Watching a West End show in London was on my travel bucket list. But once I saw one, I was hooked and with some cheap tickets I spent almost every night in the capital sitting in a theatre. It was absolutely brilliant. Although some of the shows have or will soon finish their West End run, I wanted to share my views on these delightful experiences.
If you’re headed to London and there’s a specific show you want to watch, like say Book of Mormon, you’ll need to book a ticket. There are over 40 theatres in the West End, so there’s literally something for everyone – be it a musical or play. There are short runs for some shows, which last a couple of months, or ones like Wicked!, Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, or Les Miserables which run continuously. You can book online before you get to London, but if you can’t decide or you’re happy to take a bit of a lucky dip, you can visit the TKTS booth in Leicester Square. You can get half price tickets for the day you visit and the following two days from a heap of shows (except the really big new ones).
One of my favourite things about travelling, anywhere, is finding new bookshops. Of course, the UK proved a treasure trove of gorgeous little indie stores and huge emporiums. I packed as lightly as I could to allow for maximum book space on my home journey, but still only justified buying about seven books (restrained, I thought). I spent so many hours browsing through beautiful shelves, I wanted to share my favourites from around Britain (even those I left without a new book in hand). Sadly, I didn’t think to take photos at every store but there’s always room to improve on the next trip.Read More
I’m not here to tell you I had some incredible, Eat Pray Love-style ‘finding myself’ moment travelling by myself overseas. Actually, I was walking through Hyde Park in London listening to an episode of Hack where people were talking about the pleasures and pitfalls of solo adventures when I started wondering if I’d done this whole travel thing right. Read More