West End and South Bank Theatre Walking Tour in London

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Duration - 3 hours 30 minutes

INR 1,729 p.p. onwards

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Greater London, United Kingdom

Discover 400 years of stage history in the theatre capital of the world! A journey across the West End and the South Bank featuring the biggest names, greatest successes & most infamous disasters.

Theatres covered on the tour include: The Coliseum, Duke of York's, Noel Coward, Wyndham's, Her Majesty's, Theatre Royal Haymarket, Harold Pinter, Prince of Wales, Lyric, Apollo, Gielgud, Sondheim, Palace, Ambassadors, St Martins, The Arts, ROH, Fortune, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Lyceum, The National, Shakespeare's Globe...plus a top-secret final location!

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The London Theatre Walking Tour 10:30
Duration: 3 hours: A journey through the West End & the South Bank (typically lasts 3.5 hours.)

INR 1,729
p.p. onwards

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ES England

Learn the history of the Coliseum. The largest theatre in the West End!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Duke of York's Theatre, 104 St. Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4BG England

Discover the many stars who made their debuts on this West End stage. Including Peter Pan!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Noel Coward Theatre, 85-88 St. Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4AU England

Hear of the great productions of the past. The only theatre where two significant theatre giants ever shared a stage.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA, UK

Learn of the history of this beautiful theatre. See the bust of Shakespeare on the front - the only one in the West End!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Leicester Square, London England

Discount ticket booth - how to get great West End seats at low prices! Old music hall spots - historic theatres such as The Alhambra & The Empire.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Haymarket Theatre Royal, 18 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HA England

A theatre favoured by both Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench. There's also rumour of a haunting...

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Her Majesty's Theatre London, 57 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4QL England

The second oldest active theatre site in London. Also home to the second-longest running musical - The Phantom of the Opera!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Harold Pinter Theatre, 4 Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DL England

Opening in 1881, the Harold Pinter Theatre is one of the oldest playhouses in the West End. Hear of the stars that have caused a great sensation here - including Marilyn Monroe!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Prince of Wales Theatre, 31 Coventry Street Westminster, London W1D 6AS England

Now home to The Book of Mormon, the Prince of Wales has had a rich history of comedy & musical spectacles. Famous names who've appeared here include The Beatles, Peter Sellers and Barbara Streisand!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Shaftesbury Avenue, London England

The road with more theatres than any other! Hear about the history of Shaftesbury Avenue and theatres including The Lyric, Apollo, Gielgud, Sondheim & The Palace.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Lyric Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES England

The oldest surviving theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue! Also the place where a British comedy icon tragically died...

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES England

The first Edwardian Theatre, opening in 1901. Also once home to a truly legendary production of our time!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Gielgud Theatre, 35 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR England

Now named after the great Sir John, the Gielgud has seen a few famous faces give their West End debuts. Including Harry Potter himself!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Sondheim Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue Soho, London W1D 6BA England

Learn the history of Les Miserables, the world's longest-running musical. Also - a few famous faces who debuted here in the 80s!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Palace Theatre, 113 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5AY England

Once a famous music hall venue, now home to Harry Potter & the Cursed Child. Discover the origin of the phrase 'bring the house down'.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2H 9ND England

Although unremarkable on the outside, the Ambassadors has had a rich theatre history. Legendary theatre stars who debuted here include Vivien Leigh & Paul Robeson.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: St. Martins Theatre, West Street, London WC2H 9NZ England

Home of The Mousetrap - the world's longest-running play! Discover the history of this unlikely theatrical hit.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB England

The West End's smallest theatre. Also once home to the most controversial play of all time!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London, England

See the legendary Covent Garden Market! Also, London's official Actors Church, street theatre spots and two of the oldest theatre sites in London.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London WC2E 9DD England

One of the oldest theatre spots in London - est 1732. Now home to the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, London WC2B 5HH England

Home to The Woman in Black - the longest-running horror play ever. Hear of the spooky stories that have occurred during the play's 30+ year history...

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF England

The oldest active theatre spot in the West End. Discover the legends of the past who made their names on its legendary stage.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street Covent Garden, London WC2E 7RQ England

Now home to The Lion King, going since 1999 and still a hot ticket! Hear of the leading actors of the Victorian era who once dominated the Lyceum's stage - Sir Henry Irving & Dame Ellen Terry - and also the genesis of a famous gothic horror creation.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: National Theatre, South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 9PX England

Hear about the history of our National Theatre. Also, the founder of the National, Laurence Olivier, stated the opposite.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT England

Discover the history of Bankside - where Shakespeare made his name. See the famous reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe and a final top-secret theatre location!

Duration: 15 minutes

Terms & conditions

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


Additional info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Inclusions

  • Historic programmes & theatre artefacts

Departure time

10:30 AM


Departure point

Oscar Wilde Statue, 3 Adelaide St, London WC2N 4HZ, UK


Recent reviews

320jblgb   19th September 2022

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Charlie is so personable and well-informed that his tour is a total delight. Even though we shared a theater background, I learned so much and I heartily recommend spending your time learning and laughing on this great tour. And honestly, the time flew by. While I am considerably older than Charlie, the walking was not an issue. Thanks Charlie!

Portland_OregonSadie   16th September 2022

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Charlie did a fantastic theatre tour! He is professional, friendly, and incredibly courteous. And what a value! I thoroughly enjoyed the information that he shared. The time flew by…. Highly recommend!

paulinepO9918PX   15th September 2022

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I had a great tour and learned many thing about the theatres at West End and the South Bank, including the famous Globe theatre. It's a lot of walking, but Charlie ensured that I wasn't hungry or needed some food. He also made sure that I understood everything (I'm not a native speaker), which was great. During the tour he has shown me old programs of the theatres, which made his explanations even better. It was a great trip through the history of Londons theatres and you will learn a lot. We visted many theatres and Charlie could say so much about each of them, his knowledge is fantastic. If you like to go to the theatre I highly recommand doing a walk with Charlie, he even offers you tips to get cheap tickets, in case you are unsure how to get hold of them.

Rocketrob5   31st August 2022

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Recommended for any fan of the theatre and theatre history. Be ready for some walking though. Charlie is very knowledgeable and you will learn a lot about the theatres on the tour.

Eastlondonfun   18th August 2022

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Thanks for this event: with, theatre and tourists. For example, both this address (6-7 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB) and this address (Theatre, ..Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4BG).

U5660QTdavidi   13th August 2022

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Really enjoyed the tour with Charlie, packed full of interesting and quirky facts about the fantastic tradition of theatre in London. Even though I’ve lived here and enjoyed many plays, this tour gave me a new perspective on how theatre has evolved, and how some acting stars got their big break. Charlie is very knowledgeable and passionate about this aspect of our culture. Highly recommend!

zoebrisk   5th August 2022

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There is no better tour in London than Charlie's. Not only does he show you around and provide you with the history you are promised, but he takes care to make sure all your questions are answered in a caring and respectful manner. This is someone who loves the theatre so wholly that I feel lucky to have found this tour so I could share in the knowledge as well. He is brilliant and kind-hearted. You will undoubtably have the best time.

E8329GBmikem   2nd August 2022

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Really interesting tour. Charlie certainly knows his stuff with detail about the theatres AND the plays and actors who have performed there. It was so good - I would like to go on another with him!

shirleywootten   2nd August 2022

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A great tour by someone who loves theatre and wants to share that enthusiasm. Lots of information but never overwhelming. Really liked looking at theatre programmes and photos from back in the day - a terrific touch. Would happily book again. Recommended for locals and tourists alike.

russiantango   13th July 2022

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What a wealth of information for theatre lovers ! Charlie is full of facts and stories ..I learned so much and now have a lot to read at home about the legendary actors and plays he mentioned . A perfect tour for all thespians ! Hightly recommended!