3/27/14

London Tourism

     London offers enormous excitement year-round, but Spring is especially inviting.  As one of the world's most magnificent walking cities, you will find it challenging to spend much time indoors.  However, when you need to give your feet a break, one option also enables you to soothe your soul.
     The Royal Academy of Music (www.ram.ac.uk) welcomes you to a series of free midday concerts, often three times a week.  This is a marvelous stop in The Regent's Park area of the city, with performances lasting just under an hour, starting at 1:05pm - promptly.  After a stroll through Regent's Park, one of London's most beautiful, and lovelier than Hyde Park, wander down to the York Gate park exit.  
     One block away and very close to Madame Tussaud's, you can't miss the historical music venue on Marylebone Road.  Check the website ahead of time to plan your lunch for before or after your concert.  During the season, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays present the best chances to enjoy free seating and to escape from crowds.  Arrive 15 minutes early to unwind and ensure your choice of seats in the intimate recital room or concert hall.
     Another reason to check the Academy's website is to determine whether that day's musical offerings fit your mood and taste.  And if your post-concert hunger leans more toward casual shopping, directly across the road lies the beginning of the fashionably fun Marylebone High Street.  Many of London's finest shops await you, with service and attention you will find to be very welcoming, along with an appealing variety of restaurants.
     By the way, evening concerts are often featured at the Royal Academy of Music, too, with modest admission fees, but those last a bit longer and might require some schedule juggling - if your London plans also include shows in the West End or any of the many other attractions.
     Whatever you do, if you have not yet visited London, even stopping for a few days will provide memorable highlights and fantastic pictures to launch your European holiday.

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