Travelling in London
Do you need help travelling to see a show in London? We have a few tips that might help you travel around the capital.
Finding out where your theatre is
You can find the address of the theatre you’re visiting and the closest rail and tube stations in the Venue Information section of our show pages. Or take a look at our interactive map
If you know the start and finish point of your journey use Transport for London’s Journey Planner to work out the ideal route via train, bus and tube.
London Underground - the Tube
The tube may well be the easiest way to travel around London. You can pay by purchasing tickets at stations or by using an Oyster Card.
You can play you journey using the Tube Map…
… and check how the service is running before you travel
Daytime buses nearly all run to around midnight, then night buses take over. Most late night buses leave Trafalgar Square or Piccadilly Circus beginning at midnight and run at intervals all night long.
National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 (24 hours) provide information for all rail services throughout Great Britain. Many of London’s West End theatres are within easy walking distance of Charing Cross train station.
The most reliable taxis to take are licensed London taxis (known as black cabs because that is their most common colour).
If you have to drive into central London, please note: On-street parking meters and single yellow lines apply between 08:30 and 18:30 Monday to Saturday throughout most of Theatreland (the City of Westminster and the Borough of Camden). After 18:30 and at any time on Sundays you may park free of charge on meters and on single yellow lines. Westminster City Council has allows you to pay for metered parking bays by telephone on a credit card. For more information visit www.westminster.gov.uk/parking, call 0870 428 4009 or text 'Help' to 0795 008 0201.
Most West End theatres are within the £11.50 Congestion Charge zone. The Congestion Charge applies Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 18.00. For more details, please see the Transport For London Congestion Charge website.
Theatreland Parking Scheme
Get 50% off parking when you visit the theatre.
Driving to the theatre is an affordable option, thanks to the half-price Theatreland Parking Scheme offered by Q-Park.
To qualify, simply present your car park ticket for validation when you attend a performance at a participating theatre. Once the ticket is validated, the car park pay machine will automatically charge you half price when paying after the performance.
You may park for up to 24 hours and receive a 50% discount off the standard daily rate. This offer is valid seven days a week at the following Central London Q-Park car parks: Trafalgar Square, Chinatown, Soho, Oxford Street, Marble Arch / Park Lane, Pimlico and Burlington. All of these car parks are located close to popular theatres.
Please note, tariffs and opening hours vary between car parks. For more information about the Theatreland Parking Scheme visit: www.q-park.co.uk/theatreland
(Terms and conditions: You must be a genuine theatre customer and your theatre ticket stub must be dated for a day during your stay in the car park. Your Q-Park car park ticket must be validated at a participating theatre. You may park up to 24 hours with 50% off. After 24 hours the standard daily tariff will apply. This offer cannot be used with any other discount scheme including Q-Park’s advanced booking service. Non compliance with any of the above terms and conditions will result in the standard daily tariff being charged. Q-Park reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time without notice.)