A complete guide to the Lyceum Theatre in London

By | Posted on 20-Mar-2020

A complete guide to the Lyceum Theatre in London

Tourists from around the world head to the Lyceum Theatre to witness The Lion King, the powerful Disney musical that’s roared in the capital for over 20 years. But, what do you know about the theatre? Having been a ballroom and an opera house, as well as a waxwork gallery owned by Madame Tussauds, read all about the Lyceum Theatre with our guide to the venue. Book your The Lion King tickets now.

Guide to the Lyceum Theatre in the West End

Where is the Lyceum Theatre?

The Lyceum Theatre is located on Wellington Street (WC2E 7RQ) in London, just off the Strand. It’s also near Covent Garden and West End theatres including the Fortune Theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

How do I get to the Lyceum Theatre?

The Lyceum Theatre is in central London. The nearest rail station is Charing Cross, a ten-minute walk along the Strand to the theatre’s front door.

Heading to the Lyceum on a bus? These London bus routes will drop you off just a stone’s throw away from the theatre, so you can arrive in style.

Strand: 4, 9, 15, 26, 76, 91, 139, 176, 341
Aldwych: 1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243

Can I travel to the Lyceum Theatre by tube?

Travelling to the Lyceum on the London Underground? The nearest tube station is Covent Garden (Piccadilly) which is a two-minute walk from the station to the theatre. If you’re not near Covent Garden, other tube stations in close proximity include Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern), Temple (Circle and District) and Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern).

When did the Lyceum Theatre open?

Once the site of the English Opera House, the site was renovated into the Lyceum Theatre, welcoming the first theatregoers in 1834. As well as Shakespearean tales told on its stage, the Lyceum was also home to a coveted club – the “Sublime Society of Beef Steaks”. However, the Lyceum’s best known as the home of The Lion King, the Disney musical which has been in London for over two decades.

What show is currently at the Lyceum Theatre?

The Lion King

Did you know that The Lion King is the fourth-longest running musical in London, currently behind Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Mamma Mia! respectively. Join Simba as he leaves his pride to undertake a roaring solo adventure, later becoming King of the Pride Lands. It’s a family-friendly musical for the ages, with hundreds of animal puppets ensuring the “Circle of Life” comes alive, so what are you waiting for? Read more about a day in the life of The Lion King cast members and book your tickets now.

How many seats are inside the Lyceum Theatre?

Did you know that the Lyceum Theatre has over 2,100 seats in its auditorium, making it one of the grandest venues in Theatreland. There are 935 stalls seats, 648 royal circle seats and 582 grand circle seats.

When booking The Lion King tickets at the Lyceum Theatre with Encore Tickets, you’ll see each seat that’s available to select across all performances. So, if you’re looking for discounted deals on theatre tickets, or you want to guarantee the best seat in the house, you’ll be able to enjoy the best theatre experience with us.

Where should I sit at the Lyceum Theatre?

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Standing out in the West End, it’s no surprise that the Lyceum stage is one of the biggest in London. If you’re wanting to have no ticketing worries for the rest of your days, you’ll want to book central stalls seat for a panoramic view of the entire stage. Wanting to be as close to the animals? You’ll want to book aisle seats in the stalls. While these tickets may come at a price, it’s worth it if you truly want to experience the heart of the Serengeti.

Towards the back of the stalls, you’ll still feel close to the action while paying slightly less for your ticket, so they’re great if you’re looking for a deal. In particular, Row R in the stalls has no seats in front of it, offering the most legroom in the house and your chance to be centimetres from the cast as they parade through the audience.

Wish you could be flying with the birds in the sky? You’ll want to book tickets in the royal circle or grand circle. Although they’re further away, the raked seating means nobody will in your way, so it’ll feel as if The Lion King cast are performing just to you.

Still deciding where to sit at the Lyceum Theatre? Read more about the best places to relax in an auditorium with our guide on where to sit, as well as tips and tricks if you’re wanting to see The Lion King by yourself.

What restaurants are near the Lyceum Theatre?

Want to eat near the Lyceum Theatre? Well, you’re in luck. Book your table at one of these affordable restaurants in London, they’re all close to the theatre. So, book your table before or after a West End performance today.

RestaurantAbout the restaurantReservation Times
Byron – StrandProper hamburgers, made to a unique recipe of chuck, brisket & rib cap for maximum flavour are served with fries or house salad.5:30pm
Fire & StoneA cool and contemporary restaurant, serving pizzas inspired by global flavours.1:00pm/6:00pm/10:30pm
Homage Grand SalonFine dining inspired by the grand cafes across Europe.6:00pm
Maxwell’s Bar and GrillAn all-American diner where you can eat burgers, steaks and milkshakes.12:30pm/5:30pm/10:00pm
Sophie’s SteakhouseTheir ‘back-to-basics’ approach to cooking continues to the Steakhouse menu which showcases locally sourced vegetables and fish – along with their famous British beef.5:30pm
Thai Square – The StrandEnjoy an award-winning Thai meal with new features including living botanical walls and a breathtaking floral tree.6:00pm
Wildwood Covent GardenChoose from a selection of pizza and pasta, grills and seasonal specials, all produced by using simple ingredients.5:30pm