So tonight I had the great privilege of seeing Les Misérables in concert which is being staged at The Gielgud Theatre while the show’s home theatre is having a revamp to make the show even more amazing. If you’ve read my previous post about my last trip to Les Mis you will already know that I am a fan. I can honestly say I am a bit lost for words to describe how incredible my evening has just been. We had booked on a day that we knew we would be seeing Michael Ball and Matt Lucas but Alfie Boe was not scheduled to perform. However as the cast took to the stage the man himself stood amongst them!!! The whole cast were superb but to witness Alfie and Michael perform Jean Valjean and Javert was mind blowing. An evening of pure joy. This concert was also so well staged that it lost none of its dramatic effect and if anything only managed to emphasis the genius of the music and lyrics. Just WOW!
Opposite Portland Place Tube and down some stairs, is a small club named 229 The Venue. Hosting ‘Bowie Starman’ a celebration of the legionary Man himself, the evening was a perfect excuse to sing and dance along to David Bowie favourites with like minded fans. The musicians did a decent job and except for a handful of men who stood at the front and didn’t move or even mime, everyone else seemed to be having a lovely time. The wine from the bar wasn’t the best but it did the job. A fun night out.
Celeste is a One Michelin Star restaurant at The Lanesborough Hotel on Hyde Park Corner. From the moment the doorman welcomed us in to this beautiful hotel, we were whisked away into another world of elegance and class. Every member of staff greeted us with a smile and they were all exceptionally attentive but not in an annoying way! The restaurant’s decor is grand and stunning with chandeliers Del Boy should stay well away from! The whole room is immaculate. We were seated side-by-side on a sofa at our table which seemed a little bit weird at first but it was so comfortable and it meant that when you weren’t eating you could sit back and really relax. It was actually an inspired idea. A glass of bubbly to start and then the most delicious three course meal I have ever tasted. I chose Gnocchi for my main course which I love, but as a meat eater, choosing a vegetarian dish is a rarity. Oh my goodness (it was too posh to use an acronym) I didn’t want the Gnocchi to ever end!!! It was accompanied by a watermelon, pine nut and feta salad which was also divine. My starter was a perfectly cooked scotch egg and my pretty pudding was a delicate pear with ginger delight. All the food was served at the perfect temperature, either warm and mouth watering or cool and palate cleansing. I always judge a good establishment by whether they re-fold your serviette when you go to the loo ✅ and if the hand towels in the loos are small, individual and fabric ✅ which is a bit sad I know but these little attentions to detail make me smile 😉 😊. The Lanesborough also gets an extra ✅ for the handbag hook situated next to the toilet roll holder! How many women have sat on the loo and realised they need something from their bag only to realise its hanging out of reach on the back of the door. Toilet roll, hook, handbag…perfect!
This is a top notch 5 star hotel that really knows how to excel but it does so with a welcoming relaxed friendly manner than puts you at ease and ensures that you have an amazing time. Definitely my favourite bookatable visit so far (£39 per head, three courses and a glass of bubbly) and one we will return too without a doubt. Superb.
I thoroughly enjoyed this school boy to drag act musical! Fantastic cast of talented singers and dancers with Layton Williams stealing the show as Jamie aka Meme Me! What I love about this show is the opportunity it creates to showcase the young people on the stage for their phenomenal talent with each one holding their own alongside the older more experienced cast members. The original music is so well written you feel that you must have heard it before even when you haven’t. Beautifully choreographed dance sequences complete the picture. And on the hottest day of the year the theatre’s air conditioning was heaven!
On our way to the theatre on the hottest day of 2019, in a very busy Soho, we popped into this little pub for a cold pint of cider or two. Tiny pub serving good quality beer with empty seats and air conditioning! Where was everyone? That’s one of the things I love about London, if you walk a little way from the busy main streets you can always find an old London pub that welcomes you in and where you can find a seat. Worth a pop to the toilets too as for this you descend beautifully restored original Victorian old stone steps to the cellar that must have felt many an interesting footstep over the years! Good little find.