Monthly Archives: April 2014

Food: Siam Secret

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Siam Secret is aptly named. Blink and you’ll miss it.

Tucked away behind ornate gates is a tiny alley off Hogarth Place. It is by walking through this little walled garden that you will discover a true Earls Court gem.

Delicious Thai food awaits you here in a low-lit dining room with twinkling candles and starched white table cloths. Everything is just so in the dining room and so too with the presentation of the the food itself.

My starter is Mar Hor, or Galloping Horses, fresh pineapple slices adorned with peanut and minced pork finished off with a razor of chilli for heat.  A pad Thai arrives with omelette lace. Try the Siam Secret Beans.

You should also keep in mind as the summer draws near that there is a wonderful roof terrace where you can take in a cocktail or two on a balmy night.

5A Hogarth Place
London SW5 0QT
020 73704371

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Theatre: Velocity

Posted by Caroline Lofts

“Everyone falls at the same rate. Isn’t that amazing? Everyone. Everything. A fat man. A little baby. A brick, a piece of paper, a penny. Amazing. Once acceleration gets a hold of you velocity just goes all f***in’ nuts.”

In a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, and another in its acclaimed series introducing Canada’s finest playwrights to the UK, the European premiere of Daniel Macdonald’s Velocity opens at the Finborough Theatre for a limited run of nine Sunday and Monday evening and Tuesday matinee performances from Sunday, 27 April 2014.

A wildly theatrical, irreverently funny, horrifying new play from multi-award-winning playwright Daniel Macdonald.

Dot doesn’t hate her father. She just wants to explode him out of his office tower to shake things up. Set him off. See what happens. And get an “A” on her science project…

Daring to challenge the law of physics, Dot interviews her flailing father and neurotic mother, as their world crashes to the ground. Just imagine. Your life in six seconds.

Velocity was originally workshopped at the Saskatchewan Spring Festival of New Plays and had its world premiere at Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon directed by Del Surjik. It won the New Works of Merit playwriting competition in New York City, and received its US premiere with Twilight Theatre at the HERE Space in New York City in 2012. It was also seen as part of the LARK Play Development Centre’s Playwrights’ Festival in New York City.

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Box Office 0844 847 1652 Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 27, 28, 29 April, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 May 2014
Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.
Tickets £18, £16 concessions.

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6 String Takeover at the Troubadour

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Always doing their best to put forward an eclectic cross-section of the most talented musicians currently touring today, the hard-working folks at The Troubadour have also been busy rustling up some evenings that are far more focused. Lately the guitar has been the hero and this trend continues.

Fresh from the success of their CandyRat Records evening, where we saw some extraordinary fingerpicking power on display, we are now being offered the opportunity to witness some supreme 6 string sorcery with the likes of String Theory, Matt Stevens and John Hart lighting up the stage.

The evening, on Sunday 4th May, will be hosted by axe artiste, Chris Woods , who will also be putting on a very civilised ‘Guitar Tea and Biscuits’ workshop at 2pm before the performance begins at 7.30pm.

This is the first in a season of Guitar Sundays TBC by the venue. Booking is advisable.

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The Troubadour
265 Old Brompton Rd
London
SW5 9JA

 
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The Post-Easter Workout at SOHO Gym

Posted by Caroline Lofts

The thing is it’s just reached the point where I’m not so fussed about whether my trousers fit anymore but rather more importantly whether I can make it up a flight of stairs without going into cardiac arrest.

I used to be a gym bunny, then I had a baby, and then some cake.

For the last two years I have been flitting from one exercise fad to the next (minimal commitment, maximum spend of course) and not really bothering to get fit along the way.

At first I joined Equinox on High Street Kensington. This gym is not for the faint hearted. The main workout area is a like a Thunderdome with weight and cardio machines. Everyone in the room looks like they could take you down with a pinky flick and they also look as if they spent a long time choosing their outfits. It’s an odd combination and I instinctively felt as if I wasn’t going to fit in – to any of those kinds of clothes.

My next stop was Virgin Active, again on the High Street. Supremely plush, fresh from a million pound makeover, I actually quite enjoyed my time here. Plus  my membership allowed  me to access other Virgin Active health clubs and I would also frequent the Fulham Pools on the Lily Road. BUT. It was way too far for me to go to workout. Getting there was a work out. Which meant that getting back right after a workout was also a workout which was dreadful.

I thought about going back to Heartcore Pilates. Heartcore have some of the best workouts on the market today. Modern reformer beds and experienced teachers turned my body into a traffic-stopper back in 2009. But post baby these workouts just made me cry, so no dice.

As I walked out of the wine shop a few months back I spotted it. My old forgotten friend the SOHO Gym. I used to go there and train back when I was in my twenties. When the gym was a renowned muscle man hang out and I was one of five or six ladies who dared enter.

I went in to ask about prices and contracts. Really friendly and helpful staff had me signed up in a jiffy, prices were low and I had the name of a personal trainer tapped into my phone. Liam Horne, by the way, who I would recommend highly but then all the trainers at SOHO are awesome really.

I’ve been training at SOHO for about eight weeks now, and I feel really strong and good. And it has everything I need right there, about four seconds away from my front door. So, having consumed a chocolate bunny the size of my head this weekend past I am now on my way to best gym for me. Later!

SOHO Gyms
254 Earls Court Road W.8, London SW5 9AD
020 7370 1402

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A House in Brooklyn

Posted by Caroline Lofts

The Ismena Collective presents: ‘A House in Brooklyn’ – a concert of music and true stories from a Brooklyn Artists’ Commune, 1940-41.

“All that was new in America in music, painting or choreography emanated from that house, the only centre of thought and art that I found in any large city in the country.” Denis de Rougement

Sara Cluderay soprano

Mayda Narvey cello

Selah Pérez-Villar piano

David Harries reader

Music and words by:

Benjamin Britten
WH Auden
Leonard Bernstein
Kurt Weill
Carson McCullers
Gypsy Rose Lee

Reception follows

Information:
www.ismenacollective.moonfruit.com
020 7370 2246
 
Tickets: Standard £9 Concessions £7
Under 26 free. No booking required
 
Sat 3 May 2014
7.30pm
St Philip’s Church
Earl’s Court Road,
W8 6QH (Entrance Stratford Road)
London, UK
 

With the support of the Earl’s Court Community Trust

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