Lifestyle // What I’ve been up to – August 2019

September 22, 2019

Is it just me or did August feel like it went on forEVER?!

Not that I’m complaining – the weather was scorching and I had a pretty action packed month with three trips to the theatre, two epic tourist days in London, a beautiful baby shower and a boozy boat trip with my favourite babes! So let’s go – here’s What I’ve Been Up To in August 2019


Tower of London

It was Andy’s birthday on the 1st August so to celebrate we took a couple of days off work and played tourist in London. Love a staycation!

We started off at the Tower of London as Andy had never been (but you can check out a previous visit of mine here) and had such a great day!

Its fairly pricey (£24.95 per adult) but definitely worth it, and I recommend booking online to save you 10%. If you’re coming by train you can often get 241 tickets too. Even better.

We had such a great morning wandering around and exploring and definitely recommend joining a Yeoman Warder tour. They’re free, give full details of the history of the Tower, lots of fun facts and are also really funny!

Witness for the Prosecution at the London County Hall

After the Tower of London we headed for lunch at Meat Liquor and a wander round Covent Garden, before heading down to Waterloo to see Witness for the Prosecution.

We went to see another Agatha Christie play – The Mousetrap – for my birthday (read my review here) and loved it, so were super keen to see another.

I will have a full post about it up soon, but we bloody loved it! It was set in the old London County Hall court rooms too – not only interesting to see, but the perfect setting for a court room drama! It’s well worth a watch if you can catch it before it ends in March 2020.

Day Trip to London Zoo

For our second tourist day we went to one our favourite spots in London – London Zoo! Yep we did go here for my birthday too…. we just love it!

We had a really lovely day and ended up staying until the early afternoon, catching lots of information sessions and talks that we don’t usually do, as well as finally going into the Butterfly House which was so lovely!

We also got a great view of new baby sloth Elio as she and mum Marilyn climbed right out above the walkway in the Rainforest exhibit – so special to see! We’ll definitely be back soon!

Sherlock Holmes and the Invisible Thing at the Rudolph Steiner Theatre

Another theatre trip! I managed to find last minute cheap tickets to see Sherlock Holmes and the Invisible Thing at the Rudolph Steiner Theatre so we had an unplanned but very enjoyable trip midway through the month.

We’re big whodunnit fans and this one actually left us a bit stumped trying to solve who / what was the invisible force that had murdered a man at a wealthy woman’s estate. I wasn’t totally sold on the ending but we really enjoyed the show overall and the acting was great.

It was also a great little venue, really small and intimate so I’ll definitely keep an eye out for what else comes on here.

Family Day Trip to Eltham Palace

My parents, Andy and I went for a day trip to Eltham Palace which despite being really near to their house, none of us had been to before.

We had such a lovely day wandering around the 1920s converted Palace which was owned by the Courtald family. Curly is a huge art and architecture fan and he loved seeing the authentic Art Deco fittings and furniture, as well as the medieval banquet hall. We also really enjoyed the gardens and grounds, with the mix of manicured flowers and wide open spaces.

It was a very special day and so important for me to have Andy spend time with my family, and particularly my dad as he’s not in the best health at the moment. I was also so proud of Curly for embracing using his wheelchair and not letting his mobility issues stop him from enjoying a great day out. Big smiles all round!

A Midsummer Nights Dream at The Bridge Theatre

Yes I went to the theatre three times in August! I definitely saved the best till last – A Midsummer Nights Dream at The Bridge Theatre was the best show I’ve ever seen! My mum and I got standing tickets for the immersive and creatively staged show and we absolutely loved it!

I’m a huge Shakespeare fan and have been lucky enough to see many productions of his fairy tale comedy, including one with Dawn French playing Bottom who was so funny they had to stop the performance as even the actors were in hysterics. The Bridge Theatre production featured Gwendoline Christie (from Game of Thrones) and Oliver Chris (of Green Wing fame) as Titania and Oberon who were amazing, and Hammed Animashaun as Bottom who totally stole the show.

The acting was incredible, and the staging was absolutely epic and so perfect for the fantasy, fairytale theme of the plot. There was aerial acrobatics, audience participation and the mother of all sex scenes played out to Beyonce’s On Top. It honestly was the best thing I’ve ever seen and I’m so gutted I wasn’t able to go and see it again before it finished his run. The Bridge Theatre is shaping up to be one of my favourite venues (check out my review of their production of Alys Always here) and Sue and I have vowed to get tickets to as many shows as we can here.

Girl’s Boozy Go Boat Trip

To celebrate my friend Niamh’s birthday a group of us hired a Go Boat and sailed up the Paddington Basin. We had such a fun time – having a boozy picnic as we motored up the river past the many house boats, London Zoo and some epic riverside mansions.

It looked set to rain so Niamh bought us all umbrella hats which I’d actually recommend anyway, as there’s some long tunnels on the route and they helped protect against gross mystery drips! Plus, they look COOL!

We finished the night dancing and drinking at Pergola in Paddington and it really was one of the best nights out I’ve had in ages! Love these girlies!

Completing the Couch-5k Challenge

As I blogged at the beginning of summer (and constant updates on Instagram (@emsypickle) you’ll know that I’ve been making my way through the couch-5k app. Well, I only bloody finished it!

Look at that sweaty but delighted face! I really enjoyed it and still can’t quite believe I managed to finish and that I can now run 30 mins without stopping! I’ve had a little break but am going to do the last couple weeks of the app again and then start the 5-10K challenge eek.

I’m going to write a post about my experience too, as a lot of people messaged me on Instagram after seeing my post on there asking about how I found it, any challenges I had, any tips I can give etc.

Faye’s Baby Shower

My best friend’s baby is due mid October so of course we had a lovely baby shower to celebrate!

She threw the party at her house and we had such a lovely day relaxing and chatting in her garden eating an incredible Ottolenghi inspired feast she made for us all. We played classic games, laughed at photos of Faye as a baby and shared an epic cake by Meringue Girls.

Can’t wait to meet you Nugget!

I’m finally caught up on my summer What I’ve Been Up To posts! Hurrah! Life has been a little bit tricky recently particularly with my dad being ill, and I’ve especially struggled juggling my time between everything.

As I said in my last post however, I’ve really enjoyed coming back to my blog and have been feeling very inspired with all the content I want to write.

Until next time…

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I’m Emma – or Emsypickle!


I live in Brixton in London. I eat out far too much, am always planning my next trip and have a borderline unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter.

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