This was a landmark birthday and I thought a bit of spoiling wouldn’t go amiss, so off we trundled to London. Because I’m not from Peru, don’t possess a red coat and never travel with Marmalade sandwiches I went as myself to Covent Garden and the Royal Opera House
Majestic would be an understatement and as you can see the outside is very similar to the inside with those huge beautiful windows creating an air grandeur and trust me it is grand. Built in 1858 (although the site has been home to theatre since 1732) it has been the home of The Royal Ballet since 1947 and they were given the Royal Charter in 1956. Believe it or not the bar prices are not overly expensive and certainly surpassed by the atmosphere and service which is truly excellent.
Once you enter the theatre the splendour is retained with a phenomenal ceiling and gorgeous circle seating. We were three rows back in the Orchestra Stalls so we had a good view albeit behind us 🙂
The Mariinksy Ballet were in town and I had bought tickets some three months earlier for La Bayadere Because it was a matinee we were not treated to Principal Dancers but I can assure you that the first soloist Nadezhda Batoeva and second soloist Ekaterina Chebykina were sensational.
After a mesmerizing afternoon I had dinner at The Ivy , somewhere I had wanted to visit for many, many years and I was not disappointed. The service was exceptional the cocktails at the bar were to die for (as they say) and the food was just, well as expected. Strangely enough the prices are not extortionate when you bear in mind you are in London opposite St Martins Theatre, I dread to think what their rates are 😦
When the day was nearing its end and the sweet menu arrived I declined, so imagine my surprise when the waiter reappeared with a dish for me.
It’s the thought that counts and it was a perfect end to a perfect day 🙂