Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


As soon as I heard that JK Rowling was doing a stage version of Harry Potter I knew I had to see it. I’m a massive Potterhead. I read all the books as a teenager and have watched all the films multiple times. Tickets were predictable extremely hard to come by, selling out in record times. I tried the Friday ticket ballot multiple times to no avail. Finally on the second big ticket release I scheduled it in my diary and got online and in the queue to big. Unfortunately I was something like number 38,000 in the queue. Annoyed I left for work, however on arriving back home from work that evening miraculously I was just nearing the front of the online queue. I was in and managed to book stall tickets for April. Only problem not April that year, but April 2018! Yes a full sixteen months away. I don’t think I’ve ever had to book anything that far in advance in my life ever before. Anyway after what seemed like an eternity the time came around. I took my school friend Rup with me, we’d both read the Harry Potter books at the same time so I knew he was also a massive Potterhead.

The play is split into two halves and we saw them on preceding days. After so much excitement I was worried I might be underwhelmed, I needn’t have been though the show was excellent. First off I have to give a shout out to the staging and the visual effects, which were the best I’ve ever seen on stage then or since. Apparently they spent a fortune on them and you can really tell, with a play about magic and wizardry you’d expect amazing special effect and that didn’t disappoint. Without giving too much away the scenes with the train and also the dementors were visually stunning. Actually left me in awe and scratching my head about how on early they achieved them. Honestly breathtaking. 

The actual play was great as well, no tired spin off here, the writing was spot on as you would expect from JK Rowling. I genuinely believe she could have spun off this story into a full blown additional Harry Potter film franchise it’s that good. I quite like the way she chose to do a theatre production instead though, I think she’s definitely encouraged a lot of younger people who may not have usually gone to see a theatre production to go see a play.

The play is very much a continuation of the books/ films though, so unless you’d seen them I think you may be a tad confused and struggle to follow the plot and what is going on. In fact so much went on I kind of want to see it again so I can study if again in more detail. Just have to try and get another ticket I suppose!

Namu, W Hotel Koh Samui

After more than a few cocktails we started to get a bit hungry so we got the hotel staff to book us a table at the W Hotel’s on site restaurant Naam. From the bar the hotel staff arranged us a chauffeured golf cart to take us through the vast estate to the stunning beachside restaurant. It’s a Japanese style restaurant and we had wonderful sushi. The waiter took this lovely photo of us together at the table. After I posted into Instagram everyone kept on saying what a beautiful couple we made and when we going to get married. Well sorry to disappoint, Andrew is very dear friend to me, but definitely not my boyfriend! I loved this restaurant though, if you’re in Koh Samui I really recommend either staying at or visiting this restaurant and hotel.

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W Hotel, Koh Samui

My friend Andrew’s favourite hotel group is the W, so while in Koh Samui he insisted we must visit. The W is famous for their quirky modern design and the Koh Samui location is no different. A stunning entrance with their signature oversized W. Then through the chic lobby to a stunning infinity pool overlooking the ocean with another oversized W. The pool here is purely for visual effect though, it’s only about a foot deep (there’s a proper swimming pool elsewhere in the resort). On the edge of the pool there’s these sunken round pod booths for sitting and relaxing in, lovely to have a few cocktails in while admiring the amazing views. The whole think is really cool and very instagrammable.


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TropOut, Koh Samui

After the intensity of White Party Bangkok on January 2nd Andrew and I flew down to Koh Samui to go to TropOut, the official after party event for White Party. To be honest we were were pretty shattered after all the White Party events, so we were looking forward to a bit of R&R. While in Koh Samui we stayed at the TropOut host hotel, Casa de Mar. 
TropOut involves more parties, but as we were still recovering from White Party we decided to be a bit more selective about the events we attended. We went to a couple of the pool parties and also did the daily morning yoga sessions. The main TropOut event was the boat party though, which we both really enjoyed and let ourselves go a bit wild at. Apart from that we just spent most of our time lying by the pool or on the beach with little trips out each day for lunch and dinner.  It was really chilled and just what we needed after the intensity of White Party.

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White Party Bangkok

After a very cold couple of months I was really in need of some winter sun and so when one of my best friends Andrew suggested Thailand and more specifically White Party in Bangkok for New Year I jumped at the chance. Andrew and I have known each other since uni, now a fully qualified doctor he moved to Australia several years ago to continue his medical career so unfortunately I don’t get to see him very often. Thus a cheeky break in Thailand. seemed an ideal chance to catch up with him and also have a fun holiday.


I flew to Thailand just after Christmas on December 27th. The only non ridiculously expensive flight I could find to arrive in time for the first party was with Kuwaiti Airways. I didn’t know much about that airline, but it was cheap. Like most Middle Eastern airlines I realised the chance of getting a bacon sandwich on board was pretty unlikely, what I hadn’t reckoned on through that it would be a completely dry airline. Big mistake. I wasn’t looking to get wasted on the flight, but I do like a pre-meal G&T and maybe a glass of wine with my food, particularly as I was stuck in economy. Emirates, Ethiad, Qatar and Oman all serve alcohol so I was pretty surprised that Kuwait didn’t. The rest of the flight was ok, but pretty basic, so I was glad when I arrived safely I’m Bangkok. 

I was tired, had all my bags with me and the taxis are super cheap in Thailand compared to London, so I skipped public transport and hailed a cab to the hotel. I stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott, my friend booked the hotel and chose if mainly based on the proximity to the White Party venue. It was a pleasant enough hotel if a little non descript.

The White Party is actually a series of parties over four consecutive days, all with different themes (military, jock, all white, New Year’s Eve) so I only arrived literally the afternoon of the first party so I didn’t really have much time to relax or unwind before hitting the club. From landing til New Years Eve it was pretty much eat, sleep, rave, repeat as the song goes. By the final party I was shattered. Apart from the hotel and Central World, the convention centre where the parties were held, I pretty much saw nothing of Bangkok. Thankfully I’d been before and was also planning to spend some time back in Bangkok later in my trip.

The White Party really was amazing though, the parties were brilliant and the production values of the events was stunning. I had so much fun, so worth doing if you have the chance, I’d definitely go again.