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Saturday 2nd August – Day Off, London
For our final day in London we went out early to make the most of our time; Celeb spotting in Soho without even trying over a coffee… Peter Capaldi (Thick of It / Dr Who), a picnic in Soho Square, an hour in Bar Italia for apple juice and a catch up with KMT (The Penny Black Remedy), free chocolate at Choccy Woccy Doo Dah (mmmm) and a chat with Ann in My Art Invest (an art share idea from Paris – investments coming soon) before heading over to Whitechapel for dinner.

Last Day Triptich 1

Last Day Triptich 1


We had made a reservation at Café Spice Namastae which is the restaurant run by Cyrus Todiwala (The Spice Boys / Celebrity Masterchef) and was possibly the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten. We started with the homemade chutneys and popadoms (all excellent, but the crab apple was the most unusual) before our ‘real’ starters arrived, then the Thalis for main, all washed down with mocktails and lassi – it was a perfect 2 hours of chatting, eating and being looked after by the fantastic staff. We left feeling very luck to have experienced such original, freshly prepared food in a fantastic atmosphere on our last night in such an exciting city.
Last Day Triptich 2

Last Day Triptich 2

Sunday 3rd August – Travel Day (London – Edinburgh)
We had a lazy Sunday morning with coffees on Pitshanger Lane before the ritual of packing, un-packing and re-packing on a travel day. Then it was off to Euston Station for our traditional meal at Ed’s diner before leaving London once more. We’ve had a great time in London staying with the super-cool Joe McG (one time flatmate of Robert Plant / designer of Black Sabbath LP covers / daughter who works at Vogue etc etc). We’ve had so much freedom whilst being looked after at the same time; BBQs in the garden and limitless tea and wee-fee… we love staying at Ealing Towers and hope we can show Joe a good time in Edinburgh if he makes it up for a show or two during the Fringe.
The train journey home was painless – no delays or problems with luggage and we arrived as expected into the madness that is The Fringe Festival.
Home Sweet Home

We still have a few shows to play & a video to launch this month, but it feels like the bulk of this tour is done and dusted.

Paris was amazing!
Thanks to; TT – for the great apartment / Pierre, Juliette, Laetitia and all the staff at La Dame De Canton / Teresa, Chakal & all the staff at AbracadaBar / Vincent and all the staff at Au Chat Noir / Dave, Lea, Ben, Leatitia & Tom for being cool / Victor at Midnight Special Records / Popper Must (Be) for a great set at Au Chat Noir / Aubry at Madoro Music Management for being the nicest person we didn’t meet (you really helped loads and we’ll be forever grateful to you for being so cool and professional) and most of all our new best friends Chloé, Ben, Ablass, Dan, Charly, Damien and Robert from AsOne – by far the best band in Paris!
Extra thanks to Chaval for the fantastic pics and to Sithara Ieng for the amazing video of our show at AbracadaBar from his “j’ai filmé pour vous” series.

London was fantastic!
Thanks to; Joe for the run of Ealing Towers / Martin / Andy Docherty and all the staff at The Village Inn for letting us hijack your acoustic show / all the “open mic’ers” we met in Putney & Ealing / Barry & Ray / Lisa & Bob / Phil M / Muir V / Tinderdust / Grand Bassam / all the staff at Power Lunches (especially their amazing sound engineer) / Andunemir for filming the show at Power Lunches and to Tom, Charles, David & Ben (dressmaker) for all their support.

NEXT SHOW
Summer Tour 2014: Gig 9 Wednesday 6th August @ The Central Bar (Gateshead)

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Monday 21st July @ Day off in London
We headed out to the Greenwich Peninsula in the morning and took a trip on the Emirates Skyline – what an amazing view of the city. You get a little voice-over during the journey with the history of the area and some info about the new developments like The Crystal (Siemens eco building) and the forthcoming ‘Asian Dock’, which will welcome new businesses to the area for import & export trades.

View from the skylink

View from the skylink


We wandered round the area, which is also home to the O2 (ex Millennium Dome), which was a nice space, but without a concert or show on during the day it’s just filled with places to eat and drink. They have a great wall filled with old vinyl & CD sleeves, VHS & cassette tapes and old amps and TV’s where you can plug in headphones and listen to music.
Alexis at The O2

Alexis at The O2


In the afternoon we headed over to Shoreditch (one of our favourite areas in London) for some lunch and graffiti spotting. There is always loads of great street art in London & here is my favourite piece spotted on this trip so far.
Street art in London

Street art in London


After lunch we took a wander down to Hackney to check out the area and hand out some flyers before our show at the start of August at Power Lunches. It turns out Hackney is pretty cool too. We have friends that stay in the area but have never spent much time wandering the streets. We walked along Kingsland Road (which entertained me; the X-Factor boy band perhaps should have gone for a name that was more reflective of their style like Holland Park or Saville Row – but Kingsland Road now seems far too cool for them, even if this is where they stay). The area was pretty nice with cool cafés and shops.
Canal in Hackney

Canal in Hackney


We discovered a tattoo parlour, which had the most creepy dolls I’ve ever seen (I wish we had these for the ‘It’s Too Late Now’ video shoot last month).
Dolls

Dolls


In the evening we had a BBQ with our hosts. “A veggie at a BBQ” I hear you cry. Actually it was lovely! I had fresh corn-cobs, a lovely fresh salad & Joe’s famous Mediterranean Vegetable dish finished off with a large helping of banoffee pie.
Everyone else had burger and sausages from some fancy butchers, so everyone was well fed and loving the al fresco dining.
Carrie & Joe at Ealing Towers

Carrie & Joe at Ealing Towers

Tuesday 22nd July @ Travel to Paris
We’re super excited to be heading back to Paris and we both got up pretty early. After packing the bags (again) we walk into Ealing’s centre and grabbed some coffees whilst we discussed the sets for our upcoming shows.
There seems to have been a lot of last minute changes with this tour (in comparison to previous years), in particular, over the last few days we have been finalising the details for our show in Glasgow and thanks to the amazing attitude of Adam the drummer in Jen Stevens and the Hiccups and some help from The Academy of Music & Sound in Glasgow we should be ready to take the city by storm next month.
Sacre Noir at The Beresford Lounge

Ealing really is a lovely area of the city with loads of great places to eat & drink so we decided to grab a bite here before heading back to grab our bags & then off to Paris.

Alexis at St Pancras

Alexis at St Pancras


Arriving in Paris around after 9pm we went straight to our apartment (which is small but perfect for us) and then out to discover the area and eat more food. Italian for lunch in Ealing and Italian for supper in Paris

We are very excited to have arranged great shows in Paris with some fantastic bands. We have two shows with the amazing Trip-Hop/Rock band AsOne (our new favourite Paris band) and we will be joined by acoustic alt.folk acts Benares for our gig at AbracadaBar on the 25th and Popper Must (Be) at Au Chat Noir on the 26th.
For both these gigs I have been working with local band managers and promoters, which has made the process a lot easier. Not everyone I have been in contact with has been as capable, so I’d like to extend a special thank-you to Aubrey at (LABEL NAME) & Victor at Midnight Special Records for being so professional & helpful. You guys are amazing & we look forward to working with you more in the future.
We have already arranged some shows in Scotland for Midnight Special artist Michelle Blades & can’t wait to show them a good time in Edinburgh & Glasgow later in August.

NEXT SHOW
Summer Tour 2014: Gig 5 Thursday 24th July @ La Dame De Canton (Paris)
2 sets of electronica spanning both Sacre Noir LPs with some other gems thrown in for good measure and perhaps a little cover or two too.
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Saturday 27th July 2013
First stop after breakfast was Tower Bridge (we even saw it going up to let a boat through) then a nice walk along the South Bank. Had lunch by the Thames near HMS Belfast, then onwards to see the sights in that area, including The Golden Hynd (Sir Frances Drake’s boat) and The Globe (Shakespeare’s theatre).

Lunch in London

Lunch in London


In the afternoon we visited the Tate Modern, which was great – loads of artists and photographers we didn’t know as well as many we did (H. Moore, M. Rothko, F. Bacon etc). We really enjoyed the experimental Italian and Dutch pieces as well as some cool photographs taken in Japan & America.
Alexis & Rothko

Alexis & Rothko


We headed back to Ealing for tea and ate at a superb Pakistani street food café near Walpole Park called ‘The Green Mango Café’. Great service and even better food! The café had been damaged during the riots in 2011 but seems to be back to full strength now.

Sunday 28th July 2013 – Alexis’s Birthday
Got up early-ish; gifts, playtime with the London kitty, face-time with parents then out for the day. We headed straight for Soho and did a spot of shopping around Carnaby Street and had coffees at a small café called ‘apostrophe’. We checked out our lunch options in the area and decided to try out the ‘Wild Food Café’ at Neal’s Yard off Regent Street. This has to be some of the most amazingly tasty (yet healthy) food we’ve had on tour so far.
http://www.wildfoodcafe.com/
After lunch we wandered along to Hyde Park – I really wanted to check out Speakers’ Corner… wasn’t quite what I expected but interesting none the less. Wandered round the park for ages checking out all the sights; 7/7 memorial, Isis statue, The Serpentine and finally the Prince Albert memorial – possibly the most shiny thing in London. It really is a beautiful monument and faces the Royal Albert Hall which is also a pretty amazing!

A&C at Hyde Park London

A&C at Hyde Park London


On the way back to Ealing we stopped for coffees by the Queensway tube at ‘Espana’ – really good spot for people watching as it’s right next door to the Hilton.
Arriving back in Ealing we discovered yet another area of Walpole Park which was hosting the Ealing Jazz Festival and funfair.
Final act of the day was to watch the final episode of The Returned on TV – loved it!

Next gig: Monday 29th July @ The Dublin Castle, Camden, London