5 reasons why you need to visit London’s West End this summer
Make a lifetime of memories this summer and visit London’s West End. Whether you’re planning an action-packed day out complete with live entertainment, or you’re looking to spend a few hours in the sunshine, take a walk around the capital and experience the very best of what the vibrant city has to offer. From long-running musicals, world premieres and must-visit attractions around every corner, the West End is the place to be this season.
Visit the West End this summer
You’ll be able to watch a London premiere
As well as the long-running productions across the West End, plenty of London’s playhouses will be home to brand new shows that will be staged in London for the first time this summer. David Morrissey and Lesley Sharp star in Jack Thorne’s the end of history… receiving its world premiere at the Royal Court, while the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat transports audiences to working-class America at the Gielgud Theatre. If you’re looking to see a Broadway transfer, there’s plenty to choose from too, with two-time Tony Award-winning The Bridges of Madison County at the Menier Chocolate Factory and the songs of Gloria Estefan at On Your Feet! With over 40 venues open in central London throughout the summer, you’re spoilt for choice with the variety of shows on offer.
See your favourite stars on stage
Across London’s theatres, theatregoers will be able to see a host of stars across stage and screen take to the West End, guaranteed to please audiences of all ages. Matthew Broderick makes his London stage debut in The Starry Messenger, while a line-up of famous faces returning to the stage, including John Malkovich in Bitter Wheat, Clive Owen in The Night of the Iguana and Jason Donovan in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. If you’re looking to see your favourite celebrities this summer, there’s nowhere better than the West End.
Stay entertained all day long
Whatever time of day, there’s always something to do in the West End. Keep little ones entertained throughout the week with family-friendly shows including Horrible Histories and Peter Pan, as well as afternoon performances of shows taking place every day in the summer holidays. There’s also plenty to do if you’re making last minute plans too. With our last minute availability guide, you’ll be able to purchase tickets just before the curtain rises, making sure you’ve always got something to do in a city that never sleeps.
You’ll be walking past historical landmarks
The West End has been home to the capital’s biggest theatres for over 350 years, with the streets of London paved in theatrical history. From the opening of Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1663 to newer playhouses including Trafalgar Studios and the variety of productions across the city, Theatreland is constantly changing and adapting, meaning no two days in the West End are ever the same. As well as theatres, London is also home to long-running productions that have entertained audiences for decades, including The Phantom of the Opera, The Woman in Black and The Mousetrap, which have collectively been performed in London for over 100 years. So, if you’re looking for a summer adventure that’s filled with history, exploration and plenty of excitement, there’s nothing better than visiting West End shows and theatres with your friends and family. If you want to brush up on your history of Theatreland before visiting, why not take a look at our complete guide.
It’s also home to world-class attractions
Soak up all that London has to offer and visit the city’s biggest attractions in the heart of the West End. Right by the Queen’s Theatre, why not take a trip to Body Worlds and uncover what lurks underneath the human body, or visit cultural exhibitions across the capital including the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. Whether you want to see world-famous attractions or you’re looking to get away from the crowds and find a hidden gem, fill your summer explorations in London with tickets to incredible attractions and live entertainment.