Champagne club…yeah, you heard it right. CHAMPAGNE CLUB! A club…with…well you get it but HELLS YEAH! Kettner’s host this little beauty in seasonal spurts and both Katie and I attended the last of this season.
Katie is fast becoming my partner in crime, so obviously we had to meet in the lovely Kettner’s bar for a cheeky happy hour cocktail before the champagne fun commenced! At £4.50 a cocktail during happy hour, it would be criminal not to take advantage of this!
After a quick catch up over our cocktails, Katie and I headed upstairs to the Champagne club area. OH HAI bubbles!
Each month the club has a different host or collection of speakers and this month’s club was hosted by Laurent Perrier. Laurent, you major babe. You know who is also a major babe, Katie Brennan. There she is below loving on Laurent.
Our welcome drink was the Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut, a rounded and elegant fruity fandango, which is 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir. Aged for 4 years, this beauty was a lovely fresh start to the evening! Also it is worth mentioning that this champagne is suagr free…therefore essentiall guilt free. FILL US UP!
Next up we had a bold Pinot Meunier from small champagne producers, Laurent Lequart (I mean, just so many Laurent’s!) I was really into this one, which is aged for 10 years in order to produce it’s golden colour and bold fruity (and a teeny bit spicey) flavours.
Cheers Laurent, you cool glass of liquid joy! (yes, that is me toasting life above.)
AS IF my evening could have got any better….THESE little beauties arrived as the perfect accompaniment to our bubbles. Hello lovely little smoked salmon treats, I heart you.
Bonjour, Laurent Perrier, we meet again! Our third Champagne of the evening was the Brut comprised of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. This little beauty went REALLY WELL WITH CHEESE. How do I know…there was a platter. I must have been good in a former life!
MORE champagne? OH GO ON THEN! Next up was the Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose. I love a good rose!
This pink lady is 100% Pinot Noir and is aged in the bottle for 4 years. On the nose the Cuvee is fruity with tones of strawberry, rasberry and black cherry.
On the palate the pink was sharp and fruity, very much a joyous treat. By this point I was feeling most chatty, so imagine my exclaimation when THESE came swanning out:
MACARONS! Oh you puffs of heavnly goodness. I love you. More than champagne?Oh I don’t know, don’t make me choose….but you so pretty!
Last up we had the citriusy Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle, which is 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir. Aged in the bottle for at least 7 years, the tasting notes say that it should have hints of “brioche, grilled almonds, subtle hints of hiney and gingerbread.” I mean, sure, who knew by this point, fundementally I was tasting lush lush lush champagne and life was fabulous. That’s all!
By the end of the evening, Katie and I were on top of the world and were even found sashaying to the pub afterwards to continue our chatter with the lovely Kettner’s club team!
Thanks to Winston, Hannah and all the champagne merchants who chatted to us!
As you may know, yesterday I was asked to speak at the Southbank Centre’s Web We Want Festival, an awesome three day event running through the whole of the Southbank that included exhibitions, digital art, talks and all the fun surrounding the world web! The guy who INVENTED the internet was even there! What a LAD.
Some of the activities and events on offer were some truly awesome retro games, talks on the end of privacy, advice on how to build a website and even how to win at online dating! The talk I was participating in was Why Blog? alongside with three other bloggers/instagrammers, Michael of Symmetry Breakfast, Lulu Kitoloto, Jenny Howze of BritMums plus blogger and discussion leader, Davina Drummond.
I was invited to talk about my experiences building Official Theatre from nothing to a successful business using the power of blogging as well as my experience blogging as hobby. Each speaker was really diverse; BritMums is a site aimed at mothers, Symmetry Breakfast is a cross between art and food (YUM), Lulu’s blog, Afri-Love, aims to inspire African’s to do whatever they aspire to, and Davina who blogs about art and being a mother.
So why do I blog? to cut a 5 minute speech short (I also think it was filmed so I will post it when it is up) because a) in business it allows you to break the corporate veneer and communicate with your readers/customers on a personal level, b) socially speaking, it does wonders – I set up #LDNtheatrebloggers less than a year ago and now have SO MANY new like minded friends, c) as a record – looking back over past blogs, especially My Week In Pictures posts, really helps me appreciate what a lovely life I live and how lucky I am!
Later the floor was opened up to questions from the audience, which was fun. I seriously picked up so many amazing tips from my co-panellists.
Thanks to all my friends who came to support!
Snog and Blog
Later on I was invited to a blogging networking event as part of the Web We Want Fest which was taking place on the Snog Yogurt bus (YES BRIGHT PINK FROZEN YOGURT BUS.) Not only was I attending the event, in which we were given freeeeeeeeeeeee Snogs (oioi!) I was also hosting a web savy quiz! All the fun.
Some of my favourite people were aboard the bus, including Ed, Katy, Rebecca (pictured below), Emma and one of my new friends Charlotte (all of which are put of #LDNTheatreBloggers.) I also met some lovely other travel and lifestyle bloggers such as Roma and Sarah.
It was so nice to have a network with fellow bloggers and a snog! A HUGE thanks the two MEGA babes from the Southbank Centre who organised the event, Tallissa and Hannah (who also runs a crafty blog!)
I Bloooooomin loved having a blog and snog and literally left wanting snog everyone and everything – what a fantastic day all round at the Web We Want fest!
Last week I went to the lip smackingly smashing London Coffee Festival.
Having never heard of the event in previous years (apparently it has been going on for a few years) THIS year it came to my attention and my eyes were fully on it. Why? Because there was going to be coffee, cocktails, cakes and live music. Why NOT!
As I had a jam packed bank holiday weekend planned, I could only go to the festival on Friday after work. I had just under 3 hours to explore ALL OF THE COFFEE BASED FUN. Challenge accepted!
My friend Kate came along with me and we headed STRAIGHT for some coffee!
This little beauty you see above here is a flat white from the genuine fitties at Shoreditch Grind – who make AWESOME coffee. I was glad they were at the Coffee Fest as they have helped me in the past with an event I run for some bloggers back in November. It was good to touch base with them and sup their wonderful coffee once more!
ALSO guys, BAILEYS WERE THERE AND THEY WERE GIVING OT FREE SAMPLES OF THEIR COFFEE LIQUEUR! YES YES YES!
ALSO THERE WERE CRONUTS. CRO-NUTS. They’re a cross between a doughnut and a croissant. They are sent straight from Jesus. They are. AH!
There were so many fabulous things to eat alongside coffee, but also so many things to concoct WITH coffee. One of those beautiful concoctions was the “Boozy” Salted Caramel Affogato which was essentially ice cream, biscotti, coffee and alcohol. IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL!
Above is Kate and I worshiping the God of Affogato.
Post salted caramel dream, we decided to take a coffee and cake break to investigate the bar which was, you bloomin’ guessed it, serving coffee cocktails.
I opted for a negroni (including coffee drippings), which was quite refreshing after all the rich food and creamy coffee. Kate went for a dark and stormy, which also was pretty good.
Refreshed and BACK in the game, we headed upstairs to the musicy space for more coffee and cake! Yeeeeahhaaa! (MAY have been slightly caffeinated)
Kate and I decided to sit down for a bit with our next coffee and watched some of the live music, at this point it was some crazy drumming and dancing, which was a little bit like our insides after 1000000000 coffees!
OKAY SO WE HAD ONE MORE COCKTAIL, so sue me! We kind of HAD to try the Espresso Martini’s, because we were at a coffee festival and it was Friday night and if we didn’t we could have be thrown in jail. Social jail.
To use a phrase coined by my lovely co-blogger friend, Katie Brennan, I was smacked off my tits on caffeine by the end of the night!
Kate and I headed away from the fest buzzing and ready to party. HURRAH!
BUT before we left, the lovely London Coffee Festival hit us up with a faaaaabulous goodie bag! They are called “goodie” bags for a reason and this baby was absolutely packed to the brim with coffee and non coffee based goods. Thank you, you beauties!
A BIG thanks to my super talented and super beauts friend Michaela, who not only was marketing manger of DREAMS for the whole event, but also hooked me up with some tickets. #majorbabe.
On Friday I was invited to have some fun at a 1940’s party at Kettners, a restaurant and champagne bar near Leicester Square.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
After picking up our ration cards, we headed to the gin room (such hardship!) and supper a lovely gin, lemon and champagne cocktail.
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.
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!)
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!
Earlier in 2014 I was finally able to carry out something I had wanted to do for a very long time since starting Official Theatre and that was get all (or as many as I could!) of the mysterious people I kept seeing at the theatre but never quite having the guts to speak to all together in one room. Drinking gin. Loads of it.
The Beginning of #LDNTheatreBloggers – June 2014
Tentatively, I invited around 40 bloggers and/or critics to come and chat theatre with me whilst supping everybody’s favourite tipple; a bloomin’ delicious gin and tonic! I hired the downstairs space of Central & Co, a very cool central London restaurant and cocktail bar for my meet up. I put layed on some nibbled and I also managed to get Martin Millers gin to work with me on the event, providing some of their world class gin gin and the amazing Aidan to give us all a tasting masterclass. Sweeeet. It was all set to be fun and frolics, I just needed some people to arrive.
Thankfully my invitees poured in, welcomed with a cool, tall gin, serve the Martin Millers way with Strawberry and black pepper. *swoons.*
My bold outfit choice for the event, a seasonally sassy peppermint suit from ASOS, proved quite the hit and I immediately managed to do some schmoozing! FINALLY I was able to put a name to so many face I had seen before! After a while we all started chatting theatre and I proposed to the group that we form a bit of a united front to stamp out some of the lonlieness and bitchy-ness that comes with the theatre industry. (It sucks, but the world of theatre is NOT always a welcoming place. Too many people in the industry are ready to tear you down without batting an eyelid, just because you DARED express some creativity…anyway….we all decided “f*ck that!”) Thus #LDNTheatreBloggers was born. Excuse the hashtag – it’s just an easy way for us all to communicate with one another and see each others content on twitter.
The Power of the Coloured Suit
As I mentioned above, the bloggers LOVED my peppermint suit. So much so that I felt I had to up my game in the next meet up and went for a vibrant pink number – a bit like a business barbie/ a day in the office for Elle Woods. Success. Anyway, the brightly coloured co-ord has kind of become my trademark now. What colour do you think I should opt for for the next meet up? I was thinking a BRIGHT red!
Many a Show!
As I often have a spare theatre tickets, I decided to share the love with the bloggers and we agreed to go on regularly outings together when we can. Since the first meet up I have taken LOTS, if not all of them out to review shows with me! Shows we have seen as part of the group are; Jamie Macdowell and Tom Thum at the London Wonderground, Let It Be, Autobahn, Evita, Sunny Afternoon, Made In Dagenham, Grand Guignol at the Southwark Playhouse, La Soiree at the London Wonderground and many smaller outings to shows such as Shakespeare in Love, Cats, The Play That Goes Wrong and many many more. I am hoping to get more big outings together for 2015!
I planned our second non-theatregoing meet up in November at the Soho Grind, one of the lastest trendy coffee shops stroke cocktail bars in the “Grind” revolution sweeping London!
On the 2nd of November 30 invite only #LDNTheatreBloggers decended upon the Grind, where I treated them to prosecco, espresso martinis and cheese and meet platters as well as a coffee cocktail making demonstration and music from live musican, Bity Booker.
This time my friends at SeatPlan (a website that helps theatergoers choose their seats) split the cost of the night with me in return for having sometime to tell our guests about their new site. So cheers guys!
2015 Meet Ups
I am planning my next Official Theatre led #LDNTheatreBlogger meet up for January 30th at PLANET HOLLYWOOD! (Yep, you know I love it!) If you are a theatrey writer, or a writer interested in theatre who runs their own website or blog, then do get in touch and I will make sure you are on the guest list!
The best thing about all of the meet ups has been meeting some truly inspiring writers who have really encouraged me to write my own personal blog as well as running Official Theatre. After a few (lots of) gins and a few (lots of) theatre trips, I am glad to also be able to call some of these people my friends! 🙂
An open invite to my assorted plots, schemes and general ponderings.