Here is our guide on buying tickets to shows, concerts and the theatre in London. This guide will help you whether you know what you want to see or still deciding.
We talk you through the process of finding what to go see, knowing where to buy your tickets, where to sit and even how to find tickets to shows and concerts that are already sold out.
- Suggested Websites For Buying Tickets To Shows And Musicals In London
- Tickets to Live Music Concerts
- Return Ticket Sites
- Special Offer Sites For Live Shows In London
- Combination – Hotel Plus Show
- How To Chose Your Theatre Seat
- Tickets To Sporting Events in London (Football And More)
- Where Is The Best Seat In The House?
Suggested Websites For Buying Tickets To Shows And Musicals In London
Ticket prices to shows in London can change on a daily basis, although there is a face value price, which is the price printed on the ticket and the official price asked for by the venue, you can very often find cheaper tickets to long running shows on some of the websites listed below. You should also know that prices will vary day-to-day.
The following is a list of websites we have personally used and can recommend as being reliable. As always it is recommended to check a few sites for the best price and shop around for the best shows/musicals/music concerts/theatre.
Each of the sites will have their own special offers. You could always check what is showing currently, or what is on offer for the dates you are interested in.
London Theatre Direct is our most recommend site where you can also choose your exact seat and see the cost of each seat in the hall as prices will vary depending on where you sit. In our experience, this site also usually offers the cheapest tickets. You will be able to find tickets for musicals, plays, opera, tourist attractions, and much more.
Check out their special offers page where you can see all the theatre tickets with a discount based on either show or dates. They also offer a selection of dedicated pages to help you choose, including; last minute offers, musicals, plays, dance and ballet, opera, concerts, and tourist attractions.
Encore tickets is a site of reliable tickets company with many shows and musicals at discount prices
Theatre Tickets Direct is a site with many deals and special offers.
ATG Tickets is one of the oldest sites out there and many theatres and venues work directly with this site, so you will be able to see the seat maps for most of the theatres here.
Most of these sites will have cheaper tickets for the most popular shows currently in London including The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Matilda, Les Miserables, Thriller, Mamma Mia, Aladdin and more.
You can see a more complete list of shows currently playing in London on our dedicated musicals page here.
Tickets to Live Music Concerts
A full list of whats playing in London in 2016 is available on our dedicated Music Calendar Page.
Ticketmaster is a good site, and probably one of the best well-known sites in the world where you can find tickets to almost any show, musical, concert, play, stand up comedy, sporting events and much more.
Tickets to most concerts in London tend to sell out 6 months before, and usually within a few minutes for the bigger names, so read on and find out how to find tickets for sold out events and where you can buy return tickets:
Return Ticket Sites
Return tickets are tickets that have been bought and then returned, such as when someone bought a ticket 6 months ago, then realised they can no longer go to the event, so they are resold on the sites listed below. For many music concerts and other live shows, this is the only way you can realistically be able to find tickets.
The upside is that you can sometimes find amazing deals and even same day tickets on these sites.
If you are stuck with tickets you have bought, you also have the chance to sell them on via these sites.
Please note, the fees on some of these sites may be high, but they do sometimes include a guarantee, so can be worth it. Remember to read the small print.
Be aware, we do not recommend you buy any tickets from second-hand sites that do NOT offer any guarantee. Rest assured, the following sites do offer a guarantee and are recommended by us:
ticketbis.net is a Spanish website with a presence in the UK, and is especially good for football tickets for the Premier League and games all over Europe.
Seatwave is a well established site with tickets to many music concerts, live shows, theatre, sporting events and much more. You can also finds tickets for today and tomorrow by clicking the ‘Events to suit your diary’ half way down the page.
Stubhub is a well established site and is part of the eBay group, it is also the official return ticket partner of the O2. You can find tickets to most shows, musicals and other events here.
Viagogo is another site with many tickets available for a wide variety of shows, concerts, musicals and more. It is also a good place to find what to see based on categories. – We have some complaints about this site lately then we’re not sure about this recommendation any more.
GetMeIn is another good site that belongs to TicketMaster, with many special offers and a guarantee on your tickets.
Special Offer Sites For Live Shows In London
Every so often, you find a time limited special offer on tickets on coupon sites, which can be huge savings, we recommend these pages:
Expedia (Choose the Show & Sport Tickets option in the activities)
Combination – Hotel Plus Show
The two sites here specialise in packages that include a hotel stay and tickets to a show:
How To Chose Your Theatre Seat
The closeness of the seat to the stage is usually the biggest factor in the cost of a theatre/musical ticket, perhaps with the exception of the first row, which can be too close and is even sometimes reduced in price for some shows.
The above seat map is a generic seat map, each venue will have their own seat map, so best to check before you book. Although this map can be used as a guide. The closest seats to the stage and on the ground floor is called the Stalls, above them is the Dress Circle and above that the Upper Circle. The front rows in the Dress Circle are preferable to the back rows in the Stalls in most theatres as they are closer to the stage and offer a better view.
The Upper Circle can sometimes be very steep and high up, so are not recommended for people with a fear of heights.
When buying your tickets, always check out for tickets that are marked Restricted View, as this means that you wont be able to see all of the stage, sometimes it can just be slightly annoying, such as having a pole to one side of you and sometimes it can be very annoying where you have a wall covering half your view, so be careful with these tickets although they are generally cheaper than the seats around them.
Tickets To Sporting Events in London (Football And More)
If you are looking for tickets to Football matches or other sporting events, please visit our dedicate page here.
Where Is The Best Seat In The House?
When you are booking your tickets to a show in a theatre you haven’t visited before, there is always uncertainty as to how good the view and experience will be. Will you have a restricted view, will there be enough leg room (many London theatres are old and on the upper levels leg room can be limited and some seats have very straight backs), as a guide, the more expensive a seat is for a specific show the better the view and experience, although this isn’t always true. We would recommend you check out seatplan.com to see the best seats for each venue, and if unsure the front/middle stalls are always a good bet.