Some very lovely friends of mine gifted me tickets for Cirque du Soleil’s OVO for my 30th Birthday and the chosen date was at the end of February, coincidentally the same weekend as I had afternoon tea at The Ritz booked. So in standard Lizzie style this of course meant that it’d be a good idea to book a hotel (in the city I live in) and make a London staycation of it. Although it wasn’t quite that easy…London on a Saturday night is pricey as we all know, especially when you’d like to be somewhere near the Royal Albert Hall and Green Park, therefore my search for the right hotel continued right up to the weekend in question. After nearly submitting to the fact we’d just have to sleep in our own bed, an ‘on the morning search’ came up with the Park Plaza Victoria which was pretty much in between our two weekend jaunts and on budget, phew!
Cirque du Soleil
We started the night off with champagne at the Laurent-Perrier bar before sliding into our front row grand circle seats. OVO was quite possibly the best show I’ve ever seen! It is also my first ever Cirque show but it certainly won’t be my last. It was completely mesmerising and I actually think my mouth was wide open in awe for the whole performance…
Park Plaza Victoria Hotel
Located just a two minute walk from the station the 4* Park Plaza Victoria is perfect for an overnight stay in Central London. We were allocated an accessible room on check in which meant it was super spacious. In addition the room is interactive, meaning everything is controlled by panels, strategically placed on each bedside table and control everything from the lights to the curtains.
The room also featured a separate bath and shower, so this bath fiend was chuffed!
We opted against the hotel breakfast as the price really seemed far too extravagant so CLB instead very kindly ran across the road to Pret a Manger and picked us up a couple of baps and hot drinks before retreating back to the room to continue watching the Winter Olympics action.
I’ve never visited The Ritz before so when my Mum said she’d take me along as her guest when she got a Traditional Afternoon Tea voucher I was beyond happy! Having booked well in advance the excitement had been building for a while and it certainly wasn’t in vain. From the moment you arrive when the door man wishes you “good afternoon madam” to the maître d’ in the entrance to The Palm Court showing you to your table, you are made to feel so very welcome. A harpist was playing during out visit, which is such a lovely sound and was completely perfect for the location we were in. The dress code is strict so having donned a floral piece for the event I felt suitably prepared but beware if you do visit, no jeans or trainers and if you are a gentleman you must where a jacket and tie.
I’m not sure I could think of a better way to spend a weekend in London, it was so lovely!