Guest post by Rebecca Birch…
With Easter on the horizon, but still not quite close enough, March felt like the perfect opportunity for a weekend getaway. Ready for something a bit different to the typical UK weekend break, I decided to venture to London for an activity packed weekend break.
After a quick 2 hour journey from York to London, and a speedy 3 underground stops later, I arrived at the rather impressive Cavendish Hotel, eager to unpack and get ready for my first fun filled stop!
I have to take a moment to say that the Cavendish is truly an amazing hotel, located in Mayfair and only a short walk away from the trendy area of Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. Other local stops include Buckingham Palace, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and Rubens – so you are quite literally spoilt for choice!
The hotel itself is nothing short of fabulous with (quite literally) the comfiest beds and the most delicious breakfasts I have ever experienced, with choices such as Eggs Benedict on the menu for guests to enjoy!
As it was Friday night, and I was ideally situated near the West End, it would be rude not to visit a theatre! As a recently turned musical fanatic, I decided to go see Matilda, one of my favourite childhood stories! The show was expertly created, keeping to the original storyline, but adding in enough turns and twists to stop any predictability. I’d recommend this for any family, with adult and child humour in key and a soundtrack that will stay in your ears for days – anybody can enjoy this West End extravaganza!
Before I knew it, I was on to day 2 of my trip, which consisted of an afternoon and evening at the incredible O2 arena. As a slightly secret Country Fan, with friends across the globe that were getting frantically excited about C2C 2015 after its roaring success last year, I was a bundle of excitement on my way to see, what can be described as, THE Country event of the year.
After speaking with a few people on my way, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of fans who were returning for their second consecutive year, and now I can see why (I’m already eagerly awaiting C2C 2016!).
With an array or artists on Saturday’s line up, some of which I am familiar with, there was something for everybody! After 4 talented acts showing the world what they’re missing by not listening to this music genre, I was eagerly awaiting Florida Georgia Line, a slightly more rock’n’roll take on country. I was far from disappointed, they put on a show like only the best rock bands – I don’t think I was in my seat for a second of their hour long set!
Followed by the main act, Luke Bryan, which makes the best of us fall to our knees with his old school American charm, the evening took a turn for the even more spectacular! The US chart topping star took a turn for the mainstream with covers of hits such as ‘Easy Like Sunday Morning’ – Lionel Richie, ‘Dynamite’ – Taio Cruz and ‘Talk Dirty’ – Jason Derulo, showing off an insanely versatile mix!
Followed by his first ever Number 1, ‘Do I’ and other top songs such as ‘Country Girl (Shake It For Me)’ and ‘I Don’t Want This Night To End’ the star wasn’t short of stage time, showing off his musical talents and incredible vocal range.
Due to the amazing success of this year, C2C have extended 2016 to include an additional day, I’ve certainly got my tickets booked!
I find that London is an ideal getaway year round, when you have those holiday blues and need to escape for a bit! Who knows what my next London break will hold, hopefully a trip to see The Lion King!
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