With a group of Americans across in the city we wanted to show them something a bit different, so what better place then to take them down to the Southbank for Udderbelly festival.

Udderbelly

We’d heard amazing things about A Simple Space, a group of young Australian acrobats who carry out some incredible stunts all in a wrestling ring size stage.

A Simple Space

We settled in with our jugs of Pimms, any excuse after a glimmer of sunshine and were prepared to be amazed. Unfortunately they are coming up to the end of their run but if you get the chance to go see them either next year or when they tour again do jump at the opportunity.

A Simple Space

The stunts they do consist of swinging the two girls as if they were skipping ropes and then flipping them over each others heads, it all has to be seen rather than described and you can find some of their videos online.

A Simple Space

Despite holding themselves in incredibly tough positions they do it with beaming smiles and clearly enjoy what they do immensely, can’t imagine the strains on their bodies!

A Simple Space

Even without A Simple Space, Udderbelly is more than worth paying a visit to, they have some great comedy acts, circus shows and just general relaxed drinking and eating in the garden. Their full listings can be found online here.

Udderbelly

Now the show didn’t go on quite as long as I expected which meant come 8.30pm we had some hungry people to feed and nowhere booked. After trying BFI down on the Southbank it was back to the drawing board. Luckily the wonderful Tramshed had room for all 16 of us so we jumped in cabs and headed on over.

Tramshed

Tramshed is the brainchild from Mark Hix and was opened in Shoreditch a few years ago with the very simple concept of either choosing steak or chicken. The building is pretty impressive in terms of its size and the main attraction of the huge Damian Hirst cow and chicken slap bang in the centre, entitled ‘Cock and Bull‘.

Cock and Bull

This is the second time I’ve been and wasn’t overly impressed the first time when it opened but I have to admit the food was actually really good this time and the atmosphere has clearly got better with age.

Tramshed

It was another good evening out on the town and great excuse to try some new things in London.

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