Cruising the Danube from the Black Sea to the North Sea
April-May 2023: Day 6

Royal Albert Hall


Easter Monday started early so we could take the ThamesLink train south of London to meet a distant relative and look at family history material. Then back to London in the rain. Later we walked along Cromwell Road to the Royal Albert Hall. Have long wanted to visit the famous concert venue and watch a show - any show would do - ever since The Beatles wondered "how many holes it would take to fill the Albert Hall". We first dined at Verdi Restaurant in the Albert Hall and then entered the hallowed ground. We had seen performances on television, such as the "Last Night of the Proms" but the hall is bigger and even more grand that expected. We watched "Show of Hands" a folk music grouping that included Phil BEER, likely a distant relative. It was a lively entertaining show, well worth the time and expense.

Thameslink to Redhill

Tom, a distant cousin, has inherited a large amount of family history material. I had visited him before but never enough time to look at, and photograph, it all. So off we went again. The closest station is Redhill, about 30 minutes south of central London. The line took us past notable landmarks.

Earl's Court Station
Seats on the Underground
Tower Bridge
The Shard
St Paul's
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Thameslink train
Holding the original painting of Mary Arnold, my G-G-G-Grandmother
Tom's backyard

Royal Albert Hall

The audience for "Show of Hands"

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Last updated: 30 May 2023