Equipped with tickets to attend a matinee at Finborough Theatre, in which Susanne's niece was playing a leading role, we headed off to London on the morning train.
We took the usual tube to Knightsbridge and walked along Brompton Road, past the mighty Harrods, to do a little window-shopping in the boutiques of Beauchamp Place. There are a number of restaurants and cafes with benches at the side of the road, nearby, where we sat and enjoyed our lunch, watching the busy shoppers pass by.
Once refreshed, we paid a short visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The V&A is such a large museum with so much to see that you really need to plan your route before you start, rather than simply meandering around (as we did) and see what takes your interest. The internal courtyard gardens are quite charming and provided a pleasant space to escape from the crowds. The museum has a first class clothing and dress exhibition in the basement, where we had great fun looking at the bizarre fashion styles from the 60s and earlier.
Passing via the tunnel link to the Natural History Museum, I left Susanne to look at a natural history photography exhibition in the grounds, and went inside to peruse the paleontology gallery, one of my favourite parts of the museum.
I would have also liked to revisited the Science Museum but unfortunately time was against us. My parents often took me there as a child, where I would play happily all day long, turning the handles and pressing the buttons on the hands-on exhibits.
On the way out we popped over to Baden-Powell House only to find that the exhibits of his life's work have now been moved to Gilwell Park in Chingford, although his statue still graces the entrance.
From here we took a short stroll along Queens Gate to Hyde Park to enjoy a stroll through the delightful Flower Walk, a lovely place to wonder through at any time of the year. Forgetting the time (which is very easily done in this beautiful park), we realised we would be late for the performance at Finborough, so we speed off across town to catch the play.
The theatre is quite small, in fact one of the smallest we have attended, but all very sociable and enjoyable, and the close proximity to the stage makes you really feel part of the performance. After the show, and some refreshment in the wine bar downstairs, we made our way back to Harrods, just in time for the lights to be switched-on; ideal for that all-important night shot. We then headed back through Hyde Park to enjoy a dramatic sunset over the serpentine.
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