Friday nights. They’re synonymous with lazy nights in front of the TV, trips to the pub and looking forward to the weekend ahead. With that in mind, I was thrilled to spend my night at the Michael McIntyre gig at The 02 Arena last Friday – it was just like a cosy night in! With a top comedian on the stage, yummy food, drinks aplenty and a comfy chair, I felt right at home (minus the penguin onesie, of course…) I even had one of my best gal pals Sarah to keep me company, too.
As I hadn’t been to The O2 Arena before I was a little bit excited to say the least – I even brushed my hair for the occasion. It was far bigger than I expected and all of the staff were so welcoming and friendly. Top tip: the staff have to check your bags on entry, so don’t forget that you bought a large Toblerone bar for the trip like I did – it’ll be whisked away! We started the night with a trip to the Five Guys burger restaurant after hearing rave reviews about the place. And oh wow, did it live up to the hype. The burgers were deliciously tender and juicy, the fries were to die for and the refillable soda was a treat for the taste buds (who knew that you could get PEACH sprite?!).
After feeling rather piggish, we went to find our seats and settle before watching the show. The atmosphere was electric, and the excited faces of all of the audience made me smile. The support act, Paul Tonkinson, really got the crowd going and was great at observational comedy and timing. Tonkinson was also quite physical in his performance which added to the humour.
Straight after a short interval, the lights went down and it was time for the headliner! The show started with a montage of funny clips sent in by fans, all imitating his best gags and sketches in their homes and offices. This was a touching and clever way of starting the night and as soon as Michael popped up on the stage I knew we were in for an entertaining time. He was full of energy and you could tell he really appreciated us all being there to see him (he did sell out The O2, after all!) His show was a magical mix of astute observations, obscure references and embarrassing stories. He even finished the evening by sharing pictures of his mishaps!
The audience loved McIntyre’s fresh approach to comedy and we all left feeling very happy and giggly. Sarah and I went back to Five Guys for a quick snack (it really was that good) before catching the tube to the Holiday Inn Express London City hotel, which was clean, comfortable and central. On the Saturday, after saying goodbye to my friend who had a meeting, I ventured to the V&A Museum to see the ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain’ exhibition. It was an amazing experience and I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all of the designer shoes, archives and video clips throughout the installation. As a fashion history geek, I also liked reading about shoes through the ages and how they dramatically altered the status and appearance of those who wore them. Finally, I went to Oxford Street (bad mistake – it was jam-packed!) for a spot of shopping before treating myself to some new jewellery at Kings Cross station and taking a nap on the train home.
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