Last weekend Mr Moonstone and I set off for the capitol, theatre tickets in hand, to see Angela Lansbury (a living legend!!!!) in the latest production of Noel Coward's 'Blythe Spirit'. This has always been one of my favourite plays, I was introduced to this play while doing Drama at school way to many years ago to mention. It was a perfect day in the city, London really comes into it's own when the sun is shining, ideal for a bite of lunch before the matinee began.
We took a side street off Shaftesbury Avenue towards Soho and stumbled across this charming little tapas bar, result! You could help yourself to whatever took your fancy from the vast array of tapas on show and if that wasn't enough the choices were continually replenished tempting us to eat even more. After a tasty lunch and a couple of glasses of something chilled, it would have been rude not to, we set off to the theatre.
A photo opportunity not to be missed.
Dress Circle in the Gielgud Theatre, amazing seats!!!
We all settled in our seats ready for the performance to begin. I had to convince Mr Moonstone that there would be NO bedknobs, broomsticks or football playing jungle animals in this particular performance and despite this he still seemed happy to be there, theatre isn't normally his kind of thing but I really appreciate him coming with me. I will be more than happy to accompany him to a Moto GP race in return if he wants to take me, preferably somewhere hot!!!
What can I say about the performance except that it was AMAZING! The comic timing of Mr Coward's witty one liners was spot on, all the actors gave a great performance. A special mention to Patsy Ferran who played the part of Edith the maid, this was her professional stage debut and there was certainly no sign of any nerves. As for Angela Lansbury, what can I say, she was outstanding as Madame Arcati, an eccentic medium, a role she was born to play. The audience were completely mesmerised whenever she was on stage, her mystic trances a sight to behold, totally enthralling. I think it would be fair to say that I was not disappointed in any way. The play bought back happy memories and will remain a favourite of mine always.
When the curtain finally came down after a very well deserved standing ovation we set off to find a taxi back to our hotel, the Plaza on the River. Mr Moonstone spoilt us by upgrading our room to a suite overlooking the Thames with a balcony, a great place to enjoy a cuppa while enjoying the amazing view!!!
Time to do my nails before dinner
We had a table booked at the Skylon restaurant in the Royal Festival Hall where they do the most amazing cocktails. I had my usual Margarita while Mr Moonstone, having been inspired by Noel Coward, decided to try the Dry Martini, this turned out to be a lethal choice but he seemed to enjoy it. The food was amazing, I had possibly one of the best fillet steaks I've ever tasted while Mr Moonstone went for the fish. All this was helped along with a lovely bottle of Sancerre then back to the hotel for a nightcap. Sorry there's no photos to show you but this was private romantic time just for Mr Moonstone and myself!
We headed back to our suite feeling tired, well fed and a little tipsy, hence the attempt at the 'selfie' on the balcony. We couldn't work out why the phone wouldn't flash but Lisa (Topaz & May) explained to us the next day when we got home, the perfect example of why some people (especially us oldies) shouldn't be allowed near any technology after a few drinks. The trip to London was great, it was so lovely to spend some time with Mr Moonstone away from the hectic surroundings at home, the perfect day!
What would you love to do for your perfect day?
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