As a surprise for my sister, Katie’s, 25th birthday, my mum and I arranged a trip to London to watch a matinee performance of Lion King the musical. My sister is SO hard to buy for but I genuinely think we smashed it with this present!
We got a Virgin train to London on the Saturday morning and obviously had to start the day right with a few cocktails on the train. We headed straight to Covent Garden for a wander around Covent Garden Market at all of the lush boutique stores and eateries. The vibe is always so busy around Covent Garden with its musicians playing, and weird and wonderful street entertainers – I still shiver thinking about watching the man swallow knives in front of thousands of people…
We grabbed lunch at Homeslice pizza. I’ve been wanting to go here for so long after seeing it on Instagram and it lived up to expectations. It’s tucked away on a small street in Neal’s Yard and it’s just so simple. You can get a single slice bigger than your head (and in comparison to my huge head, that’s saying something) or you can get a whole pizza that could just about feed the five thousand…
As expected, the theatre was completely full but when you book your tickets, I’d definitely recommend booking seats in the stalls because there is so much that goes on throughout the aisles that you don’t want to miss it!
It’s up there with one of my all-time favourite musicals because the music and singing is so incredible, you’re immediately covered in goose-bumps and the way that they portray the animals and scenery using the performers feels so realistic that you forget there are people controlling them! They genuinely make every aspect feel important, I’d never have grown-up dreaming of playing “grass” as my adult career, but after watching the show, I’d love to have “grass” on my CV! I’ve seen the show twice already, and I’d 100% go back and watch it again!
Learning from our previous mistakes from daytrips to London, we made sure we booked a table for dinner a few weeks in advance to avoid traipsing around restaurants and feeling like Mary and Joseph hearing “no room at the inn” on repeat (not sure where the biblical reference came from there, but it fits…). We booked a table at The Ivy Restaurant in Covent Garden and it feels so classy inside with its green and gold theme and posh waiters. We definitely didn’t feel posh enough to fit in, ha.
The cocktails and food were absolutely delicious, my mum and Katie said the fish cake was one of the best they’d ever eaten. To top it all off, we ended up getting all of our desserts for free because I found some crab shell in my linguine – I have never been so embarrassed when the staff couldn’t stop apologising…
I love having London only an hour’s train ride away, it makes it perfect for a girly day out! London is one of my favourite cities in the world and one of my life goals is to live there – basically to eat my way through all of the amazing restaurants and cafés…
“If you’re curious, London’s an amazing place” – David Bailey
What’s your favourite thing about London?
Homeslice, Neal’s Yard
The Lyceum Theatre
The Ivy Market Grill, Covent Garden