arts, culture, events, food, London

Radiant Vermin, they Said…

Good evening my dear readers! Although I am still on my Easter holidays, I haven’t exactly been enjoying myself, due to having to be revising/working constantly. Well, either that or feeling really guilty because I’m not working, which is worse to be honest. So because of this, I have hardly anytime to myself, hence why I haven’t posted in over a week. My drama piece, my first GCSE, is in two weeks yesterday, so you can imagine I am freaking out only slightly!! As you can guess I probably won’t be posting much due to my never-ending workload and the increasing pressure that is mounting on me, but I shall try! For now, enjoy this little insight into what I got up to last week 🙂

Last Tuesday (7th April) my mum and I got dressed up and took the train to Oxford Circus (Again! If you want to see what else I’ve been doing near Oxford Circus, check this out: https://madsem13.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/what-a-cool-way-to-celebrate/) We then took a walk along Oxford Street, and I noticed how many Spanish tourists there were! I’m not sure if this just me, but because I learn both Chinese and Spanish, if I hear people speaking those languages, I try to see if I can understand any of what they’re saying. Anyone else? No? Just me then…

Finally we found the alley we were looking for and turned down into Soho. I’m not sure if I have ever been before, I’ve been to Carnaby Street but I’m not entirely sure if that is part of it? Anyway, we arrived at Soho Theatre which, in my opinion, is pretty cool and I definitely want to start going to more small-scale pieces at venues like Soho Theatre. We went to the bar, and with a quick checking out of my surroundings, I realised I was definitely the youngest there. By at least 3 years, and that was only 1 guy. The rest were in their early-mid twenties at the very least. Still, I didn’t really mind and just wanted to have a fun night (with hindsight I highly recommend this theatre!!) The play started at 7:15 so we had some time to kill, but finally we were allowed to make our way into the performance space.

As it was my first time at Soho Theatre, I was quite sceptical about what to expect, but when I walked into the room with tiered seating that I thought hold roughly a maximum of 100, I was immediately reassured. The bright white minimalistic set that I had seen in so many movies as what  ‘typical small plays should be performed on’ had me on edge, but also very excited. It was a first-time experience for me, and was thrilling to say the least. I was squirming in my seat with eager anticipation, when two people ran out onto stage; a young couple with their ‘baby’ in a baby carrier. They were gushing about their beautiful, amazing family home, but how they had to do horrible, shocking, horrific things to get to where they were now. (Never in a million years would I have ever guessed what they actually did. Not that I would ruin that bone-chilling surprise for you. you will have to find out for yourself.) It started with basically the epitome of a fairy godmother (working for the Government, so take that as you will) giving them a free house “because you are the perfect fit, who else helped their mother bathe when her arthritic fingers became too much for her to handle?”, with the intention that they would do it up in whatever way they could, so attracting people to the area. This lady was played by Amanda Daniels, the reason we went in the first place, as my mum is friendly with her. She perfectly portrayed the happy, seemingly-generous-but-actually-manipulative government worker, and her audience asides were witty and brought a comical element to the increasingly deep, intense and at some times quite scary piece of drama. Focussing on the main couple, they showed their struggles, both morally and emotionally, in a way that was engaging for the audience, and made me get so caught up in the moment that I jumped when my mum accidentally nudged my arm. And their multi-roling skills were so brilliant, I have actually stolen some ideas on characterisation for my GCSE piece! So without giving away anything about the play, ‘Radiant Vermin’ is definitely a must-see, especially if you are in the mood for a very intense and somewhat chilling comedy, if that makes any sense whatsoever.

As the play was only an hour and a half long, it was about 8:55 by the time we got out, so my mum wanted to take me to this beautiful chocolate café she had been to before , with Amanda, the actress we had just seen perform, of all people.  After about half an hour of fruitless searching, plus a frantic google search, we finally arrived at Said, a pretty little Roman chocolate café. The rustic design had me itching to take tons of photos, so here we go lovelies:

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Look at all that yummy chocolate! Well, it gets better, because here is what I ordered:

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Milk chocolate hot chocolate, that was as thick as my dipping chocolate for the churros in Spain! Delicious! I especially love the delectable lipstick print 🙂

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My mum’s coffee and my hot chocolate

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These strawberries (pre-dipped in milk chocolate) were literally the size of my palm! And made my evening 🙂

If you love chocolate as much as I do, or just want a delicious hot drink (or a bar of chilli chocolate which is apparently very popular with the ladies), go check out Said: http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/said

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Here are some snaps of Soho and Carnaby Street, and we found Shaun the Sheep! Turns out there are fifty of these fluffy menaces dotted in and around the city in a colourful charity trail, so see if you can find any 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this little taste of my evening, I know I enjoyed it a lot, thanks mum for this treat! Will definitely have to make further trips to Soho, that’s for sure. I would love to know if you guys have found any hidden treasures; in London or wherever you are from. Please comment, like and follow to join our little online family 🙂 Good night!

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culture, London, travel

London is my city…

Hey my amazing readers! Today I had the day off school, and my friends and I decided to go into London, because, why not? I LOVE MY CITY!

We met at the station and even though I was late, (of course) I wasn’t last though! 🙂 We got on the London Kunderground (as we have begun to call it, because, as we finally realised today, it is not completely underground – fun fact 🙂 ) and went to Chinatown for lunch. My friend from Hong Kong basically ordered for us all, but I was disappointed because, although I speak Chinese, I can only speak (little bits of) mandarin and the restaurant was Cantonese. Ah well, it was still amazing seeing my friend ‘in her element’ in effect, and all of us watched her in awe. (so no, it wasn’t just weird me) I had never been to Chinatown before, so this was such an amazing experience for me. This is one of the many things I love about London. The fact there is practically a microscopic China (food-wise anyway) in the centre of London, is just, well, awesome. Now I can see the comments rolling in saying there are Chinatowns everywhere, and yes, I know. But what I’m trying to say is, its not just Chinatown. You walk two streets and you can get Italian. Walk further down that street and you can choose from probably upwards of twenty different cuisines. This is what I love. The humongous range of cultures and nations represented, not only through the people living and visiting the city, but also through the medium of food. As well as living in what is practically known as the centre of the world, I get to try cuisines from loads and loads of different cultures and countries around the world. Who wouldn’t love this? Especially for a person my age, this opportunity is brilliant and we can take advantage of this as much as we want. So if anyone is visiting/planning to visit London, definitely buy lots of different types of food!! (The markets also do delish street food, as well as the markets themselves! Another recommendation.)

One of my weaknesses is photo booths. Not that I have actually been in that many, but I love the whole concept of them. So, in Chinatown, imagine my excitement as we searched through this tardis-like cute Japanese shop for this photo booth, to finally stumble upon it, and finding out that you can decorate the pictures with cool backgrounds and foregrounds and cartoons and stars and afros and… and… Sorry. You can see my excitement. In true Japanese style (according to my Japanese friend) the photo booth had all these cool things that no English photo booth has, so take note British photo booth makers! Things like this; you wouldn’t find them anywhere else (unless in East Asia, obviously!) which makes them all the more exciting! And the fact that we kind of went on an adventure to find it makes it even more… magical in a way? I know it sounds stupid, it is ONLY a photo booth, but the way we found it is such a brilliant way to find things that only you will know about. Which makes you seem pretty cool, for sure 🙂 Especially in London, sometimes the best way to find hidden treasures is to get a bit lost, and not have a clue where you’re going. You will probably find all the best things this way. I know I want to continue doing this!

A tradition lately amongst people my age: bubble tea. Normally from Bubbleology, but other places are just as cool, if not better. The recent phenomenon has spread like wildfire, with my personal favourite being passionfruit fruit tea with strawberry popping boba, hold the tapioca please. But there are plenty of options; milk tea, fruit tea, with or without tapioca, with or without jelly/popping boba, or the infamous mystery tea. Oooooooh. So there is something (delicious!) for everyone basically. And this is coming from someone who can’t stand tea and accidentally ordered 0% sugar.

Covent Garden: the home of street artists. Also the home of classy, upmarket shops and restaurants. And public toilets that cost 50p to enter. Moral of the story: if you are not in the mood for spending copious amounts of money, maybe don’t come here? Unless you have an extremely high level of self-control. In which case, this is quite a necessity to visit I guess, if anything just to take a selfie with the floating building.

I hope this has given you a taster of why I love my city, London. I would love to hear what you are amazed by where you live, in London, or even your favourite holiday destination. And any of your fave (secret or not) places to go to in London, I would love to know so I can scope them out, maybe even discovering a few more hideouts along the way 🙂 Thanks for reading, get commenting!! x

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