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You’ll never be short of entertainment during a trip to London, with pretty much every street corner offering something new to explore and discover. On the one hand, this is great, because it means you’ll never be bored, but on the other, it can be difficult to know where to head first.
Within close proximity of the Marble Arch London, there are several great entertainment venues. Here’s our pick of five of the best, along with instructions on how to get there from the hotel:
1. London Palladium
The Grade II-listed London Palladium is situated in the heart of the West End and regularly plays host to the annual Royal Variety Performance.
Stars that have performed at the venue in the past include greats such as Judy Garland, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra, while Sunday Night at the London Palladium was a popular variety television programme broadcast from here for many years and hosted by famous faces including Jimmy Tarbuck and Bruce Forsyth.
Upcoming events at the London Palladium range from a Billy Ocean concert on Thursday April 20th to a screening of classic gangster movie The Godfather, accompanied by a full orchestra on Saturday March 11th.
Getting there: The London Palladium is just a 20-minute walk from the Marble Arch by Montcalm in pretty much a straight line, but if you don’t fancy walking, you can hop on the Tube at Marble Arch and take the Central Line directly to Oxford Circus, where the venue is located.
2. The Cockpit
Situated in the Marylebone area, the Cockpit is a great little theatre showcasing a variety of performances, as well as offering arts-related workshops to people of all ages.
Shows set to be staged at the Cockpit in spring 2017 include a theatre interpretation of the Little Prince from Friday March 10th to Sunday March 12th, as well as a performance of the Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet featuring just five actors, which will take place on Sunday April 2nd and Monday April 3rd.
Getting there: The Cockpit can be reached on foot in just 20 minutes from Great Cumberland Place where the hotel is situated. If you’d rather take public transport, the number 6, 16, 98 139, 189 and 414 buses all travel this route.
3. Gielgud Theatre
Located on Shaftesbury Avenue right in the centre of London’s West End, the Gielgud Theatre is part of the capital’s buzzing theatre scene, which is second only to that offered by New York’s famous Broadway.
Until Saturday June 3rd, the theatre is home to daily performances of Simon Stephens’ Olivier Award-winning interpretation of Mark Haddon’s young adult novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. The story follows Christopher Boone, a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome, as he sets out to investigate the mysterious death of a neighbour’s dog.
Getting there: The quickest and easiest way to get to the Gielgud Theatre from the hotel is to take the Central Line to Tottenham Court Road, from where the venue is just a few moments’ walk.
4. Ronnie Scott’s
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho is one of the world’s most famous jazz music venues and attracts lovers of the genre from across the globe. The bar and club is named after Ronnie Scott, a jazz saxophonist who ran the venue from its opening in 1959 along with Pete King. Scott passed away in 1996, but King continued to run the club for a further nine years.
Over the years, it has played host to stars including Ella Fitzgerald, Jamie Cullum and even Jimi Hendrix, who played his final public performance here in 1970. Today, the venue continues to host regular star spots or you can simply enjoy the talents of the brilliant house band while relaxing with a few drinks.
Getting there: Ronnie Scott’s is close to the Gielgud Theatre, so again, take the Tube from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road and you’ll be at the venue within minutes of surfacing from the Underground.
5. Soho Theatre
The Soho Theatre is another stand-out venue in the West End, with all of the theatres in the area within close reach of the Marble Arch by Montcalm.
Touring comedy shows regularly frequent this venue, with upcoming programme highlights for spring 2017 including Eddie Izzard, who will be performing at the theatre on Friday March 17th and Saturday March 18th, while the much-loved Michael McIntyre takes to the stage on Monday May 15th for a sneak preview work-in-progress show.
Getting there: Just a few doors along from both Ronnie Scott’s and the Gielgud Theatre, the Soho Theatre is also just a 20-minute journey from the Marble Arch by Montcalm via the Tube.