This is a collaborative post.
As a European living in London for quite a few years now, I have a some special insights about quite a few good places to visit – which are not the usual tourist sights, but are still very much unmissable. If you only have a night in London – which often happens to someone on a business trip or when transiting in London because visiting other parts of this beautiful country. Even if you just have one evening – take my advice: don’t waste it by staying in your hotel. London is the world’s most exciting city! It is for me, no place like London that’s for sure. There’s a lot you can do even if you only have an evening: go to the theatre, watch a show at the West End, hit a cabaret or a burlesque in the Soho, the possibilities are endless! Let me help you by sharing a few cultural night out ideas with you – all you need to do is book your tickets online. You can get tickets even in last minute!
Often, the best London theatres put a piece on stage in every season with a huge superstar starring in the leading role. The National Theatre currently has Antony and Cleopatra on with Ralph Fiennes as Antony. (I have recently seen this and it’s brilliant!) Or in the Old Vic you can see Ian McKellen in A Christmas Carol. So, if you want to see a real superstar on stage, it’s possible! Or maybe fancy watching Shakespeare in the original Globe Theatre? You can do that too.
Find the world’s most famous and best musicals in the West End theatres: Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King or the Phantom of the Opera. If you’re a musical lover – this is an unmissable opportunity if you’re in London. If you never watched a musical yet, just watch one of these extraordinary shows and I can assure you, you’ll be a lifetime fan!
Comedy theatre is a very English thing in my view, so something you you shouldn’t miss and the Olivier Award winning The Showstopper is a prime example for it: an improvised musical where the audience helps to write the story. It’s unpredictable and hilarious! Or if you prefer something more on the burlesque category, check out Briefs for a special mixture of comedy, drag and circus. But there are also plenty of stand up comedy shows on almost every evening if you like a good laugh.
Something very different. If you’d like to travel back in time to the roaring 20’s and spend a night in Gatsby’s drugstore – go for it and don’t forget to dress up for a really unique experience. Or how about a Dining Experience with Basil Faulty? Imagine having a dinner in a lovely hotel and being served by three of the world’s most infamous hoteliers.
Wether you like classical music, opera or pop music, chances are that you will find something during your stay. The Royal Albert Hall, the Eventim Apollo, the O2 Arena or the Forum London have regular events on for the fans of all genres and bands. If you have a little browse around, you’ll surely find a gig you’d enjoy.
Dance and ballet
From classics like the Swan Lake by the English National Ballet or something fusion like Carmen La Cubana, a show mixing opera with salsa, mambo, rumba and cha-cha-cha and including musical favourites such as Habanera. But if you fancy something more of an avant-garde scenography, try Cirque Eloize. (Celebrating their 25th anniversary.)
I love going to the theatre and wish I went more often. The Lion King was amazing
These are some great ideas! There’s always lots to do in London.
I’m lucky to live just outside of London so have had a quite a few nights out in the capital. And you really can’t beat a night out at the theatre or at the comedy store in Leicester Square x
I love going to musicals and comedy performances, sadly not many in London as its quite far for us
We rarely go to London. When we next do, I don’t know how we’ll choose as there are so many options!
I love the theatre. Only been in London a few times but luckily we get a lot of the big shows up here in Manchester too
I absolutely love the buzz of going to the theatre, I have been to London a few times to see a show. I prefer musicals but would love to actually go to a concert one day x
I have to say going to London shows/theatre is one thing I do miss now that I live in France. The Lion King was the last musical I went to before we moved and I loved every minute of it.
I love going to theater and London is for sure the best place for it.
What a lot of great shows, I love visiting the theatre.
I’ve yet to see The Lion King – it’s top of my theatre wishlist
Oooh i love a trip to the theatre x