Showing posts with label West End. Show all posts
Showing posts with label West End. Show all posts

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Moving West to East in London

There can be no doubt about it: the 'centre of gravity' in London is moving from the western, typically more upmarket side of London, to the eastern, traditionally more working side.

Sure the west is still prospering, and generally speaking property prices and rentals are much higher in most parts of west London than in the east.  However gradually people are beginning to like particularly parts of east London more, and in the future many people will actually prefer to live there.

This ongoing change has come about for a number of reasons.  The development of the business location of Canary Wharf, a few miles to the east of the City of London, has encouraged people to live closer to where they are spending most of the day.  This has been helped by the building of dozens of high-rise luxury apartment buildings.  These are particularly popular if they have river, or even canal, views as everyone likes to look over water from their living rooms.

The Olympics being staged at Stratford helped a lot too as this event brought about the regeneration of one or two square miles of previously run-down land.  At the same time, the massive new Westfield Shopping Centre was built: with almost 300 stores and 70 bars and restaurants: this has meant that people living in the general area no longer need to head into the West End for their shopping.

And this remaking and improving of the East End is ongoing.  The next focus will be on the Royal Docks where large-scale business parks are going ahead, along with luxury apartment developments.  With the famous Earls Court exhibition centre due to be demolished within the next year, the ExCel Centre which overlooks the Royal Docks will monopolise the staging of exhibitions in London.

Plenty more can be written about future developments in East London, so look out for future posts on specific topics.


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

London's West End Theatres continues to Sparkle and Excite

If you are a lover of theatre, particularly glossy musicals, then there is nowhere better in the world than London.  And just now there is plenty new on offer if you have already been to many of the most popular productions here.

For example, there is a one-off performance of Billy Elliot the Musical starring Liam Mower playing an Older Billy (he is considered to be too old to be playing the original part now).  This will be at the Victoria Palace.  What is particularly exciting is on that particular night the production is being screened live to various cinemas, so you don't need to buy a ticket to the actual live performance as these will be particularly difficult to obtain for that performance.

Kerry Ellis will be returning as the Wicked Witch to Wicked as Willemijn Verkalk is having surgery and is needing to withdraw from the production.  Hopefully she will be able to resume the role before too long.

That very famous musical Phantom of the Opera is welcoming to the cast Liam Tamne who made such an impression on the BBC TV show The Voice UK, even though he didn't quite win.  He will be playing the part of Raoul, starting from the 1st of September.

As it happens, various productions are moving between theatres.  The distinctive Urinetown is transferring from St James Theatre to the Apollo in September.  Great Britain, which sends up the political establishment, the police and the press has done surprisingly well in the National Theatre and so will be able to play to larger audiences at the Royal Haymarket theatre from September.  Similarly Forbidden Broadway is upgrading from Menier Chocolate Factory to the Vaudeville Theatre.

So there are regularly new developments in London's West End, which partly explains why it remains so popular with large numbers of people from around the world.