Millions of people from across the globe visit London’s famous West End each year to take in a show. And as the largest and most successful theatre district in the world, teeming with first-class entertainment, great restaurants and a buzzing atmosphere, it’s easy to see why. As a hotel near the West End, Strand Palace is the perfect place to base yourself for a theatre getaway in the city. Each month, we pick one of our favourite shows currently playing and share our insider tips and expert knowledge of the district, all to ensure you enjoy an unforgettable night in Theatreland.
This month, it’s War Horse.
About the show
This heart-wrenching story based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo follows the life of young Albert’s treasured horse, who, at the outbreak of World War One, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. The extraordinary journey of the horse, Joey, sees him caught up in enemy fire, serving on both sides, before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Still on his parents’ Devon farm, Albert does not forget Joey and heads off on his own perilous mission to bring his horse home.
Perfectly adapted with stirring music, powerful scripts and intense drama, this is a particularly unforgettable piece of theatre, and is currently playing at the New London Theatre. The incredible life-sized horses, created by Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, are the most impressive part of the production, bringing the beautiful animals to life on stage.
Insider show tips
Before and after
The restaurant Daawat, located within Strand Palace Hotel, is the perfect place for a delicious Indian banquet before the show. Or, if you’re just looking for a light snack, you could visit our Gin Palace for pre-show drinks and nibbles. Afterwards, you could stop off at one of the many West End bars that you’ll pass on your walk home, or return to our bar for post-show cocktails.
If you’re looking for hotels near the New London Theatre for War Horse, Strand Palace is the perfect choice – less than 10 minutes away.