Thursday, 19 December 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton – Westminster (London, England)

The weather is getting a little warmer here in London with bits of sunshine here and there. No chance of snow, but snow is rare in London and glad I made plans to visit Zermatt, to be amongst the snow, in January. I have to remind myself that I should be careful what I wish for – Zermatt might have one of their winters when they get too much snow. We will see.

Tonight I saw the Mary Poppins musical that is playing in the West End. It wasn’t until later that I found out that it was written by Julian Fellows. Getting to the theater was easy by getting off at Oxford Station and walking the rest of the way.

The theater was very nice inside and I had a good seat to enjoy the show. Thankfully not next to a family with restless children. The production incorporated many of the songs from the movie and had a number of new ones. Though I missed not having “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” at the end of the production, the ending was spectacular nonetheless.

Think I’ll book another West End production before I leave. I’m getting hooked on seeing musical productions that are several notches above what I would see most anywhere else, except perhaps New York City

Yesterday morning I went to the Tutankhamun exhibit at Saatchi Gallery on Kings Road. Also easy to get to and a very short walk from the Sloan Square station. Along the way I passed by a Hugo Boss shop and briefly went inside. I made a mental note to stop in on my way back to the station.

The exhibit itself was very nicely done. One final grand tour of the artifacts before they become part of the permanent exhibit in the new museum in Cairo. Many Tutankhamun artifacts were on display and many had never left Egypt before. None of the big show-stopper items, but enough that made the exhibit interesting. Glad I was able to get tickets to this popular exhibit.

Upon leaving the exhibit I went to the nearby Calvin Klein shop to buy a few more pairs of underwear to replace those that are on their last leg, so to speak. Then walked to Hugo Boss and bought another cashmere sweater (or “jumper” as they are called in the U.K.). This sweater is much lighter than the other two that I have.

In the evening I went to another candlelight concert that was being held at St. Paul’s Church in Covent Gardens. Getting there was a bit difficult since my first attempt at securing an Uber didn’t work (long story) and arrived just as the choir started their first song.

The program was in two parts. The first half contained much older works, which could be considered early carols, but Christmas was much different back then. The second half were more contemporary. The choir, the Elysian Singers, are a well-known chamber choir. They performed most of the numbers a cappella with occasional accompaniment by piano or organ.

I took a Uber back to the hotel and had a wonderful chat with a Nigerian driver along the way. I received an Uber alert that he has over 3,000 five-star ratings. I really enjoy talking with the Uber drivers when they can quickly change topics as fast as I can. (I’m not sure if that is a good or bad thing.)

Tomorrow think I’ll be lazy and perhaps go to Kensington Palace before walking over to the Royal Albert Hall for their Christmas program.

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