Resilience is a quality that is probably not as glamorous as bravery or magnetism, yet it’s the bedrock which supports many a successful endeavour. The bulldog spirit of our wartime leaders is well known but it’s when the doubts crept in that their true character shone through. London also celebrates the life and times of music legend, Tina Turner who in recovering from abuse and digging deep when everyone told her to quit, is a shining example for upcoming artists to follow.

Spun Candy – Spitalfields
Spun Candy- Spitalfields
With Easter coming up there’ll be plenty of demand for tasty treats and Spun Candy provide the perfect way to personalise any sugar coated present. Located in the trendy City Fringe district of Spitalfields, this workshop/candy store is manned by personable confectioners whose skills ensure that customers are only limited by their imagination.

However, this pocket-sized candy-making venue isn’t just for the kids. As well as creating bespoke sweets while you wait, Spun Candy can cater for weddings, corporate team-building events and parties of all sizes. They also make gift boxes and run workshops where they pass on their candy making expertise to kids aged from five to ninety-five.

https://www.spun-candy.com

Sigrid – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sigrid Shepherds Bush Empire
Based on the strength of the catchy single, “Don’t Kill My Vibe”, Sigrid is a new pop starlet who seems to have the necessary staying power to rise to the top. The Norwegian 21 year old was voted “Face of 2018” by the BBC and it’s easy to see why as her songs have that signature Nordic combination of sweetness and depth.

She’s already a Glastonbury veteran but fans will relish the chance of seeing her in the more intimate setting of the atmospheric Empire stage. Apart from her current pop grooves, Sigrid will be trying out new material together with some quirky covers as well as going back to her early Norwegian-based stuff.

https://www.academymusicgroup.com/o2shepherdsbushempire/events/1018234/sigrid-tickets

Churchill War Rooms – Imperial War Museum
Churchill War Rooms
With the name of Britain’s greatest hero on everybody’s lips, thanks to the successful Gary Oldman movie depiction, it may be time to dig deeper into the man behind the legend. As the name suggests, these recreated spaces are where Churchill did most of his strategising and planning. It was as far away from the immortal speeches and famous summit meetings as possible but it was necessary in order to keep crucial military plans safe.

The current hit film sees Churchill drawing inspiration from his people by way of a chance train journey. This may or may not have happened, but we can be sure that most of the major decisions that shaped history were made in a series of spartan rooms with just maps, phones and his thoughts for company.

https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/churchill-war-rooms

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical – Aldwych Theatre
Tina Turner Musical
Still the gold standard when it comes to high-octane stage presence, Tina Turner remains an inspiration to anyone who is ready to supplement their natural talent with hard work, resilience and sheer guts. Born in rural Tennessee, young Annie Mae Bullock was plucked from obscurity by a Svengali/husband who made her a star and then a slave.

Leaving the abuse behind, Tina resurrected her career from nothing and became an even bigger star in her own right. The story wouldn’t be the same without the songs and it might be awkward to find oneself enjoying the Ike & Tina years more than the 80s solo hits, but they are faithfully created with Tina’s blessing by a mega talented cast. Long live the Acid Queen!

https://tinathemusical.com

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