London Palladium

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London Palladium

This gorgeous Georgian variety hall is one of London's most prestigious venues, even if it seems too big for a proper hit these days

Tucked away between Oxford Circus and Great Marlborough Street with a discreetness that belies its enormous size, the London Palladium is one of the city's best-loved and most beautiful theatres. Opening on Boxing Day, 1910, its history is as variety venue and 'The Royal Variety Show', a perennial British favourite, is filmed here, while commercial stage shows from 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' to 'Scrooge' have benefited from a steady flow of popular TV faces.

Acquired by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2000, the venue had a blockbuster '00s, the tail end fuelled by its owners hit talent search shows, foremost the production of 'The Sound of Music' spawned by 'How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?'

Of late, though, the 2,286-seat venue appears to simply be too big to host a hit: it's not had a 'proper' hit since 'The Wizard of Oz' in 2011, and following the  notorious flop of 'I Can't Sing!' in 2014 it's solely hosted limited run shows and one-off performances from bands and the like.

Venue name: London Palladium
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Address: 8 Argyll Street
London
W1F 7TF
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
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O. Gordon
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I have been to plenty of the theatres that London has to offer up but never this one, until recently. Most of the time the Palladium is a haven for musicals but I happened to be there to see some musicians perform. The venue seemed atypical of most of the theatres of a similar size in the West End. It maintains a slightly old worldy feel but I am sure that is in part to please the tourists and those seeking a true Soho experience. The space seems well laid out and I was very impressed at how close the front row of the circle felt to the front of the stage but this could alter depending on the act. The acoustics were good if a little soft but the charm of the building just about makes it worth it. Exits seemed logically placed and easily accessible so there wasn't the usual 15 minute shuffle to get out. 

George A

Such a lovely theatre!! Amazing friendly staff, and any trip to London, needs a trip to the London Palladium :) love it