London | March ’19

I love train travel. And I promise that’s not influenced by my recent ‘Big Bang Theory’ Netflix binge, but I’m pretty certain that it’s my favourite way to get around. Plus, I quite like the idea of being on a continent where you can literally get on a train and end up in another country. *Spoiler alert*, you can’t do that in New Zealand 😉

We popped down from snowy Glasgow to London for a quick trip to visit some of our favourites, the Simply Together Family. Of course, seeing as we were in London, we could not pass up going to see a few shows! Unfortunately we forgot an SD card for the camera (anyone seeing a common theme here?) so there aren’t that many photos to share – sorry about that!

On Thursday evening, Hubby and I had our first proper ‘date night’ in a while. We went to Jamie’s Italian for dinner and then went across the lane to the Piccadilly Theatre to see ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’.

This show is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It is finishing up in the Westend on 27th April, so if you’re around make sure you make time to see it. Hubby chose seats up in the Grand Circle which was definitely the best choice as you get to see so many of the brilliant lighting and special effects. If you don’t know much about the show – I don’t want to spoil anything – here’s the blurb from their website: “Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.”

The way that the story is told through so much physical theatre is magical (and that wasn’t the bottle and a half of wine talking #datenight). Much of the movement is almost dance-like, which, matched with the lighting and sound effects, pulls you into the trance like state that Christopher often himself finds himself in.

Look at that stage. This is a show that I definitely want to see again.

Friday saw us flexing our Fairy Guide Parent skills (noodles go in hair, not in the mouth, right?). We found PROPER coffee, explored the V&A Museum and met our friends in the Science Museum where we spent a couple of hours pointing at things, running, dancing and pressing all of the red buttons.

Following the museums, we made our way to a Waggamama for lunch (thank you Wagga for catering for all of us food weirdos!) before braving the underground with a stroller and heading to Oxford Street to explore the Disney Store and Lush (so many Mickeys and so much glitter!).

After saying a long “see ya real soon” to the Simply Together tribe, we made our way to the Prince Edward Theatre to see Disney’s Aladdin the Musical!

Hubby had seen the show before but it was my first time seeing this story on the stage. Unfortunately they had a few technical issues with sound, a 45 minute intermission, the dancing was not as tight as I would have expected and the Magic Carpet didn’t make it’s first appearance BUT the cast and crew pulled it together and finished strong 💕 special mention to the Genie who had everyone, including Aladdin in fits of giggles!

That was our quick trip to London! We packed quite a lot into just a few days, returning to Glasgow with very sore feet and backs from walking all day and sitting in old auditoriums, but our hearts full to the brim from seeing our pals and getting a good, concentrated dose of theatre and culture.

Cannot wait till the next time! ❤

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