Have you ever wondered about the places, people and events that inspired the works of one of the greatest playwrights in history, William Shakespeare? You can visit the places where he ‘penned’ such great works as Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet and you can see them performed in Stratford-upon-Avon, his birthplace, with either traditional or contemporary interpretations.
Amongst other parts, Kevin Spacey played Richard II at the Old Vic in London and loved it so much that he decided to stay as the artistic director of this beautiful old theatre. On the subject of plays and theatres there are numerous venues, old and new, in the West End of London; from the world-renowned Andrew Lloyd Webber spectaculars to lesser well-know works of genius by new aspiring writers; from contemporary or traditional ballet performances at the Festival Hall to awe-inspiring classical music concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. If opera is your vice there is the stunning Royal Opera House, where you can sip champagne before a feast of Puccini, Verdi or Mozart!
Talking of feasts, our culinary offerings in the UK is a mixture of traditional and European cuisine. From afternoon Tea at the Ritz to fine dining at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons or the Fat Duck in Bray – we have some of the best restaurants in Europe, run by world famous European chefs. From the world’s best “fish and chips” by the seaside to “cream teas” in Devon; from traditional English breakfasts to Scottish Haggis; from Whiskey trails to micro breweries; from elegant dining to comfort food - the choice is endless.
Perhaps when you are all “eaten out” a stroll around the Tate Museum, The British Museum or the National Portrait Gallery will help you to visualise British and European history in inspirational paintings and sculptures.
And if you are not too exhausted after all that activity, do not forget the sporting culture here in the UK; from horseracing at Royal Ascot to our famous boat racing at the Royal Henley Regatta; from British football at Wembley to The Highland Games in Scotland.
I could go on and on – culture means different things to different people. Tell me what it means to you and I will plan it.