I love musicals! Like, really love. And unfortunately, they’re not really accessible in Switzerland. When I found out I would be traveling to London for a training course, I made it a point to plan an early arrival in London with two goals:
- Go to as many musicals as possible
- Enjoy Afternoon Tea somewhere fabulous
One of my new expat friends was up for a weekend away, so we headed out early Saturday morning. It was her first time to London, so we strolled around to enable her to see many of the major sites. (Which also allowed me to “ooh and aah” all over again.)
[Big Ben really is big!]
[The London Eye]
We also enjoyed a little sushi lunch, which was a treat! It was extra fun to sit outside watching the world go by.
I had never been to Harrods, so we swooped by for a visit. It was CRAZY on a Saturday, but I’m glad we saw it. A couple of things surprised me:
- The Egyptian escalator. The multi-story escalator literally looks like it belongs in Egypt. I don’t understand why it’s in a department store in London.
- The Food Halls. I had no idea there was so much food served and sold in Harrods!
- The jewelry in the fine jewelry department. To describe it as “out of this world” is probably an understatement. The necklaces reminded me of the things celebrities wear to the Oscars. They were stunning! (And I’m shocked people actually buy these things.)
- Christmas World! There is a HUGE part of a floor called Christmas World. It was completely mad, but it did get me excited for what’s coming in a few short months!
We had to stop and put our feet up for a few minutes before heading out for dinner and a musical. We met up with one of my Nestlé UK colleagues, which was fun. Dinner was at Kazan – a yummy Turkish restaurant and then walked a few blocks to the Apollo Victoria Theatre for Wicked!
It is SUCH a fantastic musical! We were in the fourth row and got to take in the detail of the costumes, and of course, marvel at the powerful voices of the performers – especially Elphaba!!! If you haven’t seen this musical, you must!
After only a couple of hours of sleep on Friday night and a full day in the city, I was ready for some good rest. We decided to wake up without alarms, which meant I got 10-11 hours of sleep! After a leisurely morning, we headed out to see Buckingham Palace before meeting up with some friends for Afternoon Tea. The flag was waving, which I think means the Queen was home!
We met up with two of my friends for Afternoon Tea ar Fortnum & Mason. Tea is served on the fourth floor of the shop in their Diamond Jubilee Tea Room, which was just beautiful! Live piano music, loads of natural light, beautiful dishes, delicious food, and enjoyable company made it very memorable!
After tea, my travel partner had to leave for the airport. I was staying in town for a week-long training course, so I planned to see another musical on Sunday afternoon. One of my sweet friends accompanied me, and we saw Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre. The young performers were really impressive!
And as if it wasn’t enough to rendezvous with three different friends during the weekend, I met up for a drink with a couple who just moved to the UK from Ohio last week. They grew up in my hometown, and while I don’t know them well, it was a great opportunity to get reacquainted and to welcome them to Europe!
While it was a short time in London, it was exactly what I hoped for when I planned the weekend! Just enough time away to get my fix of musicals and to enjoy afternoon tea! I might need to sneak back here for more sometime soon!