Walking to the Royal College of Music for a lunchtime concert the last stop for fuel is the Baglioni Hotel on Hyde Park Gate. I had a few minutes to spare and sat at the bar.
There was no drinks menu and indeed no bar staff. I had to ask a waitress if the bar was open. I ordered a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and, because the hotel is pretentious, was brought a newspaper, olives and nuts. It was a small glass so I had another and asked for the bill. To speed things up I had a £20 note ready. Here is my bill.
I expressed incredulity that I had been given two small glasses of wine that must be on their list at about £100 a bottle. The waitress said that it is the only Sauvignon Blanc they sell by the glass and she considered it rude to tell me that it was £24 a shot. There was nothing for it except to have the £6 service charge removed and pay up. A late lunch in an Indian restaurant in South Kensington was more satisfactory. Two glasses of wine and lunch for two for £51.
The Cantina Terlano Quarz is a fine Sauvignon Blanc from the South Tyrol and retails at about £25 a bottle. Unfortunately my two glasses were over-chilled so I didn’t get to appreciate what a good wine it is. However, let’s move on.
Somebody’s telephone had gone on the blink in Knightsbridge and there was an engineer sorting the problem.
Students from Imperial College had a graduation ceremony at the Albert Hall and were milling around outside. I thought graduation ceremonies were in July or August.
The wild flower meadow in the Green Park is a success. It is not easy to establish one, as I have read and friends have told me from experience.