Sadler’s Wells Theatre
With a legacy stretching back centuries the intriguing, world-famous Sadler’s Wells Theatre is the home to top dance acts, and fringed by gorgeous eateries, traditional London markets and trendy boutiques.
With an illustrious history stretching back more than 300 years, Sadler’s Wells Theatre is one of London’s top cultural must-sees.
The theatre surprisingly started on the whim of a wealthy man called Dick Sadler in the 17th century. His original dream was to host musical events in his local Islington, when he untapped a fresh spring close by. This discovery led to a very unique experience, with waves of people making the trip across to explore the spring’s famed medicinal properties, to a musical backdrop.
Dedicated to dance
Today Sadler’s Wells Theatre is regarded as the world-leading contemporary dance venue, hosting shows to suit every passion, from hip hop to ballet and set across three sites; the historic Rosebery Avenue in Islington, Lilian Baylis Studio and The Peacock Theatre in the West End.
Typically, each theatre has its own distinct character, hosting notable shows throughout their history from celebrated 1940s opera singer Peter Grimes, to Twelfth Night. Yet in the early 21st century the theatre decided to dedicate itself completely to dance, not only presenting some of the best productions in the world but also acting as a patron of dance, commissioning and producing new works.
Being set in the fashionable Islington area means that there’s lots of choice for anyone looking to explore outside the theatre itself. Originally on the edge of the industrial area of Clerkenwell, the soaring old factories and warehouses have given way to trendy design agencies, media offices and upmarket flats.
The energy is youthful and vibrant, with cosy, traditional gastropubs at every corner and an impressive selection of one-off vintage boutiques, the ideal place for a shopaholic to spend a lazy afternoon. A few steps further takes you to the historic Smithfield and Exmouth Markets. The perfect spots for picking up a bit of shopping, grabbing a bite to eat or sampling some local produce.
To get the full experience of this vibrant setting we’d recommend looking at hotels near Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Budget-conscious travellers have the pick of purse friendly places to stay, and more indulgent experiences can be had at the gorgeous townhouse hotels lining the nearby streets.
Whatever your reason for visiting the capital, Sadler’s Wells Theatre is the perfect destination for those looking to stay entertained and have a trip to remember.
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