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Joanna Lumley's Covent Garden
Covent Garden is one of the most maligned areas of London. Everyone thinks they know it ("yeah totes it's that square with street performers and a semi-open market and touristy restaurants all around"). Tourists think they’ve ticked it off their list, most locals avoid it like the plague, unless they have to visit the Apple Store. Covent Garden: DONE.
No, says local hotel One Aldwych. You haven’t ‘done’ Covent Garden, and you aren’t done with it. What fools you are, to not even scratch the surface of this magical neighborhood.
To prove its case, the hotel has interviewed notable locals, asking why they love Covent Garden and getting tips on where to go. Some are integral parts of the community, like retro candy shop owners Kitty Hope and Mark Greenwood, and ballet dancers Ricardo Cervera and Romany Pajdak. Others are full on celebrities: Joanna Lumley and Dame Sarah Storey, one of Team GB’s Paralympic champions. Since Covent Garden has always been artistic, you’ll also find Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council and Julian Bird of the Society of London Theatre.
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It used to be just the Jude Laws and the Benedict Cumberbatches that sold out London theaters, but these days, sell-out shows are all over the West End. But never fear if you wanted to see Gillian Anderson in the much-acclaimed Young Vic production of A Streetcar Named Desire, or can’t make it up to Stratford-upon-Avon to catch the latest RSC production, because you can see them in the distinctly civilized setting of One Aldwych’s screening room. Yeah for hotel culture!
The Live At One series, which starts 3 September, will feature live feeds from the most sought-after productions around the UK: The Two Gentlemen Of Verona from the RSC (3 September), Streetcar Named Desire from the Young Vic (16 September), Manon from the Royal Opera House (16 October) and so on. The program includes opera and ballet, as well as plays, and you’ll have a two-course meal before the show at Axis, a glass of champagne while you watch, and dessert and coffee served in the interval. Food is billed as the best of British, with Cornish mackerel, Kentish cob nuts and loganberries amongst the ingredients (not together).
Tickets cost £49.50 (they seem to be the same price, whatever the production), which is pricey (considering National Theatre tickets start at £10) but not horrendous, if you remember that three courses and booze are included - and it's a boon for those of us who can't organize our diaries six months ahead to buy tickets, or can't make it to Stratford. Dinner starts at 5.45pm, with the screenings from 7pm.