I may not have met the Muffin Man who lived on Drury Lane, but I did see that street, among many others that have varying levels of cultural and historical importance. I think my favorite part about London was the way it made literature come alive. In all my life, I never realized that all the places that I read about in my books not only existed long ago, but also still exist to this day.
Our tour guide took us down Fleet Street, the renowned location of the Demon Barber, Sweeney Todd. She also showed us the bars where famous authors frequented (like T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll) and restaurants named after literary figures.
On our own, we made sure to visit the British Library and Platform 9 3/4 . The British library was incredible, containing original scraps from the notebook of Leonardo da Vinci, music sheets from Beethoven and Mozart, the original draft of the Magna Carta and remnants of the book of John in St. John’s own handwriting. Needless to say, I was impressed. The library also contained illustrated texts from around the world, with handwriting so precise it appeared to be typography. The miniscule details of every letter and drawing astounded me, and I wanted to stay forever.
Finishing my nerdy needs, we went to Shakespeare’s Globe to see "Romeo and Juliet." Seeing a play at the Globe has always been a dream of mine, since this is the original spot Shakespeare performed at. If you’re a literature nerd like me, this is a must see. Standing in the theater itself, I felt as if I had stepped back in time and into the creative mind of the man Shakespeare himself.