A Sunday Show in London

It may be Monday night and I may be pretending that I don’t have to fly home the day after tomorrow, but at this moment, in this blog, it’s Sunday! Let’s talk about Sunday, shall we? πŸ™‚

Honestly, this particular Sunday was kind of a light day, which worked out well, since I didn’t get “home” until around 1 AM (and was still awake until about 2 AM – ugh!). Matt had to head back to Brighton on Sunday and we’d been talking about having a full English breakfast, so he texted me saying that’s what he wanted on Sunday morning (we both woke up surprisingly early). We ended up just going next door again to The Sanctuary House (same place we had lunch on Thursday) because it looked like they had a good full English available. I must say, it was pretty tasty! To be fair, I’m not especially concerned with food and I’m usually happy to eat most anywhere, but perhaps especially because I so rarely eat a full breakfast meal these days, I really enjoyed it. I know some people (especially folks from outside the UK) balk at the idea of baked beans for breakfast, but I think they’re great! I didn’t put them on my toast like I probably should have, but I did use some tasty orange marmalade instead.

Poached eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrown, tomato, beans, and toast. What’s not to like?! I did skip the mushrooms and black pudding though. I can’t abide mushrooms (hate the taste) and black pudding is just…no. πŸ™‚

Sadly, Matt had to depart just after breakfast, so we went back next door to our hotel so he could grab his bag and head to the train station. Really glad it worked out for us to hang out for a couple of days though! Even though he only lives about an hour from London, he’s not been up here more than a few times over the last 2.5 years due to COVID, so he enjoyed getting to have a break to come back up here. And I think he’s already planning his next Hidden London tour!

With one friend on the way out, another was literally walking in the door behind him. I mean, literally! No sooner had Matt left than my other friend Steve (who’s also friends in Matt – they both live around Brighton, which you may remember from one of my previous trips) texted to say he had just arrived. It was so close that I thought they would have passed each other outside, but alas, they didn’t. They’ve both agreed to hang out with each other in Brighton soon though! But I got to meet up with Steve right away as I walked out of the hotel. It was great to see him again, too! I’m honestly not certain when we last saw each other, but it might have been during that trip to Brighton I linked above. Steve does sometimes go to the Doctor Who convention in LA, but not every year, so it’s hard to remember if I’ve seen him at one since then. Either way though, we’ve been friends for over 20 years, so it’s always fun to see him!

With Steve in London, we made our way towards Piccadilly Circus for our planned West End show, but as we still had some time to kill and as Steve was both hungry and tired (and a bit hungover from his own Eurovision experience the previous night), we sat down at a cafe so he could eat a bit (okay, I had a lil’ piece of carrot cake as well). It’s always fun to catch up with friends and, in our case, to talk a bit about what’s been going on in the world of Doctor Who (there’s been a lot lately!), so we had lots of fun chatting. So much so that, before we knew it, it was time to head to the Criterion Theatre (just down the street from us) to see 2:22 A Ghost Story. I was really thinking I’d been to this theatre before, but looking at what’s been on there, I haven’t seen any of the shows, I guess it’s just a theatre that I’ve walked by many times before (like that time I got roped into filming a phone commercial). Somewhat oddly, even though the show didn’t start until 2 PM, the confirmation I got with my tickets in the morning had a timed entry of 1:25-1:35. Not sure if that was down to COVID or something else, but it gave us plenty of time to get to our seats in the second row (nice, eh?) and start trying to guess what was going to happen in the play based on what we already saw on stage.

As for what actually DID end up happening in the play…my lips are sealed! What I can tell you is that we both really enjoyed it and found ourselves discussing/analyzing it hours later, which can only be a good sign, right? The performances were really great (including Doctor Who’s Mandip Gill) and the play’s theme (it’s right there in the title – “ghost story”) was right up both of our alleys as we’re both big horror fans. It’s a show I’d see again, so if that isn’t a recommendation to get tickets, I don’t know what is!

With a play being the primary activity today, I don’t have a lot of photos to share, but there are a few!

Checking out the view of Buckingham Palace and the Eye from St. James’s Park as we walked to Piccadilly.

The Duke of York Column.
Outside the Criterion.
Good view of the stage from the second row.
I took this shortly after we sat down. It definitely filled up more by the time the show started.
Another shot in Piccadilly, unfortunately in the rain. The weather for the majority of this trip has been great though and even this rain wasn’t too bad, so I can’t really complain.

After the show, we didn’t have anything else planned, except more catching up and some food. The first stage of catching up happened at Retro Bar (no surprise there – in fact, Steve thinks the last time he was there was with me!), but the second, dinner-centric stage proved a bit more elusive, as we couldn’t come up with anywhere for dinner. We actually tried to go to The Sherlock Holmes (the one I walked by last week), but the bar area was VERY full and the restaurant upstairs was fully booked. Ugh! Being near the West End and the Strand, we were overwhelmed with choices, but Steve helpfully zeroed in on Italian, so we ended up at a place called Sambuca. I assumed it was a chain, but looking online now, I’m not certain of that. Even if it is though, their food turned out to be quite good! We both ordered risotto (chicken for Steve and spicy beef for me) and we both really enjoyed what we got. Also, seeing (and smelling) the pasta other patrons got, I think this could be a restaurant to go back to someday!

A picture at Retro Bar that doesn’t involve me holding a drink. πŸ™‚
Although we didn’t eat at The Sherlock Holmes, I did take this photo of what I assume was meant to be Sherlock’s study.
The portions at Sambuca were pretty large. I couldn’t finish mine!

By the time we finished dinner, the rain had stopped (yay!), but Steve had to catch a train home (boo!). The station he had to get to was on the way to my hotel, so we walked that direction and then parted ways at the Hub. I’m hoping it won’t be another few years before we see other again!

I was actually happy to have an early night because I knew I’d have to get up early for my day trip on Monday morning. I did go back out shortly after Steve left though, but only to get water and another snack or two for my room. And I took a couple more pictures while I was out, as usual.

St. James’s Park has been my “home station” on this trip. Literally two minutes from the hotel!
These trees looked so interesting (and slightly creepy) against this church.
I haven’t posted any street art pictures on this trip, but this one caught my eye and made me smile.

See? I told you it was a lighter day! Still a lot of fun though. πŸ™‚ And that early wake-up call I mentioned for Monday? I did indeed have to wake up quite early today, but the day trip I went on made up for that. More on that soon!

2 thoughts on “A Sunday Show in London

  1. I sooo enjoy traveling through you! I feel like I’m right there, thanks for a wonderful experience and writing!

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