Back from London: Part One

Good evening! We are back from London. Traffic was chaos today so it took a lot longer to get home but we made it and were so pleased to see the pugs! They were excited to see us too and gave us plenty of kisses.

Now I’ll try to catch you up on the past few days about London and the private help I’m trying for my anxiety.

So the main reason we travelled to London is because we had purchased Harry Potter: The Cursed Child theatre tickets. We went to London with 4 of our friends and stayed in a Travelodge at Park Royal which was handy for free parking and the tube was a short walk away which we could get directly in to the centre of London!

We drove to London on Thursday morning and arrived at the hotel around 3pm when we were able to check in. We got changed for the theatre which had a “smart casual” dress code and headed for the tube station. We got off at Leicester Square and grabbed something to eat before we walked to Palace Theatre in Covent Garden. There was a bit of a queue but it went down quickly and then we had to have a security check. The inside of the theatre was very ornate with a lot of marble, gold and red with dark wood. Unfortunately we only managed to get balcony tickets because everything else sold out so quickly which meant we were right at the top of the theatre. From what I found on the internet it was 55ft high. We all found it quite disorientating and dizzying on the first night. It felt like we were teetering on the edge and there was a long drop down to the stage! The view from the balcony was reasonably OK actually until the actors/actresses performed nearer the front of the stage. There were a few bits we missed which was a shame. Once the lights dimmed and the play began the worries of the height diminished. I have to say I was really impressed by the play. This is the first time I have been to theatre in years and it far exceeded my expectations. The sound, lighting and music was brilliant and the effects were mesmerizing. I loved the way they transitioned between scenes with the swoop of a cape as the props were wizzed off stage on wheels. I don’t want to ruin anyone’s experience of the play so I won’t give any spoilers. I think you’ll have a great time if you are going. Me and my partner both enjoyed it, however a few of our friends were a little more critical. Some of them are really quite in to Harry Potter so they read in to it a lot more than we did.

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After the play had finished we decided to walk to Westminster Bridge and Big Ben to do a bit of sightseeing. We grabbed a bite to eat then and took it back on the tube as we travelled back to the hotel for the night. It was quite late at this point and we were feeling pretty tired so went out like a light when we finally got in to bed!

Big Ben
London Eye from Westminster Bridge

To be continued…

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