Visit London at any time of an ordinary year and you’re sure to notice one thing above all else – there are a LOT of people here.
And with the capital hosting Olympic Games as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the capital is going to be even busier than usual this summer.
With hundreds of thousands of additional visitors expected for this summer’s Olympic games, London’s transport authorities are urging residents and visitors to stagger their journey times to avoid congestion and crowds.
Suggested activities to escape this new ‘rush hour’ include going to the pub (be careful or you’ll probably get fleeced for being a tourist), enjoying a gallery or museum (those on a budget will enjoy these as they’re free) and enjoying a show in London’s West End.
At seenit.co.uk we love our theatre and we’re fortunate that the capital’s biggest PR agencies and shows often enlist our help and ask us to tell our readers about their latest stage extravaganza.
And as a theatre-goer, the greatest thing about West End shows is the sheer diversity on offer. Within just a few streets there’s a rich choice of classic plays, musicals and stage adaptations of Hollywood hits.
Those looking for something a little more ‘experimental’ can also venture to the South Bank where the National Theatre is normally able to please.
If you visited the West End in 1948 when London last hosted the Olympics you’d have had to rely on pitching up at the box office and buying your ticket while in town.
Pot luck would have decided if you got to see your first choice production.
Luckily in these internet connected days we can dispense with the luck – a few clicks of a mouse allow you to grab your tickets online ahead of your journey, securing yourself a great evening of entertainment.
And this summer you’ll have another advantage over your 1948 counterpart – the Government’s decision to allow shops to open all day Sunday during the Games means you won’t even need to miss the capital’s great shopping experiences to enjoy your night at the theatre.