A night at Bunga Bunga, Covent Garden

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At the beginning of the summer holidays the Hubby and I got to have another stay in London so that we could go to Bunga Bunga. I have to admit that when I first heard that the place was called "Bunga Bunga" it made me think of some dodgy strip joint and I was unsure it was somewhere I'd want to go. The Hubby had been a few weeks previously and found out what it was, turns out it was an entertainment place and was something we'd enjoy. And that's why we arranged to go there together.
two cocktails in David Statue cups, low lighting




Where we stayed



A trip to London when we're going out means we need a stay overnight and after a little research we settled on Hub by Premier Inn at Kings Cross. Again the Hubby had stayed there before and said it was nice so we decided to stay there.

When we arrived in London the walk to the hotel was short and I realised it was close to the venue for the last Mumsnet Blogfest conference I attended. I must keep that in mind in future! The hotel was nice, checking in was quick thanks to the computerised system and although the room was small it was good. There was a handy lighting panel above the pillows on the bed so it would be easy to control the lights from in bed, the bed was comfortable and had storage underneath. 



Lighting panel in the Hub by Premier Inn, a pillow lit by orange light.




Speaking of the bed, it was quite high. At 5'5" my feet didn't touch the floor when I sat on the edge of the bed, I had to laugh. 


Feet, about a foot from the floor at Hub by Premier Inn
I am actually sitting on the bed, my feet are about a foot from the floor!




There was a hidden desk that could be pulled out if necessary, and the TV was capable of connecting to either your iPad or Android device. I was impressed.

hotel room at Hub by Premier Inn, towels and sheets folded on the bed, an art installation of the Thames on the wall.



TV on the wall at Hub by Premier Inn




You can see all around the room we stayed by checking out my video.








Our evening out 



Getting a night out at all when you're a parent is rare so being able to stay in London and have a proper night out was quite exciting. Despite the excitement though I thought we'd go out, have a meal and probably be back in the room by 10:30pm - that wasn't the case at all.

We walked to Bunga Bunga from our hotel, it was quite a walk but it was nice. We weren't in a hurry and it was lovely to walk together, hand in hand, and chat without having teens and tweens complaining about the walk. 

When we arrived at Bunga Bunga I have to say I wasn't that impressed, it just looked like a simple pizza place with scaffolding all around the outside. I certainly wasn't expecting an evening of entertainment and if it hadn't been for the Hubby going there previously I'd be a little disappointed by the look of it.



Scaffolding, bikes, and seating outside... I wasn't expecting much.



Inside Bunga Bunga looks nice, the bar is just inside and you can get cocktails almost immediately after walking in. The walls are decorated with Italian style decor and while I'd been disappointed by the outside my hopes rose a little when I saw the decor.



Inside Bunga Bunga, Covent Garden. A bar with people mingling. Italian art on the walls.



A candlestick with real candles sitting on a  bar.
These are real candles. 



A bar in Bunga Bunga, Covent Garden. Fake onions and garlic hang from the ceiling.



cocktails in small tumbler glasses with a dark cherry in the drink.
 Our first cocktails were Old Fashioned - a bourbon cocktail. 


After being shown through a meat locker (!) by an actor we headed downstairs where we were greeted by this statue...


Statue of David with a tap
Cue hysterical laughter...



I had to laugh and get a photo. We then checked our hoodies (free of charge) into the cloakroom and were shown to our table. It was a small table next to a pillar but there was also a very small stage nearby. A disco ball rotated reflecting lights all around the area, a David statue wearing a baseball cap was standing next to a larger stage covered by curtains. There were various statues all around.



downstairs in Bunga Bunga Covent Garden



inside Bunga Bunga Covent Garden Downstairs




The low lighting, the rotating disco ball, and the fact that I'd had a cocktail gave me a little tingle of excitement. 


Morgan Prince in Bunga Bunga Covent Garden




Then the entertainment started. A man came out and stood on the small stage, he was Italian (not really) and talked about the "boss". He was closely followed by his 'wife' who joined in the conversation about the "boss". Within a few minutes there was singing, the actors sang various songs from some of the best Broadway shows ever. 


entertainer at Bunga Bunga Covent Garden gets on the little stage


The group of entertainers take to the small stage in Bunga Bunga Covent Garden
The entertainers started out dressed as waiters, they soon changed though.



After a few minutes the actors left the stage and Hubby and I ordered another cocktail. We do love our cocktails but rarely get the chance to have any so we enjoyed having them.


cocktail in a glass tumbler garnished with mint and aniseed.


cocktail in a tall glass with a morichino cherry
Another bourbon cocktail for me, and it was so good!



Five minutes later the actors were back and introduced another singer, this lady was very good. She sang Gravity from Wicked and I smiled because I've been listening to the Idina Menzel version recently. I was so glad I was sat close to the stage because that meant I could get some good photos. Admittedly the lighting isn't great but with my iPhone 7 they were better than the Hubby's.


Singer on stage singing Gravity from Wicked
This lady sang Gravity - and it was great.



Husband and wife actors sing on stage


a younger couple sing to each other while standing on a stage




Cocktail number three came around quicker and we went for one in a funny cup. David's head held our drinks and they were really tasty!







Later into the evening Jesus (yes, the one from Jerusalem!) walked towards the larger stage and was joined by his disciples playing musical instruments. He sang more Broadway songs and chatted to the audience making jokes about things to take to Church and what not to say in Church.


An actor dressed as Jesus on stage with a band behind him.



The dark lighting meant I couldn't get a good photo of our food but it was tasty. For starter we had Italian meats with a cheese, I think it was called Burrata, with breadsticks and some sort of other bread. It was really good. For our mains the Hubby had pizza and I had beef ravioli, sometimes ravioli can be a bit "blah" but this time it was tasty. The beef inside the ravioli was rich and I didn't feel like it was just mush, it was actual pieces of beef. I really enjoyed it. For dessert we had a small panna cotta which was lovely.

When we'd finished eating the entertainment continued and the actors came out onto the small stage for their finale. They were all dressed in sparkly dresses, including the first guy, and put on a show. 


Singers standing on a small stage wearing a green sparkly dress.
I was lucky enough to snap this photo when the singer was looking straight at my camera! 




Finale at Bunga Bunga Covent Garden



After the actors had finished Jesus came back out onto the larger stage to continue with the musical entertainment and even started a karaoke, anyone could get up on stage, with a band performing the music, and sing their favourite tunes. 

It wasn't long before our little table was surrounded by people dancing and we quickly realised we'd have to move.


People dancing in a club
Shortly after this our table was completely surrounded to the point someone almost knocked over one of our drinks!



We stood dancing for a while but it was getting late and we decided we were tired. We left Bunga Bunga at 11pm and headed back to the hotel with full tummies. 

It was an amazing night and I'd definitely go back. If you get the chance to go to Bunga Bunga I would, it was fantastic. I enjoyed singing along with my favourite show tunes and hearing people perform them live.  I'm looking forward to being able to go back!

Have you ever visited Bunga Bunga?

Time to get back in shape

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During the school holidays it's always difficult to stay healthy, taking the boys out on activities or day trips means eating at restaurants or fast food places. It's frustrating when you're trying to lose weight but it can't be helped. On the other hand I could be helping myself with exercise, and have been meaning to for a long time.

The problem is motivation - it's so hard to get started. 

However, the longer I leave it the harder it becomes and I really do need to do something. 




  • To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise. 

Gene Tunney





The Hubby and the boys have been going out on their bikes and Hubby thought it would be a good idea for me to go on my bike too. We spent a little time pumping up the tyres and checking it over and then it was time to go out. It wasn't long before I realised why I hated my bike so much. The seat was so uncomfortable I felt like I'd got a bruise on my bottom within about 5 minutes. The handles rubbed on my hands so much my palms were red raw. Add to that the fact that I haven't been on a bike for a long time so my legs felt like they were dropping off after 10 minutes, it was a bit of a fail. There was no way I was going to stick to losing weight by going out on my bike. I just don't like it.

But what is the answer?

I remember a few years ago I enjoyed running. I would get up early every day and go out running. Now, I'm certainly not ready for running just yet but it's definitely something to think about. 






So the next time the boys and the Hubby went out on their bikes I decided to walk. Some of the way I tried running but I wasn't wearing the right bra so it hurt quite a lot. Next time I'll be putting on my sports bra, wearing my trainers, and making sure I get a bit of running in. 

As we have a pool I've been spending a little time swimming too. The last few days I've put in extra effort to exercise rather than just mess about in the water. My arms ache but at least I know I've done something, which is a good thing I guess. 




  • I think self-discipline is something, it's like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.

Daniel Goldstein






At more than 14 stones I know I need to work hard in order to lose weight and it would be easy to say I'll wait until the boys go back to school but instead I'm starting now. Walking, running (some of the time), and swimming will be my go-to exercise and I'm hoping that the weight will start to come off soon. 

Wish me luck. 

Post Comment Love 18th - 20th August

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It's time for Post Comment Love again and Stephanie and I are back and ready to read your brilliant posts. Link up your favourite or best from this week and we'll share and comment!

I am exhausted. We're just half way through these holidays and I'm ready for a break. It is so tiring trying to keep bored children happy and it involves a lot of activities. I feel like it's been non-stop although it really hasn't. We've done lots of activities locally like mini golf and cinema trips, we went to Venice last week and came back on Friday, and we've visited family. During the holidays I've taken  hundreds of photos, my phone is fast filling up because of them. I do love capturing our times together though, they're so special! There's no doubt there will posts coming soon - although I'm not sure when because time seems so limited!

It is Friday again and we're heading to London (yes, again!) next week. We're going at the end of the week though and staying for a few days. The boys are looking forward to sight-seeing and I'm sure we'll have a great time (with lots of photo taking). 

While I feel like these holidays are totally killing me I am still loving having lots of time with my boys. The summer is a time when I feel absolutely wiped out and in need of time alone but I miss my boys when they go back to school. 

There's still 3 weeks left of these holidays and there's plenty left to do! What have you been up to so far this summer?





Blogger Showcase Madi from Malicious Madi







Who are you?


My name is Madi, and I'm a 16 year old from Texas. I enjoy playing guitar and piano, and I aspire to either be in the Police force, or an author. Maybe both? I found a love for blogging recently, and I can't let go of it. 




How did you discover blogging?


I was on a weebly site my friend had made, and I got to thinking, "Hey, what if I started a blog?" It all started from that. It's not the best blog out there, but it's something 




Why did you start blogging?


I wanted to express my emotions and deep thoughts, but when I did on social media, I felt like I was asking for attention in a way, so I decided to create a weekly website to help me. On my blog I'm able to post my feelings, my photography, and my art. It makes me feel whole as a person, like I have a purpose, even though I don't get thousands of views, or even a few comments. I'm hoping one day I will though. 




What do you find most challenging


Getting the words on paper! I get inspired easily but its hard for me to get the words down and stay consistent and everything. Im getting better though! practice makes perfect!




What is your favorite topic to write about


Honestly, anything inspirational, or something to help people through a tough time. Then again, I like writing about rants, but I don't post those. It just really depends on my mood. 




Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals


Both! I enjoy the feeling that other people could be reading my post, but then my goal is to have somewhat of a fanbase, like a small one. Heck, I would be happy with a fanbase of 10 people. Even if people don't read and I don't have a fanbase, I'm happy.




Have you ever attended a blogging conference?


Nope! 




What are your best 3 posts?


Ambitious, determined, and Caring 




Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?


Honestly I'm both. In the morning Im a coffee and cake, and late night tea and biscuits, but if I had to choose, coffee and cake probably. Either way both are really good




What's your idea of a perfect night in?


hmm, probably playing some video games with my boyfriend and just relaxing and not having to worry about any school work due the next day. 




What would your best friend /OH/mum/kids say is my best quality.


I asked my best friend, and she said that I'm super protective over my friends, which is true.




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Connecting with the older generation - before it's too late

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How many times have you spoken to someone who was actually alive during the war? I have known the Hubby's Nan for many years now but I've only ever spoken to her about things that are going on now. She is 83 years old and lives in a care home, she can't get out and about on her own so we visit her occasionally. On our most recent visit we got the boys to ask her a few questions about when she was younger and I have to say it was an amazing conversation. The whole experience made me think that we should spend more time connecting with the older generation before it's too late.


At 83 years old the Hubby's Nan has lived for a long time, she's seen things come and go. She has had children and watched them grow and have children of their own. She has 9 great-grandchildren (at least!) and I'm sure it won't be long until she sees her great-great-grandchildren being born! 


Someone who has lived as long as our Nan has some wonderful stories to tell if only you get them talking. Ask them questions about what life was like. I mean, think about it... There was no TV! There was no internet, no technology. The best tech they had was the wireless. What on earth did they do for entertainment?!?






It's easy to find out. 
Ask.


That's just what we did on our recent visit and I could've sat and listened to her for hours. It all started with LP (8 years old) asking her what it was like living during the war. Well, as you can imagine, she got all excited and started talking about when she was a little girl. 


She told us about living in Stoke-on-Trent during the war and how there had been an unexploded bomb near her home. It was cordoned off with tape but that didn't stop her and her older brother going to investigate. Imagine the excitement of seeing an actual unexploded bomb, the anticipation of seeing something that was causing such havoc around them. She told us how they both crept behind the tape, hiding from guards, because they wanted to get a closer look at the bomb. They were amazed at how big it was, she made a ball shape with her hands in the air (think yoga ball!) and her eyes lit up. When they were spotted by the guard they ran home together and got into lots of trouble but she laughed and said it was worth it because they'd seen a real-life bomb.


Her bomb story led her neatly onto the topic of her uncle, a man who ran a business during the war. She had a black and white photo of him sitting on her set of drawers and pointed him out as she spoke about him. In the photo he stood in his army uniform astride a motorbike, he was smiling. He ran a business charging batteries for the wireless, which meant that his services were in demand. Nan told us how she would help him after school and late into the night. She laughed telling us "one night we helped him count money and he had £900! That was a lot of money back then!". Despite telling us her uncle had died in service during the war she was still able to smile and tell us he was a lovely man.







After that she started telling us about how the American soldiers would walk around the streets of Stoke-on-Trent handing out candy to the children. And how, one time, her and her best friend (who she is still best friends with today!) were chatting amongst themselves about one particular American soldier, who happened to have a lady on each arm, and he heard them and responded. They darted away, running home as fast as they could go! That really made me giggle because listening to her and seeing her smile was truly amazing. She was totally reliving it.




I'm sure she could've talked for hours about this stuff but unfortunately we had to leave, and to be honest I was sorry to go. I wanted to hear more of her stories, I wanted to talk to her about what it was like for her growing up.





  • Get a genuine glimpse into what life was like all those years ago.






Now that I've seen how much she enjoys talking about that stuff I'm encouraging my boys to ask her questions. Even if it requires a little research on our part I think it is totally worth it. We were able to connect with Nan, she smiled and laughed with us as she told us her stories, and I was touched by them. 


If you have a grandparent who you can talk to about the war I would encourage you to chat to them about what life was like for them.

They have a wonderful perspective.

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Nando's Spicy Prawns & Rice recipe

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There are few meals that can both fill your family and make everyone happy but with my Nando's Spicy Prawns and Rice I think I've done just that. And the best bit? It takes about 10 minutes!




What you'll need:



2 packs of cooked & peeled king prawns (usually about 250g)
2 packs of quick cook rice (think Uncle Bens microwavable rice)
1 pack of Nando's Peri-Peri Medium Rub (you can choose whichever you prefer, if you'd like a spicier meal choose the Hot, if you'd like it more mild go for the mild or lemon & lime)
1 tbsp olive oil




What to do:


In a frying pan heat the oil then add the prawns to the pan. Warm through.
Once warm sprinkle half the pack of Nando's rub onto the prawns and stir, coating all the prawns.







While the prawns are cooking heat up your rice.

Once the Nando's rub has dried slightly add the remainder of the pack and stir again.

Your rice should take a couple of minutes to cook and once it's ready tip it into the pan with the prawns and stir, coating the rice in the rub too.





Serve.






You can enjoy this meal on its own or with a side salad.

It will serve four people. When I cook it it feeds me, the Hubby and our boys. Sometimes we'll couple it with warmed tortillas or a heated baguette.

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