Pictures of Dorian Gray

I’ve never read Oscar Wilde’s only novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ always meant to, but somehow never quite got round to it. So when my friend invited to me see this new stage adaption of the novel I was intrigued. It’s sometimes easier to watch a play than read the book and anyway I knew the main gist of it. To avoid his beauty fading Dorian Grey sells his soul in order that a portrait painted of him ages rather than himself. The play was performed at the Jermyn St Theatre, I’d not been to this particularly theatre before, but it’s tiny and makes for a very intimate performance. The play only had 4 actors and a somewhat basic set. Certainly not the usual slick West End type production, that saying that it was well acted and I did enjoy it and it has definitely inspired me to finally read the novel.


Wiltons, Jermyn Street

This year for my Terrence Higgins Trust Supper Club I selected Wiltons on Jermyn Street as our restaurant. A very old school restaurant that serves classic British food. We were in their beautiful private dining room, such a stunning room. On arrival we had champagne ready chilled and waiting for us, the service was spot on.

I started with the foie gras served with chutney and toasted brioche. I love foie gras, I know some people have issues about the ethics of its production, but the flavour is wonderful and I only have it very infrequently. For my main course I had lovely venison with blackberries. it was cooked perfectly pink and was so tender almost melt in the mouth.Then for dessert I had a wonderful soufflé. I love a soufflé and it’s not the sort of dish you rustle up at home to often because of its temperamental nature. This was delicious and perfectly risen.

The venue for this years after party was the Cuckoo Club, just between Piccadilly and Regent Street. I’d not been to this venue before but I really liked it. It’s split over two floors and this worked really well for the after party as there was one room which was focused on dancing and then a quieter room which you could socialise in. At the after party we met the lovely Jody Whittaker who has recently taken over as the new Doctor Who. She was utterly charming and I got a photo of her with some of my friends.