Take in a Show!
London’s theatre district is known as the West End and is a vibrant hub of theatres, pubs and restaurants catering for theatre-goers. Many of the theatres are old music halls and have great historic traditions and ambience.
London has an outlet of TKTS, which offers (often heavily) discounted tickets, located in Leicester Square in the heart of the West End – 10 mins on the Tube from Marble Arch station near the hotel (Central Line heading east to Tottenham Court Road, change onto Northern Line). Visit http://www.tkts.co.uk/ to find out more and to see what shows will be on sale.
Otherwise, the best way to buy tickets is either online from the venue (some times they will direct you to a ticketing site such as Ticketmaster), or you can try online sites such as http://book.londontheatrestore.com/.
A lot of the big shows in London this summer will be familiar to international travellers – so you can see local performances of the likes of Jersey Boys, Wicked, Mamma Mia, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Beautiful, the Carole King Musical (all of these were due to be on sale at TKTS the day I wrote this, with the exception of Aladdin, which has just opened).
Some to watch out for:
- Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre. British TV star Sheridan Smith won awards for her run in Legally Blonde and has become a real draw for London audiences.
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (good luck getting tickets to this one!) http://www.harrypottertheplay.com/
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. A classic back with chart-topping British pop singer Pixie Lott having a turn as Holly Golightly.
- Matilda The Musical (not just for kids) at the Cambridge Theatre.
- Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Taming of the Shrew are all running at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the bank of the Thames (standing tickets from £5, take a cushion if you go for the seats!) http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre
- Groundhog Day, based on the film, makes its world premiere at the classic Old Vic Theatre https://tickets.oldvictheatre.com/production/17532
- The Bolshoi Ballet is performing Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House (very few tickets left) http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/swan-lake- by-yuri- grigorovich
- The annual Proms at the Royal Albert Hall (a fantastic venue, great series of concerts different every night) http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/proms/proms-2016/
- Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club is an institution – http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/
- If you’re into blues check out this article: http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/bars/five-best- london-blues- bars-8450912.html
There are many, many other theatres, clubs, comedy outlets etc to suit all budgets and all easily accessible in central London. If you’re after anything specific just drop me an email and I will do my best to steer you in the right direction.
As for me, I’m off to see American country blues act Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (with Breezy on washboard) at the Oslo in Hackney on July 30: http://www.oslohackney.com/events/reverend-peytons- big-damn- band/