Info West End spot the Apollo Victoria Theatre started its life as a movie theater but is now one of London’s major musical venues. Long-running shows continually sell out performances here. Built in 1929, the Apollo Victoria has the streamlined Art Deco look of the era. Inside, a crowd of 2,208 can sit on two levels ... more
17 Wilton Road
London SW1V 1LL
Info One of the major theaters of London’s West End, the Lyceum Theatre is home to smash Broadway musicals. The Lion King has been its resident production since 1999. The Lyceum Theatre has been in operation in some form since 1765, with the current building opening in 1834. The theater has a rich history. Rock concerts ... more
21 Wellington Street
London, WC2E 7DA
Live Music Venue / Theater
Info The Junction is located in the South West of Cambridge just a short walk from the center of the city, and a short drive north from London. The Cambridge Junction is a venue for arts development and presentation, music, comedy performances, and other creative arts events. The venue is divided into three primary spaces ... more
CB1 7GX Cambridge
Concert Venue / Theater
Info Nestled in the creative center of London, Soho Theatre offers new works of theater, comedy, and cabaret performances for audiences of all ages. Since its foundation in 1969, the Soho Theatre has endeavored to be a cultural hub in London. The venue consists of three main areas: the main 150-seat theater, the more intimate ... more
21 Dean Street
London W1D 3NE
Concert Venue / Theater
Info The Coronet Theatre is located on New Kent Road, just a few short steps from the Elephant and Castle tube station. Originally conceived of as a public hall the Victorian, Art Deco Coronet Theatre was built in 1892. A fire in 1878 lead to renovations completed by Frank Hatcham who was also responsible for such well ... more
28 New Kent Road
Camberwell, Greater London SE1 6TJ
Info The Victoria Palace Theatre is a musical theater located in London’s West End on Victoria Street, directly opposite of the Victoria Station. The Victoria Palace Theatre began as the not so regal sounding Moy’s Music Hall. Named after John Moy and built in 1832, Moy’s was the first and the oldest ... more
London, SW1E 5EA
Info Shaftesbury Theatre, originally called The Prince’s Theatre, opened in December of 1911 and since then it has held countless amazing Broadway productions, musicals, and operas. Shaftesbury Theatre is located in the West End of London on Shaftesbury Avenue in the Borough of Camden. Camden is a wonderful area complete with ... more
210 Shaftesbury Ave.
London WC2H 8DP
Info The London Palladium is one of the UK’s most prestigious theaters with a reputation that dates all the way back to 1910. With a history of live televised performances and a top-notch list of musical artists who have graced the stage, the Palladium seldom fails to fill all of its 2,286 seats. Located just off of Oxford Street ... more
8 Argyll Street
London, W1V 7TF
Info The Palace Theatre is located in west London in the City of Westminister. The very grand looking and imposing red brick façade of the Palace Theatre is hard to miss. Originally intended to be the home of English grand opera the theater was called The Royal English Opera House, and opened in 1891 with Arthur ... more
109 Shaftesbury Avenue
Info Located in and run by the City of London in the Barbican area, the Barbican Center is one of the premier arts organizations in the world. The organization’s venue, built in 1982, contains a wealth of spaces, including two large theaters (capacity: 1,949 and 1,666), a 286-seat movie theater, and two art galleries, in addition ... more
London EC2Y 8DS
Info One of the major West End theaters, the Adelphi Theatre was founded in 1806, but the current building was built in 1930 on the Strand. Reflecting its construction year, the Adelphi has an Art Deco style, though it is more minimalist in appearance than its grand old neighbors. Productions at the Adelphi Theatre have ... more
London WC2R 0NS
Concert Venue / Theater
Info The Royal Opera House, located in the heart of London’s Covent Garden neighborhood, was known as the Theatre Royal upon its opening in 1732. Two years later, the first ballet premiered at the theater and the following year Handel’s first operas were performed. There have been three significant renovations and reconstructions ... more
WC2E 9DD London
As the adopted home of Shakespeare, London has theater in its blood. For hundreds of years, theaters in London have been entertaining the masses with the finest plays, top musicals, incredible operas, and amazing ballets.
Seeing a show in the city is a long-standing tradition, and London’s West End provides theater lovers with endless options every day and night of the week. The theater district, dubbed Theatreland, is where millions flock for the hottest performances. Here you can watch the longest running shows in the world, from Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables to Cats and Miss Saigon.
There are so many West End theaters it would be hard to list them all, but for starters there’s Apollo Theatre, Garrick Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre, London Palladium, Lyceum Theatre, New London Theatre, Piccadilly Theatre, Queen’s Theatre, and so on.
London theaters aren’t just restricted to the West End, however, as more incredible venues can be found in Mayfair, Shoreditch, and Westminster, among others.
The fact of the matter is, depending on whom you ask, London is the number one spot on the planet for seeing great theater. Well, it’s a toss-up between London and New York, but the theaters in London provide one-of-a-kind experiences for anyone looking for the best in live performances.