Boux avenue

Free bra measuring at Boux Avenue


Boux Avenue is a high street and online store, selling an array of pyjamas and lingerie for women.
The ranges are affordable, good quality  and they cater for women with larger boobs who still want fashionable underwear.
I’m a woman, and I am well endowed in the chest department. It’s a fact, I find buying underwear extremely hard and frustrating. Trying to find designs that are pretty,  that fit and also that aren’t so full cup that you can see it above low cut tops is tough. Also the cost of these larger sized bras are also a lot more expensive, you can’t just be popping into Primark and spending a few quid.

On my search for affordable underwear I stumbled across Boux Avenue online. Boux Avenue constantly run many different offers that in the past have included buy 1 get 1 bra half price.

Boux Avenue now do a free, instore,  bra measuring service.  A whopping 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra.

Unfortunately this also included myself. If you are apprehensive or shy about the measuring service, you needn’t be. The staff at Boux Avenue are simply lovely and make you feel very at ease. I was lucky to have the beautiful Tayler measuring me, who usually works at the Brighton store. Tayler asked me to take my top off and stand in my bra, while she take a few measurements and checks how my current bra is fitting.  You don’t need to remove your bra to get measured. She then got me a couple of bras to try the size and the style of bra. The bra should usually fasten on the last hook, so when bra ages you can adjust the slack by making it tighter. The changing rooms in the Westfield Shepherds Bush branch even have an array of lighting to choose from including daylight, dusk and evening.

Bras are priced from £20 and there’s a large range available
You can get measured for free with no obligation to buy. If you wear the right bra, not only does it look better but also your shape is improved with your clothes on top.

I was really impressed with the service I received , and wearing the bra in my new measured size looks so much better than the previous size I was wearing. If you can’t make it to one of their stores to get fitted, there are some handy videos available on their website to help you chose the right fit.

Boux Avenue also sell bridal underwear, great gifts and swimwear.

Boux Avenue Bra Fitting Service 

Students get 20% off Boux Avenue.

Flamenco in London

where-to-watch-flamenco dancing in london


If you love watching Flamenco dancing there are several places you can head to in London. You can sit back, sip on sangria, eat some tapas and pretend you are in a Spain. 



2 Inverness Street, NW1 5HJ

Bar Gansa is in Camden between Camden station and the markets, on Inverness Street. Bar Gansa has been in Camden for over 21 years.
Every Sunday from 8pm you can see flamenco at Bar Gansa when you enjoy your food and drinks.



Battersea Spanish is a hub for everything Spanish in Battersea. Not only Spanish lessons but they run dance nights, film nights and even Spanish food events.
On the third Thursday of the month Battersea Spanish hosts a flamenco night on the wonderful Battersea Barge. The Battersea barge is a beautiful theatre boat based near Vauxhall. There’s live music, a taster class and plenty of opportunities for you to show off your moves. The tickets include the workshop and the show and costs £9.



14 High St. London, N8 7PB

This Spanish restaurant in Crouch End that serves tapas, has live music and a bar.
There is a flamenco night every 4th Friday of the month. There is live Cuban music every Saturday night.



Bloomsbury; 1 Vernon Place, WC1A 2EP
Covent Garden; 8 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JA

Salvador and Amanda is a Spanish restaurant with 2 branches in central London.
You can catch Flamenco on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Sundays at the Covent Garden branch of Salvador and Amanda.
Tuesday and Wednesday show starts at 8.30pm and you will need to book a table to ensure you get a seat. Sundays show begins at 4pm



18 Greenwich Church Street, London SE10 9BJ

San Miguel is a tapas bar in the heart of beautiful Greenwich. San Miguel has monthly free flamenco shows on the last Sunday of the month. One show is at 6.30pm and one at 7pm. Reserve a spot to watch some dancing and indulge in some Spanish food and drink.





Aquum is a bar, restaurant and club on Clapham High Street, that has recently been relaunched. 

Aquum now has a fresh, sleek, look, cocktail menu and Greek food restaurant. 

Aquum is easily accessible from Clapham High Street Station, Clapham Common and Clapham North.

Aquum now serves Greek inspired food from a menu designed by Anastasios Tologlou. Tologlou has used his Greek roots and experience of working in Michelin starred kitchens to come up with an innovative menu for Aquum.

You can head to Aquum for a cocktail and an intimate chat over dinner before 9pm or you can get your dancing shoes on and party until the early hours.



The lighting is low and changing pastel hues. The bars are made of natural stone and wood. The seating areas are sleek and curvy.

There are plenty of different seating areas and bars within Aqua’s 4 storeys. This includes a bar for private hire and a 75 cover restaurant.


The cocktail list is extensive and some cocktails sound simply incredible. I tried a Kir Noir, which is so amazing I was only going to have 1 drink but I needed more!, it is a champagne and cherry liquor mix. I also tried the refreshing spiced passion.. The cocktails include fresh takes on classics with a  mediterranean twist (£9).  There is a Birthday sex cocktail, which is a birthday cake in a glass and comes complete with a candle (£12.50) Don’t worry though, all the old favourites of Aquum are still on the menu and plenty of cocktails if you don’t partake in alcohol.

Aquum has a fantastic happy hour  Sunday-Thursday 5-11pm
and Sat and Sun 5-9pm . You can get £2.50 beers, £4 250ml Wines, £4.50 Double & Mixer and £4.50 on selected cocktails.

The new food menu consists of mezze, soups and salads. You can eat from the set menu with 3 courses for £23.50 or get a sharing board to share with a group.

If you wish to book a table for a club night the prices range from £50-£1650, including a drinks package.

You can get a £50 birthday package on a Friday night that includes 2 bottles of prossecco, which would set you back £50 alone. You also get 10 queue jump tickets, 10 cloakroom tickets, free entry and even your own snapchat filter.

Aquum also do cocktail masterclasses for £25 per person or a premium class for £35 per person that includes a sharing board. During each class you will learn how to make 3 cocktails.

If you’re looking for a great cocktail in Clapham then look no further than Aquum. 


68-70 Clapham High Street


Park Kitchen

Park Kitchen

Park Kitchen is a large restaurant, bar and grill just off Harlesden High Street, a short walk from Willesden Junction.

The staff are friendly and the food is great. There are plenty of offers  and the food is high quality. Park Kitchen supports local suppliers and they ensure their food is ethically sourced.

Park Kitchen is spacious and can perfectly handle large groups for celebrations or work meetings. Park Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks, children are also welcome and there is a kids menu.

We chose off the specials menu and had sea bass with summer risotto (£11.95) and green peppercorn steak and fries (£12.95). Both accompanied with a large glass of wine! Wine starts at £17.50 a bottle and cocktails £6.25.

The food arrived quickly and was really tasty. There was no fat on my steak and it was perfectly cooked. The sea bass was delicious on a  generous bed of fresh tasting summer risotto.

We were full but the dessert menu sounded so wonderful that we couldn’t resist. I was recommended the vanilla ice cream with nuts and a hot Belgian chocolate sauce, and my friend opted for the Eton mess.

The dessert was simple yet amazing, and very generous. Both were priced at £4.25 each.

At lunchtime the Park Kitchen serves a 2 course lunch and a soft drink for £10.95 Monday-Thursday 11am-3pm. If you’re looking for a cocktail in Harlesden there is a happy hour 5-7pm with 2-4-1 cocktails or £3 pints everyday.

At weekends you can indulge in a bottomless brunch for £25 including bottomless mimosas, prosecco or bloody Marys with brunch dish of your choice. You booking lasts 2 hours, just quote ‘bottomless’ when booking. Dishes you can chose from include a full English, veggie English, eggs Benedict and pancakes.

If you visit the Park Kitchen during October, take a picture and tag on instagram to get 50% off when you dine again in October!

We really enjoyed our meal at the Park Kitchen and if you live in the area I would highly recommend giving it a try, it is a real find.

Park Kitchen

1 Manor Park Road, NW10

The We Plays




The We Plays are 2 monologues performed by  solo actors written by Andrew Maddocks. The We Plays are currently being performed at The Hope theatre above the Hope and Anchor in Islington. The directors of the We Plays are Phil Croft and Ashley Winter.

We enter into the room to take our seats and ‘Me’ is on stage, energetically dancing to some loud music. Your mind automatically assumes he’s high, having some fun on a lads holiday. Once the audience are all in the play begins. The set and props are minimal but due to the fantastic acting, and beautifully written script, your  imagination can see and believes everything that is being described.

We start in a packed, delayed plane, full to the brim of families about to start their family package holiday. The piece is full of funny stereotypes of Brits abroad, which is fun and light-hearted. As the piece unfolds we find out that everything isn’t as it seems, and as humans we often are quick to judge and our assumption of people and their behaviour is often wrong. You instantly feel this piece is going to be light-hearted and a bit silly but the piece takes a surprising turn and you could hear a pin drop in the room. Fantastically acted, beautifully believable which I feel is especially difficult when the pieces are also written in rhyme.

Me is wonderfully played by John Seaward who is completely believable and dedicated to the piece.

The actors have no scenery or  other actors to hide behind, and many of the lines are delivered to members of the audience. The atmosphere is intimate and unforgiving, Both actors do a brilliant job of connecting to the audience.

After the first piece the audience have to leave ready to reset for the next monologue and you’re given a chance to charge your glasses in the great pub below.


When we back in the room there is a red-haired scottish lass wearing a viking helmet and tartan, surrounded by Irn Bru and leaves.

We hear the story of Irn Pru who’s a bawl bag beating Scottish goddess. This goddess is searching for a job, and we hear her trials and tribulations of finding employment. Pru is fierce and funny, living up to many Scottish stereotypes and once again it starts of light-hearted. She takes her inspiration from millionaire Michelle Mone, who’s quotes punctuate the piece. Half way through we discover Irn Pru’s secret and the pressure she feels to live up to her name.

I enjoyed both pieces of well written and acted theatre. The first piece was stand out for me both in delivery and execution.

The We Plays in running until and is £15 per ticket and is suitable for over 18’s only.

The We Plays

Dream Play

Dream Play


Dream Play is an immersive theatre event by Baz Productions that is taking place at The Vaults in Waterloo until 1st October. The play is directed by Sarah Bedi and is based on Strindbergs a dream play. 

When we arrived at The Vaults we were briefed. The Dream play is in promenade, meaning that you follow the play around with actors. You may stand for a longer than average time, sometimes be in complete darkness and  also may be in confined spaces. If any of this is a problem for you then there are people on hand to help, as this show can get a little uncomfortable. Exciting…..but remember it is The Dream Play, and with dreams we also get nightmares.
I’m not going to talk you step by step through this piece of theatre, I will not ruin it for you, but more importantly my interpretation may be different to yours.
The play starts with a cellist playing and a somewhat looking crazy lady who can’t speak interacting with the audience, who are trying to work out what we’ve just signed up to. This strange lady has been put on the earth to interpret human suffering. We are then manoeuvred in and out of different spaces by the characters experiencing their stories .

Like with dreams, many scenes that you witness can be interpreted in many different ways. The key is, let yourself go and be immersed in the experience. Thinking and discussion can come later, while you’re there. Just go with it.
The dream play is surreal, often funny, moving and sometimes like being on the set of a real life horror film. A seemingly comfortable scene will all of a sudden make a turn and send a chill up your spine.
The actors are fantastic, including the amazing singer and cellist Laura Moody who provides a soundtrack and bone chilling music. What Laura can do with her voice is astonishing.
The Vaults is an amazing space which is used in an exciting way. The vast space and the way it is lit creates beautiful shadows. There are also moments of uncomfortable darkness, bring someone to stand by and cling onto!

At one point the audience is split into 2 and taken on a different journey. Dream Play is also different every night with the actors given a lot of room to play and experiment with the piece. This makes this exciting and electric theatre, and the audience can return and have a different experience.

The 5 actors manage to fill the vast spaces with their energy and all the performances are fully committed and brave. Michelle Luther, who is a friend and I’m very proud, is mesmerizing in her performance during the Ou Pierre Ou scene. All the actors have a beautiful and natural quality, Colin Hurley will be the one to make you cry.

A wonderful piece of theatre, that is often absurd, sometimes doesn’t make sense but often our dreams don’t so then the Dream Play achieves its goal perfectly.

I was listening to people as we were leaving. Everybody was discussing their experience. I head someone say they needed half an hour to have a cry before they could talk about it. Any theatre that leaves you thinking and talking after it has finished is a wonderful thing. 

Tickets are £15 and the play is on at the Vaults until October 1st

Stuart Bowden

Stuart Bowden


This blog post is a difficult one to write, simply because there are no words to describe this show that I saw on a balmy night in Soho. What I can say is that I loved it.

When many acts were showcasing their talents at Edinburgh festival Stuart Bowden had a 5 day run at Soho theatre upstairs with his show ‘Wilting in Reverse’.
Even the description of the show on the fliers and website, doesn’t say much. So it’s not just me who can’t put this into words! Which is perfectly apt considering this is a physical theatre show, with music, audience participation and plenty of laughs.
Before it even begins Stuart is backstage already performing, singing along and trying to discreetly change the song on loop by sticking his head through the chair.  There are minimal props , and it looks like he’d had a budget of £5 to spend in a charity shop specialising in 1970s duvets. and faded black clothing.
The show begins in darkness explaining that Stuart has died and this is the story leading up to this. Don’t worry, it’s in the future and the story is ridiculous, slightly star wars-esque but he manages to carry the audience in his palm. Actually, we are not the audience, we are all part of this show., some of the audience play parts and the awkwardness alone is priceless.
Stuart’s haphazard in his delivery and completely hilarious. Reading the entire encounter of his story from a script, pretending he hasn’t a clue what’s going on. The mistakes are brilliant but you always feel comfortable in his hands. To be able to play with the script and the audience this much, takes a lot of practice and confidence.
In amongst some incredible contemporary dance moves, making the own soundtrack to his show using ukulele and a keyboard and staring off into the distance, there are moments of pure ingenuity.

Stuart had the audience on his side immediately. You instantly like him. Wearing washed out blacks with holes in and a balaclava. He doesn’t mind making himself look silly.

There’s moments in complete darkness where the audience provide the spotlights. Some of Stuart’s songs are sweet and a little haunting but then he brings it straight back to being funny again.
Many shows now touch on the subject of death, which isn’t a bad thing but Stuart’s manages to do something lovely without trying to push this point and ends up making you think about your life.

The show ends by talking about things you miss and wish you did when you were alive, and this message left resonating with us long after Stuart took his bow.

Stuart Bowden is a fantastic performer and I look forward to seeing other shows he does in the future and I highly recommend that you go too.




Mommi is a Latin and Japanese fusion restaurant on Clapham high street.
There is an outside terrace area for drinks, sleek booths and tables facing the kitchen and a retro style bar area. Mommi has a relaxed and sophisticated feel. Everything on the menu is gluten-free. There are choices of raw sushi, grills and hot dishes.

The atmosphere and the look of Mommi appears to be more high-end than the menu prices reflect and Mommi has some cracking deals.
The Chefs Selection Set Menu is half price 5.30pm-7pm and all night Sunday and Monday and is available for 2 or more people. The set menu is usually £25 eat  but during these times you can get it for just £12.50.

At weekends you can head to Mommi for Power Ballad Brunching. From 11am until 3.30pm you can add bottomless bubbles to your brunch for £15, or champagne for an  £20 for a sitting of 90 minutes. Everyone in your group must take part in the offer.

On Sunday’s there is all you can eat sushi for £19.50 between 12-5pm. You can also add bottomless bubbles to all you can eat sushi for £15.

We were sat at a booth facing the kitchen, where you can watch the chefs cook and prepare the food.
We tried a selection of dishes, all In the name of research, obviously.
Carlos, our brilliant waiter explained everything to me and gave me some great recommendations as I have never been to a latin-Japanese restaurant. You are recommended to order 3 dishes each, but in hindsight maybe go for one that’s just vegetables as we ended up wasting the food, as the portions were generous.



We started with some edamame and plantain and sweet potato chips. A lot of items on the menu I’d actually never tried before and was glad I did as it was all delicious.

We  tried the Mixed  Mommi Chirashi sushi which came beautifully presented and also some ceviche. The sushi rice was very tasty and the salmon, sea bass and tuna was fresh. The ceviche was zingy with clean flavours with watermelon, tuna, kumquat, lemon oil, basil and tomato.

If you’re after a healthy eating or gluten-free restaurant then Mommi is perfect with their raw bar menu.

We then tried some teriyaki chicken, tempura monkfish and cassava chips and the beef rib. The Beef and chicken were served with quinoa, both in a delicious sauce.

Alongside fantastic food we tried the amazing cocktails, They currently has a Summer happy hour running from 5.30-8pm. You can get 2 cocktails for £10, sparkling provence rose 750ml for £15 and £4.50 Aperol Spritz cocktails. The day we visited it was boiling and we both tried perfectly refreshing cocktails. We tried a pachamama, a mixture of passionfruit, dark rum, falernum, lime, sugar and physalis and a Mommi fizz.

After that I had a lovely glass of Argentina wine and my friend a pisco sour.

We had a fantastic meal and cocktails at Mommi, it’s a perfect place if you love Japanese and Peruvian food, or looking for a great cocktails. It’s easy to get to as its right by Clapham north and Clapham high street stations.With all the offers available you can eat some fantastic food, as great prices.


44 – 48 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7UR

John Salt



 John Salt is a cool bar in Islington in between Highbury and Islington and Angel tube  stations.

John Salt has an upstairs bar available for private hire and a small outdoor area for alfresco drinking and eating. The vibe is relaxed and social, there are large tables by the windows for communal groups or smaller areas with cosy leather chairs. The John Salt is trendy, has a vintage feel and is fun and relaxed.

On some selected Sundays John Salt has a bottomless brunch. Which I was luckily enough to experience. You can choose a dish from the brunch menu and indulge in bottomless cocktails for £25. There are sittings available at 12pm and 3pm. The drinks on offer include a passionfruit bellini, elderflower bellini, bloody Mary or gin cup. Your booking lasts for a whooping 2 and a half hours, this is one of the longest sittings I’ve heard of for a bottomless boozy brunch.

The brunch menu has eggs dishes, pulled pork,  banana french toast ,sweet potato waffle with avocado and smoked salmon.

The food portions are generous and filling. We went for the banana french toast and sweet potato waffle and avocado.

John Salt has regular spirit tasting evenings from free-£15 including lots of drink samples. There is a happy hour Sunday-Friday 5-7pm where you can get 2-4-1 on house cocktails.

The food menu during the week includes a smoke menu, as they have a big green egg hot smoker in the kitchen to smoke pulled pork, ribs, wings and salt beef. There’s plenty of burgers on the menu and vegetarians are also catered for.

There’s a nice relaxed vibe, making it easy-going for a Sunday. It’s a great choice to meet friends in to celebrate an occasion or a catch up, as it’s spacious with large tables available.

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John Salt 

131 Upper Street, Islington, N1




What do you get if you mix boxing, yoga and mindfulness? Let me introduce you to YogaBox London, the ying and yang of workouts.

YogaBox is a boutique fitness concept with 2 instructors that keeps you on your toes but also makes you feel amazing.
This isn’t your run of the mill sweaty fitness class. Yoga Box uses luxury and unique locations and are currently running from the Bermondsey Square hotel.  Classes are every Monday and Thursday at 6.15pm (60 minutes) and 7.30 (75 minutes)
The class numbers are limited to 14 and as there’s 2 instructors everybody gets a lot of attention.

I arrived at the Bermondsey Square Hotel ready in my workout gear for the 6.15pm class. The hotel is a short walk from Bermondsey tube station or a stroll down the beautiful Bermondsey Street from London Bridge. I walked in this lovely hotel and immediately knew where to head, as it’s so we’ll sign posted. There is a bathroom to change in if required, and all bags are able to be left in the room.

I bumped into another first timer on the stairs and any ‘new girl’ anxiety melted.

We opened  the door to the room where the class takes place to find 2 very fit looking chaps with great big smiles on their faces.  The class takes place in a lovely room, with air conditioning and no hint of the eau de toilette ‘sweaty gym’.  There were 5 people in the class that evening, and atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. 3 of us were new and 2 had been before, so we were told how the class works.

We were introduced to Will, who will take the yoga, and Shane who’ll lead the boxing. We removed our shoes and socks and had a sit down on a yoga mat.

We started off with some breathing, mindfulness and gentle yoga. Will has the kind of energy that makes you feel amazing and relaxed by osmosis. He walks around the class and corrects your posture or ,if you are advanced, will push you more. The huge bonus of doing a boutique gym session, you can’t hide at the back!

After 15 minutes it was time to get our pulses racing and do some boxing. I’m not going to lie, I love a body combat class and pretending I’m a Charlie’s angel but the word ‘boxing’ scares me. I accidentally went to the wrong room once and ended up in a boxing class, it was too late to leave. I’m a wimp so I stayed. Chivalry is dead! Those guys went for me. On one hand that’s great, on the other hand it hurt!!
First we did a HITT session. It was short but of course it included everyone’s favourite. Burpees. Shane then showed us some boxing technique and how to move correctly. We then had to pair up and touch the opponents shoulder to score points. After this we did pad and glove work with partners, followed by a boxing relay race for fun. Boxing was very empowering, especially as a female.

The classes change depending on if its people’s first time, and is never the same. By the end of 30 minutes boxing, we’d all met each other, sweated buckets and laughed loads.

It was then back to yoga for the final 15 minutes. This time we did some deeper stretching.  Will even encouraged me to do a position I’ve never normally managed. We finished at the end in the pose we started in and it was clear I already felt looser and full of vitality.

We got so much into the class in 60 minutes and the atmosphere was brilliant. When we left, some of us stood chatting for ages after the class had finished. I went to the same gym for 2 years, 1 person maybe spoke to me during that time.
I left with a big smile of my face, feeling better than when I came in and working out what friends I can encourage to come with me next time.

YogaBox classes cost £18 drop in or less for block bookings. If you want to try the class you can book 2 classes for £20. You don’t have to commit to any memberships or pay a joining fee.

The classes are also on Classpass which gives you complete flexibility on classes wherever you are. Classes via Classpass work out to be around £11 each or cheaper.


Enjoy the best time with the money you have