For my mother’s 50th birthday I had booked us, my sister and my gran tickets to see Les Miserables in London, one of our favourite musicals! Then dinner at Bubba Gump which we had been to before in San Francisco and loved. We went on Saturday the 24th of March and had an amazing, albeit exhausting, day.
We got up at six to get ready and left by eight. Whenever we travel to London we’ll drive and park in Richmond, as it’s a lot easier, and then get the train into the city. The show started at 2:30 so we had a quite few hours to kill. We stopped in Cafe Nero and ordered some hot chocolate before venturing out into the West End.
I’ve seen quite a few shows in London now but there are still so many that I want to see! The Cursed Child, The Book of Mormon and Matilda are the main ones I want to see next.
As busy as it was I love coming to London. I love the atmosphere, the shops, the weird and wonderful people. I wish we lived closer to the city to be able to visit more often. Unfortunately, we live in Somerset and that makes it such a long day. As I said before we left at 8 in the morning, which isn’t so bad, but we didn’t get back home until 1am, which actually turned out to be 2am with the clocks changing, so we were drained on Sunday.
We went into a few shops on Regent Street such as Jo Malone, Zara and Mappin and Webb. There were also some incredible cake shops with elaborate window displays that we admired.
Fun fact: the very first time I saw the show I was 17 years old. We bought a programme and on the front was the words ‘World’s Longest Running Musical.’ In a panic, I exclaimed ‘how long does this go on for?!’ which is now something my mum and sister like to tease me about quite a lot. I’ve now been lucky enough to see the show 3 times while my mum, sister and gran have seen it once. Needless to say, we were all very excited to be able to experience it again! I had even splashed out to make the day extra special with premium seats.
Waiting in the bar before the show.
The seats we had were amazing, we were so close to it all! Of course, the show was perfect, emotional and impactful. I loved every second of it! It’s one of those that I could see over and over again and never get tired of it. The actor playing Valjean had such a powerful voice it gave me goosebumps every time! The set was beautiful and clever with the middle of the stage rotating. I recognised the name of the actor playing Marius and discovered that he was actually born and raised in the town where I live which I thought was pretty cool!
At 6:30 we met up with estranged family members. I don’t remember the last time I saw or spoke to them. There was a big falling out with the older family members a few years ago and it all got very complicated and petty. Things are starting to thaw out a bit now and they came along to Bubba Gump to celebrate my mum’s birthday so that was nice.
As I said earlier my mum, sister and I had been to Bubba Gump in San Francisco in 2012 and loved it! It was a lot of fun and when they opened the London branch I went to it with my boyfriend.
The food was really tasty and filling and the service was fantastic! If you’re a fan of the film I would highly recommend going. The waiter quizzed us with several movie questions, all of which we got right, and were rewarded with enthusiastic high fives! There’s also a gift shop selling Forrest Gump memorabilia.
Overall it was a really fun day in London and definitely something I wish we could do more often. Everyone had a great time and it was good to see more of the family. Hopefully, we won’t leave it as long for our next trip.
I hope you enjoyed this long, rambly post! Have you seen any West End shows? Which would you want to see most?