First of all thank you to everyone who has left messages on my last two posts. It's been so hectic I've not had a chance to leave individual replies but want you all to know they have all been read.
I haven't had time to comment on everyone's blogs either but rest assured they too have all been read.
We had any absolutely brilliant weekend in London. I had seen the show Mamma Mia once before in Manchester but it must be 10 years ago. It is my daughters favourite musical film and she knows all the script and the songs by heart, but she had never seen the stage show. When I asked her what she wanted to do for her 21st her immediate answer was to go to London to see Mamma Mia. I have to say it was just as good second time around and we sang our hearts out and thoroughly enjoyed it. I do think the stage production is better than the film and would definitely go again
It was strange as the weekend before we went the film was on the TV and every morning driving into work there was one of the tracks played on the radio.
Our second show was a more sombre one. I had wanted to see War Horse for a long time but never gotten round to it, life can get in the way of such things. We decided that if we spent two nights in London we could get to see War Horse too. To say we weren't disappointed is an under statement. It was absolutely magnificent and would say if you get the opportunity to see it then go. The puppets and the puppeteers are out of this world and within minutes of the show starting you forget that their are people inside operating them.
We spent a lot of the weekend around Covent Garden. It has to be said that this is my favourite place in London. I love the craft markets (no surprise there) in fact it was so crowded we didn't get to see all of it.
My best memories of growing up on the outskirts of London was coming into the capital to Covent Garden and all the street performers. It's great to see that they are still in around the Piazza.
I have no idea how this guy did this. I did wonder if it was an auto-matron that was being worked by someone in the crowd but my daughter assures me it was a human hand that was on her head and shook her hand. The rope walker was very entertaining and he included some of the children in the act and they earned rewards for helping. The best was a visit to the Crusting Pipe, they have classical performers throughout the day and we were lucky enough to see ZHL Ensemble who were fantastic. If I could work out how to get video's on here from my iPad I would show you but I'm not quite that advanced yet.
This coffee shop is on St. Martin's Lane and the staff were so nice nothing was too much trouble and their coffee if very nice. So if you're ever up in London and looking for a place to stop I would recommend them. We went twice in one day it was that good.
Part of her birthday treat was a meal a Jamie Oliver's Italian. I have to say the staff were lovely and nothing was too much trouble. The meal was excellent and I thought very reasonable on price. My daughter is not known to be a big eater but she cleared her plate and had room for a desert. We both liked the fact that there are windows into the kitchen and from our table we could see all the staff cooking. I would definitely go again.
This was my reward for a great birthday weekend from my daughter, from the Cath Kidston store. Just another little sheep to add to the collection.
So that's it no teens in my house for a while, just the pre-teen so I am going to make the most of the next year before number 3 hits the magic number 13.
It was an amazing weekend and one we will both remember.