Tuesday, 17 April 2018

My 25th Birthday Surprise!


The 14th of April, 'Amber's birthday surprise' had been on the calendar for months. I had no idea what Stu (my boyfriend) had planned but I knew he had booked it way back in June last year and had been planning it from then. I was blown away by his generosity and by just how well he knew me, it really was the best day ever so I'm here to tell you all about it.

First of all, we arrived at the train station and got the train in to London Euston, we then took the tube to Tottenham Court Road tube station. As we were walking down Oxford Street, bags trailing on their wheels behind us, I was getting more and more excited about where our destination may be... until we turned down a side street and there it was, The Bloomsbury Hotel!


We checked in but the room wasn't quite ready so the porter took our bags and Stu treated me to some cocktails at the bar. Stu had a classic Old Fashioned, and I had a gin, apple and elder-flower cocktail. The surroundings were stunning as you can see below, it was full of extravagant mis-match furniture, bright orange/peachy colours and so bright as it was a gorgeous sunshine-y day. Outside there were beautiful flower walls, though it was pretty busy so I didn't manage to get any snaps to show I'm afraid. 


As I took my first sip of my cocktail, Stu pulled out an envelope with tickets inside for the next surprise - he had booked us Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Tickets! I was ecstatic as I had always wanted to see it. The first part was at 2pm so we drank up and made our way to the theatre, just a short walk away. 


After Part 1, we had time to venture into Soho to find where Stu had booked a table for dinner which was at The Ivy Soho Brassiere. I had mentioned previously that I would love to visit one of The Ivy restaurants so this was a lovely and thoughtful idea. I ordered scallops to start and lobster for my main - so tasty! I'm such a foodie (as you probably know) so this was a real treat. 


Part 2 of the play began at around 7pm and went on until late. I was blown away by the special effects and loved every minute of re-entering the wizarding world right before my eyes. The story is great and I would definitely recommend you go and see it if you're a Harry Potter fan. (I won't go into too much detail as I don't want to give away any spoilers!) 


We then walked back to the hotel and found the room covered in rose petals and a note left with a chocolate pudding, wishing me a happy birthday. The hotel really went above and beyond for us and made the stay that extra special. Stu had thought of absolutely everything and I felt like a princess all day. It was so romantic, dreamy and everything I could have wished for and more. 


I can't quite believe I am now a quarter of a century years old - ha! I'm about ready for a quarter life crisis I think. Just kidding, I am looking forward to all that the future holds.

Have you been to see the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play or read it? What did you think to the story? 

Love Amber x
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