Monday, 16 January 2017

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre - New Season


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On the Town

My First Ballet: Cinderella Peacock Theatre, London Until 22 Apr 2017 From £10.50

Event description

Cinderella, everyone's favourite rags-to-riches story, has been beautifully adapted into a ballet version for children aged three and upwards at London’s Peacock Theatre. Cinderella is tormented by her stepsisters and she can only dream of attending the Prince’s glamorous ball. Abandoned to an evening of drudgery, she is visited by her Fairy Godmother who transforms her into a glittering princess who shall go to the ball.
With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened version of Prokofiev’s ravishing score, My First Ballet: Cinderella is a unique collaboration between English National Ballet and English National Ballet School.
From the critics regarding My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty
"A gorgeous treat for kids and parents"--Daily Express

Royal Afternoon Tea for Up to Four, at 5* InterContinental Park Lane (38% Off)

5* Intercontinental Afternoon Tea 

About InterContinental Park Lane

Situated at a prestigious address in the heart of Mayfair, InterContinental London Park Lane presents modern accommodation overlooking the Royal Parks. This flagship InterContinental Hotels and Resorts property boasts 447 timelessly furnished rooms, 60 expansive suites, and award-winning seasonal cuisine available at several restaurants and bars. These include Theo Randall, known and acclaimed for their Italian-inspired brunch, and Wellington Lounge, which holds a UK Tea Guild Award for Excellence. Visitors can also take advantage of the in-house spa and fitness centre, where services on offer include skincare and grooming services for men and women.

Choose from three Options

Afternoon tea may include: Speyside smoked salmon sandwiches with cream cheese | Scottish lobster and shrimp sandwiches with Marie Rose sauce | honey roasted ham sandwiches with English mustard | sultana and buttermilk scones with strawberry preserve and Devon clotted cream | coffee and walnut cake | Victoria sponge with vanilla mousse and strawberry jelly

Afternoon Tea with Optional Sparkling Wine or Champagne for Two at The Tower Hotel (50% Off)

Afternoon Tea, Tower Bridge views

Choose from Three Options

Afternoon tea may include:
  • Choice of finger sandwiches: cucumber and cream cheese | smoked salmon and dill cream cheese | honey roasted English ham and granary mustard mayonaise | chicken mayonnaise and avocado | free range egg mayonnaise and watercress
  • Choice of cakes: piña colada panna cotta with pineapple jelly and toasted coconut | strawberry cheesecake, raspberry glaze | red velvet cupcake with vanilla cream and cheese frosting | rich chocolate caramel ganache tart with pecan praline | macarons
  • Freshly baked scones with homemade strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream
  • Choice of leaf or herbal infusion teas or a speciality coffee

The commuters who enjoy being creative with their time

Lindsey Farquhar drew a giraffe on her commute

The average UK commuter spends nearly an hour a day travelling - and 3.7 million are en route for more than two hours, with the longest journey times spent on trains.
Strikes and other delays aside - it is a long time to spend scrolling through social media or staring silently ahead. Some people are occupying their many captive hours with a creative pastime.
Here are some of England's most productive passengers.

Amy Dicketts travels for 90 minutes a day on the Tube. She photographs fellow passengers for her project Commute Blog.
Amy DickettsImage copyrightVIKKI HUTTON
Image captionAmy Dicketts asks the people she photographs to tell her something surprising about themselves
"I thought there must be something better I could be doing than staring into space or looking at my phone," said the 24-year-old who works in marketing.
"So I began to ask to take people's photographs and ask them to tell me something surprising about themselves.
Photo on Amy Dickett's Commuter blogImage copyrightAMY DICKETT
"Usually they are surprised but glad to have some entertainment on an otherwise boring journey. Often the people around us join in and will ask their own questions.
"I've heard stories from all sorts of people, including tips on how to have a happy marriage from people celebrating their wedding anniversary, to young boys trying to challenge the stereotypes people have of them.
A photo from Amy Dicketts' Commuter BlogImage copyrightAMY DICKETTS
"I realised I didn't have many stories from older people as they don't tend to travel by Tube.
"I spent a day with North London Cares and South London Cares, two charities which bring together older Londoners and their younger neighbours.
"We went on the Tube to the London Transport Museum for a day out. It really opened my eyes to how challenging the Tube is for people who aren't as mobile."

Jason Sutherland-Rowe, 48, travels for nearly three and a half hours on the train between Shoreham-by-Sea and London. He has become part of a social club.

Jason Sutherland-Rowe and his group of commuter friendsImage copyrightJASON SUTHERLAND-ROWE
Image captionJason Sutherland-Rowe, centre, says people he has met on his commute have become friends
"I noticed a few people at the end of the train having a glass of wine and one of the guys beckoned me over and asked if I wanted to join them," said Mr Surtherland-Rowe who works in IT for a bank.
"The club has been going for about eight years and the people who started it aren't travelling any more.
"Every Thursday we bring alcohol and nibbles and just catch up on the week.
"We celebrate birthdays with posters and decorations and we had a Christmas party.
Commuters carving a ham on the trainImage copyrightJASON SUTHERLAND-ROWE
Image captionA leg of ham was the centrepiece of the group's 2015 Christmas party
"In the summer we have a party in a field with a marquee and a barbecue and we bring our partners and children.
"We have a Facebook group where we keep in touch and let one another know about train delays.
"It makes commuting much easier because you are sharing the pain.
"We've grown from a group of commuters to a group of friends."
Jason Sutherland-Rowe, right, and his train friendsImage copyrightJASON SUTHERLAND-ROWE
Image caption"Most days there are six or seven of us and we chat about the week and what's been going on in our lives"

Rebecca Webb's commute between Buckinghamshire and London can last up to four hours a day. She crocheted enough items for a Christmas market stall.

Rebecca WebbImage copyrightREBECCA WEBB
Image captionRebecca Webb says she was always told she would never crochet because she is left-handed
"I started crocheting two years ago as I wanted to try something creative," said the 38-year-old who works as an administrator at a charity.
"For practical reasons I tend to make smaller items on the train such as baby bootees, adult beanie hats and scarves.
"I've also made a few blankets by making the granny squares to and from work and crocheting them together into a blanket when I get home.
Rebecca Webb's beanie hatsImage copyrightREBECCA WEBB
Image captionRebecca finds beanie hats and bootees small enough to make on the train
"There's only so much crocheted stuff you can give to friends. So I decided to have a stall at my local market before Christmas.
"Using my commute productively has given me a little extra cash, it makes the journey go quicker and actually takes away some of the pain of commuting.
"It has also proven a great way to strike up a conversation with fellow commuters."

Ben Yallop commutes for about three hours a day between Surrey and London. He has written and self-published two novels.

Ben YallopImage copyrightELODIE YALLOP
Image captionAuthor Ben Yallop says he also memorises taekwondo sequences on the train
"Initially to make the commute more bearable I downloaded Candy Crush," said the 37-year-old who manages international judicial relations at the Royal Courts of Justice.
"I was completely addicted and realised I was wasting valuable time.
"So, I started jotting down ideas for a series of novels. I've done almost all my research, plotting and writing on the train.
"I've self-published my two novels The Circle Line and The Blood Line through Amazon.
"Some of the books are set within the London Underground.
"It does feel good to be doing something which feels worthwhile," said the married father of three.
"I really enjoy my commute as a rare slice of time for myself between work and family life."

It takes Lindsey Farquhar three hours a day to travel to and from Liverpool. She paints, crochets and makes jewellery which she posts on her Crafty Commuter Facebook page.
Lindsey FarquharImage copyrightLINDSEY FARQUHAR
Image captionLindsey Farquhar says she spent her commute working before she started crafting
"The Crafty Commuter started in November 2014 when I missed the early train to work so had time to wait for the next one," said the 42-year-old who works for a housing association.
"So I bought a crochet magazine with free wool and crochet hooks at the station just on a whim.
"My job is office based and can be quite pressured so I had previously worked myself into quite a state checking emails before I even got there.
"But once I started my Crafty Commute, I arrived at work much more relaxed and feeling like I'd accomplished something creative already before I even got into work. I loved it.
"I crochet bobble hats and boot toppers in the winter and I make wire-wrapped jewellery when it gets warmer. Wire is my summer version of wool, you see.
Lindsey Farquhar makes jewellery during her commuteImage copyrightLINDSEY FARQUHAR
Image captionLindsey takes wire and pliers on to the train to create wire wrapped jewellery
"Then I started drawing and painting. I put together a little travel kit that I could take on the train.
"Very soon, my friends at work were asking about my crafting and family and friends were chatting about it on Facebook.
"The train guards started talking to me about my projects too. They stopped to talk about their families and friends.
"Thank goodness they always remind me when it's time to get off!"
Lindsey Farquhar painted a bauble on the trainImage copyrightLINDSEY FARQUHAR
Image captionShe has put together a train-friendly creative travel kit

Berenice Baker says sketching helps her unwind during her one-hour commute on the London Overground.

Berenice BakerImage copyrightBERENICE BAKER
Image captionBerenice Baker's favourite things to sketch are animals and landscapes
"I began sketching last year as I felt the need to unleash my creative side," said the 49-year-old who works in social media for a recruitment consultant.
"Sketching means I can relax and not worry about the day ahead until I sit at my desk, then it helps me unwind when I'm on my way home.
A sketch of a banquet by Berenice BakerImage copyrightBERENICE BAKER
Image captionThis banquet scene was sketched from a photograph
"I keep a pocket sketchbook, pen and pencil in my commuting rucksack. I have to be careful not to get shaky lines when the train goes over points.
"I soon realised I needed some formal training to learn proper technique, so I joined a drawing evening class.
"I enjoyed it so much I'm going back for a more advanced class starting in a couple of weeks."
A landscape sketch by Berenice BakerImage copyrightBERENICE BAKER