London Journals

Lively London - a Midweek Break

A March 2006 trip to London by morph!

Quote: Busy, bustling, and crammed with things to do, two days in London isn't anything like enough!

St Martin's Theatre

Attraction | "The Mousetrap"

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When you're in London, take the opportunity to see the longest running play in the world: the Mousetrap, at St Martin's Theatre. Currently in its 55th year, the Agatha Christie murder mystery has become a must-see for theatre lovers visiting the English capital.When you walk into the theatre, the first thing you see is a wooden board, proclaiming the number of the performance you're about to see (mine was 22227!). The walls of the theatre and bar are lined with pictures of the play's cast through the years, and make for interesting interval reading.The play itself? It's a murder mystery so I can't say whodunit! Suffice to say, the end is unexpected, the play tense and thrilling. The ac...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 19, 2007

St Martin's Theatre
West Street
London, England WC2H 8DP
+44 87 0162 8787

Covent Garden

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Attraction

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A magical place to pick out souvenirs from your stay in London, Covent Garden is a must-see for anyone interested in fashion, traditional toys, open air opera and food in a fantastic location!Walking over to the market from the Covent Garden underground stop, you'll see boutiques and theatres and super shops galore - try to ignore them and go first to the market for something more unique!The closed-over market seems divided in two - there's the bric-a-brac, alternative clothes site and the artistic, crafty side where you can pick up pieces by designers starting out.After a leisurely look, walk over to the shops surrounding the market. With everything from quirky to more upmarke...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 19, 2007

Covent Garden
Covent Garden
London, England WC2
+44 20 7836 9136

Victoria and Albert Museum

Attraction | "Victoria & Albert Museum"

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From ancient to more modern history, a visit to the Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum is a great way to spend the day. With its own dedicated entrance from the London Underground, the giant museum celebrates design - all elements from fashion to furniture through the years.We commenced with coffee in the V&A tea rooms - the scones and cream are expensive but old fashioned and fitting in with the whole V&A experience.There's a room in this museum for (it seems) almost every ancient culture. Progress through the ages to see more modern classics: furniture and gadgets we take for granted are displayed as history in the museum - it feels crazy! My favourite part was the fashion ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2007

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London, England SW7 2RL
+44 (20) 7942 2000

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A street filled with second hand bookshops is paradise for bookworms! So when I got to London I jumped at the chance to visit Charing Cross Road.I had read the book '84 Charing Cross Road' a few years ago but hadn't really imagined that a street could be so dedicated to selling on copies of old books. Seriously, almost every shop here has books in the window and when you enter the buildings, you see them piled to the ceiling, overflowing, dusty, perfect for readaholics!Some of the shops are specialist and others are full of a bit of everything. We went into bookshops full of non-fiction fashion reads (glossy pictures - very glamorous!), then on into one where antique and army books fil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 3, 2007

Bookshops on Charing Cross Road
Charing Cross Road
London, England