London Weekend Trip Guide
Wearever is lucky enough to be traveling back to London this first week of spring. It is time to bypass the usual tourist stops, and explore other facets of "The Smoke," London's old nickname, a reference to its pea soup fogs. It is trite, but if you do still want to see the sights again, the double decker bus tours are always fun, even it touristy.
If you want to see just a couple sites, the London Eye, the giant ferris wheel is always fun, and you can see the entire city from a great perspective. Another favorite is The Tate Modern, Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art. Entry to the museum is free, and it is housed in an old power station on the banks of the Thames. You can take a water taxi to get there for vistas of London from the water. Make sure to see the Picassos, Dalis, and Cezannes.
Buy tickets NOW for the Noel Coward comedy, "Blithe Spirit". Angela Lansbury-of "Murder, She Wrote" and "Sweeney Todd" fame-is 88 (!), is reviving her 2009 NYC Broadway Tony Award winning role as the medium Madame Arcati. She has not been on the London stage for almost 40 years, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see her perform in this hilarious comedy.
Off the Beaten Path suggestion- One of London's most popular sporting traditions, the Head of the River Race on March 29, over 400 eight men crew teams from all over the world will row on the Thames in this historic sporting challenge. There are viewing spots all along the river, it's free, but get there early. Or, better idea, find a good viewing seat in a nice, warm pub along the way if it is a chilly spring day. Drink a beer, or two, and enjoy.
Then, to satisfy your inner gearhead, "Bond in Motion" is the largest collection of James Bond vehicles ever to be displayed in London. It will be at The London Film Museum in Covent Garden. See first hand the 1964 Aston Martin from Goldeneye as well as other iconic Bond vehicles. For a more classic choice, The Royal Ballet is performing at Royal Opera House, see "The Winter's Tale" or "Sleeping Beauty," both traditional and romantic choices, or an opera, La Traviata.
Dressing can be tricky in London this time of year even though it is spring, it can still be chilly. Here are some ideas.