#OMGLondon – Part II

St. Martin-in-the-fields lies just to the side of Trafalgar Square.  It’s “in the fields” because when it was built, it lay in the broad fields between the cities of Westminster and London. Now, of course, it lies in the midst of Tourist Central. No matter. St. Martin-in-the-fields is a lovely church, and plays host to some of the greatest classical recordings and concerts around.

St. Martin-in-the-fields

As we were strolling by, we heard a choral rehearsal going on inside, so we popped in for a few minutes to sit in a back pew and listen.


Rehearsal at St-Martin-in-the-fields

Then it was time to meet up with Lisa Lam (@uhandbag), author of The Bag Making Bible, crafty blogger, online entrepreneur, and all-around delightful person.

We met at the door to the National Portrait Gallery and from there we wandered a few blocks away to a cafe of Lisa’s choosing, Patisserie Valerie — a place that I mean to return to for more sampling of its insanely tasty cakes and assorted other treats:



Melissa and Lisa:


Lisa perusing Melissa’s new book, Small Stash Sewing:


We also spent some time in the National Gallery, where I might have taken one or two illicit pictures, after which I might have gotten spoken to by a security guard:


I took quite a few illicit photos later that night, as it happened. At the theater that evening, we were joined by a few unexpected folks who were watching the show with us, sitting not far from us, and obligingly allowing us to brush up against them repeatedly in the crowd during intermission and afterwards in the theater bar:

Rupert Penry-Jones

Rupert Penry-Jones. And he wasn’t alone.

4 Thoughts.

  1. I became a very big fan of Rupert Penry-Jones when I saw the 2007 version of Persuasion BBC produced. I also saw him in 39-Steps on PBS. He’s so dreamy. I would have LOVED to have looked at the real version!

  2. Love your pics Beth.

    It was ace meeting you both! So glad that you had a good time in Londinium and Bath. Rupert = mmmm!

  3. OMG I can’t believe you saw that many famous people! how awesome!

    Thanks for sharing all of your pictures from your trip. It looks like you guys had so much fun. I am having some serious travel envy now!

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