Good news! I'm taking my first true vacation in a few years this year! Even better news! I'm headed to England for the first time! I'll be headed to England at the end of February. Some people go to the beach in winter, I go to the theatre, that's just how I roll. 

Since we bought the tickets I've been reading up on guidebooks, and I'm a little overwhelmed with all there is to do and see. I'm definitely going to check something out at the National Theatre (that's their theatre in the pic up top.) and the Globe, and maybe the Tricycle, and, and, and... 

So I'm looking for advice. Who's been recently and give me some advice? Who lives there and know's what's hot? 

And don't forget about the days -- and after theatre drinks, too -- let me know what I should do in London! 

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Comment by Jacob Coakley on January 9, 2012 at 2:27pm

Jim - thanks! I love walking tours, so I'll check it out! 

Cat - You know I'm gonna visit there. :-) 

Katie - Thanks! I want to go to Greenwich anyways to stand on the meridian. :-) 

Darla - War Horse is on the agenda! 

Shelia - Half price tix? Yes please and thank you! 

Lawrence - Thanks for the book and museum recommendations! 

Comment by Jim De Young on January 9, 2012 at 12:53pm

You might want a copy of London Theatre Walks.  It is still the most complete source in one handy volume for all historical theatre sites in central London. Check it out at http://londontheatrewalks.wordpress.com

 

Comment by Cat West on January 9, 2012 at 10:38am

You won't be at any loss for some fantastic post theatre drinks in London... but I have to recommend you try to make it to my 2nd most favorite bar in the world: The Purple Bar at the Sanderson Hotel

They take their cocktails very seriously, so they aren't the cheapest drinks in town - but they are well worth the price and the wait. The bartenders are trained mixologists and we've never had a bad concoction brought our way.  They do recommend making a reservation if you aren't staying at the hotel- it's a very small room. 

Their website recommends using the Oxford Street or Tottenham Court tube stops, but Goodge St Station is equidistant and is perhaps a bit less crowded. 

Comment by Kaitie B. on January 9, 2012 at 7:17am

I lived in London for a few months last year- Check out what's on at the Donmar Warehouse, tucked away in Covent Garden.  I also recommend Mousetrap and Blood Brothers- two London classics.  Aside from theatre- the National Gallery and the Tate Modern are my favorite museums (and like almost all museums in London- they're free. I spent many afternoons just sitting/wandering around here) and I've also heard that the Olympic Stadium tours are fun too.  And if you can get to Greenwich, the view is definitely worth the hike up the hill. Enjoy!

Comment by Darla Jones on January 9, 2012 at 7:02am

War Horse. If you see NOTHING else, you must see this show. Yeah, yeah - Spielberg made a movie... This is singularly the most incredible piece of theatre that I've EVER seen - period. I've seen the play 3 times - once in London and twice in NY at the Lincoln Center. The show is breath-taking! Next best show is Billy Elliot. See the movie first if you haven't. Next, for sheer fun - Priscilla Queen of the Desert. For a classic, go see Mousetrap. If you want more suggestions, email me at darla.jones@fwafa.org. Have a great time!!!

Comment by Sheila Sky on January 9, 2012 at 5:39am

I recommend visiting the half price ticket booth at leicester square.  It will stretch your budget.

http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/tkts/leicester_square/

I also have a soft spot for the Tate, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. 

Comment by Lawrence Harbison on January 9, 2012 at 1:39am

Recommended: Museum of the City of London, the National Gallery, British Museum, British Library manuscript room, any of the London Walks tours, day trips to Windsor and Hampton Court, Ye Old Cheshire Cheese and Anchor Bankside pubs. Before you go, your MUST read Peter Ackroyd's LONDON: A BIOGRAPHY. Also recommended: Edward Rutherfurd's novel, LONDON. The Globe is not playing in February, but there's a theatre museum there which is open.

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