Have you ever watched any episodes of The League? Well, one of the characters occasionally treats his wife to something called fancy lady day. She gets to shop, do lady-things and the husband can’t say a thing about it. This was basically my fancy lady day in London. I’m lucky though, there was no arm pulling or coercing involved. The hubby was just as excited about our day.
One of the reasons we’ve leaned towards Airbnb on our recent travels is the access to a kitchen. We like having the option to prepare a meal or two ourselves and that’s what we did that morning. We had grabbed some parfait supplies from the nearby market the day before and threw together a quick breakfast of yogurt, mango and granola to hold us over until high tea.
Our tea time was fairly early, so we used the morning to get ourselves all fancied up and then headed to The Ritz London for our quintessentially English experience. Rob had actually done this once before with his Mom and twin brother, but he’s a wonderful husband and travel companion and didn’t mind experiencing the scones again. There was also little chance I’d sneak all of the meat out of the finger sandwiches like his brother did the last time. (True story.)
We happily stuffed ourselves full of the scones, sandwiches and lots of lots of tea.
I could get used to high tea and fancy bathrooms.
When our tea time was up we decided to venture over to Westminster Abbey. We needed to walk off all the carbs anyway.
From there we did a little shopping (this girl did not bring enough travel appropriate shoes), a little pub hopping and general exploring until dinner.
We had reservations at NOPI. It was enjoyable but I’d definitely recommend any of the fish or meat dishes over anything veggie-only. Dessert was really good too.
Then it was finally time for the show! I’ve seen Les Miserables twice before but as Rob put it never in London and he had only seen the movie. Upon entering and climbing the stairs to the balcony level, we were given some very good advice by one of the ushers. When asked if we should go to the bar before pushing through the row to our seats his exact response was “I would.” We listened and discovered that they treat you like adults at the theater in London and you can bring drinks to your seats. These are the faces of two people excited to have drinks in their hand, drinks already ordered to be picked up at intermission and about to see a wonderful show.
I will be 100% honest here and admit that I cried through at least 30% of the show. It was phenomenal.