My trip to London. By Emilė

LONDON has always been one of my super top destinations because of its history, culture, street fashions and music, language, beautiful ancient palaces and green parks with swans and squirrels. So we decided to do it this spring break. We were so lucky to have blissfully sunny weather and … huge crowds of foreign students.

Our schedule was really busy, so as soon as we got off the underground in Victoria station, crossed Green and St. James parks, we literally waved to the Royal Guard parade at the Buckingham palace and headed to the London Eye. After the spectacular ride we had a river cruise by boat and enjoyed the famous views from an open deck – Palace of Westminster with Big Ben, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower of London with Tower Bridge…

In the evening we saw a really magical musical “Wicked” – the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glindaand a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. We were impressed by Stephen Schwartz’s music, performers’ voices and dances and extremely enchanting special effects.

Next day we started in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. We took a long and lazy walk, watched some kids bathe in Princess Diana child-friendly fountain, had traditional English brownies with tea on the bank of Serpentine Lake. In the afternoon we visited The Museum of Natural History, Westminster Abbey and did some shopping in Oxford Street. As the sun was already going down it was the perfect time to see London from the top of the Shard – the jagged peak of the glass skyscraper on the 87th floor. That was breathtaking; the city was sparkling, glowing and very much alive in the dark. And then a quick ride from the Europe’s tallest building to the loud and colorful Chinatown, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester square.

On our last day we visited St. Paul’s cathedral, Trafalgar square, Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross station for Harry Potter souvenirs and it was time to go back home.

It was a short trip, but my head is spinning until now full of impressions, beautiful memories, sounds of London accents and enormous variety of different kinds of people. I hope to go there some time again, only for a longer stay.

Comprehension check

  • What is musical “Wicked” about?
  • Maybe you know what book it is based on?
  • How tall is the Shard?
  • Which train platform did Harry Potter start his adventures from?