In my last blog post I told you about the challenge I’d been set by The National Lottery and Lotto to “be a millionaire for a day”. I say ‘challenge’, but obviously it was less of a challenge and more of a massive treat.
This magical day took place last Wednesday and I documented everything I did throughout the day on Twitter and Instagram (I was completely overwhelmed with tweet replies on the day – especially when in Harrods – so apologies to those I didn’t reply to!) but I wanted to blog about the experience too…as it really was an *epic* 24 hours.
For those that didn’t read the last post, I’ll give you a quick re-cap on what on earth was going on…
To celebrate the fact that every Wednesday in May there’s an extra chance to become a millionaire with Lotto thanks to an additional £1m prize in the raffle (on top of the usual jackpot!) I was set ‘the challenge’ of spending £2,739.72 in 24 hours.
Why £2,739.72? Because that’s the amount you could spend every single day for a whole year if you won £1,000,000.
Oh and I had to spend ALL OF IT. Anything that didn’t get spent would have to be given back at the end of the 24 hours.
It was fascinating reading what Lotto fans and my followers would have spent the money on had they been doing the challenge, but obviously there were caveats on how I could spend it.
I wasn’t allowed to just put it towards my mortgage, give it to charity or spend it all on clothes. I had to spend it on ‘experiences’ (to get a real idea of how it feels to be a millionaire Lotto winner), make the money last for the full 24 hours, save some for surprise challenges aaaaand I needed to splash the cash on things that could be filmed/documented….which sadly meant my camera shy husband couldn’t skip work for the day to join me. I am constantly impressed by his quest for privacy, even when such treats are on the table! (To be fair he did join me to stay at The Savoy, which was the second best bit of the whole experience).
SO WHAT DID I RUDDY WELL DO WITH ALL THAT CASH?
Well you can get a little overview in this one minute video…
But this is basically what went down from 7.30pm Tuesday to 7.30pm Wednesday…
7.30pm Tuesday – I checked-in to a suite at The Savoy
I have been to The Savoy a couple of times for press events, but never dreamed of staying there. It was just exceptional, from start to finish. The staff treated us like absolute royalty and everything about the stay was perfect, except I’d have preferred it to be a week longer!
8pm – Cocktails at The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar
Of course you can drink at the Beaufort Bar without being a resident at The Savoy (something I’ll be bearing in mind, because I need to go back sharpish) but there was something very special about being able to sign these cocktails over to the room and be like “YES, I AM STAYING HERE, THANKS”.
The cocktails themselves were sensational and we chose them from a stunningly gorgeous pop-up book. I’ve decided more menus should be pop-up books.
There was a singer. There was beautifully dim lighting. It was all very private and lovely. It was the first time I’d had a quiet twenty minutes with ST since he’d returned from the US. It was dreamy.
9pm – Dinner at Sea Containers
I’d wanted to try Sea Containers at the Mondrian since the Astley Clarke x Theirworld charity event I went to earlier this year, so it was the first place I thought of to go. The food selection for vegetarians was seriously good.
I definitely suggest you have the mushroom salad, any of their flatbreads and the smoked aubergine.
11ish – We went to bed. At The Savoy.
I still love to say this.
9.30am – Breakfast at The Savoy
Again, you don’t have to be a resident to have breakfast at The Savoy but sloping down there half asleep to be greeted with basically everything you could ever want – including a perfectly ironed copy of The Times (!) – was very high luxe. At this point ST agreed we should go twice a year, I will remind him of this when I see him this weekend.
10.30am – My chauffeur arrived to take me to Harrods.
In my excitement I forgot to snap the lovely Merc that ferried us around all day, but you can see it in the video above. It was rather comfortable.
11.30am – I had a make-up lesson at Bobbi Brown in Harrods.
I’d never used Bobbi Brown products before (god knows how?!) so it seemed like a great opportunity to try out their range. I had a full hour’s make-up tutorial and *may* have spent some of my cash buying some of their best pieces. It would have been rude not to. I can officially say I own a Shimmer Brick. LIKE THE ONES IN IN-FLIGHT MAGAZINES. I’ve officially made it.
12.30 pm – I was issued my first challenge, to buy something for a follower in Harrods
This was a really fun part of the day, basically running around Harrods like a mentalist trying to find the things that people on Twitter were asking for! Hopefully the lucky recipients have all received their gifts now 🙂
1.30pm – Afternoon tea at Sketch with my sister
For my next challenge I was asked to surprise a friend or loved one, so I rescued my sister from the wards of Homerton Hospital (her shift had finished, promise!) and took her to Sketch for afternoon tea.
IT WAS SO MUCH FUN.
4pm – Pedicures at ESPA Life Spa at the Corinthia
We then went to get pedis, because I like to think millionaires spa all day. Natch. I’d never had a pedicure in a spa before and it was SO relaxing. The therapists were really lovely and treated us like princesses.
5.30pm – A private capsule on the London Eye
I’d always felt like the only Londoner who hadn’t been on the London Eye. I’d lived here ten years and never once been on! So what better way to experience it than with a Champagne package on a private capsule?! It was a gorgeous way to see the city and reflect on the adventures of the day. It also wasn’t scary and I’m embarrassed that I thought it would be.
6.30pm – A challenge to ’embrace your inner child’
We knew we were coming to the end of our day (boooooo!) so when the challenge came through to ’embrace your inner child’ we knew EXACTLY what we wanted to do to prolong the experience a little longer…get a private box at Charlie & The Chocolate Factory! As long as we could get there for 7pm, we’d be ok. Cue a mad dash across town…
7pm – A Royal Box at Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and one last surprise
This was, without a doubt, the best part of the day if not one of the best parts of my entire life. Firstly, the Royal Box experience was insane. We were met by our own private butler, had our own huuuuuuge room (filled with even more champagne and canapés!) and then the private royal box for the show itself. We were just excited to be given a free programme to be honest, let alone have our own toilet which everyone from Michael Jackson to Queen Victoria has used – hah! There were dessert canapés in the interval too. Mmmmmmm, dessert canapés.
I also used the interval to complete my final challenge of “surprise a stranger”, buying a round of drinks and ice creams for the guests sitting by us in the theatre. Everyone loves free wine and ice cream!
As for the show. Words cannot do it justice. If you’re a Roald Dahl fan though, you must see it. Or if you’re just a fan of using your eyes and ears generally, GO. I was staggered at the stage production, it was like nothing I’ve ever seen anywhere in the world. There was ‘a moment’ towards the end (I shan’t spoil it) where I sobbed like a baby. And then proceeded to sob again after when the butler asked if I’d enjoyed it. (My sister can confirm how embarrassing this was for all concerned).
It was a busy, hectic, BRILLIANT 24 hours.
I don’t suppose Lotto will have me back every Wednesday to play #24hrmillionaire?!