From its esteemed operatic beginnings to the beauty and notable history of the building that houses it, the Savoy Theatre really is an iconic West End destination, close to all the capital’s best tourist hotspots.
Originally opened to showcase Victorian partnership Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas, the Savoy Theatre is now a firm favourite in London’s theatreland, and an impressive historic destination.
Since its operatic beginnings in the late 1880s, shows have diversified to include musical productions of Never Forget, Legally Blonde, Cabaret and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. And today, spectators can be wowed by more than just world-class stage acts. The gorgeous Grade II listed building is widely considered as the most beautiful theatre in Europe. Lovingly restored after a fire in the 1990s, the theatre houses extravagant fittings and stunning Victorian décor sure to make any visitor feel as though they’ve stepped back in time.
Food and shopping
Set in the centre of London’s buzzing West End, the Savoy Theatre isn’t short on great options for food, drink, and culture.
Smollensky’s on the Strand is conveniently set next door, a trendy American restaurant and a firm favourite for theatregoers for over 20 years, while a few steps across takes you to a full selection of pubs and eateries to suit all tastes and any budget, from cafés to fine dining.
A relaxing afternoon can be spent browsing the local shops in Covent Garden, with an eclectic range of high end boutiques and historical curiosities. Be sure to check out Penhaligon’s perfumery, a 130 year-old scent emporium, or the atmospheric Segar & Snuff Parlour nestled in the old fruit market’s basements.
There are also plenty of fascinating cultural hotspots to seek out. London Film Museum is set among the cavernous, historic flower cellars, while the stunning 1950s Southbank Centre is found on the banks of the Thames, hosting an awe-inspiring selection of art and cultural performances.
Best places to stay
For those looking to stay in a hotel near the Savoy Theatre, there are lots of great options to consider. Some of the capital’s grandest, historic establishments are nestled in the neighbouring streets. The 5-star Savoy Hotel is perhaps one of the most famous, and its history is significantly intertwined with the Savoy Theatre, originally being opened to house the theatre’s guests. Other notable luxury retreats include The Waldorf and the Strand Palace Hotel. But for more modest budgets, there’s a whole range of hotels in the streets close by.
With such a great range of places to stay and visit, the Savoy Theatre is a top London destination for anyone looking to have a great trip to the capital.
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