Guest post by Isobel Pendlebury
We departed York by East Coast Rail at 12.58 on Wednesday 11th December 2014. Our journey to London was restful and a perhaps uneventful, considered a good thing as there were no delays or dramas to keep us from seeing The Most Gorgeous Man on the Planet that evening at the O2 Arena.
The train pulled into Kings Cross on time. I have to say the station is looking great after its makeover. We made our way by tube to The Cavendish Hotel just off Piccadilly. We started to feel festive at the sight of the huge, beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the reception area, all twinkly lights and sparkly baubles. The welcome from the receptionist was warm and informative and we were allocated a room on the 12th floor without delay.
The room was well appointed and we had a great view over the roof tops to the Telecom Tower and the London Eye, it was just getting dusk so the lights and sights were lovely. We hadn’t time to dally however because we planned to go to the O2 for something to eat before seeing The Most Gorgeous Man on the Planet in concert.
The Jubilee Line train took us from Green Park to North Greenwich and the O2 within about 15 mins, fabulous service! We ate at Las Iguanas, can recommend the fajitas, Yum!
We made our way into the auditorium and took in the whole atmosphere of the place, it is huge and was filling up at a fairly swift pace. In my world we were there to see The Most Gorgeous Man on the Planet but I had no idea that so many people would share my idol. The music charts are a different place now to the charts that this band were topping in the 90’s.
There were 2 support acts on prior to the main event, one of which was Blue (as in the reformed boy band, not being rude!), who were quite good.
Then it was time for the real show! The lights dimmed and the music started and suddenly there He was The Most Gorgeous Man on the Planet, in the same room and breathing the same air as me!
The following 2 hours passed in a blur of arm waving, dancing, and singing at the top of our voices, clapping, whooping and cheering. Wet Wet Wet were fantastic and very entertaining. We sang until the very last strains of “Love is all around “and The Most Gorgeous Man on the Planet wished us all a Happy Christmas and a safe journey home. It was a brilliant night and one that will stay with us always. We made our way back to the hotel and had a restful night’s sleep in very comfy beds.
Breakfast was superb and the service friendly but professional. We checked out and were offered complimentary, freshly baked gingerbread men to fortify us on the shopping expedition we had planned for the next few hours.
We had a look around the fabulous Fortnum & Masons in Piccadilly and bought a few Christmas treats. We walked to Oxford Street which took about 15 mins and shopped there too. We boarded our train homeward bound at 2 which was on time and we had a restful journey home.
A very busy, exciting, memorable trip that took us just over 24 hours to complete.