First time for me at this rather fab venue. I am a big fan of Squeeze and have been for many, many years and have seen them perform several times. However tonight they excelled themselves with an incredible performance of some rather good new material but more importantly with a catalogue of all the classics. They really are superb live and I had forgotten what incredible musicians they actually are. Their lyrics are always a great song-along but their talent made the full two hours that they played an absolute pleasure to experience. The venue is great with standing on ground floor level and seats and rear standing upstairs. We edged are way downstairs to near the front and never felt trapped or squashed. Heaven 17 were the support act and were great fun to listen too and watch as they seemed to be having a ball. In conclusion one of the best gig nights out I have ever had. Thank you Squeeze you were amazing.
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.