You may have noticed from previous posts but I love Nashville, both the city and the TV show. Last year some of the artists from the TV show toured the UK but tickets for this sold out in minutes and I was not one of the fortunate ones. This year by chance I saw a post from Clare Bowen about pre-sale tickets for the 2017 concert and by the end of the week I had two balcony seats to see Nashville at the Royal Albert Hall.
We booked a really great deal on our hotel at the Ibis in Kensington which cost us less than £100. The hotel room we were in was up our own little private staircase which was quirky. The room itself was small but did the job; the bathroom was large and had a window in it which is a rarity in London hotel rooms. The shower was powerful although the feeling of the floor moving beneath you when stood in it was a bit disconcerting. It was fine for one night but if staying here for longer you would certainly struggle.
We walked up to the Royal Albert Hall for the show, the walk took us up through Kensington and it was a lovely summers evening with the sun setting. I have never been to anything at the Royal Albert Hall before and was super excited to see both the building and the show. I wasn’t disappointed on either of these.
The building is stunning, the foyer is small but perfectly formed and there are lots of bars/kiosks dotted around so you are never queuing for very long. We ordered some a whiskey and cokes for the show and some for the interval, the price wasn’t cheap but for a venue like this in London I considered it fairly well priced.
We took our seats in the box that we were sharing with 2 others, these turned out to be 2 younger girls from America who were lovely and offered to take a photo of us. The view from the box was fantastic, I don’t think there was a bad seat anywhere in the venue that I could see.
The show started promptly with Charles Esteen as the opening act who was fantastic. All of the performers were amazing although Jackson Jackson most definitely stole the show when he performed the Elvis classic Unchained Melody. I had seen him perform this previously online on his debut for The Grand Ole Opry and to see him sing this in person gave me goosebumps. They performed a mixture of their own songs along with songs from the show itself; nearly everyone was singing along and having a fantastic time. The time flew by and before we knew it the show was over. It was a real treat of a night and a show, something that I had wanted to see for a while and to see if in such a beautiful venue as The Royal Albert Hall made it even more special. We ended our night at Hard Rock Café with some amazing food before catching the tube back to the hotel to sleep.
The following day was another summer scorcher and it seemed such a shame to get back on the tube to get back to the train station so we decided to do the 40-minute walk back to Paddington. I was so glad we did this, the walk took us down some of the quieter residential streets in Kensington and then onwards past Kensington Palace and through the park. We have never really seen this part of London before and made a note to go back here another day to take it all in, a day when we weren’t rushing to catch a train!
Before I knew it my whirlwind 24 hours in London was done. I had a great time with the absolute best company of my husband. Not to fear though, another fortnight and I would be back in the capital for another trip, this time just for the day though.