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West End Theater District
West End Theater District

West End Theater District

Free admission
London, England

The Basics

Located in the heart of Central London, the West End is frequently the first port of call for out-of-town visitors. The district is arguably best-known for its dozens of theaters and is a rival to New York’s Broadway; its venues attract upwards of 15 million ticket holders every year. In addition to the world-famous musicals and touring plays held on the West End, the area is also renowned for its shopping options (Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Covent Garden are all retail highlights) as well as its culinary pedigree: A number of London’s top-rated restaurants call the West End home.

Given its size and diversity, there are almost infinite ways to experience the West End. Beyond booking theater tickets, the area can also be discovered on hop-on hop-off bus, walking, bike, and car tours.

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Recent reviews from experiences in London

star-5
Nice tour
Ben A, Sep 2019
Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
Nice tour through Covent Garden. Nick was very informative. Food and drinks almost pay for themselves.
star-5
Fun day!
Laura R, Jun 2019
Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
Our guide was attentive, friendly and full of lots of historical knowledge about the pubs in London, as well as the process of beer making. The only downside is that one of the pubs required that a person be age 21 to enter despite the drinking age being 18. The pub did finally allow my son to enter with the group but it was a bit embarrassing.
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BEER-WINE-BEER
Bennie_M, Jun 2019
Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
We enjoyed this historical tour of London's West End pubs! It was nice to be able to have a glass of wine instead of beer nice I'm not a beer drinker. Everyone else in our group were beer drinkers and they said they enjoyed the experience of the different brews and the history of the making of beer! Loved all the historical pubs and the tidbits of info that we would not have otherwise learned without our amazing tour guide! Thanks for a fun experience!
star-5
Great Pubs & Great Company
OnAir13179434719, Jan 2019
Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
Despite the weather being a little chilly, this was a great tour to sign up for leading into the New Year. The tour size was just right (maxed out at 12 people) and Nick, our guide, was very friendly and adept at both informing us about the pubs and beers we were experiencing, but making us feel like a cohesive group. Highly recommend!
star-5
Excellent London Pub tour!
Samantha_H, Dec 2018
Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
Wonderful, knowledgeable guide, fascinating facts about London, pubs, beer and British history. And lovely beer!! Lots more than expected!!
star-5
Pub Crawal
Pamalyn_A, Jul 2018
Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
Enjoyed the choices of beer. The guide was very informative. Would not recommend if you dont like beer
star-5
Amazing Tour!
Aaron_W, Mar 2019
Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
The gentleman leading the tour was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and allowed us to really enjoy the tour. The places he took us were not "popular" or "touristy" places, but places that showcased some of the oldest pubs of the area as well as allowed us to sample beers that we otherwise wouldn't have had. Very impressed with the tour!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Discounted, last-minute theater tickets can be purchased at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square.

  • Many of the West End’s top restaurants offer pre- and posttheater menus. Alternatively, Chinatown—one neighborhood in the West End—is rich in delicious possibilities.

  • The West End is home to several iconic, independent movie theaters, including the Prince Charles Cinema, Curzon Soho, and Picturehouse Central.

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How to Get There

As the West End is a large area of Central London, there are many ways to visit it. The district is served by several major Underground stations, including Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Embankment, and Tottenham Court Road, and can be accessed by dozens of bus lines. It is also very easy to explore by taxi, by bike, or on foot.

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When to Get There

The West End is one of London’s liveliest and most vibrant areas and bustles with crowds into the wee hours. Most theater performances start around 7:30pm; arrive a few hours early to do some sightseeing and enjoy a pre-show meal.

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West End Monuments

Performance venues aren’t the only attraction in the West End. During your time in the area, spot other highlights ranging from Trafalgar Square, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Gallery to the Royal Academy, Piccadilly Circus’ Eros statue, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

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