I am leaving for London tomorrow! Two weeks!
I’m all packed and everything fits, if I don’t take any shoes with me . . .
I’ve made lists of what I’d definitely like to do, what I want to do, and
it would be nice to do if there’s time. This will be my third visit to
London, and the question is—do I revisit favorite things or spend time
seeing new sites?
Definitely like to do: the Dickens Museum, house tour; the Tate Gallery;
go to an evensong at a local church; see Wicked at West End; go to the
Victoria and Albert Museum and do some research on Dickens’ illustrators;
go to the National History Museum on Cromwell Road (because Mrs. Palfrey
did!); walk along Bond Street, Oxford Circle, see the Marble Arch; visit
and know Regents Park better; visit Charing Cross Road bookshops; visit
the Button Queen on Marylebone; go to lunch at the Lamb and Flag as
Dickens did; go to the Punch and Judy fair!
Want to: have lunch at Sherlock Holmes Pub; go to the Mozart Requiem on
May 4th; shop and have tea at Harrod’s; tour the Tower of London; visit
the British Museum/library; take a tour bus to Bath and visit the fabric
museum there; shop at Portobello and/or Bermondsey flea markets.
Nice to: go to the National Gallery; Pollock’s Toy Museum; revisit Bethnal
Green Childhood Museum; revisit Windsor Castle, especially the Queen Mary’s
Dolls’ House with exhibits of the fabulous dolls and wardrobes of Princess
Ann and Margaret.
I’ll be staying with our daughter and granddaughters so we’ll have lots of time
to catch up on their news and activities!
“Oh, to be in England, now that April’s there . . .” of course it will be May
when I hit the ground (figuratively speaking!) on Wednesday.
Book report: I’m currently in the middle of State of Wonder by Ann Patchett–
the book club selection for May. I hate to leave Marina in the steaming
Amazon while I’m gone, but I don’t want to take a library book with me. I
hope she can hold out OK til I get back.
Stay tuned for reports from London.