Uncle Vanya, London galleries, the Ice Bar and Hampton Court

A trip to London for 5 days. Unusually, it was freezing cold in London, with the locals – not as used to the cold as we are – well rugged up but still shivering – the soft southerners. We went to see Uncle Vanya  at the theatre. It was very well acted and the Scottish actor Ken Stott  was outstanding. The first half drags a bit, although the dialogue is sparkling but it takes off in the 2nd half. For more culture, we went to the  Tate Modern. The entrance to this gallery is lined with silver birch trees which sparkled in the cold air – see photos 1 and 2. Also to the Saatchi Gallery which had a pretty gruesome exhibition of Russian installation art. The National Portrait Gallery is amazing – you could spend weeks there – and I was particularly impressed by the photographic prize exhibition.   Out on Saturday evening with friends and relatives and a surprise visit to The Ice Bar – you are given a cape with a fur hood and gloves and you go into the bar which is made of ice – as are the cocktail glasses. It was -5 degrees so you tried to keep moving. On the Sunday, we had a walk round Hampton Court  – Henry V111’s palace with its extensive grounds. At this time of year, you can walk around the gardens for free and although there is not much colour in January, you can admire the layout of the gardens and the topiary – see photo 3. One feature of Hampton Court is the barley sugar chimneys – very unusual – see photo 4. You can walk along the towpath on the River Thames and then cross into Hampton Court.

Silver birch at Hampton Court

Silver birch at Tate Modern

Silver birch close up at Hampton Court

Silver birch close up at Tate Modern

Hampton Court grounds

Hampton Court grounds

Hampton Court chimneys

Hampton Court chimneys

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One Response to “Uncle Vanya, London galleries, the Ice Bar and Hampton Court”

  1. Val Says:

    That’s not Hampton court in the first two photographs!!
    Tate Gallery

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