London, is without question one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. It is a melting pot of arts, culture and food and offers some pretty spectacular opportunities for days and evenings out.
Indeed the theatre scene here is world-class and a trip to London would not be complete without visiting one of the fabulous West End Theatres, which put on some magnificent performances of highly popular, sell out shows.
An evening out to the theatre can be complemented by a pre theatre meal or drink and there are some excellent deals to be found that also include a hotel stay. This usually means that there are some pretty good savings to be made, depending on where you book so always keep this in mind when booking a ticket.
You will find that many of London’s theatres have retained their historical characteristics and offer the sort of old world charm that only adds to the ambience of the performance. In fact, the interiors of some of the theatres instantly take you back to the Victorian era which are sumptuous, with rich fabrics adorning the interior. There are of course, Edwardian theatres too and naturally these have their own unique charm but it certainly adds to the theatre experience!
Some of the long running shows in the West End should not be missed including the world-famous Les Miserables which is shown at the Queen’s Theatre. This stunning theatre is on Shaftesbury Avenue, in the heart of the West End. Easily accessible via public transport and close to hotels, this production is beautiful and the interior of the theatre is stunning.
Another popular show is the fantastic ‘Phantom of The Opera’ which can be seen at ‘Her Majesty’s Theatre’. Situated in the Haymarket, this centrally located gem is full of history and the Phantom of The Opera can lay claim to being one of the longest running musicals in the West End.
Children aren’t forgotten with shows such as the ‘Lion King’ lighting up the eyes of of adults and children alike. This fantastic musical is long running and is show at the Lyceum Theatre which is just off the Strand.
The Lion King offers a fantastic performance matched by the lovely music score of Elton John.This is a perfect show for families and its central location means it is in close proximity to hotels, transport and a good mix of family friendly eating establishments.
The Apollo theatre in Victoria is not strictly classed as the West End but it’s location close to Victoria station makes it very easy to get to – currently it is showing the massive hit ‘Wicked’. Opened in 1930, this is the perfect venue to take in a spectacular show.
Many of the musicals and plays are in close proximity to transport, thanks to their central location. There are several tube stations and buses and the train stations of Charing Cross and Waterloo are close by.
No visit to London would be complete without taking in a West End musical or indeed, a play. Mousetrap is the longest,continuous running play in history – it is celebrating its 62nd birthday and can be seen at St Martin’s Theatre. Agatha Christie Lovers will want to take in this brilliant production and be part of the history.
With so many different opportunities to watch some stunning and diverse world-famous productions, an evening out in London should include a musical or play. The experience is perfectly complemented by much of the history that adorns many of London’s theatre’s and it makes for the perfect evening out with friends and family.