For months myself, my sister and our two cousins have been trying to get a date in the diary to do something just us four. We have about 10 or so of us altogether in the family and we do a lot of things to together, so this time we just wanted us girls. So we finally found a date for Saturday 16th.
One of our friends is an actress and currently she is in a play called The Brink which is on at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. We knew it was going to be great because it’s got Shiv in it (obviously!), but it’s even had good reviews in the Guardian and The Times etc. so that’s super awesome for her.
We had booked tickets for the matinee performance because then we could have a leisurely afternoon and then go for some food in the evening, plus get to chat to shiv for a couple of hours after. We actually decided to be really greedy (us? never…) and go into London a bit earlier to grab some lunch first as lets be honest, we would be absolutely starving at 4pm if we hadn’t! One of my cousins knew a few places around the area so we went to one of the restaurants just around the corner from the theatre called Rock and Rose. It was awesome, the decor was so random but so quirky and cool at the same time. It has a mixture of ethnicities and culture all around. One moment you might be in a posh looking dining area, and then the next some sort of boudoir! The food was incredible too. Being the major foodies that we are, we couldn’t decide on what we wanted, so we ended up sharing EVERYTHING. We had a thai themed sharing starter and then ordered four different mains with side plates! It was delightful and just what the doctor ordered. (I had been out the night before with work, and lets just say we had a fair bit to drink…). OH and we clearly had a nice bottle of white to share as well didn’t we, I mean, it’d be rude not to.
2pm came round and it was time to walk back to the theatre to watch the play. It was incredible…first off it was more like a 3D experience theatre because you’re all sat in a square with the ‘stage’ in the middle. We sat front row, and you’re sat level with the floor that they’re standing on. It was intimate to say the least. It was so funny, dark, minimalistic, insightful and a refreshing take on life. Honestly, we could not stop laughing. The one key part of the play that stood out for us all is that when you say you’re fine you’re really just saying it for the sake of it. Fine is fine, its not good, it’s not bad and it most certainly is not great, so from now on my sister and I are going to try and stop saying the word fine when people ask a question. It’ll make us be a bit more creative and honest with our answers. Why don’t you give it a try? You might surprise yourself!
Once the play had finished and we had had our ab workout for the day, we popped to the nice pub next door to grab a few drinks. BRING ON THE PROSECCO! Two bottles later and a wonderful catch up with everyone…our other friend Becky joined us for the play too and for the drinks after. The conversation was flowing and we all sat in this cute little alcove round the corner in the pub – if you hadn’t been in there before you’d have had NO idea that it was there. It gave us the chance to be as loud and speak freely as possible. 2 hours later, it was time for us to say goodbye and head into central.
I had booked a table at Le Bab in Kingly Court, off of Carnaby Street. I did some research on TimeOut to find a different place to eat in the evening and Le Bab came out on top for everyone. I hadn’t been in Kingly Court for a while and I completely forgot how good it was. It’s so vibrant and in it’s own little world, it’s brilliant. Being a Saturday night it was super busy and buzzy which made the atmosphere even better. (all we need now are the warm-ish evenings and it would have been perfect). The restaurant was on the top floor, so we climbed the stairs, admiring all of our surroundings saying you should go here, there and everywhere. We all really want to try Dirty Bones, so that could be the next place on the list! As you can guess by the name, it’s a restaurant twist of having a ke-bab. My oh my were they good. Again, obviously, we got all of the starters (there’s only 3 to choose from guys) and then we picked 2 out of the 4 different types of babs and got 2 of them both. So we partnered up to share! This time, our tipple of choice was red wine. We thought we’d choose (basically) the whole spectrum and why not? We don’t do this too often you know! The food was simple and executed perfectly. I definitely recommend it, and I would certainly book if you’re planning on going at peak times!
After dinner we decided to call it a night, and get the train back home. Before that happened though we may have had to pop into Topshop, I mean that gigantic B poster outside was calling our names. We just had to pop in and see what all of the fuss was about. Usually when celebrities do their clothing line collaborations I am super disappointed, not that I am surprised because lets be honest, it is Beyonce, but her range is so nice, actually wearable and totally affordable. Safe to safe I could have purchased a good few things, especially this bad boy but i refrained – my cousin got a tee though.
All in all this day was more than I could have imagined, it was a great mix of different things and seeing other people and catching up with my best friends. Now we just need to get another date in the diary, maybe we shouldn’t have such busy lifestyles eh! But I’d say that’s a good thing. If you can spend time with your family, just do it. It’s the best feeling to know that you have people to talk to and that have your back no matter what. I don’t know what I’d do without them.
To round it off, just one more quote from the play which gives you something to think about. It goes something like this, I can’t remember word for word – sorry…
“We’re 28, which means we’re basically late 30s, which means we’re nearly 40 and now we’re 50, OMG we’re 50…”
Life is too short. Live it, and don’t sweat the small stuff.