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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

7168 reviews 8.7

£ 74.00

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Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley

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

1679 reviews 8.4

£ 117.75

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LCS Covent Garden Apartments

WC2H 9HE, London, 59 Shelton Street

LCS Covent Garden Apartments offers self-catering accommodation with fully equipped kitchens and free Wi-Fi for short and mid-term rentals. The apartments are set in 9 different locations in Covent Garden and Trafalgar, within a 5-8... read more

710 reviews 8.4

£ 132.00

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The Grand at Trafalgar Square

WC2N 5BY, London, 8 Northumberland Avenue

Just off Trafalgar Square, in Central London, this beautifully restored Victorian building houses a 4-star luxury hotel offering free Wi-Fi and elegant air-conditioned rooms. In London's West End, metres from Nelson's Column, the Grand at... read more

1817 reviews 8.4

£ 138.24

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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

3006 reviews 8.5

£ 138.24

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Thistle Piccadilly

W1D 6BZ, London, 39 Coventry Street

Thistle Piccadilly is located in the heart of London, at the doorstep of the city’s iconic Piccadilly Circus, Chinatown and Leicester Square. Trafalgar Square and Oxford Street are less than 10 minutes away on foot... read more

1368 reviews 8.7

£ 138.75

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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

2062 reviews 8.6

£ 140.00

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Courthouse Hotel London

W1F 7HL, London, 19-21 Gt. Marlborough St

Set in a Grade II Listed building, this luxury hotel is in Central London, just 2 minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus Tube Station. The Courthouse Hotel London boasts stylish rooms, fantastic international cuisine, an indoor... read more

1776 reviews 7.7

£ 169.15

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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

1349 reviews 7.8

£ 169.15

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Amba Hotel Charing Cross

WC2N 5HX, London, The Strand

Just steps from Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden, Amba Hotel Charing Cross is housed in a beautiful, Grade II-listed building next to Charing Cross train station. This 4-star hotel features a restaurant and stylish rooms.... read more

1675 reviews 9.2

£ 170.25

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Holiday Inn London Mayfair

W1J 8NE, London, 3 Berkeley Street

On the corner of Piccadilly and Berkeley Street, Holiday Inn Mayfair is in London’s premier hotel district. Green Park, Regent Street and West End glamour are all within a few minutes’ walk. Rooms at this... read more

2173 reviews 8

£ 178.00

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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 2 AA Rosette restaurant, a gym and river views. The Royal Horseguards... read more

1624 reviews 8.7

£ 192.00

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St Martins Lane

WC2N 4HX, London, 45 St Martin's Lane

With stunning, innovative design located within London's Covent Garden, St Martin’s Lane boasts stylish public areas and guest rooms created by Philippe Starck. Guests can exercise in the largest hotel gym in Europe. Rooms feature... read more

1340 reviews 8.9

£ 192.78

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Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire

WC2H 7LH, London, 31-36 Leicester Square

With a modern fitness centre and impressive city views, the 5-star Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire has luxury bedrooms and free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel is situated on Leicester Square, in the heart of... read more

1759 reviews 8.8

£ 201.60

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The Bloomsbury Hotel

WC1B 3NN, London, 16-22 Great Russell Street

The Bloomsbury Hotel is located in the heart of the theatre district, within walking distance of most London shows. Tottenham Court Road tube station and The British Museum are just 200 metres from the hotel.... read more

1182 reviews 9

£ 210.00

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The May Fair Hotel

W1J 8LT, London, Stratton Street, Mayfair

The May Fair 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 free Wi-Fi in... read more

1997 reviews 8.4

£ 220.00

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W London Leicester Square

W1D 6QF, London, 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square

In London’s vibrant West End, W London – Leicester Square offers luxury bedrooms and a stylish cocktail bar. The hotel boasts a sumptuous spa and beauty centre. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, the 5-star rooms at W... read more

1139 reviews 8.3

£ 254.15

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Sofitel London St James

SW1Y 4AN, London, 6 Waterloo Place

In London's West End, this 5-star luxury hotel is set in a beautifully preserved Victorian building. It boasts a luxurious on-site spa, spacious rooms, and an award-winning brasserie restaurant. On the corner of Pall Mall... read more

1543 reviews 9.2

£ 288.80

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The Stafford London

SW1A 1NJ, London, St James's Place

Just off Piccadilly and next to Green Park, The Stafford London is elegant, central, peaceful and charming. Alive with English character, it holds 5 AA Red Stars for its excellence and offers free Wi-Fi. The... read more

846 reviews 9.1

£ 329.75

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Hotel Cafe Royal

W1B 4DY, London, 68 Regent Street, West End - Mayfair

Hotel Café Royal is an iconic luxury 5-star hotel in the heart of central London. With the hotel situated to the South-West of Mayfair and Soho to the South, the property is positioned on Regent... read more

1116 reviews 9.3

£ 396.00

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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.