Haymarket Theatre District
TfL Fare Zone 1
Haymarket runs between Piccadilly Circus and Pall Mall. Pall Mall East brings the visitor back to Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery.
Haymarket is probably best known for its imposing Theatre Royal. Haymarket is also home to Her Majesty's Theatre and a cinema complex, quite a few restaurants and New Zealand House. Her Majesty’s Theatre originally was the predecessor of The Royal Opera House, now in Covent Garden. George Frideric Handel premiered most of his operas and oratorios there (1710-1745).
In Elizabethan times this busy street was rural countryside where farmers brought their hay and other farm produce to market, hence the name. In 1692 the road was paved and loads started being taxed. The market then moved further out to The Regent's Park.
By the 18th century the street was an entertainment precinct with coffee houses, taverns, ‘ladies of the night’ and theatres. Prostitution is no longer practiced in Haymarket but nothing else has changed.
Her Majesty's Theatre is the 4th on the site and was built in 1897. The present Theatre Royal, built by John Nash in 1820, replaced an earlier theatre built in the 1720s.
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- By Underground
Piccadilly Circus Station Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines.
This station has exits on to each of the main streets entering the Circus. For the theatres, use the Haymarket exit.
- By Bus
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