Every year tons of American tourists flock to London’s West End to see award-winning theatrical productions. It’s a fun destination for the entire family – and an affordable one as well thanks to Kids Week. From August 1-31 you can get a free ticket for a child (aged 16 or under) for every adult ticket you buy, and additional children’s tickets are half-price (up to two). Plus the city offers plenty of first-rate dining and lodging promotions to match the sensational savings and captivating magic you’ll experience in Theatreland. Take a look at some of the amazing vacation discounts below to plan your perfect visit to jolly old England without breaking the bank.
The main reason to hop across the pond is to soak in some of London’s culture, and there’s no better way to do that than by checking out its theater productions. Here are just some of the incredible shows running in the West End – there really is something for everyone.
Dinosaur Zoo (Ages 3+)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (5+)
The Lion King (5+)
Les Miserables (5+)
Bend It Like Beckham (PG)
Sinatra: The Man and His Music (PG)
The Importance of Being Ernest (PG)
War Horse (PG)
Jersey Boys (15+)
Food & Accommodations
Kids Week has partnered with some of the city’s premier eateries to give your kids a taste of gourmet London. The Heddon Street Kitchen, featuring the famous rustic cuisine and casual dining experience of owner Gordon Ramsay, offers a free children’s entrée with the purchase of an adult dish. Meanwhile Inomo offers a taste of Japanese cuisine with a free kid’s bento box when you purchase an adult entrée.
Of course, you won’t be able to truly enjoy a trip to London without lodging, which can come with a hefty price tag for families. But Kids Week has thought of everything, offering Kids Stay Free promotions at the Soho and Haymarket hotels, located conveniently near public transportation to take you to the center of the Theatreland action.
What better way to get your kids interested in theater than by treating them to some hands-on workshops after they see the stunning shows. With spaces still available for the following activities, you can get your kids moving, grooving, singing, and learning all at the same time.
Thriller Live Singing and Dancing Workshop (13-16)
Wicked Behind the Emerald Curtain Q&A (13-16)
Impossible Interactive Magic Workshop (8+)
Sunny Afternoon The Kinks Choreography Lesson (10+)
The Woman in Black Ghost Story Workshop (Ages 13-16)
American Idiot Choreography Workshop (15+)
The Mentalists Post Show Q&A (15+)
Walking Tours & More
Your vacation can be just as educational as it is entertaining. Events such as walking tours and behind-the-scenes visits will help you appreciate all the culture that London’s theater district has to offer.
National Theater Family Tours (August 7, 14, 21, 28)
Blood Brothers Performance Workshop (August 25)
InterAct Acting and Playwriting Workshop (August 25)
Theatreland Walking Tour (August)
More Great Offers & Attractions
Outside of the astonishing deals and cultural events happening for Kids Week, London has a wealth of entertaining events, cultural landmarks, and world-class museums—seemingly on every street corner. There are countless opportunities to entertain and enlighten your children while you enrich your own life. More deals are popping up on the Kids Week website all the time, so be sure to keep checking back.