The romcom plot is paper thin, but the feel good factor is turned up to maximum as two young lovers discover each other against a tinselled backdrop of West End lights and benevolent Londoners. As the title suggests, the film was inspired by the 80s hit of the same name and Wham! And George Michael songs feature heavily throughout – there’s even a bonus unreleased track playing over the end credits.
Performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by David Hill, the programme is given an additional boost by the presence of the Bach Choir and acclaimed soprano Fflur Wynn. The concert is a treat from majestic start (Bach’s opening chorus from his Christmas Oratorio) to rousing finish (“O Come All Ye Faithful”) and is just the event to get everyone in the festive spirit.
Like his fellow contemporaries, Elton John and Paul McCartney, Stewart has outlived trends, fashions and personal upheavals with a good grace that has earned him a knighthood. His back catalogue is a solid run of hits that span the decades and include everything from folk to electronica. However, he’s best known for his anthemic love songs and the O2 will be in full singalong chorus when he encores with his massive No1 hit “Sailing”.
Inside, the various restaurants and tea rooms pull out all the stops. Davies and Brook is a new dining concept that dispenses with pretence and concentrates on providing guests with one of the finest festive eating experiences in London.Christmas lunch can be taken in either the Foyer & Reading Room or the exquisitely-decorated French Salon. For an effortlessly elegant seasonal experience, it would be hard to find anything to surpass this Mayfair institution.