Phantom of the Opera

Last year my Mum asked if I would take her down to London to see The Bodyguard. Now, she had never been to a West End musical and had never seen the sights of London. We duly booked the tickets and went down in October and had a wonderful afternoon (read my post here)

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Waiting for The Bodyguard to arrive

Whilst sat waiting for the show to start Mum stated that she would really love to see Phantom of the Opera too. Well, as it was a show that I have always wanted to see, I thought it would make a perfect Christmas present for her. The look on her face when she opened the tickets on Christmas Day was priceless.

Now, I had already booked a specific date, the 4th of February. This was due to the fact that it was the second anniversary of my Father’s death. As it was a day shrouded in sadness, I wanted to bring some happy memories too.

I got up nice and early as I wanted to try and do my hair in a poodle again, which takes some considerable time. I had already decided to wear my Pin Up Girl Hawaiian Hideaway dress and bolero, and I had a perfect lily hair accessory to go with it.

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Almost ready

The poodle took me longer to do than I anticipated (it is only the second time I have attempted it on my own) but I was relatively pleased with the results. Make-up, clothing and a handbag all topped off my look and I was ready to go.

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Not the best poodle… Need more practice

Getting to the train station took no time at all and soon we were Euston bound. We sat next to a lovely elderly couple who were going for afternoon tea at The Ritz and our whole journey was spend sharing stories with them. It really was a lovely ride.

Hitting London we decided to head to VQ, a lovely restaurant in Great Russell Street that is open 24 hours a day and serves great food at fabulous prices.

Having been there before I ordered my favourite, the Rib-Eye steak, chips and peppercorn sauce. Mum had breaded Kind prawns with a chilli sauce and garlic bread and cheese. It came in about 10 minutes and was Deeeeelicious!

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Already started eating it before I remembered to take a picture!!

We hustled back onto the tube as the show was due to start in 30 minutes and we still had to get there. Playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, it only took around 15 minutes for us to get there and settled into our seats.

Well, I say settled….

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Ready to start….

The seats were some of the narrowest I have ever sat in and didn’t like my considerable bottom. They were also made of velvet so you couldn’t slide back into them. It literally was like being stuck to velcro. However, I eventually got myself into a relatively comfortable position and we waited for the show to start.

And what a show!!!

I was transfixed from start to finish. I have seen the big screen production, which I loved but the stage show is simply spectacular.

The vibrancy of the costumes, the performers talents (there was a very fit six-packed male ballet dancer that caught my eye!) and the soaring music all blew me away.

Now I have to say, when I saw the film I saw it from a different perspective. I was firmly backing the romance between Raoul and Christine and felt that the Phantom was an evil prescence that was taking advantage of her.

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The Phantom was Phenomenal

However, in the musical my heart and sympathies lay totally with the Phantom, played by the amazing Ben Forster.

The sheer despair and longing for acceptance and love ripped me apart and I found myself crying for him. Not even during one of the emotional songs either, just from the amazing portrayal of a tortured soul.

By the time the performance ended I was wrung out! It really was such an emotive show and I was glad to get some fresh air.

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Mum and I

We took a very slow walk along Piccadilly towards Fortnum and Mason. Now as long time readers may know, I love me some Fortnums. Mainly for their tea as I am a bit of a tea snob. Mum had only been there once, as a schoolgirl some sixty odd years ago so I thought we could pop in, have a mooch around and then a glass of bubbles.

First of all though, we walked past Fortnums and walked into Burlington Arcade, another favourite of mine. I wanted to show Mum all the fabulous vintage boutiques selling everything from handmade shoes to fountain pens. Being magpies our eyes were drawn to all the beautiful antique jewellery, especially the diamonds.

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Burlington Arcade

We then went back across to Fortnums and Mum was transfixed. She loved looking at all the different counters, and when we found ourselves in front of the one with marshmallows and Turkish delight, she decided that she had to get some for my handicapped Uncle Albert, as they are his favourites. Eight different flavours of marshmallow later, including chocolate orange, raspberry and even coconut and she moved onto the Turkish delight. A little box later and she was happy.

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Sweets and Treats

Walking around she added Prosecco Gummies and a smart tin of biscuits for my Cousin and other Uncle and we were all set. A box of Earl Grey loose leaf tea and we headed for the tills.

On the Lower Ground floor is a beautiful little Wine Bar so we headed there for a break before going to catch our train. A small food menu with everything from Devilled Kidneys on toast, Oysters, Scotch Eggs and even freshly sliced Iberico Ham was all on offer, and pretty reasonable prices.

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Very swish indeed!

The Wine however was a different kettle of fish! Champagne started at £75 a bottle, right up to £350. White and Red were from £22 up to £88. We opted for a glass of Cava each at £8.50 and sat people watching for awhile.

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Wine Time

The waiter then brought around three little ramekins. One with smoked almonds in, another with large Castelvetrano olives and the last was empty except for some cocktails sticks.

Now I have to say I am not a massive fan of almonds. However these almonds were terrific. I even asked the waiter if they were available to buy in the shop and was gutted when he told me that they were brought in specially and could not be purchased!

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Mum enjoying her bubbles

Eventually we had to make our way back to Euston for the 2034 train home. Tired but very happy after a spectacular day out.

The only question now is…. Which show to go and see next!

Leave a comment

  • LaaLaa

    What a beautiful gift for your mum and I think it was nice to do it on that date also as you said. It also gives you all some bonding and happy times. I really need to find someone to go to the theatre with it’s been forever xo

    • We had a great time together and she wants to do Les Mis next! x

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    Looks like you had a great time. I love that dress you are wearing x

  • It looks like you and your mom had an awesome time! Phantom of the Opera was one of my favorite books growing up!

    • I loved the book, and the show was just spectacular! x

  • Nazy Nazy

    You & your mom are awesome..love your dress too

  • What a wonderful gift for your Mum and so thoughtful that you booked the show on the anniversary of your Father’s passing, so that you could make some happy memories together on that day. It seems like you two had a fantastic time and the show sounds like it was incredible x

    • We really did Sarah, and the show was out of this world! x

  • From Evija with Love

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time on a very sad day!! My mum and I love theatre and musicals too and try to see a new show whenever we can! The Phantom of the Opera is my all time favourite!

    • Isn’t it the most amazing show? I would happily go and see it again soon! x

  • I’ve never seen Phantom of the Opera but it sounds like a fab show! x

    • It is the best show I have seen, and there have been many! x

  • So glad to hear that you and your mum had a lovely day out. Xx

  • Joanna

    Sounds like a fab show glad you both had a lovely time.

  • Awh you look amazing! Sounds like you both had a brilliant time and I love the hair!

    Kayleigh x

    • Thank you Kayleigh, I am trying hard to perfect the hair! The day was amazing too x

  • Becky Brown

    Im glad you and your mum had a lovely day out. The dress and poodle are perfection.

  • Sorry to hear of the anniversary of your fathers death but how nice that you brought tickets to make happy memories. I have to say I am completely in love with your dress xx

  • I love that you wear such summery colours in winter! I’m so glad Phantom was amazing. I performed on their stage at Her Majesty’s a few times as a teenager and was just in awe of their props and set up

    • Isn’t it a stunning theatre? I wear anything I fancy… didn’t even consider the season lol xx

  • Im glad you both had an amazing time, Not seen phantom of the opera before but it sounds brilliant

  • Laura

    Oh wow I would absolutely LOVE to go to see Phantom. I’m going to have to book a trip to London to see it as I don’t think it is touring anytime soon xxx

    • I really would Laura! It’s the best show I have ever seen x

  • I’ve not seen Phantom before but I’ve only heard great things. You should look into seeing the Lion King if you haven’t already, or Jersey Boys before it closes x

    • I have been to The Lion King 4 times lol. It was my favourite…. which has been taken over now by Phantom! x

  • It’s so nice of you that you booked your mom tickets to see the Phantom of the opera.

  • Angela Milnes

    Looks like you had a great time there and sounds like you had an awesome experience.

  • Phantom of the Opera is one of my favourites. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Louise O’Brien

    I always love reading your posts such a warm person and that always shows. I loved your mums face on that photo, and what a special thing to do for your mum. I really wanted to go see the Bodyguard but never got chance. Glad you both had such a lovely day x X

    • ahhh thank you so much Louise, that means a lot! x

  • Sounds like you had such a lovely day! I’ve never seen Phantom of the Opera, so it’s definitely on my list! I’ve not been to Fortnum & Masons in years, I’ll definitely be sure to pop in next time I’m in London xx

    • It is just so wonderful Kirstie! I am addicted to their tea. Oh and Phantom was amazing x

    • It is just so wonderful Kirstie! I am addicted to their tea. Oh and Phantom was amazing x

  • Ooh this looks like such a fun day out 🙂
    I would love to see Phantom of the Opera one day!

    Dani x

  • Your hair looks amazing! Sounds like a fab day too.

  • Jazmin Williams

    You look simply stunning! And sounds like you had a fabulous time x