The weekend of the Plus Size Awards was already going to be full of excitement and new things, but as it was my birthday the weekend after (I’m officially an adult now!), my Mum decided to absolutely spoil me by booking tickets to see Phantom of the Opera. From watching the 2004 film, probably in 2004, I fell completely in love with the storyline and songs. Since then, I probably watch it monthly if not biweekly. It wasn’t until years afterwards that I realised the Phantom in the film is Gerard Butler and well, as you can imagine that made me watch it more. When we arrive at her Majesty’s Theatre, I don’t think I have ever been so excited. Of course, we dressed for the occasion. I had my Voodoo Vixen dress on, and Marie wore The Curve with an Evans top.
When we arrived inside it was probably around 50 degrees in the theatre, making us very uncomfortable. Upon finding our seats, the discomfort continued as it was very cramped and there was a lot of snobby, angry people around. To the extent where an accidental, gentle catch of their hair would result in huffs and puffs. As soon as the theatre started, all was thankfully well. The music filled the air and soothed us to the point where my mum and I actually kept nodding off. But certainly not in a disrespectful or boring way, we were simply so comforted by the music and relaxed. During the break we of course opted for overpriced ice cream. I found the entire play to be utterly mesmerising and I would no doubt go and see it again. Or even Les Miserables.
Before we headed to them theatre we quickly ran to the Radisson Blu Portman to drop our bags off, this was incredibly convenient as it was also where the Plus Size Awards would be held, but it wasn’t quite what we were expecting. Following an explosion at the hotel opposite, the lobby was absolutely packed with stressed, some aggressive and what looked like a couple injured people, all trying to find rooms. We were directed to the right line and the staff were not only hilarious, and did a very good job at distressing my Mum’s ticking stress levels, but they also took care of everything in a very timely fashion so that we wouldn’t be late for the theatre. We were a little shocked to hear that our rooms where even ready then as that would have been perfect, if it wasn’t for the theatre.
Upon returning back I would love to say that we slowly and enjoyably began to get ready, but that wasn’t the case at all. Instead, through arguments, sweat and tears, we literally had an hour to become award night ready and glamorous. Thankfully, through nothing short of a miracle, we actually made it with minutes to spare. The business class hotel room helped greatly with our rush as the bathroom was spacious and well equipped for quickly refreshing oneself, the room was spacious enough to give my mum and I plenty of space to stress apart. We could hang our dresses up in the roomy wardrobe and to my absolute delight, there was a huge dressing table with a even bigger mirror. Exactly what I hoped for. The room was also equipped with a mini bar, coffee maker, wardrobe, safe, bath, shower, TV, ridiculously comfortable beds and air conditioning. Which was absolutely incredible. We even got back to the room to find chocolate cake and champagne!
The Radisson Blu Portman is by far the best hotel I’ve stayed in for numerous reasons. The staff went above and beyond to make sure that your every need was catered for, the hotel itself was absolutely beautiful and the Christmas decorations definitely got me in a festive spirit. It’s in the perfect location as it’s in walking distance to Oxford Street and just ten minutes away from the station. The next morning the late checkout time of 12pm was most welcomed and we strolled down for a relaxing breakfast to find an incredible display of just about everything you could ever want for breakfast. From cereals, to full English, fruit, or even ham and cheese, the Radisson Blu Portman caters for absolutely everyone.
The next day we had the absolute delight of meeting the man behind Scarlett and Jo, Gifi Fields. I promised I wouldn’t rave on about him too much, but he is honestly the most interesting and inspiring person I have ever met. We spent most of the day in the most beautiful building I have ever seen and to our surprise, located right next to our hotel. Even for someone who loves writing, it’s difficult to put into words just how breathtaking this building actually was. However, I have definitely decided that I will never truly be happy until I am walking down a staircase like this every morning. Gifi wined and dined us whilst talking about just about everything.
After swanning around in a fancy private members club, Gifi then showed us around the area and took us to another utterly amazing place, Selfridges. A place that women like me dream of. I truly felt like a child in a sweet shop as I just wanted everything and it all looked so amazing.
We literally spent the entire day with Gifi as we just couldn’t get enough of his company. It was definitely a day to remember, from judging the designer clothes in Selfridges, to nearly making a lady on a perfume counter cry and even seeing the beautiful London Christmas lights. We even had the pleasure of meeting Gifi’s son, who is also a writer and completely understands how much easier it is to 2am in the morning. We headed back to the breathtaking building for more refreshments and to wonder sound the place and take pictures, before heading off to the train station.
All of this, combined with winning Best Fashion Blog at the Plus Size Awards, meant that I had by far the best weekend ever.