Given that it is one of the biggest and most important capital cities in the world, it is no surprise to note that London has a vibrant history many industries. The city is well known for being an entertainment hub and a great number of live acts have honed their skills and developed their reputation in front of London audiences. This is true for musicians, actors, magicians and of course comedians. Although the popularity and success of comedians appears to be at a very high level these days, London has always been a city where reputations were made or broken.
Whether you are thinking back to the famous acts that performed at the Palladium or artists like Peter Cook, who set up a comedy club in London, there is a strong history of great comedy acts performing in London. This is true to this day and no matter what style of comedy appeals to you, there will be a show that will meet your needs. If you are looking to get a taste of what sort of comedy performances can deliver.
See the acts that you already love
Given that many people put a lot of money and planning into a night out, it is easy to see why they would be desperate to make sure that they have a great night. One way to achieve this is to see a well-known comedy performer. There are many different comedy shows, quiz panels and sketch shows on TV and many of the live shows in London feature acts who have made their name by appearing on TV.
Seeing a comedian on stage is a different activity than watching them on TV and it provides a greater insight into what a comedian can offer. It is one thing being funny with a script and the ability to have a number of different takes. However, many comedians find that performing in front of a live audience creates a different sort of pressure. If you want to see a comedian is really like, make sure that you see them perform their act live on stage in front of an audience.
Finding the best night out for everyone can be a tricky task but a live comedy show is usually a safe bet. Whether you choose to see an act that everyone knows or an up and coming star, a live comedy show usually provides a surprise or two.
What else could you do in London?
As any experienced traveller will know, every country has its own unique culture, from social behaviours and food to pastimes and events. Although the UK’s capital of London has experienced many changes over the years, it has still managed to maintain a few quintessentially British traits and a rich heritage which can be found nowhere else. Use the following guide to fully immerse yourselves on your next holiday to London.
Eat a traditional meal
Thanks to international influences over the years, British cuisine is now a mixture of staple meat and vegetables alongside popular Indian and Chinese dishes. In 2012, a study found that long running favourite Tikka Masala was overtaken by the Chinese stir fry as Britain’s most popular dish. Other favourites include steak and chips, fish and chips and a good Sunday roast.
Afternoon tea at The Ritz Hotel
Tuck into a quintessentially English afternoon tea with a pot of tea, cake, scones and jam at the famous Ritz Hotel surrounded by sumptuous decor in the hotel’s Palm Court. This long-standing institution is even part of the prestigious Tea Guild. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
A day at the races
Horse racing is one British pastime which dates back to the 17th century although some London records date back as far as the 12th century. Over the years, annual horse racing fixtures have become a fashionable social event for anyone wanting a good day out. Travel south east to Kempton Park in Middlesex for some racing, family events and food and drinks in the great outdoors.
Visit the local for a pint
An old British pub is often a key feature within any community. Each area has a local pub which is visited by regulars from down the road. Inside you will find original features, historical tales and interesting characters. When the sun is shining, many Brits like to head outside to a beer garden to quench their thirsts.
A visit to the Royal Palaces
The British Monarchy is an integral part of British history. Their long legacy can be felt all around London, from merchandise and flags to buildings and even British politics. A whole host of Royal Palaces are open to the public at certain times of the year including Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and gardens and Hampton Court Palace in nearby Surrey. Buckingham Palace is also planning to open its doors this year from 27 July to 29 September.
A picnic in a park
Head to one of the main parks in London with some snacks to see some classic British wildlife and watch the world go by. Look out for squirrels, geese, coots, swans and even pelicans in St.James’ Park near Buckingham Palace.
Party at Notting Hill Carnival
Every August, the streets of West London come alive as the city comes together at Europe’s biggest street carnival. Notting Hill Carnival is a celebration of different British cultures with Caribbean food stalls, floats, dancers.
A trip down the River Thames
View the city’s top landmarks – including the London Eye, Westminster Abbey and The Shard – from London’s famous waterway, the River Thames. The Thames is the biggest river in England and has been used as a major network for boats in London for hundreds of years. Today, many tour boats can be seen on its waters.