Mutterings

A new fish shop has appeared on Ladbroke Grove next to the library – bottom of the Hill. George’s Fisheries is just what we all need after the famous fish shop on Notting hill Gate took a hike and transformed into an extension of a sandwich bar. The best thing about this fishy business is that you can get everything you need for a meal, reported a Pavlova reader. They have tomatoes, potatoes all the ingredients for the dish you are planning for your fish. On top of that olive oil and wine. Kedgeree. 02077279043

We love the Bush Theatre but the plays have not been not ticking the right boxes recently. Last night with great anticipation the Pavlova team took the best seats in the house to watch Straight directed by Richard Wilson. We fell off those seats when a willy and balls (the meat and the two veg) came through a letterbox on set, then sat with baited breath hoping it would make another appearance. It did and after that I am afraid it was downhill, resulting in quite a nice snooze just before the interval. The second half was fairly unremarkable with a very weak ending after such a monumental start. If you want to split your sides, then grab 40 winks and don’t mind the incessant use of the ‘F’ word (I wish they would use a broader range of swear words) then go. On to 22nd December. www.bushtheatre.co.uk

For the cheesiest, edam filled, stilton spectacular start to Christmas book to join in the Carols by Candlelight at The Royal Albert Hall. Through the fondu you can look around and wonder at the marvellous sight of 4000 people singing Hark the Herald Angels in such a gilt edged spot. Worth trying at least once. No dogs allowed. Lots of dates and a few tickets left. www.royalalberthall.com

St John’s Church on the very top of Notting Hill is holding a carols by candlelight on the 16th December at 6.30pm. You can also buy your Christmas Tree from St John’s and some of the money will go to the church. Regular worshippers can get a discount by quoting ‘St Johns’ when buying a fir. www.stjohnsnottinghill.com Amanda

W11 Opera’s production this year, performed by local 9 – 18 year olds, is Good Intentions and tells the story of a group of school children resisting temptation. It asks questions like if your heart’s desire were available right now, would you sign away your future? Tickets are still available. On 15th – 16th December, Riverside Studio’s, Crisp Road, Hammersmith www.riversidestudios.co.uk Mary-Lu

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