When we first moved to London we were on a strict budget since Seth didn't have a job. So, for the first three months, our entertainment consisted mainly of walking around the city. The architecture and sights were different enough from Chicago to keep us entertained. Taking walks through unfamiliar neighborhoods is still one of our favorite pastimes. However, as soon as were had a double-income again, we also started going to the Theatre and spending some money on entertainment.
These two hour walks have provided us with a good introduction to many parts of London. The guides are always entertaining and very knowledgeable. On each walk, we've learned historical facts about London. Even with all the historical lessons, the walk are never boring since the guides are often actors and actresses. They mix historical fact with fun anecdotes. We often pass on what we've heard on a walk to our visitors when we take them on short walking tours. Plus, we discovered our favorite pub while on a London Walk. The walks we've been on together include:
The Messiah December 23, 1995 @ The Royal Albert Hall 7:30pm - £16.50 Crazy for you Sat. December 30, 1995 (with Tim, Jennie & Laurie) Cirque du Solei January 26, 1996 @ The Royal Albert Hall (had to leave work at 3pm) - £22.00 Penn & Teller April 27, 1996 @ Sadler wells (with John Klinke) Les Miserables in New York with Michelle Miss Saigon Fri. May 10,1996 @ Theatre Royal - £32.50 Elvis Sat. June 1, 1996 - £15.75 (with Jeff and Kristen) Fame June 3, 1996 for Tara's Birthday Company June 7, 1996 with Leslie and her friend BBC Proms in the Park Hyde Park Paint Your Wagon The outside theatre in the park Riverdance (with Gary and Carrie) The Jeoffry Ballet (with Gary and Carrie) Oliver Mon. November 18, 1996 7:30pm @ London Palladium - £32.50 Martin Guere Tommy Shakespeare play The Globe Theatre - Tara only as a groundling the other outside one At the outside theatre in the park Cirque du Solei @ The Royal Albert Hall (w/ Nick, Em & Chicago women) The Phantom of the Opera Seth only Smokey Joe's Cafe Tara Madame Butterfly @ The Royal Albert Hall in a box seat! The Phantom of the Opera Seth & Tara together @ The Royal Albert Hall Les Miserables Tara Les Miserables Tara - AGAIN!! (with work colleagues: Andrew, Sam, Veeren and Cath) Andrew Lloyd Weber's 50th Birthday Celebration @ The Royal Albert Hall