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Hello, Weekend Coffee Share! I haven’t taken part in a while – actually, I have struggled to blog for a while – but let’s change that today.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that there has been a lot going on in June, both good and bad. I would like to focus on the good, but first I have to at least mention this week’s big news for me: the result of the UK’s EU referendum.
I cannot yet articulate how sad, angry, disappointed and confused I am by the result (so I have opted for a few basic adjectives). Perhaps in the future I will be better able to convey exactly what I think we’ve lost, but for now I am just grateful for the opportunities afforded me by being a member of the EU, and for being born at the right time to take advantage of these. Whatever happens after our years of disentanglement and renegotiation, I really hope that today’s children and any children I may have are able to have similar chances.
However, this post is for my happy days this month. It is going to be quite photo-heavy, making up for my poor attempt at my photography goal so far.
It was my birthday this month, so I have been completely spoiled. I was treated to a camera, a handbag, a musical, a concert and lots of cake, so it was incredible and lovely.
My boyfriend organised the day itself, so everything was a surprise. It began with a walk up Primrose Hill to take advantage of the sunshine – with a stop at Primrose Bakery, for a birthday cupcake.
It was the only day of good weather that week (there have been so many storms, it’s weird!) so it was great to be outside, even if I got a tiny bit sunburnt!
After that, we went to see Motown the Musical. It is full of brilliant songs from the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross among many, many more. It was really fun, and was another new show to add to my list this year.
We went for dinner to a restaurant called Rabot 1745 in Borough Market. Every dish on the menu uses cocoa beans in some way – as do many of the drinks. I had a chocolate orange cocktail, which I think was called the breakfast cocktail, and it was a very good choice.
We shared a starter of Yorkshire pudding with beef and white chocolate mash. I know how weird white chocolate mash sounds, but it was actually amazing. For mains we had mac and cheese (in cacao nib pastry) and the pork stack (where the crusts and glazes used cacao) and I had a chocolate tart for dessert. It was a really brilliant choice of restaurant for me, and I would recommend it to any Londoners who are looking for somewhere a bit different to try.
I couldn’t believe how much thought he had put in to the day, so thank you to him for making it so special.
A few days later, I went for afternoon tea at Brumus restaurant, part of the Haymarket Hotel. The best thing about the décor was obviously that the chairs had dogs on the back of them:
The afternoon tea itself was lovely (although I don’t think any have topped BB Bakery yet), and we all left stuffed with sandwiches and cakes.
The next day I went to the Riding House Café for brunch (why does socialising so often revolve around food?!) with friends from uni I hadn’t seen for ages. I got the pancakes, and did not appreciate just how large a portion it would be when I asked for a side of bacon… they were great though!
We also had a wander around the British Museum, where I used my new camera and took this excellent photo (if I say so myself) of a violin:
The next weekend I went to West End Live, where the casts of most of the musicals perform a few numbers in Trafalgar Square. I completely underestimated demand and the queue to get in was insane, so we missed a lot (or heard a lot without seeing anything), but we got in on time for Les Mis, which is the main thing.
Mamma Mia and Matilda also contributed a couple of great sets, before Jersey Boys topped everything off, getting the whole crowd singing ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’. We had to leave after that, but there was a whole weekend of free entertainment from West End shows – a big treat for musical lovers!
Finally, last Sunday I got to see Nashville in Concert at the Apollo. I was so disappointed to miss out on tickets a couple of months ago, and then my friend presented me with one for my birthday! It was a fantastic night, easily one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to, and I just love them all even more now.
(Look at this photo! It’s like Charles Esten is looking right at me! I know he wasn’t, because we were halfway up the balcony, but look how far my new camera zooms!)
It has been an eventful month! Hope you’re all doing well and enjoy the rest of your weekend.