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London Calling – Juneau’s Tipsheet

June 2, 2012
 ‏@adamlambert: London Calling!!! So excited!

The London Eye at night.

As the fates would have it, I just learned that Adam and I will cross paths this month in London. Since our encounter in Hartford, when Adam said that he had enjoyed our book (well, that may be over-interpreting; “interesting and  different” is how he put it, ever the diplomat), I perhaps no longer need to go to extreme lengths to avoid bumping into him!

In preparation for my own trip, I’ve been doing some research on what’s cool and happening. Since Adam will have plenty of time on his hands, I thought I’d share my finds here just in case. After all, he has enjoyed places to which I have sent him previously. (That’s a joke!) Because every move he makes will be meticulously documented by the glitter ninja tribe, we can check afterwards to see what’s what. Just an added twist to Glamberts’ favorite game, WITWIAL.

St. Pancras Hotel

Amazing hotels. There are just too many chic and luxurious accommodations in London, so I will just take a shot in the dark and recommend the one that blew my mind, the St. Pancras Renaissance. Located in the magnificent St. Pancras International train station, its over-the-top Gothic romanticism paired with hip British modern design would appeal to Adam. Then again, since he’s staying for several weeks, he might opt for a rental flat, like the luxe properties handled by OneFineStay. An army of Glamberts will be available to provide catering services.

Where to ramble. Gotta explore the Olympic Park and all the astonishing development going on in that neighborhood. Pull some strings to get a preview tour of ArcelorMittal Orbit, the Anish Kapoor-designed massive tower that looks like an extraterrestrial macramé project gone awry. Drop into the Victoria & Albert Museum for the exhibit “British Design 1948-2012” to feed the visual aesthetic side of your soul. Look! Ziggy Stardust is on their banner. Neighborhoods to explore: Shoreditch (the current edgy part of town with bohemians and the hottest DJ clubs); on a Sunday morning, visit the wonderful flower markets and shops at Columbia RoadAnd of course the standard must-sees: the National Portrait Gallery, British Museum, Tate Modern, the historic sites too numerous and obvious to mention. Take a ride on the London Eye for a fabulous panorma of London and some blessed moments of quiet. And check out the London branch of The Box. You might run into Prince Harry.
Chocolate break. On stylish Marylebone High Street, stop at Rococo Chocolates for a hit of their dark chocolate ginger wafers.
Events. As always, I turn to Time Out London for listings. My picks:

June 2-5 – Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. You’ll be way to busy to take in any of the multitude of events going on, but useful to know why there will be traffic jams everywhere…

June 6 – Slash at the Hammersmith Apollo. Will give you an excuse to check out the venue in advance of your own gig there in July.

June 21, 22  – Jack White plays the Hammersmith Apollo.

June 21-24 – Taste of London. In glorious Regent’s Park, this is foodie heaven! London’s culinary superstars will trot out their most enticing offerings in this four-day extravaganza. Secret Garden is the way to go.

June 21-30 Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.  Warning: It looks like an army of pink people will be invading and kissing random spectators. Also giant insects and an illuminated colossus called Prometheus – kind of a genteel British version of Burning Man.

**June 23-24 Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend (Free!) – Amazing line up! The only thing wrong with it is that you aren’t on it (maybe that could change…?). Confirmed acts include Jay-Z, Florence And The Machine, Swedish House Mafia, Jack White, Will.i.am (Sat), Rihanna, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Plan B, Professor Green, Lana Del Rey, Azealia Banks.

June 23-24 West End Live (Free) Trafalgar SquareA musical theater-lover’s wet dream. We’re promised performances from the casts of ‘every single one of London’s highly-acclaimed and world-famous musicals.’

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2012 9:30 pm

    Awesome tips, Thanks. I’m headed over there too, will in in London July 8-16th. So I’ve been scanning for stuff too. Love to have a BIG ol Glambert Meet & Greet at some point too!! So looking forward to seeing everyone and sharing this great moment of his…

    • June 2, 2012 10:44 pm

      Thanks! It was fun to do. I find myself seeing everything through a “what would Adam enjoy?” filter. He’s probably working too hard to enjoy most of it, poor guy! – J

  2. Dorothy permalink
    June 3, 2012 9:52 am

    This is great for Adam but what about us? Most of us aren’t hitting the UK until July. Any suggestions? I’m definitely taking in the V&A exhibit and there is a literary fiestival in the first week of July – I plan on seeing John Banville if there are any tickets left. Tate Modern is a must (all of the museums are on my itinerary.)

    • June 4, 2012 9:32 am

      Please add your recommendations for July! Seeing John Banville would be great. Love his writing. – J

  3. June 3, 2012 3:39 pm

    Now, what? Do we have WITWIAL going on?

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