Located in the heart of of one of the most cosmopolitan and bustling cities on Earth, Piccadilly Circus is a world-renowned attraction all of its own.
Linking directly to local theatres and attractions on Shaftesbury Avenue, the Haymarket, Coventry Street and Glasshouse Street, Piccadilly Circus is a fantastic meeting point for anyone planning a visit to London and an experience all of its own that visitors will not want to miss out on.
However, with its prominent position in London’s cultural West End, there really are a wealth of options open to those planning to explore this exciting area of the capital.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Just a few minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus resides the world famous Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – a fantastic centre of fun for all the family, with an array of interactive attractions that are sure to keep visitors entertained.
Spread over six floors and with more than 700 amazing artefacts and 19 themed galleries, the centre features some of the wackiest and downright bizarre attractions in the whole of the capital.
Exhibits include a portrait of the Prince of Pop Michael Jackson made entirely out of sweets, as well as an interactive graffiti wall that lets visitors bring out their inner Banksy.
Guests will be left dumbstruck simply by the array of outlandish offerings to enjoy, with the famed vortex tunnel an assault on the senses that truly boggles the mind – creating a visual illusion that looks like the walkway beneath the visitor’s feet is shifting and moving.
Open 365 days a year from 10am until midnight, last admissions take place at 10.30pm and tickets on the door cost £19.95 for children aged from four to 16 and £26.95 for adults (16+).
Jermyn Street Theatre
Formerly the home of the glamorous Monseigneur Restaurant and Club, the property was transformed into the Jermyn Street Theatre in the early 1990s and the facility has not looked back since.
Having staged its first production in 1994, the theatre has since established itself as one of the capital’s leading off-West End venues – a claim bolstered by its success in being named the Stage 100 Fringe Theatre of the Year 2012.
A registered charity devoted to promoting the arts, the theatre has in recent years devoted itself to putting on productions aimed at delivering acclaimed revivals, most notably including the UK premiere of Ibsen’s first-performed play St John’s Night, featuring Olivier-winning actress Sarah Crowe back in 2009.
Today, the venue continues to offer an outlet for more offbeat productions, with current shows ranging from the critically-acclaimed Jerry’s Girls to the provocative Told Look Younger.
Visitors keen to find out more about these and upcoming performances can do so by contacting the theatre’s box office or by signing up to their mailing list.
The Comedy Store
Individuals looking to let their hair down and enjoy a few good belly laughs during their stay in the capital might like to head to The Comedy Store, where some of the best comedians from across the UK and beyond are regularly performing.
The Store is one of the UK’s busiest comedy venues, with more than 3,500 people attending live shows every week.
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the venue hosts its Best in Stand Up events, which feature some of the biggest names in the nation’s comedy circles – Paul Tonkinson, Josie Lawrence, Paul Merton, Alastair Barrie, to name but a few.
Tuesdays feature the satirical stylings of The Cutting Edge – a topical news-based comedy that pokes fun at the latest goings on in the world – while on Wednesdays and Sundays, the Comedy Store Players take to the stage and provide a masterclass in comedic improv.
Performances and comedy stylings to suit all tastes can be found at The Comedy Store, with visitors to the capital encouraged to head along and exercise their funny bones should they get the chance.
And finally, opened in 1928 to a fanfare of acclaim, the Piccadilly Theatre was among the largest venues of its kind in the capital at the time.
The theatre’s beautiful art deco architecture is a fine example of period design and the theatre draws upon a rich history of past performances, with notable productions including the West End debut of Henry Fonda in the solo play Clarence Darrow, as well as a variety of Royal Shakespeare Company productions, including Ian McKellen’s star turn in Marlowe’s Edward II.
Now a bastion for musical theatre in the West End, visitors to the Piccadilly Theatre can enjoy a changing roster of performances throughout the year, with present highlights including the renowned Jersey Boys.
This popular venue is located at 16 Denman Street and is just a five-minute jaunt from Piccadilly Circus.