Wooed by The Bodyguard

A few months back my Mum asked if I would take her down to London. Now, she is not one for the big City. The hustle and bustle is just a bit too much, so she has never spent much time down there at all.

So, what was behind this change of heart? She really wanted to go and see the musical “The Bodyguard” at the theatre.

Of course I was more than happy to accompany her down to London and spend a pleasant few hours at the afternoon matinee before doing a little light shopping and sightseeing. The question was, would she be up for it too?

I organised the tickets for near to her birthday with the plan on having a spot of lunch as a birthday treat. The tickets actually arrived at home within 48 hours which I was extremely impressed with, especially as it was only June and we weren’t going until October.

Making sure to put the tickets somewhere safe, we then waited for the day to arrive for our trip.

Booking train tickets in advance meant I got us quite a good deal and we duly set off in the morning, heading for London Town….

Now as Mum hadn’t ever visited as a tourist, I was determined to show her some of the sights and places that I like to visit in London. With this in mind we set off on the train at 850am. Just over an hour later we arrived at Euston and Mum was in awe already. I topped up a couple of Oyster Cards I own, and we hit the underground to head to Tottenham Court Road.

Whilst on the train we had chatted about what we wanted to do, and one thing I needed to do was pop into Simply Be and look at their winter coats. I have a vintage faux fur coat that I wear, but it is too hot and bulky for those autumnal days, and I melt if ever I go up to London in it.

We got out of Tottenham Court Road Tube, and directly opposite was The Dominion theatre where The Bodyguard was showing. At least I now knew where it was!

We walked the relatively short distance at quite a slow pace a Mum struggles with her breathing, but I kept checking on her repeatedly and making sure she was alright. We got to Simply Be and as always, there was some amazing clothing in store. I immediately fell in love with this Military style coat, and at £69 I thought it was pretty good value, so within 5 minutes I had done what I needed to do.

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New Military Coat

We the crossed over to the Lush Store. Even though I didn’t need anything, there were a couple of things I wanted; the fabulous Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly and the lovely Star Dust Bath Bomb. I had missed these off my recent Lush Haul and needed to rectify it.

We wandered down Oxford Street and Mum was absolutely astounded when people kept coming up to me and complimenting my style. I think she was even more baffled when I had 11 requests to have my picture taken! I had tried to tell her what normally happened, but I honestly don’t think she believed me!

We carried on walking, stopping to look at the various shops as we went. Eventually we stopped at Selfridges. Mum visited here last as a schoolgirl over 65 years ago! I took her in and we browsed in Tiffany and Co, and Chanel. Mum was struggling a little so we headed downstairs to Dolly’s Tearoom where we managed to get a table for two.

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Selfridges Window Display

Dolly’s do the most amazing patisserie and tea, and we sat down to enjoy a cup of Earl Grey and a pastry. I had a wonderful Strawberry and cream dessert, with a little chocolate curl on top. Mum had a Raspberry Macaron, which came with a pipette filled with fruit coulis that you squeezed inside. The tea alone was amazing, the cakes even better.

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Dolly’s Delicious Delights

After another browse around, we headed back to Bond Street to get on the tube again. Mum had pre-booked lunch at VQ, which was somewhere I had never visited before. Based in Great Russell Street, it was literally was 1 minute away from the Theatre.

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A Proper Cup of Earl Grey

When we arrived the restaurant was nearly empty, which had me a little concerned. VQ is a restaurant that NEVER closes. 24 hours a day, you can go there to eat. However, my worries were unfounded. As we sat down, it was as if the floodgates had been opened; the whole restaurant fulled up!

The menu was really comprehensive and I had a hard job decided on Eggs Benedict, a Burger or their Ribeye Steak. I eventually went for the rare rib-eye with chunky chips and a green peppercorn sauce. Mum had breaded prawns with a chili sauce and garlic and cheese bread.

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VQ Restaurant – Waiting for my Dinner

I have to say the steak was possibly the best steak I have ever had. It was absolutely spot on, both in taste and the way it had been cooked. I also snuck a piece of Mum’s garlic bread and cheese. It was topped with a strong cheddar, which is unusual and was so good.

We shared a small carafe of Rose Pinot Grigio, and the bill came to around £ 50 all in, which was pretty good for the quality of the food we had.

We left the restaurant and walked to the theatre. We hit it just right and didn’t have to queue. We went straight to our seats which were 10 rows from the front, right in the centre of the theatre. Mum had a programme to look at, so I snuck out to the souvenir station and bought Mum a copy of the CD from the show as a birthday present.

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Sitting Comfortably, shall we begin?

Eventually we settled down and waited for the show to start. Now, I will be honest. It wasn’t a show I was desperate to go and see. I would certainly have never chosen it, if I had the option. However it was what Mum wanted to see, and so that was why we were there.

I honestly didn’t think it would be something I would like. Whilst I quite liked the film, I didn’t know how it would translate to the stage. I was pretty apprehensive.

I am happy to say that I was wrong.

The show was out of this World. The cast were amazing, headlined by Beverley Knight and Ben Richards, I got sucked into the plot within five minutes.

I am not ashamed to say I cried during a couple of the songs (Run to you and I Have Nothing) Beverley Knight sang them amazingly well. They say you should never try and sing a Whitney Houston song, as you will never be as good. But Beverley managed to pull it off. She was extraordinary.

I have to say, I actually really enjoyed the performance of her “sister, Nikki” I felt she had a fantastic voice, and my heart warmed to her even more than the Rachel Marron character.

The show ended with an amazing finale, and when we left the theatre it was nearly three hours later!

We hopped back on the train and headed to Waterloo. I planned to take Mum down to the river, with a potential river cruise or a trip on the London Eye. Unfortunately we had missed the last cruise, so the London Eye it was!

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Mum and the Eye

When Mum saw it, she got so excited and said she had always wanted to go on it. We walked down to the ticket booth but the queue was absolutely ridiculous! I reckon there were at least 200 people in the queue and I honestly didn’t think that we would manage to get on there before our train was due.

Mum was a little disappointed but totally understood. We wandered along the South Bank for awhile, looking at the buskers and dancers before heading to the Embankment to get the tube to Euston.

We had an hour or so to kill whilst we waited for our train, so I took Mum to The Doric Arch pub, where we found two massive wing-back chairs to sequester ourselves in.

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Houses of Parliament

Enjoying a quiet drink, we passed our remaining time in London, before heading in to catch our train. Sitting in a relatively quiet carriage, we talked about our day inbetween dozing off. We finally arrived in Northampton around 1030pm, tired but very happy.

Oh and Mum has decided she wants to go and see “The Phantom of the Opera” next. She really has caught the theatre bug.

I will just make sure I pre-book the London Eye next time!!!

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  • It is so lovely of you to have brought her the theatre ticket as a birthday present. I would like to see the Bodyguard and glad it proved you wrong and you enjoyed it more than you thought it would.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was a fantastic show Ana, if you get a chance, you should go see it! x

  • This trip sounded like it was fun! The extra time for shopping and exploring must have been nice and it’s great that you ended up liking the show.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really was good fun, but so very tiring! x

  • LaaLaa

    What a lovely day for you and your mum! I’ve heard great reviews about Beverly Knight’s portrayal of Whitney in this stage production of The Bodyguard. I use to work for BK’s makeup company some years back, lovely woman x

    • Tanya Brannan

      She was out of this world! I couldn’t believe how good she was. I thought it would be hard to pull off the Whitney role, but she really did it! xx

  • such a lovely day out! glad that you two were happy after a hectic day! i would love to watch phantom of the opera at some point

    • Tanya Brannan

      Hopefully we will be going to see it in January/February time x

  • Jodie Whitham

    Sounds like you had a great laugh! Glad your mum enjoyed it so much she wants to go back 🙂 I must admit that London scares me a bit, but think when you know where you’re going, it’s not so bad! Another great post, thanks for sharing 🙂 x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Jodie, I suppose having travelled extensively in London I don’t tend to worry about it, but mum was very nervous, We got there in the end though! x

  • Dollys delights look gorgeous, I want one of them in my life asap. I love the look of the Selfridges window. I always go on the London eye when I visit London 😀

    • Tanya Brannan

      That cake was absolutely amazing! You should give them a try next time you are near Selfridges x

  • Oh my goodness what an amazing sounding day out and YAY for finding you loved The Bodyguard! x

    • Tanya Brannan

      I know! I was suprised too lol xx

  • Jo Wiggins

    I watched this for my birthday when it was on in London for the Summer – AMAZING show, the best I’ve ever seen x

    • Tanya Brannan

      I have to agree totally Jo! I didn’t expect it, but it was. x

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    Sounds like you had a great time! I would love to go and see a show soon x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Hopefully we will go again really soon. Is there a specific one you would like to see?

  • I’ve been wanting to see the bodyguard for ages and now I want to even more. Sounds like you had a great day in London x

    • Tanya Brannan

      DO IT!!!!!!! You won’t regret it xx

  • Joanna

    Sounds like you both had a lovely day out.
    I love the look of your new coat.

    • Tanya Brannan

      We really did Joanna! And the coat is so warm and amazing x

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I am glad you enjoyed it. I didn’t know how it would translate on to stage, but I have heard so many great things about it.

    • Tanya Brannan

      I didn’t either, but they pulled it off really well. Better than the film, in fact x

  • Awww you definitely made her day, I would love to see the bodyguard in theatre too

    • Tanya Brannan

      We had a lovely time together, but were exhausted by the end of the night! x

  • Love the coat! I would do exactly what you did haha fab day!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was an excellent day! x

  • Francesca Nelson

    I’m also apprehensive to watch this as I love the film but can’t imagine it on stage!!! However now hearing you liked it, I think I might have to go!!!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I think it was even better than the film, if I dare say that! It had more Whitney songs in, and worked really well x

  • wow what a trip – I would LOVE to see the Bodyguard. I bet Alexandra Burke is phenomenal x

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was amazing, our leading lady on this day was Beverley Knight, and she was fantastic!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I would quite like to see The Bodyguard and I love love love that coat, it is amazing! If you do get the chance to see Phantom, do it, it is amazing x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Hopefully Jan/Feb will be our next theatre trip. We will see what we can arrange! x

  • I would love to see The Bodyguard, maybe next year 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      Do it! It really is amazing and will have you dancing in your seat! x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Wow Dolly’s sounds great i must try them out. I haven’t seen the bodyguard yet it’s on my list of things to see 😉

    • Tanya Brannan

      I highly recommend both Dollys and The Bodyguard! x

      • Melanie Edjourian

        I might try and go next year as this year is pretty packed 😉

  • I struggle with coats too – I hate travelling in them and always get so hot!
    I’ve not seen a musical in London since I was about 12 but would love to organise a theatre trip with my husband.

    • Tanya Brannan

      There are so many wonderful shows on at the moment! It really is a great production and can highly recommend it x

  • Ali

    Ah it sounds like you had a lovely day together, you should definitely make it a regular thing! London Eye next time!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Definitely! I will book ahead this time though x

  • Looks like you had an amazing day out – I’ve not seen the Bodyguard but really fancy it! x

    • Tanya Brannan

      You should give it a go! It is out of this World! x

  • Nayna Kanabar

    What a lovely day and it must be really special for your mum to spend such a wonderful day with you.

    • Tanya Brannan

      We both had an amazing day and am planning the next trip already xx

  • Mother-daughter days are the best, aren’t they? I am glad that your mum enjoyed London. It’s great that she’s caught the theatre bug! Hopefully next time you can take a river cruise, they are fantastic! x

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was a great day! Next time we will definitely do the London Eye and see what other time we have – I love the river cruises too x