After ‘one of those days’, where both children intermittently winged, cried and threw tantrums and food, I got the most wonderful surprise off my wonderful husband.Ste asked me how my day had been, and I didn't have to respond. The naked baby covered in poo, pineapple hair and smeared makeup said it all.He handed me a card and said “I think you need your birthday present now”.I opened the card to find 2 tickets to ‘Les Miserables’. I couldn't believe it, I cried hot, exhausted tears and gave him the biggest hug possible. I then looked at the tickets again to discover that the date was August 11th London. I looked confused, when Ste said “pack a bag babe, we leave in the morning”.
The evening was a frantic blur of packing, fake tanning, outfit choosing and painting my nails.The next day my mum arrived at 9am to take the children off my hands. I hadn't even given a thought to being away from the children. It was probably a good job that He hadn't told me weeks in advance as I would have been anxious about being away from Noa, and not being able to breastfeed her. But as it turned out, sheer excitement took over.I headed to the station to meet Ste in Manchester, we grabbed a quick lunch then started our journey to London.
We dropped our bags at our lovely hotel (Park Grand Hotel, Kensington) then headed into town for a spot of shopping, where we both chose new outfits for the theatre.We raced back to the hotel to get ready, then found a lovely little Mezze restaurant next to the Queens theatre.
Les Miserable was incredible. I laughed, I cried, I felt the pain of the characters and that terrible era that they lived in. The acting and singing was unbelievable. It was a life changing experience. If you ever get the opportunity to see it at the Queens Theatre, take it, I promise you will love every second.
After the performance was finished, we decided to head back to kensington for some drinks. We hadn't done enough research really as we couldn't find any bars in walking distance. We ended up settling for a typical British pub with a one man band. the atmosphere was electic. A handful of women (young and old!) were close-eyed dancing around handbags with drinks in hand. The performer was awesome, singing Eddie Grant, Bob Marley, The killers, and many more legends. We ordered drinks ( I had a Blue WKD haha!) and we sang, joked and reminded like young lovers.
After the pub closed, we found a little piano bar where we drank and spoke deeply about life and how far we had come. Perfect night.
The next day we awoke at 8am (BEST LIE IN EVER!!) Headed for breakfast then went to explore Kensington gardens and Hyde Park. I was so taken a back by how beautiful Hyde park was, it was a lovely surprise. We hired Borris bikes, watched the horse guard parade and visited some of londons landmarks.
We headed to Harrods to get the girls a little present to take back with us (Bribery) then stopped for a spot of lunch before heading back for the train. It was a truly magical, romantic, well needed trip and I am so grateful for my wonderful, thoughtful husband.
Now, of course, it is back to reality with a bang (and 2 small children that hate us!!!)
My name is Tori , I am wife to Ste and a mum to my 2 little girls, Frankie Bella aged 3 and Noa Blossom aged 9 months. We have recently returned from an exciting 18 month adventure living in Texas USA and have now settled in a beautiful part of the Peak District. .