London Theaters Overview

UCL Bloomsbury Theatre - Theater in 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.

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