Heading to London for a theatre day out can be a daunting experience and make for a long and stressful day, whether you have your tickets in hand or are queueing for day seats it can be difficult to think of something to do while waiting for a show to start.
If you are queueing for day seats, the first thing you need to do is check that the theatre sells day seats! This might seem obvious, but different theatres have different policies and this will avoid disappointment on the day.
- I recommend taking a friend with you for company as the queues can be long and tedious, having a friend definitely makes the time go quicker.
- Something else you’ll need is refreshments, if there are two or more of you then you can take turns in running out for coffee to keep you motivated in the queue.
- Dress for the weather! There is nothing that can dampen your spirits more than being rained on while standing in a queue, take an umbrella and check the weather before you leave.
- Never rely on day seats, they are usually limited so if you are unsure whether you will get tickets then have a back-up plan to avoid disappointment.
Once you have your tickets and you’re waiting for the show to start, there are many things to do in London while you wait; from museums to shopping, and all the possible food places. One of my absolute favourite haunts (and a must go for any theatre lover) is The Theatre Cafe; ‘The Theatre Cafe is London’s first ever theatre‑themed coffee shop! Situated in the heart of theatreland on Shaftesbury Avenue the coffee shop is the ideal place to come and be immersed in all things theatrical. The perfect place to see all that’re playing in the West End, you can buy tickets in a relaxed atmosphere and find the right show for you!’ (http://www.thetheatrecafe.co.uk/about/). The cafe is a great place to unwind before a show, enjoy coffee and a cake and listen to show-tunes, the staff are some of the friendliest people and will always make you feel welcome.
The trick to a great theatre day is to make it as stress-free as possible, have a plan before you go and try not to rush anywhere, take your time! Many places are walkable in London, especially the West End; so if it’s a nice day, enjoy the walk and avoid using transport. Make sure you stay hydrated and eat something.
Above all, enjoy the day!