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While doing some research online for my new classes next year, I came across this wonderful website listing London’s statues in a range of categories. I had a laugh at the ‘worst’ statues section, even if I didn’t agree with all of the choices, and loved having the opportunity to see statues I haven’t yet come across and would like to go and find. The section on women is especially interesting; typically, there are a mere handful compared to the hundreds of statues of men. – Rachel

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London can get very hot and crowded in the summer, and often I find myself desperate for some peace amidst the bustle. When I’m in the centre of town, popping in to the National Gallery to see the Impressionists normally does the trick, but if I’m elsewhere in the city, there are a number of places I enjoy frequenting. Chelsea Physic Garden, the V&A Garden, Kensington Gardens and the garden at St Luke’s Chelsea are all lovely spots if you’re in the Chelsea/Kensington area. Victoria Embankment Gardens are always a pleasure to sit in and watch the world go by, as is the roof terrace at the Royal Festival Hall on Southbank. My favourite outdoor area in London has to be Regents Park, though; once in its depths you really could be in the countryside, and the cafe is excellent to boot! – Rachel

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I’m so excited by how much theatre I have booked this year. Discovering the Richmond Theatre has been brilliant as it hosts such a wide-range of interesting shows, has reasonably priced seats and offers a beautiful setting. Tomorrow, I’m going to see Agatha’s Christie’s Murder on Air, starring Tom Conti and Jenny Seagrove (whom I remember best as the Mermaid in Local Hero). Then, in September I’ve booked to see Felicity Kendall starring in Noel Coward’s Hay Fever, as well as The Importance of Being Earnest, with Rosalind Ayres and Martin Jarvis. What a fun line-up! – Miranda

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Over the weekend, my Mum picked up the latest issue of Slightly Foxed and raved about it. After reading it through, I also became hooked and have just purchased a subscription. I’ve known about Slightly Foxed for years, but for some reason never picked up one of their quarterly magazines. I’ve been missing out! Their bookshop (pictured above) looks so charming too – I can’t believe I haven’t already been, but am now planning a visit! – Miranda

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I’m looking forward to seeing this interesting looking exhibition at the V&A, which opens in a few days. I love seeing objects associated with protest movements! – Rachel

10365737_649553614423_6868171859324407460_nOver the weekend, I finally made it to Honey & Co, a restaurant near Warren Street I’ve been dying to try out for ages. The restaurant is incredibly tiny, but serves some of most delicious Middle Eastern food I’ve ever tasted. I came away armed with with a supply of quince jam and spices from their shop, as I’m determined to try recipes from the Honey & Co cookbook over the summer. I’ve already booked to return with Rachel, as I’m sure she’ll love it too!  – Miranda

 

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If you’re stuck for ideas of what to do this weekend, then I think a trip to the Gin and Tonics garden at Kew sounds rather a lot of fun. The cocktails are inspired by the plants surrounding the pop up bar and are made with infusions using British grown plants. Read more about this brilliant venture here. – Miranda 

tumblr_n5ew0ghWdA1tuf6e9o1_1280I have booked tickets to see this and absolutely cannot wait. I’m a huge fan of Martin Freeman and can’t wait to see him live. Also, if you’ve the opportunity to see The Crucible at the Old Vic then do go! I went on Saturday and was absolutely awe-inspired. It’s one of the best theatre productions I have ever seen. I’m still thrilling from the experience and am contemplating going again….It was just that good! – Miranda

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I am really looking forward to this wonderful-sounding new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. It will explore the range of different portraits of Woolf created by her Bloomsbury circle friends, as well as displaying letters, first editions of her novels and other treasures. What a treat for us bibliophiles! – Rachel

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I had a lovely time last night attending an event hosted by the blog What Olivia Did at the Burt’s Bees pop up in Covent Garden with my friends Bettina and Claire. Olivia gave us her tips on how to keep fresh during festival season whilst we sipped prosecco and sampled products. I picked up a birthday gift and some goodies for myself (I’m obsessed with this cream which is doing wonders for my skin and these wipes which I like to use pre and post working out). Afterward, we headed a few doors down to Kopapa for cocktails, burgers and gossip. I do hope the Burt’s Bees pop up turns out to be here to stay, but sadly it could be closing mid July so if you haven’t been yet, do pop along. It’s such a beautiful, bright, cheerful space to visit, as well as having some lovely stock so it’s well worth a trip. I always like an excuse to visit the lovely Seven Dials area anyway…. – Miranda