Your insider's guide to the shows in London's Theatreland - and how to find them
To find shows on in London and to buy tickets for West End shows in London simply click on ‘What’s On’ at the top of the Shows in London website – where you will find a full listing of all the shows in London. You can also refine your search by the desired category, such as musical show, comedy, drama or play. You will also find here our ‘Set Your Budget’ tool which allows you to input your budget and desired date and we will give you a tailor-made selection of suitable London show tickets that fit your preferred price range.
There are over fifty theatre shows in London, and they range from the smaller more intimate playhouses seating around 200 which normally house plays, up to the very largest musical theatres which have a capacity of 2,300, such as the renowned London Palladium which is currently showing the Wizard of Oz, and will house Charlie & The Chocolate Factory in 2013.
The majority of the West End shows in London are congregated around the area known as Theatreland, which incorporates Shaftesbury Avenue from the Piccadilly end through to Covent Garden and then down to the Strand. There are also a couple of Theatres located in Victoria; the Victoria Palace where Billy Elliot is currently showing and the Apollo Victoria where Wicked plays to packed out audiences every evening. To get full details of all the venues, including the fascinating and rich history behind some of our world famous and iconic theatre venues, visit click on ‘Venues’ at the top of page the Shows in London website, which lists all the theatres and venues for which we sell tickets.
As well as being home to London shows the whole Theatreland area is a vibrant mix of restaurants, bars and shops. So it is well worth arriving early to capture some of the excitement and atmosphere of the West End, as well as booking a pre-theatre meal or having a glass of champagne at the theatre bar to toast your evening before the show begins. The area all around Covent Garden and in particular the piazza, is home to street entertainers and a multitude of restaurants and clothes shops, so go prepared to have fun.
A great time to attend a show is on a Saturday matinee or Sunday matinee, in fact you can make a whole day of it, shopping in the morning, a light lunch, so as you don’t fall asleep at the theatre then a leisurely after-show meal where you can indulge yourself in a delicious 3-course meal and not feel guilty about a glass of wine or two. My personal favourite is Sophie’s Steakhouse and Bar in Wellington Street, with its buzzing atmosphere, stylish bar serving a beautiful selection of cocktails and delicious steak. It’s also close to a number of theatre venues including the Lyceum home to The Lion King, and also within walking distance of the Cambridge Theatre, currently showing Matilda the Musical in Covent Garden, the Aldwych Theatre where Top Hat is on and the Palace Theatre, currently showing Singin’ in the Rain.
For further recommendations on pre-theatre dining or meal deals please contact our team on 0871 976 976 7, and they will be able to offer their expert advice to suit all culinary tastes and budgets.
And also for more information on upcoming London shows, such as The Bodyguard the Musical opening at the Adelphi theatre, Viva Forever!, the Spice Girls’ musical coming to the Piccadilly theatre or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opening in 2013 at the London Palladium please check out the Shows in London listings.
For more information on London shows or to buy tickets for these shows and all London shows either book through the Shows in London website or contact our team on 0871 976 976 7.
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