Weekend in London

Last Friday I took a day off work and flew to London to meet up with my boyfriend and some of his coworkers who were already there for a work trip. We stayed at Sanderson Hotel which I am a big fan of. The interior design is very eclectic with fun, different shaped chairs and hardwood floors. The elevator is psychedelicwith a 3-D display of outer space. Our room was romantic with an all-white bedding, a deep bathtub, and sheer white curtains covering the walls. It’s one of the nicest and chicest hotels I’ve stayed in.

After taking my luggage to the room, Kevin and I had afternoon tea, or “”Mad Hatter’s Tea”” I should say, in the hotel. The whole theme of the tea is based on Alice in Wonderland. There were so many little details in everything from the tea set to the actual food. It was an awesome experience just having tea there.Friday evening Kevin and I had a few drinks with his co-workers before heading to see a West End show. I love theaters, so before I left for London I did a little research on the best shows playing in London. Last time I was in London, I saw Les Miserables which I loved, so I wanted to see something else that wasn’t currently on Broadway in New York. Kevin and I were able to get tickets to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.Believe it or not, I didn’t actually read what the show was about before requesting tickets. All I knew was that it got good reviews, and it wasn’t on Broadway in NY yet. Little did I know that it was going to be a fairly intense play about Asperger’s Disease.

I also didn’t know that the show is based on the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by British author Mark Haddon. The play is shown through the lens of a 15-year-old boy, Christopher, with Aspergers. The audience sees how Christopher reacts to the world as he investigates who killed his neighbor’s dog. Luke Treadaway who plays Christopher does an amazing job. The stage was really cool too. It was set up like a graph paper and Christopher would interact with the stage by drawing on it with chalk. The stage is fitting to the boy’s disease because it is mathematical, and even though Christopher cannot understand things such as metaphors or he doesn’t like to be touched, he is very good at math. That is how he makes sense of the world. I’m really glad I got to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on West End in London and I’m sure it will be coming to Broadway in New York. Although it is intense, it is a great play and definitely worth seeing.

Kev and I were starving by the end of the show so we found an Indian restaurant not too far from the theater. I’m not sure if it was great because we were starving or because it was actually really good food, but either way, we devoured our meals.

On Saturday after sleeping in a little, Kevin and I headed to Fortnum and Mason for afternoon tea. Fortnum and Mason is a London department store that carries wine, tea, and food. We headed to the top floor where we were seated in a nice Tiffany blue room with matching china. Tea at Fortnum and Mason was more formal than tea in Sanderson Hotel, but it was equally as enjoyable. I had black tea with strawberry and it was so delicious that I had to buy a tin full to take back to the States.

After tea we walked to the London Eye to meet some of Kev’s co-workers. Last time we were in Paris it was overcast and a little chilly, so we didn’t ride the Eye, but it was a beautiful day out, and none of us had been on it before, so we took the opportunity. We were also smart about time and chose to pay a little more for the fast passes to get through the line quicker. Instead of waiting up to two hours we only waited thirty minutes.

Riding on the London Eye isn’t something I’d want to do every time I go to London, but it was definitely worth going on at least once. The view of the city from the observation wheel is pretty spectacular, especially on a nice, clear day.

After riding on the London eye we walked around a bit to see Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. When we were done sightseeing, Kevin and I met up with one of my friend’s at Vista at The Trafalgar for drinks. The view of the city from Vista is what we went there before, but unfortunately, the weather took a turn and got pretty cold, so we left. We went to another local bar for drinks. Apparently a drink favorite in the UK is Pimm’s Lemonade, so I had to try it out. It kind of tastes like Jagermeister actually.

It was nice to catch up with my friend, but after a few drinks, we were starving for dinner. We went to nice Chinese restaurant, Hakkasan, for dinner. There is actually a Hakkasan in New York but I have never been. Kevin and I both had the prix fixevegetarian menu and it was soooo good. In fact, it was so good that I plan on going to the Hakkasan in New York sometime soon.

On Sunday morning, my last morning in London, I woke up at a decent hour to do some shopping 🙂 I walked along Oxford Street and popped into a few stores, and of course it was only a few stores I needed to go into before I hit my shopping budget max. Once I had my shopping fill, Kevin and I went back to the hotel to enjoy the high tea experience with his co-workers. I literally drink two whole pots of tea myself in addition to scones, cucumber sandwiches and a bunch of other sweets before tapping out. We all decided we needed to walk some of it off before heading to the airport, so we went to a local bookstore and we also briefly checked out the National Gallery.

I was very sad to leave London, but I had such an amazing time and I cannot wait to go back. I also liked the location of the hotel we stayed in this time around, so I wouldn’t mind staying there again. Cheers!