Subject: Re: London
Dear Harriet:

London - yes! A double-decker, hop on-and-off bus tour will provide you with a great overview of London. The commentary is fun and informative and the option to hop off and then back on again is a great feature. Do ride the Eye - for amazing views and a fabulous experience. The tube is the best way to get around London and I'd recommend getting the 'larger-print' route map, even if you have 20/20 vision. The micro maps can only be read in bright light and with the aid of a magnifier. (I can hear my daughters laughing.) Take a little compass with you so that you know which direction you are going when you leave the tube from one of the many exits at each station. I've managed to get myself completely disoriented on more than one occasion.

Do visit Harrods at Knightsbridge and be sure to have tea or a cocktail at Claridges. Mon Plaisir in Covent Gardens is a delightful little restaurant and boasts a GREAT selection of cheeses.

I love the National Gallery and the Portrait Gallery. If your timing is 'on' you could catch a free noon-hour recital at St. Martins in the Fields (across the road from the National Gallery.) The Globe Theatre is worth a visit

AND there are thousands of other sights to be seen - Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, London Bridge, Buckingham Palace ... I have found Spiral Guides to be useful in helping me identify my 'must do's' in a new city. BTW - if you decide on theatre and aren't fixated on a particular production, I'd recommend picking up 'same day, half-price' tickets at the ticket booth in Trafalgar Square.

I'm envious. Have a great time.


Lesley Toronto, Canada