We really wanted to see the new British Museum Exhibition: Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, so we booked a trip to London for June, Friday to Sunday, which included transport and two nights B&B in the Hilton Hotel on Canary Wharf, then got online and booked tickets to see the exhibiton on the Friday afternoon that we arrive in London.
Imagine how disappointed we were last Monday to receive a letter from the coach company saying due to lack of interest they were having to cancel the trip! As we had already booked tickets for the exhibition we decided to arrange transport and accommodation ourselves. MWM checked online and found First Class return rail tickets on the Thursday for £76 each, which will include lunch and drinky poos on the way down, and I found a small hotel in Bayswater, with great customer reviews, offering B&B at a reasonable rate, so for approx £150 more than the original trip we have an extra day in London travelling First Class.
We also wanted to see The Jersey Boys at Prince Edward Theatre whilst we we're in London and I looked for tickets for the Saturday evening; the cheapest tickets I could find were in the Grand Circle and priced at £48 each, but as we we're now going a day earlier I looked for tickets for the Thursday evening and found a great deal - two Grand Circle seats including a two course meal at a nearby restaurant, Grace Bar, for £45 each!
Besides seeing the British Museum exhibition we also have plans to do a tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, see St Paul's Cathedral, a trip up The Shard (maybe) and, if weather permits, we may also visit Kew Gardens.
Everything organised now, we just need the weather to be kind to us, keep your fingers crossed for 13th - 16th June 2013 please.