Local Area NewsJan 2015
Cirque Du Soleil: Kooza - Royal Albert Hall
The organisation that kickstarted a circus revolution is determined not to sit back and let pretenders and copyists steal its thunder. In Kooza, they return to the roots of the circus by combining the twin disciplines of clowning and acrobatics to jaw-dropping effect. Dispensing with high-octane rock scores and distracting pyrotechnics, Cirque Du Soleil relies mainly on the incredible flexibility of the human body.
The story follows a mythical innocent who journeys to a strange kingdom filled with bizarre creatures, some which are friendly and some which are otherwise. You could take out the storyline which is refreshingly free of the usual new age pretensions and still have plenty of thrills to talk about. The "Wheel of Death" has got to be the highlight. This involves two daredevils running, jumping and climbing around two enormous circular, revolving treadmills suspended from the ceiling. Such stunts are tailor-made for performing in the round and are therefore perfect for the Royal Albert
Founders Arms - Bankside
A pub with a view is not an uncommon occurrence in London but a pub with one as a majestic as this is definitely worth a visit or two. Sited between Blackfriars Bridge and the Millennium foot crossing on the southern shore of the Thames, the Founders Arms is an ideal pit stop for those rambling along the South Bank. Visitors to the monolithic Tate Modern museum will also be able to obtain a welcome snack and a friendly pint before pressing on to the Globe theatre or the London Eye.
Those looking for more substantial fare will find a lot to choose from from the exhaustive lunch and brunch menus. Steak, fish & chips, and various pasta dishes are cooked and served with skill and efficiency leaving guests free to enjoy the unrivalled views of the City, St Paul's and Tower Bridge. As the evenings close in, the atmosphere gets livelier as students, artists and City workers add to the social mingle.
Notting Hill Kitchen
This Iberian themed restaurant takes a trio of foundational values into account, when compiling its menu. Atlantic fish, Alentego pork and lesser known Iberian wines all feature heavily and make a keen exploration of the menu almost mandatory. Chef, Luis Baena served under Joel Robuchon and has picked up some formidable skills along the way which is bound to be appreciated here in West London.
Prawn sausages and Portuguese salt cod are perfectly healthy starters that fulfil that difficult task of providing a substantial course without ruining the appetite. Veal cheeks with oxtail is served on a bed of the most delicious fluffy mashed potato. Nata is a sublime dessert inspired by the custard tart which is almost omnipresent on the Iberian peninsula. Here, it's made into something that resembles a millefeuille, such is the delicacy with which it is put together.