Monday, 10 March 2014

A Perfect Day

This post is a bit late for my liking but it can't be helped, there was too much on last week. Including three days working at my new part-time job. A new job that I have sadly decided is not for me. I'm working to the end of the month whilst they find a replacement. They are interviewing this week anyway so they just have to find another bod to take my place. Shame really, but I'll carry on looking for something that feels right.

So, last weekend the Mister and I had a super scrimpy time up in the big smoke. We had a hell of a time, totally brilliant.

We started off (in true Monopoly fashion) passing Waitrose and collecting a free coffee each with our Waitrose members cards. Then we used the Mister's network railcard to get two return tickets to the Old Brompton Road for the small sum of £20.00. We had to change trains a few times but they all connected well and they were relatively empty for a Saturday.

Once there we made a very happy discovery. The Chelsea Kitchen restaurant that I frequented in my teens when it was on the Kings Road has relocated to Fulham Road. What is more it is still unbelievable value for money. With a wide selection of great tasting food, healthy portions and friendly helpful staff. Between us we had 4 delicious courses and a glass of wine for £25.00 including a tip.

Then on to the Finborough theatre which is in a room above the pub to see Rachel Stirling starring in a revival of a Terence Rattigan play last performed in 1958, Variation on a Theme.

I was so grateful we heard about this play and the theatre (highlighted in The Lady magazine) and managed to get tickets early as it is now sold out. We had seats at the front just feet away from the performers. I can honestly say it was one of the best things we have ever seen. Tickets were £16.00 !!! Apparently Rachel Stirling is only being paid £50.00 a week, because she really believes in the play and obviously wants to support the small theatre.

The supporting cast were top-notch as well. I've signed up to the Finborough Theatre's newsletter as I'm sure I will be a regular visitor from now on.


  1. Oh I do like a Waitrose free coffee. Oh my the Chelsea Kitchen! I remember it well. And it's still there - well on the Fulham Rd anyway! There was another cheapo restaurant on the Kings Rd - the Stockpot. Did you go there? I can't remember going to the Finborough although I probably did - I lived in Fulham (off the Fulham Rd in fact) and my friend lived in Earls Crt and I think she briefly lived in Finborough Rd. I think there was a club we used to frequent on Finborough Rd (oh God I wish I had a memory!) xx

    1. Thanks for your comment Loo, you do make me laugh.
      Jean x

  2. Sounds like a great day, Jean. I can't believe the price of your meal in London! Best wishes from Carol

  3. Sounds like the perfect day indeed, good for the soul and the pocket!!