The Millenium Dome, which is also called The O2, is a huge concert hall in London. It can accommodate up to 20,000 people for concerts, and also hosts various events, such as charity galas, sports events and ice shows. The Dome was initially built to accommodate the Millenium Experience, a major exhibition created to celebrate the arrival of the third millennium, which took place throughout 2000, with several events, but was not very successful. Following this, the Dome then wanted to offset the costs of construction by becoming a concert hall. Concerts this year included Kylie, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, The Eagles, Backstreet Boyz, Celine Dion and Alicia Keys. Tickets are sold online, the cheapest prices are between 40 and 50 euros. The Dome is right next to the River Thames which you can reach by boat, by bike and on foot, by the pedestrian route that runs through the city along the river. There are 2200 parking spaces but you have to book them at the same time as the entry ticket.
The Earls Court Exhibition Centre is an old building that has been restored and converted into a conference center for various events and concerts. There were plans to add a casino in 2008. The owners of the Earls Court center are the same as Olympia, which was formerly a place for rallies. Like the other London attractions, it is always better to go by bus, taxi or underground. The center is close to the Earls Court and West Brompton stations. For those who go by car, you can reserve a parking place on the Earls Court website. For accommodation, the site also offers a free search engine that checks neighboring hotels (such as The Holiday Inn, Hilton, Ibis and other major international hotel chains) for availability. Kensington is one of the most expensive parts of London, so you can expect to pay a high price for your hotel. The site tells you how far away the hotels are from Earls Court. There is also a search engine for restaurants in the area but for nightlife, it's much more fun to eat in the center of London near Leicester Square or Soho.
The big attraction in Covent Garden are the street performers who spend all weekend doing concerts, breathing fire and doing other risky activities. Overall the show lasts about 20 minutes, and the most popular ones attract dozens of people. Some have become famous for their voice or humor and now you see them on television. It is good fun, there are some magicians, but other than that you must have a good command of English to understand the jokes. There's something for everyone and the kids love it.
Chicago is a great mix of genres, funny, sophisticated and sensual. It is showing at the Cambridge Theatre in London. I heard all the classics: 'All That Jazz', 'Funny Honey', 'Mr Cellophane', 'Nowadays' and 'Razzle Dazzle'. Chicago is based on a play written in 1926 by a journalist from the Chicago Tribune, Maurine Dallas Watkins. I bought the tickets from lastminute.com, just 16 pounds per person for great seats.
The musical Billy Elliot is truly excellent. The music and dances are breathtaking. This is a fantastic show that made us laugh and cry. To get there, get off at Victoria Station and you can't miss the theatre almost opposite the station: Victoria Palace Theatre.
Still one of the most popular musicals in London after more than 25 years, "Les Misérables" arrived in London's West End in 1985 and thanks to its success still remains at the Queen's Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, just minutes from Piccadilly Circus. There are performances every day except Sunday at 14:30 and 19:30. They can be reserved in advance, so if you visit London go to the ticket office in Shaftesbury Avenue or book online. Tickets start at about £ 15 per person. You can't take pictures during the show, and the theater is very nice, although not too big.
I had a few scares while watching these original Ghost Stories at the theater! All your senses are touched by the show, with the scenery, smells and sounds. 80 minutes of fun! I wouldn't spend more than 20 pounds per person, and the show is quite scary, so it's not recommended for children under 15.
First, I have to say that the staff are great, helping us when we arrived a day late because of some confusion with the tickets! I had no expectations of this musical, and I was absolutely delighted. Written by the legendary Willy Russell, Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving story of twins who are separated by birth and subsequently grow up on opposite ends of the social scale, until they meet again with tragic consequences.
I had the chance to attend the Nutcracker Ballet at the Coliseum Theatre in London for an incredible 10 pounds! Just before the Christmas period, this tale brought back memories of childhood with its lovely melodies and decorations. The dancers are exceptional, and the two-hour show passed in the blink of an eye!