|Please excuse the ugly photo.... (I was only 17 here!)|
|Beautiful marble bathroom and bath that fills to your neck!!|
|Leicester Square is so colourful!|
Saturday was a busy, busy day. First we were to have lunch at the Savoy Grill!! This treat is from my mum - I told him he is lucky to have so many women fussing over him! Anyway, Savoy was SO grand and another crazy swish place, also with doormen in top hats, this time in black. We decided to dress up a bit since it was his birthday!
Savoy Grill food is SO YUM, and was a big treat to Tony since his favourite chef is Gordon Ramsay and it is owned by him! We tried lobster bisque, snails, ribeye and sirloin steak which were all delicious. The chef made a special birthday cake with three mousse chocolate layers, banana foam and kiwis - it was to die for! We were too full so we took the rest of the cake back with us. We tried to return home with it in it's box in my suitcase. Needless to say upon our return journey the box was smushed to smithereens and there was yummy cake all over my suitcase. Yay?
Also, the Savoy has people in the toilets that turn on the taps for you and hand you a warm hand towel when you are finished!! Don't get me wrong it was nice to be spoilt in such an unusual way but all I could think was "why is this necessary???".
We got back to the hotel to find the hotel staff had done some sneaky investigating and realised it was his birthday so left us with a surprise cake. MORE CAKE! How sweet of them huh? It was so delicious as well. The best thing about birthdays is definitely the abundance of cake!
We decided to try an open top bus tour of London and be real tourists. Pretty stupid though, paid £21 pounds each (this was reduced from £26!!!) to go on it and only after paying did I ask how long it took. Two and a half hours. Sitting through the whole thing would make us miss the evening entertainment. I was so frustrated. We sat on the bus for only 45 minutes in the end and got off at what must be the most amazing place on Earth. Hamleys!! Haha. Hamleys is soooo awesome! I felt like a little kid again as I ran about the store with a stupid gleeful smile plastered across my face. We played with so many things and got completely carried away until it was getting a bit too close to the time we needed to be at the theatre.
|Saw this on a shelf - made us laugh so hard!|
We made it to the hotel with only 5 mintues to get ready before we had to jump in a taxi!! It was mad, just conveniently at that moment everyone at the hotel seemed to want a taxi and we had to wait for 5 minutes to get one. It seemed like forever to me. We had the biggest trooper of a taxi driver, he obviously knew what time most of the West End shows started and was rushing and taking shortcuts to get us there in double time - without us even asking! Great guy, we made it with 15 minutes to spare and the cab charge came to over £15 but he didn't have £5 change to give us so he just let us pay £10. Nicest taxi driver in the UK? I think so. Infact, surprisingly to me, all of the taxi drivers I encountered in London were really nice and seemed to know London better than my local taxi drivers know this minute seaside town. I have quite a bit of respect for them after this weekend!
The Lion King was a brilliant musical and I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to visit London and go to the theatre. I'm so glad I've seen it too. It was on my...
List of "must-sees in the West End"
1. Blood Brothers
2. To Kill A Mockingbird
3. Beauty and the Beast
4. Billy Elliot
So I've seen the first two before in various theatres but I'd love to see them in the West End. I've also seen the ballet of Swan Lake which was completely stunning!
Sunday we returned home thoroughly exhausted but happy :) I think it was a pretty good birthday weekend. My birthday this year is going to have a lot to live up to!