Gerrard Street offers a wealth of local attractions for visitors to the capital to enjoy, with an array of clubs, theatres, iconic London landmarks and more, all to be found nearby.
Situated in the bustling London district of the City of Westminster, Gerrard Street is in easy walking distance of several wonderful options for all those seeking entertainment in the area:
Opened in 1906 and having played host to some of the biggest names in West End theatre, the Gielgud Theatre was originally known as Hicks Theatre but was renamed in 1994 in honour of the famous John Gielgud.
A wide selection of shows can be caught at the theatre every year, with anyone looking for a cultural night out encouraged to head to the box office and find out if any performances catch their eye.
The theatre can be found on Shaftesbury Avenue and is just a three-minute walk from Gerrard Street.
Situated next door to the Gielgud lies the famed Queen’s Theatre, another venue that has seen more than its fair share of outstanding performers and performances since its opening in 1907.
The home to one of the longest-running musicals in the whole of the West End, Les Miserables made its 1,100th showing on June 1st 2012 at the venue and continues to be a major draw for culture-loving visitors to the area.
Seating more than 1,000 guests per performance, the auditorium of the Palace Theatre is a grand opera venue in the heart of the West End.
It has seen an array of excellent long-running shows throughout the years – such as Finian’s Rainbow, King’s Rhapsody, Cabaret, Song and Dance, The Woman in White, Monty Python’s Spamalot and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Les Miserables, to name but a few.
Guests can also make use of the extensive facilities at the Palace Theatre, with several bars and cloakrooms, as well as headsets available in the foyer for those that are hard of hearing.
Cafe de Paris
Visitors to Gerrard Street and the surrounding area hoping for an eclectic mix of cabaret, dining and plenty of nightlife will not be disappointed when planning a trip to Cafe de Paris.
Located at 3 to 4 Coventry Street, the Cafe de Paris is just a two-minute walk from Leicester Square via Shaftesbury Avenue and offers live jazz, cabaret, music, burlesque, circus and magic for all those looking for something a little different during their visit to the capital.
Leicester Square is arguably one of the most iconic landmarks in the whole of London and it is a destination that is just a few minutes’ walk from Gerrard Street.
Home to a number of unique features that visitors to London will simply want to experience, Leicester Square offers such delights as the Shakespeare Fountain and Statue, some of the best local pubs and restaurants, major cinemas including the Empire, the Odeon West End and Vue West End, as well as playing host to some of the biggest annual events, such as Chinese New Year.
Also situated within just a few minutes strolling distance of Gerrard Street, Piccadilly Circus is an iconic destination in itself and is a major public square at the head of London’s West End.
Built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly, the square features its own attractions, including the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue of Eros. It is also surrounded by several notable London establishments – the London Pavilion, Criterion Restaurant and the Criterion Theatre.
How to get to Gerrard Street
With such a wide selection of attractions on offer for individuals planning a visit to this part of the capital, travellers will be pleased to learn there are several local transport options that can get them to Gerrard Street with a minimum of fuss.
Nearby Underground Tube stations include Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines), Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines), Covent Garden (Piccadilly line) and Tottenham Court Road (Northern line). Meanwhile, overground rail connections can be accessed via nearby Charing Cross Station.
Local bus services also operate around the clock in the area, with the 14, 19 and 38 services some of the easiest for travellers to jump onto.
For individuals planning a visit by car to Gerrard Street there are parking opportunities at the nearby China Town Masterpark and Leicester Square Masterpark, although anyone considering driving in the capital is encouraged to remember the roads will likely be busy and spaces for parking can be limited.