London is famous for its mainstream, professional theatre shows that are staged in the large theatres of “Theatreland” in and around the West End of London. However, there are many other fringe theatres also that offer equally high standards of commercial theatre, particularly in the English-speaking areas. There is hardly any tourist visiting London who does not see a West End show which is borne out by the fact that ticket sales in 2013 reached a record 14.4 million making the West End the largest audience in the English-speaking world. Since Paddington area of London is in close proximity to West End, visitors prefer to stay in the various hotels in this area so that they can easily visit the West End shows as well as other attractions of central London. The theatres that are close to hotels in Paddington include the following.
One of the best places to stay in London for visitors, particularly culture buffs, is Park Grand London Paddington Hotel as it is located close to West End and its theatres as well as to other fringe theatres. Moreover, it offers luxurious accommodation, ideal facilities, excellent hotel amenities, personalised services, all at affordable cost.
Gate Theatre: Originally it opened in Covent Garden in 1925 as a studio where British premieres of foreign classics and contemporary work were held and became an important fixture in British theatre, until its destruction during the Blitz in March 1941. It was re-established in 1979 at its current premises in Notting Hill as one of the smallest “off-West End” theatre in London with a 75-seat transformable space and producing in-house work. It has been presenting first class fringe theatre for more than three decades and has established a reputation of being one of the most famous small theatre spaces in London. It is located in Notting Hill, above a pub and is famous for being visited by many famous actors that include Jude Law, Sophie Okonedo and Rachel Weisz. Many directors such as Stephen Daldry, Dominic Cooke, Katie Mitchell and Carrie Cracknel have also presented their creations at this small but important theatre. It is located just 1.1 miles from the 4-star Paddington hotel, enabling guests to reach it within 5 minutes.
Cockpit Theatre: It is London’s first purpose-built theatre in London, since the Great Fire of London. This fringe theatre in Marylebone is also one of the few purpose-built theatre training venues in London. However, the Cockpit is no longer used for day-to-day teaching or academic office space and is now functioning as full-time theatre and training venue. It was built in 1969-70 and it can seat up to 250 people in its configuration. It stages international plays, classic works, home-grown provocative theatre, monthly children and family shows and hosts the annual Camden Fringe festival. It is located 1.6 miles from the Paddington hotel and it takes 8 minutes for the journey.
Guests at Hotels Near Paddington Station get the advantage of being located close to the station that offers convenient links to most places in London and to Heathrow Airport. Moreover, they can find a suitable place matching their budget as all types of hotels are available.
Royal Court Theatre: The New York Times had described this theatre as ‘the most important theatre in Europe’ as it is dedicated to putting on new work and discovering new voices. It has been producing work of a very high standard such as John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, which was a landmark in modern British drama. Numerous productions of the theatre have made a successful transition to the West End. It is located 2.9 miles from the Paddington hotel and it takes 14 minutes for the journey.
The Cock Tavern Theatre: Impressive fringe theatre productions are presented at this theatre since its inception in January 2009, above the Old Cock pub in Kilburn. It has earned several awards including a Time Out Critics Choice, and the Empty Space, and Peter Brook Awards’ Dan Crawford Pub Theatre Award. The main objective of this theatre is to encourage new writing in English that may be sourced from anywhere in the world; new musicals; and some selected revivals. La Boheme, a production of resident company OperaUpClose had a record-breaking six month run, giving a contemporary twist to classic opera, to the extent that the audiences followed the players from the theatre upstairs into the pub below. It is located 2.8 miles from the theatre in Paddington and it takes 10 minutes for the journey.
The New Diorama Theatre: Located close to Great Portland Street in central London, this 60-seat performance space presents works of theatre companies, from straight theatre to comedy and opera. This purpose-built theatre is part of a re-development project of Regent’s Place in its surroundings. Apart from a theatre, there is a street-front cafe, office space and a garden area surrounded by a fountain and public art. Extra space for rehearsals, auditions, projects, small exhibitions and meetings is provided by two additional rooms. It is located 2.3 miles from the Paddington hotel and it takes 9 minutes for the journey.
Finborough Theatre: Presenting award-winning plays and works by new writers, this small theatre above a pub in Earls Court offers much more than what it appears. It was established in 1980 and offers 50 seats due to which there is an intimate atmosphere for productions that are aimed towards developing new writing, rediscovering neglected works. It also endeavours to present the best of the old and new in a wonderful programme. 30 new plays were presented on its 30th anniversary including works by esteemed playwrights Mike Bartlett, Mark Ravenhill and Laura Wade. It has also won the Dan Crawford Pub Theatre Award twice. It was also named The Most Welcoming Theatre and the Best Theatre Bar in South West London in the Off West End Awards in 2012. It is located 3 miles from the Paddington hotel taking just 14 minutes for the journey.