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London Palladium

London Palladium

A guide to the London Palladium in London's West End

Since opening in 1901 with a variety show and one-act play, the London Palladium has gone on to become arguably London's best-known theatre, especially when it comes to musical shows. Located in Argyll Street and built to compete with the London Hippodrome and London Coliseum, the theatre is within easy access of many popular restaurants and pubs. Its perfectly placed either pre- or post-theatre drinks, or a great lastminute.com theatre meal deal. Or, if you're arriving in the day, head to the shops in Oxford Street first.

The London Palladium, which is just two minutes walk from Oxford Circus tube station and eight minutes from both Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road, has a capacity of 2,302, accommodated across three levels: stalls, royal circle and upper circle. The theatre retains many of its original features and despite its size is surprisingly intimate. Loved by actors and audiences alike, it's a great venue for your visit, whether you're planning a family day out with lastminute.com or a special outing just for two.

The history

The London Palladium is perhaps best-known for the Royal Variety Performances which have been staged at the venue more times than any other theatre. It was also the setting for the hugely popular Sunday Night from the London Palladium, which ran on ITV from 1965 until 1966. It has seen appearances by some of Broadway's greatest stars, including Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Carmen Miranda and Judie Garland, as well as Frank Sinatra, Sammie Davis Jr, Ella Fitzgerald, The Andrew Sisters, Johnnie Ray, Frankie Laine and Bob Hope.

Other home-grown stars to have appeared include Gracie Fields, Max Miller and Vera Lynn, as well as Harry Houdini, and jazz greats Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong.

During the 1930s the theatre became known as the home of The Crazy Gang; Johnny Cash recorded an album here in 1968 though it was never released and, in 1970, the venue tried to get Elvis Presley to perform 14 shows. Had they gone ahead, they would have been his only shows outside North America.

Other notable performances include concerts by performers including Sir Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Robbie Williams and Slade. It also hosted a stack of smash-hit musicals including The Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Scrooge The Musical, The Wizard of Oz, Saturday Night Fever, Sister Act the Musical, Oliver! and Cats.

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Where is the London Palladium?

Address

  • 8 Argyll Street
    Soho
    London
    W1F 7TF

Phone number

  • 0844 412 4655

 

How to get to the London Palladium?

Access by tube

  • Oxford Circus
  • Bond Street
  • Tottenham Court Road

By bus

  • To Oxford Street: 3, 6, 8,10, 12, 13, 15, 23, 25, 53, 55, 73, 88, 94, 98, 113, 137, 139, 159
  • To Regent Street: 3, 6, 12, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, C2

By car

  • The nearest car park is Chinatown