Review | Backyard Cinema - Mission To Mars

24 April, 2018
Blogger, Leigh Travers, reviews the Backyard Cinema's Mission To Mars theme

Sci-fi aficionados, brace yourselves - you can now watch some of the genre's most iconic movies from an actual* spacecraft at the Backyard Cinema, based in London's Elephant & Castle. Who knew space travel was possible in south London?

*Well, maybe not an 'actual' spacecraft but it's believable enough!

Review | FINALE at Chamäleon Theatre, Berlin

21 April, 2018
Photo provided by Chamäleon Theatre.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited back to Berlin to review the new show at the Chamäleon theatre. This was my third trip to see a show at the Chamäleon and based on my previous trips (read my review of Scotch & Soda here and my review of PARADE here), I was expecting great things because the shows at the Chamäleon have never left me disappointed before!

The Chamäleon theatre is based in the Hackeschen Höfen in the Berlin-Mitte district, which is a few minutes from the Hackeschen Markt S-Bahn station or a 15 or so minute walk from Berlin's famous Alexanderplatz. The charming little theatre specialises in New Circus, which completely turns traditional circus on its head (and obviously involves no animals!). Whilst it does incorporat traditional circus skills such as acrobatics, juggling, contortion, aerial and other physical performances but follows more of a set narrative or theme throughout the show and has a live soundtrack to accompany it.

Review | Vegan Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel, London

04 April, 2018
An accurate representation of how happy I was when I found out that the Sanderson now offers a vegan Mad Hatter's afternoon tea. 

The Sanderson hotel has quickly become one of my favourite hangouts in London over the past year. Nestled just behind Oxford Street, the hotel provides a sanctuary from the chaos of London's busiest street. The flower-adorned Long Bar not only offers an extensive and creative cocktail menu but it also makes the ideal and picturesque lunch spot in the city's west end.

The hotel is well-known amongst Londoners for its famous Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea, inspired by the magical world of Lewis Caroll's "Alice In Wonderland", which should be on top of every London foodie's bucket list. In the past there hasn't been a vegan offering on the Sanderson's menu but they recently added an entirely vegan menu meaning us plant-based fellows don't have to miss out on one of London's 'must dos'.

Review | Mother London Restaurant, Battersea Power Station

30 March, 2018
Mother London sits underneath the exposed, brick arches of the railway.

One of Copenhagen's cult foodie hotspots, Mother, has opened its doors in London, bringing its famous seawater sourdough pizzas with it.

In July 2017, Mother London opened in Battersea's Circus West Village, which is the brand new, hip food and drink area within the redeveloped Battersea Power Station. Nestled right beneath the railway arches, the restaurant sits within a cavernous arch with exposed brickwork and long banquet-style tables with accompanying wooden benches. The place oozes that effortless Scandi, casual dining vibe with music blasting a little louder than you'd expect and the door thrown wide open welcoming anyone who passes.

Five Things I Wish I Had Done Whilst In Paris

19 March, 2018
Travel blogger, Leigh Travers, sits in front of the Eiffel Tower

Last September I headed to Paris for a long weekend with James to see Bon Iver. For those of you that don't know, Bon Iver are probably my all-time favourite band so when they announced an European tour without a London date, the options were Blackpool or Paris. Obviously, I chose the latter.

I had only been to 'Paris' (you'll understand the quotation marks in a moment) once before in my lifetime, which was when I was a kid and we didn't leave the Disneyland Paris park. In all honesty, I didn't even expect to like the French capital that much upon hearing a few other people's experiences. Whilst our visit did come with a couple of bad experiences, I actually loved Paris much more than I first thought I would. I had always found the idea of it being dubbed 'the most romantic city in the world' a little cringey but we had the most incredible weekend there.

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