LONDON THEATRE BEYOND THE WEST END
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If You Haven't Ventured Beyond the West End and it's offering of mostly musicals,
A 6 day feast of theatre. We visit London’s most exciting and innovative theatres
Theatre Venues Selection:
THE NATIONAL THEATRE…3 SEPARATE THEATRES FEATURING A WIDE RANGE OF PLAYS FROM CLASSIC DRAMA TO NEW PLAYS. Many of their plays move to the West End. Also some plays are simulcast internationally.
THE OLD VIC - Royal Court Theatre - Barbican - Gate etc.
Selection of which venues are included on our tour will depend on plays that are offered.
…THE GATE PUB THEATRE…there are many pub theatres in London, loosely attached to pubs. The
…ALMEIDA THEATE INISLINGTON…HAD A DIFFICULT TIME FINDING THIS THEATRE NOT BECAUSE IT’S DIFFICULT TO FIND, OUR MINI-TAXI Cab DRIVER HAD NO IDEA. The House of Bernardo Alba by Lorca starred well know European actress, SHOREH AGHDASHLOO. Apparently easy-to-understand stage names are not a consideration in Europe.
…ROYAL COURT THEATRE…WE ALWAYS SEE WHAT’S ON AT ONE OF OUR FAVORITE THEATRES THAT SPECIALIZES IN THE WORK Of NEW PLAYWRIGHTS. This trip we scored a Monday night ticket on line when all seats are just ten pounds. In Basildon by David Eldrige received rave reviews and the theatre is just across the street from our hotel.
…APOLLO THEATRE…WE DON’T IGNORE THE WEST END IF THERE IS SOMETHING WE WANT TO SEE.
The Barbican is an amazing theatre complex. We can take an architectural tour that chronicles the building process over the last couple of decades. I saw the Tempest here performed by a Russian theatre group. Extensive film and concert offerings.
The Old Vic is one of London’s most revered theatres. Kevin Spacey has been its Artistic Director since 2003 and plans to retire in 2015. Kenneth Branagh is one of the favorites to succeed Spacey.
Paul Levy, author of the Foodie Handbook and columnist for the Wall St. Journal, European edition, proclaims London has the best food in the world. Debatable but it is home to two of my favorite restaurants .
Yotam Ottolenghi is more a take-out store than a restaurant. We favor its Chelsea location with only one round communal table for sit down diners. Mostly vegetarian, executed with incredible finesse and desserts that are masterpieces.
The Boundary…Terence Conran’s small hotel and restaurant. Conran has scaled down from over 20 restaurants to just two, Boundary in the Shoreditch area of the East End is a long taxi ride but worth the trip. Brunch there was about $25 for two courses. We splurged on the $13 warm madeleines dessert. Service was impeccable.It took the waiter a full five minutes to prepare my charcuterie plate.
DETAILS ABOUT THIS TOUR
Our hotel is admittedly expensive, close to $300 a day including VAT which has just been increased to 20%. If you are willing to pay that price it is well worth the cost. After all, this is London. Located in chic Chelsea, access is great with a tube stop right across the street. It’s not far from great shopping, Harrod’s and Harvey Nichols.
Close by some of my favorite restaurants.
We have stayed at over a dozen hotels in London and have concluded this hotel offers the best value
and convenience. Of course, hotels like the Claridge and
The Dorchester are not even considered because of their lofty rates.
Our alternate hotel is The Tower, an impressive 4 star hotel built alongside the Thames
with lovely views and a nice river walkway that leads to the Tower of London. Located in the interesting Docklands area with its impressive marina.
10 minute walk to the Tower Hill tube. Price is about $70 a night less than Chelsea Hotel which is a big savings most people will want to take.
Taxis are expensive…if group wants to taxi both ways or one way to our Destinations: costs are shared making taxis affordable