Plus, if you're looking for cheap entertainment in London, pub theatres are a great source of a good value night out. Enjoy a pint and a play or some stand-up here, and in many cases you'll find you still have plenty of change left over.
The Etcetera Theatre is an award-winning London pub theatre situated above the Oxford Arms in Camden. You'll find an innovative selection of shows at this venue, which offers a variety of theatre, cabaret, comedy and music.
The acclaimed Gate Theatre in Notting Hill is a fantastic place to see the most exciting emerging writers and directors. The flexible space has been a springboard for artists such as Katie Mitchell, Jude Law, Stephen Daldry, Kathy Burke and Sophie Okonedo.
Hen & Chickens Theatre, opposite Highbury and Islington Tube station, is an intimate 54-seat theatre, upstairs at the Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar. The crowd is regularly treated to excellent new writing by the resident production company, Unrestricted View.
The Tabard Theatre opened in 1985 and has built a strong reputation for new writing. The studio theatre, which also has a history of hosting stand-up comedy, can be found above the Tabard Pub in Turnham Green.
The award-winning Finborough Theatre in Earl's Court presents both plays and musical theatre, specialising in original work and neglected pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. It is considered one of the most influential of London’s fringe venues.
Find Theatre503, with its flexible auditorium, above The Latchmere pub in Battersea. It's run by a team who focus on new writing and directors, so is one of the best places to discover emerging talent both on and off stage.
Take a trip to Highgate to find Upstairs at The Gatehouse, which opened in 1895 and has been used as a music hall, a Masonic lodge and is now a theatre. The historic venue stages a mixture of drama and musicals.