A few weeks ago I went down to London with my sister to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and I thought I would do a little journal type thing and tell you what we got up to.
Day 1: We started out by heading down to Cheltenham where we were staying for a night. It worked out to be easier (and cheaper!) this way. But since we changed trains in Birmingham we took a few hours to go shopping. One place I had been wanting to go for a while was Muji because I’ve seen so so many people talk about it over on Tumblr and I’m a sucker for nice stationery. After trying some of their pens I can now say I’m a total Muji fan and I need one in Scotland.
Day 2: We headed into London and only got a little lost at Tottenham Court Road! Most of the day was spent in the theatre seeing the plays. I would say the only problem I have with the plays is it’s quite a long time to spend in a cramped theatre. Especially since we had the cheap seats in the gods, though we were pretty close to the front of the balcony, I don’t think you would get a very good view at all sitting all the way in the back.
We were quite lucky to see the play just a few days after the official opening but it did mean having to spend a week avoiding literally the whole internet because the book had been released and I didn’t want to see any spoilers. Just an fyi: if you are going to see the play definitely wait and see it before reading the book. Apparently the stage directions in the book are a bit weird and it doesn’t have the finalised script which they were still changing during previews.
During the break between plays we headed over to The House of MinaLima which is right behind the palace theatre. This is an exhibition of the graphic design work from Harry Potter and I’m a little in love with it. I actually have a full post about this place going up soon because I took so many photos.
The only problem though is it’s quite expensive, it’s free to get into but they have a little shop where you can buy prints and stuff. Not even joking I paid £20 for a replica exercise book. It’s a really nice notebook and the cashier said buying it made me a proper Hogwarts student but still, £20 is a lot for a notebook.
Day 3: This was the day I managed to convince my sister that the Waterstones in Piccadilly is the best place in London. She likes books but still gets a little grumpy if we go into bookshops too much. But I took her to the little cafe in the basement of Waterstones and she agreed it was pretty cool, the giant slices of cake probably helped too. The rest of the day was spent in Covent Garden (omg there is a Moomins shop in Covent Garden!!!) and walking around Hyde Park so my sister could catch Pokemon.
And of course as we headed home it started raining because nothing says welcome to Scotland like torrential rain.