Earlier this summer me and my lovely friend over at elinhughesceramics decided that we wanted to go to London on a trip full of bookish and arty endeavours. That trip was carried out a few days ago and was amazing. I had such a good time so I thought I would share some of our adventures here!
First on the agenda was the Harry Potter shop on Platform 9 3/4. Excuse the pun but it really was magical stepping into the shop, seeing the wands lined up in their boxes against the back wall and hearing Hedwig’s Theme swelling to a climax. For a moment I really did feel like Harry stepping onto Diagon Alley for the first time! Priority number one was getting sew on house badges for me and my sisters (I’m Hufflepuff, my older sister is Slytherin and my little sister’s Ravenclaw). After getting my hands on them, we then explored the rest of the shop. I honestly could have bought everything in there but I had to restrain myself and we were soon on our way again.
Next was a tube ride to Leicester Square to hopefully buy tickets for a musical that night. We had no previous ideas about what we wanted to watch so pretty much picking and random (and based on price, we are both students!) we landed on Dreamgirls. I’m not going to lie, it was literally one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life, but more on that later!
From Leicester Square we made our way to Charing Cross Road for the bookshops. Meandering along we popped in whichever struck our fancy until we arrived at the final destination; Foyles. Aah Foyles. The first thing you see when you walk in is a sign welcoming booklovers and I did very much feel welcome. Taking my time, I wandered around the different levels, picking up books at random based either on art work or titles and read the blurbs and took them in, just enjoying being surrounded by so many books. It truly did feel like nothing bad could happen between those shelves! After sending a cheeky snapchat of the large J.R.R.Tolkien section to my little sister (she could spend a whole day staring at one shelf of Tolkien books if you let her!), it was time to say goodbye, but hopefully I will be back sometime soon.
Following our Foyles adventure, we had an afternoon exploring Covent Garden, The National Gallery and St Jame’s park then, after dinner just off the Strand, it was time to go and see Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. Pretty much all I can see about Dreamgirls is wow. It was literally one of the best things I have ever seen; it made me laugh, cry and whoop. It made me feel empowered and strong. It was amazing and Effie White (the main character) is now undoubtably one of my favourite fictional characters ever. I honestly loved it and would go again in a heartbeat!
The next day we visited the Victoria and Albert museum where I had a lovely hour wandering around the Performance and Theatre section. I especially enjoyed seeing costumes from The Lion King (another musical I love) and the hat worn by Idena Menzel in the original broadway run of Wicked. Too soon though, it was time to head to the train station and come home.
I truly had an amazing few days, and can’t wait to go back to London soon for more adventures!