Having an office in two culturally vibrant cities like London and New York definitely has its perks!
This week, I received an invitation to attend Press Night for the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels now showing at the West End! However, with the NYC office being so busy I had to pass on the invitation to an associate in our London office. Jerry Mitchell’s “anti-musical” was well received by the Londoners on Press Night and even got a standing ovation!
Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound make a perfect team of swindlers and the two have an infectious chemistry with their female co-stars Samantha Bond and Katherine Kingsley. The musical and comedic talent of these actors was superb and kept the audience giggling right up until the final
scene of the show.
I was a huge fan of the Tony Award Winning show in New York and was privileged to see it several times and meet many of the actors. I can’t wait to see the London version and sip a glass of champagne at the Savoy!
Unfortunately, I have to wait until my trip to London in August to see the show but if you’re lucky enough to be in the area now you should definitely check it out!
For my last day off in London I decided to spend the day in town with a friend. Nothing too strenuous, just mooching around, visiting some vintage stores, having an afternoon glass of champagne and finishing with dinner at Bill’s. Since it was a lovely day, I thought I’d pop by Mr. Holmes flat and get the obligatory photo in front of 221B Baker Street, before starting the shopping and champagne. Sherlock wasn’t home, but I met a very nice bobby!
The next stop was Alfies – a labyrinth of everything vintage from furniture to clothing. There were so many floors and nooks and crannies, that it was easy to get lost.
Alfies was followed by Spex in the City - highly recommended by our friend Lydia. I spent a lot of time in the shop trying on frames and talking to Gillian Caplan about charity work – she donates glasses for Kids in Kenya.
I found a cool pair of specs designed by Gillian, and she put lenses in for me while I waited. After all this excitement it was time for an invigorating glass of champagne before moving on to the next place.
My final stop was Blackout 2, where I bought a necklace, but surprisingly, resisted yet another handbag! David and Fumi were lovely and very helpful. The store was laid out nicely and everything was easy to find. I’ll definitely be going back!
Inspired by all my fabulous findings, I visited Can’t Buy me Love and Cha Cha Cha in Muswell Hill the next day – by now my suitcase was packed to capacity!
As I was planning to be in London for a month, I had BAFTA screeners delivered to my London address so I could catch up on movies I hadn’t seen in 2013. I also managed to catch up on many documentaries that hadn’t been shown in New York. I’m ex-BBC and have a particular fondness for a good doc!
The weather in London was perfect for hours of viewing – it hadn’t stopped raining for days! So I hunkered down with mugs of tea and happily viewed 17 movies and 5 documentaries over the Christmas and New Year holidays. The first BAFTA nominations have just been announced and I’m happy to say that many of my favorites are through to the next round!