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If you’re a food-loving theatre goer who loves a good drink (as well as a snack during the interval), now might be the time to stop – if only to save room for the various eateries in London. Below we have put together a list of restaurants, bars a clubs catering for pre and post-theatre so that you can feast on some of the most delicious food and drink options either side of watching a London show.

The majority of theatres in London are located in the city’s main theatre district (referred to by many as ‘Theatreland’), with many entry points from The Strand to the South, Oxford Street to the North, Regent Street to the West as well as Kingsway to the east. So wherever your entrance may be, there are mainline rail stations – your closest being Charing Cross Station, as well as accessibility to the London Underground. There are also live performance venues in other parts of Central London including the South Bank and Victoria.

Joe Allen

2 Burleigh Street, WC2E 7PX

A well-established New York-style venue that has been around the West End for 40 years, it is one of the best havens for theatregoers. It quickly became known as the ‘West End’s Canteen’, and it’s open 7 days a week and offers an All-day American menu for breakfast and brunch, straight through to post-show dining. You’ll find something delicious at any time of day, that’s for sure.

GNH Bar

Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross Station, Pancras Road, N1C 4TB

A great place for all you cocktail lovers out there, GNH Bar is a smart settling for a pre and post theatre drink. Located within King’s Cross Station on the ground floor of the Great Northern Hotel, it is super accessible if you’ve just hopped off the train or about to head back home. And, its location means it’s easy to spend more time relaxing before or after watching a show.

Circus  

27-29 Endell St, London WC2H 9BA

A theatre within a bar is what is offered here at Circus – a mirrored club serving Pan-Asian cuisine and good music. They put on nightly cabaret acts as well good food and moreish cocktails, so if you don’t want your theatre night out to end, then head here after the show.

The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen

32 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8NA

If you are in the mood for seafood, this will be your port of call, bringing you the best oysters, seafood, and fish from the British Isles. The best time to visit is between 3 to 5pm during the week for Bubbles ‘n Oysters Happy Hour, where you can land yourself fresh oysters and a glass of Crémant du Bourgogne for just ten pounds.

Coal Hole

91-2 Strand, WC2R 0DW

The Coal Hole is a classic pub set in what used to be a coal seller for the Savoy Hotel. It’s situated near a handful of theatres, and is the perfect pit stop for a properly-pulled pint. The traditional ambiance makes it a very welcoming place to visit, and the perfect place to while away a little time before a show.

Bar Américain

20 Sherwood, W1F 7ED

Designed from head to toe in authentic Art Deco, Bar Amêricain is a great place to relax with friends and family. It’s a sophisticated choice and one of the classiest bars located near the theatre district, so head here if you want to enjoy wine, champagne or cocktails.

The Ivy Market Grill

1A Henrietta WC2E 8PS

Open seven days a week this restaurant is a relaxed yet sophisticated place for all day dining in the heart of Covent Garden. With a main restaurant, terrace and two private dining rooms it is the perfect setting for pre or post theatre relaxation.

There you have it, the perfect way to spend an entertainment, fun filled night out in London. Where will you head first?

school-of-rock-curtain-call_650Taking your kids to theatre productions can be a fantastic way to get them to truly appreciate the arts, and it may even inspire them to pursue the arts themselves. If you are in London, there are a host of theatre productions that you can attend, but some are better suited to kids than others. If you are in search of the best options for your family, continue reading for a short list of four of the best theatre productions in London that your kids are sure to love.

1.      School of Rock

The film School of Rock, which starred Jack Black, was released in 2003, and it has since been adapted to the live stage and has already become a beloved Broadway production, winning critical acclaim and being nominated for the Tony Award. The production will open at the New London Theatre in November of 2016, with previews in October. Andrew Lloyd Webber is responsible for providing the music for the School of Rock musical, which is sure to put a smile on your kids’ faces as it combines catchy songs with comedy and a great storyline.

2.      The Lion King

If your kids absolutely loved the animated Disney movie, The Lion King, they will definitely enjoy the musical version of this beloved story about a lion named Simba who is living in Africa and who struggles to become the king of his pride. The famous characters of the film are brought to life on stage in dazzling costumes and with incredible special effects, and the songs of Elton John and Tim Rice are sure to have your kids singing long after the show is over. Directed by Julie Taymor, this show lasts 160 minutes.

3.      Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Another beloved children’s tale that has been brought to life by the theatre world of London is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This musical is a lot of fun to watch, and it is a really spectacular production that is now entering its fourth, and final, season in the city’s West End. So take your kids to see the chocolate garden and meet the famous Oompa-Loompas before it is too late.

4.      Wicked

One of the most popular musicals of all time is Wicked, which is fun for both adults and kids. Showcasing the early life of the wicked witch from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this production is actually based upon Gregory Maguire’s novel, which serves as a prequel to L Frank Baum’s work. This must-see hit is considered one of the best of all of the West End musicals, and once you see it, you will fully understand why it has become a global phenomenon enjoyed by millions. Joe Mantello is the director, and the musical runs for 165 minutes.

These are just a few of the many theatre productions that are found throughout London and that are ideal for children. Be sure to bring your kids for a fun day or night at the theatre that they will never forget.

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Run away with the circus this summer and weave your way through an array of hidden gardens and spectacular lawns at The Savill Garden in this immersive production of  much loved ‘As You Like it’ from 22 June to 24 July 2016.

Forced into exile by their own families, heroine Rosalind and Orlando, a young gentleman of the kingdom, venture deep into the Forest of Arden where they encounter ‘The Golden Age’; a mesmerising travelling circus which has taken up residence beneath the canopy. Masquerading as Ganymede, Rosalind embarks on a journey of love lessons and romantic trickery, before stumbling across one of Duke Senior's noblemen, Jacques, who fully embraces the circus folk and continually reflects on the futility of life and love as a motley fool.

A story of transformation, ‘As You Like It’ challenges conventional ideas of love and lust, blurs gender roles and muses on the absurdity of life in this brilliant pastoral comedy. The play unfolds in Britain’s finest ornamental garden and concludes extravagantly with a triple wedding where the audience and company are encouraged to come together in a boisterous, acrobatic, musical celebration indulging in food and drink from the finest local suppliers.

‘As You Like It’ will celebrate the best of the British summertime with a delicious BBQ served during the final wedding scene, and drinks to purchase from the hidden bush bar that will pop up throughout the play.

WATCH YOUR HEAD aim to create exciting theatrical experiences and celebrate classic texts in remarkable and unique settings. Following the success of their immersive open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, they will celebrate the 400-year legacy of Shakespeare’s work.

AS YOU LIKE IT

WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE – SUNDAY 24 JULY 2016

7pm start, with access to gardens from 6.30pm

 

Wednesday 22 June – Sunday 26 June

Wednesday 29 June – Sunday 3 July

Wednesday 6 July – Sunday 10 July

Wednesday 13 July – Sunday 17 July

Wednesday 20 July – Sunday 24 July

A FREE celebration of being a grown up from Camden People’s Theatre, New Diorama, Birkbeck, Wellcome Collection, the Fitzrovia Centre & others

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SUN 4 OCTOBER, 2.30PM – 9PM, CAMDEN PEOPLE’S THEATRE & EUSTON

 

Discussions about pornography, voting and adult mental health; conflict resolution skills training; new theatre about ageing; booze and of course ‘child-unsuitable’ colouring in… On Sun 4 October, Euston and Camden based organisations come together for A Fun Palace for Grown Ups: an afternoon of free activities celebrating aspects of adulthood and reflecting on what it means to be a grown up.

Playwrights Luke Barnes and Brad Birch invite an adult mental health expert to join them for a live recording of their podcast The Pursuit of Happiness, exploring how we can find contentment in the modern world, and sex journalist Gareth May is joined by individuals from the worlds of pornography and the arts in a discussion exploring what they can learn from one another about how to have positive conversations about sex. Wellcome Collection presents a series of short films created as part of their Sexology Institute exhibition.

At New Diorama Theatre participants will be able to join in with A Good Conversationexploring the significance of having the right to vote and how we can find common ground with those we disagree with, or to release the stresses of the everyday in Morvern Mulgrew’s ‘interactive sculptural installation’ Cardboard Sumo.

Elsewhere local charity LEAP will offer conflict resolution skills training for adults, led by young people, and Drummond Street boozer The Crown and Anchor offers a chance to sample the wares.

Birkbeck celebrates further education with activities including new playreadings from their MA students, as well as hosting a talk from Phillip Hedley, former artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, about the work of Joan Littlewood, the pioneering theatre director whose vision for the creation of a Fun Palace inspired the national Fun Palaces movement.

For those preferring to relive their childhood experience, there will be a chance to return to the school room with BARK Theatre’s Answer A, or to take a role in playing out a child’s make believe world in Bethan Highgate-Bett’s Playtime.

Local community space Fitzrovia Centre will be on hand to provide some light relief with the chance to try out the activities and games usually reserved for kids, and artist Emily Hudson invites participants to confront the stresses and realities of everyday life withTrue Colours, Real Life at her alternative colouring-in station.

And join us at the end of the day to celebrate and commiserate with comedian and performance artist Phil O’Shea, as he turns 30 LIVE.

A Fun Palace for Grown Ups is part of Fun Palaces 2015, a free, nationwide celebration of community, bringing people together with arts and sciences, taking place on Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 October.

Based on a never-built idea from theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price, the first Fun Palaces took place in the UK and worldwide in October 2014, when 138 venues, locations, communities and groups created their own local events. Over 3000 people took part in organising these events, many of them as volunteers, and approximately 40,000 people attended Fun Palaces in person, while tens of thousands more engaged with them online.

Venue Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY & Across Euston – NB please check website to confirm event location
Dates & Times Sunday 4 October, 2pm9pm
Prices FREE
Website & Box Office www.cptheatre.co.uk | 020 7419 4841

you me bum bum train back in London

You Me Bum Bum Train creates a series of alternate realities for individuals to gain a range of experiences that would not normally be possible in one lifetime. The concept was born in 2004 when creators Morgan Lloyd and Kate Bond wondered what adventures and life experiences we miss out on before we cease to exist. They decided to create something completely new that allowed people to transcend their everyday lives and go on a journey where anything was possible. In this unique concept individual audience members or 'passengers' are given the chance to see what realities they may have faced had they been born under different circumstances.

With the realisation that many people's lives are spent in jobs that have little meaning to them, Bond and Lloyd went on a mission to create You Me Bum Bum Train; a microcosm of a free society where the people involved in the production are there because they want to be. For those who create the show, it's a work of passion, which makes the experience more meaningful for those who see it. Audience members are often moved by the range of spontaneous and memorable encounters that unlock their imagination and allows them to discover new sides to their personalities. Often described more like therapy or live art than theatre, this upcoming production like every other is going to be one big surprise.

Tickets are increasingly difficult to get hold of. In 2011, 80,000 people tried to buy tickets in less than a minute. Join You Me Bum Bum Train's mailing list at www.bumbumtrain.com for insider tips on how to be successful when buying tickets. People on the mailing list will also be entered into a lottery to win free tickets to the show.

Tickets will go on sale at 6.30pm on Sunday 21st June. As a ticket holder, the less you know about the show the better, prior knowledge of the scenes spoils the impact of the show for future passengers. Tickets are limited and in the giving spirit of You Me Bum Bum Train we recommend to anyone who has experienced the show before to give their ticket to someone else.