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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Peaky Blinders The Rise Live Theatre Show don’t **** with them

Have you ever wondered what it might of been like to grow up in Birmingham in the early 1900’s? Well Peaky Blinders: The Rise Live Theatre Show gives you that chance as you travel back to that era where you’ll be able to come face to face with a notorious criminal gang Peaky Blinders.

Peaky Blinders The Rise Live Theatre Show is an immersive experience which is based on a British Crime Drama TV series created by Steven Knight. Set within Birmingham early 1900’s you’ll be able to come face to face with fictional characters such as Tommy who is the leader of a criminal gang of Peaky Blinders who are a mix of Irish Catholic and Romani. Peaky Blinders are loosely based on a real urban youth gang of the same name who were active in the city from the 1880’s to the 1910’s.

I was invited down to one of the press nights in which I got to mingle with all sorts of notorious characters and got to discover what the streets of Birmingham was like back in the 1900’s.

Peaky Blinders

From the team behind Doctor Who: Time Fracture and The Great Gatsby comes Peaky Blinders: The Rise which is a new immersive theatre show that enables anyone to join forces with Thomas Shelby and his gang as they try to take over London’s Camden.

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The Gunpowder Plot step back in time to 1605

Have you ever wanted to know what it might of felt like living back in 1605 where the city was divided and rebellions took to the streets but more so 1605 is known for when Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes who attempted to blow up King James I and the British Parliament on 5 November. However luckily his plot was discovered and Guy Fawkes was caught, tortured and later executed along with seven others. Ever since on 5 November known as Guy Fawkes Day or some know it as Bonfire Night we celebrate by by traditionally burning a dummy of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire, accompanied by fireworks.

Question is are you brave enough to step into a world where spies and informants hide in every shadow? Within The Gunpowder Plot your mission is to go undercover and unmask the mysterious figures behind history’s most infamous plot. But when you’re surrounded by traitors the question is who can you really trust?

I was invited to the press night of the opening of The Gunpowder Plot which is a very immersive 90 minute theatrical experience which took us on a historical tour like no other and a choice to be made. To help defend the monarchy or help Guy Fawkes with his plot?

The Gunpowder Plot

The Gunpowder Plot is a thrilling new immersive experience set on a historical moment which will take you on a journey back to 5 November 1605 when Guy Fawkes and his gang had an explosive plan in mind.

Writer Olivier nominee Danny Robins along with creative direction by multi BAFTA award-nominated director Hannah Price, is the latest immersive show produced by award-winning Layered Reality experiences. Inspired by Historic Royal Palaces research, a cast of digital actors perform this multi-sensory adventure alongside live actors to create a hybrid theatrical experience with virtual reality provided by award-winning VR studio Figment Productions, headed by Simon Reveley. 

This immersive theatre show takes place within a space within the Tower Vaults, at the UNESCO World Heritage Tower of London. The vaults sit beneath the infamous Tower Hill site where much of the prelude to the Gunpowder Plot took place before Guy Fawkes’ torture and eventual death over 400 years ago.

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The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience start the fans please

Start your fans please, this live fan based version of The Crystal Maze set within London and Manchester allows people just like to be able to participate in Crystal Maze and take on the Crystal Dome at the end. It might not have Richard O’Brien as the host or even Edward Tudor-Pole or even Richard Ayoade. Plus it is not aired and there are no prizes to be won but that does not matter as either way you will feel like you are taking part in the actual popular TV gameshow as the sets / zones are more or less identical, even the games and no matter which games master you get they are passionate, full of energy and beaming personality, giving past TV hosts a run for their money.

I was invited down on a PR basis courtesy to take on the dome and to show me that the games you see on TV are actually tougher than you think.

Crystal Maze for those who don’t know what it is

The Crystal Maze is a British game show which was devised by Jacques Antoine, in which a team of six contestants take on a range of challenges set within a labyrinth of the same name consisting of four time zones, winning a time crystal for each one they successfully complete. Reaching the centrepiece of the Maze, The Crystal Dome, the team work together collecting a certain amount of gold tokens to win a prize, with the allotted time inside the Dome.

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Tomb Raider The LIVE Experience prepare to release your inner Lara Croft?

This new multimillion-pound Tomb Raider The LIVE Experience has opened in London Camden giving adventure-seekers the chance to assist the legendary Lara Croft on a mission to save the world!

If your a fan of Lara Croft just like me then you will love this new LIVE immersive experience in which you can take on a mission to help Lara out. You’ll get to experience adrenaline fun obstacle courses as you fight your way through different locations, solving puzzles and collecting relics along the way as you avoid enemies in which are in hot pursuit after you.

If you do not know who Lara Croft is though here is an explanation.

Lara Croft is a fictional character who is a British archaeologist who is very intelligent and an athletic woman with big breasts, who just loves to take on an adventure discovering tombs and ruins around the world.

She first appeared in Tomb Raider video games which was developed by Core Design back in 1996. Due to the success 12 more games followed on. In 2003 Crystal Dynamics took over the Tomb Raider series. they rebooted her character by altering her physical proportions and giving her additional ways of interacting with game environments.

Since 1996 she has been voiced by six actresses in the video game series by Shelley Blond (1996), Judith Gibbins (1997–1998), Jonell Elliott (1999–2003), Keeley Hawes (2006–2014), Abigail Stahlschmidt (2015) and Camilla Luddington (2013 & 2018).

In 2001 Embracer Group bought the rights to make Tomb Raider into a movie. Three films, Lara Croft: Tomb RaiderLara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of LifeTomb Raider have been produced, while a fourth film, Tomb Raider: Obsidian is in production.

In the first two movies Lara Croft was played by actress Angelina Jolie and the third by Alicia Vikander.

Alicia Vikander voice is also used for when Lara makes an appearance in Tomb Raider The LIVE Experience.

Lara Croft has also further appeared in video game spin-offs, printed adaptations, a series of animated short films, feature films and merchandise related to the series.

I was invited down courtesy of Tomb Raider LIVE Experience to give me an insight of what it would be like to be Lara Croft and I can tell you it is not easy being Lara.

Tomb Raider LIVE Experience

Little Lion Entertainment and Paramount Pictures, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix brings to London Camden Tomb Raider LIVE Experience which is a theatrical, immersive experience which let’s you be the star of the show.

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HOME-X enjoy restaurant quality produce at home

HOME-X is known for their home delivered quality experience boxes making cooking up a four course restaurant style meal easy. Great for a romantic date night in or to impress your family and friends.

Now Nico adds to his range gourmet meals, fresh fish & meat, pantry ingredients and wine. So now you can buy and use the very best local and seasonal produce from around the world all of which the produce have been sourced from trusted suppliers bringing to your home top quality and fresh ingredients to use. These ingredients will take your home cooked dishes to the next level be it a simple roast beef or salmon topped with feta.

Having tried many of HOME-X experience boxes I was excited when I was gifted a selection from their gourmet meals, fresh and pantry produce to try.

The gourmet meals are great as I don’t always want a four course meal and I might just want a simple pie or burger in which HOME-X has on offer.

From their fresh and pantry range they sell a great selection of fresh fish, meats, pasta, cheese, and sauces to make top quality dishes from.

HOME-X

HOME-X is founded by Chef Nico of Six by Nico restaurants. You can buy restaurant quality food from HOME-X from experience boxes, gourmet prepped meals, fresh fish & meat, pantry and wine to be delivered to your home.

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