Last Sunday was Mothering Sunday, but in a break from tradition I did not spend the weekend with my children. Instead I had a brilliant weekend in London.
A couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to score tickets to see The Cure live at the Royal Albert Hall. By lucky, what I really mean is, really really organised. I knew the tickets went on sale at 9am, so the night before had set up my laptop, and my debit card ready to go. The Seetickets website was loaded and ready to go, and I legged it home from the school run that morning, leaving just enough time to make myself a swift cup of coffee and sit down, mouse poised over the refresh button at 8:58am.
Needless to say my dedication paid off, and I was one very happy camper. I bloody LOVE The Cure. You have no idea.
So, Dee and I trundled off up to London on Saturday morning, had a mooch around, got my Ray Bans fixed, popped in to see my sister at work, drunk with an old friend in the sunshine, and then ate dinner at Cave à Fromage. And before I get on to how utterly blinding The Cure are live, I am going to talk about Cave à Fromage.
Just behind South Kensington tube station is Cave à Fromage, the cheese shop of glory. Inside, there are a few tables and stools and you turn up, get shown to a table, and you order either a cheese plate or a charcuterie plate, with a glass of wine. Or if you are like me and Dee, you order both, and you have champagne instead of regular wine. We are nothing if not decadent. What turns up is a board with eight different types of beautiful cheese to try, a lovely pile of finely sliced meats, and a basket of delicious fresh bread. Before you tuck in, they tell you all about the cheeses, where they come from, what they are like, etc, and then you just go to town. The entire experience is completely delightful. The staff are warm, friendly and really know their stuff. The cheese is utterly delicious, and whilst it may not sound like a lot of food for two people, it really is plenty (And this is coming from someone who likes to eat. A lot), and we left feeling satisfied and very very happy.
A+ dinner. Would (and can’t wait to) visit again.
The next time you’re up in South Ken, do check out Cave à Fromage. They also have branches in Hove and Notting Hill.
This cheese had truffle honey drizzled over it. It was sublime. My shoddy photo does it no justice whatsoever.
So, on to The Cure. I didn’t take my camera so you’ll have to make do with my shockingly bad iphone photography. No support act, 4 hours of pure Cure bliss. They were on form. Blinding, really. I’ve wanted to see them for years and years, and it’s not a gig I’ll forget in a hurry. The Royal Albert Hall is a stunning venue, with great acoustics, and it’s small enough so that wherever you are, you’ll be able to see and hear everything. We were right up in the gallery, five floors up, at the side of the stage, and had an unobstructed view. They saved Boys Don’t Cry (one of my very favourites) til the end, by which time it was getting on for 11:30, and I had to make my way over to Wapping to crash on my sister’s floor.
A four hour set! Three encores! What a band!
Look at that! Robert Smith. With his mad hair and smudged makeup. EPIC.
The next day, Meg and I went for a run around her neighbourhood. Before she moved there I’d never been to Wapping. It’s lovely. We jogged down towards St Katherine’s Dock, then back along the Thames. Later on, we mooched on down to Brick Lane for street food feasts, pokes around vintage shops and general meandering. Then it was time for me to come home.
So, thats how I spent my mother’s day. Sometimes it’s good to have time off, and by the time I got home, I was desperate to see my little lovelies again, for sticky kisses, random and precise facts from Roo, homemade cards and lots of cuddles.
Thank you London, you were beautiful.