Monday, 5 March 2012

Egg hunts, Depeche Mode and chasing pigeons on the South Bank

It was a very cold and windy day on the South Bank on Friday, but Orla and I decided to brave it and find out what it has to offer.

It was much quieter than at the weekends, so Orla could roam free(ish) and take in some of the sights close up.

We looked for eggs in the Faberge Egg hunt. Orla was really impressed by a very still silver man - especially when he waved at her. She loved the boats on the river. But her favourite thing by far was chasing the pigeons outside the Royal Festival Hall.

We sneaked in there for a bit of shelter and to use their baby changing room. We couldn't stay for the free lunchtime concert (we were in London to have lunch with a friend). Instead we went across to the Hayward Gallery.

I never thought the Hayward had many free exhibitions. And if Friday was anything to go by I was probably right. They had a little free taster of a paid-for exhibition exhibition for us to try - this one was all about 80s sensation Depeche Mode.

We walked into a very dark room showing a film about really quite fanatical fans with shrines to Dave Gahan (lead singer - now I know!), miming in empty car parks and watching concerts on dvd over and over again.

I might have enjoyed it more if I had not been with an 18-month-old. But I was, so we left quite quickly.

My tip for the South Bank: find out what's on so you don't miss the great free concerts at the Royal Festival Hall.

Faberge Egg Hunt until 21 April 2012
Around London

Our Hobby is Depeche Mode until 13 May 2012
Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road


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