Since returning from Christmas break, I have now been back in London for one month. It seems that it has taken some time to readjust and settle back in, but my routine and patterns have slowly returned. One thing I realized over the break was that I was not taking advantage of the city as much as I wanted to. I let myself get overwhelmed and buried in the readings and stress during Michaelmas term, and had not made as much progress on that “bucket list” as I had intended. So I reinvented and categorized the bucket list. And if I say so myself, I’ve made big strides in the theater department. London is an incredible place for seeing some of the best shows, whatever your taste. There are musicals, slapstick comedies, the classics – truly something for everyone.
Treating yourself to the theatre every week can very quickly get very expensive. But you can do it on a budget! Those £15 tickets to ’39 Steps’ or ‘Mousetrap’ is what I would pay for a decent meal at Wagamama or for a couple of drinks on the weekend, and the two hours of constant laughing to the point of tears at ‘1 man 2 Guvnors’ lasted a lot longer than my chicken teriyaki bowl. So keep an eye out for the Time Out offers and don’t be afraid to go for the nosebleeds. The theatres in London are much smaller than Broadway’s standard, and often those cheap seats still give you a decent view.
That article can wait a few hours while you go enjoy yourself and sing along to every word of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ you memorized from the movie.