Shaftesbury Avenue is in the heart of London and is one of the best areas of London for entertainment, sightseeing and of course Shaftesbury hotels. Sow hen you’re in the centre of the city, what can you expect from the broad range of sites and events in the area. It can often be difficult to pilfer through the wide range of recommendations in the area, but if you are on the look-out for theatre, history and spectacle, then Shaftesbury Avenue is the place for you. Below are some of our top picks for things to do in and around Shaftesbury Avenue, giving ample opportunity for couples, families and friends to enjoy what the city and the West End have in store.
The Curzon Soho is one of the edgiest cinemas in London, bringing a wide range of international gems and blockbuster smash hits. With its critically acclaimed line up of films and comfy seating, the Curzon Soho is one of the best cinemas in the city. What’s more, the café and bar give you a great view out onto Shaftesbury Avenue and serves up some killer coffee too.
With Chinatown just around the corner, it’s no surprise that there is a Loon Fung located just around the corner. This is a Chinese Supermarket which sells every oriental ingredient you can think of, bringing a wide range of speciality spices and foodstuffs right into the heart of London. This is perfect if you’re looking for some great ingredients for your home cooking.
Les Miserables London
Based at the Queens Theatre on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Wardour Street, Les Misérables is one of the longest running West End shows to this day. With over thirty years behind it, it’s easy to see why, the grand spectacle and sweeping epic which is Victor Hugo’s classic is given a grand stage and is still incredibly visceral three decades after its first performances.
House of Minalima
Based on Greek Street in Soho, the House of Minalima is a design and graphics shop which celebrates the long-time collaboration between Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, two graphic designers whoa re responsible for the art of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchise, alongside many other works. The shop at 26 Greek Street offers up art prints and tools to make your own graphics.
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Harry potter and the Cursed Child is the collaborative two-part epic penned by Jack Thorne and J.K Rowling. The play is made of two parts and is currently being performed at the beautiful Palace Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. Whilst it will undoubtedly satisfy Potter fans everywhere, the play will also entice newbies to the Potterverse.
Prince Edward Theatre
The Prince Edward Theatre is the current home to the new Aladdin musical, and is one of the most famous theatres in London. The West End showroom started its life in the 1930’s from a design by Edward A Stone and has been showing some of the best in West End shows ever since. Seating 1700, this theatre will keep running Aladdin until November 2019, when it will stage an adaptation of the hit Disney Film Mary Poppins for the stage. The spectacular theatre is located just off Leicester Square on Old Compton Street.