London makes me feel like I’m a little closer to home, well almost maybe it’s because a lot of comforts from New Zealand I can find here, all food related of course.
While in London I’d suggest, staying in Earls Court the location is perfect for basing yourself in central London with restaurants cafe’s and pubs open all hours for when you pop up out of the subway to eat before laying your weary head and feet to rest at your chosen hotel.
Buy tickets for a broadway show in the West End there really is nothing like watching a live performance. Acting, dancing singing, live orchestra’s and bands when ever we go it’s the only mandatory thing we have to do! 3 favourite shows include;
The Lion King is great for a little childhood nostalgia (I wasnt a fan of Simba’s english accent, he’s not British in the movie…minor detail in the grand scheme of things) try to get seats on the ground floor an isle chair is even better you’ll be pleasently suprised
Thriiler an entire show dedicated to the king of pop, Michael Jackson it’s so good it’s the type of show that makes me believe in another life time I was or will be a dancer, at least I wish! Sing, get up and dance, it takes a while for the crowd to warm up but the tribute singers are amazing I’ve seen this show 3 times and loved it every time! does that give me super-fan status?
Wicked the singing by the chorus gave me chills the costumes the props the vocals if you only see one then this unknown story of the 2 witches from the Wizard of Oz will amaze you.
Take a walk through Hyde Park to Buckingham Palace the walk is just over 10 minutes if you don’t stop but it’s an opportunity to take some great photos!
If you loved The Other Boleyn Sister movie staring Natalie Portman and Scarlet Johansson, you will find the execution site and memorial at the Tower of London where Anne Boleyn, was executed by the clean stroke of an expert swordsman specially imported from France. Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, and Lady Jane Grey were also executed in the same location by order of state. It surprises me woman continued to want to marry him, did they have a death wish? I guess the desire to be in power at the time seemed worth it. If your interested in viewing the crown jewels they are also there along with a torture tower exhibition, and view the weapons, from the Norman to Victorian period.
The London Eye is better at night! if you’re planning on doing the tour bus during the day being able to see the city lights at night from up high makes it even more beautiful its about a 30minute
slow very slow ride to go all the way up and back down again.
Notting hill is a must for those who love to ‘treasure hunt’ it’s what I prefer to call shopping for antiques it makes it sound less older lady type thing to do. I brought 1950s sports memorabilia for Ryder’s nursery from there and I love them! The area also has artesian boutiques a market and great cafe’s I’d have to say I love it more than the Camden Markets if you can do both do both you’ll get 2 very different vibes from each one.
In London during the cooler months maybe head to Westfield London they offer personal shoppers, concierge a cloak room where you can leave your luggage and have a taxi lounge. The complex offers both luxury shopping and high street fashion so do a bit of both…winning!
happy travel planning