So what else did I do in London apart from attending the Cybher conference?
1. I met with my lovely friend from Dorset who actually lives in Hampshire! As she is right on the border it is Dorset that somehow stuck into my mind… We spent two fantastic days together.
2. We visited the David Bowie is exhibition at the V&A Museum.
My organised self wanted to book the tickets online before the trip and looked it up two months before flying to London: Sold out. We therefore decided to go to the museum on the Thursday afternoon to buy tickets for the Friday, thinking we were being very clever. Only it does not work like this… 450 tickets are released every day for sale and we were advised to come back in the morning half an hour before opening time to queue and hope for the best. This we did and after queuing for an hour – it did not seem that long as we chatted the whole time! – we got our tickets, with an entry time an hour later. We headed to the museum café for a bite to eat. I can really recommend the place, the wrap filled with falafels we had was delicious!
12:45 finally arrived and we joined the queue – again – to get into the exhibition. Headphones are being handed to you for the audio tour but it is not really a commentary: As you approach the artefacts you will hear a song, an interview, David Bowie speaking about it, etc. I really enjoyed it, a wide range of mementoes from the artist’s career were on display, lots of videos and extracts of his concerts and films were shown as well as a fabulous selection of stage costumes.
It is pretty crowded despite the timed tickets but I did my best to ignore that fact and just concentrate on what I was experiencing instead. And I had a fantastic time.
I also loved how the David Bowie is sentence was being completed…
3. We had our traditional stroll in Covent Garden.
We did a bit of shopping, on my side flavoured teas that I cannot find in Germany, presents and the leopard print maxi dress I ended up wearing at Cybher.
4. On Thursday evening we went to the Hard Rock Café. We were told there was a one hour and 45 minutes waiting time so I pulled my VIP card out and that got it down to 45 minutes. Equipped with some delicious Pomegranate Martinis, we sat outside to enjoy them. I saw that the shop was in a separate building and told Lovely Friend that I was under strict instructions to bring a T-Shirt back for Sexy Hubby. We had been waiting for less than half an hour when the pager we had been given started beeping. As we were being shown to our table I noticed something strange about my friend’s trousers… It turned out that the seam had split! That was enough to start hysterical laughter from us both. In fact, every time we meet something sets us off!
The meal was OK but I was a bit surprised to find out that a £9 “optional service charge” had been sneakily added to the bill. This was a first, and I have been to a lot of Hard Rock Cafés. I am all for leaving a nice tip when getting great service but this I did not like. We then headed to the door, wanting to pop into the shop to buy the requested T-Shirt… Oops, closed. Another thing I had not expected! I told Sexy Hubby that we would have to go back to London together then… and he got other presents.
5. On the Friday we had a lovely evening walk by the Thames. The sun was shining as you can see so I had to take another London Eye shot (the night version is here).
We ended up in a tiny tapas bar, it was great being able to talk to each other without having to shout. And on our way back to the hotel we bumped into good old Herman, a corner of Germany in London!