The last few years have proved an interesting time for the world of retail, and perhaps no one has had quite an interesting few years as LUSH.
The purveyors of all things fabulous and fragrant may have shut down their presence and activites on the major social networks but they seem to be going from strength to strength. How excited we were then, to be invited down and experience the first of many events in their flagship Church Street store, namely the Wonderland Drag Brunch.
Upon arrival we were shown to the event space up on the third floor of the store, nestled away above the spa, you would never have known it was here. As we stepped out of the lift and into the space, we were met with the most dazzling room, transformed into a real Wonderland straight from Lewis Carrol’s world of Alice.
The immersive decor provided not only the perfect photo opportunities for the Instagram conscious amongst us but also proved to be engaging for the younger guests in the audience. The event was billed as family-friendly, and the hosts pulled off making everyone feel welcome so effortlessly, I wouldn’t think twice about returning with younger members of the family.
Food served on the day was a delectable vegan afternoon tea with plenty of sandwiches, sweets, treats and fruit to tuck into, whilst enjoying the show. The scone that came at the end deserves a special mention, it was a real delight, and my wingwoman didn’t even realise it was vegan from the taste and texture! The show itself was an enthralling cabaret of live music, lip-syncing and games for everyone to get involved with, after all who doesn’t love a round of Higher or Lower?
The Queens hosting, Filla Crack and Pretentious Dross, had clearly put so much thought into the day, and there was not a single moment during our time there that attention and minds wained. This isn’t a rehashed Cumberland Street cabaret, this is West End level vocals and stage presence from the queens, and it shone through.
Just when we thought the day couldn’t get any better, it was all hands-on at the end as we got to make our very own Lush bath bomb to take home, which certainly came in handy the next day easing the head after working our way through several glasses of local, organic and vegan, Think prosecco during the show.
Review by Sean Weaver