13 October 2016

Beer Pong, Selfies, and Skewers - My Night at GEM Bar

Last month, we were invited by the lovely PR & Everything Inbetween to come and check out GEM Bar – a chic cocktail bar right in the heart of Soho.  With the location on point, we knew it would be a place we wanted to see.

Walking into GEM, the d├ęcor took me straight into the New York Subway – filled with colourful and eclectic graffiti art, there was an edgy vibe to the bar. And you can even add your own designs to the chalkboard walls along first floor – which, of course, we did.  Not to mention the beer pong table they have in the side room of the bar – we definitely partook a bit too much in that too. Hey – we’re American. It’s in our blood.

The downstairs bar is a bit more refined and classic. I use that with loose terms, though, as we found the world’s greatest selfie mirror near the cloakroom. You stand in front of the full-size mirror, and once the picture is taken, you can pick a frame, add your own drawings, and with the touch-screen inside the mirror, voila! Prints in seconds for a perfect momento of the night. We may have gone a bit overboard, and possibly took around 8 or so photos … but who’s counting?

The menu was filled with delicious cocktails and tasty treats, all that we were able to have a try of. My favourite drink of the night was most definitely the Bounty Hunter; an amazing chocolate & coconut cocktail with chocolate liquor Bacardi. Too good!

As a veggie, the starters menu was absolutely spot on as well.  We had a vegetarian sharing plate that included halloumi and roasted pepper skewers, sweet potato fries, and my personal favourite, cream cheese stuffed peppers – all which complemented the cocktails just right.

GEM Bar is perfect for a girls night out (didn’t you hear me? Selfie mirror and chocolate martinis!), or an evening out with the lads for some beer pong and food.
The cocktails and yummy sharing platters make it the perfect spot for some post-work fun as well!

Check out GEM Bar’s website for their cocktails & platters, and make sure you get in for a visit! Located right between Kingly and Regent Street in Soho, you’ve got no excuse not to pop in for a well-deserved drink (or three!)

21 July 2016

Impossible Live at The Noel Coward Theatre

A break-dancing card shark, a blindfolded crossbow daredevil, and a SOMETHING walk into a theatre...

Could be a lame joke, or a true story. AKA - my night at Impossible on the West End.

Last week, Heather and I headed out into the world of magic at the Noel Coward Theatre. Packed in with all walks of life - children, seniors, tourists, and locals - we were ready (or hoping) to be amazed.

There were a few tricks that I had seen or learned before through growing up or common sense, but the best parts of the show came from mind reader Chris Cox and stuntman Jonathan Goodwin. And I'll mention Ben Hart because he managed to take someone out of the audience and move her from one side of the stage to the other, but I'm slightly bitter that I wasn't chosen for that trick... 

Chris Cox - an overly excited, goofy guy dressed in suspenders and a bow-tie, went through the audience at random, guessing names, thoughts, even down to what people had for lunch that day. Pulling up volunteers to choose outfits from behind a dressing curtain, he was spot on with just about everything. I'm STILL baffled by how he's able to do this!

The best way to explain Jonathan Goodwin probably comes straight from his bio -
'Jonathan has been hanged, buried alive, hung from helicopters, free solo’d skyscrapers, and performed a straitjacket escape from a burning rope hanging 300ft up in the air from the London Eye.'

Hm. Okay Jonathan. You do you.

We managed to see him do a few of these tricks - well, the audience did. I closed my eyes. It's a little much for me to watch someone shoot a crossbow at his wife blindfolded. But he did just that, and many more over-the-scale insane tasks.

The entire group was full of crowd-pleasers, and the show came full circle in the end by bringing up a young aspiring magician to help out with a trick. And we did leave the theatre in a full-on 15 minute 'How did they do that???' conversation, so I'd call the show a success.

Impossible runs at the Noel Coward Theatre until 27 August 2016. Show times are from Monday - Saturday 730PM, with 2PM matinees on Tuesday and Saturday. To get the best deals on tickets, visit boxoffice.co.uk to grab your seats now!

18 June 2016

Caipirinhas, Batindas, and Brazilian Pimms. Night Sorted at CopaCabanaBeach

Imagine this - a beach chair right on the water, Brazilian Caipirinhas, and all the chicken and chips you can eat. And to top it off - doughballs with Nutella. Yes - NUTELLA.

Lucky for me - this was a reality.  Right along Southbank, Cabana has partnered up with the Southbank Centre to create CopaCabanaBeach, a summer pop up in celebration of the Rio Olympics.

Rachel (find her at Lunching Above Our Weight) and I hit up CopaCabanaBeach after work last week because - well, because rum. We walked up to a food truck with a bar linked to it, filled with beanbags and beach chairs to lounge under the summer sun (I use that loosely - remember, we ARE in London...).

A range of Brazilian cocktails with a side of sweet potato fries and malagueta chicken, which Rachel assured me was absolutely fantastic. Followed by their chocolate rain donuts and some champagne, the night could not have been better.

Mouth watering of too many rum cravings now? Worry not - this pop up will be on Southbank for the remainder of the summer. And not just that - Cabana has got locations all over London with even more goodies on their menu, so you can hit them up year-round. Rachel and I already have plans to grab a bite at their Covent Garden location this week.

Just. Too. Good.

Find more information about their locations & menu on their website, HERE!