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Friday, 23 October 2015

Haunted walking tour in theatreland with Every Hotel Picadilly





Every hotel is located in the heart of theatre land


Hidden behind the razzmatazz of London's theatre land is a textbook of history and spooktactular tales. Tales of severed heads, amputated legs and of the ghosts that hunt the alleys and guard the stage doors of London's most popular theatres. This was the theme when I was invited to a haunted theatre land tour with Joe blogs and Every Hotel Piccadilly .

On my 18th birthday, I saw my first ever musical production- Chicago and from then on I have had the theatre bug. I attend regularly and have introduced my love for all things song and dance to Lei who I have taken to see Matilda and Billy Elliot and although my favourite musical changes after each show, one that has stolen my heart and my voice to it's songs is the lion King. Never too old for treats and a night out, my mum and I went to the show and had dinner at a nearby restaurant. We didn't stay the night, instead we braced the cold and the over crowded train back home , a trip which could have been avoided had we stayed the night, which next time I will do and my first choice will be Every Hotel Piccadilly.


Every hotel Piccadilly is an incredibly modern hotel with plans to expand to every major city not just in the UK but worldwide. Guests are welcomed by their hosts who can recommend a tasty meal from their menu or directions to the nearest theatre show and so much more.
Coffee lover?

Modern and super tech-savy is the motto throughout the hotel as it boasts smart tvs, treadmills that help your run be that bit more entertaining with in-built televisions. To cater to all music lovers, with the swift download of an app over their FREE wifi connection you can select the music that plays in the restaurant- think 1950's jukebox at a diner!

Kai Bleul the hotel value centre general manager showing us the hotel rooms



How comfy does that bed look?


I love to sleep, my middle name should be 'sleep' not Priscilla which is why I was so impressed to learn that Everyhotel Picadilly have rooms with sound proof windows and amazing king sized beds with enough room to starfish, rolypoly or sleep in that annoying awkward position, one word- bliss!

Feeling hungry? The hotel's menu offers an array of delicious pizzas, burgers, pasta and fresh salads perfect for a pre-show dinner and in the morning before heading home you can have a hearty buffet breakfast!



Dinner is served

Not a limp lettuce leaf in sight-fresh and crisp




Delicious!



If you are visiting London and not only want to watch a play or musical, have you ever thought of doing a haunted theatre tour? Diane, our tour guide from secret london walking tours  had us gripped with ghostly stories about some of London's most loved theatres.

Diane our tour guide was great and kept the tour  spoocktactular

We never lost sight of our tour guide- spot the green and black brolly


Goodwin Court, Diagon Alley's doppelgänger
 Did you know?

  • The Royal Haymarket is putting on a production of Mr Foote's other leg about actor Samuel Foote who had his leg amputated without any general anaesthetics! It is believed that the saying 'break a leg' was coined from his misfortune
  • The Coliseum theatre is haunted by a solider who has a seat of choice in Row G - Could be worst ay? 
  • The Lyceum theatre home to the Lion King has a lady more specifically Madam Marie Tussards who is known to sit amongst the audience with a severed head on her lap, but hey Hakuna Matata!
  • It is considered bad luck to whistle whilst working in the theatre, so whistle while you work is not to be done under any circumstances! 
  • The most haunted theatre in London is Theatre Royal Dury Lane (currently showing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) with one of it's three(!!) ghosts being a clown which appears in the mirrors. I think this ghost is a bad nut! 



Hakuna Matata  even if a Madam has a severed head in her lap
Fancy sitting next to a solider? The coliseum is your best bet

The next time your in theatre land be sure to look out for any spooky shadows lurking in the aisles but at least you will be ghost free and comfortable if you book your stay with Every hotel.



Do you have a favourite musical or play?  :-)


 











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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Letters to Saint Nick: Christmas on a budget



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 When the carved pumpkins wilt and turn into compost and the last firework has exploded into a million colourful sparks across the sky; little children with great imaginations and a heart full of dreams and wishes will choose their favourite pen and the brightly coloured paper with the curly edges to scribble a letter to dear old Saint Nick for presents chosen from the backs of catalogues or the latest cartoon craze taking over the nation.

And if like me, you still keep the magic of Christmas alive then as the last 't' is crossed and the final 'i' dotted you will be ready to trawl the internet and the supermarkets for all the Christmas goodies on the Christmas list.

And on Christmas day, as the clock strikes three on Christmas afternoon and family and friends from near and far, clamber into their living rooms with Christmas hats balancing awkwardly on slightly tipsy heads, stomachs filled with turkey, goose fat potatoes and two helpings of Christmas pudding and a toast is made to honour the Queen's speech we will be thankful for another year, filled with festive cheer and togetherness.

 The rest of the evening will be spent playing board games, watching an array of Christmas specials, eating way too many chocolates and struggling to put over excited children to bed and as that calm takes over the house, the realisation that the two months of planning is over and that all that is left is the glimmer of gold tinsel and the scrunched up wrapping paper shoved into the bins  alongside the brussel sprouts that no one liked.

On boxing day as you pick at the cold meats and contemplate tackling the sales from the comfort of your living room, it's only then with a bank balance verging on empty will you stop to really reconsider the cost of Christmas....


 If we had to stop, stop right now and really think about what we'd like for Christmas, is it a want or a need? If there was no December 25th would you be able to go without that swanky new coat or could little one go without that extra furniture for her doll house? Most probably and with the cost of everyday items raising ( 5p bag anyone? ha! ) I for one will try to curb my Christmas spending and not go to crazy whilst on Father Christmas duties, although I'm sure I won't beat one lovely lady I know who spends well over five hundred pounds on each of her children and grand children!!!


How are you budgeting for Christmas 2015?


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Monday, 19 October 2015

Only children are selfish


Nine months, nine months of morning, afternoon and evening sickness that by your due date you are so emotionally drained you could create your own emoji. As a new parent you find yourself inundated with cards, gifts and congratulations from friends and family who will comment on the colour of your pushchair and  demand a retelling of your birth story whilst also wanting to know how your feeling, sleeping and feeding your baby! Then amongst the offers of babysitting and advice to enjoy the baby stage, there will be that one question, this one question that even to this day, six years after giving birth annoys me....


  • So when you having the next one?

Why would you ask that to a mother who has been up all through the night, cleaning sticky yellow poo and feeding on demand from breasts so painfully heavy you feel as though you're walking around with a lorry attached to your chest. I was asked this weeks after Lei was born and I never knew what to say because to be honest, creating another baby was the last thing on my mind

As the weeks turned into months and the months now years, that question is being asked but now with Lei added in for extra emphasis:

  • Doesn't Lei want a brother or sister? 
I can remember when Lei was about three and we had a conversation that went something like this:

Lei: Mummy can I have baby sister?
Me: Where am I going to get a sister from Lei?
Lei: Tescos

Unfortunately my shopping lists never include babies and Lei has outgrown asking me this question all the time, although if you do ask, she will say yes, she wants a sister but don't all children want siblings? I remember wanting a sister when I was younger- I got a brother! So we can't all get what we ask for ay? ha!



  • Only children are selfish

A mother with four children with the comforting lilt similar to that of Mma Ramaotswe told me that I should extend my family as only children grow up to be selfish, she meant well but it struck a nerve. Selfish is not a nice word to be branded with especially as children with siblings can also be just as reluctant to share or think of anyone other than themselves. One of my best friend's an only child and selfish is not a word I would call her at all, so that statement is such an unjust stereotype.

  • Only children are spoilt

I only have one daughter, my entire focus is on Lei , she has all of my love and time with no one else to compete with so of course she is going to be well looked after. However, there is a very thin line between gratitude and bratitude and if Lei ever goes over to the latter I will always reign her back in. She understands that not everyone is fortunate to have what she has and that she has to be grateful and thankful. Also, having only one child does not rule out the possibility of parents who have more than one child spoiling their other children whether they have one child or three.


I am not completely ruling out the possibility of having more children and by the time Lei is a teenager, she might still be an only child or have her own personal cheerleading team; but for now I am content with my one special little princess.

Are you an only child or raising an only child? or tell me why you chose/ chose not to extend your family in the comments below :-) x










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