With a london theatre break you can combine some of the best shows in the world with a 3, 4 and 5 star hotel to create an unforgettable experience. No matter what show or hotel you want, we offer the widest choice of hotels and can help you book them at the lowest cost.
Depending on the show you want to see, you have either one or two choices on booking your london theatre break - buy a package, build your own package or do both (and compare prices).
Some shows are available as part of a 'theatre package' offered by a small number of companies. With a package you get tickets and a hotel from one supplier.
Other shows are only available direct from the theatre or via a booking agency. So you'll need to create your own 'package' - booking tickets from the theatre or one of london's theatre ticket agencies and then booking your hotel separately.
The good news is that buying tickets and a hotel separately offers you a wider choice of hotel and it is often cheaper then booking a 'package'. So even when the show you want to see is available as a package, compare the cost of buying tickets and a hotel separately.
Where to book a london theatre break package
The simplest way to book a london theatre break is to buy a 'package'. Depending on the time of year, this can be the cheapest way too. But, look out for limitations - for example, you may be forced to book 2 nights hotel accommodation, may only be able to buy top priced tickets or may be offered a limited choice of just one hotel.
When it comes to booking a package, there are really only 2 places to go. Superbreak and Lastminute.com.
(We'd like to be able to give you more choice, but Superbreak power the london theatre break pages of just about every theatre break website. And those that it doesn't will not let you book online - so all they are doing is booking tickets and hotels separately for you. With the links in the section below this, you can do this yourself - and save their profit margin).
Superbreak - superbreak are a great london hotels website with a very good london theatre breaks section (this link goes right to their london theatre break page).
They are 'the' provider of london theatre breaks. They power the 'london theatre breaks' sections of most websites (including the theatre breaks pages on the virgin travel store and co-op travelcare websites, for example) and are regularly featured in the weekend supplements.
Superbreak offer up to 30 shows - from the long running Lion King, Phantom, Les Miserables and Blood Brothers, to this years hits like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and We Will Rock You.
All you need to do is pick your show, click to find the dates available, pick your date, your seat type and a hotel, then book. They make booking a london theatre break easy.
Lastminute.com - if you're looking for a london theatre break in the next few days / weeks, the UK's last minute specialist has a good london theatre breaks section (this link goes right to their theatres page. Click on the 'west end breaks' link on that page).
A good choice and mix of shows, but they tend to be offered with a specific hotel rather than a choice as offered by Superbreak.
How to build your own london theatre break (or check if a package is a good deal)
First you need to book the tickets
As with hotels, there are lots of websites offering london theatre tickets. Almost all of them are affiliates of one of the following websites (they offer a limited range from just one of these websites).
Ticketmaster - the world's leading entertainment ticketing company uses its buying power to negotiate great deals. Their website offers real-time access to a wide range of tickets for rock and pop, theatre, performing arts, sports, and attractions (this link goes straight to their theatres page).
London Theatre Direct - offers tickets for London plays, musicals and comedy shows, plus attractions tickets and pre-theatre dinner packages. As an official agent of London theatre, they hold ticket allocations for all major west end shows. Check ticker availability real-time - in advance, or at the last minute.
Lastminute.com - if you want a ticket for the next few days / weeks, check lastminute.com (this link goes right to their theatres page). Their london theatre break 'package' may not be for you, but they are still a good place to buy cheap theatre tickets.
Viator - this link takes you to the 'london' page of the viator website. Book theatre tickets, sightseeing tours, the london eye - just about anything to do in london. Prices are usually competitive.
A final option (or maybe a first option) is to see if you can buy your tickets direct from the theatre. Click here for the 'shows' page of the society of london theatre's online guide. Find your show and get the contact details for the theatre, then call or e-mail them. Be sure to ask if they have any special offers. If you don't ask, you won't get.
Then you need to book a hotel
Most central london theatres are in the strand / covent garden / shaftsbury avenue area. (If you are not sure where yours is, click here to go to the 'shows' page of the society of london theatre's online guide. Find your show and get the address and nearest tube details for the theatre).
If that's where you want to be, you don't have to spend hours clicking around hundreds of websites in order to get the best price. There are 5 or 6 websites that, between them, offer the hotels in londons theatre district. Most 'london hotels' websites are affiliates of one of these websites (they offer a limited range from just one of these five london hotels websites).
Here we tell you about all 5 websites, plus a couple of other websites with a limited range of london hotels, but great prices.
Superbreak - this link is to superbreak's london hotels page. For Strand / Covent Garden / Holborn hotels click on the arrow at the end of the 'all london' box and select 'strand / covent garden / holborn' and enter your dates for details on up to 20 hotels and apartments in the area with rooms from £50 a night.
Room rates, facilities, grades, detailed descriptions and even photos are available for most hotels. They also offer london theatre breaks and serviced apartments. But note that Superbreak quote prices on a per person basis not per room.
Worldres / placestostay.com - a big hotels website that provides the hotels pages of many well known brands, including lastminute.com and Opodo, and prices up to 70% off published rates.
The link takes you to their london page. Click on 'Soho' for details of up to 10 hotels in the area with room rates from less than £50 a night - from low cost B&B's to 5 star luxury.
Hotels.com / travelnow.com - one of the worlds biggest and best hotels booking websites.
Book famous 5 star hotels, apartments or budget B&B's. Look out for special value deals - up to 25% off the already discounted room rate when you stay 2 nights or more.
Allrez.com - this link takes you to the allrez city hotels page (with 'london hotels' automatically selected).
They have a 'refine search' section at the bottom of the page, but it doesn't work that well. The quickest way is to get an idea of the hotel you want with the companies above, then search for that hotel by name (and check the price) at Allrez.
A broad range of london hotels. Click on a room type and 'more info' any of the hotels for an honest assessment of the hotel and its location. A regular place for bargains.
Holidayextras - this is a bit of a 'joker' in the pack. It is a discount website focusing on airport hotels, but if you click on 'london' in the 'airport' box, enter your dates and click 'proceed' you'll get details of up to 30 central london hotels.
Their central london hotels range from 2 to 4 star, often at unbeatable prices - from £40 a night (per room, not per person) they even have quad rooms from less than £45. Always worth a look.