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London Meal and Theatre to see Les Miserables with Red Letter Days

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September 28, 2018

Hubby’s favourite musical is Les Miserables and he has been dropping hints about seeing it for years, however, it has never really been on my radar and I have been putting it off.
The hints have been getting progressively stronger as time goes on, the film has been on the TV more times than I can count and the album is in his car, so I knew something had to give, so when Red Letter Days offered me the chance to review one of their theatre packages, I knew just which musical I was going to pick.
It is really easy to book a London meal and theatre package, simply click the buy this package on the website and make your payment and a gift certificate arrives in the post a couple of days letter.
Red Letter Days
Inside the distinctive red envelope is a gift card for the restaurant voucher and a gift card for the theatre experience, both of which can be booked online for selected weekday matinée an evening performances. I recommend booking the theatre before the meal to ensure they have availability for the performance you want to see.
Our chosen restaurant was the London Steakhouse Company in Chelsea, owned by Marco Pierre White.
London Steakhouse Co
What struck us first was the stylish, but comfortable and inviting dining rooms and the impeccable service from the word go.
Cocktail
I chose to upgrade our basic package of a two course meal and a cocktail to include dessert, for an extra £10 when we booked, but here are also the options to add further additions to your meal including a bottle wine if you choose.
London Steakhouse Co Starter
Our starters included a spare rib dish and pea and mint soup, both of which were delicious and then it was onto the main course – steak.
Steak
One thing I will point out, is it is just the steak and sauce that was included in the price and we had to pay extra for any sides you want to add.
Dessert was Pecan Pie and Caramel ice cream and I had Lemon Posset and raspberries.
Dessert
The food was amazing and we left the restaurant replete and in need of a walk, so we headed to Stamford Bridge for a look around a much quieter stadium than we are used to.
Stamford Bridge
It was then time to head into central London to the Queen’s Theatre to collect our tickets for Les Miserables from the box office.
Les Miserables plaque

Seen by nearly 70 million people worldwide in 45 countries and in 22 languages, Les Miserables is one of the world’s most popular musicals ever written, with new productions continually opening around the globe.

Queen's Theatre
Les Miserables, translated as The Miserable, is the story of Jean Valjean who goes to prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his dying family. He is released on parol 20 years later, but having been a slave for so long, isn’t accepted back into society and gets arrested again, this time for stealing silver from a kind bishop who takes him in for the night. Taking pity on him, the bishop says he gave the goods to Jean Valjean and he is set free, thus swearing to himself that he will turn his life around and become a decent person.
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After re-inventing himself, a few years later he becomes mayor of a town and finds a woman dying in the street who used to work in one of his factories. He cares for her on her death-bed and promises to find her child, whom she is paying an inn keeper to look after, and take care of her. The Inn Keepers however, have been fleecing the woman (Fantine) for money, saying her daughter, Cosette, is sick, so when Jean Valjean finds her alive and well he buys her from the Thenardiers and brings her up as his own child.
Queen's Theatre Les Mis
As a teenager, a chance meeting with Marius sees Cosette fall in love, but like all good love stories, something has to get in the way – the French Revolution and drama and action ensues. Beware of the gunshots – they made me jump!!
After all this time avoiding it, I have to say I absolutely LOVED Les Miserables and can see why it is still going strong in the West End after so many years. We had the most incredible seats in row B, which really added to the atmosphere and the set was one of the most impressive I have ever seen, with seemless changes all the way through.
Les Mis Cast
The music, the singing, the choreography, all of it was absolutely fantastic and I think finally understanding the story really brought it to life for me. The highlight of the show is definitely the comical Thénardiers, who had Hubby and I roaring with laughter.
I hate to admit it, but Hubby was right – it is by far, one of the best theatre experiences I have ever had and I can highly recommend the Red Letter Days package as it gave us a lovely day out in London to enjoy without small people in tow and is the perfect gift for a special occasion.

Disclaimer: We received a complimentary London meal and theatre package from Red Letter Days for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
 

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  1. Reply

    Mellissa Williams

    September 28, 2018

    I think these vouchers from Red Letter Days are brilliant as a gift. I have done one before. The meal looks good! I think the film of Les Mes is really good and I would really enjoy seeing the stage show.

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    Ellie @ Five Go Exploring

    September 28, 2018

    I hadn’t realised Red Letter Days offers this sort of package! What a great gift idea, and you get to enjoy it too!

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    Emma Raphael

    September 28, 2018

    This sounds like the perfect Christmas present to me. I have already started on that mission! I used to walk past Les Mis every morning on my way to work in London. I never did go and see it. One day! 🙂

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    Anne Fraser

    September 28, 2018

    I saw Les Mis when it was on tour in Bristol and thoroughly enjoyed it. It made me want to find out more about French history and Victor Hugo

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    Laura Dove

    September 28, 2018

    Oh I LOVE Les Mis! I haven’t seen it live but it’s on my bucket list. Love red letter days too, they have such amazing packages and they really do make the perfect gift!

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    Rhian westbury

    September 28, 2018

    Dinner and theatre gifts are great as you get a proper evening out. I’ve seen Les Mis once but there’s so many more shows I’d love to see x

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    Tracey Kifford

    September 28, 2018

    What a fabulous day out! I’ve never seen Les Mis, but it’s always been ‘on the list’ of ones to see. My daughter, who is still only 12, is really into her musicals and musical theatre, so I sense we’ll be seeing lots of the West End shows if she continues her drama classes. I can’t wait!!

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    Rachael

    September 29, 2018

    So I have actually never watched the film or seen the show, I feel like I must be the only one by now. I have heard absolutely brilliant things about it though and if it has converted you after putting it off for so long then it must be a good one!

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    Amanda Millie

    September 29, 2018

    That spare rib starter dish looks so deliecious. I do love red letter days, such a fun way to treat yourself or a loved one.

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    Kate

    September 29, 2018

    That’s such a fantastic idea – my parents love the theatre and I’ve been thinking about Christmas presents for them this year, I’m going to look into this! I love the Les Mis movie, I’d love to see it on stage one day.

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    MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    September 29, 2018

    Their vouchers make wonderful gifts. I think the theatre and meal one is a great idea and perfect for quite a few people I know.

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    Rachel

    September 29, 2018

    This is literally my perfect day out! I love going for dinner and am a big fan of going to the theatre and seeing musicals. That being said I still haven’t seen Les Mis and clearly need to!

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    Anosa

    September 29, 2018

    I actually saw the movie on TV the other night and thought it was an incredible movie so I can only imagine how the theatre compared. The food at Marco’s restaurant looks absolutely top notch delicious.

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    Steph

    September 30, 2018

    I visited my first West End show a few weeks ago and it was so good. I love this package as you get a nice meal before hand too

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    Zena's Suitcase

    September 30, 2018

    I think giving experiences like this is a great idea. I love that it included a pre theatre meal which sounded delicious. You’ve also inspired me to check out this musical. I’m guilty of putting off seeing this too

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    Fashion and Style Police

    September 30, 2018

    I like the look of the dining rooms. Very stylish and inviting indeed.

  17. Reply

    Melanie

    September 30, 2018

    I love dining and love theatre! Les miss is an amazing show and makes for a fab evening out x

  18. Reply

    Rebecca Smith

    September 30, 2018

    We love Red Letter Days, they have such great options for days out. Looks like you had a fabulous time. I’d love to go and see Les Mis.

  19. Reply

    natalie

    October 3, 2018

    I haven’t been to see a musical in years. Red Letter Days are such a good idea for a gift, I might get one for my husband for Christmas. It sounds like you had a great time.

  20. Reply

    Debbie

    October 4, 2018

    I have to admit I have never seen Les Mis! I do however love Red Letter days, such great packages and opportunities!

  21. Reply

    Margaret Gallagher

    October 17, 2018

    Never seen Les Miserables- maybe i should ask for this as a Christmas present- would be fab

  22. Reply

    Helen Best

    October 18, 2018

    This was Amazing worth watching it’s a great stage perforce brilliant singing

  23. Reply

    Laura Turner

    October 18, 2018

    I’ve never tried this kind of Red Letters Day package. It would indeed make a fabulous gift by the sounds of it.

  24. Reply

    Suzanne Gaulton

    October 18, 2018

    Looks and sounds like you had a fabulous time! It’s great that you have choices & options with these Red Letter packages.

  25. Reply

    Matt Line

    October 19, 2018

    I get so excited about seeing musicals…

  26. Reply

    Jade Hewlett

    October 19, 2018

    My mum went to see Les Mis a few years ago and I was put off going by not knowing the story and turned her offer down and now I am begging her to go with me! A Red Letters Day package sounds like the perfect way to have a more affordable trip to the theatre.

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    Sarah-Jane Carter

    October 20, 2018

    I really really want to see Les Miserables it is on my to do list looks amazing xx

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    LISA EVERAERT

    October 20, 2018

    Ive always wanted to see this theatre production. Looks like a fantastic evening night out.

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    Alice O'Neill

    October 20, 2018

    I have to say Les Mis is not one of my favourite shows but glad you had a lovely time

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    Helen Stratton

    October 21, 2018

    I think the Red Letter Day package is amazing and would make a great gift. Although I have been to the theatre many times, I have never seen Les Miserables, but your review has changed my mind about seeing it.

  31. Reply

    ElizM

    October 21, 2018

    Loved this show and saw it several times when it was first out, years ago. I even had the cassette tape (that long ago!) in my car but cried my eyes out every time.

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    Nikki Hayes

    October 21, 2018

    I’ve never seen Les Miserables before – the husband isn’t keen as he thinks it looks depressing 😀

  33. Reply

    Shelley Jessup

    October 22, 2018

    I’ve never seen Les Miserables even though it was my best friend’s favourite & he said I’d love it I just dont know.

  34. Reply

    mel betteridge

    October 27, 2018

    That is a brilliant review and the pics are stunning x

  35. Reply

    katherine s

    October 28, 2018

    Sounds like a great idea for a Christmas gift and a fab day out, dinner and a show.

  36. Reply

    tamara foster

    November 1, 2018

    Looks amazing!

  37. Reply

    Dragonfly63

    November 2, 2018

    Looks like a wonderful evening. I love the music of Les Mis but have only ever seen it on film.

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    Caroline Cordery

    November 3, 2018

    God I love this show! I want to go on my birthday next year although I have seen it on Broadway.

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    Chris Hunt

    November 3, 2018

    I love Les Miserables. I have seen it so many times and I never get tired of the songs. I have seen it in New York, London and even my home town with an amateur production company which was granted a licence to perform the show. This turned out to be my second favourite production of all time.
    The Red Letter Days gift sounds awesome and I would love to be on the receiving end of that.

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    Lynn Neal

    November 3, 2018

    I have not seen this show yet but I would like to!

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    Adrian Bold

    November 4, 2018

    I’ve never seen it in theatres, just the film. Would love to though.

  42. Reply

    Monica Gilbert

    November 4, 2018

    This sounds like an amazing package. I’ll need to check out what shows are available.

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    Rebecca Whatmore

    November 4, 2018

    Would love to see this show.

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    carol boffey

    November 4, 2018

    id love to see this with my boyfriend

  45. Reply

    Diane Carey

    November 4, 2018

    I’ve never seen the show or film. So pleased you had a great time. The food looks fabulous. Pea & Mint is one of my favourite soups. These packages make fab presents

  46. Reply

    Sara Goodman

    November 4, 2018

    An incredible show and a fabulous gift.

  47. Reply

    Kim Neville

    November 4, 2018

    Would love to see the show and the food looks delicious too. A nice celebration 🙂

  48. Reply

    Sarah-Dawn Pope

    November 4, 2018

    Sounds wonderful! I think you’ve sold it to me.

  49. Reply

    Cassandra D

    November 4, 2018

    I would really like to see this show.

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