Firstly I’d like to start this blog by apologising for my radio silence over the past couple of weeks. I have been so busy- more of a life update coming soon in another blog post. Anyway enough about that, you clicked this link because you want to learn about London shows. Or nosy about what I got up to over 4 days in the capital. So recently myself, my family and my boyfriend headed down to London on the train for a weekend jam packed full of west end shows and shopping to celebrate 3 of our birthdays.
We were so lucky because the weather was divine the whole time we were there- thank you heatwave! So today I thought I’d talk you through what we got up to and do mini reviews of the shows we saw.
Day 1 in London
So on the first day we headed down to London on the early train from Sheffield. We were there by mid morning so couldn’t immediately check in to our hotel, the Radisson Blu Edwardian which was located at Seven Dials ( a great location to stay by the way). So naturally we had to head out for a quick look around the nearby Neal’s Yard. This is one of the cutest, quirkiest places I’ve seen in London. It is so bright and colourful, and the home of one of my favourite natural brands, Neal’s Yard Remedies.
After a little wander, we checked in and headed out to see our first show of the day, School of Rock The Musical. Now I’d like to mention at this point that School of Rock is one of my fave films ever so I had very high expectations. I’m pleased to say it did not disappoint, the show included old and new songs so it’s very original. The cast were amazing and the kids playing in the band were unreal. If you would like to see a feel good show in London I’d highly recommend this as it’s one that will probably be enjoyed by the whole family.
After the show we had a small window to go get changed, have a quick stroll and grab some dinner before our second show. This one I was super excited about. Les Miserables. I have heard rave reviews from every single person who has seen this on stage. Having seen the film, I knew the story already so I think that helped. The songs were sung with so much power and I was literally awe struck. We were sat in the stalls which I think helped make me feel really engrossed in each scene. This is without doubt the most emotional show I’ve seen in London over the years so again, definitely worth a watch.
Day 2 in London
Day 2 was a bit different as our group of six split up. Myself and Josh headed off to meet our friends as we had tickets to see Liam Gallagher at Finsbury Park. However not before we grabbed breakfast. We didn’t really know where to go so we just sort of wandered around the Covent Garden area until we found something which looked nice. Lucky for us we found Grind. Which we realised after is very popular and quite well known.
This cafe, is an instagram dream. The white tiles, neon signs and greenery are the perfect setting to enjoy a cute breakfast for somebody who hates avocado. I was greedy and had 2 breakfasts, a smoothie bowl and Sourdough toast with jam. Both equally delicious and I was stuffed afterwards. Josh went for the breakfast burrito and tells me it was equally as nice.
So after thoroughly enjoying our breakfast, we hopped on the tube to Hyde Park to meet our friends and enjoy a few drinks before later heading over to Finsbury Park. Liam Gallagher was great. I can’t really say much more, I know he divides opinion but I thought his show was fab and it felt like singing Oasis as he sung so many old classics. I can now happily say I’ve seen both Gallagher brothers live!
Day 3 in London
Day 3 was a scorcher. We all reconvened for the weekend and headed to Garfunkels on Leicester Square for breakfast. I’m not an overly negative person but in all honesty it wasn’t the best and I probably wouldn’t go again which is a shame. We already had plans for an evening show that day but as I said the weather was actually too hot to walk about in. So in true bratty form we went to the Leicester Square ticket office to see if they had any last minute tickets for a matinee show. We walked away moments later clutching tickets for Kinky Boots.
I’ve never seen the film and all I knew of the story was it was based around a shoe factory so I was going in blind. This is the show which surprised me the most. It was hilarious, feel good and full of talent. It went too quickly because I was enjoying it so muc! If I had sum up the tale of drag and a family business in one word, it would be fabulous! I would 100% go see this again because it’s so enjoyable. I’m also pretty certain this show is touring soon so you might be able to catch it at a local theatre.
After the show we popped into a pub and enjoyed a posh fish finger sandwich and a couple of drinks before heading to our final show the weekend, Chicago. This is again, one of my fave films so I had high hopes. It’s a very different show because of the major dance element. If you’ve seen the film or the show you’ll know what I mean. Everything was so slick, the dancing, the outfits, the band. The staging is very clever so the band is always involved in the show which I thought was quite nice. I was basically just buzzing to see the Cell Block Tango performed live, so again another 10/10 performance.
We rounded off the evening with a meal at Vapiano, a European chain where you can have freshly made pizza or pasta cooked in front of you to order. A great choice if you’re with fussy eaters!
Day 4 in London
Day four was essentially spent shopping and have a last minute wander before we headed for the train. We ate breakfast at VQ in Bloomsbury, which was lovely and I enjoyed a nice fresh smoothie to start off the day.
Now might be a good time to mention a couple of my purchases, there weren’t many but there were a couple of new bits for my bedroom. Basically what happened is I went in Anthropologie and treated myself to a plant pot which I’ve been after for about a year (potentially the most boring sentence on this entire blog) and a new coaster. I’d also like to add that Anthropologie has a great plant feature walls- great for selfies FYI. I was so pleased with both of my purchases until I had to transport said plant pot on the tube and to the train station and then in a taxi from Sheffield train station to home- I was nervous it wouldn’t make it.
So there you have a round up of what we all got up to in London for a long weekend, and mini reviews of some shows. I just want to say a big thanks to my Mum and Dad for organising the trip for us all as a birthday treat!
Let me know in the comments what your favourite show is that you have ever seen! If you want to see what other things you could get up to in London, check out what I did when I went with my friend Sally!