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La Porte des Indes

La Porte des Indes, Marble Arch

The first thing you notice when you walk through the doors of La Porte des Indes in London’s Marble Arch, is the gorgeous smell of lemongrass, and a greeting by the most charming girl, who welcomes you inside. This is…

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Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, Tate Modern

I was initially drawn to the Matisse exhibition because of the colour, as most of the things I’d seen at the Tate Modern recently were all so grey. Matisse (1869 – 1954) was one of the most innovative painters of…

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Preview: The Silver Tassie, National Theatre

One of two new productions opening this month at the National Theatre (the other being A Small Family Business) is the rarely performed Sean O’Casey 1928 play, The Silver Tassie, a play set in Ireland during the First World War….

MasterCard Olivier Awards 2014

This year’s Olivier Awards, in my humble opinion – were the best ever. The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, was totally transformed for the highlight of the London theatre season, and as ‘luvvy’ as it sounds – the good feeling…

Hakkasan Dim Sum Sundays

Hakkasan Hanway Place, Dim Sum Sunday

Now, I don’t make a habit of dining out at Michelin starred restaurants for Sunday lunch – but for the ‘Dim Sum Sunday’ menu at Hakkasan I can make an exception. What at first seems like a wild extravagance, is…

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Savoy Theatre

The Savoy Theatre is best known for hosting Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and Legally Blonde – so how will Dirty Rotten Scoundrels fare here? The 80s Michael Caine and Steve Martin movie was turned into a Broadway musical ten years…

Hotel Chocolat Tasting Experience

Hotel Chocolat Tasting Experience

It goes without saying that chocolate is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and this month you can indulge your sweet tooth in the most spectacular style – with a Hotel Chocolat Tasting Experience on the London Eye. I was curious to…

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The Magic Flute, English Touring Opera | 7 Mar-31 May 2014

It’s difficult to attend a performance of Mozart’s magic flute and not enjoy oneself simply for the sheer beauty of the music. When Papageno (Wyn Pencarreg) plays his magic bells to deter Monostatos (Stuart Haycock) and his henchmen, they sing…

DON GIOVANNI, ROH;Mariusz Kwiecie;  Don Giovanni,Véronique Gens;  Donna Elvira,Malin Byström;  Donna Anna,Antonio Poli;  Don Ottavio,Alex Esposito;  Leporello,Dawid Kimberg;  Masetto,Elizabeth Watts;  Zerlina,Alxander Tsymbalyuk;  Commendatore,

Don Giovanni, Royal Opera House | 1-24 Feb 2014

The basic plot of Don Giovanni is a simple one; a malevolent nobleman wishes nothing more of his life than the freedom to indulge himself in his carnal desires, in pursuit of this ideal he leaves a trail of destruction….