Last weekend found me and two friends, Jodie and Nikki, in chilly London. The day trip had one main purpose: to watch ‘Beauty & the Beast‘ – the original is my all-time favourite film – with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.
In the bracing winter temperatures, we wrapped up warm and caught the train bright and early on the Saturday morning. Once we arrived at Paddington Station, we made our way through Hyde Park to the Royal Albert Hall.
Glorious sunshine had doused London when we arrived and the park looked beautiful. We stopped often to take in the surrounding scenes and of course, get some photos in too!
As we meandered along the pathways, we kept hearing squawks and catching glimpses of bright green from the resident Ring Necked Parakeets. An odd sight to see in a city (even if we were in Hype Park!)!
Before we got to the music hall, we came across the stunning Albert Memorial, commemorating Prince Albert’s death. The memorial is covered in gold and dazzled in the sun! Having visited the city a few times before, I find it amazing that you can see new things on each trip. It’s one of the things I love most about travelling and adventures in general!
We then crossed the road and walked around the Royal Albert Hall. The architecture of this building was incredible. I think it would have been easy to stand there all day, taking photos and admiring it!
But alas, we had a show to get to and so we headed inside and in to the warmth. After a quick bite to eat and with celebratory ‘girl’s day’ wines in hand, we found our seats and settled down ready for the show.
Watching ‘Beauty & the Beast’ with a live orchestra was definitely up there with one of my most favourite experiences to date. It was simply magical! You could feel every single note of music that fluttered in to the auditorium, which made the viewing experience more intense and incredible. As soon as the interval started, we were already deciding to come again! If you ever get the chance, I would highly recommend watching a film with an orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. You won’t be disappointed!
As the showing came to an end, we left the hall feeling wonderful and full of a blissful buzz. We had also hoped to visit Winter Wonderland after the showing; however, as the queues were long, we walked back to the train station for another drink before heading home.
The day in London with my two best friends was magical and lovely, as always with our days out. Though, we’ll definitely be planning ahead with Winter Wonderland next time…
P I N F O R L A T E R . . .