Piccadilly and West End - Ten Minutes Walking From The Hotel

VISIT:

Piccadilly Circus: It is a road junction built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly. Piccadilly now links directly to the theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue, as well as the Haymarket, Coventry Street (onwards to Leicester Square), and Glasshouse Street. The Circus is close to major shopping and entertainment areas in the West End. Its status as a major traffic intersection has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting place and a tourist attraction in its own right. The Circus is particularly known for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building on the northern side, as well as the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue of an archer popularly known as Eros (sometimes called The Angel of Christian Charity, but intended to be Anteros). It is surrounded by several noted buildings, including the London Pavilion and Criterion Theatre.

Burlington House: The construction of the Burlington House started in 1660s, but was completed later by the first Earl of Burlington. It has been re-modelled twice, and in 1854 the Government bought the House for the Royal Academy.

The Royal Academy of Arts: The Academy has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate. The Academy was founded by George III in 1768. The 34 founding Members were a group of prominent artists and architects including Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir William Chambers who were determined to achieve professional standing for British art and architecture. They also wanted to provide a venue for exhibitions that would be open to the public; and to establish a school of art through which their skills and knowledge could be passed to future generations of practitioners. The Academy now enjoys an unrivalled reputation as a venue for exhibitions of international importance.

 

SHOPPING:

The Burlington Arcade: It is a truly timeless destination, an iconic runway uniting Piccadilly and Bond Street. It is a place where old and new worlds meet, united by a common thread of exceptional quality, authenticity, bespoke craftsmanship and creativity. The Burlington Arcade has been heralded as an historic and architectural masterpiece and a true luxury landmark in London ever since it was first unveiled to great acclaim in 1819. Today, diamonds flash in both antique and contemporary settings alongside the warmer glow of pearls and other rare gemstones, vintage watches mark the passage of time alongside a striking rainbow of the finest leather accessories, gleaming silver, writing materials, bespoke footwear and the melting softness of cashmere.

Fortnum & Mason: For three centuries Fortnum's has been committed to bringing the world's best products to Piccadilly – often from continents away. Fresh food, though, has always come from as close to these Isles as possible. Fortnum and Mason offers a cornucopia of food and drink, gifts and luxuries. Whilst the Food Hall does offer the widest range of luxurious products, the rest of the store is often overlooked by visitors.

Regent Street: one of the major shopping streets in London's West End, well known to tourists and Londoners alike, and famous for its Christmas illuminations. Every building in Regent Street is protected as a Listed Building, at least Grade II status. Shopping in London on Regent Street is an opportunity for sight-seeing and exploration.  Choose between Hamley's toy shop, Godiva the chocolatiers and a variety of boutiques including Hoss Intropia, Michael Kors, 7 for all Mankind, Sebago and Coach. Wander from the world famous Apple store down the street to historic department store Liberty and on to the beautifully designed Anthropologie.

 

WEST END MUSICALS:

Ghost: A timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her.

Jersey Boys: this internationally acclaimed hit musical, tells the remarkable rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in pop music history. Discover how four New Jersey boys from the wrong side of the tracks invented their own unique sound, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 100 million records worldwide. With spectacular performances of all their hits, Jersey Boys is the electrifying true life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; the mob, the heartaches, the triumphs and the music.

Les Miserables:
A musical based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Set in early 19th-century France, the plot follows the stories of many characters as they struggle for redemption and revolution. An ensemble that includes prostitutes, student revolutionaries, factory workers, and others joins the lead characters. The musical opened at the Barbican Centre in London, England on 8 October 1985. It is currently the longest-running musical on West End followed by The Phantom of the Opera.

Mamma Mia:
This funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives!

The Phantom of the Opera:
Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist.

Thriller Live:
a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer and undisputed King of Pop. Includes over two-hours of non-stop hit songs in a show that pays homage to the world-class spectacle of Jackson’s legendary live performances. Expect your favourite Jackson songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and live band, including the smash hits: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, , The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, They Don’t care About Us and Thriller plus many more!