London Journals

Fun and Funky London

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A November 2003 trip to London by vampirefan

Sherlock Holmes Museum Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: London is an eclectic blend of history and the now-and-happening. You can step back in time, or be on the cutting edge. This portion of my London journal details all the modern London I saw.

Lyceum

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Attraction | "The Lion King"

Lyceum Photo, London, England
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When I was sitting in my seat for the touring version of The Lion King only 5 months before I was to see it in London, I wondered if I had made the right choice. Two minutes into the stunning show, I knew I had. It was at that moment that I knew I had a favorite Broadway show. The Lion King is the Broadway version of the animated movie by the same name from Disney. Julie Taymor directed and did most of the work for the show, while Garth Fagen provided the choreography, and Sir Elton John transformed his lyrics for the stage. The show tells of a young lion cub, Simba, who watches as his father dies and thinks it is his fault. It is actually his evil uncle Scar, who wanted to rule as the l...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 3, 2005

Lyceum
Wellington Street
London, England WC2E 7DA
+44 870 606 3441

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Photo, London, England
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat gets its origins from the biblical story of Jacob and his 12 sons, in particular, his favorite, Joseph. He loves Joseph so much that he has a coat of many colors made for him. His bothers, which are very envious, plot to have him killed. Instead, they sell him as a slave. Joseph ends up with the pharaoh and interprets his dreams for him. In return, he is freed and made a wealthy man. In the meanwhile, his family has it rough, and soon, the family is reunited. Joseph is the brainchild of legendry Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. It premiered at the Abby Theater in London on February 6, 1973. Over the years, Joseph has been successful on the stage and has enjo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 3, 2005

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
New London
London, England WC2B 5PW
020 7400 5007

Madame Tussauds

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Attraction | "Madame Tussaud's Museum"

Madame Tussauds Photo, London, England
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There are now several Madam Tussaud’s wax museums throughout the world. But perhaps the best is still the original here in London. Madame Tussaud was a real person. She was born Marie Grosholz in 1761 in Strasburg and married Francois Tussaud in 1795. She worked as a wax figure-maker for the royal court in France and helped assist in making death masks. She later took her skills and made realistic figures of actors and political figures and began touring with them. She brought her collection to London permanently in 1835, then having the museum on Baker Street. In 1884, it was moved to its present-day location only minutes away. Marie died in 1850, and her sons took over the business. Her family s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

Madame Tussauds
Marylebone Road
London, England NW1 5LR
44 (870) 999 0046

Original London Walks

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Attraction | "The Original London Walks"

Original London Walks Photo, London, England
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With the very long and tedious history, it isn’t hard to phantom (oops, I mean fathom) that London would be haunted. Some say that London is the most haunted city in the world (I've also heard them say that in Savannah and Charleston, but hey, who I am I to argue?), and with all the history, it would make sense. There are hundreds of stories about haunted London. In order to hear about some of them, take in the Haunted London Walk with the folks at the Original London Walks. It was a cold and foggy November evening when we set off on foot in search of some ghosts--just perfect for some good ghost stories. Our tour guide was Corrine, who is also an actress. She arrived with an even whiter face t...Read More

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Original London Walks
PO Box 1708
London, England NW6 4LW
+44 20 7624 3978

Sherlock Holmes Museum

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Sherlock Holmes Museum Photo, London, England
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For Sherlock Holmes fans or those of us who love one, or for just the curious, stop by the Sherlock Holmes Museum, located at 221 B Baker St. (where else?). The two-story museum is part campy and part fun. It doesn’t take long or much money, so it is well worth your time. Here you will find wax figures (though nothing like Madame Tussauds) acting out scenes from the Sherlock novels. You will also find antique furniture, pictures, books, and the likes from "Sherlock Holmes". Most of it is actually from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You can sit at the desk Doyle wrote at and have your picture taken with "Mr. Watson". I was surprised when the gentleman asked where we were from, and we said North Carolin...Read More

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Sherlock Holmes Museum
221b Baker Street
London, England NW1 5RT
+44 20 7935 8866