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Buckingham Palace and Green Park

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth and the seat of the Royal government.  To get there by foot, start at Nelson’s monument in Trafalgar Square, pass through Admiralty arch, and then walk (forever and ever) down The Mall until you reach the Queen’s Gardens and the palace itself.

Queen's Guard

Admiralty Arch Buckingham Palace Queen's Gardens
Admiralty Arch, at the end of the Mall Buckingham Palace Queen's Gardens
Statue Green Park Entrance Chris
Statue Entrance to Green Park Chris
Green Park Mom
Green Park Lawn chairs available in the park for anyone to use

China Town and the West End Theatre District

Chinese food

The London West End Theatre district has over 50 theaters where one can see any type of drama, comedy, dance, or music imaginable.  There is an official half-price tickets stand in Leicester Square, where one can get half-priced tickets for the day of performance.   We were able to get tickets to Les Mis in the fourth row!  What an experience that was!   London has a small Chinatown, which borders on the theater district.  We had a great meal of several Chinese delicacies, including Crispy Duck.

Leicester Square (pronounced "Lester" square) is quite the night spot with people walking around, eating ice cream, watching street performers, going to clubs, etc.  It's great for people-watching.   But beware - the Tube closes at midnight and trying to get onto a train at Leicester Square at midnight is unbelievable as hundreds of young people empty out of the square all at the same time!

Mom Chinatown Picadilly Circus
Mom in Chinatown Chinatown Picadilly Circus
Les Mis screenbill

Links:

Queen's Theatre 

The official site of Half Price Theater Ticket Booth  

Another helpful site on half price tickets  

 

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