by Allen J. Sheinman | April 18, 2016

It's high time we in the New World apologized properly for dumping all of that perfectly good British tea into Boston Harbor, so your humble List maker recommends a friendly visit to the British capital to help mend fences. Happily, the folks at Visit London don't mind one bit if you leap the pond to enjoy all that the Mother Country has to offer this year. In fact, they offer the following reasons to go.

1. With the pound-to-dollar exchange better than in years, there's plenty of value in the Old Sod.
2. On April 21, Queen Elizabeth II turns 90, and as it likely will take her the rest of the year to blow out all the candles, you won't miss anything.
3. You will get lots of satisfaction by visiting "Exhibitionism" at the Saatchi Gallery: It's a celebration of the colorful history of the Rolling Stones, complete with rare videos, backstage paraphernalia, personal diaries, original album-cover art and much more. The show runs through Sept. 4.
4. Move thyself across town to Notting Hill and explore the studios where the Brits love to film their romantic comedies. Just kindly step around Hugh Grant over there, thank you.
5. The Queen's Birthday Parade, aka Trooping the Colour, takes place on June 11. She'll be waving, so be sure to wave back!
6. The land that gave us the word souse is filled with proper English pubs where you can have a pint (or two) with fish and chips. The Lighterman ( is one of the best new establishments for the partaking of same, in Granary Square, King's Cross.
7. If you just can't get enough of the Queen (and who can?), there's the sprawling show, "Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style From the Queen's Wardrobe," going on simultaneously at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland; Buckingham Palace in London, and Windsor Castle in Berkshire County, through Jan. 8, 2017.
8. You knew there had to be something Harry Potter-related somewhere in this, right? From June 6 through July 30 you can be among the first to watch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child parts one and two at the Palace Theatre, then take the Warner Brothers Harry Potter tour around town.
9. And for you sports lovers, the old town is awash in sailing regattas, football, Wimbledon, cricket and rugby. It's like one big Game of Thrones with heads intact.
10. For some classic indulgence, enjoy High Tea at Browns and then go to the Garrick Theatre to catch Romeo and Juliet (which, oddly enough, feels a bit like Game of Thrones at the end!).