Last weekend, the Mutineer and I attended our last convention of 2018: Heroes & Villians FanFest in San Jose/WalkerStalker Con. HVFF is small, but well-organized, well-staffed, and with plenty to the offer to the casual congoer. It was probably one of the best conventions I’ve ever attended, and I’ll tell you why.

For those of our readers interested in having a visit across the Pond, some of the most British things to do are to take a wander through one of London’s many beautiful parks or sit and have a chat with friends in a comfortable pub. So without any ado, here are a few of the Collected Mutineer’s and my favourite spots in jolly ole London town. -The Collectress


Gunnersbury Park

The Collectress and I discovered this park completely by accident while on an excursion to find lactose-free ice cream. (It’s a long story.) Although the trek ultimately proved meaningless, we liked this park so much that we returned a few times—we even took some pictures for Gishwhes there!

Gunnersbury, which is located just between Brentford and Acton (i.e. in Greater London), has a long and interesting history, which can still be glimpsed today. While several manors have been built on that land, the most famous was owned by Princess Amelia in the latter half of the 18th century. Although that house was eventually torn down, two new mansions took its place in the early 19th century. The larger of the two currently serves as the Gunnersbury Park Museum. The park also boasts a community garden, a children’s play area, an 18th century “temple” and a boathouse built in the Gothic style. -CM

The Mutineer and I are a bit obsessed with the theatre. We’re starving students, and the theatre is cheaper than the cinema (sometimes), so what are a couple of fangirls to do on a Saturday night? We’ve been traipsing about the West End quite frequently of late for, um, writing research. So here’s a few shows to hit up the next time you’re in London or it comes to your city.

The Book of Mormon

book of mormon

This is, hands down, the funniest play I’ve ever seen. It’s irreverent, sacrilegious, and guaranteed to offend somebody.

The creators of South Park bring us the story of Elder Price, a young Mormon boy who is about to leave on his two year mission for the Church. He hopes to be sent to Orlando, but is sent to northern Uganda instead, accompanied by the overeager Elder Cunningham. What follows is a crisis of face, and the most interesting retelling of the book of Mormon that you’ll ever hear. I guarantee it.

I found this play to be so damned blasphemous, that I saw it twice. You can see it at the Prince of Wales theatre.