2014 was great. I’d quit my full time job near the end of 2013 and successfully freelanced throughout this year, I’ve finally stayed at an address for longer than 12 months (wat up rental market) and because I wasn’t feeling so burnt out from work anymore, I just enjoyed myself a whole lot more. I did a lot of fun things but naturally there were some standouts.
at the Roundhouse in Camden was fantastic, a 360° circus/theatre show where the audience are in the centre of everything and the acts are around you, above you and within the crowd.
Martin Creed: What’s the point of it
The exhibition at the Hayward Gallery featuring the balloon room was quite a novel experience. Got a little claustrophobic towards the end and a bit gross when you encountered static hairballs but a fun experience none the less.
Beyonce’s Mrs Carter World Tour.
No expansion needed.
On at the Royal Academy, it was probably my favourite exhibition of the year. Loved the straw installation by Diébédo Francis Kéré.
The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable
This fantastic show by Punch Drunk wins favourite thing of the year (sorry Bey). I almost didn’t bother buying tickets because I didn’t really understand the hype, but luckily I did, just for something to do and it was mind blowing.
It’s not your average play. It’s an immersive theatre experience where you wander freely allowing you to discover characters that live in this fantasy world. Set in a huge 4 storey building, every detail had been thought of – from an outdoor caravan park right down to old handwritten notes on someone’s dressing table. It was literally a one of a kind experience.
A recent discovery this year and it’s completely changed my attitude to exercise which basically was, “I’ll do it tomorrow”. It offers such a huge range of classes so I never get bored and has great teachers too. No need to make up new year fitness resolutions, I’m already all over it.
Harry Potter Studio Tour
Still just as impressive and interesting second time around, this time with my family.
The weather was kind and gave us 3 days of sunshine during my trip in September. It was the first time I’d traveled there via Eurostar, so much easier than flying! I managed to get in a visit to Palais du Tokyo and the Louvre where I got obsessed with the amazing sculptures in the ceilings.
Food at 52
A cooking school where I channelled my inner Nigella during Autumn and learnt a lot more about cooking over 6 sessions. I learnt how to make all sorts of tasty things, including a delicious Normandy pear tart which I am hoping to recreate in the next few days.