Full of fun, humour and dazzling colour, this is a show that will brighten the rainiest of days.
The nature-inspired spectacle, conceived by Brazilian writer Deborah Colker, delves into the world of insects, with performers transforming themselves into cartwheeling beetles, twirling butterflies and creeping spiders.
It first premiered in Montreal in 2009 and it is currently showing in London before moving to Antwerp in March.
From foot jugglers wielding giant chunks of kiwi to contortion tricks that are truly unbelievable, the extravangaza guarantees to keep you on the edge of your seat.
There’s also an endearing love story between a fly and a ladybug, which made me chuckle as their courtship unfurled.
This romance is pretty much what threads everything together.
The dragonfly was one of favourite my characters, as it performed gravity-defying one-handed handstands and splits to make your eyes water.
The other was a spider, which rode a unicycle on a slack line as the audience cooed in disbelieve.
The trampolining crickets were another highlight as they bounced up and down from dizzying heights, alternating their positions with faultless precision.
To kick your Cirque du Soleil experience off in style, head to The Ivy Kensington Brasserie for dinner.
The restaurant, just a 5 minute taxi ride from the Royal Albert Hall, has a delicious pre-show set menu (£28 for three courses and drinks) with two cocktails inspired by the performance that awaits.
The Juggling Kiwi Martini is a delicious blend, which I loved more than I imagined and I swiftly polished off the Wyborowa vodka, sugar syrup and kiwi mix.
But if you’re more of a bubbles fan, go for the Silky Web, which consists of a funky splash of prosecco, rosé, lychee, ginger and Havana thre-year-old rum.
The set menu features a nice concise spread. To start, a friend and I opted for a dressed crab medley.
We both commented on the perfectly balanced flavours and well-used mix of herbs before moving on to the mains; salmon and a whole baked aubergine.
On the side, I plumped for some creamed spinach finished with a sprinkling of pine nuts.
We were tight on time but thankfully service was fairly swift.
To finish, we shared a strawberry panna cotta and mature cheddar cheese plate washed down with a swig of coffee to keep me awake.
However, I later realised the caffeine wasn’t required as the stimulating Cirque du Soleil performance shook me from sleep.
The SACO Canon Street apartments are just a 16-minute ride from the Royal Albert Hall via the Circle / District line from South Kensington.
I’ve stayed here twice now and can’t recommend the place enough.
The rooms are clean and well-appointed, with all of the appliances you need.
There’s a cooker, microwave, sink, refrigerator and cooking tools in the kitchen, while in the bedroom, there’s an iron, hairdryer and shoe buff.
Moving to the bathroom there’s a rain shower and my favourite part… a heated floor.
To top it off, there’s a mix of L’Occitane products to get yourself clean.
Conveniently there are USB sockets for charging and standard plug sockets to re-juice all of your electronics and the TV system is easy to use with music playable via Bluetooth.
On the food front, the kitchen comes pre-stocked with oatmeal, muesli, popcorn, tea, coffee, wine and water.
After rolling in from the Cirque de Soleil show, these little treats were much appreciated.
We also stopped for a Nespresso coffee in the lounge, which is located just behind the reception area.
In the morning, check out was swift and it was just a few seconds walk to the tube to get on our way.
This dinner, show and stay combo made for the perfect night.
They also work well as standalones, so don’t worry if you miss Cirque du Soleil before it moves on.
Dinner at The Ivy or a stay at the SACO Apartments… mix and match as you please!