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Astonishingly innovative and passionate performance of Jane Eyre

Tuesday 13th of June 2017

At Richmond Theatre last night I witnessed the most accomplished, innovative and touching performance of Jane Eyre. I was truly moved by it and inspired to see plain, timid Jane transformed into a to...read the rest



“Bat out of Hell – The Musical” - Not a heavenly experience

Monday 12th of June 2017

I’m sure like many of my generation, this album defined your youth. It's one of THE biker albums. I loved it so much that I even ventured to see Meatloaf in concert many years ago. He arrived on sta...read the rest



Saucy, seductive circus fun at Black Cat Cabaret (Underbelly Festival, South Bank)

Saturday 3rd of June 2017

There’s always something fun at the Underbelly Festival on the South Bank and this year is no exception.

The Black Cat Cabaret comprises camp comperes, nearly naked dancers, stunning aerial acrob...read the rest



Motown the Musical – For lovers of Motown

Thursday 1st of June 2017

I know it’s been playing for a while but I was in a quandary about whether to go to Motown the Musical.

You see, I adore Motown music and can’t bear to hear it performed poorly. I’ve seen The...read the rest




Afternoon tea with an Asian Masterchef twist

Thursday 1st of June 2017

I’ve had Afternoon Tea in a lot of places – top London establishments and beautiful stately homes a bit further afield. And yesterday I went along to experience afternoon tea with an Asian twist a...read the rest



Authentic Caribbean food from a local at Westfield Stratford

Friday 26th of May 2017

Having returned from a holiday in Jamaica in March, I was keen to eat food that reminded me of fresh-from-the-sea fish and beach side sunshine. So my companion and I stopped at the World Food Court to...read the rest



Beginners’ photography class at London School of Photography

Monday 22nd of May 2017

I love photography and always fancied learning how to do it properly rather than snap away with my iPhone. So I persuaded my friend to join me at a Saturday and Sunday beginner’s course at the Londo...read the rest



Avoid “free” walking tours in London – Pay an agreed price for a qualified guide

Monday 10th of April 2017

In a landmark ruling in the UK that will be keenly followed in many other tourist centres around the world, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned the misleading use of the word “Free...read the rest



River views, modern architecture, live music and fab food at Chino Latino on the Albert Embankment

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

In what feels like a construction site of shiny tower blocks along the Albert Embankment, on the Southbank half way between Vauxhall and Waterloo train stations, there is a hotel called the Park Plaza...read the rest



Belly laughs at Ray Cooney’s “Out of order”

Monday 3rd of April 2017

The starting premise is simple enough – a philandering Conservative minister (Richard Willey played by Andrew Hall) arranges to meet a married secretary (Jane Worthington played by Susie Amy mostly ...read the rest



A marvellous performance by Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Tuesday 21st of March 2017

It’s hard to believe that Willy Russell’s one-woman-show Shirley Valentine was first performed 30 years ago. Along with his Educating Rita it ranks as one of my favourite contemporary plays about ...read the rest



A sumptuous extravaganza of sequins and feathers - La Cage aux Folles

Thursday 16th of March 2017

Three hours of laughter and levity. From the moment the curtains went up on the sumptuous set with spectacular costumes for the iconic song “I am what I am”, the audience was enthralled.

It was...read the rest



Thrilling murder mystery – Peter James’ “Not dead enough”

Monday 13th of March 2017

More twists and turns and dead ends than a country lane. And there was humour, tension and thrills thrown in for good measure. Some of the audience members commented that they were genuinely scared in...read the rest



Step back in time to 1940s tea rooms in Kingston Town Square

Monday 13th of March 2017

I met my pal from Croydon at Kingston – we were searching for some fabrics for a special occasion and she is an expert. We started at John Lewis and then ventured over to Fabric Land. My friend reme...read the rest



Fellini’s beautiful and haunting “La Strada” is on its way to the West End

Monday 27th of February 2017

This week “La Strada” (Kenny Wax Ltd in association with Cambridge Arts Theatre and Bristol Old Vic presenting The Belgrade Theatre Coventry’s production) is on at Richmond Theatre in Surrey bef...read the rest



Browns in the City: British dining in a relaxed brasserie

Thursday 23rd of February 2017

While going to new restaurants is always exciting, sometimes you want to be in a familiar environment where you know exactly what you are going to get. A bit like that famous US bar Cheers – where e...read the rest



Thai Silk bar and restaurant (with karaoke) in Isabella Street, Southwark

Wednesday 15th of February 2017

Isabella Street – that fabulous street by Southwark tube station (five minutes’ walk from Waterloo and the Old and New Vic theatres) - has a new addition. In the warmer weather, the street’s man...read the rest



New design restaurant but the same great view at The Petersham Hotel in Richmond

Saturday 11th of February 2017

A while back I had the pleasure of having a rather fabulous afternoon tea at The Petersham Hotel in Richmond. It’s a stunning hotel – set atop Richmond Hill with an incredible sweeping view across...read the rest



Energetic rock and roll musical – Million Dollar Quartet at Richmond Theatre

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

In 1956 Sam Philips, founder of Sun Records, arranged for Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis to join together for an informal jam session where they recorded some of the grea...read the rest



Playful and perky Pride and Prejudice at Richmond Theatre

Wednesday 16th of November 2016

With the book, TV series and film amongst my favourites, this was a must-see for me when it arrived in Richmond Theatre from the West End last night.

The staging was wonderful – a giant circular ...read the rest



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