Musicals and Theatres
Whether you’re travelling to London for business or leisure, the UK capital has a variety of musicals and theatre shows for your enjoyment. Book a room at The Montcalm luxury hotel.
Set in 1920s Chicago, this musical tells the story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, two showgirls who are incarcerated for murder.
The musical is one of America’s longest-running productions and has been shown continuously since its West End revival in 1997. It is currently on at the Garrick Theatre and features a number of catchy tunes, jazz instrumentals and fast-paced dancing.
A popular musical that opened on Broadway in 2003, this show is a prequel to the Wizard of Oz – but told from the perspective of the so-called ‘Wicked’ Witch of the West, also known as Elphaba.
In 2006, the show opened at the stunning Apollo Victoria Theatre and it quickly became a favourite West End production for locals and tourists alike.
A classic Agatha Christie murder mystery, The Mousetrap has been shown continuously at St Martin’s Theatre since 1952. It is the longest-running show of any type in the world and has been breaking records ever since.
The answer to whodunnit is also one of London’s best-kept secrets – at the start of every performance, the audience is asked not to divulge the ending’s twist.
Classical and Opera
For fans of classical and opera music, London has plenty to offer. Plan a relaxing getaway with a stay at The Montcalm luxury hotel in London.
Royal Opera House
Located in Covent Garden, the Royal Opera House is the home of the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet. It also plays host to other events throughout the year, including concerts, talks and workshops.
The site has been used for performances since the early 1700s and was originally called the Theatre Royal. The current building’s facade was built in 1858 and a reconstruction and modernisation project was undertaken in the 1990s.
Europe’s largest centre for the performing arts, the Barbican was built in 1982 and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II.
As the home of the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the venue includes three performance spaces, three cinema screens, an art gallery and a number of restaurants.
Opera Holland Park
During June and July, this is a fabulous outdoor venue situated in the middle of glorious Holland Park. A large canopy, installed in 1988, covers the stage and 1,000 seats. This means performances can go on – rain or shine.
The venue incorporates two bars serving snacks and beverages, as well as light meals. You can also pre-order a picnic, or bring your own, to enjoy before the show.
If you enjoy live music, then be sure to take some time to see some gigs while staying at The Montcalm five-star hotel in London.
A jazz club in Soho, Ronnie Scott’s is a landmark in London’s music scene. A number of artists have recorded live albums here – including Nina Simone and Van Morrison. It was also the site of Jimi Hendrix’s last performance in 1970.
The main stage features live jazz most nights, while those seeking a more intimate atmosphere may head upstairs to Ronnie’s Bar.
Known by many as the ‘Tree Pub’, Waxy’s is a fantastic spot for a night out. After all, there aren’t many bars decorated to look like they were constructed around a giant tree!
Of course, there’s more than the decor of this London hotspot and there’s live music just almost every night. Plus, with four bars spread over six levels, you’re sure to find an atmosphere that suits your mood.
The 100 club
A live music venue on Oxford Street, the 100 Club first opened in 1942 as the Feldman Swing Club.
Today, the venue maintains a 1970s decor and is known for hosting acts by a wide range of artists. Indeed, performances by The Sex Pistols, Travis, Sinead O’Connor, the Rolling Stones and the White Stripes are just a few examples.
London is famous for its amazing selection of nightclubs and there are a number of options located close to The Montcalm’s five-star hotel in London.
Ministry of Sound
Situated in a converted bus garage in Elephant and Castle, this is London’s most famous nightclub, thanks to its top-name DJs, 150 dB sound system and capacity of more than 5,000 people.
If you love to dance, this is definitely the spot for you: the sprung floor has been specially designed to prevent your legs from getting tired and the MoS was the first nightclub to have a 24-hour dance licence.