Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mick visits his London tailor and our "Last Night at the Proms"

The late nights are catching up with us and it was pretty cold today so we "hove to" and took it easy in the morning. Elaine slept in and Mick, after updating all the online spaces took the opportunity to visit his tailor just off Picadilly (as one does when one comes up to London!). Mick has bought some shirts online from this place but has been hestitant to venture into trousers or other tops and felt that a visit, an inspection and a measure might help the process!!! Jumping onto Boris' bike Mick swept down to Jermyn St. in just 20 mins and was warmly welcomed by the front office staff!! The obliging Angela measured, advised and encouraged and Mick felt it was well worth the visit!!


On the way back Mick picked up another bike near St. James' Square, exited via Pall Mall and onto The Mall (past a gaggle of tourists looking at a smaller "guard changing" ceremony at St. James' Palace) before sweeping, Cavendish-like, up to Buckingham House, Constitution Hill and home via Kensington High Street. The traffic in London is much more bike-friendly that in Sydney and easy to navigate!

As part of the quieter afternoon we repaired to the "Prince of Wales" nearby for a couple of ales and a pre-concert snack. Not having to queue for our Promming places (we had seats!!) we simply turned up like normal concert-goers for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at 6:30. Led by Sir Andrew Davis (a very popular Prom identity obviously!) and with Truls Mark on the cello the Orchestra was a smash hit!! Sweaty nightcaps in the air all round! We enjoyed it very much and so did everyone else! (.... they were better than the Scots and pushed the LSO, but who's cringing?).

We had a small snack and a drink in the Elgar Room between concerts and settled into our Box to watch our final concert by Laura Mvula, a British rock/blues singer who is on the rise. They had orchestrated her album and, whilst this was more of a "Bluesfest" feel, it was quite and adequate way to finish!! We walked home about 11:30 tired but happy!!! Vale RAH and The Proms .... for this time round!!!

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