London is famous around the world for its theatre scene, with the West End perhaps second only to New York City’s Broadway on the list of best known and most beloved theatre districts.
While we will mention a couple of London’s most famous playhouses, this list of the five of the best theatres in West London will also include some smaller and lesser known picks that will blow you away - perhaps even as much as their more iconic cousins.
Even better, each of the venues featured here is within easy reach of our lovely apartments in up and coming Wembley Park. After all, Quintain Living is ideally suited for anyone looking to explore West and Central London.
1) Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
Opened in summer 2019, Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre brings world-class on-stage entertainment to a part of London that’s fast becoming a cultural hub all of its own. Newsies is the next major musical to come to the Troubadour, and the venue is also home to a great restaurant in Studio 5ive, so you’ll be able to fill up on quality food before or after your show.
How to get to Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
The Troubadour Wembley Park is located within the former Fountain Studios, which played host to live shows for reality TV juggernauts such as Pop Idol and The X Factor.
It’s just a short walk from Wembley Park tube station, which is served by the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines, and just a little over 10 minutes’ walk from Baker Street station. It’s also easy to reach by road, and well served by a range of London buses.
You should note, though, that there is no public on-site parking, and the theatre recommends taking public transport.
2) The Lyceum Theatre
London home to The Lion King since 1999, The Lyceum is one of many, many jewels in the West End’s glittering crown. The theatre is situated within a grade II-listed building in the heart of the city centre. And, with more than two centuries of histories behind it, it’s an absolute must-visit for any lover of the arts.
3) Bush Theatre
Bush Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush focuses on new plays that haven’t yet been picked up elsewhere, with a mission to, in its own words, discover, nurture and produce the best new playwrights from the widest range of backgrounds.
If you want to engage with interesting and unique material from emerging production companies, then Bush Theatre’s offering is one of the best in the city, making it undeniably one of West London’s best theatres.
4) Royal Opera House
Another of the city’s best known and most illustrious arts and culture venues, the Royal Opera House is a truly top-class theatre, and one of the best places in the entire world to experience the scale, drama and majesty of the opera.
It’s in the West End, even closer to Covent Garden tube station than The Lyceum is, and similarly well served by the city’s buses. It has multiple bars, a cafe and an excellent restaurant, which can stand alongside some of West London’s best fine dining. And those who want to see parts of the building normally out of bounds to visitors can even book a behind the scenes tour.
5) The Canal Cafe Theatre
From one of the biggest stage venues in London to perhaps one of the smallest, the final item on our list of the best West London theatres is The Canal Cafe Theatre, a comedy-focused playhouse that has hosted some of the most well known names in British comedy over its five-decade lifespan, from John Oliver to Eddie Izzard and The Mighty Boosh.
It’s located above the traditional pub The Bridge House, by the side of Regent’s Canal in a charming part of the city that’s aptly referred to as Little Venice. Its seats-and-tables setup gives it a unique and casual ambiance, and it’s one of the best places to catch up and coming comedians and interesting new shows.
We hope this list has given you a taste of what London can offer lovers of on-stage entertainment, from the pomp and circumstance of the West End to independent shows in West London theatres and rising challengers like Wembley Park’s Troubadour.
From opera lovers to fans of comedy, there’s something for everyone in the city. Why not check out our Wembley Park apartments to take your first steps to living there and experiencing it for yourself?