Previously I've only been to London on organised visits with schools and colleges so you can imagine how little of the place I got to see. This past month after trying for ages we managed, somehow, to get tickets to watch Hamilton. Mine, and the worlds (it feels like) favourite musical. I couldn't believe it. Safe to say I was very weepy at that moment...and more so when I actually got to see it!
First things first when we arrived in London. Food. After getting dropped near Harrods we popped into a place called Caffe Concerto. The interior was stunning with cakes and macaroons everywhere. I went for, of course, Gnocchi. It was swimming in a truffle cheese sauce. I was in heaven. Washed down with a glass of prosecco.
Inside Harrods, its like time stops. You can spend all day wandering around without even realising it. There's just so much to see. I fell in love with a bag, that I would need to sell a kidney (at least) to afford. The food court was something else, separated into different rooms from fresh, to confectionary to bakery there was everything. I hadn't realised that they grind their own coffee on site too! I'll definitely be going back on a future trip...possibly minus a kidney.
The Ivy has been on my list of places to try for a while. Admittedly, I thought I'd be going to the one near me in Manchester, not London! I certainly will be visiting the Manchester branch now. If it's half as good as what we had then I'd be thrilled. Never in my life have I seen salmon sliced so thin. It was like a stained glass window. But the steak, oh the steak. Melt in the mouth with an incredible hollandaise sauce. I ordered and inhaled a side of parmesan truffle fries. PARMESAN. TRUFFLE. FRIES. I was very happy.
The following day we started our morning with a tour of the Tower of London, which was huge. I didn't realise it had such a large plot of land for the grounds! Fortunately, we had the sun this day too. The most surprising thing was how loud the Ravens were. They wandered around and cawed at everything. At first, I thought it was a recording! The Crown Jewels and the entire treasury was incredible. Oh! And the Kray twins were the final prisoners of the Tower of London. Little interesting fact there for you!
Then it happened. I watched Hamilton. I genuinely lost count of how many times I cried. Hamilton was a musical I never thought I'd get to see considering how difficult and how expensive the tickets could get. I'd looked for years to try and get them and little did I know so had my parents. It was everything I wanted and more. The cast was astonishing, the ensemble dancers, the setting, everything was perfection.