The secrets of the West End

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Around every corner of the city, you can find hidden places with secrets to uncover and stories to hear. One of London’s most iconic areas, the West End has plenty of history and is the place to go if you’re looking for a real historical experience.

Just around the corner from the Piccadilly London West End, you’ll find all sorts of secret places that have a rich history. There is a lot more to the West End than most people know and if you’re looking for more than just a night out and a good show, read through our guide to find out more about the famous West End.

London West End

The curse of Macbeth

For centuries the word Macbeth has not been uttered in London theatres out of fear for the curse it carries. The legend goes that anyone who mentions Macbeth in a theatre will suffer misfortune. Stories have been told and reports made about people saying the name and later falling victim to all kinds of accidents such as tripping on stage or even accidentally being stabbed. Be sure to book a luxury suite at our hotels near West End if you feel like testing this curse out yourself.

Ziggy Stardust Album Cover

Heddon Street, London

Music lovers and fans of pop culture will be familiar with the iconic David Bowie. The superstar singer is famous for releasing some of the most popular music in the world and for playing a series of roles in numerous films and TV shows. One of Bowie’s biggest albums was ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’. Other than being one of the longest album titles ever, it is also renowned for its iconic cover art, which features Bowie standing under a street lamp. The location of the shot can be found on Heddon Street, where a plaque has been placed in commemoration.

Beer tidal wave

The current site of the Dominion Theatre was once the location of the biggest beer related accident in the city’s history. In 1814 the Horse Shoe Brewery accidentally burst open and 570 tonnes of beer rushed out, resulting in a 15-foot high wave of booze crashing through the streets. The accident tragically took the lives of eight people and remains one of the West End’s most infamous historical events.

West End bomb site

Although most people would assume areas like Westminster would have been the centre of fire during the World War 2 Blitz, the West End fell victim to over 160 bombs. The area was hit hard by German bombing runs but has gradually built itself back up to its former glory.

Mousetrap

This famous stage production by Agatha Christie is the oldest running show on the West End and has been amazing audiences since 1952. Mousetrap’s intriguing storyline and breathtaking set design have kept entertainment seekers coming back for decades, which is a great deal longer than the show’s creator predicted.

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