An Afternoon in Angel
My first Saturday back in London post-panto reared it’s sunny morninged head and greeted me with a big hug and a smooch. WHAT BETTER WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY AFTERNOON THAN LUNCH AND CRAFTING AND CABARET IN ANGEL I THOUGHT? Arming myself with a red lip and two best chums, we hopped on the 43 down to Angel and jumped off for a spot of lunch at Vivo.
In the heart of Upper Street, Vivo Bakery and Cafe dishes up traditional Italian grub with a twist served up at a huge posh dark granite counter, which makes it feel sort of like a deluxe school dinner. Fresh baked ciabatta, foccacia stuffed with pesto drenched fillings, piles of parmegannio, slices of salami and hunks of strong cheese rubbing shoulders on boards and a catwalk of spectacular looking puddings. Hungry yet?
You can stroll up and down and let your eyes fill up at all these delicious treats on offer while HOT bearded waiters slam the salads onto your plate. LOOK AT HOW PRETTY THEY ARE!
I knew we were in for a boozy afternoon so I went for a plate of classic lasagne. Sloppy, steaming hot and gooey, it was comfort food at it’s very best. We hunkered down at one of the communal wooden dining tables and got stuck in. Deeply delicious- perfect for a quick weekend lunch.
Fed and watered we strolled out in a carb filled haze and wandered up to The Library Pub for the January Crafternoon Cabaret Club. Crafternoon Cabaret is the brainchild of creative goddess Hannah Cox. Hannah works in the outreach and participation department of the Southbank Centre, and in her spare time runs a whole host of creative events and projects, Crafternoon being just one. The premise is simple: Spend Saturday afternoon in a pub, making something and listening to cabaret performers. I MEAN IT IS GENIUS.
This weekend we were making Button Artwork. Never fear if you don’t consider yourself the crafty type- I am literally hopeless. Last time I went I got myself into a full sized tizz about threading a tassel. But at Crafternoon everyone is given a very clear step-by-step instruction guide, materials and Hannah wanders round providing help and assistance wherever it’s needed.
I decided in true Bloody Hell Brennan style to make a gin themed design, whereas Hannah opted for a butterfly and Izzy went for a little cute heart message.
While we crafted and sucked down a few afternoon pints, we were entertained by Damsel Sophie who made us swoon with her wonderful voice and the brilliant cockney duo Bob and Jim who had us howling with laughter at their electric ukelele-accompanied songs. JUST FAB.
Crafternoon Cabaret is a really COOL way to spend the afternoon, the next one is on the 8th February at The Hospital Club, and you can HANDILY purchase tickets here. GO FORTH AND CRAFT MY PRETTIES. CRAFT LIKE YOU’VE NEVER CRAFTED BEFORE.
Once the glue had dried and I had assured myself I wasn’t high from the glue fumes, I jumped over to Chalk Farm to the Roundhouse to catch ‘Fuertzabruta’. I’ve seen this show three times but it is truly breathtaking. There is no way to describe what it is- so here’s my best shot: a multi-sensory interactive dream-like performance art rave. LITERALLY GO AND SEE IT BECAUSE YOUR MIND WILL BE BLOWN. I’m not gonna say any more than that. But wear something waterproof. And comfy shoes.
Not a bad way to ease myself back into the swing of London life, eh?