Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester

John and Maria snuck off to London without me (some silly excuse about a Pearl Wedding Anniversary being an occasion to celebrate together, and not with a bear), but when I realised Claire and Robert were joing them for afternoon tea and a show in the West End I insisted on accompanying them. This involved a trip down to John’s parents the day before, and then catching the train into London the next morning. It’s the first time I’ve been on the London underground and Claire and Robert headed for the British Museum to spend the morning. They very much enjoyed viewing the Egyptian exhibition, but I was unimpressed – plenty of cats and not a bear in sight! Claire tried to explain there were no bears in Ancient Egypt but it sounds like a pretty poor place to me. We then travelled to the Dorchester to meet with Maria, John and John’s parents for afternoon tea. Now this was more like it. A glass of champagne, delicious sandwiches and cakes, and the respect a bear of my wide experience deserves.

Wilbeary taking afternoon tea at the Dorchester

I was very sorry to leave, but we had tickets to see ‘The Sound of Music’ at the Palladium. Maria and John were full of reminisences about this theatre, and the time they saw Yul Brynner in ‘The King and I’. The show was fantastic. We didn’t see Connie Fisher in the part of Maria, but the understudy was excellent and the set was very clever. Claire and Robert then headed back to Harpenden with John’s parents, and made me come with them instead of heading back to their Park Lane Hotel with John and Maria (clearly the kind of place I’d like).

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