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Discover the wonderful art, exhibition spaces and theatre options when staying at the Shaftesbury Hotel's accommodation in London.

The Phantom of the Opera

The second-longest running West End musical, the Phantom of the Opera was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and has been performed at Her Majesty's Theatre in Westminster since 1986.

A love story full of mystery, intrigue and excitement, Phantom is also famous for its hauntingly beautiful music, including songs like Think of Me, All I Ask of You and Angel of Music.

Royal Festival Hall

Located on the lively South Bank, the Royal Festival Hall is a venue with nearly 3,000 seats and which hosts events like concerts, dance performances, theatre and talks. It's also the home of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

A Grade I listed building, which was completed in 1951, the structure has a striking Modernist design and is surrounded by other top London attractions like the Golden Jubilee Bridge and the London Eye.

Apsley House Art Collection

The official London home of the Duke of Wellington, Apsley house is a lovely 18th-century building located near Hyde Park Corner.

As well as providing a striking display of architecture, the building also houses a wide collection of paintings by artists like Rubens, Goya and Sir David Wilkie, as well as sculpture and antiques.


During a visit to London, take some time to enjoy the city's range of arts, exhibitions and theatre. Book a stay at the Shaftesbury Hotel in Piccadilly.

Les Miserables

The West End's longest-running musical, this show has been running since 1985. Today, it can be found in the Queen's Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miz tells the story of Jean Valjean, a man incarcerated for 19 years after stealing a loaf of bread. When he's released from prison, he escapes parole and raises an orphan named Cosette - while avoiding his parole officer and playing a part in the French Revolution.

Coliseum Theatre

Located on St Martin's Lane, the Coliseum can be recognised by the illuminated globe that is constantly spinning on the roof. It was first opened in 1904 and was one of the first theatres in London to have electric lighting.

Today, the venue is a Grade II listed building and home to the English National Opera.

The Globe Theatre

Providing a fabulous mix of performance and history, this venue is a reconstruction of the 17th-century theatre in which William Shakespeare's plays were originally performed.

Today, visitors can enjoy a fascinating museum with exhibits about the history of the site, as well as its current use. Plus, you can opt to see a show in the open-air theatre.


If you're staying at the Shaftesbury Hotel in Kensington, you can enjoy a wide choice of arts, exhibition and theatre venues.

Royal Albert Hall

Opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria, the Royal Albert Hall is a stunning venue located on the northern edge of South Kensington.

This space hosts performances by some leading names in entertainment - with genres ranging from opera, classical and ballet to rock music. What's more, awards ceremonies, sporting events and comedy shows also make use of the hall.

The Saatchi Gallery

Started by Charles Saatchi in 1985 as a venue to display his own works, this gallery has expanded over the years to incorporate a range of contemporary pieces.

Exhibitions have included items by the likes of Damien Hirst, while the main goal is to show art by young and emerging British and international artists.

The gallery is situated in Chelsea in an impressive 19th-century building called the Duke of York's Headquarters - this creates a pleasing juxtaposition of classic architecture and modern art.

Wigmore Hall

A performance venue in Marylebone, Wigmore Hall is a popular choice for chamber music and classical recitals. It is notable for its impressive acoustics and intimate atmosphere.

The space hosts around 400 performances every year and it is also used for a weekly concert, which is broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

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