If you want to experience the wow factor, then take a trip to the legendary Phoenix Theatre. The interior, with its decadent red carpets and golden wall engravings, make this one of London’s classiest and most visually striking theatres.
Located on Charing Cross Road in between Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road stations, the Phoenix was first opened in 1930 with a production starring Noel Coward and Laurence Olivier in one of his earliest roles.
Past and present productions at The Phoenix Theatre
A brand new British musical Bend it Like Beckham is currently playing to packed houses at the Phoenix. The musical is life affirming and uplifting and is based on Gurinder Chadha’s award-winning film of the same name.
Other key productions include:
-Blood Brothers – Willy Russell’s musical ran for 21 years at The Phoenix
-Love for Love – John Gielgud’s critically acclaimed play was an early success
-Once the Musical – After a phenomenal run on Broadway a UK production was opened at the Phoenix, which would go on to win a Laurence Olivier Award in 2014.
What’s the best way to reach the theatre?
Due to its central location in the heart of London’s West End there are plenty of transport options available.
The nearest tube station is Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines), which is approx. 300 meters away, or there’s Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines), which is approx. 500 meters away, or Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line) which is approx. 600 meters away.
Charing Cross Railway Station is approx. 800 meters away.
Choose from the 14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 134 or 176 which all pass and stop close by the theatre.
Santander bike hire docking stations can be found close by the theatre and Tottenham Court Road Station.
Where are the best places to eat near Charing Cross Road?
Kaslik Soho, 58 Greek Street, London W1D 3DY
If you want a restaurant in keeping with the opulent interior of the Phoenix, then check out Kaslik Soho. Lattice lamps cast shadows on the scarlet walls in this friendly Lebanese restaurant. The food is incredible and matches the atmosphere – Highly recommended.
Leon de Bruxelles, 24 Cambridge Circus, Charing Cross, London WC2H 8AA
This Belgian restaurant is the place to get a pre-theatre serving of moules-frites. They also have a fine selection of Belgian beers & waffles, so even the fussiest of eaters should be well looked after.
Phoenix Artist Club, 1 Phoenix St, London WC2H 8BU
You might bump into one of the actors from your show here. The Phoenix Artist club is a private members club that is open to anyone before 8pm and it’s so close to the theatre there’s no chance you’ll be late.
I want to make a weekend of it, where can I stay?
Hazlitt’s Hotel, 6 Frith St, London W1D 3JA
Nestled in the centre of Soho, this hotel is ideally located for shops and bars. Theatregoers heading to the Phoenix will find Hazlitt’s is the perfect place to make their base, whether they are staying for a night, a weekend or even longer.
Covent Garden Hotel, 10 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9HB
If you’re after a place to stay that’s a little bit different, check out the Covent Garden hotel. The individually designed guest quarters of this boutique hotel showcase a modern take on classic English décor.
The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN
The Bloomsbury is the ideal place to stay if you want to do some shopping while you’re in town. It’s a short walk from Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Street and Soho where you’ll find bargain electronics, High-street stores and boutique shops.
What nearby sights and attractions should I also visit?
Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8JR
Children of all ages will love a visit to the world’s best-known sci-fi, fantasy and cult retailer, and it’s not hard to see why. Browsing through their extensive collection of toys and comics induces nostalgic trips down memory lane.
Ronnie Scott's, 47 Frith St, W1, London
Listen to the very best live jazz and blues from the world's top musicians at this landmark Soho bar. Saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the bar in 1959 and since then, countless legends including Count Basie and Miles Davis have graced its stage.
Monmouth Coffee, 27 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9EU
Coffee connoisseurs flock to Covent Garden for the world-class coffee beans sold at Monmouth. Whether you want a quick cup to go or to pick up some ground beans for home, this is where you go.