This time last week me and my mam were heading down to London for the Royal Variety Performance at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. My mam attends the show every year and this year she asked me to go along with her. This year was the first time that she bought tickets to the after show party too, and let me tell you, it was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced! Today I’m going to give you an insight into the show (I won’t be going into too much depth about the show as I don’t want to spoil it for anybody!).
After travelling down to London on the train and grabbing a bite to eat, we quickly freshened up and got ready to head to the Hammersmith Apollo nice and early. We stayed at the London Elizabeth hotel near Lanchester Gate tube station which was roughly a 15 minutes drive away from the venue. Unfortunately we got stuck in the rush hour traffic and it took us almost an hour in a taxi (maybe taking the tube would have been a better option!), but luckily we gave ourselves plenty of time to get there.
Once we got to the venue around 5pm, there was a queue waiting for the doors to open at 5:30pm so we decided to go to a nearby pub for a quick drink before the show. We headed back to the venue around 6pm ready for the show to start at 7pm. We had a glass of prosecco in the foyer before taking our seats. As we’d be in the presence of royalty (Prince Charles and Camilla), everybody was suited and booted in tuxedos and formal gowns.
Hosted by David Walliams, the show was filled with lots of entertainment and a great variety of acts. From musicians and comedians to West End musicals and magicians, we were thoroughly entertained throughout the show. The highlights of the show for me were the performances by Lady Gaga, Emelie Sande, Rob Beckett, The Beatles Cirque Du Soleil and the magician’s wonderful tribute to his brother and the rest of the British military. I can’t wait to watch the show back on TV!
Once the show had finished around 10:30pm, we made our way outside to get our free transfer to the after party venue which took place at the Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane (very swish!). We were surprised by how many people were going to the after party and we had to wait a while for our transfer – there was around 20 coaches to transport us all so it was a little chaotic! We finally arrived close to midnight and were seated in a huge ball room.
We were amazed by the size of the ball room and the sheer amount of people who were there. It was such a surreal experience seeing the likes of Tom Fletcher from Mcfly casually walking past us with no security or screaming fans following him. We were seated at a table with 8 other people, it was lovely to spend the evening with a bunch of people who were from different parts of the UK and were all there for one thing – to enjoy a charitable evening of great entertainment. Shortly after being seated we were served a delicious three course meal and given what seemed liked a bottomless bucket of red and white wine. It was crazy to think we were sat eating our scrummy raspberry dessert at 1:30 in the morning!
Denise Van Outen hosted the after party banquet and in between courses we were entertained by groups, magicians and BGT winner, George Sampson with his infamous dance to Singing in the Rain. Funds raised from the event go towards The Royal Variety Charity who support people who are working professionally in the entertainment industry but need help. Overall we had an amazing evening and we can’t wait to watch the show back on TV.
The Royal Variety Performance will be on ITV Tuesday 13th December at 7:30pm so you can watch the show from the comfort of your own home!