ABQ Breaking Bad bar London

Review: ABQ – Breaking Bad inspired popup cocktail bar, London

ABQ, a Breaking Bad inspired popup cocktail bar in London has surfaced in London.

In the dark deserted streets of east London’s Hackney Wick, there is a familiar sight.  A beige battered RV with racing stripes up the side & smoke billowing from the top.  A man in a respirator and a yellow hazmat suit emerges from the darkness.

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Henry V at Temple Church

Review: Henry V

Not being a student of Shakespeare, I confess I sourced a CliffsNotes summary of the play, before setting forth to the performance of Antic Disposition’s Henry V in Temple Church.

The venue, a 12th Century Church in the middle of London’s law district is well hidden off the map. It’s an intimate setting with church pews turned in to face the traverse stage as the remaining rays of the days sun shine through the oversized stained glass windows.  It is no accident that this adaptation coincides with the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, for which the original text is set, or that it’s 100 years since World War One, the setting for this performance. Continue reading

Review of first class virgin trains

Review: Virgin Trains – First class upgrade

On weekends, Virgin Trains offer standard class passengers the chance at experiencing first class for a small premium.

I’ve regularly mentioned my discontentment at the pricing structure of the UK train system.  At the time of writing, a ticket from Glasgow to London can cost as much as £130 for standard class or £434 for first class.  These are actual prices for trains! You can save some serious coin by keeping an eye out for specials that come up every now and again, or buying your ticket well in advance.  My ticket from Glasgow to London cost £15 one way (Yahuh! Unheard of!) I upgraded my standard class ticket to first by paying the £15 upgrade fee.  So now, my first class ticket to London cost me £30.

But, is it worth it?

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Review of Baila Brazil

Review: Baila Brazil

Baila Brazil, a fusion of percussion, rhythmic drumming & dance topped with some very decent eye candy.  Emerging as an urban dance movement from Uberlândia in Brazil, Baila Brazil is the blending of classical dance, funk, break-dancing and modern contemporary while paying homage to the roots of their homeland.  Continue reading

Wiltshire, SW England

Wiltshire – the London weekend road trip series

Wiltshire, South West England.  I suspect many trips to Wiltshire consist of a dash down the A303 to visit one main site, Stonehenge.  Sure it’s famous but there is a lot more to Wiltshire than you’d think.  The area was of key significance throughout centuries which is why it’s first cab off the rank for the road trip series.  Castles and sites of historical significance dominate the countryside, B&Bs to crash for the night & more traditional pubs serving a solid Sunday roast than you can ever possibly need. Continue reading

Review of the production, The Woman in Black

Review: The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black, a suspense horror genre theatre production is an adaptation of a novel by the same name.  A minimalistic set and a mere cast of just three grace the stage.

The Woman in Black has been playing in the Fortune Theatre on London’s West End since a staggering 1989! It’s no surprise, that it is now one of the longest-running plays in British theatrical history, second to only Agatha Christie’s, The Mousetrap. Continue reading

Taste of London

Taste of London

To the delight of every foodie I know, Taste of London returning to the city once again.  High profile restaurants and top notch chefs will descend on Regents Park for the food festival everyone has come to love and to celebrate all things gastronomic.  Taste of London isn’t just limited to the who’s who of the restaurant scene.  Suppliers will show off their wares, (new knives anyone?), while big name retailers make their mark amongst the smaller boutique exhibitors.
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