Okay. So I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd (isn’t it funny that the word nerd is worn as a badge of pride now?) so naturally, I have to do everything Harry Potter related that I possibly can. One of those things is a Harry Potter tour of London from walks.com. I quite like the idea really, there’s heaps and heaps of different themed walks for like £9 each and it’s a bit of a different sort of walking tour to your usual ‘this is such and such church….’. There’s rock and roll walks, Movie walks, Jack the Ripper walks, photography walks amongst your usual walks like ‘royal London’ and such. But if you want to do a bit of sight seeing this way, it’s a cool spin on things. Anyway, the Harry Potter one. Admittedly, it wasn’t that fascinating from a Harry Potter perspective – the coolest thing we really saw was the front of the leaky cauldron which would of been impossible to just stumble across and other than that we of course went to millennium bridge which the death eaters destroyed and stuff but that ones pretty obvious. However, there was heaps of fun random facts along the way, stopping off at places that were JK Rowlings inspirations, Daniel Radcliffes school, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre (which had a cool connection to Harry Potter I didn’t know) amongst other famous sights that were discussed in between the Harry Potter sights and other movie sets such as Bridget Jones’s apartment and such. So whilst it wasn’t fantastical full of the HP world (I suppose that’s what Warner brothers studios are for) it was a bit of fun, and a better way of doing it then just walking around trying to find these places by yourself.
Also went to see the Book of Mormon on west end. 45£ for the ticket and we had fantastic seats for an honestly hilarious show. It definitely deserves all those awards it got. I mean, it’s so politically incorrect – but if your going to complain about that why go see a musical written and directed by the South Park guys?!? But all the songs are excruciatingly catchy in the best musical fashion and again the quality of performers supersedes Australia astronomically. I would definitely see it again, and tell everybody to see it. Usually, when I’m seeing a show I know nothing about I get a bit underwhelmed. I like the comfort of knowing songs and characters, but Book of Mormon definitely broke that rule.
After the Book of Mormon we took the two second walk (okay I’m exaggerating a bit but it wasn’t far) to So Ho (funny thing about London is that even though it’s soooo big, it’s like your in one area and then before you know it your in a whole new are and it took no time and you just sort of stumble across it. It took us a while but quickly we learnt that you can pretty much walk most places in London – at least Central London). So Ho is definitely a gay area – it pretty much smacks you in the face – we were just walking and next minute there’s all these rainbow flags and gay couples and it’s like ‘oh yes, we must be in So Ho now, carry on’. In particular we went to this club called g-a-y (I wandered if there was some hidden meaning in the name?) that was obviously a night club. Kinda cool, it was like three levels but separate levels for gay/lesbians (apparently they will co-inhabit) but the best bit was that a round for 4 people cost 6£ – that’s a round of mixed spirits mind you. So that was good.
Now to Edinburgh!