3 star urban cool hotel
17 Moor Street, Soho, W1D 5APShow on map
"out of town cost - on the doorstep location - and its FUNKY!" Z Hotel's funky moniker and description as 'The Urbanite stay' denotes the kind of hip young crowd it attracts. The uber-modern hotel offers very... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
65 - 73 Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly, W1D 6EXShow on map
The Shaftesbury Piccadilly Hotel may have a low-key entrance, but once inside you are welcomed by smart, boutique chic, with sleek surfaces in bright colours at this extremely well located Best Western Premier... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
20 Mercer Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HDShow on map
The quintessential Covent Garden rendezvous, the newly transformed Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street effortlessly blends with the boutique appeal of its neighbourhood. A landmark in Seven Dials village, this is... Read More »
3 star modern hotel
1 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BPShow on map
Ibis Leicester Square Hotel London All children under 15 years stay free of charge when using existing beds This is no ordinary Premier Inn, all the bedrooms "float" on neoprene pads to significantly... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
6 Frith Street , Soho, W1D 3JAShow on map
The Hazlitts is a superior standard hotel offering modern stylish accommodations in historic Georgian buildings, located in the heart of Soho. Combining vintage style with modern conveniences, Hazlitt's is a... Read More »
4 star urban cool hotel
1 Leicester Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BLShow on map
"Chic hotel in Central London offering fresh bread, fine wines and quality dining" One Leicester Street, formerley the St John Hotel, is run by The Unlisted Collection" group of hotels. It is a superb... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
10 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HBShow on map
"Chic hotel with opulent rooms in the heart of London's entertainment district" Covent Garden Hotel is a 5-Star deluxe hotel in London’s theatre district. This is the place to stay if you want luxurious... Read More »
Bed and Breakfast
7 Monmouth St, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DAShow on map
Covent Garden has a noted place in London's history as the longest running market in the city and as a more salubrious footnote as the home of London's theatre district, which was once synonymous with... Read More »
5 star urban cool deluxe hotel
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4HXShow on map
If you want to be right in the heart of Londons theatre district, the St Martins Lane Hotel, London, is a five star option that could not be more convenient. You will find yourself staying on the same small... Read More »
5 star urban cool deluxe hotel
10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, W1D 6QFShow on map
"A funky design driven hotel in the very heart of London's West End" In the heart of London’s West End, W London Leicester Square is a deluxe hotel that mixes luxury with innovative design. It has 192... Read More »
Search for cheap hotels near Palace Theatre
Built by DOyly Carte to be a sister theatre to his Savoy Opera, the Palace Theatre is one of Londons most imposing and recognisable theatres. It sits astride Cambridge Circus, the point where Shaftesbury Avenue meets Charing Cross Road, and is very easy to find. Since its earliest days it has programmed popular musicals, and it continues to do so to this day.
In 1891 the Palace Theatre opened as the Royal English Opera House. DOyly Carte made is to be a home for grand opera, just as his Savoy Theatre had become a home for light opera (particularly those of Gilbert and Sullivan). Its initial production, Ivanhoe, was a great success with spectacular scenery and ran for 160 performances. Unfortunately, when it closed DOyly Carte had not prepared any other show to replace it, and the theatre stood empty. Many at the time thought that if there had been a production ready to replace Ivanhoe that the history of grand opera in Britain would have been assured.
So, only a year after it opened, the Royal English Opera House was sold on, and became the Palace Theatre of Varieties, one of Londons most important music hall and variety theatres. It attracted huge stars like Marie Lloyd and Little Tich, and was the home of the first ever Royal Variety Performance. During the 1920s and 30s the programme to accommodate more musicals, including Rodgers and Harts The Girlfriend.
As we moved into the modern era, the Palace has been home to two of the most impressive runs in the West End. It was home to Jesus Christ Superstar, which ran for 3,358 performances between 1972 and 1980, and Les Miserables which remained there for more than 20 years. After Les Miserables moved in 2004 the auditorium was fully refurbished, and there have been a string of spectacular musicals at the theatre since, including The Woman In White, Spamalot, Whistle Down The Wind, and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
The theatre was dedigned by Thomas Edward Colcutt and seats 1,400. The theatre opens 45 minutes before each performance, but wheelchair users should be aware that there are steps up into the foyer, and that they should let the theatre management know when they arrive. There is no access to the bar for wheelchairs, although theatre staff will be happy to bring drinks to disabled patrons.
The closest tube stations are Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Road. The closest mainline rail station is Charing Cross, and the theatre is about a ten to fifteen minute walk from there. Nestled on the edge of Soho there is no shortage of places to eat or drink nearby, and the Charing Cross Road is a great place to find second hand books.
The Palace Theatre is a fine example of the theatre purpose built for musical theatre. It has no pillars, so no seats have obstructed views, and to this day it is fulfilling the role (in part) that DOyly Carte envisioned for it 130 years ago.
Hotels near the Palace Theatre
Just 200 metres walk away from the Palace Theatre is the budget priced Premier Inn Leicester Square. This tourist class hotel offers a prime location right in the heart of the West End of London.
Another budget option is the Z Hotel which is a good option if you want modern surroundings and do not mind small rooms.