When it comes to the theatre the West End in London is the home of the best musicals and plays that the country has to offer. Though not as garish as Broadway, the West End has a prestige that actors, playwrights and directors strive towards obtaining.

Shopping in the West End

The theatre isn’t the only thing on offer in the West End. If you are looking for something to do before a matinee or just arrived slightly earlier than planned for an evening performance then there are lots of shopping streets that not only are famous in their own right but also have some of the most famous names in UK retail.

The West End has Oxford Street, Regent Street, Bond Street and St. Christopher’s Palace in Soho but a stone’s throw away there are plenty of ways to while away the hours looking at some of the finest independent shops in the UK as well as the flagship stores for companies such as Topshop, The Apple Store, Selfridges, Hamleys and Ralph Lauren.

With Covent Garden not far from the West End there are also some beautiful areas to walk around in the open air in order to get your shopping done including St. Martin’s Courtyard and Seven Dials.

Culture in the West End

The West End has some of the highbrow cultural attractions in London to visit that offer a slightly different alternative to visiting the theatre. These include galleries and museums such as the National Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, the National Portrait Gallery and the London Transport Museum.

If you are more interested in the cinema or casino nights there are these on offer in the West End as well. Rather than spend a night alone out at the Hippodrome Casino or the red carpet of the cinema premieres that take place in Leicester Square, next door to the West End, an escort can provide you with company and glamour no matter if it’s the casino or cinema you are visiting.

All the West End’s a stage

The West End is known as London’s “Theatreland” and has over 40 theatres that host a range of musicals, plays and comedies from the Phantom of the Opera to Wicked, Billy Elliot to Les Miserables, the Woman in Black to War Horse and the Mousetrap to the Crucible there is a wide range of evening entertainment on offer for anyone who loves the smell of the grease paint.

Dining in the West End

For food before you head to the theatre, cinema or casino there are plenty of restaurants in the West End that can be found in Soho or Chinatown giving you a wide range of choice when it comes to pre-theatre dining.

These include such restaurants as the Mint Leaf, Jamie’s Italian, Rules, Pescatori, the Opera Tavern, Inamo St James and Cinnamon Soho.