It's a magical winter day in London...
the streets lights glow as night begins to fall,
as the majestic London Colliseum stands tall above me,
my eyes grow wide with excitement for my plans,
a wonderfully planned evening of delicious cicchetti, beautiful ballerinas and live orchestra...
It was only in November that I thought about ending the year with such a highlight but, by then all tickets had sold out online.
I called up the ticket office and by some stroke of fate,
2 prime tickets had just become availible (& had not even gone online yet!). An astonished box office had the fastest sale of the season!
My stroke of luck continued on the night....
It all began on St Martins Lane...
Created by the multi-award winning San Carlo group of authentic Italian Restaurants, it's service is a delight to those venturing before & after Coliseum Performances.
It's location , being a few steps from the doors of the grand Coliseum, provides an indulgent atmosphere to begin the night as the excitement builds before show time.
And it was here that my love affair for Ciccheti began...
I have always had a taste for Italian food but these little parcels were something else!
Made from fresh ingredients even the tomatoes were bursting with flavour!
I have never been so happy at the prospect of "small plates" as it is the perfect excuse to try a little bit of everything..... trust me, you will want to try everything on this menu too!
Ciccheti dares you to be adventurous, to order foods you have never heard of and wonder at the surprises you discover
From the fresh pasta to the pizza fritti, every bite is a slice of heaven for your tastebuds....
Location: London Colliseum
I was delighted to discover that not only had I got hold of 2 prime tickets to see the ENB perform in the most festive week of December, but that the evening performance included
Isaac Hernández as Drosselmeyer's Nephew
Tamara Rojo as Clara
Lead Principal and Artistic Director for the ENB
Early in her career as Lead Principle, her performances as Clara broke all box office records at the London Coliseum and The Times named her “Dance Revelation of the Year.”
My view of the breathtaking pairing was perfect, as my stoke of luck continued and the seats directly in front of me remained empty.
A truly festive end to a fabulous evening
by the very fitting ENB Christmas Tree!
What is better way to end the night than a stroll through London admiring the Lights?
English National Ballet: the story of the Nutcracker
© la bonne vivante 2019