Guest post by SuperBreaker David…
SuperBreak passed on a late notification from The O2 saying that everything was starting an hour earlier, which made our train times were a bit tight. However, everything was on time, our new (and new to us!) Oyster Cards worked perfectly, and we got to The O2 with time to spare.
This was our first time at The O2 Arena in London. It’s big! But it’s well-signed, and all the staff are helpful and friendly, and we managed a quick look at the bar (well-stocked; cup of tea for us though) before the call came to take our seats. And very good seats they were too, to the side with an excellent view of the whole arena.
The show was, well, it was Strictly Come Dancing, except live in the arena rather than on TV. The minor changes (Rachel Riley for Tess’n’Claudia, Camilla Dallerup & Tom Chambers for Darcy & Bruno) made no difference at all, and the rest was exactly what we’d come to see. All the celebrities danced twice: Caroline Flack and Simon Webbe were superb; Thom Evans showed how unjust his early exit was, Rachel Stevens reminded us how good she was before, and Alison Hammond and Mark Wright gave all their usual sparkle and energy. And Scott Mills… wore a crab suit.
After the show, we were pleasantly surprised how easy it was to get out and away; we’d expected more standing about, getting that many people away from the venue. But no, the marshals made sure the whole thing kept moving in a friendly way, and the tube smoothly accepted everyone and took us back to St. Pancras.
We then went to The Betjeman Arms, St. Pancras’ internal pub, for a post-show drink and snack. A couple of excellent real ales and some very tasty haggis pakora (!) finished off the day quite nicely. We’re going again to see Paloma Faith in March, and we’re definitely looking forward to it.
Are you a fan of Strictly Come Dancing? Did you catch the live show or any other events at The O2 Arena in London? Let us know using the comments box below.