What's new in London? Probably the most important development is the completion of a ten-story tower atop the Tate Modern museum. Not only has the exhibition space there been greatly increased, but the top-floor observation space allows a thrilling high-altitude view of London, which is absolutely free of charge to all. Until now, the only way to obtain a similar view of the city was by paying an outrageous £30 fee to enter the observation area at the top of The Shard, London's 72-story highest office building. From now on, smart, altitude-craving tourists will pass up The Shard in favor of the 10-story-high Tate Modern.
What's new in Orlando? It's the heavily diminished exhibits of Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park. In favor of the eventual, vastly-increased attractions now in construction, sections of Disney's Hollywood Studios are temporarily closed, and cost-conscious tourists will avoid paying a stiff entrance fee to view this unsatisfying park of the larger Disney complex.
Back to London. Though the new Harry Potter play has received ecstatic reviews from the city's theatre critics, all of its performances have been totally sold for the entire coming year. Instead of paying a large sum to a ticket scalper, Potter fans would be better advised to purchase the book containing the play's entire text. It's on sale at every London bookstore, and in the United States, too.
In response to a great many inquiries from readers about the possibility of viewing sessions of Parliament once they have arrived in London, it's now clear that viewing areas are currently limited to citizens of Great Britain, who receive tickets from their representatives in the British legislature. What once was a must-see tourist attraction is no longer available to foreign visitors.
What else is brand new in London? Well, apart from that panoramic roof terrace at the Tate Modern, what's really new in London is a near-universal anxiety among the people who will be serving you. Some 70% of the workers in London's hotels, and probably as many in its restaurants, are from the European continent, and their ability to remain in London is currently shaky because of England's forthcoming departure from the European Union, voted at "Brexit". This is a new and somewhat disturbing aspect to the life in Britain's capital, and because it has also led to a sharp decline in the value of the British pound, more Brits than ever are taking their own vacations within the British Isles. Make you own reservations long in advance, because you'll be competing with a great many English and Scottish citizens who are no longer traveling in the same numbers to the newly expensive (for them) countries of Western Europe.
If you go to Disney's Hollywood Studios now, you'll see a lot of this. (credit: Jason Cochran)