Swan Lake Ballet at the Royal Opera House and The Ivy, Covent Garden

Well hello to you my reader chums! If you saw my last post, then you'd know this past week, I had the pleasure of finally visiting the Royal Opera House and watching the ballet, Swan Lake. My boyfriend surprised me with the tickets for my birthday and said we'd make a night of it and also booked a hotel.

Swan Lake Ballet at the Royal Opera House and The Ivy, Covent Garden

Here's an overlook of my time at the ballet and what we got up to.

We arrived in London for around half two and headed straight to our hotel The Grand which was located about a 2-minute walk from Trafalgar Square and 10 minutes from Covent Garden. The hotel was lovely and our room was tucked away that we couldn't hear any guests at all. As the ballet began at 7.30pm, we decided to book dinner early and headed over to The Ivy in Covent Garden for 4pm.

Swan Lake Ballet at the Royal Opera House and The Ivy, Covent Garden

Swan Lake Ballet at the Royal Opera House and The Ivy, Covent Garden

I've seen The Ivy raved about on social media for years that I thought it would be the perfect day to go as we were already dressing up and preparing for a fancy evening. We went to The Ivy in Covent Garden, which was just outside of the main square. When we entered The Ivy, I instantly felt as if we were entering somewhere a little bit special. The place was decked out with plush furniture, dressed up folk and the service was exemplary. 

Swan Lake Ballet at the Royal Opera House and The Ivy, Covent Garden

Swan Lake Ballet at the Royal Opera House and The Ivy, Covent Garden

For our meal, I chose the roast chicken with mash and my boyfriend got a steak with a side of mash too. Honestly, the dinner was incredibly delicious and I still can't get over how good and rich the mash was. We're both huge mash fans! We accompanied our meal with cocktails and shared a chocolate lava cake for dessert - which was also insane. I couldn't get over how good the food was! And, I was definitely on the celebrity lookout as there were a lot of cool people dining in the restaurant.

Swan Lake Ballet at the Royal Opera House and The Ivy, Covent Garden

After a lavish meal, we walked back to the hotel room and got suited and booted ready for the ballet. I wore a gorgeous lilac tulle dress (which you can read all about in my outfit post) and my boyfriend wore a black suit with a bow tie. We got a taxi over to the Royal Opera House and once we arrived, I couldn't believe my eyes. The foyer itself was fancy and traditional enough that my excitement grew as time went on.

Swan Lake Ballet at the Royal Opera House and The Ivy, Covent Garden

Doors opened just after seven and as I strolled into the theatre, I literally couldn't believe my eyes again- it was absolutely beautiful! The stage and stalls were a combination of red and gold, and I felt like royalty strolling down the aisle in my frock.

Swan Lake Ballet at the Royal Opera House and The Ivy, Covent Garden

Swan Lake Ballet at the Royal Opera House and The Ivy, Covent Garden

The Swan Lake ballet began at half 7 and I couldn't believe it when the first note played. Swan Lake is my favourite ballet and I've been dreaming about seeing it at the Royal Opera House from the age of 10. The costumes were out of this world as well as all the dancers' talent and the music was nostalgic in so many ways. I still can't believe I have seen Swan Lake on such a famous stage! I was in awe watching the whole time, especially when the dancers' would do pirouette after pirouette! It was beautiful, heartbreaking, wonderful and packed with so much incredible talent. The ballet will always have a place in my heart and I would love to re-live that day all over again.

Swan Lake Ballet at the Royal Opera House and The Ivy, Covent Garden

If you ever get the opportunity to see a ballet or show at the Royal Opera House, I would highly recommend it. It's the perfect time to dress up, appreciate the amazing talent and have a truly unforgettable evening. Thank you to my boyfriend Dan for planning the best birthday ever!

Swan Lake Ballet at the Royal Opera House and The Ivy, Covent Garden

I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you seen Swan Lake before?

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