My 26th Birthday | Chocolate Charlie, Jumeirah Carlton, Ice Bars and Fizz

This weekend has been so wonderful I genuinely don’t know where to start! At Christmas Joe bought me tickets to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in London and booked it for this weekend so we got the best seats and it could be an extension of my birthday and it really has come round so quickly. We set off on Saturday morning in the car and the weather was glorious, an amazing start to the weekend that put us both in the best ever moods with mine even more enhanced by the knowledge Joe had booked an extra surprise for lunch when we got there.

The Icebar

Parking up and heading to the tube I had no idea where I was going other than the fact that we were eating lunch and it was somewhere I’d never been – I love surprises so I was really excited! Joe pulled me onto Regent Street and up to the doors of the Icebar and I couldn’t believe it! I’d said I wanted to visit there months and months ago and he’d remembered (even when I’d forgot) so it was such an incredible surprise and a great way to hide form the mid-day heat for a while! We had a gorgeous three course meal in the Belowzero restaurant with the first of many glasses of champagne for the weekend and the food was really good. I started with a pork belly wrap, cod fillet with shoestring fries and pea tartar and finished with mini doughnuts with yuzu custard – a meal and restaurant I’d certainly recommend. We then were taken upstairs, covered in industrial furry ponchos and headed into the ice bar for 40 minutes of cocktails in -5oC!!! The whole room was made of ice, even the glasses your drinks came in, and although it was very strange it was an amazing experience and one that I’d recommend everyone does, it’s so fun! We spent quite a while taking selfies in the multi-coloured lights and admiring the walls before our time was up and we headed back out into the afternoon sun. England was stunning this weekend with the temperature hitting 25oC! Everyone was in the best spirits and we couldn’t have asked for better weather, it was just like being on holiday. Next we headed over to our hotel which neither of us were really prepared for…

The Hotel

At Christmas I was invited to stop at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in Knightsbridge and I chose to take my night this weekend so we could stop in style for Charlie – how much style we’d be stopping in however I didn’t quite realise! I’d heard of the Jumeirah hotels and knew they were pretty swish but didn’t really think anything else of it until we turned up to top-hatted doormen, a reception filled with incredible fresh flower displays and their resident harpist(!) gently playing away in the corner. We were greeted by the manager who shook our hand and explained that we had been upgraded to one of their city view suites and that the staff would be more than happy to help if there was anything we needed.

We made our way up to the 9th floor and opened our door to reveal a hallway which lead into a gigantic living room with plasma screen tvs, pod coffees makers, stunning modern interiors and great views of London. Walking through into our bedroom (the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in), more flat screen tvs and views of the city through to another hallway and an incredibly neat bathroom with monsoon shower and a plethora of REN toiletries to use throughout our stay. We’ve stopped at some beautiful hotels and resorts but neither of us have ever been in somewhere as incredible as the Jumeirah, and with our room coming in at over £2,500 a night it was certainly an experience we’d never forget! Within 10 minutes of settling in the room there was a knock at the door and a trolley of ice cold champagne and fresh fruit arrived with a birthday card compliments of the hotel which was such a wonderful touch! Joe settled down to watch some of the football whilst I got ready sipping champagne like a kid in a candy store testing out all the REN goodies in the bathroom!

The Show

In the evening we headed out for the main attraction of our trip – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the musical! To my excitement we were right in the middle, four rows from the back – our seats were amazing – and we settled down with a drink and some ice cream to watch the show. I’d read some really mixed reviews online so I was a little dubious about what we were about to watch but I’m so happy to say that the show was out of the world! The sets were incredible, the costumes were brilliant, the voices blew you away and the child actors, well, they were just something else. It had us both in fits of laughter and in awe the whole way through and it really did this classic children’s story to life – if you get the chance to go and watch it, definitely do. After the show we wandered into Covent Garden for some more fizz and antipasto in the evening heat before making our way back to the hotel for one of the best night’s sleep we’ve ever had!

On Sunday we got up, enjoyed a delicious breakfast in the hotel restaurant before waving bye bye to the Jumeirah and heading into London for a spot of shopping. We had a wander around Harrods where I picked mum up a birthday present and Joe surprised me one last time with a table and a cold glass in their Champagne bar! It was the perfect way to start the end of our weekend – he certainly knows the way to my heart! We then made headway to the Oxford Street Primark – of course and after a good rummage around I wandered out with a giant bag they had to re-inforce…Primark haul coming your way soon! We made our way home in the glorious sunshine stopping for iced lattes on the way and spent the evening catching up on tv and eating naughties over a cold glass of wine.

I honestly couldn’t have asked for a more perfect weekend and it’s one I’ll never ever forget – thank you so much to you Joe who made it all possible and to the Jumeirah Carlton too for giving us a taste of absolute luxury!

Hope the sun has been shining in your part of the world and your weekend has been just as perfect