London?

Jul. 9th, 2017 10:51 pm
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[personal profile] schneefink
Good news: my work contract will be extended :) I don't know exactly for how long yet, but probably the end of the year or nearly.

Bad news: I just found out that I won't get vacation time in the week when I really wanted it. No choir week this summer for me :(
So I obviously need alternatives, and I'm thinking of going to London. I've only been twice, each time only for a few days with not that much time for sight-seeing, and that was five years ago. I definitely want to go again, also because it'll be less easy in two years.
Downside: I would have to plan things. Ah well, I'll manage.

But before I make any definitive plans, questions:
- I found out that in early August the Nine Worlds convention is in London. I've never been to a big convention! Or any, really. Has anyone been? Is it fun? Is it overwhelming for people with no con experience?
- London has a large selection of musicals and plays and I heard many are quite good. Any you would recommend?
- Any other London/surroundings summer travel tips? (Or early fall, maybe, idk. Ugh, planning.)

Date: 2017-07-10 12:08 am (UTC)
muccamukk: Éowyn smiling faintly, srrounded by yellow and pink light. (LotR: Éowyn in Gold)
From: [personal profile] muccamukk
We went to Oxford, which is about a 40 min train ride from London, and has more or less endless pretty buildings and Harry Potter (filmed there) and LotR (written there) tie ins.

The Platform 9&3/4 thing at Kings Cross is not worth it.

Date: 2017-07-10 02:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ambyr
If a big convention is a thing you want, I will point out that August is also WorldCon in Helsinki, which is where I'll be for my summer vacation :-).

...I have nothing much useful to say about London, except that I have been when I was a kid and remember being very impressed by the Tower of London.

Date: 2017-07-10 09:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
I went to the Into The Unknown exhibit at the Barbican, and would absolutely recommend it for any sci-fi buff =)

Also, Madame Tussaud's has a nice Star Wars exhibit at the moment, if you wanna sit in the cockpit and hug Chewie, sit next to Han, fawn over Rey and BB-8, etc. Also some nice Marvel figures (I got SO close to Cap! *_*) Definitely get tickets beforehand, as the line can be a massive pain.

Date: 2017-07-10 10:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cesy
I've been to Nine Worlds three times and will be there again this year. There are several other OTW volunteers going, and also [personal profile] marina. It is fun, it can be overwhelming for anyone, but they have a quiet room and some good quiet spaces for when you need it. I am happy to provide tips and would love to go to things with you if you end up coming.

I loved Stomp. I've heard very good things about the Lion King. I can't remember what else is running at the moment of stuff I've seen, but any of the big West End musicals will be good. You can get cheaper tickets on the day if you don't mind what you see.

Date: 2017-07-10 08:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] extempore
Mein letzter London-Besuch (meine Güte, schon fast 10 Jahre her...) hat nur knapp 3 Tage gedauert, da ich auf der Durchreise war.

- Such eine Unterkunft im Zentrum (ich war in einer Art Jugendherberge in einem dieser superengen Brownstone-Häuser, keine 10 Gehminuten von der Innenstadt, spottbillig, und nur zum Schlafen reicht's). Du sparst dir eine Menge Geld für Öffies, weil man vieles zu Fuß erreichen kann.

- Falls du Abends ins Theater möchtest: es gibt, ich meine eine halbe Stunde vor Beginn oder so, einen Restkartenabverkauf in den meisten Häusern. Ich hab mir auf die Art Patrick Stewart in eine RSC-Aufführung gegeben und war heilfroh, nicht mehr dafür gezahlt zu haben.
Davon abgesehen hatte ich mir damals Equus von Peter Shaffer gegeben, weil ich Daniel Radcliffe mal live sehen wollte. Im Nachhinein bin ich auch sehr froh, damals Richard Griffiths noch erlebt zu haben.
Falls es also jemanden gibt, der gerade in London am Theater auftritt, und den du gerne mal in einer intimeren Atmosphere erleben möchtest, unbedingt hingehen - das ist wirklich was ganz anderes als Film oder Convention.

- Da ich https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/ sehr spannend finde, wollte ich mir mal eine britische Verhandlung geben. An der Eingangstür stand, dass diese öffentlich zugänglich sind. Leider war an dem Tag aber geschlossen. =/

- In China-Town habe ich gut gegessen, da gab es tolle Bäckereien. Und falls du ein Pub findest, das diese komischen englischen kulinarischen Seltsamkeiten anbietet (diverses Fisch-Zeug mit Erbsen und so, war aber lecker), würde ich auch empfehlen dort mal einzufallen. *g*

Von der Umgebung bzw. Tagesausflügen kann ich nichts berichten, da ich nach Südengland weitergefahren bin. Aber wenn du keinen Stress hast, ist Herumschlendern ein schöner Zeitvertreib. Bin auf die Art u.a. in das Foltermuseum gestolpert...

Date: 2017-07-11 08:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eglantiere
congratulations on your work contact! hope the london thing will work out well ♥

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