We ask Londoners to look back on their funniest (mis)adventures in the city. This week: at a Soho STI clinic, comedian Tom Lucy bumped into a familiar face from his school days…
There’s no easy way of writing this: I frequently go to sexual health clinics. I visit them for check-ups, I should say – I’m not browsing or meeting friends for coffee. I also want to make it clear that I’m not a mid-2000s Russell Brand figure, gallivanting round Soho dispersing my seed as much as is physically and legally possible. Still, an old-fashioned English combination of anxiety and free time means I find myself at these clinics a fair amount.
My favourite (though I’m not entirely comfortable calling it that) is Dean Street Express in Soho. The perfect mix of accessibility and discretion, it looks more like a low-budget British film studio office than a seedy sexual infirmary. However, my last trip was memorable for all the wrong reasons.
To my horror, I bumped into someone I know in the clinic’s horrifically small waiting room. I despise bumping into people I know in Sainsbury’s, so to have it happen at an STI check-up centre was too much for me.
To make matters worse, the man I bumped into was a teacher at my old school. Not my teacher, but a teacher nonetheless. I obviously won’t name and shame, but this didn’t come as a shock: the rumours about Mr Insert-Name-Here’s out-of-school activities were rife, and now confirmed.
We sat next to each other on plastic chairs, surrounded by out-of-date lifestyle magazines, and had an appropriately awkward chat. Both of us completely refused to acknowledge where we were. Finally, a cubicle became free. He said goodbye and walked away, clutching a sample pot. Don’t you just love a school reunion?
‘Tom Lucy: Reluctant Millennial’ is at Leicester Square Theatre on Friday May 3.
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Macaron shops have been appearing over London for the last few years. These baked treats seem to be the new fashionable trend for those with a sweet-tooth. I have done my duty as a good Londoner (much to the disappointment of my dentist) and sampled a few macarons around town and my favourite is, without a doubt, those of Ladurée.
This Parisian chain of confectionery shops has four stores in London (some other locations are in Cornhill, Harrod’s and Covent Garden). However I think the Burlington Arcade shop feels the most French. Just looking into the windows of Ladurée seems indulgent (much like looking at the neighbouring jewelry and cashmere shops in the arcade). The shop assistants are dressed impeccably, and the edible window decorations are sumptuous to behold and just oozes sophistication.
The flavours of the macaroons cover a range from vanilla and pistachio to rose and Madagascar chocolate. They are pricey for their petite size (£ 1.75 each), but they are worth it once you bite into these pillowy pockets of sugar. There are also gift boxes to purchase which would make tasty presents for your friends.
There is not much seating space, so I would recommend buying a selection of flavours and share them with a friend while promenading through Burlington Arcade. I guarantee that all of the Ladurée macarons will disappear by the time you finish your walk.
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Over the Easter Holiday, we were invited to work with Cumbria Tourism to explore all that the Lake District has to offer for a family holiday. In this post we have reviewed 7 Places to Visit during a Family Holiday to the Lake District. We stayed in a lovely cosy apartment, booked ourselves through Home Away, our default when looking for any self-catering accommodation. Day 1 – The World of Beatrix Potter Arriving late at night, we knew day one needed to be an easy day and so we headed straight over to The World of Beatrix Potter, where a family ticket had been arranged for us. Taking between 35 mins and an hour, this family friendly attraction was perfect for our 3 year old (and our 9 year old enjoyed the treasure trail around the exhibition too…). As you arrive, you go into a small room to watch a short film about Beatrix Potter, containing lots of colourful illustrations from the world famous book and so it easily holds the attention of the little ones. After this, you enter the exhibition, where a windy path (suitable for push chairs – except the little garden outside…) takes you through some […]
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What makes for a memorable UK staycation? It’s a fairly open ended question that isn’t it, but when you have kids, the answer is usually based on whether or not they had a good time. I’m not saying the weather doesn’t help. I think we might all be praying for a summer like 2018 again but with the right place to stay and the right things to do when you get there you can create a really memorable UK staycation with kids. We’ve collaborated with Original Cottages putting this post together to bring to you some fabulous family friendly cottages, close to some brilliant beaches, farm parks and family friendly days out. There is usually a National Trust place close by with an adventure playground too! Let us know when you’ve had a read which is your favourite and which one you are most likely to visit. When I was searching through the website these five properties stood out to me. Family Friendly Cottage near Scarborough The first being Barmoor View near Scarborough. The spa resort town of Scarborough is 3 miles away, yet the north bay with its sandy beach is only 2 miles. Here you will also find […]
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What is your most preferred method of travel for a holiday? When planning a holiday, how much does your form of travel determine your plans? Would you rather take a train across a country and spend longer travelling rather than choosing to fly to the destination faster? Does it depend on the amount of time you have? Does one method simply give you less anxiety?