So if you follow me on any social media, in particular Twitter or Instagram, you may have noticed that I went to London for a few hours yesterday. I might have maybe mentioned it, just a little bit. Or a lot. Fierce exciting stuff as I’d never been before and not only was I going, but there was pampering and child-free Me-Time.
The lovely people at Netflix invited a few of us Stream Teamers to the premiere of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, as I mentioned the other day. They mentioned the words “Soho Hotel” and “pampering”, my first thoughts were “An hour each way, alone, in silence. God, the bliss”. The series, for anyone who hasn’t checked it out yet (and you should, its brilliant), is based around Kimmy, a spunky young woman who doesn’t let anything get her down – she’s spent 15 years in a bunker thinking the world had ended so upon her release and finding out that it didn’t, she’s living life to make every single minute count and not sweating the small stuff. Netflix decided that this was something which would particularly relate to parenthood (not necessarily the trapped in a bunker thing, though the freedom of a day out in London away from nappies was a tiny bit relatable!), in particular motherhood, and so our wonderful event was organised.
I flew from Cork Airport, and arranged to meet the others, who were all flying from Dublin, at the hotel. I was told a car would be waiting for me when I hit Heathrow, and as I walked into the arrivals hall, I did have to stop myself from taking a selfie with the driver who was holding a sign with my name on it. He led me to my cab, a gorgeous Mercedes, and we headed into the city. On the way I got to check out the sights of the West End and Hyde Park, and was instantly enraptured by how beautiful it all was (I have a bit of a thing for pretty architecture). Upon arrival, I enjoyed a latte in the hotel bar while waiting for the others.
The event started at 12pm and wow, what an event it was. We were handed goodie bags on our entrance in containing foam fingers, candles, selfie sticks, macarons, and guides to what to expect inside. Pretty much straight away we were given a choice of two cocktails, the Unbreakable Kimmy Spritz, and Candy for Dinner. We were also presented with wonderful finger foods; steak and chips on a stick, different types of vol-au-vents, brownies, and lots of other stuff besides. All of them served by lovely servers who were quite easy on the eye, if I must say. Upon opening the goodie bags, we were advised to use the foam fingers to call the servers/masseuses/manicurists to be given whatever we wanted – much like our toddlers do with us, but this time it was our turn (and there was to be no dragging out of – bliss).
After about an hour of pampering, we were led (drinks in hand) into a cinema room in the hotel to watch the first three episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s a really funny sitcom, not that I expected anything else from seeing the trailer and knowing Tina Fey was involved. I found the main character really relatable, despite not having spent 15 years in a bunker, and her mantra of “Just another ten seconds” one that I’m definitely able to incorporate into daily life, especially with a toddler – much better than counting to five! Definitely recommend checking out the series, I’m planning a binge of it over the next few days on Netflix now that it’s available to all members! It’s light and fluffy but inspiring viewing so it definitely breaks up the day! Perfect for under a duvet watching.
After the premiere it was back in to the pampering room to receive my shoulder massage and my manicure. Unfortunately for klutz me, my nails smudged almost immediately (theres a reason I stick to falsies normally!), but I really enjoyed the chance to relax and chat to other parenting bloggers (as well as mastering the selfie stick) – it was a fantastic afternoon. Major kudos to the organisers and to Nicola, the PR lady who invited us – everyone seemed to have an absolutely fantastic day.
After the event, I had a while longer to stroll the streets of London, checking out Oxford St, the tiny Apple fan in me got to be in the Apple Store and marvelled at how manic it was in there, and taking pictures of signposts. I also made sure to pick up the mandatory gifts but failed in my search for a “My mum went to London and all I got was this lousy babygro” for E – oh well!
My flight back was later (and to a different airport) than everyone elses. My driver went the scenic route in an attempt to skip as much traffic as possible (I’m seeing why nobody drives in London), so I got to see a lot of the West End and Harrods. Definitely looking to head back for longer than a few hours to check it all out, but as a first taster, London, you’re kinda alright. Nice to meet you.
As a member of the Netflix Ireland Stream Team I have received a complimentary one year Netflix membership along with an Apple Tv. My trip to London for the premiere of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was also courtesy of Netflix. I will in turn be featuring Netflix related blog posts. All opinions are my own, and I was already subscribed to the service beforehand.