So no one was expecting happy families and innocent youth here – and, sure enough, you get two troubled teenage girls, one in a bid to lose her virginity on the eve of her mum’s wedding; the other facing a return to Sierra Leone for a ‘mystery’ procedure. Their bond – apparently deep and divine – isn’t entirely convincing on camera, and their conversation (intended to be loaded) seems more suited to an early-afternoon soap than a late-night hard-hitting drama.
The narrative arc, too, feels a little flabby for such a short piece of TV. Still, for all its flaws, it has a rough-around-the-edges charm (filmed at night and with plenty of gritty close ups) which hints at a promising career for new director Leanne Welham, and also demonstrates Crowe’s natural understanding for teenage angst.
You know those super-cute, uber-quirky interiors you’re always lusting after online? The ones full of pastels, pot plants, retro prints and mid-mod furniture? If the answer is ‘nope’ then you might want to stop reading, since Palm Vaults – which landed on the pedestrianised top end of Mare Street this summer – is totally committed to its eccentric look. From the enormous cheeseplants to the luscious pink and green icing on the cakes, the vintage marble-topped tables and exposed brick walls right down to the pink paper in the till, every tiny detail is geared towards aesthetic nirvana (2016 edition). For better or worse, it’s been called ‘London’s most Instagrammable café’. What’s surprising is that Palm Vaults is more than just a pretty face; it does the business when it comes to eating and drinking. When it first opened, this place didn’t serve much more than coffee, though we’re talking more than greasy-spoon cappuccinos – matcha frappés, avocado coffee and colourful rose, aqua and lavender lattes appear on the pegboard menu alongside five hot chocolates and nine loose-leaf teas. Ditching dairy? Then try soya, coconut, oat, almond and cashew alternatives to cow’s milk. That’s a whole lot of vegan coffee combinations. Now, Team PV have also added breakfast, lunch and brunch to the equation. They do avocado on toast, obviously, but again there’s a twist: chilli, seeds and (optional extra) bits of downright delicious vegan ‘bacon’ made out of coconut. The spinach dhal was a
Venue says: “Independent cafe and catering company.”