Theatre Breaks in London Can Involve so Much More Than the Stage

By: Adam Singleton

London's West End is often considered a mecca for live stage entertainment. Musicals, drama, comedy, tragedy, opera, and just about any other theatrical genre you can think of are all showing in London's famous entertainment district throughout the year. With a choice of over 100 productions playing at any one time there's bound to be something that appeals, so why not combine a theatre trip with an overnight stay in a West End hotel?

When you're looking for ideas as to what to see in the West End, consider all your options carefully. The fantastic musical "We Will Rock You" at the Dominion features the stirring music of rock group 'Queen'. Alternatively, if you love a good cliff-hanger, the classic "The 39 Steps" should do the trick.

Meanwhile, if reality TV and the search for stars to appear in 'The Sound of Music', 'Grease' and 'Joseph' has whetted your appetite - if so, make sure you secure a ticket for one of these un-missable shows. Or for something a little more traditional, opt for a trip to a stirring opera such as Verdi's 'Aida' or maybe a trip to the ballet in Covent Garden.

The beauty of London's West End, however, is that so much is packed into such a small area: theatres, hotels, restaurants, pubs, and shops are all conveniently located close together - making it a great place to visit for an action-packed break. Also, many restaurants in the West End offer a special value menu for theatre-goers wishing to eat before attending their selected performance, especially in the area around Leicester Square - so remember to take advantage!

Theatre breaks are not just a summer activity, but can be enjoyed all-year round. Moreover, London's tumult of activity never ceases, so you'll be able to see the sights whether you visit in the height of summer or the depths of winter. With many historic attractions, such as Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, plus far more besides, you will never be stuck for attractions to appreciate. Plus, many of the other marvellous sights of the country's capital are just a short journey away from the West End, including London's newly crowned number one tourist attraction - The London Eye.

And no visit to London would be complete without a spot of shopping! Hot-spots such as Oxford Street, Regents Street, Carnaby Street and Knightsbridge are all ripe for a spot of retail therapy. From chain stores to exclusive designer shops you'll find them all, but remember to get back to your hotel in plenty of time to change for curtain-up!

Perhaps your ideal theatre break involves adding romance to your theatre break with a stay in an intimate boutique hotel in London with your partner, or maybe you just want to plump for a budget hotel. Either way by booking a hotel in the West End you'll never be far away from the spotlight.

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