London, shaken not stirred

I’ve been busy lately, and poor. And that can only mean I have been getting out and exploring London. Of course there is never a shortage of activities going on in this incredible city – from the totally touristy to the hyper hipster, it’s quite easy to spend all one’s spare change on culture, food, fashion and glorious shows. So here is a round up of some of my favourite London activities for summer (hint: none of them involve the Walkabout).

The Crucible at the Old Vic Theatre

Considering I live just around the corner it’s a crying shame I haven’t visited this beautiful theatre until just recently. The Crucible was a great introduction to the kind of show they can put on. Long, intense but absolutely thrilling, I thoroughly enjoyed the show and Richard Armitage with my housies.

The Old Vic

The Old Vic

Martini Experience at the Royal Academy

Following Noel Coward from the theatre to the bar, I indulged in a Martini making/tasting class with Naomi and Rikke – complete with Dita Von Tease moment. My favourite martini was also that of Mr Bond, of course…the Vespa.

Martini Experience

Martini Experience

Martini Experience

Martini Experience

Martini Experience

Martini Experience

The Lion King at the Lyceum

I’d seen it once before when I was 17 in Sydney and the second time was every bit as magical. I don’t think anyone needs convincing to see this.

French cooking at the Atelier des Chefs

Grace à Celestine, my birthday present was finally put to use in a 90 minute class where we learnt to cook Moules Marinieres, Skate with Beurre Blanc and Poire avec Chocolat.

Cooking skillzzz!

Cooking skillzzz!

Moules marinière

Moules marinière

Eating all the food with Rikke

Brunches, homemade crepes, High Tea at the Crooked House outside Windsor Castle, pub lunches from Soho to The Cut, fancy Danish sushi at Sticks and Sushi in Covent Garden and the most gourmet cheese toasties you will ever meet at the Maltby Street Markets in Bermondsey.

The Crooked House, Windsor

The Crooked House, Windsor

The Crooked House, Windsor

The Crooked House, Windsor

Maltby Street Markets, Bermondsey

Maltby Street Markets, Bermondsey

Maltby Street Markets, Bermondsey

Maltby Street Markets, Bermondsey

And…lunch dates in general

French food, Polish food, Beer Festival Food, food at 40 floors up…any food!

Magret de Canard, Sacre Coeur in Angel

Magret de Canard, Sacre Coeur in Angel

Creme Brulée, Sacre Coeur in Angel

Creme Brulée, Sacre Coeur in Angel

Duck and Waffle Brunch

Signature Dish, Duck and Waffle Brunch

Duck and Waffle Brunch

Caramelised Brioche, Duck and Waffle Brunch

Borscht at Baltic

Borscht at Baltic Restaurant, Southwark

Dumplings at Baltic Restaurant, Southwark

Dumplings at Baltic Restaurant, Southwark

Beer Festival

Beer Festival

Casino Royale Party

It was my team’s turn to organise our monthly work party and we went all out with croupiers, more martinis and a bit of Bond magic.

Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Casino Royale

The Comedy of Errors at the Globe

And finally a fantastic night out with the housies to see The Comedy of Errors; my first viewing and now my favourite Shakespeare play, at least for the minute until I re-watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream again. The performance was hilarious and I loved the feeling that I was laughing at a play in almost exactly the same setting and manner that people have been enjoying for over 500 years (though probably smelling a bit nicer and with more planes overhead).

The Globe

The Globe

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

Now I think I need to go and eat some carrot sticks while I run around a castle somewhere…

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