I’ve got big love for our capital city – rich in history, beautiful architecture, lush Royal parks and cosy old pubs – it’s easy to see why tourists flock here from all over the world, to get a taste of London life.
So last week I took a day off work to stroll around London and take it all in with my friend Amy.
We arrived at London Bridge around 10:00 and headed to the usually bustling Southbank, which was blissfully peaceful that early on in the day, the lazy morning sun occasionally making an appearance on an otherwise typical grey morning.
We walked along the river and across the bridge to Westminster and down Parliament Street, just in time to see the changeover of the guards at Hourseguards parade.
After Amy gave up trying to climb on to the lions at Trafalgar Square (which had absolutely nothing to do with a guard enthusiastically blowing his whistle at her) we decided it was time for a pit stop and a coffee at Balthazar, a quirky French inspired brasserie, before walking through Covent Garden to our lunch destination Dishoom for mouthwateringingly delicious Indian street food.
After lunch we wandered around Soho, noting bars that we absolutely must have to come back and try, before making our way to the Prince of Wales Theatre to see the Book of Mormon.
There is so much hype around this multi award winning show that I can’t imagine anyone hasn’t heard of it, but just in case: made by the creators of South Park, this musical combines jaw dropping obscenity, in your face blasphemy, and a splash of homophobic jibes, to create a completely hilarious tale of two Mormons sent on a mission to share their stories with the inhabitants of a remote Ugandan village, only to discover that ‘Africa is nothing like the Lion King’.
You can’t say anything these days without unintentionally offending someone and this show just doesn’t care – instead the audience laughs along at song after outrageous song which include oh so unsubtle lyrics about f****** God, switching off homosexual thoughts and consistently poking fun at Mormons throughout.
No, it’s not a Shakespeare but it is a clever and very, very funny show and you’ll leave humming the catchy tune of ‘Hasa Diga Eebowai’ just make sure you don’t sing those lyrics in a public place…
Vogue described the show as the “filthiest, most offensive, and—surprise—sweetest thing you’ll see on Broadway this year, and quite possibly the funniest musical ever.” And I totally agree.
To round off our day trip, we enjoyed a well earned (although slightly pricey) drink at the elegant Archer Street and were pleasantly surprised when we were treated to live singing performances by the team.
All in all it was a pretty fab day to break up the working week!