London’s Theatreland: From Shakespeare’s Bankside to Today’s West End

Last year nearly 15 million tickets were sold for over 18,000 performances in London’s West End.  Join us to explore the past, the present and the future of Theatreland, one of London’s foremost tourist attractions and, arguably, the most vibrant, exciting performing arts scene in the world.  New Yorkers might disagree, but it’s always an interesting discussion!

Learn which shows broke box-office records, and which went bust, which current productions are getting rave reviews and which ones you should avoid…From big-name venues to theatres you may have never heard of, from cobbled streets to the grand avenues of the West End, this is a walk for both those who have loved the theatre for years, or for those just getting started!

Get answers to your questions like…

  • Why does Bono get a contract at the Lyceum?
  • Did Patrick Stewart REALLY see a ghost at the Theatre Royal?
  • Who was Grimaldi the Clown at the Royal Opera House?
  • Did the hippodrome really contain a hippo?
  • Why have Les been Miserables for so long?
  • What’s the best way to get tickets to a show?

All this and more on a tour that truly uncovers centuries of London’s theatrical secrets and stories!


Tour information

Reservations: Required. Click here to reserve. Walk-ups will be permitted, if space is available.

Where: Tour begins from underneath the south side of the Millennium Bridge, near the Tate Modern (map of bridge & meeting point).

The tour ends at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Theatreland Meeting Spot

Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours.

When:  View our Calendar.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.