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Restaurant Review: The Artisan Bistro, Chelsea

July 31, 2016

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OK, so I am just going to put this out there…this is one of the best meals that Nick and I have ever had. Now, I know that’s a bold statement, but here’s why:

So we are in London, the sun is shining and we walk though beautiful Chelsea past all of the incredible homes with black and white tiled porches and arrive at The Artisan Bistro in high spirits. The staff there make us feel like a king and queen, they really take pride in their work and act like they actually want you to be there (which isn’t always a given – I’m looking at you, Berlin).

The owner has a passion for wines and was keen to share his knowledge with us. He explained that it is imperative that the perfect meal is accompanied with the perfect drink.

I love really dark, smokey and stereo-typically ‘masculine’ cocktails, because of this waiting staff will often bring a round of drinks over and hand mine to Nick! In keeping with this tradition, I tried the owner’s favourite cocktail ‘The Artisan negroni’ and Nick had a glass of Malbec, which he very much enjoyed (as you can see from the picture).

The concept of the menu is to present the finest European dishes, sourced from all corners of Europe for quality. For example the oysters were sourced from Colchester and the lemon-sole came from Irish waters.

I absolutely loved the rock oysters, the lemon sole was gigantic (see picture above) and the chocolate souffle was that delicious that we devoured it without even thinking to take a photograph – oops.

The exceptional level of service is strengthened by the fact that the owner is also the manager and oversees everything in the Bistro, giving it a very personal feel. Next time I am in the UK I would love to go back, it was such a special experience.

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Lifestyle and Interviews

INTERVIEW WITH MATT HENRY FROM KINKY BOOTS

May 8, 2016

DSC00183Cyndi Lauper, sequins, drag, dancing, a little bit of cheese and a lot of sass. Watching Kinky Boots is like attending a kitch-tastic party, by the end of the night the whole audience is up out of their seats, singing and dancing. But at the heart of this musical is a poignant message: you can change the world if you change your mind.

After watching the show at The Adelphi London, I caught up with Matt Henry who stars as Lola. 

Life lessons are one of the main themes in Kinky Boots. What have you personally learned from your experience of performing as Lola?
I have personally learnt to listen more. Its so easy to run away with your own opinions and point of view that you don’t really listen to what people are really saying.

This production features some fabulous drag queens and you all seem like absolute pros, dancing in those killer heels takes serious skill. Have you and the Angels all performed in drag before or is this your first time?
This is my first time performing in drag. I know that Luke Jackson one of my angels was in the original production of Pricilla Queen of the Desert.

Matt Henry (Lola) and Angels in Kinky Boots - photo Matt Crockett

The cast seem like a hoot, once you’ve sang your heart out and slipped in and out of those infamous sequined outfits umpteen times do you all get a chance to celebrate and party together offstage?
We are such a close cast and have such a great time working together. So any excuse to throw an after work social get together is always welcomed.

Your performance as Lola in Kinky Boots was fabulous. It must require an immense amount of self-discipline to maintain such high standards. What is your typical day like?
Typical day –
Vocal rest until 3pm
Eating healthy-  small and often (due to corseted costumes)
Gym -Weight training or Pilates
Massage

What advice would you give to other people with big dreams and ambitions?
It’s your dream so build it yourself. Stay focused. It’s not always going to be easy but learn and grow from every experience negative and positive experience and don’t give up. Nothing happens before its time.

To book tickets to watch the show visit the website here.
Photo Credit: On stage image taken by Matt Crocket, other by me
Fashion & Beauty

ENGAGEMENT PARTY PREP: ASKINOLOGY

April 3, 2016

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ledbylucy-Askinology-reviewI was booked into Askinology months ago then swiftly forgot all about it. When the appointment popped up on my calendar two days before my engagement party, I was beyond grateful to my past self for the timing. I love those moments, it was exactly what I needed.

I dodged my way through stressful London rush-hour crowds to get to my appointment. Askinology is tucked away in the beautiful, Victorian Leadenhall Market and as soon as you step though the door you get that wonderful ‘ahh’ feeling that spas give you.

Once in the treatment chair I began confessing my skin care routine, slip ups and triumphs. After listening carefully my beauty therapist Melody suggested that I have the ‘Plump Up The Volume’ treatment to quench my skin’s thirst with hyaluronic acid and ‘OMG Break Out’ to combat breakouts. My skin was massaged and buttered with delicious smelling ointments leaving me feeling totally dreamy.

Finally it was suggested that I try the ‘Phantom Facial’, an LED mask that bathes the face and neck in low level light of 3 wave lengths to stimulate new collagen, calm redness and inflammation and treat acne. And, quite frankly makes you look like a Storm Trooper (see below).

LedByLucy- askinology-phantom-facialLedByLucy-Askinology-LononOnce all of my treatments were over I was given the option to help myself at the beauty bar and fix my face ready for the day ahead of me, which is stocked with mineral make-up so as not to undo any of the good work that my skin had just been privvy to.

I was ready to head back into Central London again, only this time feeling a little more serene and relaxed.

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Travel & Places

THE SHIP TAVERN REVIEW: IF IT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR SHAKESPEARE

March 27, 2016

LedByLucy-English-PubWhenever I’m in London I usually head to the funky bars to find my friends. But after being away from England for so long I was craving traditional taverns and wanted to see scenes of red telephone boxes and cobbled streets a plenty.
Que The Ship Tavern in Holborn which dates back to 1549, is one of London’s oldest pubs and is rumored to have played host to Shakespeare himself. If only the walls could speak, I’m sure they have a few stories to tell.

LedByLucy-Oysters-LondonTheShipTavern-London-ReviewThis place is the opposite of a touristy chain and it oozes original character. Located up a little cobbled street and surrounded by huge buildings, you need to know it is there to find it. With its slanted walls and crooked wooden beams, it looks like something from a Harry Potter film which sprung up out of the ground by magic.
Downstairs the pub was full of jolly locals and suited bankers enjoying tankards of real ale. Upstairs is an intimate dining room with a crackling open fire serving ‘proper’ pub food. Exactly what I wanted.

Here is what I ate from the a la carte menu:

  • Pan-fried halibut, basil mash potato, poached duck egg & blood orange hollandaise
  • Dorset rock oysters, merlot vinegar & shallots
  • Cheese board

london-food-review-LedByLucyledbylucy-london-food-blogThe food does the talking at The Ship Tavern, Everything is clearly made from scratch and is just so tasty! I have cut out refined carbs and refined sugar from my diet, so a lot of pubs are just out of the question for me. But I had ample choice on the menu. If I wasn’t on the diet, I would of totally ordered a pie. They looked soooo good and smelled delicious.

This is the place to go if you are in London and looking for an authentic experience in a traditional pub with delicious food.

Lifestyle and Interviews

Get Your Toes a Tappin’ And Waists a Wigglin’ With The Meyer Dancers

April 21, 2014

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Are you ready to take a psychedelic trip to the swinging sixties and back? It is my pleasure to introduce you to The Meyer Dancers, London’s finest GoGo dance troupe.

These sassy femmes have performed at some seriously high profile events. They’ve shimmied on stage with The Sonics, GoGo’d for Gizzi Erskine’s restaurant opening and revelled on the Rimmel advert.

The group got started when lead dancer Treacle was DJing at Soul and mod events while completing dance degree in London. As a fan of 60’s music, fashion and dance, she was keen to recreate the swingin’ vibes of Soul Train and the shimmy-tastic routines from Shindig. So she created The Meyer Dancers, a group of dancers, beautiful women and friends who dig the style and music of the 1960s and 70s.

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You have performed alongside 60’s icons such as The Sonics and on stage at huge festivals including Glastonbury, tell us about your favourite show.

There are so many to choose from! We have a residency at The Trip Out Festival, it’s full of psychedelic kittens and far out freaks from around the globe! Everyone brings their swanky motors, gorgeous clobber and dancing shoes. We dance both nights on the main stage to DJs and bands. Last year Estelle, one of the organisers got carried away with our ‘Goldfinger, 1964 ’ costumes and we ended up being painted head to toe in gold by a woman we’d met just ten minutes earlier, in a caravan, in Bedfordshire. Oh, the glamour! We emerged on stage to a buzzing crowd and performed a special edition set of routines. It was so much fun and the best bit is that we are going back this year too, so come and see us!

We also performed at Le Beat Bespoke with The Trashmen, they are such professionals and their energy was incredible. We had a great routine to Surfin’ Bird and lucky for us, they loved it.

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 Where do you get your swinging sixties GoGo dancing threads from? 

We are big fans of charity/thrift shops and a dig a good jumble sale. For particularly special costumes we love a butchers round Paper Dress Vintage, East London’s most happening haunt. You can often see us dancing in the window, Go Go boots clad!

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 Who are your modern day and vintage style crushes?

There is some amazing reproduction stuff out there, we just LOVE Orla Kiely’s new designs for Clarkes. Treacle is a huge fan of Goldie Hawn, Barbarella and Raquel Welsh, we have modelled costumes on all them.

 

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Where do you go/what do you do when you are in need of a little inspiration?

When in need of inspiration we just play each other records, there’s always exciting new songs to find and share, see our Facebook page for more. We’re diggin’ this at the moment.  Then we normally have a G&T, flutter on some lashes, do some industrial back combing and head on out.

We all love to dance and the best bit about going to a new club night is getting us all together for a night out! The New Untouchables run excellent MOD events but we are also all big Soul fans. Meyer girls Shelley and Grace are both singers too so we love going to their gigs.

 

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To get your toes tappin’ and waists wigglin’ The Meyer Dancers have shared their Spotify performance playlist with us, go grab yourself a G&T and hit play

 

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