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London continues to be a top tourist destination, and there was renewed interest and many more visitors with the Olympics being held there. Visitors are always anxious to tour famous attractions when they have spare time from other activities, and London is filled with amazing historical places of interest. Here are some best things to do in London. London is an exciting place to visit. With so many places to visit and numerous attractions to see, and exciting things to do, you will be spoiled for choice.

westminster.abbey_Westminster Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a spectacular example of a Gothic church which has been the venue for almost every royal coronation since 1066 and included that of Queen Elizabeth II. Royal weddings, including that of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011, have brought joy there. Burials of approximately 3300 honored people have occurred over the years including kings and queens as well as Charles Dickens, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and many others.

Theatre tickets for an outstanding London theatre should include the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The original open-air playhouse that housed Shakespeare’s plays was built in 1599 but was burned down in 1613 when a thatched roof caught fire from a cannon shot during a play. A new Globe was built on the same foundations before Shakespeare’s death and operated until 1642 when it was closed down and later razed by the Puritans. After discovery of the foundations in 1989, a new theater was completed and was officially opened in June, 1997 by Queen Elizabeth II.

hampton-court-palace1The Hampton Court Palace presents an actor portraying King Henry VIII who shows visitors what the Tudor world and royal residence living was like. Here you will see the world’s largest private art collection, the property of the current Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Victoria opened the apartments with their original furnishings, paintings and tapestries as well as 60 acres of formal gardens to the public in 1838.

The Churchill Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum include 90 years of Winston Churchill’s life. They must be entered through an entranceway on King Charles Street that did not originally exist when the underground bunker was eventually increased to 30,000 feet and housed the operations for World War II. On August 16, 1945 when the bunker was closed, workers went home and left desks, papers, blackboards and even Churchill’s swivel chair just as they were.

tower bridge crossing the thames river in london englandA Thames river cruise tops off a visit as it weaves through the city and past many of the main attractions including Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the House of Parliament, and many others.

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55671-1819-its-a-knockout-hen-weekend-in-londonYou and the girls have been preparing for your wedding for months and now the big day is nearly here. You are probably looking forward to a getaway with your friends before the wedding but want to do something different from the customary hen weekend. There are several other ways you can celebrate your final hours of singleness for those who won’t settle for traditional.

The conventional hen weekend usually consists of misbehaving, a little too much booze, and letting loose to the point of morning-after regrets. Skip the hangover and try something classier. It’s your last weekend as a free woman so do it up right. Take the opportunity to indulge in a trip to a luxury spa. This is your opportunity to unwind and de-stress before the whirlwind of the wedding.

If you and your crew are the gambling type but don’t want to deal with the casino scene, head to the races. Rent a private box and order some champagne with lunch. Or if you prefer the outdoors head to the UK’s surf capital for a few days of fun in the sun.

You can still let loose without going overboard if you decide to do it at a salsa club. Shake your tail feathers. At Bar Salsa you and the girls can get an hour’s salsa lesson and enjoy a delicious dinner before letting it all out and flaunting your spicy new moves on the dance floor. There are numerous bars and clubs in London West End region, which provides ultimate entertainment.

You and your girls can soak up the theatre by spending an unforgettable evening at London’s West End Theatre Scene. If the bridal party has a knack for drama, there is no more enjoyable way to indulge in this pastime – and no more reputable place than the West End Theatre. The attraction has drawn countless lovers of theatre and non-theatre crowds alike.

London’s theatre scene will satisfy the actor in everyone with their variety of plays, from classic to modern. Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Chicago are just a few this theatre is known for. So stop at the box office to get theatre tickets to any one of their wildly popular plays.

There are several high-end hotels and even apartments you can rent to accommodate you and your guests. London’s Theatre Scene will treat you like royalty to create a beautiful experience you will always remember. Sit back and enjoy a hen weekend without regrets.

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How lucky to live near London to enjoy the theatre and all its glory. London is the theatre capital of the world and it has something for everyone. I had this preconceived notion that it was somehow only for the upper class. But what I found was an unforgettable experience that leaves me wanting to return for more! Locals and non-locals alike visit the London Theatre Scene looking for thrilling performances or perhaps a new experience, a new show that will give them the feeling they are looking for on that particular evening. Because that is what the London Theatre scene does, it dances with our emotions.

london_musicalsThe theatre is accessible to anyone by simply going to the box office and purchasing a few affordable tickets. There are about 40 theatres and, as a first timer, it can be overwhelming deciding what to see. Luckily you can request a London theatre tour guide. You can also find more information about reviews, schedules and tickets at London Theatre Guide. If you love theatrical performances, than London is the Place to be.

While enjoying a beautiful and exhilarating night out, why not visit the fine restaurants with mouth-watering cuisines. The London theatre scene includes shopping at designer boutiques and having fun at the many bars and clubs.

At the Prince of Whales Theatre for example, a most loved and feel good show is “Mamma Mia”. A show loved all over the world because of the music and its characters. Also now showing is “Let it Be” with wonderful music featuring the Beatle’s greatest hits! But most of the shows now playing are relevant to the times. For example, “sucker punch” at the Royal Court Theatre. London’s theatre is an expression of the city itself and what is happening all over the world. To visit a show is to watch real stories unfold in a bright, real and thrilling experience.

If you haven’t fallen in love with the theatre yet, now is the time. London is beaming and changing and the shows getting more real and more vivid than I can remember or is it just me? Visiting London seems a serious matter but it is not. The London Theatre is the place to be.

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The anticipation
We go to the box office, look at the seating chart, choose our seats, pay for our theatre tickets: we’re going to see a London Musical. The anticipation begins, we’ve read the reviews, we know a song or two and we’re going to see a famous actor. Even if we’re tourists with the one carry-on bag, we’ll have something “elegant” to wear. Putting on a pretty face, doing up the hair, dabbing a bit of cologne, we’re going to a London Theatre where we’ll mix with other musical lovers: we’ll want to look our best.

The Theatre
London Theatres are architectural masterpieces, pieces of theatre history. We’ll walk into the lobby, admire lush decorations and smell programme printing ink. An usher will escort us to the velvet-covered seats as we wonder at the size of those curtains. There’s the hush when the house lights dim, the orchestra strikes the first note and the overture begins.

The music
When was the last time we heard live music? There’s an orchestra, singers on stage, solos and duets, chorus numbers. We may know the songs by heart, our lips move as the notes touch our emotions. We may hear a song we’ve never heard before but know that this won’t be the last time we’ll hear it.

The actors
Those are real actors up there! Maybe one or two who are famous display their talent. We’re sharing space with one of our idols, we can feel their emotions, show them appreciation. The magical exchange between actors and audience has no limits. A musical can lift us to places our day-to-day lives never imagined.

The story
Perhaps it’s boy meets girl or revolution in the making. Maybe it’s the secret lives of alley cats. Whatever the plot, a London Musical will tell a tale that sometimes relates to our lives, sometimes leads us into a fantasy world.

The after-the-theatre coffee
It’s all over, we’ve laughed and cried, slapped our hands together with hundreds of others. We’ve reluctantly drawn ourselves through the house then lobby doors. We’re in the street again, but the magic lingers. We’ve got to stop, have a coffee, re-live the experience with our friends. What did we like, what did we hate, what did we think? Being an amateur theatre critic is the colophon to a wonderful musical theatre experience. Now we’re ready to hit the road, already imagining our next visit to London Musical Theatre.

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