Unmissable Entertainment: Top Five London Shows You Simply Have to See in 2018

LondonFrom the bright lights and blockbuster names of the world famous West End to the spectacle and grandeur of the historic Royal Albert Hall and all manner of unique and legendary venues in between, there truly is no business like show business here in London.

Right the year round, the capital boasts a wealth of world-class entertainment to suit all ages and all tastes. Yet with limited time on your next London break, how do you decide which shows to book tickets for?

Simple: You check out this guide to the top five London shows you truly can’t afford to miss in 2018.

Cirque du Soleil: OVO

Cirque du Soleil: OVO

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, SW7 2AP (Runs until Sunday, March 4th)

It’s glamorous, it’s exciting, it’s utterly mesmerising, and it’s happening right on our doorstep.

Yes, just a few minutes away from our Earls Court hotel at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, Cirque du Soleil have spent the past couple of weeks performing all manner of death-defying stunts and dazzling acrobatics to sold-out crowds in their new hit show, Ovo.

As you might expect from the world-famous Canadian troupe, the new show promises to leave you breathless as its incredible performers undertake some truly heart-stopping feats, all in the name of entertainment.

This time around, they do so in a show that reviewers have called ‘astonishing,’ ‘brilliant fun’ and ‘jaw-dropping,’ and which promises an unbelievable night of entertainment for the whole family.

Hurry though, Ovo only runs until March 4th, so you’ll have to be quick to avoid missing out on one of Cirque du Soleil’s most impressive shows to date.

Strictly Ballroom: The Musical

Strictly BallroomPiccadilly Theatre, Piccadilly Circus, W1D 7DY (Runs from Friday, March 16th – Saturday, July 21st, 2018)

Fans of acclaimed director, Baz Luhrmann and his movie Strictly Ballroom will love waltzing into the historic Piccadilly Theatre for the Luhrman’s own musical adaptation of his 1992 hit.

Coming to London for the first time following a much applauded debut at the West Yorkshire Theatre in 2016 Strictly Ballroom: The Musical stars Will Young as renegade ballroom dancer Scott Hastings, who sets out on an impassioned quest to conquer the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship whilst staying true to his own, unique style of dancing.

The show is as elaborate, entertaining, and completely endearing as you could hope for, with huge dashes of humour and all the songs you’ll remember from the movie.

Get ready to sing along to hits like ”Time After Time,’ and ”Love is in the Air’ whilst enjoying one of the most aesthetically spectacular utterly captivating musicals to hit London in 2018.

Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets in Concert

Harry PotterRoyal Albert Hall, Kensington, SW7 2AP (Friday 27th – Sunday 29th April 2018)

A short walk from the Amsterdam Hotel in Kensington & Chelsea, the iconic Royal Albert Hall plays host to three magical evenings of spellbinding entertainment as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ makes its orchestral debut.

For the first time ever, the multi-award-winning 2002 movie will be screened live in glorious high-definition on the Albert Hall’s magnificent 40-foot cinema screen, with renowned composer Justin Freer leading the BBC Concert Orchestra in a live rendition of John Williams’ famous score.

For fans of J.K. Rowling’s blockbuster franchise, this is a chance to see stars like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Julie Walters and the late Alan Rickman like you’ve never seen them before.

For more details, see our recent blog: Harry Potter Returns to the Royal Albert Hall This Spring: Make it an Enchanted Weekend to Remember with the Amsterdam Hotel, Earls Court


Show QuizNoel Coward Theatre, Covent Garden, WC2N 4AP (Runs from Saturday, March 31st – Saturday, June 16th, 2018)

Take a short tube ride from our Earls Court hotel over to the heart of Theatreland for this dramatic retelling of one UK television’s most notorious quiz show victories, played live at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Visiting this eminent Covent Garden theatre is a must for any first-time visit to London, and personally, we could think of no better show to see whilst you’re there than this highly stylised, contemporary drama.

Quiz recounts the story of disgraced army officer, Charles Ingham, and the legal trial following his attempt to cheat his way to £1 million on hit TV show ‘Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.’

Promising all the edge-of-your-seat energy of the TV show with a truly enthralling script from one of the West End’s hottest newcomers (James Graham), Quiz is one of London’s hottest must-see shows of the year.


Prince Edward Theatre, Soho, W1D 4HS (Currently booking until June 2018)

After touring the world to rave reviews, the Disney Classic finally made its home here in London back in 2016 and has been delighting guests at the Amsterdam Hotel in Kensington & Chelsea ever since.

Despite not being quite the London institution that fellow Disney tale, The Lion King, has become, Aladin is still up there as one of the most enchanting shows in town, and is absolutely essential for any family holiday in London.

Full of spectacular musical numbers, an abundance of magical special effects, and all the joyful charm you remember from the 1992 movie, Aladin guarantees to win the hearts of both kids and grown-ups alike.

Experience the magic of a hit West End show with the Amsterdam Hotel, Earls Court. Book your London theatre break directly via our website and save 5% on our best available rates. Alternatively, call now on 020 7370 5084 to discuss your stay.