Ivan and I chilled at the house on July 1, 2012 before heading to lunch. We went to check out The Grapes which is owned by Ian McKellen, otherwise known to me and you as Gandalf from Lord of the Rings. The pub looked alright. There was a little statue of Gandalf in the back of the pub. Ivan asked for the menu and the bartender said it was only roast beef and pork for Sunday Roast. That’s not good for vegetarians or pescetarians like us…but obviously its good enough for Gandalf.
So, we walked over to The Narrow pub which is owned by Gordon Ramsey. (oh yes its all celebrity restaurants around here).
Ivan and I ordered salt and pepper calamari, salmon pot and herring roe on toast. Lil Dave got banana pot and banana lasagna. Ivan and I also shared a banana bread beer which actually tasted a bit like banana.
Lil Dave really wanted one for himself, but Jen wouldn’t allow it. Shhh, this is Ivan – When Jen went to the loo, I let Lil Dave have a few sips of the beer. The food was tasty.
We went back to the apartment and I used the internet – uploading pictures to Facebook and working on the blog.
Ivan, Lil Dave and I got the train into Central London around 4:40 pm. We met up with Ivan’s mum, dad and his brother Neal at Whole Foods. There’s a bigger Whole Foods now in Piccadilly. Denise (Ivan’s mum) looked around the store before the store closed. I’m not sure why they close at 6 pm on Sunday.
We walked to Tapasia to check out the menu. Ivan’s mum is vegetarian (and on top of that she is a fussy eater also), so we weren’t sure if she’d be able to eat there. It turned out to be alright, so we got a table upstairs. We ordered lots of Japanese tapas: edamame, beef skewers, aubergine, seafood okonmiyaki, scallops, tofu salad, Chilean sea bass, vegetable tempura, sweet and sour mushrooms, sardines and crispy summer salad. Ivan, Neal and I shared a bottle of rose. The food was so very tasty again. It was great to see Ivan’s parents again and catch up.
We walked to Piccadilly Theatre to see the musical Hair.
This musical was going to go touring around United Kingdom, but the production company went bankrupt. Tonight, the cast would be doing a performance to raise money for the charity Help for Heroes. We got a goodie bag, but somebody had stolen one of our bags before we sat down. The bags contained a Hair program, donation envelope for Help for Heroes, poppy flower seeds, a pen and a Help for Heroes bracelet.
Two celebrity hosts talked about Help for Heroes. A war veteran with two artificial legs came on. He told us how his legs blew off. He joked that his bollocks (balls) weren’t blown off. It was a really sad and touching story.
The musical Hair was amazing. It’s about hippies in New York during the 1960’s who are against the Vietnam War. Amy Diamond who plays Sheila can really sing. There was a celebrity appearance by Hugo Harold Harrison who was played Tick in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. He played a funny Margaret Mead. At the end of the first act, the whole cast takes off their clothes and are naked for 2 minutes.
We met up with Denise and Neal at the interval. Denise liked it. She saw the musical in the 60’s in London. She said it was good, but it was different from seeing it back in the 1960’s then now. She remarked that it was the first musical like that. I said yah, it would have been controversial. It was the first time anybody took off their clothes in a theatre production.
There are so many good songs in Hair. I bet this is a fun musical to be a part of. The cast came into the audience, climbing on the theatre seats and passing out flowers to the audience. We’ve seen this once before in London and I’m glad we got to see it again. Now, the lovely songs are stuck in my head – time to listen to the soundtrack. Long, beautiful haaiiir…