What to do in London pre-theatre
Before you visit your show in London, whether you are attending a matinee or an evening performance, there is so much you can do.
A pre-theatre meal can be one way to enjoy the ambience of the unique London dining experience. A great tip is to attend a show matinee then go to the restaurant; that way, you can perhaps indulge in an extra glass of wine without falling asleep at the venue. Plus you can take your time and relax a little more, whilst still taking advantage of the fantastic pre-theatre meal prices at Shows in London.
Highly recommended is Orso’s restaurant in Wellington Street just off Covent Garden, an Italian eatery with fine pastas and pizzas.
If you fancy a more adventurous day and you want to experience all the tremendous sights that London has to offer then an open-top bus tour takes you to all of London’s famous landmarks and reveals the city’s colourful 2,000-year history.
The tour offers you a choice of a recorded commentary or a live commentary delivered by entertaining guides. The hop-on, hop-off facility will enable you to get on and off the bus at many places of interest. If you have booked a weekend break in the city, and have even more time to explore London’s popular attractions, you can even enjoy a second day of travel free to better see the sites you had no time to stop by at!
Your sightseeing tour of London also includes a free cruise on the River Thames and guided walking tours for you to enjoy, plus Big Bus Reward Vouchers that offer a range of discounts at attractions, shops and restaurants.
The Big Bus Sightseeing Tour is a safe and relaxing way to experience this great city. It's the perfect introduction to London and a fun day out for all.
The Big Bus Tour is carefully designed to take you to all of London’s famous landmarks. Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and The Tower of London are just some of the iconic places you will discover. The Big Bus Tour has the most extensive route of any London sightseeing tour, taking you to more tourist attractions and revealing more things to do in London than any other sightseeing tour.
Big Bus Tours provide the classic open-top sightseeing tour of London. All the tours are led by experienced guides, London enthusiasts who will talk you through the history of the city, giving you a personal and entertaining commentary about London and its highlights.W
Whether you are making your first trip to London or have lived here for many years, the Big Bus guides pride themselves on revealing something fascinating and new to every visitor.
The London Eye
If you prefer to see the famous London landscape from on high then the iconic London Eye, with its 32 ten-tonne capsules, is the best way to do so, short of hiring a helicopter!
The London Eye is situated on the South Bank of the river Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament, close to Waterloo Station. The London Eye experience will last about 30 minutes taking you to a height of 135 metres, and you can see for around 40km (25 miles) from the top. Each capsule can accommodate up to 28 guests.
Ranging from the famous Harrods in Knightsbridge to the boulevard of Oxford Street, London is of course a magnet for all types of shoppers. Regent Street is famous for the toy shop Hamley’s and Bond Street is home to more exclusive designer shops and exclusive jewellers.
Covent Garden has a multitude of shops, bars and restaurants. From so-hip-it-hurts fashion, unique gift shops or rare sweet treats, the Covent Garden shopping experience is a revelation. For bar-hoppers and gastronomes, there are plenty of places to pleasure your palate or whet your whistle in WC2.
Visit the Apple Market in Covent Garden for British hand-made crafts & antiques, plus the Jubilee & East Colonnade Markets for a huge variety of stalls. Covent Garden also has many street performers and cultural events.
If you are heading for the London Palladium or Oxford Street be sure to pay a visit to the famous Carnaby Street, which is known for unique independent boutiques, global fashion brands and award-winning restaurants, cafés and bars. It’s one of London's most popular and distinctive shopping and lifestyle destinations.
If you have time The Tower of London is well worth a visit. The White Tower is one of the most important historic buildings in the world. An iconic symbol of London and Britain, it is currently housing 'Power House', a fascinating exhibition about the national institutions founded at the Tower of London.
The Tower of London is home of course to the Crown Jewels. Be dazzled by the 23,578 gems that make up the Crown Jewels, including the world’s most famous diamonds. You'll find this amazing collection in the Jewel House.
The Tower of London is also famous for the Yeoman Guards and the Ravens. The ravens have become one of the Tower's most famous sights; legend says that the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six ravens ever leave the Tower.
The Medieval Palace contains fabulous interiors. Discover what life was like hundreds of years ago, and experience the sounds and aromas of life in a surprisingly luxurious medieval household. See five hundred years of spectacular royal armour, offering a fascinating insight into the personalities, power and physical size of England’s kings. For over 600 years, exotic animals were held captive at the Tower, alongside prisoners of noble birth.
London’s most popular tourist destination is Madame Tussauds, on Baker Street. With 14 zones, over 300 wax figures, the Spirit of London Ride and the amazing Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, the exhibition combines glitz and glamour with incredible history. The waxworks include today’s current celebrities in sport and entertainment, and all sorts of historic figures.
To quote the famous cliché: ‘If you’re tired of London, you are tired of life!’
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