Turn your trip to London into a Big Day Out by pairing your West End theatre with a London attraction to max up the fun!
We have done the leg work for you and put together the ultimate guide to what shows to see with what museums, galleries, tours and attractions in London.
Also check out our Inspiration section for more ideas on what West End Shows to see in London.
The Lion King & London Zoo
Go with an animal theme for your London trip by pairing a matinee or evening out at Disney’s The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), and a visit to London Zoo in Regent’s Park to see some real-life animals. This day also works with the Natural History Museum!
Six The Musical & The Tower of London
See where it all happened then see the show, with a combination of tickets to Six The Musical at the Vaudeville Theatre, about the six wives of Henry VIII; and also a visit to the Tower of London to see the real location where many of his wives were imprisoned, or (gulp) beheaded… poor Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. This day would also work with a trip to Hampton Court Palace, home of Henry VIII and his many wives.
The Woman in Black and London Dungeon
Have a scary day in London by putting together Susan Hill’s chilling ghost story The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre, with the spooky goings on at the London Dungeon on the South Bank . This day also works with the Jack The Ripper Walking Tour!
Frozen The Musical and Ice Skating at Somerset House
The Phantom of the Opera & Royal Opera House backstage tour
Get a behind-the-scenes view of one of the world’s great opera houses with a tour of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Then walk on over to Her Majesty’s Theatre for the treat of seeing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic musical The Phantom of the Opera, set within the Paris Opera.
Wicked & The Shard
Defy gravity by going right to the top of The Shard – the tallest building in London and the whole of the UK, and then see “Defying Gravity” thrillingly sung at a matinee or evening performance of Wicked, the long-running musical at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. This day also works with views from the London Eye!
Back to the Future & The Science Museum
There’s a lot of weird science to be found in both Back to the Future – the big new musical based on the movie at the Adelphi Theatre, and the actual Science Museum in South Kensington. A great pairing for a nerdy cool day out.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child & Warner Bros Tour – The Making of Harry Potter
This is a no-brainer but it’s definitely possible to see both shows in a day: the spectacular West End show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre; with the Warner Bros Tour – The Making of Harry Potter to learn about the making of the hit movies.
Hamilton & Benjamin Franklin House
Grab a ticket to the multi award-winning musical Hamilton at the Victoria Palace, about the founding fathers of America – and oh so much more! And visit Benjamin Franklin House – home to scientist, diplomat, philosopher, inventor, and Founding Father of the United StatesBenjamin Franklin. He may not actually appear in Hamilton (apparently he was going to at one point!) but his influence looms large, over the musical and American history!
The Witness for the Prosecution & The Clink Prison
Both of the South side of the river, and both very atmospheric, take a trip to the Clink Prison Museum near London Bridge to get a taste of historic prison life in London (spoiler: it’s scary!). And then stroll along the Thames to the South Bank to see Agatha Christie’s classic whodunnit courtroom drama The Witness for the Prosecution, in the impressive setting of London’s County Hall. This day could also be teamed with a drink or dinner at the new NoMad London – based in the old Bow Street Magistrates Court in Covent Garden. Also works for Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at the St. Martin’s Theatre.