The development of London’s theatre scene has been cultivated over not just decades, but centuries. And it’s no wonder that the West End has been a global icon of the theatre world for as long as anyone can remember, with thanks to Shakespeare’s clever and original works, all the way to Oscar Wilde’s very own staging throughout his career. Indeed, London has forever been known as a hub of creative outlets, and the theatre has never been an exception.

No trip to London for leisure is quite complete without a trip to one of the hottest shows in the city. No matter your taste, there is a production with your name on it, from the intellectually driven to cult classics and even campy excursions that are sure to delight the kid in all of us. And with Hotel Café Royal’s oh-so-aptly titled Showtime! package, you’ll find all the hard work of planning your trip to the theatre, securing tickets and even a pre-theatre meal taken care of – by us and our ultra-connected concierge team, that is.

Relax and unwind after you check-in at Akasha Holistic Wellbeing, whether it’s for a quick dip in the pool or a steam in the sauna – or even a treatment if you can be tempted! – and get yourselves all dressed up for a night on the town in your stunning Carrara marble bathroom. And that’s just the beginning. Thanks to the Hotel Café Royal’s truly central location within London, all of your favourite shows are a stone’s throw away; you’ll be in and out of the taxi in no time.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Kicking off your evening, settle into a delightfully Parisian-inspired meal with a pre-theatre three-course dinner at Brasserie Lutetia at Café Royal. With a menu inspired by that of the original Brasserie Lutetia at the Hotel Lutetia in Paris, you’ll find yourself overlooking the atrium’s stunning linked chandelier as you discover the carefully composed flavours and flair of this divine concept, as well as our hand selected wine list.

After, you’ll make your way to your chosen theatre production, and with a laundry list of options available to choose from, you may find landing on one a bit of a daunting task. But fear not, for we’re here to shed a little light on our favourites.

The Classics

There are some names in the theatre that are known globally, and are a must-see at least once in life. Whether it’s the hauntingly beautiful The Phantom of the Opera, the sultry and romantic Moulin Rouge, or the historic grandeur of Les Misérables, the classics are mainstays in London, and continue their tenure in the city to this very day. After all, sometimes you simply can’t go wrong with something a little more classic, and adding these to your checklist is a must no matter your age.

Pure Entertainment

Fans of productions that have a little something different about them are bound to find plenty in London, the home of true creatives. The splendour of the costumes in The Lion King are famed worldwide, immersing you in this beloved story; the hilarity of The Book of Mormon is bound to leave you clutching your ribs and gasping for breath long after you leave your seats; and the story of a global superstar is sure to be the reason you add all of Bob Marley’s discography to your streaming services, as Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical lingers in your brain.

A Festive Touch

Finding yourself in London in the height of the festive season this winter? Then surely you will find your festive spirit in the dainty, delicate dance of ballet. London is beautifully set for this truly magical artform, with beloved favourites returning once again. Marvel as  Tchaikovsky’s music with stunning choreography in The Nutcracker by the English National Ballet, which returns to the London Coliseum for another stunning year. You may also wish to experience the great British tradition of the Christmas Pantomime, with hilarious and bawdy options such as Jack and the Beanstalk at the London Palladium. Or perhaps, enjoy a family festive favourite when Elf! The Musical returns to the Dominion Theatre.

After, feel free to stop by the Green Bar for a nightcap, where you’ll find a selection of delectable cocktails waiting for you to try. And with breakfast taken care of in the morning – and yes, that does mean breakfast in bed, if that’s your style! – you’ll be able to drift off reminiscing of the scenes you witnessed mere hours ago, ready for your next theatrical outing. And trust us, there will be plenty more; with a home to call your ownand to return to in Hotel Café Royal for your future theatre excursions, we guarantee that you’ll be a theatre nerd in no time!

PS – Making the most of your theatre trip and staying with us after September? Ask our team about nabbing yourself a table at our exciting new restaurant concept, Alex Dilling at Hotel Café Royal. Delving deep into the finest of flavours, Dilling’s menu is sure to tempt you as you stay…