Highlights of 2014

2014 Highlights

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.

Sensing Spaces
On at the Royal Academy, it was probably my favourite exhibition of the year. Loved the straw installation by Diébédo Francis Kéré.

Such intense feels but I really enjoyed it despite being on the verge of wanting to leave at one point.

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.

FRAME Shoreditch
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 Clove Club
Delicious and let me experience a posh meal out without the pretentiousness.

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.

St Paul’s Cathedral
An overdue visit made a lovely afternoon out and provided great views of London, particularly as the sun was setting.

St Paul’s cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

After four and a half years of living in London I finally went into St Paul’s cathedral. After going along with one of the guided tours of the cathedral floor and crypt – with a lovely elderly lady with a great sense of humour I might add – I made the climb up into the dome of the building, first up to the Whispering gallery where I was met with the strange sight of people talking into the walls. In actual fact, they were testing out the acoustic effect, a result of the dome construction allowing them to whisper into the wall and be heard on the other side.

Another hundred or so steps up to the Stone gallery leads outside the dome where through the gaps in the stone, there were the most amazing views. Coincidently it was just in time for the sunset, so to make the most of it, I headed up further to the Golden gallery – the highest point of the outer dome – and got one last panoramic view of London for the day.

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What would you do with red?


Back when I had my archive of blog posts, any old readers might remember this illustrated spread I worked on for a sketchbook project called 2 Pages, with the theme being based around what you would do with red.

It’s been a while, but the sketchbook finally made it around and back with the entire contents available to view here.

The Clove Club

Food & Drink, London
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Back in August, I decided that Will and I should splash out on a nice meal out at The Clove Club because it was a celebration, anniversary, any form of special occasion, I’d heard some great things about it and really wanted to go, cuing one of the most unintentionally extravagant nights out I’ve had since moving to London.

5 course menu, yes. Great bottle of wine, of course. After drink cocktails in the local hipster hotel? Sure.

It’s given me a taste of what it must be like to live like a cast member of Made in Chelsea but without the pretentiousness. Don’t make me leave this lifestyle, I can’t go back.