Friday, 6 October 2006

London was 'Wicked'!

P and I had our fab trip to London a couple of weeks ago.  We headed off on the train on the Friday afternoon and a couple of tube rides and a courtesy bus later we were at the Hilton Docklands where we stayed for 2 nights.  The hotel was wonderful, would definately stop there again.  Staff were friendly, food was delicious and the views towards Canary Wharf were fantastic especially when lit up at night.

We spent Saturday morning viewing some of the sites, Buckingham Palace, Downing St, Nelson's Column etc and then headed off to the Apollo Victoria for our matinee performance of 'Wicked' that P had bought tickets for, for my 30th.

What can I say.... 'Wicked' was wicked!  The sets, costumes and music were amazing and even better that it starred Idina Menzel from the original broadway production.  Her voice is truly amazing.

We set off from the theatre to Waterloo, where P coaxed me into a flight on the London Eye.  I wasn't convinced that I was going to enjoy it as I'm not the best with heights, but it was brill and I'd recommend it to anyone.  Weather was a bit murky though so would be nice to try it again on a clear day.  The area around the wheel had many stalls and a kind of carnival atmosphere going on.  There were plenty of food stalls, live music and there was a group of great breakdancers.

We headed back across the bridge towards Trafalgar Square, where we noticed they were setting up ready for the Scissor Sisters concert that was on that night.  As you can imagine there were crowds of people everywhere!  We hung around for a little while and then headed back to the hotel for something to eat.

Sunday morning we headed off to the Oxford Street area but were quite disappointed that none of the shops opened until 11, some even later than that at 12, 12.30pm.  So we just had a wander with a few rest stops to save my aching feet!  We checked out of the hotel at 1pm and then made our way back to Marylebone to catch the train home.  One of the nicest weekends I've ever spent away.  Plenty to do, plenty to see and fantastic company.

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