For my birthday back in March, my lovely husband kindly bought me a voucher for afternoon tea (he know’s how I LOVE afternoon tea) at Topham’s Hotel in London, and we booked it for the weekend just gone.
Deciding we wanted more for our day in London – than just afternoon tea and shopping – we wanted an immersive day of culture and thought about all the things we could do and experience in London. No shopping whatsoever. In our heads we pictured a glorious day filled with sunshine, sight-seeing, galleries and museums galore, and although we got around to a few of the sights, we didn’t get around many and there certainly wasn’t much sunshine; but we still had a pretty inspiring day – as we dodged the rain showers!
I could’t get photos of everything we did as it was just too wet to take photos at some points, but here is a few from our day.
After seeing the big blue chicken, we turned around and went into the National Gallery, where we saw beautiful and historical paintings by Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Manet, Matisse, Da Vinci, Botticelli and so many more. Seeing these famous paintings in real life, mass you appreciate why they are so famous in the first place. Well, you know, some of them. Some you wonder if they’ve been stuck up on the walls for a joke just to see if anyone notices.
After that we just went walking through the streets of London looking for a good cup of coffee. Incidentally, we found one just in time before the heavens opened once again.
Then we made our way to the V&A for some museum action. I was really hoping to see the Wedding Dresses exhibition but by the time we got there they had sold out of their daily allocation tickets for it. Bum! So we just mooched around until we thought we’d best get to having some dinner before our evening show that we also had booked.
At 8pm it was SHOW TIME! We saw The 39 Steps at The Criterion Theatre and really enjoyed it. It was a comedic murder mystery type show – a take on Alfred Hitcock’s film of the same name – and had a cast of four with all but the lead playing different roles, which added nicely to comedy of the piece.
I love all of those kind of stories though. For my 21st Birthday we took another trip to London and saw Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap – now that is one I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone and everyone!
And don’t you just love it when childhood memories comes flooding back to you at unexpected times? The one female in the cast of four, only turned out to be Ellie Beaven! Who’s Ellie Beaven you ask? Good question. She played the lead role of Natalie in a CBBC programme that I used to watch after school called ‘The Wild House’ – don’t tell me I’m the only one who remembers this? Surely not?
After the show we took a leisurely stroll back to Waterloo and got on the train home again (sleeping most of the way).
What do you do in London when you feel like having a day of culture?
Till next time .x.