Ah, London with the sun shining for 5 days straight is a glorious thing! I’d only seen her in the cold and damp. This time, the temp was in the high 60’s during the day and just a few fluffy clouds in the sky. Michael had a few days of meetings in the London and Brighton offices, but we arrived over the weekend and took advantage of some of the city’s treasures. We enjoyed great meals at Bibendum, Zuma and The Botanist (our favorite place in Sloan Square where we befriended one of the bartenders, Janus, who remembered us from our previous visit in January!). We hung out on Kings Road and at the SouthBank where there were food festivals and beer gardens along the Thames. We drank really yummy margaritas. We went to see Merrily We Roll Along, a revival musical featuring music by Stephen Sondheim, and stayed up way past our bedtime dancing at a private club, Home House, with new friends.
While Michael worked, I shopped around at new and familiar stores, explored more of the city including Covenant Garden; treated myself to lunch outside at a Greek restaurant and explored a small part of the British Museum.
I enjoyed cocktails at The Botanist with the windows open to the street; tried and failed to get into Westminster Abbey (they were preparing for a 60th Jubilee celebration for the Queen) and saw a great exhibit of contemporary Soviet art at the Saatchi Gallery, some of which I’m sharing with you below. I must admit, it was difficult to get myself back on the airplane this time to return to Rome.