If I look a bit sad, its because I was, VERY sad. The moment he started lugging his trolley I felt tears welling up. I hadn’t realized how dependent I’d become on him looking out and after me this whole trip, especially emotionally.
Our cold lunch, which was really quite delicious. M&S has been a complete lifesaver and salad did us a lot of good after all the disgusting binging we’d indulged in in France (truffles in every course, confit de canard, foie gras, filet mignon, anyone?)
Luckily after he left C and G were still around and for four more days at least I had some company to keep the smile (albeit a wobbly one) on my face, and despite the emotional burden of the trials and tribulations during the trip, I really did enjoy myself !
Stuff we covered:
Portobello Market – quaint and pretty but I prefer Camden Town’s raw energy and noise – PM is all refined and they sell mainly antiques.
I nearly succumbed and bought a teapot set from here but Cath Kidston was just up the road and I am now the proud new owner of a Provence Rose tea set for two! =)
Amazing little vintage clocks, knick knacks, even old English boarding school-esque racquets and dolls – I couldn’t get enough of all the character, really!
Took a break from all the ooh-ing and aah-ing and it was off to the famed Hummingbird Bakery for some afternoon tea!
Amazing Red Velvet Cake, seriously, to die for! The cake was gorgeously dense and there’s just something so rich and decadent about digging into a crimson slice of cold cake. The cream cheese frosting was equally good and not sweet at all.
After half the slice I was halfway up to heaven too! Kinny had a chocolate cupcake and Grace had a carrot cake cupcake and all of us were hanging off our high chairs from sugar overdose.
Of course, there were the West End Musicals – the highlights of the first part of my time in London. They made me feel like a child again, and at my darkest moments, also gave me a reason to smile! If left to my own devices I might have spent my whole week watching musicals by myself ^^
First up was Avenue Q, HILARIOUS! PLEASE watch it and look out for the sex scene (YES there is a sex scene)
Aren’t their theatres amazing? Songs that got me laughing till my sides hurt – The Internet is for Porn and Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist. I was gasping in political correctness for the first twenty minutes but succumbed and had SUCH fun!
And the HIGHLIGHT – Wicked!!
I don’t know how to start describing how much I enjoyed this musical. It made me laugh till my sides hurt, it made my cry, it made me gasp in wonder, and I actually felt my heart soar when Elphaba started singing “Defying Gravity”.
The song that resounded in me the most was one between the two best friends, Elphaba and Galinda.
“Like a comet pulled from orbit, as it passes a sun.
Like a stream that meets a boulder half way through the woods.
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better,
but, because I knew you,
I have been changed for good.”
This song resounded so deeply in me I actually felt it resonate in my head and chest. It just touched so many feelings I was going through at that moment…
After C and G left back to Sillypore (How I wish I was going too!), I spent the next few days alone, until I met up with Val-o for some tea, dinner, and shopping! It was wonderful to see her and almost completely surreal – in London! I kept repeating to myself. =)
The London Arts Festival was on then and they had these supercute pianos all over London you could just sit at and bang a tune out on. I was too shy to actually play anything but here’s a picture because they are so funny and spontaneous looking!