Always popular, always hysterically funny Mrs Brown’s Boys made a sparkling return to The O2 Arena this month, with a string of dates at London’s greatest entertainment venue. SuperBreak’s very own Aisling and Susan were lucky enough to catch the show – read all about their trips down to London right here:
Aisling makes a break of it…
I recently enjoyed a weekend away in London with my mum. The main purpose of our trip was to go and see the matinee performance of Mrs Brown’s Boys live at the O2 Arena. However we ended up with a jam-packed weekend after securing tickets to go on the Arsenal Stadium Tour and to see The Commitments at The Palace Theatre. We travelled down to London early on the Virgin East Coast service from York which took just over two hours.
Upon arrival in London we headed straight to our hotel to drop our bags off. Our home for the night was the 4* Strand Palace Hotel, a modern hotel located in the heart of Central London directly on The Strand and just a short walk away from London’s main attractions.
We had a pancake breakfast at Garfunkel’s in Leicester Square before walking to Westminster to explore the Household Cavalry Museum, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. We also enjoyed a pleasant walk by the Embankment in the sunshine before heading to the O2 Arena to see Mrs Brown Boys. We jumped on the tube at Westminster (on the Jubilee line) to North Greenwich where the O2 Arena is situated.
I have been to the O2 Arena a number of times but it was my mum’s first visit, and it’s fair to say that she was impressed with all of the facilities on offer. There is a wide range of bars and restaurants located both inside and outside of the arena. We didn’t eat at the O2 Arena during this visit, but we did manage to enjoy a few cocktails in the American Express Invites Lounge before taking our seats in the arena.
Me and my mum are both fans of the Mrs Brown Boys television series but we were a bit weary of if it would work well as a live stage production or not. There was no reason for us to of worried the cast put on a brilliant performance the show was absolutely fantastic! The audience were laughing from start to finish. After the show, we had a meal and a few drinks in Covent Garden that evening, enjoying a meal at T.G.I. Fridays.
The following morning we caught the tube from Covent Garden (the Piccadilly line) to Arsenal, were we walked the short distance to The Emirates Stadium for the Arsenal Football Club Museum and Stadium Tour. This is a must do tour for any Arsenal fans!
After a great morning at The Emirates Stadium we headed back to Central London and straight to The Palace Theatre were we took our seats for the matinee performance of The Commitments. This was the part of the weekend that me and my mum were most excited for as we are both massive fans of the music in The Commitments. The show was fantastic! The cast had the audience on their feet as they performed some of The Commitments greatest hits, including ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ and ‘Mustang Sally’.
Susan braves the Tube Strike…
The day I was at the O2 was the day the tube strike was going to start, I started my journey early so that I would arrive at the O2 in time of the performance. Mrs Browns Boys was very funny, and I enjoyed it very much. It could not have been any more hilarious!
Everyone I was around laughed, and there was not one person who was not smiling. I found it especially funny when the actors messed up there lines. Also, at the end of the performance, they dedicated some time to wish happy birthdays and celebrate special occasions which was rather sweet. They also sold loads of memorabilia at the entrance to the O2, even a wooden spoon with Mrs Brown’s face on it!
You also got the option to buy food or drink within the O2. The facilities were all kept clean and nothing looked untidy, the staff I spoke to were fantastic – they could not do enough for us. When it was time to leave, the staff understood that the tube strike was on which meant that we all had to get the bus and explained that the bar is open if we would like to stay for a drink until the queue had died down for the buses and I thought that is great customer service.
I waited around 20 minutes, I went to the bus stop and I jumped onto the bus straight away and left. I found it incredible they had several buses waiting to collect the huge crowds of people coming out of the O2. I am not sure whether to organisation of the buses was planned by Transport for London or the O2 but it was organised perfectly. I was back at my hotel in no time.
The next day there was no tube service whatsoever and I am the usual tube user when travelling in London. I set to walk to the destinations (I could have caught the bus, but it was a lovely day!) as I was staying at the President in Russell Square and had purchased tickets to Madame Tussauds. The walk took me around 30 minutes, it was a pleasant walk in the sunshine and once I arrived I queued for around 5 minutes before I was allowed in.
Madame Tussauds was so much fun and I highly recommend it to anyone that has favourite celebrities. It must have been my lucky day, as the new Kim Kardashian wax doll was on display, and I’m a massive fan! I took loads of photos and bought loads of photographs taken in the attraction. When we left we set to walk straight to Oxford Street, which took us around 20 minutes. We had a little bit of shop then walked back to our hotel to collect our bags from concierge at the President.
The walk back to Kings Cross from our hotel only took around 25 minutes. I didn’t realise how close everything was in general when walking around London as opposed to getting the tube. I guess the strike was a blessing in disguise!
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