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Trip Report London Report, brief, February '13

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We had a wonderful time in London. Ate everything there was to eat, and saw a terrific performance by the Deborah Colker Dance
Company. I'm the biggest dance fan I know, but if anyone gets the chance to see their Tatyana, I recommend it. The second act was brilliant.

Now let's talk about the Barbican. Curses on that place. The most cold and soulless, as well as uncomfortable theater complex I've ever been in. The Barbican makes the Kennedy Center seem downright cozy. We were in fire hazard seating, trapped in a long gallery with no middle exits at all, and no room for knees let alone entire bodies with winter coats and gear.

I'm going to assume that the Barbican has great sound going for it, because otherwise, it needs to be torn down. I welcome opposing views.

Saw three fabulous photography shows, including Man Ray Portraits, and also saw the Manet show at the Royal Academy. Paid our first visit to the Wallace Collection. Such a collection...

Places we ate: Medlar (fabulous); the Harwood Arms (fabulous food, service a bit short on what the prices would have one expect); lunch at Pierre Koffman (a very very good deal for such nice food and service); Bistrot Bruno Loubet (great food; too glamorous and buzzy but still fun); the Wolseley (where I saw RUFUS SEWELL, and I'm a big fan) and two delicious meals at downmarket favorites, Tayyabs for Indian and Masters Super Fish for fish and chips. We had reservations for Zucca on Saturday night, but had already eaten way too much, so stayed in, watched television, and had sandwiches. Through the week we had many many treats from Paul, Borough Market, and Fortnum and Mason's, which we were having a hard time staying out of.

We did not make our day trip to Cambridge, as I was too tired.

The little apartment we rented was very nice, and although I probably wouldn't spend that much again, I would recommend it to anyone, especially with winter discounts. I was looking for a little luxe, and got it.

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