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.
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.
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.