Oysters and Bubbles

This one is for you Mum!!

I’ve been in London for  five days and every time I think of starting to write some words there has been so much going on it’s hard to know where to start.Where better then with half a dozen Cumbrae oysters and a glass of very lovely bubbles at the Champagne and Oyster bar at Selfridges for lunch today.

Staying right in the heart of Marylebone  a stone’s through from Oxford Street and walking distance from the British Museum,  Regent’s Park, pubs and shops, restaurants and cafes it really has been such an amazing experience to be quite so in the thick of things. Thank goodness for maps though .. the maze of streets and lanes and mews leads  for interesting short cuts and discoveries of a cheese shop which has a cheese room,  lunches of soups drizzled with truffle oil and platters of thin sliced smoked beef, salmon and oozy cheeses with charcoal biscuits. There’s the book shop with a down stairs brimming with travel books and maps and a little bakery with a carpet hanging on the wall and Gravadlax or pickled fish and egg rolls for breakfast with lingonberry juice.

 So today it was off to the National Portrait gallery and the lovely surprise to find the Photographic Portrait Award in full swing and more portraits of queens, kings , princes, important and some not so important people than you can poke a stick at.Yesterday was a day at the British Museum and one of the most interesting and moving exhibitions I’ve certainly seen for a long time. Grayson Perry?? An unfamiliar name for me anyway , the show curated by the artist with his new works, ceramics , potteries and sculptures of found objects, a motorbike  and the inimitable bear Alan Measles alongside pieces made by men and women throughout history-‘The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman’. Then lunch across the table from a sturdy  grey- bobbed hair lady munching her way through a prawn salad, swigging from a bottle of Appletiser. She has taken up card making and shows me a bag of ink pads and stamps for her first attempts and tells me about Grayson Perry.

And talking about lunch, today into Selfridges….now that has to be one of THE shrines to consumerism…. and trip though the food hall to a stool at the oyster bar. Enough said, it was delicious and beautifully presented , even down to the half lemon clothed in muslin.

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