5 week old niece, Isobel.  She is a little beauty!

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Sunday

Will and I went for an impromptu trip to Ruislip Lido. Why the bloody hell not – the sun was shining and after we discovered they have mini trains there, we were sold!

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We may or may not have been the only adults without a child on the mini train but we refuse to not have fun just because we are about 20 years older than SOME key demographics!

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The Lido looked nice and sparkly in the sun; I do enjoy a good stretch of open water!

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On our way home way maaaaay or may not have stopped at a Harvester and had some ribs. Maybe. Shh.

Right now I am reading all of the Olivier Awards tweets and will watch the ITV coverage later. Hurrah!

SO YEAH, this week FLEW by! I hope next week does too! Plus I am very excited as I am going to see GYPSY starring Imelda Staunton on Tuesday!

My Week In Pictures 30th March – 5th April 2015

Last week I promised you a good one this week and I am happy I can stay true to my word. It MAY be a day late but TECHNICALLY it is still the weekend due to the bank holiday plus I was really busy drinking beer yesterday, and yolo and all that. ANYWAY this week there has been theatre, chocolate and a bloomin awesome trip to Amsterdam!

Monday

Pho reeeeal!
Pho reeeeal!

It is all change in the office at the moment – we have had three new guys start in the past few weeks and also our lovely office joy Vicki left at the beginning of the month (still sore about that!) To bring the new people together we all went out for Vietnamese on Monday and I had a lovely Wonton Pho! Hurrah!
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I finally got the chance to see Tamsin Greig in Women on The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Playhouse Theatre. I really like Tamsin as an actress and she was great in the show, although I wasn’t too keen on the production as a whole…it was a little bit gaudy and weird. Nonetheless I enjoyed myself!

Tuesday

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I received a very special invite; I was asked if I would like to attend a chocolate tasting masterclass at Hotel Chocolat before heading to see Charlie and the Chocolate factory at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. I took my friend Ed along with me and to our delight we were greeted with a plethora of rose prosecco.

I loved making the chocolate and had a hoot whilst doing so. We were even given a goody bag filled with all kinds of joy to take away.

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The show was also pretty good that night too and we decided it would be rude not to pay a cheeky visit to the theatres lovely saloon bar in the interval.

Wednesday

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Wednesday was my last day of work for the week so I spent a fair amount of time simply rejoicing. That evening I presented an event at the Imperial Durbar in Tooting, introducing a variety of acts for an April Fools themed event. My friends Emma and Charlie, who were organising the event, also performed and sang a song Emma had written about me!

Thursday

Breakfast on the Eurostar
Breakfast on the Eurostar

Hurrah! On Thursday me and Will were off to Amsterdam for a long weekend 😀 we had decided to use the Eurostar to get there and even managed to get business class tickets on the way out for a good price. The only real “business” I had to attend to on the journey was munching my glorious breakfast (!) as pictured above. HI!

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Later we arrived in Amsterdam and headed to our hotel, Hotel Toon, based in the Rembrandtplein area.  On arriving at the hotel we were offered a complimentary beer before heading to our room.

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Later Will and I headed out to a “coffee shop” then had a glorious Mexican diner by one of the city’s many canals.

Friday

A three egg day is an excellent day.
A three egg day is an excellent day.

The best thing about staying in a nice hotel is the glorious free breakfast and this was most certainly the situation at Toon. I mean….feast your eyes! The coffee was also out of this world and prepared us for a long day of site seeing ahead. As we were planning on camping with our friends for the rest of the trip, we checked out of the hotel. It was a short but sweet visit!

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We walked down to the Van Gogh museum, which was only a 20 minute walk from where we had been staying.

I adored the museum and Van Gogh’s work – which obviously could not be photographed. We hired an audio guide, which I have never done before but it was so worth it! We got to hear lots of back story about his life and works that was not available to read.

Like a kid in a candy shop!
Like a kid in a candy shop!

Later we walked to meet our friends Christina and Thimo, but we happened to spot a record store on the way, which pleased Will no ended.

Thimo and Christina with Thimo's fabulous retro lamp!
Thimo and Christina with Thimo’s fabulous retro lamp!

Christina and Thimo had already got to the campsite with their camper van the night before so when we arrived back with them on Thursday all we had to do was set up a tent to socialise in. Hurrah!

Saturday

On Saturday we queued up to visit Anne Frank’s house as we were all very keen to experience this slice of history. We had to queue in the cold for 2hrs but it was worth it in the end.

Cold queue times!
Cold queue times!

It was a moving experience being in the house that the Frank family hid from the Nazis in and we were able to see a few remaining artists, such as the original bookcase that concealed the secret entrance to the apartment and Anne’s dairy itself.

Pepe's in Amsterdam
Pepe’s in Amsterdam

Later Will and I stayed nearby and found a lovely Italian restaurant to eat dinner in – he had a pizza and I had some seafood linguine and we shared a caraf of wine. Lovely.

After that we met Thimo and Christina again for a few drinks #ladsonthetown.

Sunday

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Lads.

Sunday was Easter Sunday! We had a nice breakfast at the campsite and Thimo and Christina has bought some painted boiled eggs – apparently an Easter tradition in Amsterdam. We enjoyed this with some Dutch cheese and bread. Mm! As the sun stated to shine we had a few breakfast beers before heading to the city centre.

Enjoying a sunny Sunday!
Enjoying a sunny Sunday!

During the day we looked around a Sunday market and had a few beers by the canal. Later in the evening we tasted a few Dutch Jenevers (gins) at this lovely old pub called Proeflokaal Arendsnest.

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Proeflokaal Arendsnest – AKA GIN PARADISE!

Me and Will bought some of the fruitier gin to take away, it was that good!

Just totally casually the cheese section of the supermarket!
Just totally casually the cheese section of the supermarket!

Before heading back to the campsite, we stopped at a shop to buy some beers and CHEESE. Yep. The Dutch are big on their cheese and I was in cheese heaven!

I will leave out today and fill you in on the magic of the return Eurostar next week. 🙂

How was your Easter Weekend? Let me know below 🙂 xxx