London still tops for the theatre and attractions

London still tops for the theatre and attractions London is still the number one best seller for most coach operators with more than two million passengers a year booking a theatre seat to experience the magic of London’ s West End and thousands more coming to the capital for shopping and…

a visit to a top attraction. Experiencing a West End show is top of any ‘ must-do’ list, thanks to the huge choice of shows and the world-class standard of the productions. Plus, with so many new shows arriving on theatreland’ s doorstep, it is an ever-changing buffet of theatrical treats.

And the reason why London theatre is probably the biggest sales outlet for coach tour operators.

The West End’ s longest running shows will always have crowds hammering at their doors and prove time and time again to be sure-fire hits with coach passengers. Broadway smash-hit Wicked is still running in the West End after more than a decade and has now been seen by over 6 million people.

Long running shows such as Les Miserables, the Lion King, Phantom of the Opera and Mamma Mia! continue to be hugely popular with coach groups and have now been joined by newer hits including the RSC’ s Matilda, the multi-award winning musical inspired by the book by Roald Dahl; and School of Rock – Andrew Lloyd Webber’ s latest hit at the New London Theatre, now called the Gillian Lyne.

Meanwhile, another must-see theatrical event is 42nd Street, the song and dance American dream fable of Broadway that features such iconic songs as “We’ re In The Money”, “Lullaby of Broadway” and “Dames”. Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton joins an all singing, high-kicking cast in this new West End production. Other shows that you should catch include Waitress – Adelphi theatre; Come From Away – Phoenix theatre; 9 to 5 – Savoy theatre; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Apollo theatre; Joseph and the amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – Palladium; Mary Poppins – Prince Edward; and Dear Evan Hansen – Noel Coward.

But it’ s not all greasepaint and high-kicks in the West End as more and more coach groups look to make their visit that extra bit special by combining with a visit to a top attraction. Traditional favourites – all CTA members and supporters – such as the Tower Of London, Kensington Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Madame Tussaud’ s, ZSL London Zoo, the Royal Albert Hall, Shakespeare’ s Globe and Kew Gardens, The View from the Shard and for a bite to eat and rock nostalgia, Planet Hollywood. Or for Gunners fans, there’ s a stadium tour at Arsenal. And of course there is a great choice of trips and water-borne tours on the Thames with City Cruises, Thames River Services and Thames Clippers. Sail down to Greenwich and visit the Royal Museums Greenwich – the National Maritime Museum, Queen’ s House, Royal Observatory and the Cutty Sark.

Theatre tickets for groups – as well as ‘ add-ons’ such as attraction visits, special interest tours and meals – can all be booked through CTA members including Encore Tickets, Groups Direct, Group Line ands Hospitality Line.

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