Hi guys! I hope that you are all well and that you enjoyed my previous post on the highlights of my last trip to London. London is such a magical place that just one blog post in not enough to describe all the great things I did and saw when I was there so here is the second part of Monday’s post featuring the rest of the highlights on my list 🙂
This show was actually the reason we decided to visit London on my birthday weekend. I heard about it on Twitter and rushed to book the tickets as the combination of music, food, cocktails and disco DJ sounded like the perfect way to celebrate my birthday.
Beauty and the Feast, presented at The Waterloo Vaults art stage, was inspired by the famous love story of Beauty and the Beast. Only with a modern, sassy twist! Guests are invited into the Beast’s palace where the feast is served. There, we witness the story of the troubled relationship between Belle and the Beast. Along with Liquid Fairy Matchmaker, guests play a crucial part in breaking the spell, helping Belle see her prince beneath his not-so-charming looks and attitude and eventually….release the Beast!
The decoration of the room where the dinner was served was one of the highlights of the night with beautiful chandeliers and in every shape, colour and size hanging from the sealing.
The guests were sat in three long tables which served the idea of a feast and could be a good way to make new friends by passing around the food. In our case though, since it was just two of us and we were asked to sit opposite each other, it didn’t work quite as well as we couldn’t communicate unless we shouted at each other. There was even a point when we had to exchange texts!
The feast was delicious with the roasted pumpkin and the blue-cheese cake being the dinner’s highlights. The dessert on the other hand, which consisted of a ginger and chili jelly served in china tea cups which you then filled with ice cream of a questionable flavour (the girls next to us said it tasted like fags), was simply not edible for us. Or maybe our taste buds were not sophisticated enough to appreciate it?
The play was certainly different to what we were expecting and definitely panto although of an unusual, more daring kind. It was pleasant and kept the spirits high (or maybe it was the French-inspired cocktails!) but quite weak when it came to script and action. The actor who played Belle and the interactive nature of the show made up for it though.
After the show finished the party continued at the bar area with more drinking and loads of dancing. This was actually one of my favourite parts of the night as my partner and I spent hours dancing away to admittedly great music choices!
Are you looking for London’s best Red Velvet Cupcake? We found it at the Hummingbird Baker in Notting Hill! Located on Portobello Road, this bakery is famous for its American cupcakes and desserts. And not without reason as the cupcakes we tried were absolutely amazing!
Looking for a place to have lunch after our long walk around buzzing Oxford Street and Carnaby Street, we stumbled across this chic but cosy French restaurant. The atmosphere was warm and relaxing and the service attentive. I ordered the Salade de chèvre chaud (warm goats’ cheese, cereal toast, baby gem lettuce, mixed leaves, apple, grapes, walnuts, French dressing) which was delicious with an aromatic glass of Rosé de Syrah. Lovely place with great vibes!
One of my favourite places to visit when in London, Covent Garden looks even more beautiful with its Christmas decorations. Great area for shopping, food and people-watching as it’s always so busy!
Two of the things I loved the most from my last visit there was visiting Charlotte Tilbury’s flagship beauty boudoir as well as having drinks at the traditional White Lion pub.
Inspired by the boudoirs belonging to Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, this glamorous boutique is one of my favourite beauty stores!
The last time I was there, I had a play with the famous touchscreen Magic Mirror which scans your face and allows you to virtually try on each one of Charlotte’s famous 10 Makeup Looks. You can then email your photos with all the looks to yourself whilst the Magic Mirror also recommends which one suits you best! According to the Magic Mirror I am the “ultimate Ingenue” which is definitely a very good reason to buy the look, no?
As we were feeling very festive (and quite a bit cold!) seeing all the Christmas decorations at Covent Garden, we were looking for a place to enjoy some nice mulled wine.
The White Lion pub, located within a short distance from Covent Garden Tube, Long Acre and Floral Street, was the perfect place for it! The interior is of a traditional English pub with a warm, festive atmosphere. Its origins and history date back to Victorian times when the pub’s regulars were exclusively locals and market traders. These days though, the pub welcomed our little bunch of tourists with delicious, heart-warming mulled wine.
This was the end of our little London adventure! Which are your favourite spots in London?