I seem to have miraculously revived from yesterday’s book-buying spree, and a new onslaught on London’s markets begins afresh today. I have a long post about Day 2, which I’ll work on tonight. But for today, here’s what’s on the schedule: tea and yogurt for breakfast, pronto, then a visit to the Borough Market, lunch, and then some more “sourcing,” before a stop back at the hotel, a light meal, then Billy Elliott at the Victoria Palace Theatre tonight. Knock wood, after the theatre, I’ll have enough energy to get some work done.
London’s bloody expensive, especially for someone like me who loves to dine in the city’s best restaurants. It’s why I cheerfully spend my time between meals browsing secondhand bookshops, studying portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, or simply walking around neighborhoods to enjoy the sights. I’m always on the lookout for cheap, fun things to do, so I was happy to find this clickable map on Londonist that points me to free entertainment in the city. All the museums are included, naturally, but there are interesting activities I didn’t know about, like free music at the National Theatre, M-F at 5:45 p.m. and talks about financial matters at the London School of Economics. Hey, in these dire times, it might be worth a serious listen.
Googling with the Queen. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip tour Google’s London’s office and teachers those young billionaires a thing or two about technology. (The Times Online)
Quantum of Solace. The latest James Bond flick looks like a winner, according to the (London) Times. Opens November 14 in the U.S. Happy birthday to me!
… and when Bond goes wrong. Nigel Kendall discusses Agent 007s forgettable moments. (The Times Online)
Spamalot to close on Broadway in early 2009. After 1,500+ performances … not bad. (Playbill)
British Library acquires poet Hughes’ library. Not sure why the BBC has this news filed under “entertainment,” but I suppose poetry does entertain.
Gordon Ramsay: Hotelier. The foul-mouthed chef has rooms to let … and they sound nice. (Guardian)