Sunday 4 December 2016

Mary Kenny: Time to squeeze in a visit

London, at its highest ever population, is a city bursting at the seams

Published 13/11/2016 | 02:30

Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin

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If you're at the top of your form and in the whole of your health, maybe. Otherwise, take your ease. London has become a scrum. You can't move. Every hour of the day is rush hour on the Underground. The Piccadilly line requires one of those Japanese railway officials who squeeze passengers into overcrowded trains, sardine-style.

Everywhere is thronged. You can't get into theatres - even when a seat costs £107 for a medium view of the stage, it's already booked out. A West End play is often full the moment it opens. They're booking for February right now and you'll still be hard put to get a ticket. If a celebrity actor is appearing in the show, forget it.

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