Guest post by Ann Bell…
We travelled to London my Mum and I, on the Grand Central train from York. This is a great service which does not stop after York, so the journey time is only around two hours.
On arrival in London we meandered down Oxford Street for a little last minute shopping before heading to the underground to access the DLR. We were staying at the Ibis Styles London Excel which is just a couple of minutes walk from the Custom House DLR station. The hotel was clean and tidy and provided toiletries, a hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The room was not large, probably standard for a London hotel, however we only dropped our bags and went to the concert – by the time we got back it was time for bed and we were away early next morning after breakfast. The breakfast was self-service and there was either continental or a full cooked range to choose from. I would certainly use this hotel again especially if going to The O2.
From the hotel it was a five minute walk to the Emirates Airline. I think this is a lovely way to arrive at The O2 and I love taking my friends on it for the first time. Especially on a dark night when the lights seem to twinkle so brightly. My friend on this occasion thought it was brilliant and even called her husband and asked ‘guess where I am?’ – funnily enough he did not guess in a cable car over the River Thames!
The support act for the Michael Buble ‘To Be Loved’ Tour was a group of very talented young men called Naturally 7. They harmonised beautifully and sang many familiar songs in their own unique style.
The excitement of the cable car was a hard act to follow, but Michael Buble managed to pull it off! He appeared on stage surrounded by flames singing a cover of ‘Fever’. He then spoke to the audience for a few minutes revealing his wicked sense of humour, picking on a gentleman in the front of the audience who was looking ‘uncomfortable’. Michael left the stage to give him a hug to help ease the situation!
Back on the stage, he continued with one of his own hits ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’. The evening was a mix of his own hits with covers of various well known songs including ‘Mack the Knife’ and ‘All You Need is Love’. The Beatle song was sung in conjunction with Naturally 7 who accompanied Michael on 4 songs on a second ‘stage’ in the middle of the arena. As Michael made his way back to the stage during ‘All You need is Love’ the whole arena was covered in red and white floating hearts.
The only Christmas songs were ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and a rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’. After the main set Mr Buble left the stage only to return to do a four song encore. A brilliant showman that certainly did not disappoint!
Have you seen Michael Buble perform live on stage too? What other acts at the O2 Arena in London has you seen recently? Let us know using the the comments box below.