Apr 142009
 

London Breaks this Spring

Spring is a super time of year for a London break. The city is just warming up, the parks are full of spring flowers and the weather is mostly pretty good. Obviously you are not guaranteed sunshine but you are a lot less likely to get rained on than you are further north or west in the UK. This means you can really enjoy the sights of London without the city heat or the summer crowds.

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St James Park in March

Days can be warm and sunny but the evenings can be quite chilly. So pack a light coat and maybe a pashmina for coming back from the theatre. You probably won’t need an umbrella.

Three top shows to see on your spring London break

I’m going to suggest three shows that could be good choices for your London break this spring

  • Priscilla – A new show but not a new production. It’s been going for several weeks now, so it’s pretty slick. It’s getting good reviews, the music is great (think 70’s disco standards
  • We Will Rock You – still great and still packing them in. But there are persistent rumours of the show closing. Definitely worth seeing or seeing again!
  • Hairspray – if you can act quickly you’ll be able to see Michael Ball before he leaves the production in June. I’m sure Billy Conley will make a great Edna but Michael has made the role his own and has to be worth seeing.

London Breaks this Summer

London breaks in the summer can be great too. The city is generally a couple of degrees warmer than the rest of the UK and this is even more the case in summer.
The city buildings hold the heat so a hot day can mean it doesn’t cool down all that much in the evening either. This makes strolling round the West End after the show soaking up the atmosphere very pleasant.

Do the London thing and buy yourself some bottled water for use during the day. Use it to keep your cool, especially if you go on the tube. I also use Evian spray sometimes if it gets very sticky. Great for cooling off!

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Dress in cool fabrics for the theatre as they can be quite hot, even if air-conditioned. Some of the theatres are ‘air-cooled’ rather than air conditioned. This means that the front stalls are coolest seats in Summer. Avoid the highest circle and the back rows as these are the biggest heat-traps. This won’t be an issue if you are buying your theatre break through a theatre breaks agency that guarantees you the best available seats.

Anyway it’s the perfect excuse to buy that little black linen dress you’ve been eying up! A cashmere shawl or cardigan is all you’ll need on top.

3 Top Shows to see on your summer London break

These 3 shows would be good choices for London breaks this summer:

  • Sister Act – very new, not even open as I write, Sister Act should have settled down by the summer. It’s looking all set to be a hit show.
  • Phantom of the Opera – a long running classic but still looking good. See the original production this summer before the sequel comes out in the Autumn.
  • Jersey Boys – good fun, high energy, a feel-good show. Jersey Boys has quickly become a real favourite. They’ve just released a new batch of tickets for the summer so you should be able to get the dates you want.
  • London Breaks at other times of year

    London breaks in autumn and winter have their own advantages but I’ll save them for another post later.

      One Response to “London Breaks for Spring and Summer 2009”

    1. Very good post, it’s definitely given me some travel ideas for when I stay in London in a few weeks. It’s my favourite place in the world and I usually take a few days to soak up the whole city, although I still haven’t seen everything. This time I will stay for a week and bear this post in mind!

      Kez

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