Classy. Understated. Demure. Just some of the words furthest from the mind when watching ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Valentine’. The relentless torrent of bad decisions, mistakes and hugely flawed homespun wisdom feels as highly sensationalised as ever, but it does make for compulsive viewing.
Whether it’s the wedding dress that’s so heavy it makes the bride feel faint, the most terrifying stag do you’ve ever witnessed, someone not wearing goggles and opening their eyes on a sunbed, or simply the fact that girls marry at 16 after dating for a year, the barrage of misguided beliefs and foolish choices is staggering. Throwing up very few surprises, this latest standalone spin-off of the controversial series delivers voyeuristic eye-rolling entertainment throughout; although Valentine’s Day itself is only of tangential importance, at best.
Zer Café & Juice Bar
This Mediterranean inspired café-come-juice bar offers up a slice of healthy living, with some decent breakfast and lunch staples. About a ten-minute walk from Manor House tube station, Zer is a bright and airy space. There’re a few tables scattered outside to catch some rays and a menu that might convince you that you're in a warmer climate. Choose from savoury crepes or shakshuka (baked eggs with spicy sausages, feta and herbs) from the breakfast menu, or if you’re after something more substantial there’s risotto and moussaka available later in the day.
Venue says: “It's never too late in the day to savour our freshly-made full English breakfast, brunch and organic coffee.”