My Stage is the World

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive

A little place in Soho with a huge history…

For most people, going to the theatre is an occasion – a chance to have a nice evening out with dinner and drinks. The problem with London is that the city is saturated with chains, which are seen by many as a ‘safe bet’ because everywhere else in London is overpriced. Wrong.

In fact there are plenty of independent restaurants that offer a set menu for theatregoers and these places are part of London’s hidden charm. One such place is Kettner’s in Soho, a Grade II listed building that is now a hotel, champagne bar and restaurant. But it’s more than that. This hidden gem hosts a variety of events, including millinery with afternoon tea, 1940s dances and even burlesque.

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A lesson in politics from the USA

People often say that the UK has more in common with the US than with Europe. This might be true, but when it comes to elections, we couldn’t be more different. In Great Britain we’re lucky if even 50% of people make the effort to vote, but we all complain bitterly if the party we support doesn’t get into power.

This year was one of the highest turnouts we’ve had, yet the result still gave way to violent protests in London the following weekend. Democracy. Does it really work when a nation used to voting on X Factor and Britain’s Got [very little] Talent are allowed to choose a government?

But that’s beside the point.

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