Secret Cinema: Casino Royale

I got to check off something on my London bucket list this week, when M and I attended Secret Cinema.

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Secret Cinema is an immersive, interactive cinematic experience in a secret location. You become part of the movie, dressed as part of the cast, with a role to play. I’m going to attempt to write about this without giving too much away, because I don’t want any agents coming after me for knowing too much and selling their secrets. Continue reading

Late Summer/Early Autumn ’19 Trend Report

This is, very obviously, in no way a fashion blog, and I am in no way an “influencer” (I’m more of a trend-follower than -setter; even then, a friend recently told me, “I think we could push you more sartorially,” which was maybe the funniest thing anyone’s ever said to me), but I’ve been thinking a lot about trends lately. The last time I wrote a post about what was trending in my part of London was nearly three years ago, so don’t expect this to turn into THAT sort of blog.

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Chelsea in Bloom

I’m rewinding back to May for this post. (I’m no longer fussed about chronology on this increasingly sporadic blog of mine. As I say to my kids, you get what you get and you don’t get upset.)

To go along with the annual Chelsea Flower Show, the King’s Road and its cross streets, along with Sloane Square and Duke of York Square, get a floral makeover for a week, called ‘Chelsea in Bloom.’

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Is That You, Banksy?

I finally found some Banksy street art here in London. I’m fascinated by Banksy and how he’s managed to remain anonymous despite being quite famous.

On Farringdon Road in East London, outside the Mount Pleasant Mail Centre, this rat with a sign (which, according to the interwebs, used to declare “Always Fail,” apparently in reference to the Royal Mail’s nickname) has been confirmed to be an authentic Banksy.

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Wimbledon No. 1 Court Celebration

Last Sunday, the famous Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club opened its new £70 million, five-years-in-the-making retractable roof over No. 1 Court (and also closed it, due to rain), and threw a big do to celebrate, which was broadcast live on BBC1.

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Since I have as yet been unlucky in the Wimbledon Championships ticket lottery every year we’ve lived here, and we won’t be here forever, I figured this might be the closest I ever get to attending the Championships. These tickets were easier to get, and I still got to eat strawberries and cream and drink Pimm’s while watching the pros play on the famous lawn court. And we had great seats, too! (Plus, some of the proceeds went to charity.)

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Weeee are the chaaampions

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