On a Friday we both decided to take a day off and browse through the different events offered by the London Jazz Festival. We enjoyed a full day of free music events, meeting great people.
I got up quite early to have my morning coffee, beautifying procedures and headed to the hairdresser. My man came to pick me up from there and we jumped on the tube to go to the Royal Albert Hall for a lunch jazz session. On the way out of the South Kensigton we noticed and exhibition to which we came back later.
We found that the cappella 6-piece band is performing in Café Consort in the Royal Albert Hall. A nice long venue with clean design lines where you get seated among the walls on both sides, while the band is in the middle. The sunshine coming through the high Victorian windows added extra coziness to the relaxing atmosphere, while we had some warm drinks listening to the singers.
Even though the weather was a bit freezing, we went for a walk in Hyde Park and made a few shots to test our new camera.
I really liked it how we both got dressed in matching outfits without seeing each other in the morning – in a grey/brown theme.
On our way back to the station we stopped to have a quick look at the exhibition, but we didn’t leave it for more than an hour. We started looking at the photos and the boards telling the story of every Caribbean island and how the Africans were brought there, what they went through and how they gained their freedom. I found a few similarities to the slavery that Bulgarians had for 500 years.
While walking through the room, I heard one of the curators explaining why is the attitude to the Bulgarians so bad at the moment. He knew quite a lot and the woman he was talking to was another Bulgarian, who is a journalist and has been living in London for 20 years. We all had a very interesting and positive chat, sharing the experience or our nations through the centuries.
Next top was Piccadilly Circus from where we walked to the Soho. Coming out of the station I finally saw the snow ball of which every one has been talking about last week.
Soho Secret Tea Room
I usually tend to get lost in the small streets of Soho quite a lot. My man has a perfect orientation there, so we he took me on a zig-zag between the buildings until we got to an ordinary look vintage pub.
I remember he said we were going for an afternoon tea, so I was a bit confused why we entered a pub then. We asked the girl behind the bar and she simply opened the counter for us and let us in through the door to the storage room. We took the staircase for the second floor and all in a sudden we appeared in a tea room from the previous century. All the pods, china cups, picture frames and book shelves, even the gramophone playing 1940s jazz music! It was megical!
It seemed like my man had planned the day perfectly, because when we came out of the hidden tea room, it was already dark and we had just enough time to get to South Bank. I enjoyed the lights and view of the coming evening during a short walk on a bridge above the Thames.
As it usually happens when it comes to jazz, we found more than we expect to enjoy ourselves. Sometimes I wonder is it we that find the music, or the music finds us.
Our aim was to hear Tomorrow’s Warriors as we did. The music was so good, that there is no surprise the room was packed. When it finished, we just wanted more so we moved to another hall for a talk with the titans from the Lords of the Lower Frequency – Gary Crosby, Peter Ind and Dave Green. It was so wonderful how the three musicians were sharing their stories about the start of their careers, their young years, their music technique… and we found out that the bass (the one in the middle on the photos below) is 400 years old!
Another journey on the tube and we were in Angel. We sat down for a drink in a pub to discuss what we had seen and experienced during the day. Whilst wondering where to go next to hear some more live music, our friend Gary Powell (the drummer from the Libertines) texted us that one of the bands from his record label is performing in Shoreditch and he’s playing afterwards.
There is so much to do in London that it’s impossible to get tired of it. The cozy club offered us some rock vibes when we first went in. After our chat with Gary, who’s currently making the music for the performances of the Louboutin shows, he started his DJ set.
Just don’t ask me how I got home after a whole day on those high heels!