Abi in London: Greek Gods, steak and orchestras

Between work and events I have struggled for time to blog everything but I have had a week off to recharge so I wanted to share with you what I have been up to!

I have been catching up with the bestie Tanya (The Live Review & Glam Glitz Gloss) who has been taking me as her plus one to review some pretty incredible shows.

Divine Proportions

Divine proportions

Divine proportions Persephone

As Tanya’s plus one I returned to The Vault’s on Leake street for Divine Proportions, a seductive celebration of Dionysus, the Greek god of everything that is bad but goooood. Sex, wine, parties you name it, so you can imagine what our evening entailed, an immersive show with a 5 course meal.

From start to finish we were thoroughly entertained, the decor was bright and saucy, the performers oozed sex appeal and talent, there wasn’t a moment where the show stopped. Due to my rather annoyingly sudden intolerance to alcohol I had to have a couple of my dishes altered and hands down I was impressed with how on the ball the caterers were with allergies, I was given a bright red note stating no alcohol on my table so the waiters knew where to place my alcohol free dishes.

The evening was split into three parts, the introduction to Dionysus and maenads, the main where food was served and we were treated to a strip tease from Aphrodite and Persephone, and the finale was with Persephone in the underworld where she striped down and played with fire.

If you love all that is bad, Divine Proportions will be at The Vaults until January.

The Naturalist Pub

The naturalist pub starterThe naturalist pub main

Just a 5 minute walk from Manor House station, situated in a new development The Naturalist pub is a open and spacious pub restaurant. From the moment we arrived the staff were very accommodating, Tanya and I hadn’t seen each other for a while so they gave us time to catch up before taking our orders.

To start my evening I went for a cranberry kiss mocktail, a beautiful blend of cranberry and orange. For my starter I had a brunch style dish of fried mushrooms, diced tomatoes, poached egg and hollandaise sauce on sourdough bread, it was amazing, I wiped my plate clean!

For my main I opted for Steak and chips with beer fried onions, I had asked for my steak to be medium but it came out quite well done and in honesty a little chewy. The chips were lovely but the starter had pretty much filled me up! So I barely dented my main! I really didn’t like my dessert so I’ll skip that! It was presented very well and it wasn’t due to how they made it, I just don’t think it was to my taste.

Overall I did leave with a very happy belly and very impressed by the pubs decor and service but the food for me was around a 7/10, and if I had a choice to go back, I probably would as they had a rather impressive Sunday lunch menu!

Symphonic pop by The philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Albert hall

Before Symphonic pop I had only ever been to The Royal Albert Hall once before, as a kid to see Swan Lake. My grandfather had paid for my ticket to go with my school and I remember the night so clearly, I remember walking into our allocated box and just being mesmerised. The Royal Albert hall is the very definition of grand, the mixture of gold and red and the grand, breath-taking organ built in to the stage area just demands the admiration it deserves. I would love to take a tour on a empty day.

When Tanya invited me to attend The Philharmonic Orchestra’s Symphonic pop I didn’t have to think twice, I jumped at the opportunity to return to such an beautiful and iconic venue.

The orchestra was conducted by Nick Davies and were accompanied by Capital Voices, they had that day performed at the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie before that evenings performance which was also presented by radio goddess Margherita Taylor, that women just has the most chill voice!

The orchestra performed hits by ABBA , Adele, Amy Winehouse, Bee Gees, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Dido, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, George Michael, Justin Timberlake, Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Pharrell Williams, Robbie Williams, Spice Girls, Take That, The Jacksons, The Weather Girls and Stevie Wonder.

I honestly sung my heart out and danced all evening, we had such a fab night, there were quite a few school trips there as well and one particular school group right at the top of the venue had so much energy! They just sung and danced all night, it put a smile on my face watching kids enjoy such pop classics!

If you ever fancied a different night out the check out The Royal Albert Hall and see what incredible evenings they have planned.


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