After breakfast, there was going to be another guest speaker lecture in the Royal Theatre. This time all the World War II veterans were going to be speaking and discussing together their experiences of the war, where they were when it ended and the reaction their parents had when they found out they were returning home. Again, there was not a dry eye in the room, it was such a fantastic experience getting to hear all their stories and how it had affected them at the time and since.
After the guest lecture, we stayed on in the Royal Court Theatre as the show that was being rehearsed all week ‘After You’ was going to be performed for the first time. Luckily, we kept our seats as it was a sell out and every seat was taken! The show was pretty good and you wouldn’t know that only earlier in the week it was the first time that the cast had set their eyes on the scripts.
We skipped lunch today as we had booked in for a Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar. We were served our pink Champagne and asked what type of tea we would like to try – I went for the Rooibos tea and it was delicious. I also found out that this type of tea has lots of health benefits so I made a note to buy some on my return home. Our Afternoon Tea was presented to us on a luxurious silver tiered tray. The first tier consisted of a vegetable & goats cheese filo tart and a cray fish croissant. We also had three scones each: one plain, one chocolate and one with fruit. There were also numerous cakes each with different fillings – and all delicious. There was more than enough to go around and we ended up again taking some away with us for later as we couldn’t finish everything.
Before dinner we all met in the Commodore Club for some farewell Cocktails. Most of the group went for either Cool as a Cucumber (one we had made and sampled during our mixology class) or a Ginger Cosmo – both of which were firm favourites amongst us all.
We all decided that we needed an early night tonight as we had to be up at 4.30am to watch as we made our entrance into New York...