Published: Thursday 20th Feb 2014
Written by: Carol Attwell
Yesterday I enjoyed one of the best days ever in London. The journey up was my least favourite part of the day. The Half Term Express was very crowded and noisy, my sweet neighbour asked his grandparents endless questions "Are we in London yet?" and shrieking excitedly "Oooh a tunnel" many times while behind me Amy was being constantly threatened with going straight back home on the first train back if she didn't behave. Of course it is a perfect way to spend at least one day at half term with London so close and so much to do. The gentleman across the way was pointing out all the skyscrapers to his teenage children and telling them their nicknames - the Gherkin, the Cheesegrater and, of course, the Shard. "Ooh that's a tall building" said my little companion. As for me, I selfishly did not have a child to amuse but instead experienced a day of wonderful self-indulgence. First I joined a friend for lunch at the Gay Hussar in Greek Street. We had heard a rumour that this famous restaurant was closing down and wanted to help the cause to save it. We had delicious authentic Hungarian food and wine before tottering down the street to the Gielgud Theatre to see Strangers On A Train starring Laurence Fox, Jack Huston, Imogen Stubbs and other good folk. The whole production was extremely stylish with all sets and costumes in black and white, a staggeringly impressive revolving set, a brilliant soundtrack and excellent performances. It was full of thrilling moments and we jumped out of our seats several times. After the show we found a wine bar directly opposite the Stage Door and thoroughly enjoyed watching the actors coming out in their mufti. They all look so small and thin out of their costumes! But we waved and thanked them for a most wonderful entertainment. Amazingly we were able to sit outside as it was dry and mild, what a treat! London truly is a little bit of all right.