London! Part 1

Let me just start off by saying that London is an amazing city!  We are staying next to Gabriel’s Wharf, one block from the Thames River.  This side of the river just opposite of St Paul’s Cathedral has been transformed into miles of promenade with restaurants, theaters, music and thousands of people.  Bands are playing, screenings of plays are shown, dancing occurs at tea time and on and on.  Here are two pics, the first is roughly the view from where we are and the second is a night shot from Jubilee Bridge which is one of many bridges that cross the river right in our area.


St. Paul’s is the domed building you see dead center.


The “Eye” is a huge ferris wheel that turns very slowly.  Each pod holds about 10 people and is meant not as a ride, but to view the city from above.  Big Ben is the clock tower on the right side.  This view is looking to the left from our apartment.  Mid day on Monday a Tea Dance was held right on the promenade.  A caller taught you the next dance, and a ballroom dance band played the music.  Hundreds of people danced for two hours.  That night, a screening of One Man, Two Guvnors played at the same location.  The play was hysterical and starred the guy who does Carpool Karaoke.

On Sunday afternoon, we went to Evensong at Westminster Abbey Cathedral.   This is the mother of all churches in London and perhaps all of Christianity.  Evensong is a church service sung completely by the choir.  It was a magnificent sound in the space.  No pics allowed inside but here is a shot of the front:


We have visited the Tower of London (a 12C castle), the Tower Bridge (which most people call London Bridge, but isn’t), the National Museum, Big Ben, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Picadilly Circus (which is just a square), Leicester Square (where all the theaters are), Buckingham Palace, the changing of the guard and Royal Albert Hall.  Today we hit the British Museum and the Portrait Museum and will be attending The Proms (the largest and longest musical festival in Europe) at Royal Albert Hall.  The concert tonight is a Bach Cantata and Bruckner Symph 9.  A pic of the Hall:


A pic of the Royal Opera House, which is closed in the summer:


The changing of the guard, which happens daily at 11am:


Last night, we went and saw the hilarious Book of Mormon musical; an over the top satire of two missionaries who get sent to Uganda.  This is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time and deserves a blog post of its own.


Author: euro916

I am a college professor in the music department of Utah State University. I will start my sabbatical on May 1, 2016 and plan to document the year's experiences in this blog. The sabbatical consists of musical endeavors in Europe/UK for 3 months, and half a semester as guest artist in a couple of California universities. Thanks for following!

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