This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to spend over a week in the heart of London, in the Kensington neighborhood. I read a lot on the internet prior to our UK trip to get a sense of what my daughter Coral and I wanted to do during our time there. Steve flew in a few times on work trips, so we got to spend time with him also during his very brief layovers. There are so many opportunities available that it was hard to decide what to do, but in the end we accomplished almost everything on our list.
I had read on TripAdvisor that this tour was very popular. We booked through Rippervision. Honestly, I picked them because I liked their name…Ripper-Vision!
The tour was delightful, the tour guide dressed up in a period piece outfit and was very theatrical during his recounting of the murderous tale. Not only did we learn about the crimes and the theories about Jack the Ripper, we also learned a lot about London’s history and got to explore the architecture and graffiti art of East London.
I decided to try a yoga class at The Life Centre in Notting Hill because they were are enrolled in Class Pass and therefore the class would be cheaper than paying a normal drop-in fee. I attended a Scaravelli inspired Hatha class. I had no knowledge about Scaravelli yoga, but it was truly magical! I walked 15 minutes from Kensington to Notting Hill to attend the class. It was a slow-paced hatha class with the intent of pure relaxation throughout each pose. Whereas Yin yoga is mostly seated, Scaravelli yoga could include any standing poses or inversions. After the 75 min class, I was motivated to learn more about Vanda Scaravelli and her yoga philosophy, but I became very frustrated with the excruciatingly slow internet speed at the hotel so I gave up. This has now been added to my ‘to learn more about’ list.
There are a lot of options available for a Stonehenge tour and Coral and I settled on a half-day bus tour from London to Stonehenge. In retrospect, I would have picked a full-day option with additional tour stops, but hindsight is always sharper. So, after being stuck in 3 hours of traffic, we arrived late to the beautiful Stonehenge creation. It was beautiful and magical and I was seriously tempted to jump over the ropes so I could run up and touch the rocks, but I wasn’t really in the mood to go to jail, so I resisted…
I had the pleasure to attend two theatre events while in London. Steve took me to see Jersey Boys which was a fabulous musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Later in the week, Coral and I went to see The Woman in Black, which was a wonderfully terrifying ghost story told through just two characters.
It is very rare for me to attend a play or musical. It honestly just doesn’t occur to me to do so. The performing arts are so wonderful that I would really like to pay more attention to what is available, especially when I am home in the Seattle area.
Random London Pictures, including Architecture
There was so much more to talk about: birds, parks, palaces, public transportation, architecture, terrible hotel staff and wonderful cafes. London is an amazing metropolitan area and I would go back in a heartbeat if it wasn’t just so dang expensive.
Have you had a chance to visit London? What was your most magical memory?