Best Accommodation close to Catherine Street
Going to a see a musical at the Royal Drury Lane in the West End of London is an occasion in itself. It is a Grade I listed building with a fascinating history dating back to 1663 when the first of four theatres was built at the Covent Garden location. The present theatre was designed by Benjamin Dean Wyatt and was opened in 1812 with a production of Hamlet.
Considered the grande dame of London theatre and also known as the people’s theatre, it stages blockbuster musicals for the masses. Long running musicals such as Sam Mendes’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, My Fair Lady and Miss Saigon and 42nd Street are extremely popular. Lavishly restored to its original Regency style it is looking better than ever. Keep an eye out for the ghosts of actors Charles Macklin and Joseph Grimaldi who are rumoured to haunt the theatre’s corridors. Treat yourself, family and friends to a wonderful evening out to see the latest musical and stay in one of the many excellent budget friendly London hotels or cheap b&b in the area.
The Royal Drury Lane Theatre is located in West End London. It’s a 2200 seat music venue, and one of London’s largest theatres.
Stay within easy walking distance to your show
There is a good variety of b&b accommodation in and around the Covent Garden area, from well known budget holiday inns and lodges to boutique hotels and larger branded hotels, offering rooms catering for all budgets. Travelodge have 5 properties that are within a mile radius of Dury Lane: Covent Garden, Farringdon, Kings Cross Royal Scot, Central Kings Cross and Central Euston.
With highly competitive rates their rooms are spacious, have good facilities such as Wi-Fi and often offer deals such as free breakfast for kids under 16. The newly refurbished Covent Garden Guest House also offers cheap rates, it is suitable for singles, couples and small groups in its smart compact rooms. The keenly priced Z Hotel in the City of London may be worth considering with its low priced b&b and central location. Converted from an office building the boutique rooms have 48-inch flat-screen TVs and en-suite wet rooms.
Look out for late deals at some of the 4 and 5 star Covent Garden hotels that will be within easy walking distance to your show, including the Radisson Blu and the Rathbone. Half price b&b rooms can often be available in these more sumptuous establishments if you book at the last minute.
Smaller boutique hotels such as the Mentone or Leigh House are close by and provide pleasant accommodation often at relatively cheap rates. They are ideally located if you decide to do some shopping in Oxford Street and Soho. Extend your trip to London and visit some of the top attractions while in the city and experience the buzz of the markets, artisan stalls and cafes surrounding Covent Garden Piazza.
Enjoy being entertained by the Covent Garden jugglers, classical musicians, street performers and fire-eaters before going to your musical. For some of the best bed and breakfast facilities near to Dury Lane try the St Giles or Grange Beauchamp hotels in Bloomsbury, both within a short walking distance to the theatre.
Some Additional Information
Architect : Thomas Killigrew, on 7 May 1663.
Owned by the Really Useful Theatres Group
Several hotel accommodation can be found nearby such as The Sanctuary House Hotel and Premier Inn London County Hall hotel.
Nearest underground stations are Covent Garden (Piccadilly line) and Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines).
London Charing Cross railway station is the nearest National Rail train station.
What to do and see nearby
London Transport Museum (Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB England /Covent Garden): great museum about trains, buses and transport history.
British Museum (Great Russell Street, Near Tottenham Court Road Tube Station, London WC1B 3DG, England / Bloomsbury / Holborn): great museum showcasing fascinating exhibitions about artifacts from various cultures and time periods. Free admission.
Duchess Theatre (Catherine Street, London WC2B 5LA, England UK): lovely small theatre in London’s Strand, Aldgate area. It has 479 seats on two levels.
The Courtauld Gallery (Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN England /Mayfair / St James’s / Piccadilly / Green Park): really nice, small gallery displaying an exquisite collection of amazing work and impressionists paintings.