A complete guide to the London Palladium

By | Posted on 18-Mar-2020

A complete guide to the London Palladium

If you’ve read up on the history of Theatreland, then you’ll definitely know about the London Palladium. The theatre has seen television events broadcast live that captured the imaginations of global audiences, as well as 43 Royal Variety Performances and countless award ceremonies. Now, it’s home to incredible West End productions and annual pantomimes. If you’re visiting the London Palladium, here’s our guide to the prestigious London theatre.

Guide to the London Palladium in the West End

Where is the London Palladium?

The London Palladium is located on Argyll Street (W1F 7TF) in London, off of Oxford Street. Although it’s a considerable walk from most West End theatres, the Dominion Theatre is close by, located at the Tottenham Court Road junction at the end of Oxford Street.

How do I get to the London Palladium?

The London Palladium is in central London. The nearest rail station is Euston, which is a fifteen-minute walk away from the theatre.

Are you travelling to the Palladium on a bus? These routes will drop you off at the theatre, just a short walk away:

Regent Street: 3, 6, 12, 13, 23, 88, 94, 139, 453,
Oxford Street: 7, 8, 10, 25, 55, 73, 98, 390

Can I travel to the London Palladium by tube?

Are you travelling to the London Palladium on the London Underground? The nearest tube station is Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines), which is just a minute away. Other tube stations near include Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern) and Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly).

When did the London Palladium open?

Considered to be the home of variety, the London Palladium opened on Boxing Day in 1910 with an explosive variety show and an one-act play titled The Conspiracy. But in it’s history, did you know it’s also been a bazaar, an ice skating rink and a circus! Global superstars including Houdini and Laurel and Hardy have entertained masses at the Palladium, but in recent years, the theatre’s been home to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Wizard of Oz, as well as annual pantomimes to bring the spirit of Christmas to the West End.

How many seats are inside the London Palladium?

Did you know that the London Palladium is one of the West End’s largest theatres by seating capacity? There’s 2,295 seats in the auditorium, with 1044 stalls seats, 597 royal circle seats and 654 grand circle seats.

When you’re booking tickets to see at the Palladium with Encore Tickets, you’ll be able to view every seat that’s available across all price ranges, so you’ll be able to select the best seats for you. Our interactive seating plans also show ticket deals on the performance that you’ve chosen, so you can purchase West End tickets for less.

Where should I sit at the London Palladium?


As one of the largest venues in the capital, deciding where to sit at the London Palladium may feel overwhelming. But, we’re here to help. If you’re looking for central views in a close proximity to the stage, we recommend sitting in the middle block of the stalls. Unlike other West End theatres, you won’t have to tilt your head up to see the action at the back of the stage, meaning you can relax in your seat. If you’re looking for cheaper seats in the stalls, there’s great deals to be had at the back. You may not be able to see the top of the stage, but it won’t interrupt your viewing pleasure.

When you’re at the home of variety shows, you can take in the history of the theatre in the royal circle. There’s no pillars restricting your view, so you’ve got a clear view of the stage. Also, the seating is raked so you won’t have to worry about taller audience members in front of you that might block your view.

The cheapest seats at the London Palladium are in the upper circle. Even though they’re high up, you’ll still feel close to the stage. Some seats are also marked as restricted view due to safety rails and side views, however they won’t obstruct the entire stage. So, if you’re looking for a great deal on theatre tickets, you may want to consider booking these tickets.

Unsure where to sit inside the Palladium‘s auditorium? Read more about where to sit at West End theatres with our complete guide, as well as a round-up of every playhouse in Theatreland.

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