Anniversary Break – London (Day 1)

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Bye-bye Kettering!

We headed for London today, as part of our Anniversary celebration (tomorrow). We’re in the capital for three days, taking in some shows and catching up with my brother and his family. Busy Busy!!! πŸ˜πŸ‘. So, it was all aboard the 9.48 out of Kettering made much easier by neighbour, Valerie, acting as our taxi (and she’s picking us up too, on Saturday!). Cheers, Valerie! πŸ‘πŸ˜˜

We had a trouble-free journey into St Pancras International, and then it was just a short Tube trip on the Circle Line to Tower Hill. The final part was on foot, with the famous Tower of London, to our right.

The Tower Hotel

Ugly!

The Tower Hotel isn’t much to look at from the outside, but its location was just how we like it – it came with a view of the Thames! Check-in was relatively simple, although, for a moment, we thought our request for early check-in had been ignored, promising our room “would be available by 2pm” (it was only 11.35!). As things turned out, it was our Receptionist exercising his discretionary sense of humour! πŸ€” How we laughed as we headed for Room 655!!! 😑😑

We’d also asked for a room with a view of Tower Bridge – and they didn’t disappoint!! πŸ‘πŸ‘

Just time for a quick sandwich and coffee before our next stop – the matinΓ©e performance of Moulin Rouge at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Moulin Rouge – Piccadilly Theatre

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If you liked the Film of the same name (we did), you’ll love this! It tells the story of a penniless Bohemian poet falling for a beautiful courtesan who’s under the thumb of a jealous Duke – think EastEnders, but with more colourful dresses and a French accent! Oh! and an elephant!! πŸ˜ƒ. Actually, probably best not to!! πŸ˜‰. We learned that the Show had been running for at least two years here in London. Judging by how full the performance was this afternoon, it was still pulling in the crowds. Although at Β£8.50 for two soft drinks, you’re probably best to go to a Pub beforehand!!

The story pretty much follows the Film, but with extra tunes to bring it more up-to-date with recent chart hits. The acting, singing and choreography were all outstanding, and we enjoyed every minute of it! The lighting wasn’t exactly subtle and really packed a punch from start to finish. Being set in a brothel (mostly) clothing wasn’t exactly a priority, but all the important parts were covered!

The Show is in two parts (separated by a thirty-minute interval). Part 1 runs for about 75 minutes, whilst Part 2, an hour.

Wow! What a performance! We won’t forget that one in a hurry! Time now for something to eat…

The Royals Indian

We’d booked a table for 6pm at an Indian Restaurant imaginatively titled ‘Royals Indian‘ tucked away in Covent Garden. (Yes, I know about the extra ‘s’ – looking around the restaurant, it seemed to vary! πŸ˜‰). We walked from the Theatre and arrived slightly ahead of 6pm. It wasn’t too busy and we were soon shown to our table.

The food was good and the service was swift – to be honest, by the time we arrived, we were starving and would have probably eaten anything! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹.

By the time we left, just before 6.45, it had turned a lot colder. In spite of that, we decided to WALK from Covent Garden back to the Tower Hotel, by way of Embankment and the Thames Path.

3.2 miles!

The route has certainly been improved since we last walked around this area. Back then, it wasn’t a complete route due to work being carried out on various commercial riverside buildings. Nowadays, it all seems ‘joined up’ and apart from a few minor diversions, it’s possible to walk with the Thames in view all the way! Perfect!

Some nice views along the way, especially the buildings and bridges that were lit up.

Embankment, Sea Containers House and Blackfriars Station.

The Globe, London Bridge and the ‘old’ Wharves area along Tooley Street (where Dad used to work).

Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

The Tower Hotel

We were pleased to be back at ‘basecamp’ where our feet were telling us that it had been quite a walk! We hadn’t done this for a good few years, and it had been very enjoyable, taking in the sights and sounds of the capital at night.

Tomorrow, it’s our Wedding Anniversary – and we have plans!
βœ… Royal Mail Museum
βœ… The Royal Mail Train
βœ… Abba Voyage

Nighty night! πŸ’€πŸ’€. See you tomorrow! πŸ˜ƒ

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