View from the London Eye

View from the London Eye
Panoramic View from the London Eye

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Night Time Musicals, Midnight Dinners, and Amazing Tours!

After my day of dining on traditional English food we went to see the musical Billy Elliot.  It was an amazing show about being proud of and true to who you are. 

Billy Elliot at The Victoria Palace Theatre
The main character, Billy Elliot, is an 11 year old boy who starts out at boxing practice but ends up in a ballet class, only to find out he is naturally talented.  The audience follows Billy through his journey of self-discovery, helped along by his cross-dressing best friend. 
Our Seats for Billy Elliot
There was laughter and tears throughout the performance and it reminded me why I love musicals so much.  I hope to attend a few more while I am here in London.

However, after the performance I was really hungry, not having eaten after our Afternoon Tea.  So a group of us set out to find some grub.  Come to find out that even on a Saturday night nothing is open in London after 11pm.  There were a few places that were open but stopped serving food at 10pm or 11pm and were just open for drinks.  We walked up and down the streets, until finally we stumbled across an Italian place that was open until 1am.  Even though it was midnight I devoured a salad and half of a pizza so fast everyone was asking where the pizza had gone!  This made me miss all night drive-thrus and restaurants that deliver until 2am but it also made me wonder...where do people in the UK go if they are hungry at midnight?
Glorious Midnight Pizza

This morning we began our day with an amazing coach tour through London.  Our Blue Badge Guide, Shawn, was perfect seamlessly mixing history and pop culture with a bit of humor. 

Our Coach
Zane on the Coach
Did you know that on all London coaches you are supposed to wear your Zane here in this picture.  But we all continued to forget because we dont in the US so every single time we got on the coach Shawn had to remind us to "strap in" or "buckle up" or "remember your seatbelt."

Once we were all strapped in we were able to see so many iconic sites, I dont know that I would be able to list them all but here are a few...we visited/drove by St. Paul's Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge (A.K.A. the "Harry Potter Bridge"), the house where Shakespeare lived, Parliament, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace (where we were able to see part of the changing of the guard).  Everything here is so steeped in British history, I am just amazing that we are able to walk around and visit so many places that were here before America even existed. 

Shawn addressing our group in St. James Park near Buckingham Palace

We finished this wonderful day with a trip to my first ever conveyor belt sushi restaurant...yummm...and my first adventure in an English grocery store; where we mostly just got in people's way because we had no idea where anything was ; ).   
Zane enjoying some Mochi at the sushi restaurant

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