We decided to have a lazy morning, and took the bus over to Chelsea. Just walked around, enjoying the peeks at the lives of the investment bankers and trust-fund babies in the neighborhood. Beautifully manicured homes from different building eras, private gardens you can glimpse through wrought iron gates, ridiculously priced shops.
Shared a meze platter for lunch at a crowded Middle-Eastern cafe, quite good. Al-Dar, 74 Kings Road.
We popped back into the V&A, enjoyed the new Furniture Galleries.
We had tickets to see Helen Mirren in her new play The Audience. The Leicester Square area was buzzing at twilight.
After picking up our tickets, we wandered up through SoHo to a swanky dim sum restaurant, Yuancha, for dinner. Amusingly, we walked up what seemed to be the main street for SoHo's strip clubs--whose entrances looked somehow classier than their counterparts in New York or Boston. The restaurant was very sleek, with a menu of contemporary dim sum. The prices were high, but they have a good value early dinner set menu, which is what we went for. Lots of great little tastes that expanded on our usual chinatown tea house repertoire. Very good, and we'd definitely return. http://www.yauatcha.com/
The play was unexpectedly humorous, filled with light and sharp barbs as Queen Elizabeth met through the years with her Prime Ministers. Some of the references were beyond our knowledge of British politics and current events. And sadly, the gentleman who played Churchill needed occasional prompting off-stage for his lines. But Mirren was wonderful, the other actors as well, and we enjoyed the evening in the small theater.