This is what it looks like just up the road outside our local pub "The Glouchester Arms"... very "Upstairs, Downstairs" with lots of Mercs, Beamers and very few Toyotas parked in the streets.
We both fell asleep very early and consequently woke early and decided to have a walk in the very nearby Kensingon Gardens (adjacent to Hyde Park). This was most pleasant and led us to wander into the Royal Albert Hall Coffee shop for a morning pastry and beverage. After breakfast at home it was out on the 9 (to Aldwych of course!) for a visit to Trafalgar Sq and the National Gallery. It is certaily a great blessing to have been given enough time and opportunity to become aware of some of the greatness of humanity expressed via artworks such as the NG has in such (free!!) aboundance! Quite an experience! John Constable always makes us think of Colleen ( and we are certain she would be highly amused!) but it is lovely to think of people we love when wandering amoung the Vermeers, Caravaggios, Monets and the rest ... sublilme indeed. St. Martin's in the Fields (Smitf ... their own moniker!) didn't let us down with "Sacred Music" for the Assumption Eve - the leader advised us, Protestant and Catholic alike, to put aside any reservations we might have about the possibility of the occurrence (despite its undisputed infallibility) and to just enjoy the beautiful music!!! We joined in a couple of the hymns and enjoyed the choir singing many others ,, with decidedly greater skill!
A good start!! There is lots to come and we are enjoying ourselves!!!