Let’s talk about London

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Hey guys.

Happy July! Wow where are the months going?

So today’s blogpost will concentrate on the last few days in London but first a few things.

1. My latest birdsong drawing. It’s one I’m most proud of(and there aren’t many of those).

2. I finished Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell a few days ago and it was great. A definite read for those people who consider themselves fangirls-particularly those who write fanfic. Which I did this time last year,and by the looks of things will start up again soon after a girl asked me to write a one shot for her. We’ll see.

For now..London

I was lucky enough to have a double day in London these past few days. Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday was the apple store Q&A with the cast of Begin Again as well as a screening of it afterwards.

Those who follow me on Instagram would have been my ‘omg today is the day I’m going to be in the same room as Keira Knightley selfie’. For those who don’t (shame on you. No,just joking I don’t post anything that interesting) it’s at the top of this post.

Me and Sophie arrived in London at around midday,going to find the hotel where the screening was and having a wander up and down oxford street. Not before having a photo op with the Begin Again poster at oxford street tube. So in theory I did get my selfie with Keira. Ha.

I planned on having a primark shopping binge,but that didn’t happen as they decided not to stock the items i wanted to buy. If anyone knows of any primark stores or could possibly get me the Pixie Lott t shirt they sell I will be very grateful. I was also looking for a new pair of leopard print sunglasses as mine broke,oh and a satchel for my mac. Alas they weren’t big enough.

Despite not finding any of my purchases the rest of the day(and the Lola’s cupcake from Topshop made up for it.

After being kids in the Disney store and falling in love with all the cute toys in Hamleys(namely a yellow duck that quacked) we made our way to the apple store around 4. Good job we got there when we did as we just got a seat. Right at the back next to a guy with a massive camera lense(which half way through the Q&A the manager told him it was too big to use. Hence resulting in a bit of a heated discussion,whilst the Q&A was going on,I may add).

Even though the event was meant to be for an hour and turned into half an hour, it was an absolute pleasure to be in the same room as three of the most talented actors of our generation. Mark Ruffalo,Keira Knightley and James Corden.

Mark was just completely awesome! So laid back. Keira looked absolutely stunning in a long cream dress laughing and joking with the guys about filming and the fun they had. And James Corden is just James Corden,funny,relaxed and very grateful.

It was incredible to be in the same room as them,not once but twice that day as they also went to the screening of the film afterwards.

The full podcast will be avaliable on iTunes over the next few days if you wanted a listen.

After the Q&A we made our way round the back to the exit to see if there was any chance of meeting them. Unfortunately they left out a different way.

Around 6.15 I said goodbye to a couple of twitter friends(we were talking Once the musical and that could have gone on for a good few hours) and me and Sophie made our way to the tube to get to the hotel. This resulted in a huge queue before we even got into the platform so we ended up doing a fast walk down regents street to the hotel.

The hotel was incredible. So posh. I don’t get to do things like this very often,especially screenings in hotels so we both took it in while we could. Feeling if not a little out of place we made our way downstairs where we were shown into the small theatre. There were probably around 50 seats.

Arriving there at about 6.45 we thought the film started at 7 but turned out that it didn’t start until half 7 due to the cast having to do press.

After another Q&A the film began. There was a lot of jokes from the cast about Keira making an album as her voice was really good,despite her not thinking so. Needless to say if she did I would be first in line to buy it.

The film was absolutely perfect. Everything I wanted and more. The storyline was great,the songs catchy and it was just generally brilliant.

I’ll post a link to the review for the film blog I write for after it’s written. Needless to say we left London two happy girls and on a real high after a great day. Thankyou Soph for coming with me,glad you enjoyed it too.

A new day: another day in London

Thursday was also spent in London. This time with Tim. We usually go to the same places when we often see a show. This time however we broadened our London horizons and had a wander around Notting Hill. I’d only been once,last year where me and mum did I tour of all the film locations. This time,trying to find any of those turned into a bit of a disaster. Because most of it looks the same it’s quite difficult to find your way around.

We finally found the market,where we had a browse before getting some donuts from Tesco and going to sit in Regents Park.

It was nice to sit and relax in a peaceful environment before going back to the hustle and bustle of Central London and browsing the new Foyles on Charing Cross road.

Tim had to reluctantly drag me away from the prettiness of the Phoenix Theatre and away from Once into Foyles where we browsed and dreamed about all the books we wanted but couldn’t afford.

I usually take lots of photos in London but needless to say I only took the one. A tribute to birdsong and in particular of Simon Lloyd. Apologies for that by the way.

Needless to say I returned home yesterday happy,but absolutely knackered.

Thanks to Tim and Sophie
for the company.

This weekend will consist of drawing,writing a couple of reviews and reading.

Also the offer still stands for anyone who fancies a trip to Eastbourne for birdsong matinees next week. Let me know so I can book tickets. £9 each can’t go wrong.

What have you been up to over the past few days?

Emily ❤️

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