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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Blogtober #11: Three recent evenings out in London

I wanted to write these down because I didn't take any photos and I like to remember the really great evenings in my life for a long time. I'm also seriously spoilt because I've had three Really Great Evenings within the space of three weeks, and when life inevitably gets more boring than it has been recently I want to be able to look back and be like, hey, it's okay, you used to do cool things. 

As a disclaimer: I do not do these kinds of things very often. My life is not all avant garde theatre, wandering around Soho on Friday nights and getting ice cream at 10pm, and I don't want to make it out to be, either. Normally I am home after 6pm, making veggie food in my PJs and watching Louis Theroux documentaries on Netflix. Which I think is nearly equally fun.

  1. Saturday 24th September: Immersive Theatre and 10pm Ice Cream

One Saturday I went to see an immersive theatre piece called 'War Paint' in Oxford Circus. It was set in a teeny tiny flat and each room had a girl in it in various states of getting ready - putting make up on, shaving legs - in the bathroom there was even a completely nuddy girl having a bath. There were speakers in every room with different, prerecorded conversations between two girls about sex, relationships, body image, work, and being female. The whole piece was about twenty minutes long and we were free to wander around the flat, moving from room to room as we wanted to.  One of the girls in it, Georgie, is my boyfriend's flatmate, and she's just set up a theatre company called Mummy's Sloppy Honey. If anybody is London-based and interested in alternative and explorative theatre, you should definitely keep an eye out for them.

Picture credit: Camden People's Theatre
After we finish watching (well, kind of...living in?) the theatre piece, we trundle down Oxford Circus and decide, you know what would make this night even better? Ice cream. Which is how we came to be at Amorino in Oxford Circus at 10pm at night. I went for dark chocolate and pistachio, and it was amazing. So. So. Good. If you're ever in the area and have a hankering for gelato, Amorino is the place for you. They serve them in flowers, which are amazing to look at and taste just as good. Mine, melted before I could get a good picture (such a millenial thing to say), so here's an example:

Picture credit: Yelp

       2. Wednesday October 12th: Book Launches and Soho Theatre Comedy

My next Really Good Night was on Wednesday last week, October 12th. I helped out at my first book launch with my new job. It was for a gorgeous children's illustration book called An Animal ABC by Alice Patullo, held at the amazing House of Illustration, which sells probably the coolest birthday cards I've ever seen. There was wine, of course. There were children's books and printed totes and crisps and lots of happy, laughing people.
After this finished I took the tube to Piccadilly Circus and walked to Soho Theatre, where I saw the comedian Nick Helm record his DVD. I'm not hugely into comedy but it's definitely something I'm trying to get more into, and these were free tickets! (Thanks Georgie). I was also supposed to see Nish Kumar afterwards, but tiredness had finally caught up with me at that point and I really, really just needed my bed.

     3. Friday 14th October: Tapas, Wine, and Secret Bookshelf Bars

And, my third Really Good Night lately. This was last Friday. I had originally planned to see my friend Kat for pizza and Bridget Jones' Baby, but when we got to the cinema, it was completely sold out. Kat used to work in Soho and I'm still getting to know it, so she took me to Pix Bar, which is a Spanish tapas-style place with mini dishes laid out all around the restaurant with skewers in. You fill your plate (I filled mine more times than I'm going to admit online) keep your skewers, and give them to the till person at the end of the night to tot up your bill. After this, we went to the COOLEST bar I've ever been to...
I'm in two minds about whether to tell you where it is... But I will. Because I'd feel guilty about keep all that cool to myself. It's called The Vault Soho, and the cocktails are great (if a tiny bit pricey - hey, this is London). It's pretty small and quite dark, but the staff are absolutely lovely and they have an AMAZING selection of whisky (but other drinks too - don't worry, fellow whisky non-drinkers).

Picture credit: Sheer Luxe
And those were my three Really Great Evenings lately! Let me know if you have any recommendations of fun things to do in London, because I'm always looking for new, fun ways and places to spend an evening.

Thanks for reading!

Hannah x

Feature image © Hannah Billie Perry

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