Down the (Literary) Pub…

Another brilliant London Literary Pub Crawl in #Soho and #Fitzrovia with, as always, lovely people from London and around the world! 🇺🇸 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🇳🇱 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 #londonliterarypubcrawl


This Saturdays lovely gang! We’re out every week!

The History of a London Bohemian Pub, that gave its name to an area of the West End – Part Two.

The second part of the 2015 interview when Nick Hennegan talks again to the late Sally Fiber about her time growing up in one of the most famous literary pubs in London in the company of Walter Sickert, Augustus John, Jacob Epstein, Nina Hamnett, Dylan Thomas, George Orwell and Tommy Cooper to name but a few! And her memories of Britain’s last Official Hangman, Albert Pierrepoint!

Pint Night in Soho.

The French House Pub famously only serves half-pints. Apart from on Pint Night! When, for charity and for one day only, they serve pints like other pubs.

Traditionally, there’s a lot of things happen on pints day at The French. And usually the musician Suggs, from the band Madness, pours the 1st pint in the morning. (His Mom used to be a regular)

As you may gather from watching this little video, I started uploading live to Facebook etc but now just do them here. And the video was filmed towards the end of Pint-Day and quite a few had been consumed! But don’t judge us! 😀

Guilty Cupcakes!

One of our Actors swapped her Audition appointment for Two and bought us these to say sorry! She’s forgiven! 😀

Guilt in a box!

Auditions in Soho…

Day 2 of #auditions in #Soho for #TWO We’ve seen some BRILLIANT #actors – although not sure if any of these are coming in today!

Free Money for artists!

New £100k fund for Fringe artists
A cast of Fringe performers strike a pose onstage. Photo credit: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World (2022), Pleasance. Photographer: David Monteith-Hodge.
Here’s the official notice…

“There’s a new fund available for artists and companies bringing work to Fringe 2023, and it’s worth £100,000.The Keep it Fringe fund will distribute 50 awards of £2,000 to shows registered for this year’s Fringe. You don’t need to have completed registration to apply, but funding will only be awarded to successful applicants once they’ve registered their show.Applications open at 12:00 GMT on Friday 10 March 2023; if you have any questions, we’re hosting an online information session at 16:00 GMT tomorrow (Wednesday 08 March). The recorded session will also be available to watch again on Fringe Connect.”

A great initiative. But it won’t do much to dent the quote I had last year for a 3-bedroomed flat in Edinburgh – £10,500 FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST!
What do you think?

New recruits!

Sue and Peter- the latest recruits to the London Literary Pub Crawl family. Seen here, at the end of a grand old time of creative enlightenment and generous refreshment.

Be Bewitched in Chiswick!

Bell, Book and Candle. By John Van Druten, Directed by Mark Giesser. Now till 11th March 2023.

🍷🍷🍷🍷 🪄(4 glasses out of 5, PLUS a Magic Wand!)

Theatre At The Tabard, 2 Bath Road, London W4 1LW.

Beth Burrows and Edward Hayes-Neary (Photo Charles Flint)

The new regime at the Tabard Studio Theatre in Chiswick, West London has been in place for less than a year. Yet, they seem to have already developed the habit of finding unusual and quirky offerings to present. This little-known classic from the 1950s is no exception. Bell Book and Candle is a kind of RomCom with magic! Literally! A ‘friendly’ coven of witches lives in London and one of them, Gillian, (Beth Burrows) falls for a non-witch and wants to fit in by not practising witchcraft anymore.

This kind of leads to all sorts of problems and the plot needs a book of spells to keep on top of, but it’s a good-hearted, good-natured slice of fun and unique enough to demand a viewing. The costume, cast and set work perfectly, apart from the odd vocal weakness, and it’s easy to see why Sol Saks, the creator of the popular worldwide TV hit Bewitched, credits this play as his inspiration.

I have to say it… This play is magic!

Theatre at The Tabard.