Today we purchased evening tickets to the musical "Top Hat," then went on a quest. The Daily Mail (newspaper) is giving away a free CD every day this week when you purchase their paper. Unfortunately, our Tesco Metro did not receive a shipment of the Tchaikovsky CDs, so we first went to the W.H. Smith at Charing Cross. They didn't have it either and suggested that we visit either a W.H. Smith or a Tesco on Oxford or Regent Street, but told us there was a Tesco at Trafalgar Square. So, after a quick stop at Boots for some beauty products, we hoofed our way to the Tesco. No luck. Next stop the Oxford Street Plaza.
|Oxford Street Plaza Shopping Centre|
Well, London offers lots of options to get from one place to another, but not all of them are direct. Right in front of the Plaza was a bus stop for the #10 Bus to Kings Cross. Kings Cross is a simple tube ride to Covent Garden. So, we chose that route, except the first two #10 buses passed us by. I was beginning to think we were looking a little disreputable when the third one stopped and picked us up. We had a nice long ride along Oxford Street (major shopping street), then turned onto Tottenham Court Road to Euston Road, past the British Library and St. Pancras International to Kings Cross. We were let off on the York Way side of the station, so we treked back to the Underground Station and thought we were home free.
|Kings Cross Underground Station|
|Kings Cross Underground Map|
The musical takes you back to the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie era. The sets were creative, the singing and dancing divine, however the plot is a little weak. But those musicals were never intended to be deep on any level, so we enjoyed it exactly as it was intended to be enjoyed as Zoe Craig from the Londonist described it, “pure, fun, cheery escapist entertainment.”
After the show we walked back to the flat and settled down for the night. Tomorrow we've got tickets at the Globe where we'll be standing "groundlings." This will be an experience, I'm sure. Night.