No trip to London is complete without paying a visit to one of London’s extraordinary stage-shows. With over 100 performance venues stationed around London, the capital has an enviable history of playing host to the crème de la crème of global talent.
Below is my pick of the most opulent show venues to visit along with a selection of equally impressive local hotels for a memorable central London stay.
One Aldwych Hotel: for The Opera House
The Royal Opera House is most famous for showcasing spectacular operas and ballet shows throughout the year. Additionally, the two fantastic in-house restaurants both serve courses between show intervals, providing a unique dining experience. One Aldwych Hotel stands a four minute stroll from The Royal Opera House and offers a truly luxurious stay in the centre of London. An 18-metre swimming pool with relaxing underwater music and a Charlie & The Chocolate Factory inspired afternoon tea are just two draws of this five- star hotel. One Aldwych is also one of the best places for cocktails in London.
Ham Yard Hotel: for The London Palladium
The London Palladium is a 2,286-seat Grade II West End theatre and has an extensive history of showcasing the very best of British theatre shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Oliver. Conveniently nestled behind the hustle and bustle of the West End’s busy streets, the Ham Yard Hotel can offer a stay just a 10 minute walk from the Palladium. An oasis of calm and a tree filled garden will signal your arrival at the hotel which houses a drawing room, library, spa, gym and theatre, as well as a 1950’s bowling alley. Its a very traditional hotel and suited for the older generation.
Royal Horseguards: for The London Coliseum
Officially the largest theatrical space in London, the London Coliseum is recognised as the home of English National Opera and has an abundance of shows on offer throughout the year. The Royal Horseguards hotel sits just a 10 minute walk away from several London theatres. Once the Secret Service’s Head Quarters, the contemporary building not only boasts a convenient location presiding over the river, but can also offer a beautiful terrace area for guests to admire another of London’s famous landmarks, the London Eye.
K West Hotel & Spa: for Holland Park Open Air Theatre
For a summer visit to the capital, this al-fresco venue is widely regarded as one of the most magical, exciting and innovative opera spaces in the UK. Numerous opera offerings are scheduled for the venue’s 2016 calendar and picnic tables are available to purchase for a casual pre-opera meal with friends. Continuing the musical theme but with a change of genre, K West sits a short walk from Holland Park Open Air Theatre. Formerly the BBC Building Kensington House in the 60s, an endless list of Rock ‘N’ Roll royalty has stayed, played and misbehaved at K West.
Corus Hotel Hyde Park: for The Royal Albert Hall
Best known for holding the Proms concerts annually each summer, the world famous concert hall has also welcomed the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, The Beatles and Adele to its star-studded stage. A short 15 minute stroll through Hyde Park, past the Serpentine Lake, will bring you to Corus Hotel Hyde Park, offering an unbeatable location for a visit to The Royal Albert Hall. Offering unrivalled quality service and value-for-money in a prime central London location, the grand white 200 year old listed Georgian building is also on the Central Line making it perfectly situated for guests wishing to visit the West End shows.
Well these are my top 5 shows in London and close by London show hotels. What are yours? Let me know in the comments below.