Mary Poppins’ London
Spit spot! Everyone’s favourite nanny returns to the West End in Mary Poppins The Musical. Kathryn Conway hunts for the magic of Mary around town.
One of the original film’s most iconic moments is set at the London landmark found in Michael’s snow globe. St Paul’s Cathedral is featured in the scene for one of the Sherman Brothers’ most famous songs – Feed the Birds – where we see a woman sitting on the cathedral’s steps famously selling crumbs for ‘tuppence a bag’. The role of the bird woman is taken on by Petula Clark in the upcoming musical extravaganza that is returning to the West End this month, and Zizi Strallen, who plays Mary Poppins on stage, is very much looking forward to singing with the legend during what she admits is her favourite song. ‘It’s going to be the most beautiful moment,’ she says.
Another location that gets top billing in Mary Poppins Returns is the Bank of England, which doubles as the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, where Michael goes in search of his father’s share certificate (although the bank’s exterior featured in the film is actually its neighbour, The Royal Exchange). While the Bank of England isn’t open to the public, a visit to its museum will provide an opportunity to learn about the institution’s 325-year history.
For those still in need of a little Mary Poppins-inspired fun, you can admire the city’s skyline while you sip Mary’s Tea and indulge in delicious sweet treats during the Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard at The Shard (to 3 Nov). Or why not purchase your very own parrot-handled brolly courtesy of James Smith & Sons on New Oxford Street? Just don’t expect it to talk or fly you around the city.
Mary Poppins The Musical.
23 Oct 2019-29 Mar 2020.
Old Compton St, W1D 4HS.
T: 0844-482 5151.