A Fairytale Feast at The Fable

The fable 2

The Fable in the City. Guest Feature by Lisa Hooper: Once upon a time in a City far, far away, a bar/restaurant was created called The Fable.  Well to be exact it’s as far away as Holborn Viaduct but the idea for this Drake & Morgan enterprise is to sweep you away into a land […]

Hop along to the Harrow Hare

Steak at the Hare

A Happy Kind of Lunch at The Hare, Harrow: A combination of being based in Central London and covering a fair amount of travel means that sometimes I wonder if I’m losing touch with reality.  So, when I got a press release highlighting the refurbishment of The Hare, I thought it would be good to […]

Queensland Australia comes to London

Luke Rayment (2)

Australia House Pop-up Dining with Luke Rayment: On Wednesday 24th September Tourism and Events Queensland, Australia is giving London a chance to experience the greatest cuisine the region has to offer. Hosted in Australia House, the very best in Australian food and wine produce will be showcased on the night, prepared by renowned chef Luke […]

High Spirits at the Paramount, Centre Point:

Porn Star Martini

Naughty Afternoon Tea at the Paramount, Centre Point: There are parts of London which seem to be semi-permanent building sites ; with no natural sense of direction I dread having to find my way through the scaffolding lined streets, usually bereft of any landmarks.  While the area around Tottenham Court Road station has been in […]

The End of Summer Warrants a Chocolate Treat

La Maison du chocolat halloween

Review of La Maison du Chocolat Bouchées Guest feature by Sarah James: Autumn seems to have come early this year with the coldest August since 1993.   I like autumn (just not when it starts in August!);  I like the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot, foraging for blackberries, wearing boots!  But as the season changes there […]

Marriot Hotel, West India Quay – Lounge Bar Review

Marriot Cigars

G&Tea Bar @ Mariott Hotel, West India Quay Guest Post by Lisa Hooper: I was recently invited to an event showcasing the newly refurbished lobby lounge bar at the Mariott Hotel on West India Quay. Looking to get away from the label of being a ‘five star’ hotel bar, the management are keen to attract […]

Uncle Vanya at St James Theatre – Preview

Emily Dobbs for Jagged Fence Productions presents Uncle Vanya By Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Anya Reiss CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR ANYA REISS’ NEW VERSION OF CHEKHOV’S UNCLE VANYA, DIRECTED BY RUSSELL BOLAM JOHN HANNAH RETURNS TO THE STAGE AFTER A SIX YEAR ABSENCE TO STAR ALONGSIDE AMANDA BOXER, JOE DIXON, ALAN FRANCIS AND AMANDA HALE, WITH FURTHER CASTING ANNOUNCED SOON THE PRODUCTION IS THE SECOND SHOW IN THE ONE STAGE SEASON AT ST. JAMES THEATRE, SUPPORTED BY STAGE ONE Casting is announced today for a new version of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya by multiple award-winning playwright Anya Reiss, premiering on Wednesday 8 October at St. James Theatre. Directed by Russell Bolam, Reiss’ adaptation of Chekhov’s masterpiece of modern theatre reignites the piece for a 21st century audience, revealing the universal difficulties of impossible love, longing and regret. John Hannah stars as Vanya, returning to the stage for the first time since 2008, after his role in Sky One’s epic, Spartacus. Joining Hannah in the company are Amanda Boxer, Buffy Davis, Joe Dixon, Alan Francis and Amanda Hale. A respected professor returns to his farmland which has been managed without him for many years. He brings with him a new, beautiful, young wife. Their arrival turns the lives of the residents and his family upside down forcing everyone to re-examine their choices. Old wounds are reopened, passions are awakened and thwarted ambitions bubble to the surface, threatening the lives of everyone involved. Anya Reiss began writing plays at 14 when she became a member of the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writers' Programme and her debut play, The Spur of the Moment, premiered there in 2010 when she was 17, winning her the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. In 2011, producer Emily Dobbs brought Reiss and Bolam together to work on a series of productions which would reimagine Chekhov for a new audience. The Seagull opened at Southwark Playhouse to sell-out success in 2012 and was followed by Three Sisters at the same venue in 2014. Uncle Vanya is the third production uniting this creative team and will further the fusion of a classic voice with a contemporary vitality. Jagged Fence Productions will bring Uncle Vanya to the stage as part of the ONE STAGE season running September to December at the St. James Theatre. It is supported by Stage One, the charity which supports emerging commercial theatre producers. This new version of Uncle Vanya was commissioned by Emily Dobbs on behalf of Jagged Fence Productions. Janet Bird will design, with lighting by Johanna Town, music by Isobel Waller Bridge and casting by Hayley Kaimakliotis. For further information please contact Maisie Lawrence at The Corner Shop PR on 020 7831 7657 or email maisie@thecornershoppr.com -ENDS- LISTINGS: Emily Dobbs for Jagged Fence Productions presents UNCLE VANYA By Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Anya Reiss St. James Theatre, 12 Palace St, London SW1E 5JA Wed 8 October – 8 November 2014 Press Night: Mon 13 October 2014, 7pm Performances: Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm Ticket Prices: £49.50, £39.50, £29.50, £15* *Tickets are limited in number. Book early to avoid disappointment Groups (8+) bookings: Receive a £10 discount off Band A tickets when you make a group booking of 8 tickets or more. Schools (10+) bookings: £15 off Band A tickets for school groups of 10+ with one free teacher comp per 10 tickets purchased Students: Band A tickets at £20.00 with valid student ID, one ticket per ID, bought in person at the box office counter or telephone bookings Access bookings: £10 off Band A and Band B for registered disabled patrons, with a free companion ticket for those who require carer assistance. Access bookings should be made via the box office on 0844 264 2140. For further queries and group bookings please contact St. James Box Office on 0844 264 2140. All concessions are subject to availability and proof of eligibility must be presented when booking and collecting tickets

Uncle Vanya By Anton Chekhov; new version by Anya Reiss   Casting is announced today for a new version of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya by multiple award-winning playwright Anya Reiss, premiering on Wednesday 8 October at St. James Theatre. Directed by Russell Bolam, Reiss’ adaptation of Chekhov’s masterpiece of modern theatre reignites the piece for a […]

Beyond Boulangerie – An Introduction to Le Restaurant de PAUL

Paul Camembert

Le Restaurant de PAUL- Bringing a bit more of Paris to London: When Paul first open its doors in London, it was to sell artisan French breads.  The sort of bread that up until then you could only get in really good French restaurants, or when you visited France. My teenage summers spent in the […]

Diet Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

Butternut Squash and Sweet potato soup with Coriander

Diet Soup Recipe – Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato: I am not the most patient of cooks.  While I prefer to cook from scratch, I am quite prepared to take shortcuts.  And, although I would always recommend buying your vegetables ‘whole’, sometimes those little peeled and pre-diced packs look too useful to ignore.  On the […]

Pomegranate Cocktails

Pom Pomegranate cocktails 2

POM Wonderful Collaboration- Pomegranate Cocktails. Guest feature by Sarah James: I was set a challenge to make some cocktails using POM, and enjoy some delicious pistachio nuts at the same time.  I hesitated for a nano second… I had heard about pomegranates being a new ‘superfood’ and have used pomegranate molasses in cooking Persian dishes, […]

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