I am lucky enough to visit London annually with Rom since his family is nearby. I’ve been over many times (I think 7 now) and try to do something new each visit.
Our stay in London started with a bang when we took in a show by one of my idols, Amanda Palmer! It was even more than I thought it would be. She sang, took requests, answered questions, read from her book, and was joined on stage by several guest performers. She sang a capella, sang duets with a guest, accompanied herself on piano (her main instrument) and included a few ukulele tunes. She performed Dresden Dolls material, solo material and covers. She talked a lot and was funny and irreverent (all the more so for being in a church). It was a brilliant show! My pictures were crap so if you’d like to check out the visuals, go here. She played for two nights and I wish I had seen both!
We then had two full days to play with, and here’s how they went:
Picked up tickets to see the musical The Commitments that evening, shopped near Covent Garden and Seven Dials (people lined up down the street for Monmouth Coffee – has anyone tried it?)
Wonderful morning at the V & A Museum of Childhood. I was worried it would be over-run by children (LOL!) but it is very appropriate for adults. The main exhibits were the history of toys and the history of the nursery, and there was a temporary exhibit of how Alice in Wonderland influenced fashion and pop culture. We liked the cafe, and the toy/bookshop was surprisingly restrained. We loved this place!
To Notting Hill for the afternoon to check out the Portobello Market. We churlishly did not look up landmarks from the movie. I thought this market was great: antiques, vintage and estate finds. The perfect step up from Camden Market when you’ve grown up a bit 🙂 I devoured a massive homemade doughnut. Jam-filled, nom nom!
Had a fabulous casual dinner at Food for Thought, a veggie mainstay, before the show. Upon our return to Canada, I read that the spot closed permanently just a few days later! I hurriedly ordered their cookbook online. We had time to look around the new-and-improved Foyle’s book store.
The Commitments was based on the book and the 1991 movie. As a show, it was pretty much a soul music revue. As when we went to see We Will Rock You, it was a fun night out, short on emotion and plot but long on entertaining tunes.
A trip to Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens). Here are things I liked:
After many hours of exploring, we walked along the Thames riverbank to Richmond for shopping and dinner. A lovely relaxing day!
The next day was all rush rush to the airport, and the next day after that, back to work. But we had a great “City Break” after our two weeks in the countryside!
If you travel, do you like vacationing in the city or country?
PS: Of note: No rain!