EAT | Ave Mario
Every meal to me is a ritual. It is not just about the food for me; I need every detail to be in coherence to have the ultimate dining experience, and Ave Mario the Covent Garden really has that. From the entrance all the way through and down to the toilets, it was an experience. There was not one place that was not photographable. The food was even better than the venue, with a vast Italian menu with every meal made fresh right in front of you. This place is perfect for showing someone a cool restaurant in London or wanting a funky date night where you know the food will not disappoint!
VISIT | Monopoly Life Size
If you haven’t been here, then you are severely missing out! The monopoly immersive experience really does bring this board game to life beyond anything you could ever expect. From the room literally being the giant board game down to the monopoly-themed cocktails at the end – you also get a free cocktail if you win! Everything about this experience was amazing; you are assigned a real-life board piece (I got the Scotty dog) that becomes your trusty friend in the game and helps guide you through the challenges; you are able to buy the property and sell if you wish to get more money and you can even collect rent. However, as amazing and immersive as it is, the cherry on top of the cake part is the real-life monopoly man at the end, which awards you your prize in front of the giant gold money vault.
WATCH | 50 Toughest Prisons
Most docuseries are made by documenters or presenters that do their research before and then go to be part of the experience. 50 toughest prisons has an element that I have not seen before; this series is presented by a man that spent 12 years in prison for a crime he did not commit and now wants to see what the worst ones are. From his experience, he has another level of understanding with prisoners and how to gain their trust that I have never seen before, giving a real insight. This series is a real eye-opener to prisons that do it right and ones that chose to do it wrong and are so heavily corrupt beyond repair.
DRINK | Porterhouse
The Porterhouse in Covent Garden never ceases to amaze me. I can only describe it as going through the Doctor Who Tardis. It is just so huge on the inside, with amazing decorations that are consistent throughout. My favourite bit, however, is the band set up behind the bar making the gig experience like no other, bringing people together! You can order a pint without having to miss any of the gigs and get a front-row view. Great beer, vibes and tunes!
VISIT | Eccleston Yard
Hidden away in the heart of Belgravia is an urban oasis of wellness, food and creativity. This space is constantly evolving and changing with installations, pop-ups and decorations; every visit will be different. There is, along with the always amazing restaurants and eateries, a communal area in the middle with benches and deck chairs perfect for a catch-up with friends or to create content. You will, without a doubt, see someone famous there, from influencers to celebrities – my best spot was David Beckham coming out of Morena with a takeaway berry smoothie!