Theatre Weekend in London

Some of London’s Best Theatre

One of the best tips someone can give you when visiting London is not to wear yourself out at the sights, shops and museums during the day.  Make sure you save some energy for the nighttime!

When it comes to live entertainment, London really is the the world’s number one destination.  The city’s West End is notorious for it’s dazzling array of shows and when you’re staying in London there really is no excuse for not going to see one.

When you stay at the Melita Hotel you are within touching distance of some of the best shows at some of the greatest venues in the capital.  The Melita is very much a family hotel so whether you are on a special couple’s night out or going to see a musical with the entire family, we’ll give you a comfortable experience, sure to remember.

 

Wicked

The Melita is ideally situated for all public transport, but why travel when one of the most successful musicals of all time is within walking distance of your comfy room?  The Apollo Theatre is unmissable, right outside the main entrance of Victoria Station.

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Wicked is a multi award winning musical and if you have a chance to see this spectacular show, it won’t be difficult to see why.  Yes, it’s set in the same world as The Wizard of Oz but rest assured that this isn’t a re-hash of an old story.  It’s a completely alternative tale about the life of the Wicked Witch of the West before and during the story of The Wizard of Oz.

We see her relationship with Glinda the Good Witch and finally learn why she ended up having such a public fall from grace.

A show that originally divided the critics but has never divided the audience, this is a definite must see!

 

Matilda

Just a tube ride away there is a musical for the entire family, based on the twisted genius of Roald Dahl.  The Cambridge Theatre is close to both Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus tube stations. 235734_770_preview

This is a show that will captivate both adults and children, especially if they’ve grown up loving the world of Roald Dahl.  Matilda is a musical that celebrates the anarchy of childhood and the imagination of children.  It tells the story of a magical little girl who challenges the status quo and follows her as she attempts to distance herself from her destiny.

The music is provided by the much loved comedian/musician Tim Minchin, who made his name performing impressive shows at the Edinburgh Festival.

Although this is a family show, tickets are strictly for people aged six and over.

 

Mama Mia

Not really one for the kids but a show that adults will love, ideal for that long awaited couples night out.mamma-mia-770x400-2

If you’ve seen the film you’ll know what to expect.  Based on a Greek island, a mother, her daughter and three possible fathers take a trip down memory lane on the eve of the daughter’s wedding.  The aim is to find out who the father is so he can give his daughter away.

Based around the music of the legendary Abba, this musical originated in the West End in 1999. It will certainly be a night to remember as you hear all of your favourite Abba tunes, from the opening ‘I Have a Dream’ right through to a finale of ‘Thank You for the Music’.

This musical is at the Novello Theatre in the heart of the West End, you can take the underground from Victoria Station, minutes away from your base at the Melita Hotel.

 

The Mousetrap

 

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If musicals aren’t your thing then why not go for a more traditional play?  What could be more traditional than a “whodunnit” mystery?

However, the Mousetrap isn’t just any old “whodunnit” play. It is the longest running West End show.  But not only that, it is actually the longest running play in history!  It opened in 1952 and has been running continuously ever since.  That’s over 26,000 performances!

That’s not the only thing that sets this Agatha Christie play apart.  It is also known for having a twist at the end, turning the “whodunnit” genre on its head. It is tradition for the audience to be asked not to reveal the twist after leaving the theatre.  So if you do go and see this record breaking performance, keep your lips sealed!

The Mousetrap has been at St Martin’s Theatre since 1974, the theatre is walking distance from Covent Garden and Leicester Square tube stations.

 

The Woman in Black

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Definitely, unquestionably and beyond any doubt, this is NOT one for the kids!

Even if you’re a fan of horror movies and have seen the film of the same name, prepare to be more terrified than you ever have been before.  Nothing can prepare you for the fear and trepidation you will experience from watching this mind blowing production of terror.

This show has been running in the West End for 27 frightening years and bring’s Susan Hill’s dramatic ghost story to life.  It’s not only a shock for the eyes, but for the ears and all the other senses.  Even the show’s programme gives credit to only two actors, so who’s this coming on stage…

This can be seen at the Fortune Theatre in Russell Street, Covent Garden.

The Melita is a townhouse hotel situated on a quiet street in Pimlico but wonderfully located for all of London’s amenities, including the bright lights of the infamous West End.  It offers hospitality and a level of personal service that you only find at a family run hotel.  Couple this with great value and you have the ideal base for your London adventure!

 

 


The Queens Arms Pub | London Hotel

Top 5 Pubs Just Steps Away from The Melita Hotel

We’ve boasted it before: our amazing location makes us the perfect home base for adventures. The guests who visit us very often have one main thing in common; they want to experience the very best of London while staying in a hotel that’s more personal and in tune with what they really need.

The Melita Hotel’s involvement with our local neighbourhood makes us especially suited to this type of traveller. When you want to wander the local art museum, we can help you secure tickets. If you’re curious about the architecture of Pimlico, we can indicate the most exciting places to visit and learn all about it.

And when it’s close to the end of the day, your feet are tired from wandering, and you’d just adore a really good pint of beer, we know the top five pubs just five tube stops away from The Melita. We’re so confident that you’ll love these locations that we’ve laid them out for you to see, right here.

 

Pride of Pimlico

Pride Of Pimlico Pub | London Hotel

One of our best-known local pubs, the Pride of Pimlico is all about simplicity and getting back to the roots of what it means to be a great pub. This Irish pub has an old-timey feel even before you ever step in the door. The exterior is nondescript, but don’t let that fool you; the magic happens once you step inside.

The first thing you’ll notice when you walk in the door is all the cosy little spots to curl up in for a bit of conversation, or maybe even just a few minutes with a good book. This pub is, surprisingly, not English but Irish, so you’ll find timeless standards like Guinness, Murphy’s and O’Hara’s on tap or available by the bottle. Of course, no true Irish pub experience is complete without downing at least one icy-cold Guinness, so be sure to grab one when you go.

Why visit: Lovely staff, lovely people. Feels like home. Just the right size when you want company without feeling overwhelmed by crowds.

Amenities: Pool table, TV (Usually tuned to football)

Reservations: Not needed, but you can ring the pub with questions at +44 20 7834 3031

 

The Queen’s Arms

The Queens Arms Pub | London Hotel

This upmarket gastropub serves up some of London’s best pub food. If you’re starving by dinner, and in need of a comfy seat, this is the place you want to be when the dinner bell rings. It’s also a local favourite, so if you’re looking to integrate yourself with the neighbourhood and experience its culture, this is the place to experience that.

All of the food is excellent at The Queen’s Arms, but guests tend to brag the most about the burgers and pies. They’re simple, but perfectly prepared and largely portioned to fill you up, either before you head out to a club or after you’ve discovered the rest of Pimlico.

Why visit: For the food, and for the local-soaked atmosphere. The keg and beer selection is a close third for good reasons to visit.

Amenities: Cosy seating. Separate dining area if you’re looking for something a bit more intimate.

Reservations: Not required, but recommended. Make them here or ask a Melita staff member for help.

 

Cask Pub and Kitchen

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The Cask Pub and Kitchen is a bit special. Though it hasn’t been around for as long as some of the others, it’s owned and run by Pimlico’s friend Martin Hayes, a local who was both born and raised in the area himself. This lovely little pub serves up some of the area’s best gourmet burgers, and has a boast-worthy selection of 10 cask ales, 15 keg lines, and a whopping 300 different bottles of beer.

The Cask’s best feature is, without a doubt, it’s incredible selection of beer. If you’re coming in from across the pond, or anywhere else in the world, really, you’ll want to make this one of your first stops for beer and wine tasting. The kitchen’s gourmet selection is like icing on the cake, but it just can’t top the incredible selection of refreshments. A word to the wise: The Cask’s beer selection changes daily. Be sure to call ahead to find out what’s on tap today.

Why visit: Definitely for the beer, but also for the gourmet burgers. Also, did we mention the beer?
Amenities: Live music on certain nights of the week. Incredibly comfortable bench seating all around the main room.

Reservations: Not needed, but you can make them by ringing  +44 20 7630 7225 if you want choice seating.

 

The Warwick Pub

The Warwick Pub | London Hotel

Both a pub and gastropub in one, the Warwick is famous in London for hosting some top-notch parties. This exciting location has just about everything you can think of to offer: an amazing selection of beer, great food, music, and even a fine selection of beautifully put-together cocktails. It’s a bit more party-oriented and upscale than some of Pimlico’s other options, making it a swell place for a less-formal-but-not-quite-casual date night while you’re with us. It’s also an excellent place to get out and mingle with the locals if you plan to stay for a while.

With nearly 2,500 likes on Facebook and a grand plethora of positive reviews across the internet, we can say with confidence that The Warwick is well-liked and well-visited. The time of day you visit does seem to matter; for a more laid-back experience, visit before 7:00 p.m. For a livelier experience with more drinking and dancing, hit the pub later on. They’re also very well-known for hosting holiday specials and events, so be sure to check what’s on when you visit.

Why visit: Visit if you’re looking for a mixture of club and pub in one. Also for the incredible cocktails and ale selection.

Amenities: Standard pub seating. Live music on special events and certain nights of the week.

Reservations: Highly recommended, and on special occasions and weekends, a must. Make them here.

 

The Constitution

The Constitution Pub | London Hotel

The Constitution is technically classed as a 19th-Century hostelry, but it, too is one of London’s most charming and unique pubs. Much like the others, it has an incredible selection of beers and great food. What makes it really special and sets it apart is the rich, dark wood decor and atmosphere. There’s something about The Constitution that just feels incredibly historic England circa the late 1800s, even if you’re surrounded by far more modern locals and smartphones. It’s very much not anything like a chain pub–so much that sometimes it’s easy to take a glance inside and assume it’s for an older crowd. Sure, some of the edges are a bit worn, and time has taken its toll on the interior, but it’s so charming that just a few minutes spent inside will make you forget all of your misgivings.

Food-wise, you’ll find much of Britain’s traditional fare here. It’s well-portioned, well-made, and just generally carries a very homemade feel. With both a grill and several traditional restaurant stations, it’s much easier for them to carry a wide menu; we recommend trying the steak and chips, following up with ice cream for dessert. Beer-wise, you’ll find mostly English ales on tap here, so the selection isn’t quite as wide as the others.

Why visit: The atmosphere is distinctly English, steeped in history, and just altogether welcoming. Great locals and welcoming staff are also a plus.

Amenities: Few, but the atmosphere makes up for it. Very traditional English pub.

Reservations: Not required. Ring +44 20 7834 3651 for questions about events or the menu.