Bubblegum, Brighton & Other Adventures

So it seems once again my life is running away with me!  I managed to disappear to the country for another couple of weeks, before I knew it I realised I hadn’t checked in again for ages! When I’m surrounded by fields and flowers and family, time just has no concept to me. So here I am, back in London and back to life as we know it…
I spent my time in the country scouring the vintage shops, socialising with our friends and eating glorious meals at our favourite restaurant The Stagg. One particularly memorable outing was to Ludlow, where we ate the most divine bubblegum ice cream, clearly along with time I had no concept of diet either!
Since I’ve been back there’s been a lot of the usual office catch up, as well as some exciting meetings, including talking over the upcoming Starlight Express worldwide tour. I had brunch with the gorgeous and talented Robin Cousins at Soho House where every mouthful was gulped down to make way for our non stop chatter, and also a top secret meeting at the R.U.G offices to confer with the Lord who is Andrew Lloyd-Webber himself.
Wednesday was an exciting start to the day, filming an interview for the new London Lifestyle TV channel up at the top of the Gherkin. The views were spectacular, and I could have happily stayed up there for hours. That evening however was a party to end all parties. The ITV Summer Party was in a beautiful and exquisitely decorated garden. There was food and nonstop champagne with guests so familiar as TV faces I thought I knew them all when actually I didn’t! The highlights for me were seeing Olivia Coleman from Broadchurch and Kevin Whately from the family favourite Lewis. I also chatted to old friends Ant and Dec, Holly Willoughby, Emma Bunton, Louie Spence, Ben Shepherd, Dermot O’Leary, Ross King (who had hot-footed from USA for the party), the surprisingly calm Keith Lemon, the sweetly adorable Matt Lucas and the beautifully kind Helen Fospero. Of course there were many more including the usual gangs from Essex and Chelsea, and it was wonderful to see everybody mingling and mixing. Sadly my phone decided to die on me as I was leaving the house so I couldn’t take any pictures, and I woke up the following morning with my head banging wondering if it was all a dream…
The weekend was a belated birthday treat from my Sister and her husband, who took myself and my partner to Brighton for the day on Saturday. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and I was in my element wandering through the Lanes. The vintage shops there are some of my favourites, and I made sure I really scoured them thoroughly! We ate at Riddle and Finns, which I have to say was just heavenly. The day was superb from start to finish, only marred by the time I got home feeling a little worse for wear due to getting a bit of sunstroke. Hence Sunday was spent in bed drinking lots of water and catching up on my stack of magazines by the bed.
Feeling much spritelier and continuing in the birthday spirit, we took my partner to Odette’s in Primrose Hill on Monday to celebrate his birthday, and I have to say the food was out of this world. Light and fresh, and incredibly good value, I would highly recommend it to anyone local or otherwise, and I can’t wait to go back soon.
One thing I did want to share with you all is that this year, I’m really excited to have been asked by Save the Children to be part of their fantastic dance event the Ultimate Danceathon, taking place this October. Last year’s event was a huge success and it was great to see over 9,000 people all over the UK dancing to raise money for such a great cause. There were so many different styles of dance involved – from professional clubs to groups of friends who juts get together and dance in their living rooms! It just goes to show how great dance is at bringing people together! What’s even more exciting is that this year anyone who raises over £300 with their event will be entered into a prize draw to have tea with me – I’m really looking forward to a lovely afternoon chatting all things dance! If you love dancing and think that you’ve got what it takes to host a five-hour dance event then why not sign up this year? It’s really easy to get involved, you just register online at www.savethechildren.org.uk/dance and then get everyone together to dance for five hours and raise sponsorship money to help vulnerable children. Save the Children will even send you an organisers pack with everything you need to organise an event. 
So it’s another busy week ahead, and I’ll be sure to check in next week without fail to tell you all about my adventures with dogs, The Apprentice runner up Lusia Zissman, and WAG the Musical…
Until next time…
Love Arlene x