Monday, July 21, 2008

London Diary

July 13, Sun
Arrived late at Parliament View Apartments, along Albert Embarkment. Danced at Fire, in Vauxhall.

July 14, Mon
Walked round Westminster and Soho. Watched Billy Eliot the Musical at Victoria Palace Theatre. Drank at Comptons. 

July 15, Tue
Spent afternoon with Anna and James at Hyde Park. Had dinner with Mary and Derek in Soho. Drank at Comptons and G-A-Y. 

July 16, Wed
Walked along South Bank. Visited Tate Modern: Bacon and Picasso room; Pollock's Summertime. Watched stand-up comedy at Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Drank at Barcode Vauxhall.

July 17, Thu
Watched King Lear at Shakespeare's Globe. Dinner at the Box. Drank at Rupert Street and 79 CXR. 

July 18, Fri
Visited the British Museum: the Parthenon Marbles. Danced at G-A-Y. 

July 19, Sat
Visited Sir John Soanes Museum: Hogarth's Election and The Rake's Progress. Visited National Gallery: Cezanne's Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses); Seurat's Bathers at Asnieres; and Velazquez's The Rokeby Venus. Concert at St. Martin-in-the Fields by Belmont Ensemble and English Chamber Choir: Handel's Zadok the Priest and Dixit Dominus. Drank at Village and Rupert Street.

July 20, Sun
Walked to Hyde Park Speaker's Corner. Visited Handel House, where he composed Zadok the Priest, Music for the Royal Fireworks and Messiah. Drank at Profile and Rupert Street. 

July 21, Mon
Visited Tate Britain: Victor Pasmore; Wolfgang Tillmans; but missed the Francis Bacon which was taken off yesterday. Visited the Charles Dickens Museum, his house at 48 Doughty Street, where he finished writing the last 6 monthly numbers of The Pickwick Papers, the whole of Oliver Twist, and the whole of Nicholas Nickleby

July 22, Tue
Had lunch with Susan at the Wolseley. Bought books at Foyles. Disappointing concert at Royal Albert Hall: Rossini's William Tell Overture, Haydn's Cello Concerto, and Elgar's First Symphony. Drank at Friendly Society and Profile. 

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