I recently jetted down to London for a big screen test with a major broadcaster. I can’t tell you anything about it yet but my fingers are crossed and as soon I hear, I’ll share the news with all you ‘Mums The Word’ readers first.
While I had a few days in London town, I thought I’d make the most of it and I’ve decided to share all my favorite things to do in the big smoke. I lived in East London for 10 years, so it’s where I always stay when I go back. It’s cool, understated, raw and constantly changing and I’m lucky I have an apartment I can use in super trendy Bethnal Green. Walking distance form Shoreditch, it has become a magnet for hipsters, creatives, artists and fearless fashionistas. I wanted to give my friend Gary my ‘super soul sunday’ tour of the area so we started at Columbia Road Flower Market where the street is bursting with flowers and plants. I love wandering around and picking something up from the cockney traders, many of who grow their own. There are plenty of art galleries, vintage stores and pubs close by, so it’s well worth a visit. Next we headed to near by Brick Lanefamous forit’s vast selection of curry restaurants and being the scene of the murders of Jack The Ripper! The market on a Sunday is bustling and great for people watching. The vintage shops have brilliant stock and there are also bargains to be picked up from the stalls. The street art makes a great backdrop for a lively and bustling atmosphere. If you are trendsetter you will love this area, the Shoreditch crowd are usually ahead of the trends and what they are wearing now, will be in out wardrobes in a few months. Our last stop was Private Members Club Shoreditch House.
What a treat. London’s most fabulous venue has a Rooftop Pool, lazy lawn outdoor space, sitting room, games room, library bar and a gym. We were spoiled for choice on where to hang out. Unfortunately it was too cold for a dip in the pool so we opted for a tasty Sunday lunch in the gorgeous rooftop restaurant. The light up there is amazing and the views of London are breathtaking. Bar stools, tables and sofas are scattered around for a relaxed homely feel and food is simple and delicious. After a few hours (and a few bottles of Chenin Blanc) we stumbled across ‘Gospel-OKE’ taking place in the library. Think Karaoke but with a full Gospel Choir. They belted out everything for Chaka Khan to Take That and the competition was fierce. Gary is known to be able to hold a tune but he daren’t step up against these seasoned Gospel-OKE Kweens. Shoreditch House is for members only so all I can say is try to find a friend (or a friend of a friend) with a membership who can sign you in for a slice of east end fun and glamour.
As well as being a place to party and have fun, Shoreditch House is also a great venue for meetings and business. Many members are in the media; it’s a welcoming environment for taking your laptop and doing some work and also networking with other like-minded people. I have always thought Scotland lacks something similar, so I am delighted The Blythswood Hotel have launched ‘Millennial Mondays’ to encourage bloggers, creatives and digital influencers to hang out in The Salon Bar. Every Monday, there will be complimentary Wi-Fi and tea and coffee, as well as morning croissants and pastries. How lovely! The Salon over looks the classic gardens of Blthyswood Square and features beautiful Harris Tweed chairs in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere. I attended the first MM, which was hosted by two of the countries top bloggers - The Everyday man and Lafotka and was sponsored by ROX Jewelers. We had a special breakfast and I caught up with industry friends while we blogged and tweeted about how what a great idea Millennial Mondays is.
I bumped in to Scots Actor Atta Yacub, who is enjoying the success of his latest film Trainspotting 2. We agreed that we will use Mondays to catch up, do work and exchange gossip. This new creative hub is so welcome, and I’m sure I’ll be sitting at the renowned Hotel regularly to write this very Blog. To sign up send your media kit and request to @SkapaPr on Twitter and tag @BlythswoodSq.
Beauty and The Beast
I am looking forward to taking the wee man to see Beauty and The Beast this weekend. The live-action version of the classic Disney fairytale starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens looks magical. I have absolutely no problem with my six year old witnessing a ‘gay moment’ in the movie, that’s life. My son spends time with mummy’s friends who are in same sex relationships so I doubt he would question the scene as he really doesn’t care. I’ve been surprised at the uproar and extent of the discussion since the director of the film revealed that the character LeFou realises he has feelings for Gaston. We all have feelings for Gaston. He’s played by Luke Evans! LGBT characters should be normalised in mainstream movies and in my world, for my child, it reflects the world he lives in. In the words of hunky Scottish actor Ewan Macgregor “LeFou is a gay character and people should get over it because it’s 2017 for f*** sake”.