Hairspray and Kensington Close Hotel

For my birthday my mum treated me to a London Break which included theatre tickets to see Hairspray and B&B at the Kensington Close Hotel.

We arrived in London on Thursday afternoon in time to settle in at the hotel before we went out.  It is a 4 star hotel well situated just around the corner from High Street Kensington tube station.  The hotel was nice and clean, although our room was quite small and could do with a little modernising – I think they may be in the process of updating these at the moment.  The hotel had a few bars and restaurants and a nice looking spa area – but I felt it a bit cheeky to charge guests an extra £7 to go for a swim so we didn’t bother!

The breakfast buffet at the hotel was nice – they kept bringing out fresh food so you didn’t feel like it had been sitting there the full 3 or 4 hours it was open.  They seemed to underestimate some of the food though as the fresh melon disappeared after about 3 guests each time…luckily I was one of the lucky ones!

After settling in at the hotel we headed over on the tube to Tottenham Court Road, which is near the theatre.  From there we wandered around checking out the local restaurants for their theatre specials and eventually settled on a little Italian just around the corner.  The food was pleasant and reasonably priced and the service quick – they were clearly used to dealing with theatre goers wanting to eat and leave in time for 7.30 performances.

Our seats in the theatre were row P of the stalls.  I normally prefer the circle as I don’t like looking up at the stage, but this was a smallish theatre and the stalls were quite staggered so we were fairly level with the stage.  We luckily had aisle seats which gave me somewhere to stretch my long legs – although Row M would have been more perfect as that was the row behind the centre aisle and had lots of leg room!

The show is a romantic comedy set in the 60’s and follows the life of a girl called Tracy living in Baltimore.  She follows her dream and becomes a celebrity on a teen tv show and then starts a campaign trying to get the tv show to include black teenagers.

The music is good and the show really funny in places.  Brian Conley has just taken over this week from Michael Ball in the role of Edna Turnblad and was clearly enjoying himself in the role – during one song with Nigel Planer, who plays Wilber Turnblad, the two of them had a case of stage giggles!

Overall I really enjoyed the show and would like to see it again, although it still doesn’t beat Mamma Mia off my top spot.


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One Response to “Hairspray and Kensington Close Hotel”

  1. Wicked « Helena’s Blog Says:

    […] around £75.  We stayed the night at the Kensington Close Hotel, which is the hotel I stayed in with mum earlier this summer, as it is easy to find, quiet and well placed to get […]

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