8 oracle items tagged as London
July 22, 2014 / submitted by Mdla, Venezuela
Q.  Dear Oracle. Which are the advantages and disadvantages of living in London?

Advantages: There is always something to see & do to suit all tastes - and budgets. 24 hour buses. Tube. Disadvantages: Extortionate house prices (renting included). Card clash on the underground. Traffic. Travel time to some of your mates' houses who also live in London.

July 3, 2014 / submitted by Abe, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi,

What was the set list for the two Albert Hall shows?

The set list was the same for both shows:
Always in My Head

Charlie Brown




The Scientist

God Put a Smile Upon Your Face

Til Kingdom Come

Don't Panic

Everything's Not Lost


True Love

Viva La Vida


Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall


A Sky Full of Stars

Fix You

July 2, 2014 / submitted by Carol, Brazil
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Tonight's show is really amazing!
Jonny just sang Don't Panic! What was that! So good! I'm so happy here... so far away...
Now they're playing Everything's Not Lost, I love this song.
Wish I was there.
Were you at the gig?


You were all there in spirit!
I'll let you into a little secret. Don't Panic and Everything's Not Lost were only added to the set list during soundcheck. Chris said he wanted to play some older songs and asked me which one(s). I said that Sparks would sound great in the Royal Albert Hall but Guy said it was too downbeat. Keith Wozencroft (who used to work at the band's label and essentially signed them to Parlophone) chose Everything's Not Lost. Don't Panic was a popular choice so they ran through them. Chris had some trouble remembering how to play Everything's Not Lost - Will guided him through. Chris also struggled with the lyrics but Phil came to the rescue getting the lyrics via his phone (I hope he used this site to get them from our Recordings section!) Only one run through and it was gig ready. Amazing to hear that song after so long.

July 2, 2014 / submitted by D, United Kingdom
Q.  Dear Oracle, just checking; is it ok to upload videos from the gigs online? Also was Debs wearing a stripy skirt last night? I thought I saw her right at the end! So belated 'hello' if it was!! X

Oh please do upload your photos and videos here. We're all about sharing.
Debs was there but wasn't wearing a stripy skirt.
I saw a lot of familiar faces myself and everyone was in fine voice. What a show!
Hope everyone listening at home enjoyed it too.

June 9, 2014 / submitted by Marc, Spain
Q.  Dear Oracle, I managed to get tickets for the 2nd July show at the RAH! Since they are playing in the round, there is a possibility that the guys face the other way (any seating plan btw?). Are they doing anything special so that it's equally interesting for everybody? (Don't get me wrong, seeing them facing the other way would be so much better than not seeing them at all!).

Thank you.

Forgive me, people. It seems the Oracle does not know everything after all. The gig IS in the round. Click here, scroll down and click the seating plan tab.
The RAH is such a stunning venue.

April 17, 2014 / submitted by Tomer , Israel
Q.  Dear Oracle,can you please tell us when Coldplay will announced the info about the tickets to the Royal Albert Hall show??

Anchorman gave all the information you need so please follow the link that he provided within the news piece this morning.

July 23, 2013 / submitted by Sammy, United States of America
Q.  Hello there!

I have gotten the amazing opportunity to study in London for a semester, and I was wondering what your top 5 favorite places were?? These could be places to eat, drink, relax, think, etc. Thanks!


I hope you don't mind me presuming that as a student you'll prefer me to suggest places that won't break the bank. Some of these are my favourite places but not all are "top 5" in terms of the best.
Eat: Bistro 1, (3 locations).
Drink: The Nicholson chain (various locations) is competitive for booze or Flat White (Soho) for coffee.
Relax: Any of the parks.
Think: Hampstead Heath.
I also recommend the British Library where you can do all 4!

Most of London's major museums and galleries are free admission with a voluntary donation. They have lockers or left luggage so I suggest checking in your belongings and taking a leisurely stroll around the magnificent exhibits.

Here are a few other ideas:
Live music: Barfly (Camden).
Shopping: Westfield Centre (Shepherd's Bush or Stratford) for High St. shopping. Spitalfields or Borough for markets.
Night Club: Ultimate Power.
Cinema: Everyman (various locations).
Views: Southbank for street level landmarks, Primrose Hill for elevated.

There are obviously so many things to do in London but it's certainly worth considering both tourist attractions and discovering off the beaten track experiences.
There are plenty of theatre, cabaret and comedy nights to unearth without necessarily being West End prices.
One other thing, if the good weather continues, try outdoor film screenings or a visit to the infamous Globe Theatre - take a cushion!
Have a great stay, Sammy.

June 24, 2013 / submitted by Ben, United Kingdom
Q.  My friend and I were at the Under 1 Roof gig in December 2011 (superb night it was too) and we're having a disagreement over Alan Partridge which I'm hoping you can settle.

He is saying that Alan interrupting Coldplay during Christmas Lights wasn't planned and was very rude. And as a lifelong Alan Partridge fan (and possessing common sense) I'm saying it was obviously planned and was part of the joke.

Please tell me I'm right so I can shut him up once and for all.

You're both right in a way. Steve Coogan aka Alan was due to interrupt the song yes, but not as early as he did. It wasn't his fault though, someone in the crew had told him the wrong time to go on and so it cut the song shorter than expected.