While George Washington once said that he would never set foot on English soil again after battling against English tax, we imagine that isn’t the case for you all! (And as a side note: George Washington’s statue stands in Trafalgar Square…on imported USA soil!) London is a huge city, and there really is something for everyone, whatever your reasons are for travelling. In the 18th century, Victorian London was even ashamedly known to have Bedlam asylum as one of its biggest tourist attractions!
The West End of London is famous for its theatres, with the longest-running show being The Mousetrap which has been performed over 25,000 times since 1952. However, crowds flock to see the other amazing shows like Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Les Miserables, The Lion King and many more! Located near Piccadilly Circus, the West End comprises of a huge number of theatres between The Strand, Oxford Street and Regent Street. However, some are outside this area, for example The Apollo Victoria Theatre where Wicked has been performed for 10 years.
ActivityBreaks.com are thrilled to announce the launch of our new London West End theatre break! Our package includes 2 nights in 3* accommodation with breakfasts, 1 Theatre Passport & 1 city bus tour. The theatre passport allows you to choose one from a list of selected shows performed in the West End and redeem this on the day of the performance. Some of the shows currently included in this passport are The Phantom of the Opera; Wicked; Thriller; Jersey Boys; Billy Elliot; The Woman in Black and The Maids!
Our personal favourites from this list are Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. Having seen Phantom of the Opera in the West End twice, and Wicked three times, I can assure you I’m entirely biased here! Phantom of the Opera is well-known worldwide with the iconic mask depicting the love story where Christine is desired by both Raoul and The Phantom! The story of the Phantoms love and antics in the Parisian theatre are accompanied by haunting music from Andrew Lloyd-Webber which is sure to give you goose bumps when you hear that legendary organ melody to open the show.
As for Wicked, this one is definitely something the whole family can enjoy during a London theatre break. Wicked takes you back to before The Wizard of Oz has taken place and Elphaba’s magical talents are just being recognised when she goes to Shiz! However, because of her green complexion, others in school become somewhat afraid of her and things take a sinister turn when the Wizard tries to stop all animals from speaking in the kingdom. There is also an underlying love triangle, awesome catchy songs and a lot of laughs from both of the main characters Elphaba and Glinda.
For those who aren’t into theatre breaks, we still have London city breaks which might be right up your street! If you love doing some celebrity spotting, not only is London a hot-spot for some of the UK and the world’s most famous faces, but Madame Tussauds gives you the opportunity to take snaps with your favourite stars! Located in the famous Baker Street (something Sherlock Holmes fans will definitely want to see!) this has been the home of the famous wax work museum since 1835. The oldest figure on display is The Sleeping Beauty of Madame du Barry which was created by founder Marie Tussaud herself, along with a self-portrait which can be seen at the entrance. For those looking to visit now, you’ll probably want to visit the Chamber of Horrors, and maybe stop by famous faces such as One Direction (including Zayn!), Barack Obama, Kanye West & Kim Kardashian, or even The Queen!
Our city break package with Madame Tussauds entrance also includes the Star Wars experience where you can sit in the Millennium Falcon’s pilot seat, meet Yoda and even see your favourite droids on Tattooine!
Alternatively, those looking to soak up some of city’s history will not only enjoy the London bus tour included in all of our packages, but also the Tower of London entrance. The Tower of London has contained a range of people from both Kings and Queens to villains of history. However, the strangest lodger might be the polar bear Henry III received from the King of Norway. This was kept on a long chain so that it could enjoy the waters of the nearby River Thames! We can guarantee you won’t see this today (thankfully!) but the Tower is full of stories that will intrigue all ages.
If you'd like to travel a little further afield to experience a new city then we have city breaks in Europe from €118EURper person.