Our missing bag finally appeared this morning! (Apparently it decided to take a later flight…) After a happy re-union we took the tube and visited Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station for the obligatory Harry Potter shot.
Then it was off to the British Museum where we played 'Ur', the world's oldest board game. We strolled down a veritable Monopoly board of London streets: Oxford St, Bow St, The Strand, and even Leicester Square (but I couldn’t find Electric Company anywhere!) We visited Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus and then headed across the Thames to S
Sue-Anne got a very pleasant surprise while we were shopping in Tesco’s. She wandered into the wine section of the store and a young security guard stopped her and asked her how old she was. After she told him she asked why and he pointed to the sign that read 'You must be over 21 to buy alcohol'. She told me it must have been the harsh backlighting in the store that threw him off, but whatever the reason it made her day.
After a quick freshen up in our hotel we journeyed back to the West End area where we saw ‘Mary Poppins’. Two word review. “See it!” It set us back about $150 Aussie dollars a ticket and it’s worth twice that. Amazing performances and absolutely state-of-the-art special effects have been combined with the catchy songs and well-loved story of the movie and it is a truly magical night at the theatre.
If you do decide to head on over to London to see the show, I’ll leave you with our five top travel tips all picked up in the last 48 hours:
1 – Sure, the Heathrow Express is the quickest way from the airport to the city (20 mins) but taking the Tube (30 mins) is a LOT cheaper. ₤26 vs ₤6 for a return ticket.
2 – If you plan on buying an all-day ticket on the Tube, buy it after 9.30am when the price drops from ₤6.20 to ₤3.
3 – If you want internet access, the going rate seems to be 40p for 30-40 mins. Avoid places like Starbucks and their T-Mobile hotspots at ₤5 an hour.
4 – ‘Pret’ is a good place to get great food for breakfast or lunch at a very reasonable price. (Soft drinks 65p a can, sandwiches around ₤2).
5 – Bottled water is essential in the current heatwave in unair-conditioned London. The going rate seems to be between ₤1.10 to ₤2.20 a bottle (that’s $2.75 to $5.50 in Aussie dollars) but if you go to Tesco’s you can get a six-pack for only ₤1.33.
Oh, and bring your own rubber thongs. Look how much they're going for in London shops!!! (Click on the pics to see the prices).