A May 2002 trip
to London by kythe
Quote: Enjoying London's arts and food for the second time.
Hotel | "Hyde Park West"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 19, 2004
Hyde Park West Hotel
25 26 PEMBRIDGE SQUARE
London, England W2 4DR
Attraction | "Going to the Theater..."
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Many Theaters in London
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Searching for Matt Damon
Attraction | "Food, Glorious Food"
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New Kent Road
London, England SE1 4AG
020 7403 4900
London, England WC2E 7PR
+44 20 7943 4700
Attraction | "Shakespeare's Globe Theater"
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21 New Globe Walk, Bankside
London, England SE1 9DT
+44 20 7902 1400
The market also has many restaurants, but there is always the caution of it being a tourist area and therefore prices will tend to be higher. A free enjoyment is the various musicians that play in yard during the day. At night, besides various pubs, the street leading out of Covent Garden is Drury Lane in which several prominent theatres are located. During the day, you can visit the Drury Lane Theatre and take a tour of one of the oldest theatres in London and hear the tales of the ghosts that haunt that hall. In addition, the Theatre Museum is located near the Drury Lane Theatre.
While it is somewhat cheesy, the long running production of THE WOMAN IN BLACK runs in this area at the Fortune Theatre of Russell Street between Bow Street and Drury Lane. The box office phone is 020 7369 1737. Although it is somewhat predictable, it is a fun thriller for the whole family to enjoy. Students can get discounts at the box office.
Whether it is walking and enjoying the performances and the people or soaking up the nightlife either at the pubs or the theatres, Covent Garden is a pleasant stroll that is relaxing and memorable.
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London, England WC2
+44 20 7836 9136
Attraction | "Regent's Park"
What you will find as you walk along are many beautiful pathways meeting with a lake, a canal, and the London Zoo. One of the most delightful areas is the rose gardens with dozens of species of that regal flower in even more sizes and colors. Anywhere you find to sit in the park will provide you with a peaceful [and if you are so inclined romantic] place to relax. You may decide to take a page from the countrymen and take a blanket and some snacks for a pleasant picnic. There are several cafes and refreshment points throughout the park, but I always go with the rule of convenience—if it’s close by, they’re going to make you pay for it.
As you walk through the park, you will see people engaged in many different sports. If you’re interested in tennis you can go to the tennis center and get a temporary membership to play on their courts. In addition, you can watch people playing cricket and softball in certain areas of the park.
My favorite area of the park is the Open Air Theatre [which if you’ve read any of my other journal entries that should not come as a surprise]. The beautiful Roman inspired theatre hosts several plays [at least two Shakespeare] from the end of May to the beginning of September. You can get tickets at the box office the day of the show and even the farthest seats give you a clear view of all the action. In my opinion, see as much Shakespeare as you can in England—they know how to do it right.
Other entertainments include many musical performances at the bandstand [that is where a lot of the picnickers set up camp. Whether you are looking for activity or rest, Regent’s Park provides a beautiful, restful spot to spend from a couple of hours to an entire day [and with the exception of the theatre and a few of the other activities almost completely free which is always good].
On the Bakerloo line on the Underground you can get off at the Regent’s Park stop and be right there.
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Regent's Park and Primrose Hill
+44 (20) 7486-7905