Pubs, The Thames, and Gaga

On Sunday we left our flat around midafternoon. We had a destination we were heading to, but first we stopped at a pub to enjoy a beer.

After getting directions to our destination from the bartender we headed out. The weather was lovely and many people were out and about.

Crossing The Thames

Of course, we had to make another stop at a pub. Fortunately we found this place tucked away on a side street. I’ll review both pubs soon, I hope.

Before we left Boston we thought about seeing Lady Gaga live. However, it never worked out. Then we saw that she would be performing at Twickenham Stadium. We had no excuses this time so we purchased tickets.

The opening act, The Darkness

I have to admit, that she puts on a great show. Yes, she pushes the envelope, but I think you have to expect that with Lady Gaga. Her show was full of surprises and entertainment. If you want to see a true spectacle, I suggest taking in a show. You don’t have to be a raving fan to enjoy the concert. I only know a few of her songs. That didn’t matter. All in all it was a great night and I would see her again.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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31 Responses to Pubs, The Thames, and Gaga

  1. I think that Lady Gaga is under rated. She has an amazing voice and a great personality. Her act is just that – a theatrical act and I think many people forget that, choosing to believe she is who she portrays. Thanks for the tour 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I agree with you. She’s quite the artist and she enjoys being “Lady Gaga,” but that isn’t all she is. Her show was like a theater production you might see on Broadway. Large sets, amazing dancers, and pizzazz. What I appreciate the most is her stance against discrimination. She doesn’t want all people to be the same and she wants all people to be accepted. She said the first time she came to London, a lot of people were dressed like her. Then she continued by saying how happy she was to see many more people dressed as themselves and not like her. Her message that people should embrace who they are and not be afraid to show their true colors is inspiring. And for that I thank her.

  2. I would have loved to have seen that concert. I think it’s those type of way out artists that put on the most exciting shows! You seem to be doing so many awesome things now that you live in London. Was it the same when you lived in Boston?

    • TBM says:

      We’ve always tried to stay busy.You didn’t get to see that side of me in Boston since when I started blogging we were starting to prepare for the “big” move. Our final year in Boston was toned down since we were busy with getting visas, getting the pets ready with their vaccines, and moving all of our stuff. That move was exciting, but there were days when I wanted to scream. It was stressful. But so so so so so worth it. Also, we spent 3 months apart so I didn’t do much during that time but read and watch movies (and stress out, especially about the boys arriving safe and sound). We fit together so well, it’s weird when we’re apart. We don’t spend every second together–we aren’t that crazy, but we like to do the big things together like travel, concerts, and such.

      • Sounds very much like Mike and I – we have things that we love to do together like travel and now photography, but we have other things that are our own hobbies. For instance, he loves to spend a whole Saturday in the kitchen cooking while I would rather be reading or working on my blog. I can’t imagine doing a huge move like you did though. You are very brave :).

      • TBM says:

        I think you have to have outside interests or couples would drive themselves mad. I didn’t picture him cooking all day. It must be a good cook!

      • Very good – that’s why I can never lose any weight LOL!!

  3. Beth Ann says:

    What a great experience! I agree that she has a great message to us to just be ourselves. Now isn’t that the way we should all be??? I love how you embrace so many different experiences!!!! That is something that will always stay with you—–and this concert looked amazing!

    • TBM says:

      Boredom is not an issue for me 🙂 I love to experience different things all of the time. It makes my life more interesting and I learn so much. And, if you like people watching, concerts are a great place. The concert was cool to see. She can get the crowd on their feet that’s for sure.

  4. Anita S says:

    I always enjoy looking through your photos. The facade of the second pub is particularly interesting.

  5. fgassette says:

    I’m glad you had a chance to experience Lady Gaga. I had heard she puts on a really good show.


  6. Northern Narratives says:

    What a fun time. Looks like you had good weather. I think it is great that she encourages people to be themselves.

    • TBM says:

      The weather was great. It started to sprinkle at one point but then disappeared. She does encourage people to be themselves and I have to agree with her completely.

  7. Fergiemoto says:

    There is no doubt Lady Gaga has talent even though she “pushes the envelope.” Glad you got to attend the concert. And of course, a pub or two is a must for places to stop on the way to…and even from…the event.

  8. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I don’t know many of her songs but love what I’ve heard, she is a true celebrity with a voice and things to say.

  9. Carol says:

    I don’t think I know any of Lady Gaga’s songs, but I’d still like to go to one of her concerts. It has to be quite a show.

  10. The Guat says:

    Very cool pictures. Sounds like you had a really great day. Lady Gaga always seems like she’d give a rockin’ concert 🙂

  11. Caroline says:

    Pub no 2 is a beauty. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it, how was the interior, how did you like the beer. I’m not much of a Lady gaga fan, I’m afraid. The only concert I’d be interested in seeing at the moment are Soulsavers. Maybe The National and Kings of Leon.

  12. Jo Bryant says:

    I’d like to see her one day. A friend went with her daughter and said much the same as you.

  13. lynnsbooks says:

    I don’t think you need to be a Gaga fan to see one of her shows – it’s more about the experience like you said. I haven’t been to one but it sounds like you had a great time all round.
    Lynn 😀

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