Few bands have achieved a status where they pretty much can do whatever they want, just taking its fans in consideration, without submitting themselves to contracts with record companies. Marillion is on this road for quite a long time now and its releases are as constant as they are superb.
Somewhere in London is a celebration of independence, where the band was able to fill 2 DVDs with material that may not be relevant to "the market", but it is relevant and eagerly anticipated by the fanbase.
DVD1 is a mix between two nights at the Forum, giving preference to the latest album back then (Somewhere Else). It is quite a contrversial album among the fanbase, with some love/hate reactions, but as far as the songs present on this DVD go, the band raised the bar with incredible live versions, with highlights being Somewhere Else and The Other Half.
For the rest of DVD1, quite an unbalance between new and old tracks (of course, limited to the H era, since the band has almost completely abandoned playing Fish-era songs), favouring most recent works like Marbles and Anoraknophobia. However, The Release comes as quite a pleasant surprise, in a version superior to the original B-Side from the 90s.
DVD2 is even a bigger treat, opening with the tracks that were not included on DVD1 from the two nights, including a definitive record of the majestic Ocean Cloud, and a nice selection of older songs, including a Fish-era one (Sugar Mice). It is nice how the crowd becomes part of Sugar Mice and Easter, which is quite a refreshing take on two tracks played and included in lots of live albums / DVDs.
There is also a segment recorded on the band's studio in Buckighamshire, with some winners of a contest, who got to see a closed performance / rehearsal by the band, the hightlight being the always emotional Estonia.
Closing DVD2, there are 5.1 mixes of selected tracks on Somewhere Else, which sound a lot better than the album, especially since the production of the album was somewhat disappointing.
To sum up: it is a wonderful DVD, over 4 hours of material of a band that, no matter how much live material releases each year, always finds ways to make it sound new and fresh. This, my friends, is the reward for being independent.