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FireFire LondonPosts: 6,188

Ok, Hivemind,

my young cousin is visiting London for three months on a study semester from Boston. I would like to treat him to some of the most special things in the UK have to offer, along with taking him to Venice and Paris, while he is here.

So, if you think of pulling out all the stops, no holes barred specialness, what springs to mind? I'm not big into crowds and he's big into music. And I'm thinking of non-weather dependent, so, no walking trips etc, specific things I can book ahead. And nothing on the usual tourist trail that he can do as part of his time with UCL.

The more out of the box, and extravagant the better as a brainstorm.

Thanks


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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,590
    When will the three months begin and end, roughly?


    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 6,188
    edited August 2018
    Jason has just arrived.

    He hates the cold (is from Jamaica) and was sitting in my living yesterday in a hat and two scarves, under two blankets and the heating cranked up and he was frozen. I was in a tee shirt and with bare feet, in the garden, feeling warm. So I think autumn very-outdoor activities would just be miserable for him.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,590
    Hee hee.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,590
    Hee hee.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234
    If he's cold in London he's going to enjoy Winter in Boston.  :D
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 6,188
    He's dreading it. But perhaps Boston is more set up for many feet of snow than London is.
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  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 3,448
    edited August 2018
    Oo - you are a generous cousin. You have set us a difficult challenge...

    I would suggest a visit to Wales to experience the mountain air, but that sounds like a no-go (unless he has brought thermals and artic expedition gear!) check these out though:

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/things-to-do/wales/places?page=4

    http://www.visitwales.com/holidays-breaks/family-holidays/things-to-do-in-south-wales-when-its-raining

    For something a bit warmer, we have a wonderful theatre, The Wales Millennium Centre, for music, shows, and the more unusual.

    https://www.wmc.org.uk/en/whats-on/events



    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 6,188
    Wild brain storms include no constraints of expense at this stage - just accruing ideas. Thanks
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,590
    Well, I shall bore everyone who has to listen to me every year, harping on about the Sheffield carols as a way of keeping warm, singing songs noone else has ever heard of before, and taking part in little known a piece of genuine English culture.

    The Sheffield “carols” are carols in the old sense of the word, popular songs that are sung by a group of untrained voices. In the Sheffield area, they begin a few days after Armistice Sunday in November and continue on until January 2nd of the following year. Other parts of the country have started to copy some of the somgs but they generally only take place around Christmas time.

    NBC even came to record some of them a couple of years ago, though the rib-shaking volume of the singing is missing.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/why-youve-never-heard-these-full-guts-christmas-carols-n479541

    You say that you aren’t keen on crowds but you can usually listen from the safety of another room without taking part. Though I guarantee you would be drawn in they are so exhilarating....


    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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