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Shaftesbury Avenue
Theatre DistrictLondon
London WC2
TfL Fare Zone 1



Shaftesbury Avenue is the heart of London’s West End Theatreland. It was built in 1886 to relieve the traffic congestion in Piccadilly. It runs from Piccadilly Circus to New Oxford Street, crossing Charing Cross Road at Cambridge Circus.

The Avenue is home to six of London’s theatres, all in the section between Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross Road.

Lyric Theatre
This is the oldest theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue. Built in 1888, its red brick façade is unassuming but it inside it has a U-shaped auditorium which brings the audience close to the stage with unrestricted viewing. See our Lyric Theatre article in this website for further details.
Gielgud Theatre
The nearby Gielgud Theatre, built in 1906 is four storeys high with a turret. The interior is richly decorated in the Baroque style with a lovely curved Regency staircase. See our Gielgud Theatre article in this website for further details.
Queens Theatre
On the opposite corner to the Guilgud Theatre, facing Shaftesbury Avenue is the Queen’s. See our Queens Theatre article in this website for further details.
The Apollo was built in 1901 and has a stone sculpted façade. See our Apollo Theatre article in this website for further details.
Palace Theatre
The Palace Theatre is at the junction where Charing Cross Road crosses Shaftesbury Avenue. The 1888 theatre was extensively refurbished by Andrew Lloyd Weber in 1983. See our Palace Theatre article in this website for further details.
Shaftesbury Theatre
The Shaftesbury Theatre was the last venue to be built in Shaftesbury Avenue. It is near New Oxford Street, so is slightly separated from the other theatres. See our Shaftesbury Theatre article in this website for further details.
As well as the theatres, there are two cinemas, the Odean Covent Garden and The Curzon.
Shaftesbury Avenue’s proximity to Chinatown has led to a number of Chinese businesses and restaurants being opened.
Discounted Theatre Tickets
TKTS is the official half price and discount theatre ticket booth in London operated by the Society of London Theatre. For more details  Web: Tkts theatre bookings
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to Shaftesbury Avenue Theatres Dictrict, visit TfL Journey Planner, link above.
- By Underground
Leicester Square Station   Northern and Piccadilly Lines
The station exits on to Charing Cross Road and it is a short walk to Shaftesbury Avenue. This a good station for the Palace and Shaftesbury Theatres and the cinemas in Leicester Square.
Piccadilly Circus Station    Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines.
This station has exits on to each of the main streets entering the Circus. Take the Shaftesbury Avenue exit.
- By Bus
We suggest that you visit the TfL Journey Planner
Google Maps - Shaftesbury Avenue Theatres


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