five star hotels for theatre breaks in London

Everyone knows that a London Theatre Break is a special occassion. The trip to London, great seats for one of the West End’s top shows, a pre-theatre dinner, a post-theatre drink or stroll through Theatreland and a nearby hotel to lay your sleepy head. But for some guests that is only half the story. Whether it is to celebrate a “big” birthday or a significant anniversary, sometimes the occasion deserves

Spring into Theatre

With the nights getting lighter and the days certainly warmer than they have been for a while, Spring is a great time to travel into London for a Theatre Break whether is be as a couple, with friends or as the Easter school holidays approach with the whole family. At the beginning of April there is the official opening night of  Broadway transferred musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the elegant

Spring Breaks in London including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Easter

Highlights for Spring Breaks to London Easter egg hunts, St Georges Day parades, the Boat Race, the London Marathon, Mother’s Day… it must be Spring in London! When you come to London this spring, keep your whole family entertained with a host of special events in London. Easter Look out for special Easter events and activities for the whole family at London attractions There will be Easter themed events at

jersey boys at the Piccadilly Theatre

With the impending move of Jersey Boys to the Piccadilly Theatre, London (situated on the corner of Sherwood Street and Denman Street in Soho) from 14 March 2014, I thought people might appreciate some information on the practicalities of going to see the show. So first off, Denman Street is a one way street heading to Shaftesbury Avenue, so if you are driving you need to enter from the Brewer

royal shakespeare theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Hotel Breaks in Stratford-upon-Avon Last week we went to Stratford-Upon-Avon and didn’t go to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Well we did, but not to see a play, just to have a look round the shop for potential mother’s day presents – she likes a but of theatre does mum! This short break was a spa break at the Macdonald Alveston Hotel – a 16th century hotel (or at least partly

william shakespeare and his plays - 450 years on

As the world starts to celebrate the 450th anniversary year of William Shakespeare’s birth, what were his plays really about and what can they teach us today? Our Stratford-Upon Avon Breaks are popular with couples, families and educational groups but what often scares people away from Shakespeare are the indecipherable plot lines. So with a bit too much time on my hands last night I had some fun with two

Back to the Future with 'jazz hands'

Ahh, the 80s were my decade – the last of the teenage years and the beginning of the terrific twenties. And this is certainly the decade when I my film obsession hit an all time high as I was working, able to fund my own cinema trips and, of course, there was the birth of video. One of the most iconic films of the 80s was, of course, Back To

Hollywood comes to the West End

There was a time when actors were divided into two categories – tv/screen actors and stage actors. The latter was considered to be the more serious of the profession and there was a certain amount of aloofness from those that were drama school trained and trod the boards on a regular basis towards those that chose the medium of “moving pictures”. Of course, all that has changed in this age

romantic breaks in London for Valentines Day - From Here to Eternity

Did you know that Valentine’s Day is less than 6 weeks away? And the powers that be in top-flight football have deemed that Thursday 14th February will be the date of the 1st leg of the Europa League matches. With 4 English football teams competing, the romantics amongst us will certainly need all our powers of persuasion to entice our footie-loving other halves away from the tv that night.

Sound of the Musicals

Over the Christmas week I finally caught up on watching the whole of The Sound of Musicals series which ran on Channel 4 at the end of November/beginning of December. It really was a great programme – did anyone else catch it? It centred on 5 successful West End shows – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mamma Mia!, Thriller Live!, Top Hat  and The Bodyguard – plus followed the casting process and rehearsals

Weekend Theatre Breaks

Whether you are trying to think of the perfect event for a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, or you simply fancy the idea of spoiling yourself with some hard-earned time off, a theatre break in London could be the ideal treat. And although a weekend in London doesn’t have to revolve solely around the West End, it is of course, one of the things that the city

stephen ward the musical

So fresh I expected Ward’s face to be on the front page of the Evening Standard as I picked up a copy outside the theatre! Last night we saw Stephen Ward. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about the real life events surrounding the Profumo Affair of 1963. It’s basically about a man (Ward) who enjoyed life, liked beautiful women and valued the company of influential men. But it could also

The wonderful world of 'Charlie Chocolate'

If you are in a quandary what to do with the family this Christmas, or in fact at any time of the year, then look no further than a trip to London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane  to see the amazing production of what my kids call “Charlie Chocolate” but is better known as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory“. Adapted from the children’s favourite story of the same name by best-selling

New York's Satue of Liberty

To help celebrate the start of our Broadway show packages I thought we should get to know a few of the landmarks that New York is famous for. So as it is always ladies first I thought that this week we should look at the Statue of Liberty. Those who visit The Statue of Liberty are able to retrace the steps of the American people’s bid for independence and liberty

3 star london hotels with swimming pools

Central three star hotels in London tend not to have swimming pools. As space is at a premium, it is generally only the 4 and 5 star hotels that can charge enough to cover the cost of a pool taking up valuable bed space. But Theatre Breaks offer three, 3 star hotels with pools that are worth a mention for those of you who like an early morning swim or

bike friendly theatre breaks

Bike-Friendly Theatre Breaks Theatre Breaks has always been keen to promote green travel: right from our inception in 1980 we promoted the idea of rail travel to get to London to see a show rather than using the car. In 2012 we won The Environmental Travel Project award at the Hertfordshire Green Awards and in 2013 we won and International Green Apple award for Environmental best practice. And since 2011,

Family Theatre Breaks - Charlie and the chocolate Factory - The Bucket Family

The perfect London visit is a family theatre break to one of the many famous musicals currently on stage. It’s easy to plan too with Theatre Breaks

let it be theatre breaks

It’s June … it’s Father’s Day (that’s crept up fast hasn’t it?)  and there are some fabulous Father’s Day Gift Packages available from which will remove, from you, all the stress & strain of organising something that will be a truly memorable experience for the wonderful man (or men) in you life … First off, there are a range of good “manly” shows in the West End at the moment with Jersey

Romantic Places for a Proposal in Paris

Romantic Places for a Proposal in Paris With the introduction of our Eurostar inclusive breaks to Paris it has now become easier and more affordable to get to the City of Love. In addition to the usual attractions and romantic destinations there is now over 30 very special ways to say “I Love You” in Paris, courtesy of Apoteo Surprise Paris from a thousand candles to a single dove, from

cheap theatre breaks in London

As Shakespeare demonstrated centuries ago, theatre is a medium that offers something for everyone to enjoy. Today the same is true and whether it’s comedy, musical or drama, people flock in their millions each year to fill the seats of theatres around the globe and enjoy cheap theatre breaks. Despite its wide-reaching popularity, theatre is often seen as an expensive, even unattainable, pastime to pursue, especially with most major productions

sara talks about how a theatre break is a great way of celebrating

Sara Benn, one of  our Theatre Breaks Angels talks about why a theatre break in London makes a great way of celebrating your achievements when it comes to reaching weight loss goals – how-ever big or small. There are certain milestones in our lives that are definitely worth celebrating and losing weight is certainly one of them. Take it from someone who knows all about the trials and tribulations of