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    Lifestyle, Theatre, Travel

    How To: Find Cheap Theatre Tickets

    Cheap Theatre Tickets | Essential Twenty

    It’s been a long time since I went to the theatre, and after booking tickets to see The Book of Mormon for the fourth time the bug came right back. In May I went to see A Comedy About A Bank Robbery and An American In Paris, and next week I’m seeing Dreamgirls and Half A Sixpence. I just love the magic of live theatre and when you know the tricks of the trade, you can quite often get reasonably priced West End tickets and not spend a bomb. And I want to share my tips on how to get cheap theatre tickets with you! Spoiler: on the five shows I’ve mentioned I spent less than £100, so you’re looking at less than £20 per ticket which is a steal when you know which seats to book!
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    Lifestyle, Theatre, Travel

    The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Review

    A Comedy About A Bank Robbery | Essential Twenty

    A few weeks back I went to the theatre for the first time in AGES. It almost breaks my heart how long it’s been since I was sat in the stalls of a West End theatre! I’ve now set myself a goal to see at least one show a month. That can be West End, touring or even AmDram; I just want to immerse myself in the arts more! Give me musicals and plays, I don’t care. I just want live theatre in front of me! In May, I managed to pick up a fourth row seat to The Comedy About A Bank Robbery for £13 (see how in my previous theatre post) so it would’ve been rude not to!

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    Lifestyle, Travel

    Weekend Away Essentials | AD

    Weekend Away Essentials | Essential Twenty
    This post is sponsored by Clive Christian

    Last weekend was the first bank holiday of the year (I don’t count New Year’s Day as I’m still in Christmas mode then; aren’t we all?) and over the next month we have two more. This basically gives us an excuse to have long weekends away with our nearest and dearest, for which packing is a nightmare. But having spent various weekends away from home at Jack’s over the past 9 months or so, I’m pretty certain I’ve got my packing skills down. So today I’m chatting all about my weekend away essentials.

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    Blogmas, Travel, UK

    Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

    After yesterday’s post on my favourite things to do in London at Christmas, I thought I’d share one of the most iconic things to do in the city at this time of year over the last decade – Winter Wonderland.


    Jack had never been, and since we were in London, it seemed right to. We saved this part of our trip for the evening as despite knowing it would be busier in the dark, we’d be able to view the lights in all their glory. So we braved the 20 minute queue to get it (which was bizarre to me as every other time I’ve been I’ve just walked straight in) and I had a great time.

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    Blogmas, Day Out, Travel, UK

    Blogmas Day 11: Leeds Christmas Market

    You know when you go to write a post and the photos were taken so long ago that you forget how pants they are? This is one of those posts, so apologies (but when I was writing this post last night I couldn’t just hop on a train and retake because I have deadlines y’know).

    Day 11

    Way, way back in November, I went to my first, and so far only, Christmas Market of the year. And it was fab. My boyfriend and I decided to go on his birthday for a gander, and it was far better than I remember it being (last time I went was almost 2 years ago). I think it helped that I went when it was dark, as opposed to it being the middle of the afternoon.

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    America, Travel

    America: The Summary

    This post has been a long time coming for a few reasons:

    • I have been busy with uni, and this was a bit of a pain to work out
    • Seasonal blog post planning is in full swing and I had personal deadlines to get sorted (this is my only free post slot for about a month now)
    • I had so many thoughts on how to write this post – city by city, state by state, based on my shopping etc
    • I’ve had post-holiday blues but now it’s 5 weeks after the holiday ended, I think I’m over them
    • I’ve been waiting for my dad to send me his beautiful photos but he still hasn’t so I’ve given up on waiting (if he ever sends them to me, I may to do an extra post)

    I was planning on doing an America Haul, but it never came to light. However, I have mentioned many a product in other posts, and if you’d like me to do a separate post on my shopping thoughts in American stores, just let me know in the comment section below this post or on twitter. Also feel free to ask me about more specific holiday things because I’ll definitely answer them, this is literally a brief overview. I’m aware that there aren’t many photos with people in them, but as my family don’t know about this blog, I’m not sure I’m comfortable uploading photos of them (which is a shame because my family and my dad’s sister’s family took the cutest selfie).

    I’ve also included some links if you’d like to read further on some of the places I visited which you may not have heard of before.

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