The Late, Late Show
Love to stay up past your bedtime? (naughty). Whether you're chilling in PJs or heading out on the town, here's 7 things to keep night owls up late in Plymouth.
Love to burn the midnight oil? You’re not alone. Apparently, a third of us get into our stride when the sun goes down. Staying up after everyone’s gone to bed means no-one asking for help with the homework or to find their sock, and the whole box of chocs all to yourself. And no-one ever called a lark wise now, did they?
Retail is also waking up to the fact that shutting up shop just as most people are finishing work is not the most sensible way to compete with internet shopping. Plymouth’s Drake Circus have just made every night a late night by sensibly extending their hours to 7pm (yay!). Muddy got in touch with Team Drakes who kindly let me hit the Mall in search of ways to keep us night owls entertained.
Cocktails ahoy! Plymouth’s got itself a Cosy Club and what a beauty it is. One of the new eateries at The Barcode, it stays up late on Fridays and Saturdays, serving burgers and tapas till 10 and booze till 1am, with Hendricks and Grey Goose on the drinks menu, Marlborough and Picpoul by the glass and short and long cocktails. (If you can bear to get out earlier, they also do Teatime Tipple of two cocktails for £9.95 between 4-8pm the early birds.)
I made mine a Blow a Raspberry at Collin, a delectable Chase GB gin with soda, lemon juice and a raspberry on top, served in a long cut-glass with a straw. Thats a pink lemonade chaser to its right for the designated driver, which was almost as tasty *it just needed bit of gin in it*.
2/ IMax out at the flicks
With 12 screens, including the only IMAX in Devon, and screenings every 15 minutes until 11pm, Cineworld at the new Barcode in Plymouth is seriously impressive. New and sparkly (it only opened last October) with great views from the in-house Starbucks out over the city to the marina. Lots of Muddy ticks for the reclining seats, excellent legroom and view and a huuuuge IMAX screen, plus you can take booze in with you. Their Baskin Robbins ice-cream has 31 flavours on the menu every month (including vegan, g-f and dairy free). If you’ve not yet tried 4DX, it’s like a rollercoaster ride for cinema with seats that move with the action, and 11 sensory effects including scent and strobe lighting, so you might get sprayed with water if there’s rain on screen or blasted with air if a bomb goes off. Mudlets will love it.
3/ Treat your tootsies
Dancing till dawn? The Ella Glitter Espadrilles (£45) have been out of stock since last autumn when the Duchess of Cambridge was clocked in them but you can nab a pair (if you’re quick) from Monsoon at Drake Circus. Not only do they look good on a night out, but you could wear with a floaty summer dress and they’re lightly padded, so comfy enough for when you’re on tootsies all day at work or a wedding. Love ’em.
4/Lounge about (looking gorgeous)
Sick of slumming it on the sofa in wintry socks and fleecy PJs of a night? God, yes. What I really, really want is crisp, fresh loungewear and balmy summer nights. I can’t help with the second but I can point you in the direction of this gorgeous silky satin playsuit from Boux Avenue (£40) with a cute black bow and polka dots. Spot on.
5/Read all about it
A late-night read has to be sufficiently gripping to keep you page-turning, but not so scary you won’t get any shut-eye, so I tapped Waterstones advisor, Mel Butler, for fiction that’s been keeping her up late. Here’s her four top picks:
The Five, Hallie Rubenhold £8.99, Black Swan): The well-trodden tale of Jack the Ripper, except rather than focussing on his grisly crimes, it tells the moving story of – and restores dignity to – five of the murdered women. Shockingly, at the time the sensationalist media presented the women as deserving their fate.
Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams (£8.99, Orion): If you loved Bridget Jones, you’ll adore Queenie, the life-affirming story of a 25-year old Jamaican British woman in London, working on a newspaper, hooking up with the wrong fellas after a break-up, battling self-esteem issues and dealing with a whole bundle of race and #metoo issues along the way.
My Sister the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite (£8.99, Atlantic Books): One for fans of Killing Eve, an unusual mix of slasher-thriller with a tale of sibling rivalry.
The Salt Path, Raynor Williams (£9.99, Penguin): The story of Raynor and husband Moth who decide to walk the South West coast path after his terminal diagnosis. An uplifting read for anyone longing to vicariously walk the 630-mile stretch of the West Country’s stunning cliffs and beaches.
6/ Face it, petal
Yep, Muddy loves a bathroom-pamper, especially when no-one is around banging on the door asking when dinner’s ready. If Lush to you means bath-bomb, take a fresh look at their face-masks. Handmade, free of nasties and full ingredients so fresh you have to keep ’em in the fridge, Rosy Cheeks (£9 for 75g) is a face-spa in a returnable pot (bring back 5 and you get one free), smells amazing – of real flowers, of course – not too drying on the skin and will leave you looking like you’ve been off the booze for a month.
7/Gin, without the hangover
Sixteen gins for under a tenner? Don’t mind if I do! Trust M&S to deliver a quality chocolate hit with their Gin Chocolate Collection (£6, 100g). Four flavours with yummy choc (not liquid liqueur) centres flavoured with damson, cucumber, pink gin and straight G&T. They had to be authorised at the till so if you eat them all, don’t blame me if you’re a bit fluffy in the morning.
Want the whole blimmin’ lot? (greedy) It’s all available at Drake Circus in Plymouth. Check out their new night owl-friendly opening hours, 7pm every day, except Thursday (even later till 8pm, yay) and Sunday until 5pm. Parking is available for £2 if you arrive after 5pm at both Drake Circus and The Barcode, or park overnight at Drake’s from 5pm until 10am the following day for just £5.