Sunday, July 3, 2016

June 18 & 19

  1. Singing along with all the people in Trafalgar Square
  2. Seeing some of the most iconic places in London
  3. Getting a sunburn for the second time in London
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West End Live

Sitting on the fountain in Trafalgar Square
Megan and I decided to spend our Saturday and Sunday at West End Live, which is a huge celebrations of musicals in the west end of London (and it’s free!). There was a gigantic stage set up in Trafalgar Square and a huge line snaking all the way around the square and down the side streets. We were lucky enough to get a spot in line that got us through the security check point right as the first song, from Motown-The Musical, started, and we were able to find a seat on one of the fountains! We spent the day singing and dancing along with the performers and crowd. It was a great way to see snip-its of shows like Wicked, Les Miserables, Matilda, The Phantom of the Opera, and Jersey Boys. On Saturday, we stayed until around 2pm when we got hungry and had to go get fish and chips at a nearby pub. After eating we walked past Westminster Abbey and Big Ben before crossing to the other side of the Thames. We then walked along the river and crossed again at Millennial Bridge (Death Eater Bridge for Harry Potter fans!).

Big Ben and the Parliament Buildings
Sunday we arrived earlier for West End Live and got even closer seats on the fountain. Megan and I had come prepared this day and brought our own lunch so we could enjoy more of the shows. The show opened with The Lion King, and then there was a performance from a Michael Jackson tribute show called Thriller Live, and some other well-known musicians and entertainers. One of the very best performances was from Samantha Barks, who sang “On My Own” from Les Miserables. After the performances we did a short walk over to Buckingham Palace before calling it a day due to exhaustion and some pretty bad sunburns.

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