I’m going to try to regularly post about various explorations of London, big and small. Perhaps this will be a once-weekly round-up, depending on what I am up to.
Last week we went to the BCC Proms one night. If you’re not familiar (I wasn’t), Londonist has a good guide here, and there are lots of others online as well. It is the world’s largest classical music festival (although there are other types of music as well), lasting eight weeks, with concerts every night at Royal Albert Hall. You can book seats ahead of time, or queue up the night of for £5 tickets to stand on the floor or in the gallery.
Our evenings have been really full this summer, with both of us working late, so unfortunately we haven’t “prommed” (queued up for the standing tickets). But we booked in for seats for a performance last week. Being inside Royal Albert Hall was amazing; the space is beautiful and so historic. I like classical music but I know very little about it, and I had never been to a performance like this. Being there in person was amazing; the music sounded so much richer and yet softer in person. Highly recommend doing this.
We have also had family visiting so it has been a good excuse to do more explorations around this city on the past two weekends. We checked out the Notting Hill Carnivale one day and explored Fulham Palace and the V&A Museum on the rainy bank holiday.
And ventured up to Hampstead. I love this quaint little village-like neighborhood in north London.
We had an excellent Sunday roast at the Holly Bush in Hampstead (fish for me):
And walked across Hampstead Heath to Highgate, for a wander through Highgate Cemetery. I love cemeteries and explore them every chance I get.
It’s looking like the next few days will be full of nice, clear, sunny days so I’m looking forward to more London explorations at the weekend!