In town for The 2012 Olympics?
London hotels are going to be packed this summer when the long-awaited Olympic Games finally begins. If you are visiting for the games specifically, there will be times when you don’t have tickets for the events and this is the time for you to maximise your visit to the UK capital and really indulge in all the delights of London.
By all means, you should visit all the usual tourist sites and attractions. If this is going to be your only visit to London, you should cram as much in as possible. Plan your sightseeing itinerary well and you’ll be surprised how much you can get round in a day.
If you are looking for a taste of real London, you can do no better than getting tickets for a West End show (don’t feel too jaded by your Olympic ticket experience. London theatre tickets are hot property but they don’t have the whole world clamouring for them).
London’s Theatreland has been welcoming global visitors for decades. The area is crammed with theatres staging world class dramas, comedies and musicals and there are tickets for west end shows to suit all tastes.
If you’re unsure about watching a production in English, don’t be. There are a good many musicals based on world-famous songs, so even if you struggle a little with spoken dialogue, the songs will more than make up for it. Shows such as Mamma Mia, The Jersey Boys, We Will Rock You and Thriller, have multi-national audiences singing and dancing in the aisles every night.
If language is no barrier, you can look for London theatre tickets for any genre. If you want highbrow classics, you might like Berenice at the Donmar Warehouse. Lovers of Shakespeare are always spoilt for choice and whilst the Royal theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, was once THE place to see the great Bard’s plays, the Globe continues its ascendancy to being one of the top theatre destinations in the country. There’s always a terrific menu of Shakespeare’s plays at the Globe so it’s purely personal whether you choose a comedy, romance or tragedy.
If your tastes run to the more modern, tickets for West End shows like Jumpy (Duke of York’s Theatre), Ten Billion (Royal Court Theatre), or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Cottesloe, National Theatre) might be just the thing.
For the comedy lovers, Abigail’s Party is a unique slice of British life (Wyndham’s Theatre), or for verbiage beyond compare, it has to be Yes, Prime Minister (Trafalgar Studios).
Tickets for London theatres can be found online but generally have to be booked in advance. If you are booking a London hotel for the Olympics, booking theatre tickets at the same time is a good idea.
Seeing a West End show is the perfect complement to the 2012 Olympic Games – world class stars performing at world class levels.