Park Row London Monarch Theatre are you light or dark?

There are many restaurants within London but not many that are unique and themed so when I discovered about Monarch Theatre which brings a unique dining concept to your table I was super excited.

Monarch Theatre can be found within Park Row London which is London’s first ever DC inspired restaurant, which has been created by Wonderland Restaurants in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC.

For those who might be unfamiliar what DC means it is the largest and oldest comic producing company (a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Discovery). They have given us characters from heroes to villains with super powers to our comics, books and screens. Characters such as  AquamanBatman, Flash, SupermanGreen Lantern, Wonder Woman, and so many more.

Monarch Theatre has focussed largely on Batman and the villains he has had to deal with throughout the comic series, TV and movies.

I went along on a press basis thanks to Monarch Theatre.

Park Row London Monarch Theatre

Opened back in 2021 Park Row brought to it’s doors Monarch Theatre for hungry diners who like a super experience to enjoy something that little different and magical.

Monarch Theatre is named after the Crime Alley neighbourhood of Gotham City, as the restaurant is themed on DC Comics popular superhero Batman and his enemies. You will take a journey of rich storytelling, from characters of good and evil and blurred lines in between.

From floor-to-ceiling screens and 360-degree projection mapping makes this experience one of a kind and one that you will never forget. All whilst being served a variety of culinary dishes whilst you are taken on a visual gastronomic show, which really does get all your senses buzzing.

All of the food has been designed by James Bulmer and Exec Chef Karl O’Dell (formerly of Michelin-starred Texture). James is the founder and CEO of Park Row and conjured up the idea over five years ago when he was approached by Warner Bros. to license the DC brand and create a premium immersive dining experience. With no one ever before attempting such an elevated themed restaurant concept he was proud to be involved. He spent most of lockdown fine tuning The Monarch Theatre, which seats 20 diners, from creating the menu and the magic which goes alongside each course.

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Jurassic World: The Exhibition in London where you can get to meet dinosaurs

I love all animals and always wondered what it would be to of met a dinosaur but I never knew we actually do still live amongst dinosaurs, as in an evolutionary sense, birds are a living group of dinosaurs because which descended from our common ancestor of all dinosaurs. However no such dinosaur, such as the Brachiosaurus, Tyrannosaurus or even a Velociraptor, are still alive sadly, or are they?

Thanks to technology and science at Jurassic Word: The Exhibition you can meet not just those dinosaurs but so many more, even baby ones.

I was invited down to the press night to see how brave I am in coming face to face with dinosaurs. Was I that brave perhaps not.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition in London

Jurassic World: The Exhibition allows visitors to not just see dinosaurs but you will get to learn, meet and even stroke dinosaurs as you immersive yourself through this 45 minute exhibition which spans over 20,000-square-foot.

Inspired by the beloved Jurassic Park movies, this immersive experience is a must for all fans of dinosaurs.

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Pottd get potty and create ever lasting memories

I love to get crafty at home as it is fun but also great for wellness. When I discovered about Pott’d People I was super excited as looking at their videos via Instagram and surfing through their website it gave me lots of creative ideas.

Pottery to me really does relax me and take my mind of things but it also at the same time lets me release my creativity. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and helps boost my own self-confidence and resilience after creating anything. Even though my pottery skills are not A1 as I am a novice after all it’s something that I made from scratch and something for me to be proud of.

I was kindly gifted courtesy of Pott’d People for an honest review.

Pott’d

Pott’d was launched back in 2021 by couple Frankie and Sascha.

They love pottery and hence want everyone else to fall in love with pottery so they decided to put together pottery boxes with easy instructions within each box. To them pottery is not just fun but also great for mental health as it lets you disconnect from the world and channel your inner artist. 

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2:22 A Ghost Story – are ghosts real?

With Halloween upon us there are many events happening within London bringing us spookiness to the City. To get into the real spirit of October I went along to see a spooky play in the West End called 2:22 A Ghost Story within The Criteron Theatre. The play focusses on a couple who purchase a new home which an elderly couple used to live in, however things within the house are not quite right, the question is have they a ghost in the house?

The play really is an insight to those who believe in ghosts and those who don’t, as the sceptics always think there has to be a logical explanation be it science or something else.

What is a ghost though? Well it is a soul or a spirit of a dead person or even an animal who has not passed onto heaven or hell and stays within our world as a ghost. Ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible with lifelike forms. Ghosts have been believed by many for a very long time. Ghosts are generally described as solitary, human-like essences, but on a occasion there are more evil presences which are classed as poltergeist. Ghosts generally also are believed to haunt particular locations which meant something to them, for instance where they grew up.

Not everyone believes ghosts though and there is an overwhelming consensus of science which can proof the unusual happenings that someone might mistake for being a ghost. For instance despite centuries of investigation, there is no scientific evidence that any location is inhabited by spirits of the dead. It is said that many plants, drugs and the environment are usually the link to illusions making your imagination run wild.

As a fan of theatre, Halloween and horror I was kindly invited down courtesy by the PR team to see 2:22 A Ghost Story.

2:22 A Ghost Story

2:22 A Ghost Story is an award-winning supernatural thriller which has come to West End Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly, which presently is starring Tamsin Carroll, Felix Scott, Laura Whitmore and Matt Willis.

Following two record-breaking seasons at the Noël Coward and Gielgud Theatres, this critically acclaimed new play has become London’s must-see theatre event.

2:22 A Ghost Story is written by award-winning writer Danny Robins, creator of the hit BBC podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, and is directed by Matthew Dunster.

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Cages where emotions are locked

I love theatre but I have never experienced anything like Cages before. Cages is a dark, gothic, heart felt musical which uses cinematic technology along with synchronised acting all which focuses on control by the government, as within Anhedonia emotions and love is forbidden.

Emotions are what makes us though and an important part of our life but within Anhedonia emotions is not allowed in particular love, but Woolf a boy born with a red heart changes all this when he gets the attention of a young female and unlocks her heart but sadly not all ends well for Woolf and his love Madeline.

I was invited along to watch Cages, experience their VIP bar area and also taste their themed Cages menu within the Riverside Studios restaurant.

Cages at Riverside Studio

Created by CJ Baran and Ben Romans, Cages has enjoyed a successful and acclaimed run in Los Angeles since 2019 and now is premiering at UKs Riverside Studio.

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The Ivy in Canary Wharf is my garden of Eden

Canary Wharf, is full of restaurants but there is a chain of restaurants which is legendary and that is The Ivy and as having never dined at Ivy this one stood out to me for a number of reasons, not just because it is a well known brand but the look of the restaurant which is full of plants.

The restaurant is set over two floors, has a terrace, conservatory, main inside dining area, bar area, decorated with foliage bringing the outside in, has great views, and serves delicious stunning looking food. For me The Ivy in Canary Wharf has become my Garden of Eden as it is like a gardeners paradise but extra special as you can enjoy an array of cocktail and food within this garden.

Using Open Table I booked and went along to The Ivy after work with my friend and we were both loved our time at The Ivy in Canary Wharf.

The Ivy

The Ivy originally opened by Abel Giandolini back in 1917 as an unlicensed Italian café. Since then it has been owned by many different owners.

The original Ivy has an upstairs with a private dining room. It has an iconic shimmering Central Dining Bar, signature harlequin stained-glass windows, oak panelling and a striking contemporary art collection.

From 2005 the entrepreneur Richard Caring bought The Ivy and the Caprice Holdings Group opening many other Ivy’s across the UK.

There are now over 33 Ivy restaurants over the UK each all with their own unique theme.

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The Vaults meet The Witches of Oz

The Vaults are back with their newest production show and they are known for re-enacting classic stories with an adult themed twist all which focus on LGBTQ+ community, love and gender. This winter ShayShay brings to The Vaults a classic twist on the story of Wizard of Oz which is entitled The Witches of Oz but with a twist. .

The Witches of Oz, sees the Good Witch and Wicked Witch in a fierce battle to be crowned the next Witch of Oz but who will win and can their feud from their past be rectified?

20 years on sees Dor (aka Dorothy) return to Oz thanks to a freak storm but all has changed. Dor is now non-binary, Tin is now a woman, Lion is pansexual and Scarecrow is looking for love.

The big question though is which witch will be crowned the next Witch of Oz? Will they resolve their feud? and most importantly will Dor find a way back home?

I was kindly invited down along with other members from my LPUL Club on a press basis to review their latest show The Witches of Oz. We dined and enjoyed a show full of laughter, goodness and wickedness.

The Vaults

The Vaults is set within a disused railway arch which is in Leake Street near Waterloo Station. They host an array of adult humour theatrical shows throughout the year. Their mission is to collaborate and conspire, embracing artists from all walks of life to come together and inspire others.

They strive to continue to support and co-produce innovative immersive theatre, fusing together art and championing unsung voices, especially those of the LGBTQ+ community. They want to make immersive experiences fun for everyone and focuses on big and current ideas told in outlandish, accessible and in the most unique way.

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MasterPeace brings craft fun to London

MasterPeace brings craft fun to London. Throughout the year they host a number of classes from painting to felt pumpkin making.

With nights getting darker though and the looming possibility of black outs which might happen this Winter due to a countrywide potential energy issue the one thing that we all need will be candles. Even though there are plenty of candles out there in the market to buy have you ever though wondered how scented candles are made? With Masterpeace you can find out how by attending their Inhale, Exhale Beginner Candle Making Class. You will learn the history of candles, and even get to make your very own scented candle.

Candles are not just great though for light, but also for scenting your house, for romantic occasions and to reflect on the lost of loved ones.

I was invited courtesy of MasterPeace to attend their very first candle making class in which they showed me how easy candle making is and how therapeutic it can be.

MasterPeace

MasterPeace is based in London’s and is the first dedicated mindful art experience!

“At MasterPeace, we practice mindfulness through painting. It’s not about how ‘good’ you are. It’s about enjoying a moment of creative calm in an always-on world. So build a little creativity into your routine and see what happens when you paint yourself an even better picture.”

by MasterPeace

Founded by Zena El Farra in 2019, MasterPeace is an Art School which is based in the heart of Belgravia, which are run by a team of 20 local artists. They hold a number of different classes throughout the year as they are are passionate about the power of creativity and just love to help people relax, unwind and most importantly get creative.

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Phantom Peak brings the Wild West to London

Immersive experiences are back in London and Phantom Peak is one of the latest to open within Canada Water. Phantom Peak is a steampunk universe which feels very much like the Wild West to London with much to discover, with over 52 trails and 100 different adventures to take.

Within Phantom Peak what will you unravel on your adventures through town? Was the Blimp Crash really just an accident? What is hiding in the the mines? What is the founder of corporate JONACO really seeking? With so many unanswered questions the question is what will you discover?

I was invited along to the press night in which me and my friend got to explore, encounter different characters and took many adventures discovering many mysteries of the town.

Phantom Peak

Founder Nick Moran creator of two award winning games, The Game is Now and Time Run now brings to London Phantom Peak an open world experience.

Phantom Peak is a fully immersive open outdoors world adventure which expands over 30,000 sq. foot of land which can be found within Canada Water, London. Think Venice meets the Wild West!

The story behind Phantom Peak is that the mayor at the time, Dr. Joylon S. Furbish, disappeared in a freak blimp accident that destroyed half of the Old Town. But thanks to JONACO, Phantom Deeps rose from the ashes! The new, refurbished part of town became Phantom Peak, and the Blimp Crash became little more than a memory.

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Game of Thrones fans rejoice – Summer is coming!

Guest post for sail-croatia.com

Have you ever wanted to sail to Westeros and experience Game of Thrones locations for yourself? Well, now you can! 

Sail Croatia is launching a one–of-a-kind Game of Thrones-inspired cruise to mark the August release of the prequel series, House of the Dragon

The 7 cruise will take place on a luxury small ship, stopping at several of the most famous filming locations in Croatia, including the city of Dubrovnik, home of Kings Landing. Here, guests can visit the Red Keep, Blackwater Bay and the Walk of Shame, as well as have the opportunity to sit on the Iron Throne – every Game of Thrones fan’s dream!

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