We caught the 8:01 from Derby and arrived at St Pancras slightly past 9:30. After sorting out our Tube tickets/cards we took the Tube to London Bridge for a walk along the South Bank. Rain was coming but held out long enough.
Great photo, if I do say so myself! (Given the adult nature of the show we left Alex with the neighbors for the day/night, much to his happiness).
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. I had done the macro planning (show and train tickets) but Andrea took care of the details for the day. My family thought I'd have a hard time with that but quite to the contrary, it was a welcomed relief to be led around for the day.
Tate Modern. The rain started falling just as we got there. Given the relaxing nature of the day, we decided to head to the top floor for a coffee at first. Nice view of the Thames River and the Millennium Bridge while enjoying our lattes and hot chocolates.
Afterwards, we had a stroll through the collections in the museums. None of us, save perhaps Annabel, are artists so we were bemused and confused (as well as occasionally impressed) with the modern art on display. It was great to leisurely stroll through the galleries with friends and comment as we went.
poor photo of the actual art, but I couldn't bypass Annabel's impassioned description
we liked the paint ball plot
deep thoughts in some areas
more simplistic in others ("Man Pointing")
and, I have no idea what this one was about
Shades of Gray -- Nefertiti (whom we "saw" in Berlin)
here for those (okay, maybe just for Derek and me) who are interested.
and another -- most were shot in his hometown of Memphis in the early 70s
However, it was much more layered than simply poking fun at a religion/cult and kept us laughing (to tears in some cases) throughout the night. Thumbs up all around. A nice write up can be found here.
That said, I'm not sure this would go over well in Utah (or even Indiana for that matter). Perhaps I'm underselling my peers in Hoosier land (but I don't think so).
Lord Mayor's show. One of the benefits of living so far north is fireworks at 5 pm!
We then retraced our steps through Chinatown and popped out near Oxford Street to have a nice, albeit leisurely paced, Italian meal (thanks guys!). We were all a little tired on the train ride home but it was a great day all around. So glad to have spent the day "Making Memories" with our friends.