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My weekend in pictures: Travesties, the design of Harry Potter and breakfast in Beeston

Hope you all had a fun weekend. This weekend I visited London with a friend to watch the Tom Stoppard play Travesties currently playing at the Apollo Theatre starring Tom Hollander. The play is set in Zurich in the First World War and looks at the lives of the influential figures who called it home at the time. The play is funny, poignant, thought provoking and silly – making for  a truly enjoyable show. All the cast are superb too.

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Whilst in London, we also went back to visit The House of MinaLima on Greek Street. Just around the corner from the Palace Theatre (Home of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), The House of MinaLima is an exhibition and shop of the graphic design from the Harry Potter films. The designers of the incredibly detailed elements which made the Wizarding World come to life are Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima. The shop is now staying open indefinitely and features some of the duos other design work as well as a new section dedicated to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

In addition to the amazing artefacts and reproductions on show, the building itself is magical with fairy lights, patterned walls and flooring and other little touches which bring the Harry Potter experience alive. If you’re in London and are a fan of Harry Potter, make sure you pay them a visit but be prepared to queue for a little while if you’re visiting on a weekend.

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On Sunday I met a friend for breakfast at Edwards Canteen Kitchen in Beeston which was really delicious. I had the vegetarian – falafel, halloumi, egg, mushrooms, tomato and bread. I’d recommend Edwards  – delicious food and a chilled out atmosphere.

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My weekend in pictures: Twenty20 and ambling around Nottingham 

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and enjoyed the sunshine. I had a lovely weekend staying close to home this time!

I went to the Twenty20 cricket at Trent Bridge on Friday night (I was supporting Derbyshire and Nial Nottinghamshire) which was great fun. Then on Saturday I had a cuppa at a new coffee shop on Beeston High Road (Greenhood Coffee House) and Nial tells me the coffee was out of this world. In the afternoon I had an amble around Nottingham with my friend Jess including visits to Page 45, Cobden Chambers, the Pudding Pantry (delicious raspberry gateau) and the new Pablo Bronstein and Chatsworth Treasures exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary before heading off to Normanton-on-Soar for a meal to celebrate my in-law’s anniversary. On Sunday I mostly sat on the sofa reading Batgirl and knitting but also popped to Rye on Beeston High Road for a cuppa with Kerry and a beer with Nial. It was a really lovely summer-y weekend.