Forget the 2012 Olympics. An extraordinary exhibit of Leonardo da Vinci paintings and drawings will be at the National Gallery on London’s Trafalgar Square November 9 of this fall through February 5 of next year. That’s usually a dark and cold time in the UK, but cheap flights are easier to find at that time of year.
Since that is also a peak time of year for theater and opera, it’s a great time to go. Those of us pinching pennies during the Great Recession can save money by finding cheaper accommodations outside central London and getting in and out of town on the train.
An extra incentive if Leonardo isn’t enough: just a short walk from Trafalgar Square is the newly restored house where Benjamin Franklin lived while representing American colonies to Parliament.
To prepare, though, read this article on why they hate the way we murder ‘their’ language and bone up on this handy list of the 50 “Americanisms” that drive the Brits nuts. They are so cute when they sputter; it makes you want to pinch their ruddy little cheeks.