A couple of weeks ago I got back from a two-week trip to London where I did a work experience placement. Whilst I was there, I had time to take in some culture as well, so I thought I’d share some of my trip with you now.
During my first hour in London I managed to get myself stuck in a tube barrier with my giant suitcase and annoy everyone on the escalator by forgetting to stand on the right. Not a great start, but I soon found myself falling into the rhythm of the city. As someone who lives in a small village in a rural area, the capital is so full of life and energy – it makes me feel alive, as cliched as that sounds.
I was working Monday and Tuesday but was told not to come in on Wednesday and Thursday as nobody would be in the office. I took this opportunity to do some touristy things. On Wednesday I managed to get a ticket for a matinee of Les Miserables which is my favourite musical. I had never seen it in person before and was really excited to get a ticket. I decided not to go for the most expensive seat and ended up in row G of the upper circle. It was a much better view than I expected, but I did feel a bit distant from the performance and would probably choose a better seat next time. Despite that, the show was amazing. The cast were brilliant and the music is always fantastic no matter how many times I’ve heard it.
On Thursday, I visited the Tate Modern. To get there, I had to cross the Millennium bridge which was pretty surreal for me as all I could think about was it’s appearance in the penultimate Harry Potter film and the amazing visual effects which were used. The gallery itself was good; I spent a good couple of hours wandering around and there was plenty to see. There were a couple of pieces I really liked, but on the whole I don’t think modern art is really my thing.
In the afternoon, I visited the Museum of London which was fantastic. There’s so much to see and read about and you could quite easily make a day of it. They had a really lovely Paddington Bear display which was probably my favourite bit, although it was right at the end and I was pretty tired by then so didn’t linger for too long. The great thing about both the Tate Modern and the Museum of London is that it’s free to visit – all they ask for is a small donation as you enter/leave.
It was great having so many museums and galleries right on my doorstep and I could easily have spent a lot more time exploring them.
Part 2 of my adventures coming tomorrow…