Tuesday, May 19, 2015
London: Bright lights and big shows
A quick ride in on the Gatwick Express and a short taxi ride brought us to our Kensington hotel. It had been a long time since breakfast so we followed the hotel manager’s directions to an all day restaurant. Seamus had duck spring rolls, while I had a quinoa salad. It was all delicious, a good start to the food.
We wandered around admiring the clothing stores and all the little restaurants with wonderful cakes. There were still lots of smart looking Sloane Rangers, if that is still their name, in the street but they were mixed in with lots of people from the Middle East and Asia.
We put all this behind us we sat down to enjoy the show. It follows the band's beginnings when brothers Dave and Ray Davies started writing songs, their triumph on Top of the Pops and their troubled American tour. It follows the turbulent times, the highs and lows as the band became bigger and bigger. We shared a table with a man of a similar age, who was a real Kink's aficionado. He enthusiastically filled us in on much of the story behind the play.
The music was fantastic throughout: Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, This Time Tomorrow and of course Lola. By the end we were all standing dancing in the aisles. What a great play!
By now we were hungry. Lots of the restaurants were closed but we found a Jamie Oliver restaurant that did lots of barbecued things. I had an organic chicken burger that was very good. We were to find that Jamie's restaurants were excellent quality and value for money.
Since it was a beautiful night we enjoyed the lovely walk back to the hotel from Piccadilly.