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on Tuesday, 01 April 2014
You would think that somewhere in London, what with Great Britain being home to some of the greatest comedy to date, there would be some sort of museum to our comedy history. Astonishingly there is not. Until today that is.

The long-overdue Museum of Comedy will open its doors at the end of April and will no doubt become a tourist hotspot.

comedy-1Clockwise from top left: Tommy Cooper's Plant Stand, Russ Abbott's Seagull, Fawlty Towers Phone, Brandsbury Williams' Jacket, Tommy Cooper's Guillotine, Peter Kay: First Top of the Tower, Charlie Caroli Clown Shoes

Curated by Leicester Square Theatre Director, Martin Witts whose career spans over three decades in the comedy industry, you can expect to see a collection of over six hundred artefacts. Some of the gems (mostly from Witts' own private collection) include Tommy Cooper's handmade magic props, The Two Ronnies' glasses, Charlie Chaplin's cane and Steptoe and Son's stuffed bear. not to mention pews from a number of religious comedies including The Vicar of Dibley, Father Ted and Rev.


comedy-2From left: Barry Cryer, John Bishop, Johnny Vegas, Mark Thomas

Despite having permanent exhibitions covering particular aspects or personalities within the comedy world, this is the first time that the UK will have such an expansive collection of Comedy ephemera housed under one roof. That roof being a purpose built space in the under crypt of St George's Church Bloomsbury.

The Museum's remit will be to illustrate the history of British comedy from Court Jester to the popular Stand Up Comedians of today. This new location of laughter is a must for all comedy fans.

The Museum of Comedy The Undercroft, St Georges Church, Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SR 020 7534 1744 www.museumofcomedy.com

Chocolate inspired afternoon tea at Grosvenor House

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on Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Oooo chocolate lovers, look out! Master Chocolatier, Paul A Young has created an exclusive chocolate inspired Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel.

Set to launch on Monday 14 April in the Park Room (and run for at least a month) it’s basically several slices of heaven on a plate.
Chocolate inspired afternoon tea

I was invited to try out this decadent treat, ahead of its launch, and am sat here typing this several hours later still feeling rather stuffed.

There were (still warm! *Swoon*) freshly baked Buttermilk scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and – in place of the usual (yawn) jams – Paul A Young’s award-winning Sea Salted Caramel spread.

Yep, that’s right. A Sea Salted Caramel spread. It. Was. Lush.

Chocolate afternoon tea

I enjoyed mine alongside a glass of Louis Roederer, Carte Blanche (chocolate and Champagne. How jolly, hey?) And a selection of rather super sandwiches elegantly balanced Paul’s chocolate creations (Oh hello Earl Grey Tea Chocolate Tart) with the more traditional.

That said, the cucumber and chocolate sandwich was an unexpectedly lovely touch.

I’ve never had Madagascan coco nib tea before, but as the wind started to whip outside it was the perfect warming tonic. (I must add here, I am not a tea lover. Those of you who like a good strong brew may not be a fan, but for me the chocolately overtones were all it took to have me singing its praises.) 

With Easter drawing ever nearer this is sure to delight any chocolate lover in your life. Just don’t expect them to be able to move very far once they’ve finished…

Paul A Young Chocolate Inspired Afternoon Tea costs £39.50 per person and is available from 1pm – 6pm in The Park Room at Grosvenor House, from April 14. For book go to: www.parkroom.co.uk

Want more chocolate? The “Paul A Young Adventures with Chocolate Package” includes an overnight stay with breakfast for two, Afternoon tea for two, a signed copy of Paul’s award-winning ‘Adventure’s with Chocolate’ book to take home and a surprise chocolate treat during your stay is also available from Monday 14 April. Rates start from £444 per night inc. VAT. To book go to: www.londongrosvenorhouse.co.uk.

Words by Katy Pearson

Theatre of War

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on Monday, 24 March 2014
Heart-wrenching and heart-warming all at the same time, The Two Worlds Of Charlie F gives those on civvy street a fascinating insight into life in the modern military.

In a unique approach, real British servicemen and women take to the boards to share their stories. Covering all aspects of an armed forces career – from signing up, to entering the theatre of war, to the fall out when tragedy strikes – the resonance of the tales is heightened not only by the stellar acting, but by the simple fact that they are true. The physical scars are showcased as the men and women talk about the injuries they have sustained, but it is the emotional scars which creep out as the play progresses that have a resounding effect on the audience.

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In typical military form, however, the dark humour also takes centre stage. It is an inspirational tribute to the strength of the human spirit.

The concept was borne from producer Alice Driver’s belief that theatre can boost the confidence and self-esteem of the wounded, giving them a voice. And it's a voice that needs to be heard. This simple yet impactful production is a must-see, and will stay with you long after the standing ovation has died down.

For more information and tour dates visit www.charlie-f.com

Moroccan Nights

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on Friday, 14 March 2014
This weekend Belazu are set to host a charity supper club event at The Dolls House on Hoxton Square. We popped along to the preview.

The pop up event will see 50% of the ticket price go towards The Belazu Foundation, a charity which supports the education of children both in Moroccan and the UK.

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The evening was perfect from start to finish. Welcomed with an Orange blossom, vodka and mint cocktail (served in delightful Arabic inspired glasses) we went on to enjoy a starter of Moroccan mezze which included Cumin and pickled cauliflower, Skinless tomato salad, Carrot, cumin and mustard salad, Hummus with green harissa, Zesty maroc olives, Spiced yoghurt with pomegranate, Lemon, chickpeas and parsley accompanied with bread and olive oil.

In keeping with Moroccan tradition, all the dishes were served as sharing platters.

For the main we had Rose harissa marinated Dorset lamb shanks braised in Moroccan red wine and mint - served with barley cous cous, kamut, fried millet, green freekah and roasted leeks and carrots. The veggitarean option, which looked equally as delicious was Moroccan roasted aubergine with lemon yoghurt, pistachio nuts and pomegranate molasses.

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And to finish, Amlou ice cream with fresh orange, orange and cardamom syrup salad.

An evening of fabulous food and drink, and all in the name of a good course - we can't think of a better pop up to visit this weekend!

www.billetto.co.uk/events/belazu

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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on Wednesday, 12 March 2014
There's nothing like a good old-fashioned trip to the theatre. We Young Ladies About Town had a marvellous Monday at the preview of the new multi-million pound musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Drawing the story from the 1988 film starring Sir Michael Caine and Steve Martin, the ingenious David Yazbek has created a hilarious and high-energy score to give the tale true stage presence. Showing at the glamorous Savoy Theatre, it is truly, truly one of the best shows I have seen in a long time.

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Robert Lindsay (yes, the chap from My Family) reveals a belting singing voice and a thoroughly British swagger as upmarket swindler Lawrence Jameson. Rufus Hound (of One Man, Two Guvnors fame) is crude and loud and brilliant as American Freddy Benson. The women more than hold their own too. Katherine Kingsley is an unstoppable force of voice and expression, and the ever-elegant Samantha Bond steals every scene she's in (including one where she shows off her enviable legs). John Marquez is also brilliant, and delivers arguably the show's funniest line by simply mentioning Toblerone...

The production is a riot of laughter and colour. It is the perfect amount of silly with hints of seriousness to balance it all out. If you fancy laughing for two and a half hours – and hearing catchy tunes that will stay with you for days – you must run to the Savoy Theatre. With Lindsay and Hound on such form, there's no doubt that tickets will be disappearing faster than the society heiress' jewels.

For more information visit www.scoundrelswestend.com


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