This third series opener finds the Bradfordian illusionist in New York as Hurricane Sandy looms. Which prompts the thought that, if he’s so clever, shouldn’t Dynamo just shin up the Empire State Building and shoo the storm away in the general direction of Canada?
Because, whether it’s turning a basketball into an American football in front of the astonished eyes of a group of lads or making every phone in Times Square ring simultaneously, he seems to be able to manage most other impossibilities he sets his mind to. And crucially, unlike so many of his brethren, he’s not too much of a twat, either.
If there’s a fault, it’s that Dynamo’s trickery becomes so routinely bewildering that it’s hard not to get slightly jaded – perhaps some element of Derren Brown-ian demystification is in order. Still, impressive and by no means charmless either.
Kensington Palace Orangery
Though largely dominated by tourists, Kensington Palace Orangery retains all the grandeur you’d expect from a former royal, alfresco entertainment space. Imposing colonnades, vaulted ceilings and a spacious terrace make it a lovely place to stop for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. The latter is a relatively simple affair, with a fixed selection of sandwiches, scones and either tea (a good range) or coffee. The basic version costs £24; adding alcohol bumps it up to £30.50 for Pimm's or £34 for a glass of Laurent-Perrier NV champagne. Breakfast focuses mainly on standard pastries, cereal, and egg dishes including a full English for £11.95. Lunch options are more extensive, modern-style cooking with an admirable emphasis on buying British produce including London smoked salmon and the wonderful charcuterie from Trealy Farm. There are British beers and a short wine list for those thirsting for alcohol. Whatever you eat or drink, however, the whole experience is elevated unquestionably by the incredible backdrop.
Venue says: “Join us for afternoon tea from noon-5pm, starting at £26 per person.”