No last train drama with Show and StayBy Natalie Slater
April 14, 2010
Living in Reading, just a train ride away from the Big Smoke, makes it great to hop on and spend a night in London.
But catching that last train home can be a hassle as you make it out of the theatre, head to the nearest bar for a quick drink, constantly checking your watch as you need to get back to the station.
Take away that stress. Or even better, let someone do it for you.
Show and Stay offers overnight packages to London including your theatre tickets and accommodation and can even organise a table for dinner or day-time entertainment.
We opted for tickets to see the highly acclaimed War Horse production at the New Theatre and followed it up with a night at the four-star Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury.
Heading into London on a Saturday afternoon, we were able to leave our overnight bags at the hotel near Russell Square before jumping on the train to Covent Garden for pre-show dinner.
Tucked away in the bustle of the city we found a fantastic little Mexican restaurant called La Perla on Maiden Lane, which has a great bar/restaurant atmosphere and was heaving. The food was delicious and reasonably priced.
As a nice little warmer on a winter night, we washed our enchiladas down with a highly recommended mojito, which is obviously a must in a Mexican.
Just a walk away to Drury Lane and we were at the New Theatre. War Horse is a production based on the celebrated book by Michael Morpurgo and features life-size puppets of the animals. The creations are so wonderful and so well-handled that, within moments, you forget they are puppets and fall into the magic of the show. Set in the First World War, it is story of bravery, love and triumph and is as well-written as it is performed. The seats organised for us by Show and Stay were also particularly good.
We were able to relax and enjoy the show knowing that there was no rush to get home. After the production, we headed across the road to Lowlander, a Belgian beer bar.
Making the most of your time in the capital is what Show and Stay is all about and once we had supped our way through the beer menu we headed back to the hotel.
The Holiday Inn location was great, and offered a tasty breakfast buffet the following morning. Making our way home on Sunday, we popped into the British Museum and absorbed a little bit more culture before heading home.
For more information or to book, visit www.show-and-stay.co.uk or call 0800 0832 841. Prices start from £45 per person with a special offer on now.