January is a busy month for me, firstly it’s mine, my boyfriend’s and two of my best friends birthdays and I love celebrating and planning outings. Any excuse is a good excuse! The start of the year can become a miserable gloomy time for people because it’s all about restrictions. Stopping yourself from doing what you really want to do, going out, eating what you want, spending money. I agree that you may need quieter months of the year but don’t let it make you feel down by not seeing your friends or going on a date night with your man. It doesn’t have to be expensive or every night of the week, remember “life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated!”
1) The West End
I love going to the theatre and I think it’s something everyone should try to do at least once a year. It’s such a fun outing. The West End has so much to offer for everyone and you really can get cheap tickets from websites like lastminute.com.
Two shows I’ve seen this year already are The Commitments and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Two completely different shows but equally as good as each other. I went to The Commitments with my Dad because we both love soul music. The music definitely makes this show as the story line isn’t the most thrilling but it’s well worth seeing for the ‘feel good’ factor and a bit of a boogie.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an ‘in your face’ Musical full of songs every few minutes, cheesy comedy, brilliant choreography and outstanding production. The boy who played Charlie was a true star but the whole show is made magical by the entire casts’ talent. I must admit my boyfriend Jamie wasn’t overly impressed that the umpa lumpa’s weren’t orange and I think he can’t really handle the ‘cheese factor’ but I’d recommend this show for one with the kids or the girlfriends! Click on the photo below to check out tickets.
2) Le Bodega Negra
I heard about this place over a year ago but have only just got around to booking it. I went there last Saturday evening with a group of girls for my birthday. Entering the restaurant from Old Compton Road in soho is an experience. The exterior looks like a sleazy sex shop and even once you open the door it looks pretty grim with a dressed up mannequin standing there in darkness. The girls were like ‘are you sure this is it?’ I was even questioning it myself. Then a quirky looking man popped his head around the corner and said are ‘Bodega Negra?’ Once you’re taken down to the cellar restaurant the experience changes and you’re in a dark atmospheric restaurant, we were seated in an stone arch, one of the best tables and given our menus.
After a lot of questions about the menu, as it’s quite hard to understand, we ordered and didn’t really know what was to come! But what was to come was truly truly tasty! We all went quiet as our taste buds exploded over a simple quesadilla for starters. The food is surprisingly simple in comparison to the way it’s worded but my main chicken was so well cooked and seasoned that the simplicity was perfect!
Our table made it so easy to chat and engage with each other which is what I love about going out for dinner so I’d recommend asking for a table under an arch if possible. The only issue is the darkness, it’s quite hard to actually see what you’re eating and I had to use the waitress’s torch pinned to my top to know where to chop!
We were all stuffed but the desserts were screaming at us! And no matter how stuffed you are you must get the chocolate torte if you go! When I go out for dinner I’m on the 20% part of my 80/20 healthy balanced lifestyle ;)!
This place is great for an evening with the girls or a romantic night with your partner. Click on the photo below to be taken to there website.
Let me know if you’ve been anywhere recently and would recommend it by leaving a comment in the box below. I love discovering new places and London is full of them!
Love, Lottie x