Treat yourself to a night you won’t forget at the magnificent Royal Opera House, offering a mix of opera, ballet and modern dance (just not in the same show!). Don’t be put off by thoughts of costly tickets as you can sometimes grab a bargain – just pop in and ask for late stand-by availability; you never know.
Other theatres in the area include The Theatre Royal, St Martin’s Theatre, Palace Theatre, the Savoy Theatre, the Vaudeville Theatre, the Duchess Theatre… okay, so there are a lot of theatres, many more than listed here. Covent Garden is the home of theatre and because there are so many it’s worth shopping around. You will be able to find a good deal on ticket prices.
As the name suggests, the National Portrait Gallery houses many of the UK’s finest portraits, giving you the opportunity to get up close and personal to some of the more famous faces of recent history.
A visit to St Paul’s, referred to as ‘the actors’ church’ with its peaceful courtyard gardens and a roll call of famous memorials, including Sir Charlie Chaplin, Sir Noel Coward, Gracie Fields, Boris Karloff, Vivien Leigh and Ivor Novello, is surely on everyone’s bucket list.
The Hospital Club is a members-only club aimed at professionals in the arts industries. But it is also a very cool hotel, where guests are allowed to make use of the facilities, which include restaurants, a production studio and a private cinema.
The London Transport Museum traces the history of our transport in a fun, interactive environment, and its family play zone is brilliant for kids.