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A September 2010 trip to London by artslover

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Shakespeare's Globe

Attraction | "Enjoyable theatre"

Shakespeare's Globe Photo, London, England
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We went to see a Saturday afternoon performance of Henry IV, Part 1. It was delightful. The story is basically a coming of age story of Prince Hal, who must mature to become King Henry V. Over the two plays, he changes from loveable madcap to charismatic martial hero with unselfconscious ease, leaving others to marvel at the suddenness and subtlety of the transformation. What makes Part 1 such a crowd pleaser is Falstaff, played by Roger Allam. Falstaff is a shrewd old soldier, disreputable but quick witted. He tries to get the most out of life with the least amount of effort, fooling almost everyone but himself.We ordered our tickets, as well as seat cushions, online before l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2010

Shakespeare's Globe
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside
London, England SE1 9DT
+44 20 7902 1400

Arsenal Stadium

Attraction | "Impressive new stadium"

Arsenal Stadium Photo, London, England
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My DH is a long time, often long suffering, Arsenal fan. We decided to buy tickets for the Arsenal match against West Bromwich Albion, a newly elevated team, thinking it would be a less popular choice that the other matches in September and October when we were planning to visit. But to ensure we got three tickets, my son and I bought Arsenal memberships although neither of us are die hard Arsenal fans. As soon as the tickets were available online, we purchased our tickets. It was not a cheap method to secure tickets but it worked.The entry system is very slick. The plastic membership card allows you into the stadium gates and reads whether or not you have tickets for the particular match ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2010

Arsenal Stadium
Arsenal Road
London, England

National Gallery

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Attraction | "One of my favourite places in London"

National Gallery Photo, London, England
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I just love the National Gallery and wish I lived in London so I could visit it monthly, if not weekly. We didn’t go to a special exhibition. We just visited some of the permanent collection. I particularly wanted to see the newly cleaned Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Virgin of the Rocks, which was back on display after 18 months of specialist conservation work. The painting had been covered with a layer of badly discoloured varnish from the late 1940s. But after expert cleaning and a new frame, the painting has been restored to its former glory. It is now much easier to appreciate the painting’s full tonal range, especially in the darker areas.I adore how you walk into ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2010

National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London, England WC2N 5DN
+44 (207) 747 2885

Queen's Gallery

Attraction | "A new appreciation for Victoria and Albert"

Queen's Gallery Photo, London, England
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We bought our tickets online the day we decided to visit the Gallery. The website tells you that there are some tickets available to buy in person but recommends you purchase ahead of time to ensure you can get in when you want. It was good advice. Even though we went on a Friday, there was quite a queue waiting to go in and by the time we arrived, half an hour before our booked time, there were no more tickets available for the morning or early afternoon.We looked a bit in the gift shop while we waited for our booked time. Nothing there interested me – mostly knick knacks about the Queen or Buckingham Palace.The Gallery was showing pictures, sculptures, furniture and other obj...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2010

Queen's Gallery
Buckingham Palace
London, England
+44 (0)207 7766 7301

Sir John Soane's Museum

Attraction | "A curious museum"

Sir John Soane's Museum Photo, London, England
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The Museum was designed by Soane, one of Britain's greatest architects, and was his home as well as his private Museum. It is a building of originality with its picturesque vistas and inventive handling of light and space. Soane’s collections – architectural fragments, Graeco-Roman marbles, casts, paintings, sculpture and furniture – are combined with the architecture of the building, and are still arranged today as they were at the time of his death in 1837. The result is many floors just stuffed with objects. I particularly like the paintings which included some good Turner paintings, as Turner was a friend, and some very good Hogarths, including the entire Rake’s Progress series.The st...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2010

Sir John Soane's Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, England WC2A 3BP
+44 20 7405 2107