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‘Secret Life of Humans’ at New Diorama – SEEN reviews

You always know when you’ve seen some excellent theatre – you keep thinking about it on the way home and the next day, and the day after that… SEEN certainly feels that way about ‘Secret Life of Humans’ currently on at the New Diorama Theatre. I am old enough to have seen the play’s subject …

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Hoxton Mini Press x London Coffee: SEEN Reviews

SEEN is a huge consumer of caffeine, but had not quite appreciated the history and variety of coffee in the world, let alone in London. This sumptuously produced book by Lani Kingston and published by Hoxton Mini Press Is a mine of technical info and gorgeous photos by David Post that induced a sudden craving …

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‘Five Senses Suite’ Experience at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

Here’s an amazing luxury experience for Christmas: with daylight hours dwindling and the winter blues setting in, the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane has launched London’s first Five Senses Suite. Working with a Behavioural Scientist and Psychologist, the renowned Art Deco hotel in Mayfair has introduced an array of items and experiences that have been …

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NYE at M Victoria: The Pleasures of the True Flesh

There is of course a multiplicity of events and places to be this New Year’s Eve but you might consider attending M Victoria this year. Not only are they one of only two licensed outlets for true Wagyu beef in London, but they will also be staging performances by spellbinding contortionist Pixi Le Knot, Princess of Burlesque, Kitty Bang Bang, and fire performer Aurora Galore, all hosted by emcee Benjamin Louche.

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Ajax at the Space: Ripples Spreading Outwards

It is astonishing to think that Sophocles’ famous play Ajax has as much relevance today as it did when it was first written and performed 2000 years ago. The terrible effects of war on mental health echo down the centuries in Esmond Productions’ gender-bending version, with women playing all the roles. Post-traumatic stress disorder wreaks …

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Le Petit Chef: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

While it’s true to say that many ‘novelty’ dining themes come and go in Shoreditch, Le Petit Chef promises something rather more substantial. SEEN first learned of it in July when it was seeking a new location in London. Joy of joys, hot off its success in Dubai, the diminutive French cook has found a …

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The Castle at the Space: SEEN Reviews

SEEN was not that familiar with the work of Howard Barker prior to seeing ‘The Castle’ but feels she must rectify that situation. A powerful piece on the nature of masculinity, war, gender roles and the essential unreliability of religious faith, ‘The Castle’ benefits from a powerhouse cast and a stripped-back set, making the most of the Space’s environment.