London Calling! Things To Do in England’s Bustling Capital

London Calling! Things To Do in England’s Bustling Capital

Welcome back! Continuing onward from my Part 1 of “London Calling” where I shared some of my favourite Things to See in London, I’d say it’s about time to step out of the observation booth and start “do-ing”. So, drop the binoculars, put on some comfortable shoes and let’s get ready to see what there is to do in London.

Oy! Don’t forget your umbrella… you’re in London, remember? While London may receive less rain than the rest of the country, you never know when you’ll find yourself caught in a torrential downpour as you exit the tube. Be prepared by investing in a cheap umbrella that you can replace or discard if needed. Got it? Great! Let’s go!

 

Do

Ride the London Eye 

Bite the bullet and embrace your inner tourist. End a day of strolling the city from a different perspective and take your London experience to new heights. For 15GBP (a standard ticket per person booked online), you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the Parliament Houses, St.Paul’s Cathedral and everything in between.

Like any big city, London shows it’s best side by night as the hustle bustle comes to an end and all come out to play. Whether you’re celebrating a recent engagement (in which case you may want to upgrade to a champagne flight for 31.54GBP) or enjoying a night of exploration with friends and family, taking a spin on the London eye is a memorable way to savor your experience and give your legs a well-deserved rest.

Take in a Musical 

If you’re at all a fan of musical productions or theater, don’t miss out on the opportunity to see some of the world’s best talent showcased on the London stage. As an avid fan of everything composed and produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, I must recommend seeing The Phantom of the Opera (if you haven’t already). It is, by far, my favourite musical of all time. That being said, there are a number of productions currently frequenting the London box offices that are well worth seeing including Wicked (the story behind the good witch and the wicked witch from the Wizard of Oz) and Billy Elliott (a story that merges the history of coal mining in Britain and the aspirations of one boy who loves to dance).

Note: To all men, scanning this and shaking their heads. I took my husband to The Phantom of the Opera and he loved it; crashing chandeliers, a man without a face, fire effects etc. What’s not to love?

Top Tip! Don’t buy tickets at the box office unless you’re a die-hard theater buff looking for front row seats. Tickets can often be purchased the day of at Leicester Square at seriously discounted rates. Check out this website to locate discount agents around London!

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Music to my Ears

Music to my Ears

I’ve never been a huge music buff. To my dad’s chagrin, I really can’t tell the difference between Pink Floyd, the Who or any other band whose name I recognize but whose songs I couldn’t name if you paid me a million bucks. Maybe I just don’t have the ear for it… or maybe I just have really lame taste in music. Both are likely possibilities, but whatever the reason, I was the kid who blared “Breakfast with the Beatles” from the radio on CHUM FM every Saturday morning. Why? Because that is the bread and butter that I was fed growing up. Every weekend (and week day) was filled with songs from the Monkees, the Beatles, the crazy Swedes from Abba or some British rock band that my dad had listened to himself growing up. It was bliss pulling up on Sunday’s after being dragged to Sunday school to see my shirtless father rocking out to the radio and cleaning the car. For him, this was nirvana. Not the band.

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