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Lyric Shaftesbury AvenueThe Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue's oldest theatre was opened in 1888, just two years after the street itself was completed. An indistinct red brick building, it lacks the grandeur of the neighbouring Gielgud and Apollo, but has a charm and unassuming beauty that are all its own. The auditorium is also unconventional, with u-shaped balconies offering fine unrestricted views and bringing the audience closer to the action than in many large theatres. Though designed as a home for comic opera, the Lyric's major successes have been with serious drama. The Kenneth Branagh/Emma Thompson partnership had one of its first major successes in 1989 with Osborne's Look Back in Anger. Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus premiered here, starring Alec Guinness and with Bennett in drag as Mrs Swabb, the cleaning lady. Other successes include the premier of Alan Ayckbourn's How the Other Half Loves (1973) and high-energy musical Five Guys Named Moe.

 

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Cafe Royal Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £408  26% off
68 Regent Street, W1B | 3 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
Café Royal is a 160-bedroom 5-star luxury hotel on Regent Street, in London's city centre overlooking Piccadilly Circus. The hotel has conference facilities, a cafe, bar ... More
 
 
 
Le Meridien Piccadilly
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
21 Piccadilly, W1J | 3 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
A hotel that is distinctly in the old English style, with magnificent antique décor, staff who are attentive, discreet, and ever so polite and, most importantly, ... More
 
 
 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £137  27% off
Leicester Square, WC2H | 4 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
The Hampshire Hotel is located in the heart of film and Theatreland. Guests can enjoy superb Mexican- Peruvian sharing plates at Leicester Square Kitchen with drinks ... More
 
 
 
 
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Gielgud Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
From the outside, the Gielgud Theatre is an impressive sight, towering four storeys over Shaftesbury Avenue, its height further emphasized by the turret on top. The ... More
 
 
 
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Sondheim Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
51 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
With a new name and following a major renovation, Queen's Theatre became the Sondheim Theatre in December 2019, reopening with Cameron Mackintosh's new version of Les ... More
 
 
 
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Criterion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1V | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
The tiny entrance of the Criterion Theatre is almost invisible among the massive advertisements, traffic and crowds of Piccadilly Circus. To ignore it, however, is to ... More
 
 
 
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Picturehouse Central
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
7-14 Coventry Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
A vast and much needed improvement on the old Cineworld cinema in the Trocodero, Picturehouse Central opened in June 2015 and was treated to a full ... More
 
 
 
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The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience West End
London > Entertainment >
22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue, Trocadero, W1D | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
From spring 2019 the Crystal Maze LIVE Experience comes to the West End. After three successful years in Angel, Islington (open until 28th ... More
 
 
 
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Comedy Store
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
1a Oxendon Street, Soho, London SW1Y | 2 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
The Comedy Store is the spiritual home of stand-up in the UK. Despite being the best large comedy venue in the country, the Store still succeeds ... More
 
 
 
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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 31st March 2016 to 1st November 2020
Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, W1V | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong - winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy - and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, have ...More
 
 
 
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The Watsons
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 8th May to 26th September 2020
Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y | 3 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
Adapted from Jane Austen's unfinished novel and "joyously directed" (Evening Standard) by Samuel West, The Watsons comes to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre from Chichester ...More
 
 
 
The Doctor
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th April to 18th July 2020
Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue, St Martins Lane, WC2N | 6 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
Described by the Guardian as 'one of the peak theatrical performances of the year', Juliet Stevenson reprises her role in Robert Icke's The Doctor when it ...More
 
 
 
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Lights Of Soho
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
A new gallery space dedicated to light art. ... More
 
 
 
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Piccadilly Circus
London > Attractions > Sights
Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1J | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
Right in the middle of the West End, Piccadilly Circus isn't a circus at all, but an enormous road junction where Piccadilly itself Regent Street, Shaftesbury ... More
 
 
 
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Horse and Dolphin Yard
London > Attractions >
Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
Walking from Gerrard Street to Shaftesbury Avenue in the Chinatown area of Soho you'll come across the pedestrianised Horse & Dolphin Yard which gets its name ... More
 
 
 
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Gelupo
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
7 Archer Street, Soho, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
From the team that bought you Bocca Di Lupo comes Gelupo, a traditional Italian gelateria, delicatessen and espresso bar in the heart of Soho. Gelupo is ... More
 
 
 
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Anabela Chan
London > Shopping > Jewellery
6 Denman Place, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
Hand-crafted magical, fun and fabulous jewels that tell stories is designer Anabela Chan's vision for her brand of jewellery. Her pieces, available at her London store ... More
 
 
 
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My Cup of Tea
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
5 Denman Place, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
With specially sourced and blended teas and tisanes, working with multigenerational tea makers around the world, from Lithuania, Guatemala and France to India, Egypt and Japan, ... More
 
 
 
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Brindisa Rupert Street
London > Restaurants > Spanish restaurants
18-20 Rupert Street, Piccadilly, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
Refurbished two years after it first launched in 2015 (as Morada Brindisa), Brindisa Rupert Street is one of five London restaurants ... More
 
 
 
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Whaam Banh Mi
London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
40 Great Windmill Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
Bringing Vietnam to Soho, with a pop art wall installation and Banh Mi sandwiches, this cafe offers street food sandwiches with hot fillings like Asian BBQ ... More
 
 
 
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Bocca di Lupo
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
12 Archer Street, Soho, , Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
There was much excitement among the critics when this Italian restaurant opened at the end of 2008. Giles Coren writing in the Times gave it ... More
 
 
 
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Near Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 8 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
15B Little Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 10 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
Awarded The Best City Cookery School 2013, the Cookery School at Little Portland Street has been teaching people to make simple, honest food for more than ... More
 
 
 
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 10 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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AWAY Spa W London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
10 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
On the 6th floor of the W London the AWAY Spa certainly takes you away from the manic pace of life in Leicester Square ... More
 
 
 
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Urban Golf Soho
London > Leisure > Golf
33 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, London W1F | 2 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it's a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
 
 
 
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Triyoga Soho
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Unit 2.4-2.6 Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B | 4 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
On the second floor of the Kingly Court complex off Carnaby Street, Triyoga offers busy city people a refuge where they can centre themselves. One of ... More
 
 
 
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The Blue Posts
London > Nightlife > Pubs
28 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
Across the road from Chinatown, a pub had stood on the site of The Blue Posts at 28 Rupert Street since 1739. ... More
 
 
 
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Waxy O'Connor's
London > Nightlife > Pubs
14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
Located where it is, Waxy's is fairly predictable. It's busy, it's Irish and it's got a fair smattering of tourists, but it also has that certain ... More
 
 
 
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Waxy's Little Sister
London > Nightlife > Pubs
20 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
If you're not up for the hectic atmosphere of Waxy O'Connors it might be worth slipping across the street to her infinitely more tranquil Little Sister. ... More
 
 
 
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Comedy Camp
London > Nightlife > Bars
3 Archer Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
Excellent, intimate bar with a mainly gay crowd in the middle of Soho, boasting the usual combination of expensive but superior cocktails and finger food, ... More
 
 
 
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Jack Solomons Club
London > Nightlife > Bars
41 Great Windmill Street, W1D | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
Taking its name from teenage boxer 'Kid Mears' (real name Jack Solomons), who found fame and money in British boxing's golden years after ... More
 
 
 
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Bar Rumba
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
36 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
Located nearby to Leicester Square, Bar Rumba is a lively bar that's ideal for late-night partying in the West End. Having moved away from its urban ... More
 
 
 
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68 Dean Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
This stylish private house in Soho is suitable for photo shoots, meetings, press events, filming and for a limited range of social events such as dinners ... More
 
 
 
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Haymarket Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
A hip designer hotel by Tim and Kit Kemp in a grand building on the prestigious Haymarket, the broad boulevard street making for an impressive entrance. ... More
 
 
 
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Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 4 minutes from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the week's big releases. Aside ... More
 
 
 
 

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Pretty Woman: The Musical
Pretty Woman: The Musical
Theatre | Until 2nd January 2021 

Piccadilly Theatre 1 minute walk from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue

Everyone's favourite Hollywood love story comes alive on the London stage this February when Pretty Woman: The Musical transfers from ...More

 
To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
Theatre | Until 31st July 2020 

Gielgud Theatre 1 minute walk from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue

Rhys Ifans, recently seen in On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court Theatre, takes on the lead role of small-town ...More

 
Body Worlds
Body Worlds
Exhibitions | Until 11th September 2020 

London Pavilion 1 minute walk from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue

A fascinating exhibition which fuses science, art and health education, Body Worlds offers a unique insight into the human body. ...More

 
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Theatre | Until 1st November 2020 

Criterion Theatre 1 minute walk from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue

Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong - winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy - ...More

 
Celebrate 'The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes' with Waterstones
Exhibitions | Until 31st May 2020 

Waterstone's - Piccadilly 3 minutes walk from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue

Join us as Waterstones stores across the country celebrate the launch of Suzanne Collins' hugely anticipated 'The Ballad of Songbirds ...More

Magic Mike Live
Magic Mike Live
Dance | Until 13th September 2020 

The Hippodrome 4 minutes walk from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue

Picking up from where Dirty Dancing left off, Channing Tatum presents an adults-only dance and acrobatic spectacular based on the ...More

 
An Evening Without Kate Bush
Music | Until 6th June 2020 

Soho Theatre 4 minutes walk from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue

A tribute show to the legendary singer-songwriter by the performer Sarah-Louise Young and director Russell Lucas....More

The Shark Is Broken
Theatre | Until 18th July 2020 

Soho Theatre 4 minutes walk from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue

Sonia Friedman Productions presents Joseph Nixon and Ian Shaw's comedy-drama inspired by the filming of Jaws, and the period of ...More

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Theatre | Until 24th January 2021 

Palace Theatre 5 minutes walk from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue

From the 36,000 retweets Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling got when she announced the ...More

 
Leopoldstadt
Leopoldstadt
Theatre | Until 13th June 2020 

Wyndham's Theatre 5 minutes walk from Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue

Tom Stoppard's epic family drama and "his most personal play yet" (The Times) comes to the West End in January ...More

 

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