Category Archives: Culture Vulture

Undercoffee Coffee with Greggs
for Fairtrade Fortnight

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A couple of weeks ago I attended a very special event at the Ham Yard Hotel, one of my favourite hotels, in the heart of Piccadilly.

We had gathered for Fairtrade Fortnight, and to bring to the forefront of our minds, our everyday coffee choices and whether or not they are ethical. Which sounds all very heavy and serious and not at all light and cappuccino frothy… But that’s the point. Buying a coffee is a little treat, which I usually buy for myself without thinking about its provenance.  How can my morning latte decision possibly be of any importance to the rest of the world?

But it is. Enormously.

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Silk-Screening in Clerkenwell
with Daniel Heath

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I’ve stayed in a few Airbnb places over the years, and each time I have loved the sense of having my own little home in a new part of the world. More recently, Airbnb have taken it upon themselves to enrich their customer’s lives even further, by offering different Airbnb experiences, hosted by locals, which you can book directly through the app…

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Warm Up London

Warm Up London

Photo: Evening Standard

Today it snowed in London.

And while half of me was elated that my snow dance had been successful and it suddenly felt completely legitimate to play ‘Let it Snow’ on my record player again, the other half was sombre at the thought of all those without homes, shelter and hot meals.

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The Gruffalo at The Lyric

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I am a big fan of theatre as you know. I saw many wonderful productions in 2016 and most recently, on New Year’s Eve, went to see Amadeus at The National (amaze). However there are some plays that come along that I am just not qualified to review, and I feel that I need to send someone of a far higher caliber to do the job.

This was one of those occasions.

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Wondering what to see this Christmas…

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Christmas is officially coming. I know this because the television was shouting it at me this afternoon, via adverts about turkeys, crackers and mince pies. (I LOVE MINCE PIES).

I’m a big fan of heading to the theatre over the festive season and here are some of my picks for this fuzzy sparkles-filled time.

And if you didn’t know it already,  I bloody love Christmas.

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Etsy Everyday Emporium

Etsy Everyday Emporium

You may recall how much I love Etsy and their ethos from my previous post, where I also beeped loudly about how excited I was about their forthcoming pop up and how you wouldn’t have to buy anything with actual MONEY but instead with an INSTAGRAM snap…

Well, last week saw their Etsy Everyday Emporium hit the streets of Fitzrovia, which was the source of MUCH excitement, some very long wiggly queues of people peering through fogged up windows before opening hours, and some narrowly avoided fisticuffs… (Not really, but is good for drama).

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A very special
Christmas Wreath workshop

Make Christmas Wreath Workshop

A few days ago I was in my local TK Maxx looking for a socks. And a mug. And maybe a present for my friend’s birthday… TK Maxx is very much like that, I find. I pop in for one thing (or nothing) and leave an hour later with all kinds of goodies at a fraction of the price you’d normally pay. (I do love a bargain).

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Affordable Art Fair
Does exactly what it says on the tin

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Arusha Gallery | Alicia Savage | Head in The Clouds

There’s something about the word ‘art’ that, I think, can be quite intimidating. I’ve been involved in many discussions over the years, where various folk after various dinners have attempted to answer ‘what actually IS art? And usually, depending on the amount of wine that’s been consumed, this descends into a muddled argument where no one seems to be able to agree and one smartypants will pipe up saying that they could paint like Pollock when they were 3 and what’s the big deal anyway?

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Best Bonfire Night Fireworks in London

Fireworks in London 2016

Photo: Flickr

I LOVE Fireworks night. I love the trudging through parks and fields, the smell of nearly burnt jacket potatoes smothered in butter and laden with cheese and beans… I love hot chocolate in flasks, woolly hats on heads, bonfires, sparklers and being wrapped up in my cosies while gazing up at the crash bang wallops…

London does Fireworks night oh so very well and this year it falls on a Saturday (hurrah!) so we can all get out and wave a sparkler or two… Here are ten of the best displays in this glorious city…

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Is it Monday yet…?

Lipton Ice Tea

Are you one of those people who starts to get a dull niggle on a Sunday night, as you feel Monday looming? A sense of pending doom creeping around the corner, meaning you stop relaxing and immediately feel your brain start ticking over your To Do list in your head… ending your weekend with a bang and mentally  catapulting you into the office, even though it’s STILL SUNDAY?

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Covent Garden’s
Ultimate Street Food Market

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Last week, Miranda and I sauntered on down to Covent Garden to witness and indulge in the ‘Ultimate Street Food Market’.

Both of us adore street food. And love markets. And we also have a real passion for excellent food and wonderful London restaurants…  What we hadn’t banked on was all of these things colliding in an delicious foodie explosion right in the heart of Covent Garden, on King Street, on a Thursday night. This is all part of #CGAfterHours, taking part very Wednesday – Saturday in July.

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Spellbound by Benjamin Clementine
at Somerset House

Somerset House

I’m very new to the world of Benjamin Clementine. I’ve caught snippets of his music here and there and have been aware of him gaining space in the musical landscape, while not having ever had the opportunity to see him perform.

This all changed on Saturday night, when I was invited to Somerset House by American Express, to see the Mercury Prize winner himself, transfixing the crowds with his dazzling vocals, complete with a string section from the Gods…

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A day at the races – my first time at Ascot!

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Ever since I saw Eliza Doolittle scream in the most unladylike fashion on my grandparents’ television, “COME ON DOVER!!” I have wanted to go to Ascot.

I was very lucky to attend Ascot a few days ago as the guest of Great British Racing. The excitement was palpable. Which was followed quickly by panic – I need a HAT! And, what am I going to do with my hair?

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Feast@Fitzrovia
27th June – 3rd July 2016

Feast of Fitzrovia

Feast@Fitzrovia is back and this time it’s bigger than ever! Once again, the all-star cast of restaurants, chefs, cafés, bistros and bars are coming together to celebrate an array of international culinary delights. From Monday 27 June – Sunday 3 July, we Londoners will be treated to one of the most diverse offerings of gourmet menus alongside a jam-packed schedule of events that are sure to ignite appetites around the capital…

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I made me a Terrarium!

London Terrariums

I am rather enjoying getting into this growing lark. I’ve got tomatoes sprouting on my balcony, mint flourishing in my kitchen, mould in my bathroom and a few days ago I was lucky enough to take part in a workshop with London Terrariums… which saw me coming home with my very own bottled garden, just like what them Victorians did all those moons ago…

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