He’s been traumatised by a religious youth group that has left him feeling sex outside marriage is wrong; she thinks guys smell a bit weird – ‘a cross between aftershave and ham’. So the scene’s set for something that fans of the recent Helen Hunt film ‘The Sessions’ will be familiar with. In fact, Clive’s 68-year-old surrogate, Cheryl, is the real-life model for Hunt’s character in the film, and takes him in hand (ahem) with an assured gentleness that immediately begins to pay off. Rosie’s having a harder time with sweaty Gary, who she totally isn’t attracted to.
‘Will they pop their cherries?’ is of course the big question, but at least as fascinating and enjoyable is the way the film highlights differences between male and female sexuality, and the journey the pair take towards the hoped-for pay-off – you’re rooting for them all the way. Yolanda Zappaterra
Rotunda Bar & Restaurant
This King's Cross bar and restaurant has a cracking location when sunshine hits in summer. Sure, it's address says traffic-heavy York Way but Rotunda's real plus comes from its view out back, of the bobbing barges and boats of Regent's Canal. There's usually a cute little garden set up on the terrace, too. The food is focused on British produce, but with influence from across Europe. Expect dishes such as mushroom and truffle arancini, duck fritters with gin and juniper mayonnaise, Josper-grilled steaks and pan-fried sea bass with a saffron, mussel and langoustine risotto and sauce vierge. The drinks list includes seasonal cocktails, beers from Camden Town Brewery, Pressure Drop, Beavertown, Five Points and Brewdog, and a wine list with an old world slant.
Venue says: “King's Cross restaurant and bar serving meat from our own farm. The waterside terrace overlooking Regent's Canal is a great summer spot.”