London: The Gherkin, The Jetty and Emirates Air-line

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In my quest to always find something different and exciting, this month’s adventures including dining out at an iconic London landmark and wandering through inter connected sea containers all in the name of Theatre dahhling…. In the heart of the City, 6 minutes walk from either Aldgate or Liverpool Street station, is The RIBA Award winning Gherkin aka No. 30 St Mary Axe. The building opened in 2004 and is home to a number of different companies with Searcy’s occupying the top floors. On Wednesday 12th August, We took the lift to the 34th floor and changed lifts to the 39th floor. Here is where the Searcy’s restaurant is located. We then took a small number of steps up to the 40th floor to indulge in Searcy’s pop up Moroccan riad with absolutely stunning views of London. The setting looked amazing with the use of colours, curtains and cushions with an impressive looking bar.    We were poured our first glasses of champagne followed closely by our food.       The food was all really tasty but I’d have definitely preferred hummus to babaganoush on this occasion. I enjoyed the salad but as I’m not a fan of coriander I ended up having a difficult time separating it. The chicken tagine was tender, well cooked and tasty sitting on a bed of Cous Cous. Menu items were homemade falafel and Tahini, Fried ( though it was more grilled) Calamari, Harissa mayo and lemon, Baba ganoush, crisp pitta, chickpea salad, tomato, dates and coriander onion, chicken tagine and couscous. As we were finishing our dinner we were treated to a stunning sunset    As the night continued and we indulged in a second glass of champagne, the lights were dimmed and out came a belly dancer!       Soon after we departed but found it incredibly challenging to get the attention of someone to pay the bill and when the bill came they had mistakenly charged us for a third glass of champagne… The lady was really nice about it but as you can imagine it’s never a nice way to end an evening… We walked back down to the 39th floor and found all the loos were out of toilet tissue! Surprising in such an establishment but I do hope it was just a one off oversight. I’ll definitely be back to try the restaurant.    The Deal This pop up is on for a limited time only and the live entertainment only happens on Wednesdays. We went for the Champagne Package which was a Gem Booth, 2 glasses of champagne and 5 dishes per person. Priced at £45 per person. They have packages that start at £29 or you can just buy items individually at the bar. For more info visit: Searcy’s Gherkin On Thursday August 13th we headed over to Greenwich, next to the O2 Arena to the pop up immersive theatre venue, The Jetty.  It’s the second show I’ve seen here, the first being a shunt performance but they always build the sets from sea containers and you never know what to expect!        This time it was Heartbreak Hotel, the website states “a utopia for lost souls and broken hearts. Once a diamond on the English coastline, now as dilapidated and mysterious as the characters within its walls. ” Without giving too much away you get involved in the story and walk through the heartbreak hotel…it’s definitely something you have to experience. After the performance we grabbed a bite to eat and a glass of prosseco whilst the next slot of people went in and listened to a live band performing.  It’s a shame the sun wasn’t out but it really is a stunning quirky pop up venue which is a must visit. It’s an experience  which involves it’s guests. So wear comfortable shoes! Tues – Sun shows are at 6:30/7:30/8:30 with a 9:30 show weds to Sat only. Tickets start at £10. More info and tickets here: Heartbreak Hotel Since we were right next door to the Emirates Airline we thought we’d do a return trip, priced at £8.40 and takes 22 minutes.       At dusk/ night – the sights are breathtaking.       Definitely worth the experience, even better if you have to visit excel for something over at the docks. If not stay on and just return. More info here: Emirates Air-Line I also successfully used Apple Pay yesterday numerous times! For the Emirates Airline and on the tube…worked like a treat! So thank you Apple. 😊

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