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Weekend theatre breaks in London

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To really experience all the West End has to offer, you should book a weekend theatre break in London. There is nothing worse than running into the theatre late because you were stuck in traffic or checking your watch during a performance to see if you’ll make the last train home.

If you plan a weekend break around a theatre production, you can get ready for your night out in a local hotel and enjoy a relaxed pre-theatre dinner. You can then relax with drinks after the show, all within walking distance of your hotel.
Let’s raise the curtain on these world-class theatre productions, and plan a weekend theatre break in London to remember.

Theatre Breaks in London


What’s it about? Roald Dahl’s enchanting story Matilda is brought to life in this witty musical production at the Cambridge Theatre. This much loved tale is fun for families, couples and friends and tells the story of a gifted little girl with a brilliant imagination and a love of books. Matilda soon discovers she has magical powers, which is where the gripping story begins to unfurl.
Where can we stay? The Piccadilly is in the heart of theatreland, a stone’s throw away from the Cambridge Theatre with excellent reviews on Tripadvisor.

Where can we eat dinner? If you are on a family break with the children, staying at The Piccadilly will automatically entitle you to 15% off The Rainforest Cafe. If it’s an adult break, find first-class Indian food a stroll away at Dishoom.

The Book of Mormon

What’s it about? The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre is an award winning musical comedy telling the story of two Mormon missionaries who are sent from America to preach to a village in Uganda.

Where can we stay? The Haymarket Hotel is just a four minute walk from the Prince of Wales Theatre and offers theatre packages for various West End shows including The Book of Mormon.

Where can we eat dinner? If you book a theatre deal through The Haymarket Hotel, they will include a three-course meal pre-theatre meal with a glass of wine in their Brumus Restaurant.

The Lion King

What’s it about? The puppetry in Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre is a must-see.  This musical tells the story of Simba the lion and the journey to reclaim his kingdom. This is a production you will never forget.

Where can we stay?  1 Aldwych is just across the road from The Lyceum. You can also indulge in afternoon tea or a spa treatment there during your stay.

Where can we eat dinner? The 1 Aldwych hotel offers theatre packages with dinner at the hotel’s Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar which serves the very best Spanish cuisine. Alternatively, experience some of London’s rich history and book a table at Rules Restaurant which was established by Thomas Rule in 1798 – making it the oldest restaurant in London.

Kinky Boots

What’s it about?  For a huge amount of fun, choose Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre. This musical – written by Cyndi Lauper – won’t fail to get your toes tapping.

Where can we stay? To really push the boat out on your weekend theatre break in London, stay at The Savoy. This iconic hotel is perfect for a special occasion. The hotel’s famous American Bar is London’s longest serving cocktail bar – treat yourself to a signature cocktail like Harry Craddock’s White Lady while you sample the complimentary nibbles and listen to live jazz music.

Where can we eat dinner? Stroll over to romantic Clos Maggiore, or opt for Polpo Covent Garden which offers informal  dining with bubbly in glass tumblers, italian sharing dishes and Nutella pizzetta.

The Play That Goes Wrong

What’s it about?  The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre is perfect for lovers of slapstick and farce.

Where can we stay? Just a minute’s walk away is the ultra-modern ME Hotel, a luxurious 5* hotel with floor to ceiling windows in the rooms for lots of natural light. The hotel has a stunning rooftop bar complete with three luxuriously furnished cable cars for the winter season for an apres-ski feel. After the theatre show you can enjoy cocktails under fur throws on the rooftop.

Where can we eat dinner? A favourite with food critics, Parisian brasserie Balthazar is within walking distance. The shabby chic decor and French food and wine is world-class.

The best dinner shows in the capital

If there is one thing that Londoners love as much as a show, it’s food, so how about combining the two? Immersive theatre is the biggest trend in London at the moment – where you eat your dinner in the midst of the theatre and you become part of it.

The Fawlty Towers Dining Experience

This will be a night out to remember! This dinner and show takes place in the Torquay Suite Theatre at the Radisson Blu Edwardian. If you love watching the reruns of Fawlty Towers you will love this theatre and dinner experience where you become part of the madcap production.

‘Network’ at the National Theatre

This is your chance to be onstage at the National Theatre as part of the stage version of the 1976 film Network. You will be sitting dining in the middle of the action and the show’s star Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame will be performing amongst the tables.

The food is on an updated 1970s theme with a crab cocktail instead of prawn cocktail (the height of sophistication at any dinner party in the 1970s) – and a modernised take on the 1970s favourite Black Forest gateau for dessert.


Circus offers an opportunity to dine while aerial performers do amazing stunts in, around and on your table. The setting is extravagant and glamorous whilst the Pan-Asian food and stylish cocktails add to the feeling of decadence.

The best show in London

One of the most magical sightseeing experiences in London has to be a private helicopter ride over the bright lights of the capital. This is London’s very best show and if you’re lucky enough you could be rewarded with some amazing photographs.

You’ll be able to see unrivalled views of London’s most famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and the distinctive skyscrapers in the City. After all, the bright lights of the West End only offer a small slice of what London is all about – an exhilarating helicopter ride allows you to take in the entire perspective.

10 ways to celebrate English Tourism Week

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‘Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before’ said the Dalai Lama. With flights available at discounted prices, we might fly abroad several times a year, but we then forget about the incredible tourist attractions that we have on our doorstep, with many places in England that we have never visited before.

English Tourism Week runs from 17th – 25th March this year and celebrates England’s world-renowned tourist attractions, giving us the inspiration to make an effort to see what England has to offer.

England is rich in history and has some stunning natural beauty to explore, resulting in an abundance of tourist attractions for everyone to enjoy. From those visiting from afar to locals who want to enjoy the attractions in their community, there is something for everyone and many special offers to take advantage of during English Tourism Week.

Check out a list of ideas below to inspire you this English Tourism Week:

Luxury in London

This is an ideal week to take a break in London, with many hotels offering special offers and discounts for some affordable luxury.

Take a break with 30% off The Arch hotel, a luxury boutique hotel right in the centre of London. The rate includes a Nespresso coffee machine in your room, complimentary soft drinks from the minibar plus a full Sky HD package.

Why not coincide your stay with a special distillery tour, spirit tasting and Italian food platters at the East London Liquor Company, running at 4pm from 20th – 23rd March?

For the perfect finale, take a private helicopter tour of London where you can truly celebrate the pinnacle of a city tour, seen at its from this angle. Soaring above all of London’s famous landmarks, you will feel on top of the world – surely the ultimate celebration of English Tourism Week.

Excitement in Brighton

On 17th March 2018, English Tourism Week will be launched in style in Brighton with people launching themselves off of British Airways i360 – the world’s tallest moving observation tower – then abseiling down in aid of  the iDrop Charity Abseil for children’s charity Rockinghorse. This is set to be a breathtaking event to watch as it is the first time people have been allowed to abseil from the tower. The brave participants will be abseiling down a drop of 450ft of open space rather than a wall – an awe-inspiring challenge!

If you need a drink to calm your nerves, you can sip a G&T at the top of the British Airways i360 tower as to celebrate English Tourism Week they are offering two glasses of Brighton Gin and Folkington’s Tonic in the Sky Bar for just £12. The views are stunning , looking across the Sussex coastline and South Downs National Park.

Culture in Oxford

You can discover the culture and history of the City of Dreaming Spires with an Oxford Official Walking Tour. You will learn all about the Oxford University traditions and hear the stories behind the majestic stone walls. Just call 01865 686442 to book your tickets and quote ETW20 when making the booking over the phone to get 20% off your tickets.

You can also enjoy an Oxford river cruise. You can choose from a range of luxury boat trip – with many including a picnic – or you can relax in No.1 Folly Bridge, a riverside restaurant right next to where your boat will depart from.

Gin tasting in Manchester

The UK’s first gin festival is coming to Manchester during English Tourism Week from 23rd March – 25th March 2018.

As well as gin tasting, there will be live music, delicious food and a cocktail bar- with gin cocktails of course! There will also be masterclasses and a chance to learn about how gin is made.

Marketing Manchester is also previewing its new bookable walking tour at the British Travel and Tourism show during English Tourism Week.  Visit their stand at the show and learn how you can see the city by land or water.

Celebrate the history of England’s strong women in Cumbria

Discover more about England’s national treasure Beatrix Potter at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in the ‘The Right Sort of Woman’ exhibition. It features Beatrix Potter’s original artwork, personal items and handwritten letters and you can find out more about how she was also a businesswoman and landlady as well as author and illustrator. Enjoy the rare opportunity and privilege of seeing them up close.

In addition, there is an exhibition called the ‘Women of Wray Castle’ at Wray Castle in Cumbra. This exhibition also features Beatrix Potter along with other strong Cumbrian women. A series of artistic installations will unravel their stories.

Spring clean in Devon

English Tourism Week is about celebrating our heritage and what better way to do that than by contributing to its protection? You can help clean up England’s coast at the Warren National Nature Reserve beach on 18th March 2018. It’s free, but you must call in advance to book.

Discover hidden gems in the Cotswolds

Not many people know that Cogges Manor Farm was featured in Downton Abbey (known as Yew Tree Farm in the TV series). Discover the history of this special farm over 1,000 years,going back as far back as the Domesday Book.

Twist and shout in Liverpool

What better way to celebrate this week with the most famous English band  – The Beatles. Come together and see the new exhibition at The Beatles Story in Liverpool which is celebrating 50 years since The Beatles travelled to India with ‘Beatles in India’. You will have the privilege of seeing never seen before memorabilia – a must for any Beatles fan.

Discover more about the Gurkhas in Hampshire

The Gurkha Connection Project in Hampshire celebrates over 200 years of the relationship between the Gurkhas and the British Army. Many people in the local community have helped research and contribute towards this project, including local young people.

Enjoy traditional English afternoon tea in Buckinghamshire

The Bell in Winslow are offering an afternoon tea for just £12.99 per person. Enjoy cakes, scones and homemade sandwiches along with a pot of tea of your choice. You must pre-book and this offer runs from Tuesday to Saturday.

Discover the grandeur of the favorite royal residence of Henry VIII

You can enjoy a two night stay at the historical hotel The Mitre in Surrey which was built in 1665. Their package includes Hampton Court Palace tickets and a fresh continental breakfast. Make sure that you take a look at the dazzling re-creation of Henry VIII’s crown on display in the Royal Pew.

Unusual birthday ideas in London

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Celebrate your birthday in style this year by heading out in the capital. From dining and drinks to luxury experiences, our guide to unusual birthday ideas in London will leave you spoilt for choice.

Birthday dining

  • The Candlelight Club

You birthday provides to perfect excuse to dress up and The Candlelight Club is the ideal venue for a Great Gatsby style 1920s celebration. The location is secret and will be emailed to the ticket holder two days before the event. The venue is entirely lit by candles for atmospheric and captivating setting, along with a live jazz band to dance to and 1920s cocktails to sip. You can choose to order sharing platters, or you can pre-book tables for dining.  

  • The Piano Works

This is a live music venue with a difference – they will play your choice of music by request. The Piano Works is found in a listed Victorian warehouse in Farringdon and features a rotating cast of musicians who will play whatever you want them to play while you dine – a perfect choice for a birthday celebration.

  • Sarastro

The theatrical decadence of Sarastro offers the perfect setting for a birthday celebration. The furnishing is ornate with red velvet drapes, an impressive amount of gold and a heady mix of Baroque and Rococo styles. Singers from the opera houses come and perform arias whilst you dine. The food is Turkish-Mediterranean which is perfect for sharing in a large group. Their fruit platters add to the lavish environment as you can recline on the sumptuous cushions and eat grapes – after all, it is your birthday.

Birthday luxury

  • The Yacht London

What shouts luxury more than a yacht? After all, if you can’t have a bit of luxury on your birthday, when can you? This luxury yacht is moored on the Thames and offers beautiful views across to the South Bank. You can choose to have an afternoon birthday tea, a luxurious lunch or a beautiful evening meal. There is lots of seafood on offer, but there is also a mixed grill available too. For a birthday party group, they offer sharing platters so that you can eat and socialise.

  • A helicopter tour

For the ultimate birthday that you will never forget, it has to be a private helicopter tour taking in the stunning London landmarks. This will be a trip of a lifetime. How about ending the tour with a glass or two of champagne with your birthday cake? Your photos of the day will be amazing!

  • Pre-celebration spa day at private members’ club, Grace Belgravia

Perhaps you are planning a night out for your birthday, but how about indulging yourself and your friends with a pre-party makeover to get you red carpet ready? Just like a celebrity, your skin will glow after a facial and you can finish your treatment with a blowdry.

Birthday activities

  • Locked In A Room

Part-game, part-theatre – Locked In a Room really is exciting and perfect for birthday parties.

You and your party will have 60 minutes to escape a locked room and escape by solving puzzles and discovering clues. There will be scrambling around, there will be laughter and there will be huge amounts of fun!

  • Backyard Cinema

A cinema trip on your birthday is a pretty ordinary affair – how about make it extra special with Backyard Cinema? They create magical environments to watch the film, tying in theme of the film with your surroundings using impressive sets, actors and live music and an experience to bombard your senses and transport you right into the film.

  • The London Cocktail Club – cocktail masterclass

Who doesn’t love a cocktail? Whether you like pina coladas and dancing in the rain, think of yourself as a bit of a Tom Cruise, or you just want to have fun, try a cocktail masterclass with your friends or partner on your birthday. Your bartender who will teach you how to make three cocktails throughout the class. You also get to hear about the history of the cocktails so that you can impress guests at future dinner parties!

Birthday drinks

There is something special about visiting a tourist attraction after dark – having the luxury to wander around with a glass of bubbly with no groups of school children to disturb you! This birthday treat will allow you to discover more about the Atlantic Coves and Pacific Wrecks – while watching out for sharks!

How about inviting some celebrities to help you celebrate your birthday in style? On your birthday you are the VIP – sip bubbly as you take selfies with all the (wax) celebrities. What could be better than a selfie with the Queen on your birthday? Or take the Spirit of London Ride and journey through 400 years of history.

  • Bottomless brunch

There are hundreds of bottomless brunches available in London, but for one with a difference try this karaoke bottomless brunch. Your average brunch includes glasses of bubbly – but this unusual birthday brunch includes bottomless cocktails for a whole two hours while you sing along to your favourite tunes (and yes, the cocktails will allow you to sound better!) You will also have your own party glitter artist so that your birthday photos will be extra glamorous.

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