2014 was great. I’d quit my full time job near the end of 2013, successfully freelancing throughout this year with a handful of lovely studios. I’ve finally stayed at an address for longer than 12 months (to the relief of my moving guy, aka Dad). And because I haven’t been so burnt out from my old full-time job anymore, I’ve had the time, energy, and money, to take advantage of living in the big city. So what were my highlights?
I saw Fuerzabruta at the Roundhouse in Camden after someone recommended it to me at work. It didn’t disappoint. It’s a 360° theatrical production where the audience are in the centre of everything, whilst the performers are above, around and within the crowd.
Martin Creed: What’s the point of it
The exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery are always decent. The Martin Creed balloon room from 2014 was quite a novel experience. It 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.
The Royal Academy is another gallery that curates great art exhibitions. Sensing Spaces ended up being 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 blew.my.mind.
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.
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 2014 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. You can read more about my experience here and here.
St Paul’s Cathedral
An overdue visit made a lovely afternoon out and provided great views of London, particularly as the sun was setting.