#1 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
I was thrilled to be in London a week after its 30th July premiere. Alas, I was not able to get a ticket to the play as they were all sold out for the next 12 months or more. Nonetheless, I bought the book and loitered around the Palace Theatre – just in case I catch a glimpse of the famous trio. I did not. But I bonded with many doppelgangers.
#2 West End is mind-blowingly inspiring
Catch The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. West End reminded me of my lifelong ambition – a theatre usher. More importantly, it showed me how “sometimes when things do not go your way, you find something beautiful.” #CaroleKing
#3 The Breakfast Club at Soho is awesome
Order the blueberry pancakes and chicken waffles. And while you are at it, try the Sloppy Cow too – you will not regret the food coma after. Goodbye Size 34, and hello Happiness!
#4 The British Museum
I spent the whole afternoon peering over mummies, false doors and ancient stones. At the end of the day, I decided I needed to see Egypt and the Nile with my own eyes.
Please make sure you stop there for lunch, tea or supper. The sharing concept enables greedy people like me to try everything that sounds yummy, and I mean everything. For people who wish to exercise more self-control, do not miss the pulled pork slider, truffle egg toast and key lime pot.
#6 Covent Garden
Sit in the courtyard, sip your wine and listen – or even better, dance – to live music. It’ll connect, heal, and bridge the distance between you and the musicians. In that instant, you’ll resist the trap of growing up, when you no longer have fun.
Not the statue, but the institution – my favourite shopping mall. It has class. It has space. It isn’t cluttered, nor does it over-sell its goods. Sad to say, I have not found its equal anywhere else in the world.
#8 Design studios by talented fashion graduates
I was never schooled in arts. I am a science student through and through. Yet my obsession with a word, an image, a story, a romance, makes me a tad too dramatic for my travelling companions. But I do think the world needs more people like these artistic young adults, who express their passion through art. More art, less violence.
#9 Monmouth Coffee Company
Who says you can’t find good coffee in London? ‘Nuff said.
#10 London is open
There are many doors. You just need to have the courage to open and walk through them – opportunities are waiting. Seize them.