I adore Christmas themed movies. No surprise there, seeing as I love all things Christmas, songs included! I also love watching a great film in the cosiness of the private cinema room at The Charlotte Street Hotel in Fitzrovia, so it was essential to organise a girls night out when they announced a screening of The Holiday.
We met at The Charlotte Street Hotel last Saturday afternoon, ahead of our 5.00pm screening. Making our way down to the cinema room, we purchased wine and other various drinks, grabbed our free tub of popcorn which is thrown in with the £15 ticket price, and settled into our seats ready to watch the festive movie, and Jude Law, obvs.
I mean look at him ladies (and appreciative gents). He’s a beautiful human being! (Sidetrack story: I once sat next to him on the sofa at kid’s birthday party, and I can confirm with certainty that he was just as handsome in the flesh!).
Because it’s the festive season, I was feeling generous and took a sneaky second snap on my iPhone for you all. You’re welcome.
We finished up the movie and walked towards Covent Garden, for a dinner of champions at Shake Shack.
Salad was not on the agenda that evening, we were all about the burgers!
Following Shake Shack burgers and fries, we wandered towards the Thames to cross over the bridge to the winter markets, but a pit stop was required for the loo. Our choices were the bathrooms at McDonald’s or the bathrooms at The Savoy. Ummmm. Sorry Mcd’s, but you do not have hand towels and lovely smelling hand lotion.
We walked into the foyer of The Savoy, to be greeted by what I think is possibly the most beautiful Christmas tree I have ever laid eyes on. It was so beautiful, I wondered if maybe I could just hang out in the foyer on Christmas Day. I could take a packed Christmas lunch, wear a pretty dress, and put my gifts under that tree. What a Christmas that would be.
Unlike using the loo’s at McDonalds where you want to get in and out as quickly as possible, at The Savoy you can’t help but have a snoop around this glamorous hotel.
We tiptoed down towards the main dining area, and sat quietly on the sofa as a band started up. We felt like we’d stepped into a Great Gatsby scene, as leggy women in evening gowns sauntered past us, and others slow danced with their partners.
We also felt like Orphan Annie and friends, looking heavily under dressed and slighty like something the cat dragged in compared to all these women so beautifully dressed and made up.
We left The Savoy and walked over the bridge towards The Southbank, stopping to take in the view that never gets boring. I’m still a tourist when I spot London lit up at night, the camera always comes out for a snap.
Over on The Southbank, we located the Cider Lodge, a temporary bar for the festive period.
We decided to pop in for a Mulled Cider because it was cold outside, and because it looked warm inside and the music had us all in the mood for a dance.
Mulled cider’s in hand (albeit very sweet, juice like mulled cider! Eurgh!), we were all ready to get on the dance floor, and then they switched the damn music to techno, and well I hadn’t packed my glowstick, and all I wanted was to shake it to Beyonce y’know? So we sat down, and got some great people watching in instead. The bar is a really fun pop-up to visit, if you’re looking for something fun to do over winter.
Last trains were about to leave, so we called it a night, but not before we stopped by this view. London at Christmas is the best, and there a plenty of festive movies being shown around the city in great locations from hotels, to the underground vaults at Waterloo (I saw The Goonies there on Friday night and it was such a fun experience!). A quick Google will bring up all the info you need.
Holidays are coming, holidays are comingggggg…..