What a day! We keep thinking we’ll wake up from this London dream, but today was one of those days that makes us wish there were eight days a week. The day started at Abbey Road Crossing, right outside of Abbey Road Studios. For those who don’t know, this was the Beatles stomping ground back in the 60’s, and the Abbey Road Crosswalk was the location for the iconic album cover from the “Abbey Road” album. With that being said, of course we had to come together for a photo shoot. If you all could’ve seen us stopping traffic to capture the best “insta-worthy” replica of the album cover, you would’ve definitely enjoyed it. We certainly did!
Our next stop was the Tower of London, built by William the Conqueror in 1066. Over the centuries, the Tower of London has been used as a royal residence, an armoury, a treasury, a zoo, home of the Royal Mint, a records office, and, our personal favorite, home of the Crown Jewels. From crowns and swords to jewelry and dining utensils, there are over 140 royal ceremonial items kept in the Tower of London. Listen to this… We even had the honor of seeing the royal pieces that are used in coronations still today! Who guards these historical jewels? The Tower is protected 24/7 by guards, locally known as “beefeaters”. We’ll stick with calling our guard, Gabriel, who doubled as our tour guide, so we like to call him our “tour guard.”
With such a magical beginning to the day, we had no choice but to head over to Kings Cross Station to see Harry, Hermione and Ron. Let’s just say this; on a scale of 1-10, how obsessed were we over this experience? 9 ¾! If you ever get the chance, you have to get your photo taken at Platform. The professional photographer (along with the Gryffindor Scarf photo prop) was truly a wizard.
Speaking of magic, Glinda and Elphaba, the performance you two gave made us realize there’s no place like London. It felt like we were defying gravity from the moment we walked into the theatre. From the staging to the intimate environment, we knew from the start we were in for a show. While we don’t want to give away too much, know that so much happened before Dorothy dropped in. After tonight, we’ve been changed for good.
– Henry and Liza, your #VarsityLondon Correspondents