Yesterday, I enjoyed a day as a London tourist and was really impressed with how much London has to offer.
My trip started amazingly at the Marriott West India Quay. To make us feel really special the hotel made a cake entitled ‘One Heck of a Stay’ PLUS filled the room with ballons and champagne! They made us feel so welcome and comfortable I would recommend anyone who is looking for a good London hotel, to consider staying here.
So the first stop was the 02 arena where we visited the Walking with Dinosaurs exhibition. Memories of Steven Spielberg’s epic Jurassic Park were evoked and all the family had a great time – shrieks were emitted from both children and adults! The show is intelligently put together, you really do feel like you are looking at a Raptor or the huge T-Rex.
Next on the agenda was the British Music Experience. The BME has a huge collection of musical memorabilia including a few items from a number of bands I am looking forward to seeing at the Rock en Seine festival (later on in my travels). My favourite exhibit was definitely Noel Gallagher’s unique Union Jack guitar. The BME is highly interactive giving me the chance to learn to play the guitar like a rock god (in my own mind at least) and get some much needed singing lessons from an X Factor singing coach. All great fun despite the fact that my musical talent is zero.
The Body Worlds exhibition was quite simply an extraordinary display. It perfectly showed just how fragile and lightweight the human body is – beautifully exemplified by the sheer comparison of the huge horse and giraffe that have also been ‘body worked’. I must say the exhibition did have a Hannibal Lector feeling about it. Seeing bodies carrying their own skin and peering back at me with a full fixed gaze was somewhat unnerving but this added to the experience and was thought provoking.
Weirdly after the exhibition, a menu that caught my eye was Gaucho grill – home to the best steaks money can buy! Gaucho is located within the O2 arena and is one of the more classy establishments I have eaten in. The rump steak was so tasty – real melt in your mouth stuff.
Next up was the Priscilla Queen of the Desert theatre show in central London – definitely a show with a difference? The show has had amazing reviews and didn’t disappoint. The musical (based on The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert one of the most successful Australian movies of all time) tells the hilarious and heart-warming story of three friends, who hop aboard a battered old bus (named Priscilla) and take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. Starring the infamous Jason Donovan I was super impressed by his perfomance and his vocal range! Brought back loving memories of Kylie Minogue and Neighbours…
Afterwards, feeling peckish (and greedy) we visited the restaurant Bincho Yakitori in Soho to sample some small but satisfying Japanese dishes. It perfectly culminated a brilliant day of experiences to make this one heck of a summer.