About London Palladium
Frequently referred to as the most famous theatre in London and perhaps the UK, the London Palladium has stood in its spot on Argyll Street since 1910. For the vast majority of its history, the venue has been renowned for its star-studded musical revues and spectacular pantomimes. The site where the London Palladium stands has a storied history dating back to the nineteenth century, having previously been home to a Corinthian Bazaar, a circus arena, and a massive national ice skating rink. The London Palladium was designed by the famous theatre architect Frank Matcham, who also designed the London Coliseum. The preeminent theatre venue became known worldwide for hosting the annual Royal Variety Performance, and still holds a record for hosting the show a total of 42 times. Through a combination of its popular variety shows and musical revues, the Palladium boasts an astonishing number of a celebrity performers from past to present including Sophie Tucker, Louis Armstrong, Josephine Baker, Laurel and Hardy, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr, Elaine Paige, Elton John, Al Pacino, Bob Dylan, and Kelli O’Hara.
- Fun Facts About the London Palladium
- Cinema fans may recognize the set from the climactic scene of Hitchcock’s 1935 spy thriller “The 39 Steps,” which was filmed in the London Palladium.
- Towards the start of World War II, the Palladium was hit during the Blitz by a German parachute mine. Fortunately, the mine did not detonate and a bomb disposal team was able to safely retrieve it.
- In 1963, one of Britain’s most popular variety shows, “Sunday Night at the London Palladium,” invited The Beatles to perform for a television audience of 15 million viewers. The next day, the media termed the phenomena “Beatlemania” from the fanatical frenzy the performance at the Palladium had sparked.
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Transportation & Parking
Bus Routes: 3, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 23, 25, 53, 55, 73, 88, 94, 98, 113, 137, 139, 159 The nearest car parks are in Oxford Street and Soho. If you are planning to drive into the city we recommend that you take advantage of Q-Park’s Theatreland Parking Scheme – simply have your car park ticket validated at London Palladium and the 50% discount will automatically be applied when you pay at the car park pay machine. Find out more on the Q-Park website. Participating Car Parks Chinatown Pimlico Soho Park Lane/Marble Arch Trafalgar Sq Oxford Street Alternatively, there is an NCP car park in Brewer Street.