Last night, Peter and I took advantage of our “don’t need a babysitter” status and had a date night in Trafalgar Square. Our evening started with dinner at the Portrait restaurant on the top floor of the National Portrait Gallery. The restaurant overlooks Trafalgar Square and offers views of the London Eye, Big Ben, and the Shard in the distance. Portrait also has a two course pre-theater menu which suited us perfectly.
We arrived at dusk and were seated right next to the window. I opted for a butternut squash soup starter and bream for my main. Peter had beef stew and a Jaffa cake inspired dessert. By the time we’d finished our meal, it was fully dark and the London skyline looked incredible. Unfortunately it was hard to take pictures without including reflections of the restaurant, but here’s the best I could do at capturing the scene.
Our next stop was a candlelit classical concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields. The program featured Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and also included some Vivaldi and Mozart.
We didn’t know group performing, London Concertante, before the concert but I would absolutely consider going to see another of their concerts or recommending it to a friend. One of their members introduced every piece with wit and charm. He also included random, interesting facts about the composers and their music which added so much to the evening. For example, did you know that Bach fathered 20 children or Vivaldi’s music fell into obscurity after his death only to be “rediscovered” in the 1920s? Learn something new every day…
All in all, it was a really nice evening and made all the more special knowing that we won’t always be able to go out without getting a babysitter first! Also, that’s two more things ticked off the BBAL list.