OK, it was a children’s production, but nevertheless it was time spent in London, and we all enjoyed the show. We went to see Room on the Broom at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. It’s based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, which we’ve always really enjoyed; the rhymes are excellent and the verses are so catchy that it’s easily remembered.
My son was given a child’s size guitar for Christmas so when we arrived in London we went to the music shop on Charing Cross Road and bought a tuner. I used to play the violin when I was younger and have a set of pitch pipes for that instrument, but I know nothing whatsoever about guitars or how to tune them. We talked to the man in the shop and ended up buying an electronic tuner which works for any instrument – you can even tune your nose, as he demonstrated to us! This little gizmo is going to be useful as one of the ideas I have in the back of my mind for this year is to learn another instrument. At the moment I’m thinking oboe or clarinet, but I’ve yet to decide.
After the theatre we had lunch in a Soho sushi bar and then visited a bookshop. We came home then, as the little man was tired out from walking round the West End and all the excitement, so we walked back down to the station and caught the train home.
A brief visit, but enjoyable nonetheless.