The alarm went off at about 10.00am and for once I leaped out of bed to make a cup of tea (there is normally a battle as to whom is going to make the tea). We got dressed, Jezz packed his things and we headed up to Brighton station to catch our train at 11.27 am. We managed to get to the station in time to get a coffee and boarded our train headed for London Victoria.
We arrived at Victoria and battled through the solid mass of people trying to get down to the tube. After doing the “London shuffle” (teeny tiny steps, shuffled whilst surrounded by people) we boarded the tube to Green Park. Jezz has been doing some work recently up in London and wanted to show me where he had been so we went for a walk around St. James’ Square and then up to Piccadilly where the theatre was.
By this time we were starting to get hungry and rain had started so we darted into Bella Italia to grab a spot of lunch. This was a bit of a snap decision hurried by the impending downpour and we realised we picked probably the WORST Bella Italia out of at least 3 we saw within a 5 minute walk. The reason being that we were put on a table right up the back, with no windows and all the others restaurants we spotted were much bigger, with windows! Even funnier was after we had ordered our food, we realised that we had been to the Bella Italia in Crawley once before and had ordered EXACTLY what we had ordered this time, just the other way around. Haha!
After lunch we had a bit of time to kill so we went for a walk around to look for Leicester Square… we found Trafalgar Square… then realised we had had lunch at Leicester square, so in fact where we were already on Leicester Square when we started looking. #losttourist
By this time, it was heading towards 2.30 pm when the show was supposed to begin so we headed towards the Prince of Wales theatre. I haven’t been to a show in London in a very long time, so I don’t know if it is the standard but the staff were so great! They were friendly, approachable and made us feel very very welcome. The gentleman who served us at the bar was brilliant, very friendly. We had a jug of Pimms to start and order our interval drinks, a bottle of Prosecco. We had one glass of Pimms each before it was time to go in so took a glass in with us.
The show was fantastic. I knew I would enjoy it but I literally had the time of my life! My face hurt from smiling and laughing all the way through. The cast were brilliant. We had great seats second row from the stage. The show was one of the best things I have ever seen, Jezz and I have been talking about it ever since and singing all of the songs since. (However do not get Hassa Diga Ebowaii stuck in your head and sing at work). As we left the theatre there were a group of Mormons outside handing out genuine copies of The Book of Mormon! Does beg the question how many recruits they have got from the back of the show! It is great, seriously if you like South Park or if you have a non-sensitive sense of humour do go and see it. In fact I will come with you to see it again!
After the show, we were feeling a bit merry and decided to go to the Japan Centre, which is an awesome shop that sells all exciting, interesting Japanese things. It was all a bit too much at this point and I had gone a bit giddy so we decided to go and check into the hotel and chill out for a bit.
I had booked us into the Melia White House hotel which is just by Regents Park. The hotel was wonderful! I had emailed them prior to arrival to explain that it was Jezz’s 30th birthday to see if there was anything we could arrange as a little surprise for his arrival. They very kindly left us a bottle of cava and a cake with a special message on! This was a really lovely touch for when we arrived. We had a lovely cold glass of cava and a slice of cake. Showered and got ready for the evening.
The basic plan was to go and get dinner, but as we were in London Jezz thought we should do something a bit more exciting so we decided to go up The Shard (insert “take my boyfriend up the shard” joke here). We had a drink at the bar half way up to start, very expensive, very swanky, very busy. Then we went up to the top and had a good look round. The view was very cool, we spent a lot of time trying to figure out all the different landmarks and where on earth Victoria train station was… never found it.. kinda over there in that vague area *wave hand in general direction, nod like you know what you are talking about*
It was fairly late by the time we left and we were starting to get quite hungry so we headed towards Soho area to find some dinner. Jezz had been to a place before with a friend called Bodeans so we headed there. It is a BBQ restaurant and OMG so good. We had all of the different meats! Chicken, ribs, pulled pork, sausage and burnt ends. OMG the burnt ends were soooooooooooooo good. If you go be sure to try them! We were both clearly very hungry and polished off the lot!
After dinner we decided that we would both prefer to just get another bottle of cava in and head back to the hotel rather than going out to a bar or a club. (Getting old y’see?) So that is what we did, we listened to some music on YouTube, ended up listening to some weird country music and then decided it was probably bed time.
The next morning we woke, dressed and went down for breakfast which was a great buffet with all you could want, we filled up on bacon and eggs and checked out of the hotel.
We decided to head back to Oxford Street and have a wonder around the shops, we had a good look round the M&M Store and Hamleys, then stopped for a coffee. At this point our feet were complaining from all of the walking and it was getting close to our train home so we headed to Victoria where we had a beer, a pretzel and boarded the train back to Brighton.
We had the best weekend! I am really pleased that Jezz enjoyed his birthday surprise and we both had such a lovely time. A massive thank you to all at the Price of Wales Theatre/Book of Mormon and staff at The Melia White House Hotel for making the weekend so special!
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