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London Theatre and gardens

Suggestions for great theatres/performances in London? What shows to try to book? We will be going next June and I realize that it's rather difficult to know that far in advance. What about the Globe? Worth it? There are many museums on our tour, and we look forward to those. Are there any gardens anyone would suggest? Also, is the Imperial War Museum a must see?
Thanks.

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You HAVE to see We Will Rock You, if you are into RocknRoll at all. Awesome! Sound of Music is good, as in Mama Mia.

Kew Gardens is a wonderful place to spend 1/2 to a whole day. The rose gardens surrounding Windsor Castle are also nice.

I haven't done the Globe or the war museum. But I strongly encourage you to do the Tower of London. It is really nice.

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I would recommend seeing The Lion King and Wicked both fantastic shows. Mama Mia is good, but there are better ones. I wouldn't say that the Imperail War Museum is a must see, but it is interesting. I would strongly recommend you see Savill Gardens which is Windsor Great Park it's worth the trip out to Windsor.

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I consider both the Globe and the Imperial War Museum to be "must sees". I have a very minimal interest in Shakespeare, but found the Globe tour to be fascinating; it was like traveling back in a time machine. The IWM also operates the Cabinet War rooms/Churchill Museum, which is also first rate. If you have any interest in going to the Madame Tussuad's, make sure you buy your tickets in advance via it's web site. In the summer the lines stretch around the block;advance ticket holders have a special entrance; so you can bypass the line.

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I believe the globe is a must see. One caution,
because I'm still a competitive athlete at age 55
and in great shape, I thought being a groundling
and standing the whole play would be easy. After
3 hours standing in one place the next day my legs
were quite sore. Spend a few pounds at get a seat
unless you have young legs.

We loved the Imperial War Museum, but consider the Churchill Cabinet rooms even better. If you are a
history buff, see both. If not, see Churchill. One
other thing, Imperial is free, Churchill is not.

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My husband loved the Imperial War Museum and made me go on our next trip. I found it was worth it. I saw WWI and 20 minutes later experienced WWII. How sad it was to see that it looked like the same war being fought over again only with newer technology. The museum was originally a insane asylum in the old days. How fitting. My husband is a history buff and loves anything Churchill. The cabinet war museums were a must for him and I am glad I went too. Be sure to take a ride on the London Eye (built for 2000). The views are wonderful. Write ahead for tickets for the locking of the Key Ceremony at the Tower of London. We also wrote ahead and got tickets for the openning cermony at the House of Commons. Tickets for shows were very expensive from the USA. We went up and bought tickets alot cheaper when in London, but of course this was a few years back. We got to see some shows that were in trial run then.

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We have always gotten our tickets for the theater before going over. We always sit in the stalls which are in the best area and never pay a lot. We got 2 tickets for the price we paid for 1 ticket to see a show in New York.

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Mama Mia. It's not just a play, it's a whole experiance. At the end the audience is singing. Boring ol' me. I still see The Mousetrap whenever I can. I liked both the Imperial War Museum and the Cabinet War Rooms. I would go back to either or both. When I was at the War Museum they had "The 1940's House" Very interesting. One thing few people mention is "The Tower Bridge Experience" I thought it was really interesting. It's great fun if for no other reason than being able to walk accross the top of that bridge and look down at the Thames and the Tower of London.

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Thank you all so much for the information and tips. We are very much looking forward to our first visit to England, and hope to fit in as much as possible in the 10 days we are there. We will be celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary while there. Any suggestions for a particularly memorable evening?

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If you are in York, eat at Gert and Henery's. It is in a Timber and Daub building near the edge of the Shambles. Their food is great and I find the resturant itself very romantic. Then walk down and over the river and climb the steps and walk the wall and look at the sunset!