From the Lion King to Corsets, my birthday weekend in London

birthday weekend

Last weekend I was on a train home, nursing a sore head, after an amazing weekend away to London. Being from the sticks of Somerset I usually find London overwhelming, but I had an amazing birthday treat from the other half (Paul).

Fri-yay!!!

Champagne in Vertigo 42

Champagne in Vertigo 42

After a long train journey and checking into our hotel there was no time to waste. We had reservations for Vertigo 42 Champagne Bar. As London’s highest Champagne bar I was really excited. We were lucky, there wasn’t a cloud in sight, the views were incredible and sharing a bottle staring out over the city was mesmerizing. After finishing off our bottle there was no time to dawdle we were off to the West End.

Lion King

The Lion King

The Lion King

I had made it no secret to Paul how much I’d always wanted to see the Lion King, and I was over the moon when I found out he’d got us tickets. The show was incredible, I forgot they were actors and fell in love with the animals. It was a fast paced show and amazingly staged, there was so much to see and there was never a dull moment! I spent the rest of the week singing I Just Can’t Wait to be King. If you haven’t seen the show before I honestly couldn’t recommend it enough.

The Lion King

The Lion King

Saturday Brunch

My fav bagels.

My fav bagels.

After an exhausting Friday I decided I wanted to take it easy and enjoy the sights, we were lucky with the weather so walked from our hotel, and stopped for brunch on the Kings Road, smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels are my favourite and I was determined to have them!

Undressed

Entrance to the Victoria and Albert Museum

Entrance to the Victoria and Albert Museum

We walked from the Kings Road up to the Victoria and Albert Museum, I recently read about the undressed exhibition so was excited to take a peek. It was a history of underwear, from whalebone corsets of the 1800’s, to couture underwear inspired dresses from Vivienne Westwood it was a very girlie afternoon. Paul bless him has to endure lots of women pointing at different bras and knickers on display.

Dinner at the Savoy

Entrance to the Savoy

Entrance to the Savoy

To finish our weekend in style we got dressed up and went for dinner in Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill in the Savoy. With its twenties art deco styled restaurant it was definitely a glamourous evening. Well that was until I spilt sauce down my dress! The food was incredible, from scallops with a beetroot risotto, to my fillet steak that melted in my  mouth and of course a chocolate torte to finish, I could barely move by the end of the night! After a few too many wines I waddled out with sauce down my dress and jumped on a night bus, from glamour to grotty in ten minutes.

Trying to hide my sauce covered dress.

Trying to hide my sauce covered dress.

Overall I felt truly spoilt and would recommend all of the above, even the night bus!

Emilie-Jane Xx

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