Happily ever after? Not exactly. After the climax of season one saw the breaking of the curse that confined the denizens of fairy tale land to the New England town of Storybrooke, there remain a few loose ends. As season two of the US fantasy drama begins, the citizens of Storybrooke are after Regina’s blood. Not least Mr Gold (Robert Carlyle), who unleashes a ‘soul sucking wraith’ upon her as revenge for keeping his beloved imprisoned for so many years.
If you buy into the peculiar internal logic of this show, it just about holds together in spite of plenty of plot holes and some rotten performances. And it’s certainly never dull, with a land of fairy tales handily allowing for a near-inexhaustible supply of goodies and baddies. Mulan, Captain Hook and the Queen of Hearts (played by Barbara Hershey, no less) will be making appearances this year. Perhaps JK Rowling’s Harry Potter stories aren’t deemed sufficiently venerable for the soul suckers to be called what they so clearly are – Dementors.
Simmons Tower Bridge
A new branch in the City from Simmons - the popular mini-chain of cocktail bars. The Tower Bridge bar follows in the footsteps of its predecessors: think garish decor, (though not as neon as the Liverpool St bar), bright pink lighting and those epic five-hour happy hour sessions. Expect cocktails to come served in teapots, beers by the bottle and on tap, plus a decent wine list and a selection of shots in a variety of flavours: the jammy donut is a sweet mix of Chambord raspberry liqueur and Baileys, while the don is a blend of amaretto and Jack Daniel's.