The Rainforest Cafe is one of central London’s most popular eateries, especially with its all encompassing menu and vibrant scenery. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or your tenth, the Rainforest Cafe always offers up something new, especially with its incredible deals on meals and the fact that Hotels in the West End offer Rainforest Cafe vouchers, discounting your meal by 15%. So once you’ve eaten, soaked in the vibrant scenery and been transported back into London, what next. Located in the heart of the West End, there are plenty of great things to do in the area. So after the Rainforest Cafe, what next?
Based on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue, the Picturehouse Central is one of the most popular cinemas in the city. With box office hits and internationally acclaimed critical darlings all screened under one roof, there is truly a film for everyone at the Picturehouse Central. Sit back and relaxin their stylish art deco cafe, and take the chance after the Rainforest Cafe, to lose yourself in another world.
Based just on Shaftesbury Avenue, the Lyric Theatre is one of the most popular West End venues in the city. Opened in 1888, this 130 year old venue has played host to some of the most famous musicals and theatre shows in the world. These include Thriller the Musical, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Blood Brothers. Currently, you can find Thriller the Musical and the Simon and Garfunkel story playing at the Lyric Theatre, whilst next year will see the live play of acclaimed children’s story, The Gruffalo alongside Showstopper, the improvised musical.
Comedy Store in Piccadilly Circus
Another brilliant entertainment venue near Shaftesbury Avenue is the Comedy Store, one of the best places to catch up and coming and established comedians strutting their stuff and tickling your funny bones. From Stewart Lee to Eddie Izzard, some of the best international talent has graced the stages at the Comedy Store, 2019 bringing a broad rostra of all levels of comedy talent. With comedy workshops from beginners to experts, the Comedy Store serves up a menu which will be to all comedy tastes.
Japan Centre Ceramics & Sushi
Another Shaftesbury Avenue hidden bgem, the Japanese centre offers a range of products and workshops, letting locals and tourists alike learn about Japanese culture from the centre of the city. At the Japanese Centre you’ll find a food hall, offering Japanese cuisine and ingredients, a book shop offering Japanese comics, literature and magazines, the Umai Deli, bringing fresh sushi and hot souzai, a bakery, fishmonger, butcher and homeware department. With a wide range of events and workshops taking place on a weekly basis, this is the perfect place for the homesick Japanese staying in the city as well as those who are new to the culture and want to find out more.
Les Miserables musical
Head down to the Queen’s Theatre in London’s West end and catch the iconic Les Miserables, one of the best known musicals in the world. The riveting story based on the Victor Hugo novel set around the French Revolution, will have you thrilled and tapping your toes in equal measure. The returnability of this musical means that you can enjoy it time after time, giving you the chance to truly appreciate the lavish set design and costumes, alongside the expansive story.