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Bonobo, Burlesque, Brilliance


Hello Party Princesses!

I’ve been a little quiet now and feel like I’ve neglected you all but I’m back with the tales of my travels and with a cracker of a party!

You may have seen my post about the Gate London – I went along, had a great time but forgot my camera and felt like a class idiot….top marks to me! WELL, I got an invite last week from the Party Planner at The Gate telling me about a Bonobos Charity Burlesque and Cabaret fundraiser and couldn’t really turn it down! Love a bit of burlesque and thankfully I took my camera this time.

Bonobos are often referred to as “the forgotten ape” but these beauts are so bloody cute! How can you not share a grin with this fella!

Burlesque nights are always an excuse to release my inner Ditta and glam up! Deep red shoes and lipstick – Check, blue leopard print waist nipping dress – Check!

Glancing over the line-up, it fair to say we were in for a treat! Burlesque dancers, exotic fan dancer’s country singers, belly dancers, retro singers and even a group of Cellists!

Niko - Party Planner for The Gate x

The pub was CHOCKA! Perhaps a little overfilled but everyone had got into the spirit and I actually ended up talking to some complete strangers and meeting lots a great people whilst being pressed against the bar!

The bar still had their “buy 2 glasses get the rest of the bottle free” promotion so of course I had to make the most of it….again!

Our first act of the night was the very funny and beautiful Ginger cupcake! She teased us with her cleaning come dancer show. Definitely gave us a few tips on how to remove our stockings and sexily remove the rubber gloves. Washing up will never be the same again!

Ginger Cupcake

In the words of Katy Perry – “Show me your Peacock” Here we have the exotic fan dancer who gave us a short but sweet show. I love her fans! 😉

Next up, a little Turkish delight (Sorry for the pun!) Belly dancing was oddly hypnotic; I wish I could twirl my hips like that.

The next act was by far my favourite of the night. The Massive Violins! A 5 piece Cello group. This is not your usual cello act though; you won’t find a Mozart number with these guys.

They rocked some classic pop songs from Queens, “bohemian rhapsody”, Jungle Books “Ape like you” and Johnny Cash classics but the surprise of the night was that 90’s school disco classic “Sex on the Beach”. My jaw hit the floor, it was incredible. Such a nice surprise and a massive round of applause! The singer – Camilla – blew the roof off The Gate, such a powerful voice for such a tiny girl!

Scores on the (royal) doors: 

Food and service:  Attentive staff so even though it was super busy you never had to wait more than few minutes
Atmosphere and decoration:  Giddy and very excitable
Facilities:  Spick and span. Could have done with more seats but we made do!
Talent Radar: From the young to the old, something for everyone!
Fun Factor: Over exposure to goodness!
Perfect for: EVERYTHING! I had the BEST time and hope there will be another one soon!
In 3 words: Bonobo, Burlesque, Brilliance

Visit the Bonobo website and The Gate’s Facebook for upcoming events


Cape Stockton Heath – Cackles in the Cape.



First things first, I would like to announce that Party Princess is expanding! You can now find my blogs on AllAbroadUK and Visityourlocal. Very exicting.

The nights have been getting darker, wetter, colder and overall down right depressing. It got  to the point last week where I declared “Enough is enough, I’m bored of the winter blues, I need some laughs and a glass wine”  A few hours later a very interesting email popped up in my inbox entitled “Comedy night at Cape Bar, Stockton Heath” 3 hours of comedy performed by 4 regulars from  Manchester premier comedy club The Frog and Bucket. Not only that but it was all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Can’t turn down an offer like that really can I?

Stockton Heath is a cute little town sat closely to Warrington (Nearest train station was Warrington Bank Quay). Very cosy bar, smaller than the other “Cape” bars I’ve been to in the past but had a great warm atmosphere to it. I can say with absolute certainty that the staff were some the of the most attentive, welcoming and fun loving group of people I have witnessed in a pub. The Manager – Mike is a lovely chap and his friendliness and humour really wears off on his staff. Three cheers to him.

Mike (Centre Right) and the gang

Katie Mulgrew - Ex teacher turned funny lass.

8pm rolled around and the comedy acts started arriving. The MC for the night was ex supply teacher Katie Mulgrew, described as “The fairy at the top of the tree” and set the mood and tone of the night. If her opening act was anything to go by, I was in for a great night!

Left to right - Mike, Will, Katie and Macmillan Sponsor

Next up we met Mike Newall and Will Duggan – Both shared their views on life, relationships and current events.

Finally, the cherry on the top was the fabulous Mickey D an Australian born comedian with a unique blend of satire and dark humour and shared his views on living in England and gave us all a lesson on how to deal with drunken hecklers. There always one crowd who think the comedian is there simply to perform to them and them alone.

The night was a huge success for Macmillan cancer support and was a great cure for my winter blues. Would really recommend anyone in the Warrington area to check out Cape and next time in Manchester I will popping into the Frog and bucket if the 4 acts were anything to go by and would return to Cape in a heart beat!

Scores on the (royal) doors:  

Food and service:  First class service
Atmosphere and decoration:  Giggly…teee heeee
Facilities:  great big pink mirrors!
Talent Radar:  Will Duggan wasn’t too bad! x
Fun Factor: 100%
Perfect for: Giggles, lots of laughs, large group parties.
In 3 words: Tears of Laughter.

Check out other reviews for Cape at Inapub, Onionring and Stockton Heath visitor centre

The Cape – Wood Street/Lovers Lane



I love a good pub quiz and I love music (most people say I have terrible music taste but, I say eclectic)  so when I was invited to a charity music quiz at Cape (Nr Bank, London) I thought it was the perfect opportunity to show off and flex my music brain. The quiz was
arranged by Crazy Cow Events to raise money for the Crazy Cow Kilimanjaro Climb. You’d have to be crazy, rather them than me!
The bar itself was lush! When we went in, it was only half empty and the atmosphere was already buzzing.  We sat on the ground floor, although the upstairs looked spacious.  Just as we started to get settled, look who turned up! Only the big cheese mr CEO himself, check out Mark with Helen our Central Reservation Manager!

Here is a picture of the Crazy Cow girls and Laura our London sales manager and general nutter! – They are lovely despite my camera trying to make everyone evil! Robyn on the left believes a pair of Roxy stiletto hiking boots will get her up there and Melanie is apparently….SCARED! Helen is apparently “Bricking it – but is very excited and chuffed about to eating loads” and Robyn, the crackpot who came up with the idea is also very excited.

Right to left: Laura, Melanie and Robyn


Our entry £5 ticket included food and considering how much food we got it was a total BARGIN! The roasted vegetable and cheese baguette slices and garlic mushrooms were so so so yummy. Although some people just couldn’t fit enough chips in their mouths. *cough cough – No names who!*


So once we fed and watered, the quiz began! The first round was “guess the song”, kicked assed with 16/20, the second round was picture round, third round was “guess the female singer”  – Once  again kicked ass. After the third round we were on 46/60 and feeling hopeful. That’s where it all went to pot though. Round 5 was general knowledge and round 6 was “guess the TV theme”. As 23yr old, it’s hardly likely I’m going to the theme tune to Taggart and Touch of Frost. I may be still sulking but I say it was unfair. Even after a few sneaky Google cheat answers, we ended on a TERRIBLE score, I’ve shamed myself. 😦

The winners of the quiz were team “Greeting pop pickers” who got a MASSIVE 76/100. They deserved a £50 bar tab for being that awesome i reckon.

Greeting Pop Pickers

The girls raised £950 which is absolutely amazing. Congratulations to them! For more information on the charity, the climb and to donate your pennies visit: http://www.justgiving.com/crazycowclimb

Next week I’m starting a 10 venue FRESHERS tour, I’m so excited to catch up with mates, party with the new generation fresher’s! BLOG-TASTIC! To follow my fun and frolics join me on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Party-Princess/211585152228557

Scores on the (royal) doors:  

Food and service:  DE-LISH! Nom nom. Staff were really friendly and upbeat,

Atmosphere and decoration:  Buzzing, great atmosphere.

Facilities:  Clean and sparkly!

Talent Radar:  Too busy being rubbish at the quiz to notice!!!

Fun Factor: Even though I pretty much sucked, still had a good time.

Perfect for: All-rounder actually. Would be perfect for pre-clubbing drinks,
drink date, business meeting place.

In 3 words: Trendy, Atmospheric, Foodie.

Don’t just take my word for it though! Check out other reviews at http://bit.ly/pj5JNp