When University of Toronto alumna Rachel Mahon takes up the position of William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar at St Paul's Cathedral in London, U.K. for the 2014/15 academic year, she will be the first woman to hold any organist post at the Cathedral.
I have however noticed a growing appetite for 'quirky' dates. A raft of zany pursuits are now on offer for the adventurous romantic, anything from rock climbing to salsa dancing; walking tours, scenic cycle rides, even 'toilet dating' - the list is as long as it is baffling.
Like Spike Lee's aptly titled movie, 'Get on the Bus', I've decided to examine the random characters I always come across on my weekday commute home from making an honest buck. I say honest buck. I mean expenses only internship. (Just kidding London360, I love ya really).
It's not often that I get excited about a classical music concert. Too often they're staid and aloof. But it's all so different when James Rhodes is playing and this week sees him kicking off a packed schedule with a string of shows at Soho Theatre.
Last month I had the pleasure of visiting a restaurant I've wanted to try for quite a while - White Rabbit in London's Dalston. Situated off the high street down a quiet street with a plain grey front and small sign, you could easily miss White Rabbit.
I found that unlike at the Sanctuary where it's possible to pay for a day pass to enjoy the spa facilities, most of London's spas are accessible only when a treatment is purchased. The spas I visited were all in luxurious/boutique hotels that probably don't want to be overrun by noisy hen parties and the like.
Thursday brought a visit to another fair. I had missed the opening, on Wednesday, of the BADA fair in Chelsea. This fair is a quintessentially British fair and it has a distinct aura of country weekends and weddings in marquees.
It's Friday afternoon and I'm in the museum's entrance hall, about to begin a "Shoreditch's Saucy Side" archeological tour. I'm joined by seven others hoping for a fun and humorous exploration of erotica. But with Linda and her fellow tour guide, Jeanette, unable to utter any "naughty" words, we're not off to a promising start...
You think you've finally found the perfect place; you've dazzled them with your charm, wit and perfect blend of 'I'm serious and clean, but obviously totally easy-going and fun' and then, BANG, you get the news: 'Thank you very much for your interest in the room but we've decided to go with someone else'. Brutal.
Just when you thought that street food pop-ups, build-your-own-tasting-menus and fish cooked with nothing but lime and love was enough, that crazy culinary world has thrown another trend into the pot. The brainy dinner.
By the time Thursday evening, 3 April rolls around, you'll be glad that you prepared by getting yourself physically ready for what comes your way.
I see why House Dance can create curiosity - you hear house music on the radio and think, "that's way too fast, how on Earth would you dance to that?" And the answer is...with difficulty.
If you are reading this and your first thought is 'Who, and/or what, is Elliot Minor?' then you my friend, are yet to experience one of the most innovative rock bands to hit the twenty-first century with a bang since 2006.
With Spring on the horizon, a brand new piece of artwork is one of the best ways to breathe new life into home interiors. New to the art scene, Caiger Contemporary Art is showcasing the work of 14 exciting artists in an exhibition set to be full of the joys of Spring.
In London and fancy raising a glass (or 10) to St Paddy this Monday? Well grab a Guinness, a dodgy hat and a jig partner and get celebrating St Patrick's Day, the BarChick way...
It was the day I took my beloved road bike in for its fourth urgent health check in as many months that I felt it was time to make a decision I'd been avoiding for some time - I needed a better set of commuting wheels.