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Tower of London, St Paul's, Temple Gardens and Wicked!!

Oh... And rain and tube strikes

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On Thursday we woke up to another fairly miserable looking day (surprise, surprise) but were at least comforted by the fact that the underground would be working again! After being closed on Christmas Day and a driver strike yesterday which caused the buses to be ridiculously packed we were very keen to get back on the tube! In typical fashion though, there were a number of lines closed due to maintenance work so we had to replay our journey and walk ages to get to Tower of London from the closest open station. I never want to live in London!!!

Anyway, once we got to the Tower we were really excited to get inside and keen to learn heaps on the Yeoman tours. These, just our luck, were not running because of the rain so we were all packed into a chapel to have a 30 minute history lesson by one of the guides before we were left to wander the buildings as we chose. Luckily we had a really funny guide who them told us the best places to see so we headed off to explore the Tower Green (where Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard were executed), the Bloody Tower (where two little princes were murdered and then buried secretly under the staircase) and the Crown Jewels and Military Museum. All of this was extremely interesting as we both love British history, particularly Tudor times, and we were very happy any time the rain decided to take a break. After we had seen all there was to see and were thoroughly sick of rude tourists pushing in (particularly French ones!) we set out in search of a Fish n Chips shop as Renae was craving some. We walked all the way to St Paul's with no luck so after admiring that impressive building and taking quite a few photos we headed into a Starbucks on the corner to grab a coffee (I was dying for one by this stage of the day) and to take advantage of their free wifi to look up fish and chips shops in the area. Luckily there was one just around the corner so we stopped there for lunch before heading on to see the Temple Gardens and the imposing law buildings around that area.

The Temple Gardens are one thing that I really remembered from our last visit and I was again in love with the gorgeous little system of parks and fountains dotted between the buildings. The main gardens were closed, however, so that was another strike against London! We had been planning to try and get some last minute, cheap tickets to The Lion King for either tonight or Friday but they were both totally sold out except for two separate tickets at over £90 each! So we gave up on that plan and decided to go for our second option of Wicked :) We procured some decently priced tickets for tonight so rushed home to get all dolled up for our big night out (particularly exciting considering we have been living like we are allergic to the dark and often home by 4!).

I have listened to the soundtrack of Wicked so much that I was half expecting to be disappointed by the live version... Wow was I wrong! The sets were incredible, the costumes extravagant, the orchestra pitch perfect and the cast, particularly Ephaba and Galinda, were unbelievable!!! After Elphaba finished singing Defying Gravity I decided I could die happy :)

So that was our day, how was yours?

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Posted by clairebear89 28.12.2012 02:54 Archived in England

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