If you are looking for a classy destination to spend the evening when visiting London then you can’t go wrong with a night spent in London’s West End district. The West End is perhaps best known as being the hub of London’s theatres but there are also lots of fantastic restaurants, tourist attractions, shops and hotels located here too. In fact, there is always something happening in the West End so whether you want something else to do to complement a night at the theatre or you just want to explore the area, you can’t go wrong.
When people talk about the West End they are predominantly referring to the areas around Leicester Square and Covent Garden; where most of the theatres and comedy clubs can be found, the shopping areas of Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street and the most historic part of London, the City of London which is located within the City of Westminster. Booking to stay in the Lancaster Gate Hotel London would put you within a short distance of any one of these parts of the West End.
The theatres are the main reason that people would come to the West End for the evening; alongside Broadway in New York, the West End is the world’s best theatre district and offers extremely high quality productions and shows. In this part of London there are around 40 theatres which each show a diverse range of productions from the classics through to contemporary fringe pieces. A night out at one of the larger theatre shows can be quite expensive and although it is possible to find discount tickets from one of the booths and shops around Leicester Square, if you want to see a major production such as Les Miserables, The Lion King, Wicked or Mamma Mia then you are better booking in advance.
There are plenty of excellent restaurants and bars to be found around the West End as well, so you could easily partner your night at the theatre with a pre-dinner package at one of the restaurants followed by post-theatre drinks at one of the cocktail bars before returning to the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate Hotel which isn’t too far away. Many of the restaurants in the vicinity of the West End offer pre-theatre dinner packages which usually represent good value for money. Chinatown is also nearby which would make an excellent destination if you wanted to mix some culture in with some authentic Chinese cuisine.
If you want to take a stroll around the West End and take in some of the sights then it is home to some of London’s top attractions and landmarks including The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square and The Royal Academy of Arts. Some of the museums and art galleries located here offer late openings but most would be closed by the evening; that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth visiting however, The National Gallery is often illuminated at dusk making it a very striking building by nightfall.