Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London by Eluveitie (creative commons)
A routine life can lead to ennui and it may not be possible to head off to a resort just so you can have a moment’s relaxation. The next best thing is to take in a late night movie or go to your favorite theatre and enjoy yourself. You can even attend a music festival and come away refreshed, once again prepared to take on the routine chores of life. If you are in London, an evening at any of its wonderful theatres is quite an experience. Londoners enjoy it and for tourists, it must be included on their visit to London.
There is always a musical or a play on show at famous London theatres such as the Theatre Royal, the Adelphi, the Globe, the Royal Opera House, the Novello Theatre or the Almeida. If you are a tourist and have a busy schedule at least try to visit any of top ten theatres such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Lion King, the Dominion or the Queen’s Theatre. It can be an unforgettable experience to view “Singing in the Rain” or an equally enchanting live production in a classic theatre. London is one of the few cities in the world to have so many theatres exclusively devoted to kids, musicals, pantomime, classic Shakespeare plays and musicals. There are over 1200 theatres here. You could get to see Judi Dench, Rowan Atkinson and other big names in action. There are other events taking place at these theatres and you could enjoy being part of a grand spectacle.
If movies are your cup of tea there is no shortage of movie theatres in London. You have the IMAX cinema on the South Bank of the Thames where you can watch the latest 3D movie. Then you have several Odeon cinemas, Vue cinemas, Cineworld cinemas and the impressice Barbican centre to name but a few. The best thing about London cinema theatres is that there is always some film festival or the other going on and you could get to see present as well as past masterpieces. From 30th April to 6th May you can enjoy a Sci-Fi London Film Festival at the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly Circus. The Portobello Film Festival 2013 is scheduled for September 2013.The Sundance London Film and Music Festival 2013 will be held from 25th April to 28th April. The United Film Festival London starts in July.
Barbican Centre by Tom Morris (creative commons)
One thing to keep in mind is that it may not always be easy to drive up to any theatre or movie theatre and hope to get a ticket. It is far better to book cinema tickets online and be assured of your seat. Even regular London dwellers know this and do it routinely. For some theatre shows and at some movie halls the ticket prices may be quite steep. A workaround is to get theatre vouchers London focused discount websites offer. You could get rebates up to 70% of the printed price. If you plan to make an evening of it with your friends or family, the savings are simply fantastic and enjoyment multiplies.