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My Bloomsbury

WC1B 3HD, London, 11-13 Bayley Street, Bedford Square

In the heart of Bloomsbury, this unique 4-star design hotel is located just 5 minutes' walking distance from Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road Underground Stations. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas of the... read more

1315 reviews 7.8

£ 88.80

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Washington Mayfair Hotel

W1J 5HL, London, 5 Curzon St

In the heart of London’s Mayfair, this luxurious 4-star hotel dates back to 1913. It combines an original Art Deco style with modern facilities, including free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. All of the rooms at... read more

1207 reviews 7.7

£ 169.15

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Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square

WC2N 5BY, London, 8 Northumberland Avenue

Just off Trafalgar Square, Club Quarters has an elegant brasserie and boutique rooms with free Wi-Fi. The National Gallery and Nelson’s Column are a 2-minute walk away. Set in a grand building, Club Quarters Trafalgar... read more

2889 reviews 8.4

£ 115.20

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The Piccadilly London West End

W1D 6EX, London, 65-73 Shaftesbury Avenue

In the heart of London’s Theatreland, The Piccadilly London West End is just 300 metres from Leicester Square. The 5-star hotel has a fitness centre and boutique bedrooms with free WiFi. Each stylish room has... read more

3149 reviews 8.6

£ 124.00

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The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel

W1J 8LT, London, Stratton Street, Mayfair

The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel opened in 1927 and this luxurious 5-star hotel is situated in the heart of Mayfair, surrounded by the parks, theatres and attractions of London’s West End. There is... read more

2000 reviews 8.7

£ 206.25

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W1T 1LB, London, 30 Rathbone Street, West End

In a central, vibrant area of the West End, this boutique style hotel is within 5 minutes' walk of Oxford Street, Soho, Theatreland and within easy reach of London's financial centre. Rooms at the Rathbone... read more

1237 reviews 8.8

£ 69.00

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The Cavendish London

SW1Y 6JF, London, 81 Jermyn Street

In Piccadilly, The Cavendish London is 10 minutes’ walk from Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. This stylish hotel offers luxurious rooms, an award-winning restaurant and delicious afternoon teas. Free Wi-Fi is also available. The air-conditioned... read more

1358 reviews 8.8

£ 183.00

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Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street

WC1B 3QD, London, 9-13 Bloomsbury Street, Nr Covent Garden

Located just 100 metres from the British Museum and less than a 10-minute walk from Covent Garden and Soho, 4-star Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street offers a modern gym, restaurant and free high-speed WiFi. Oxford... read more

2004 reviews 8.7

£ 138.75

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Thistle Holborn

WC1A 2SD, London, Bloomsbury Way

In London's Bloomsbury area, The Kingsley is a 4-minute walk from Holborn Underground Station.The Shaftesbury Theatre is located 0.2 miles from the property and free Wi-Fi is available throughout. All of the spacious en suite... read more

1404 reviews 8.4

£ 104.00

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The Royal Horseguards

SW1A 2EJ, London, 2 Whitehall Court

Between the River Thames and Trafalgar Square, this beautiful 5-star hotel has a luxurious mix of history and modern style. It has a restaurant, a gym and river views. It is a Grade I listed... read more

2741 reviews 8.7

£ 185.00

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Strand Palace Hotel

WC2R 0JJ, London, 372 Strand

Welcoming guests since 1909, the Strand Palace Hotel is located in London’s West End within just 700 metres of the Adelphi and the Vaudeville theatres. The hotel is home to 2 on-site bars offering cocktails... read more

9197 reviews 8.1

£ 90.00

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Fielding Hotel

WC2B 5QZ, London, 4 Broad Court Bow Street, Covent Garden

The Fielding Hotel is situated opposite the Royal Opera House in the heart of Central London. With free WiFi, this 19th-century hotel is 5 minutes' walk from the famous Covent Garden Market. Each of the... read more

2446 reviews 8.5

£ 50.00

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The Z Hotel Soho

W1D 5AP, London, 17 Moor Street

The Z Hotel Soho is situated in the heart of London’s West End and provides compact and luxurious accommodation with a contemporary design. Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden are all within a 5-minute... read more

4501 reviews 8.2

£ 50.00

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The Z Hotel Piccadilly

WC2H 7DF, London, 2 Orange Street

The Z Hotel Piccadilly is in the heart of London’s West End and offers compact and luxurious accommodation with a contemporary design. Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square are all within a 5-minute walk... read more

6093 reviews 8.7

£ 44.00

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Soho Central Apartments

W1D 5DF, London, 27 Greek Street

Situated in London, near Queen's Theatre, Arts Theatre and Prince Edward Theatre, Soho Central Apartments features free WiFi. The units come with parquet floors and feature a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, a TV,... read more

123 reviews 7.4

£ 59.50

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Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity Covent Garden

WC2R 0DA, London, 11 ADAM STREET

Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity Covent Garden is located on the Strand in the heart of the West End theatre district and just a few minutes stroll from Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square. All rooms include... read more

2373 reviews 9.1

£ 120.70

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Z Hotel Tottenham Court Road

W1F 7NH, London, 52 Poland Street

Located in London, 200 metres from Carnaby Street, Z Hotel Tottenham Court Road provides concierge services and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is situated 400 metres from Queen's Theatre. The property is 400... read more

5503 reviews 8.7

£ 50.00

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Urban Stay Oxford Circus Apartments

W1W 7BJ, London, 4 Bourlet Close

Located in London, near Carnaby Street, Oxford Street and Dominion Theatre, Urban Stay Oxford Circus Apartments features free WiFi. Each unit is equipped with a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, a seating area with... read more

15 reviews 7

£ 110.00

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Z Hotel Trafalgar

WC2N 4HS, London, 53 Chandos Place

Located in London, 400 metres from Savoy Theatre, Z Hotel Trafalgar provides air-conditioned rooms and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free... read more

1106 reviews 8.8

£ 50.00

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Zedwell Piccadilly

W1D 7DH, London, Great Windmill Street The Trocadero Building

Located in London’s West End, Zedwell Piccadilly boasts over 700 windowless rooms in Piccadilly Circus. The hotel, housed in the famous London Trocadero is designed to focus on rest and relaxation. Each room built to... read more

165 reviews 8.3

£ 71.10

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History & productions

lyric theatre in west endThis building has played host to a wide range of some of the best shows over the past century. When it first opened in 1888 it started as a stage for operattas, but later started to produce plays and musical productions including those from big names such as Noel Coward, Alan Ayckbourn, Alan Bennet and Andrew Lloyd Weber. Currently showcasing a choice of comedy in the form of Showstoppers, a children’s production in the form of The Gruffalo and a musical in the form of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

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Facilities and seating

You can book tickets in advance either online or at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square. When you arrive, you’ll find the building smack in the middle of London’s West End on Shaftesbury Avenue at the edge of Soho, where the surrounding area is buzzing, vibrant and exciting.

An evening at this unique theatre is like stepping back in time to the glorious and glamorous pre-war period. The iron curtain itself is still manually operated by water as all stage curtains once were. As you enter you walk into the theatre’s famous foyer, which was refurbished in the 1920’s but is in perfect keeping with renaissance charm found throughout the theatre’s architecture.

With 967 seats it‘s a medium sized auditorium that provides audiences with a feeling of intimacy and offers great acoustics. The seating includes a choice of stalls, circle, dress circle and balcony as well as a number of private boxes. The auditorium itself is designed in plush reds and golds.

An evening at the Lyric

Evening shows usually start at 7:30 but it’s worth getting there early to soak up the atmosphere. Various restaurants nearby offer pre-theatre meals, allowing you plenty of time to get there early and head to one of three licensed bars.

Snacks are available to buy to enjoy during the show, although glasses and hot drinks are not allowed in the auditorium. You can pre-order your interval drink before the show to save time queuing in the interval.

Where to stay?

The location makes it easy to find nearby cheap accommodation and you can often find great deals in the area, whether you want self-catering accommodation, b&b rooms or a luxury hotel. Many hotels and bed and breafast are located to the west of Shaftesbury Avenue in the Mayfair and St James areas.

An evening at the Lyric is unforgettable; from the beautiful auditorium and foyer, to the excellent production values and the theatre’s location in the heart of the buzzing West End.

Some additional information

Architect of the Lyric Theatre : Charles J. Phipps

Nearest railway and underground station ?

Nearest underground station is Piccadilly Circus Tube Station.

London Charing Cross railway station is the nearest National Rail train station.

Bus routes : 14, 19, 22B, 38, 53, 88, 94, 159.

Car Parking : MasterPark at Poland Street and China Town. NCP at Wardour Street, Newport Place, Denman Street, Lexington Street.

What to do and see nearby

Apollo Theatre (31 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES, England): nice old theatre opened in 1901. This venue opened with the American musical comedy The Belle of Bohemia.

Soho (West End, central London UK): neighborhood filled with cafes, great bars, theaters, nightlife, restaurants and shops. Soho is a great area to wander around.

Cineworld Cinema (63-65 Haymarket, Westminster, SW1Y 4RL, England): cinema.

Gielgud Theater (Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1V 8AR, England): theatre located at the corner of Rupert Street. It has a capacity of 986 seats on three levels. The first play here was a hit musical called The Beauty of Bath co-written by Hicks.