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Below are some of these we recommend.

theatre Adelphi Theatre
First called The Sans Pareil opening 27th November 1806 before changing its name to Adelphi in 1819. In 1858 the theatre was replaced by a more up to date building now called New Adelphi and then Royal Adelphi in 1867. Re designed in 1930 by Ernest Schaufelberg.

Adelphi Theatre

theatre Aldwych Theatre
The Waldorf Theatre, now The Strand, opened in May 1905 and the Aldwych Theatre was completed shortly afterwards in December the same year. It was built by Seymour Hicks in association with American impresario Charles Frohman, to a design by W.G.R. Sprague with a seating capacity of 1,092. This has been increased today to 1200.

Aldwych Theatre

theatre Apollo Theatre
The Apollo Theatre was opened a month after the death of Queen Victoria - thus making it the first West End theatre of the Edwardian age. The auditorium was renovated in 1932. The balcony (3rd tier) is said to be the steepest in London - you have been warned!

Apollo Theatre

theatre Barbican Centre
The Barbican is Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue.
The Barbican presents a year-round programme of art, music, film, theatre, dance and education.

Barbican Centre

theatre Bloomsbury Theatre
The Bloomsbury Theatre is spacious and welcoming theatre close to London's West End with 535 comfortable seats, each with plenty of room to stretch your legs and no pillars to block your view! The theatre is owned by University College London and creates part of the university environment. The Theatre hosts student productions for 12 weeks annually, whilst hosting professional productions for the rest of the year.

Bloomsbury Theatre

theatre Cambridge Theatre
The Cambridge Theatre was built for Bertie Meyer and opened on September 4, 1930. It is a member of the Society of London Theatre.

Cambridge Theatre

theatre Comedy Theatre
This Victorian theatre was built in just six months! Originally called the Royal Comedy Theatre when it opened, the Royal was dropped by 1884. Major reconstruction took place in the mid-1950's and the theatre re-opened on 14 December 1955. The disadvantage that this old theatre has though is the use of columns to support the circles - leading to many of the seats being 'restricted view' (around 125 seats).

Comedy Theatre

theatre Criterion Theatre
In 1870 following the acquisition of the White Bear Inn site, and adjoining properties between Jermyn Street and Piccadilly Circus, caterers Spiers and Pond commissioned Thomas Verity to design a new development consisting of a large restaurant, dining rooms, ballroom, and galleried concert hall. Having commenced building work it was decided to alter the proposed concert hall, (though retaining the composers names which still line the tiled staircases to this day), to a theatre which opened in 1874.

Criterion Theatre

theatre Dominion Theatre
Current February 2002 The Dominion Theatre is located immediately adjacent to Tottenham Court Road tube station at the junction with New Oxford Street. Although its location is central, the property is some distance away from the rest of the West End’s ‘Theatreland’. The site itself is bounded by Tottenham Court Road on the West, Great Russell Street to the north and Bainbridge Street to the South. The building was originally constructed in 1928 and converted to cinema use in 1930. In addition to the main theatre building, there is a large administrative / dressing room block on the right hand side and a terrace of shops, offices and residential buildings on the left overlooking Great Russell Street.

Dominion Theatre

theatre Donmar Warehouse
is one of London’s leading producing theatres, a 250 seat subsidised (not-for-profit) theatre located in the heart of London’s West End. Under the artistic leadership of Michael Grandage and previously Sam Mendes, the theatre has presented some of London’s most memorable award-winning theatrical experiences as well as garnered critical acclaim at home and abroad. The theatre has a diverse artistic policy that includes new writing, contemporary reappraisals of European classics, British and American drama and small scale musical theatre.

Donmar Warehouse

theatre Fortune Theatre
The Fortune Theatre located in Russell Street, Covent Garden in London, was opened in 1924 and stands on the site of the old Albion Tavern.

Fortune Theatre

theatre London Palladium
In the 1880's the site of the present theatre was home to Hengler's Circus. The current theatre was built in 1910 and presented variety. It was originally named The Palladium before changing to the now familiar name The London Palladium in 1934.

London Palladium

theatre National Theatre
In our three theatres on the South Bank in London, the National presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics, with seven or eight productions in repertory at any one time. It aims constantly to re-energise the great traditions of the British stage and to expand the horizons of audiences and artists alike. It aspires to reflect in its repertoire the diversity of our culture.

National Theatre

theatre Old Vic
To us, great theatre is about great plays, great performances and great nights out from the moment you step through the door.

Old Vic

theatre Royal Lyceum Theatre
Welcome to the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company. One of Scotland's largest and most successful producing theatre companies, our main output is our Season of high-quality drama productions, running from September to May, in the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.

Royal Lyceum Theatre

theatre Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is the third theatre on the Covent Garden site. Its history began in 1728 when John Rich, actor/manager at Lincoln's Inn Fields, commissioned The Beggar's Opera from John Gay. The success of the venture provided the capital for the first Theatre Royal at Covent Garden, designed by Edward Shepherd. On the opening night, 7 December 1732, Rich's actors carried him there in triumph for a performance of Congreve's The Way of the World.

Royal Opera House

theatre Shaftesbury Theatre
Originally called the New Prince's Theatre, it changed it's name to the Prince's Theatre in 1914. The theatre was sold to E.M.I. in 1962 and, after a refit and redecoration, was opened in 1963 as the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Shaftesbury Theatre

theatre Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is a West End theatre in Covent Garden, in the City of Westminster, a borough of London. The building faces Catherine Street (earlier named Bridges or Brydges Street) and backs onto Drury Lane. The building standing today is the most recent in a line of four theatres at the same location dating back to 1663, making it the oldest London theatre.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

theatre Victoria Palace Theatre
There has been a theatre on this site since 1832, originally known as Moy’s Music Hall, well before the coming of the railways. This was then renamed in 1863 and became The Royal Standard Music Hall. In 1886, when Victoria Street and Victoria Station were built, the theatre was demolished and the rebuilt Royal Standard Music Hall became "the most comfortable Hall of entertainment in London... no expense has been spared."

Victoria Palace Theatre

sight Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837.
It evolved from a town house that was owned from the beginning of the eighteenth century by the Dukes of Buckingham. Today it is The Queen's official residence, with 775 rooms.

Buckingham Palace

sight Covent Garden
Covent Garden is a district in London, located on the easternmost parts of the City of Westminster and the southwest corner of the London Borough of Camden. The area is dominated by shopping, street performers and entertainment facilities and contains an entrance to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, which is also widely known simply as "Covent Garden", and the bustling Seven Dials area.

Covent Garden

sight Houses of Parliament
Parliament, as a political institution, has developed over hundreds of years. During that period the two distinct Houses – Commons and Lords – emerged and the balance of power between Parliament and the monarchy changed dramatically.

Houses of Parliament

sight Hyde Park
When King Henry VIII and his court were thundering across Hyde Park in 1536 in pursuit of deer and wild boar, it would have been difficult to visualise that years later the noble art of tai chi would be peacefully performed among the trees in the early morning, and the Italianate tenor of Pavarotti would echo across the park, applauded by vast audiences.

Hyde Park

sight London Eye
The British Airways London Eye is the world's tallest observation wheel at 135m high. Located on the banks of the River Thames it offers unrivalled views over London.

London Eye

sight Tower of London
The Tower of London is by far one of the most famous and well preserved historical buildings in the world. From its earliest structural beginnings by its founder William I of England better known as William the Conqueror 1066-87, the Great Tower or White Tower as it later came to be called was fast becoming the most talked-about building in England. The White Tower was also the most awe inspiring, and frightening structure to the Anglo-Saxon people who were trying to get used to the rule of their new Norman king, the destroyer of their own ruler, Harold II, at the in 1066. Within three months of his victory William the Conqueror had begun to build a castle on the north bank of the river Thames in London.

Tower of London

music_venue End Club
The End is situated in the heart of Bloomsbury. We are few minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Covent Garden.

End Club

music_venue Hammersmith Apollo
The Hammersmith Apollo, located in Hammersmith, London, England, opened in 1932, and was known as "Gaumont Palace Hammersmith" until 1962. In this year, the venue was re-named the Hammersmith Odeon - the name many people still use for the venue, often shortened to "Hammy-O".

Hammersmith Apollo

music_venue Heaven Club
Heaven London - the most famous gay nightclub in the world

Heaven Club

music_venue Ronnie Scotts
Ever since his trips in the late 40s and early 50s to the jazz clubs of New York's 52nd Street, Ronnie Scott had dreamed of opening his own London club. In 1959, the dream came true. Together with Pete King (a fellow tenor saxophonist and personal friend) Ronnie Scott's club opened in Gerrard Street, in London's Soho.

Ronnie Scotts

museum Bank of England Museum
The Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom. Sometimes known as the 'Old Lady' of Threadneedle Street, the Bank was founded in 1694, nationalised on 1 March 1946, and gained independence in 1997. Standing at the centre of the UK's financial system, the Bank is committed to promoting and maintaining monetary and financial stability as its contribution to a healthy economy.

Bank of England Museum

museum Design Museum
The Design Museum is one of the world’s leading museums of modern and contemporary design. Since its foundation in 1989, the museum has won international acclaim for exhibitions on modern design history and contemporary design, for Designer of the Year and for championing new design talent. The Design Museum celebrates design’s richness and diversity and its power to enhance daily life by exploring innovation and excellence in every area of design from industrial design, graphics and multimedia, to fashion and architecture. Our exhibitions tour to other museums nationally and internationally.

Design Museum

museum Dickens House Museum
The Charles Dickens Museum in London is the world's most important collection of material relating to the great Victorian novelist and social commentator.

Dickens House Museum

museum Dr Johnson's House
Dr Johnson’s House is one of the few residential houses of its age still surviving in the City of London. Built in 1700, it was a home and workplace for Samuel Johnson from 1748-1759, and it was here that he compiled the first comprehensive English Dictionary.

Dr Johnson's House

museum Florence Nightingale Museum
Florence Nightingale was a legend in her lifetime but the Crimean War years which made her famous were just two out of a life of ninety years.

Florence Nightingale Museum

museum Freud Museum
The Freud Museum, at 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead, was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938. It remained the family home until Anna Freud, the youngest daughter, died in 1982. The centrepiece of the museum is Freud's library and study, preserved just as it was during his lifetime.

Freud Museum

museum Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. It seeks to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and ‘war-time experience’. It is proud to be regarded as one of the essential sights of London.

Imperial War Museum

museum London Transport Museum
London's Transport Museum's collections cover a wide spectrum of materials and media, including vehicles, rolling stock, posters, signs, uniforms, photographs, ephemera, maps and engineering drawings. Together, they make up the most comprehensive record of urban mass transit in the world.

London Transport Museum

museum Museum of Childhood
The V&A Museum of Childhood aims to encourage everyone to explore the themes of childhood past and present and develop an appreciation of creative design through our inspirational collections and programmes.

Museum of Childhood

museum Museum of London
The Museum of London’s mission is to inspire a passion for London by:
communicating London’s history, archaeology and contemporary cultures to a wider world,
reaching all of London’s communities through playing a role in the debate about London,
facilitating and contributing to London-wide cultural and educational networks.

Museum of London

museum Natural History Museum
We promote the discovery, understanding, enjoyment, and responsible use of the natural world. Explore our world-class collections, fantastic exhibitions and cutting-edge research online, or visit our landmark buildings.

Natural History Museum

museum Science Museum
The Science Museum was founded in 1857 with objects shown at the Great Exhibition held in the Crystal Palace. Today the Museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions.

Science Museum

museum Sir John Soane's Museum
Soane designed this house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art. After the death of his wife (1815), he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections. Having been deeply disappointed by the conduct of his two sons, one of whom survived him, he determined to establish the house as a museum to which 'amateurs and students' should have access.

Sir John Soane's Museum

museum Tea and Coffee Museum
The Bramah Museum, only two minutes from London Bridge Station, is the world's first museum devoted entirely to the history of tea and coffee. It tells the commercial and social 400 year old history of two of the world's most important commodities since their arrival in Europe from the Far East and Africa.

Tea and Coffee Museum

museum Theatre Museum
The Theatre Museum in the Covent Garden district of London, England, is the United Kingdom's National Museum of the Performing Arts. It is a branch of the UK's National Museum of Applied Arts, the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Theatre Museum

museum Victoria and Albert Museum
The purpose of the Victoria and Albert Museum is to enable everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them; and to inspire those who shape contemporary design.

Victoria and Albert Museum

church St Paul's Cathedral
The current Cathedral – the fourth to occupy this site – was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London. Its architectural and artistic importance reflect the determination of the five monarchs who oversaw its building that London’s leading church should be as beautiful and imposing as their private palaces.

St Paul's Cathedral

art_gallery National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery was established with the criteria that the Gallery was to be about history, not about art, and about the status of the sitter, rather than the quality or character of a particular image considered as a work of art.

National Portrait Gallery

art_gallery Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art
The Percival David Foundation exists to promote the study and teaching of Chinese Art and culture. Its unique collection of Chinese ceramics and library of East Asian and Western books related to Chinese art were both presented to the University of London in 1950 by the collector and scholar Sir Percival David.

Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art

art_gallery Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard's widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897.

Wallace Collection


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