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London Date GuideSince this site hasn’t been updated in forever,  I thought it would useful to mention a new site – The London Date Guide. Packed full of date ideas in London, the London Date Guide is your go to site for when you need a restaurant, bar ideas or inspiration for a date in London

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Glamour Glaze doughnuts at Krispy Kreme

What do doughnuts and London Fashion week have in common…Glamour?

I love doughnuts, they are probably one of my mine and my girlfriend’s favourite treats to indulge ourselves in when we are feeling bad.

Krispy Kreme’s are the crack cocaine of doughnuts and Glamour magazine have teamed up with them to produce the Autumn / Winter 2011 Glamour Glaze range of doughnuts billed as glossy, stylish and fruity

This season’s doughnut collection features the Strawberry Glaze doughnut, synonymous with the Glamour Glaze line, accompanied by a new Orange Glaze doughnut. The Orange Glaze has been created from trend predictions of the upcoming season from GLAMOUR’s fashion team, who noted the ‘70s and the bright colour influences as two key themes.

The new limited edition collection will be available at all Krispy Kreme UK stores and in-store cabinets from the 29th August until 2nd October. Single Glamour Glaze’s cost £1.35, or you could share amongst friends a dozen doughnuts packaged in a bespoke black Glamour Glaze box

I’m not normally a man for fashion but when doughnuts are involved…

To find your nearest store visit www.krispykreme.co.uk


I received an email the other day telling me about the World’s first early morning musical including a delicious bagel breakfast, I was intrigued and read on…

…The early morning show is Grease and you can catch a performance of the 1950s American high school hit show over a bagel breakfast for the first time ever.

The show has been condensed so you only see the best bits in a 20-minute bite-sized burst of entertainment

This is taking place on Thursday 24th March for early birds who fancy starting their day the New York bagel-way.

This unique performance will include four musical numbers – Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’ and You’re the One That I Want – plus a finale. The special show will be enjoyed over a bagel breakfast. Not only is this a first for musicals, but it will also be one of the last chances for Londoners to see the show as it moves on tour across the UK.

The early morning musical starts at 0830 at the Piccadilly Theatre – the home of Grease for the past three years – and you can get your hands on two free tickets for you and a friend by emailing your interest to musical@breakfastbagels.com.

Doors will open and a bagel breakfast will be served from 0800.

See you there!

Penhaligons Olfactory Owl

Ok so if you’re anything like me, the thought of Christmas shopping makes you feel a bit hot and queasy. All those people, so much money and that endless Christmas music! Argh I’m sweating at the mere thought…

Well I’ve just found out that Penhaligon’s Olfactory Owl is touring London at the moment. The Owl will be popping up all around London to giving discount vouchers and perfume samples. That’s mum’s, grandma’s and my girlfriend’s presents sorted!

And if you’re a particular fan of Penhaligon’s, you can submit your pictures of the Owl to win Christmas prizes. Check out the Owl’s progress by checking his schedule on Facebook and Twitter to see where you can catch him, but last I heard he should be stopping at these places:

Thursday 16th December – Oxford Street, Bond Street, Savile Row, Burlington Arcade, Fortnum & Mason

Saturday 18th December – Regent Street and Trafalgar Square

Sunday 19th December – Knightsbridge, Sloane Square, Green Park, Piccadilly

Tuesday21st December – Covent Garden, Somerset House, British Museum

Brian Blessed in London

Meet up with Brian Blessed in London

If are any of you Brian Blessed fans, I’ve got just the event for you.

To celebrate Brian Blessed becoming the new voice of TomToms, fans will be gathering in Central London on Thursday between 17:30 and 19:30 at Bar Soho on Old Compton Street. Fans can dress up as Brian and get a photo with the man himself. And don’t worry if you don’t look like Brian – TomTom will be supplying beards and other accoutrements to get you looking the part. If you know anyone who actually does look like Brian Blessed, get them to go along as there seems to be a massive lack of professional Brian Blessed lookalikes.

Pretty random I admit, but isn’t that the beauty of living in London? If you fancy getting involved, check out their facebook page to keep track of the event: Wearing Beards and Meeting Brian Blessed »

The Closest tube station to Bar Soho is Leicester Square

Jameson Cult Film ClubThe Jameson Cult Film Club is back again for another run of awesome cult movies in great atmospheric locations! If you never been to a Jameson Cult Film Club screening then it’s like secret cinema but without the extortionate price as entry is free and you get some delicious free Jameson cocktails

I went to the Jameson Cult Film Club last year to watch one of my favourite films; This is Spinal Tap. It was held at the Clapham Grand and it did not disappoint. I took a date with me and she was mightily impressed as it was something different from the usual places that one would take someone. Cocktails, popcorn and a mock Spinal Tap performance then the feature film made for an awesome evening. The night was entirely free and the atmosphere was buzzing.

This 2010/11 Jameson Film screenings will not just be taking place in London but all over the country this time round. The first screening will be Taxi Driver on 23 September at the Brewer Street Car Park and ticket applications are now being taken. Subsequent screenings will be:

Carrie – Liverpool – October 28

Chills in the Chapel:

Quatermass and the Pit – Union Chapel – October 29

The Amityville Horror – Union Chapel – October 30

Psycho – Union Chapel – October 31

Aliens – Manchester – November

Future Cult – London – February

Control – Manchester – March

All you have to do to get tickets to see these great films is to become a member at http://jamesoncultfilmclub.com/member-offers/.

For more information visit http://jamesoncultfilmclub.com

Don’t miss out on this!

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Love Never Dies
I recently went to the Adelphi Theatre to see Love Never Dies with some discounted tickets I picked up. One of the problems that often presents itself in a sequel is the consistency of old, popular characters balanced with the introduction of new. Both are necessary, as the diehard fans of the original will not be content without the figures they recognise, but new characters bring something new and fresh to the fictional world.

In his sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most popular musicals of all time, Andrew Lloyd Webber has combined mixed elements of old and new in order to create Love Never Dies. Ten years after the events of Phantom, star soprano Christine Daae has a ten year old son, Gustave, supposedly with her husband, Raoul. Now a worldwide singing sensation, she is summoned to Coney Island by a mysterious figure who asks her to perform – when his identity is revealed as the Phantom of the opera house in Paris, Christine has to struggle with her inner conflict, tempted by the magnetism of the phantom but knowing the dangers it presents.

The recurring characters are, of course, the main ones. Christine Daae, played by Sierra Boggess in the show currently running at the Adelphi Theatre in London, has developed from the young, delicate flower of Phantom into a powerful woman, yet still she is vulnerable to the Phantom’s dark romanticism. The Phantom himself has stepped out of the darkness into a colourful yet macabre world of the Coney Island amusement park, with airs of a sinister freak show. Ramin Karimloo retains the menace of the original whilst still evoking our sympathy. Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny, has become an embittered husband, consumed by self-loathing adequately portrayed by Joseph Millson.

Meg Giry is another recurring character, but she is much changed and further developed. The only daughter of Madame Giry, who in the Phantom of the Opera helped the Phantom and pushed Christine into the limelight, Meg is now the star of the Phantom’s show on Coney Island and resents Christine’s reappearance. She is played by Summer Strallen in the show at the Adelphi, with Liz Robertson taking on the role of her mother.

The greatest addition to Love Never Dies is undoubtedly Gustave, the ten year old son of Christine Daae and supposedly her husband Raoul – yet questions arise over whether the Phantom is, in fact, his biological father. The introduction of the boy gives Love Never Dies an edge of tenderness and vulnerability, as he wanders through the gaudy, adult world of the carnival.

For more information and tickets visit www.reallyuseful.com

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