With only one business meeting scheduled for the next morning, we asked the concierge at the InterContinental London Park Lane to help us plan an afternoon and evening to remember. First up was a trip to the National Portrait Gallery for the Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today, that features more than 75 works by artists such as Josef Albers, Patricia Cronin, Imogen Cunningham, Elaine de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Joan Jonas, Jacob Lawrence, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Diego Rivera, and many others. Treat yourself to the ultimate “selfie” exhibit in London, now through August 18, 2019.
Afterwards, we headed for Vertigo 42, located at the top of Tower 42, one of the city’s highest buildings. The bar provides spectacular panoramic views overlooking London’s most iconic landmarks, and offers a unique collection of Champagnes, wines, and cocktails, as well as a global ‘tapas’ style menu.
This was perfect for us as we had tickets to see Broadway legend Patti LuPone in a new gender-reversed production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s 1970 musical Company. This version is definitely one to see when it comes to New York, hopefully bringing with it the actress Rosalie Craig who played Bobbie in the London production.
We were so impressed with the show and the cast members that we hung out at the stage door afterwards. It didn’t hurt that we could enjoy drinks outside at the gay Rupert’s Street Bar just across the street from the theatre as we waited for the actors to greet their fans.
When Patti LuPone came out of the theatre she talked to the people who had lined up and she signed autographs. Two of her ardent fans had traveled a long distance to see her. “Where are you from?” she asked. “We came from Panama.” they answered.
Handing them back a signed playbill she proceeded to the next person in line, then did a double take: “Panama? The Country? Thank you, thank you!”
To say this was a memorable trip to London is an understatement. There is inspiration to be found around every corner of this fascinating and engaging city. The people here make you feel at home, and they want to share their history, art, culture, and creativity with everyone who comes here, whether it is for business or pleasure.