The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is located in the heart of Covent Garden near to the bustling markets and little boutiques that comprise of this area. Seeing all of London’s main draws and attractions could not be any easier as the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and plenty of the city’s great museums and art galleries are close at hand. A spare afternoon or morning before watching a show at the Drury Lane is perfect for taking the time out to stroll by the river, sip a coffee in a café or soak up the lively atmosphere at Leicester Square, and there are certain places and activities to try that we believe a tourist coming to London should not miss.

On the doorstep of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is Covent Garden market with its lively atmosphere, street entertainers and stalls lined with clothes, souvenirs and snacks. Some hidden gems amongst the animated markets are little shops such as Cybercandy on Garrick Street. Cybercandy is a sweet shop that imports a large range of sweets and drinks from places around the world including Japan, the USA, Sweden and Mexico. Many of their products are unavailable elsewhere in the UK so if you are coming along with the kids or even if you have a sweet tooth of your own, then it is definitely worth the visit! There is also a wide range of Covent Garden hotels, if you are staying in the area.

A few minutes’ walk from the theatre is Trafalgar Square with its picturesque fountains, imposing lion statues and soaring Nelson’s Column. The National Gallery, founded in 1824, is also in the area, which houses a large collection of over 2,300 paintings from van Gogh to Leonardo Da Vinci. The museum itself is free, save for the odd special exhibition or two, and the adjoining National Portrait Gallery is also well worth the visit.

A little further afield near to London Bridge and Southwark is Vinopolis – a 2.5 acre wine-tasting destination, devoted to all things vino! It opened in 1999 and today holds guided tours which offer wine tastings. Attached to the venue is a restaurant, Cantina Vinopolis, where you can combine a meal with a wine tasting tour.

London is a large city and there are countless exhibitions to see, restaurants to eat at and places to shop in, but if you are visiting to see a show at Covent Garden’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, then seeing one of these attractions on an afternoon before a performance is a great way to round off your trip.