Criterion Theatre

 
 
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Criterion TheatreThe tiny entrance of the Criterion Theatre is almost invisible among the massive advertisements, traffic and crowds of Piccadilly Circus. To ignore it, however, is to miss one of London's most enchanting theatres. Use of mirrors and stunning murals of clouds and cherubs turns this underground labyrinth into an airy paradise. It has shown a wide variety of fare since it opened in 1974, including the first UK production of Beckett's Waiting for Godot (1955). The Criterion's greatest successes have always come from bawdy comedy. A Little Bit of Fluff (1915) was blamed for the destruction of the public's morals with its brief flash of a woman's unclothed leg: it ran for 1241 performances. Run for Your Wife outdid this with a seven year run in the 1980s, and it recently played host to the Reduced Shakespeare Company, who performed their Complete Works of William Shakespeare more than 2000 times.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station
 
1 minutes walk
 
Leicester Square Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
9 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
22 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Leicester Square Masterpark
 
2 minutes walk
 
Brewer Street NCP
 
3 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Hotels near Criterion Theatre

Near Criterion Theatre
Cafe Royal Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £220  29% off
68 Regent Street, W1B | 2 minutes from Criterion Theatre
Café Royal is a 160-bedroom 5-star luxury hotel on Regent Street, in London's city centre overlooking Piccadilly Circus. The hotel has conference facilities, a cafe, bar ... More
 
 
 
Thistle Piccadilly Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £93  31% off
Coventry Street, W1D | 2 minutes from Criterion Theatre
Located right next to Leicester Square, in the heart of London's West End, the Thistle Piccadilly is the perfect hotel for those wanting to enjoy the ... More
 
 
 
W London Leicester Square
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £191  22% off
10 Wardour Street, W1D | 2 minutes from Criterion Theatre
On the site of the landmark Swiss Centre, the W London - Leicester Square Hotel has given Leicester Square a landmark building to be proud of ... More
 
 
 
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Alternative Theatres nearest Criterion Theatre

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Prince of Wales Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Coventry Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Criterion Theatre
Theatres have stood on this spot since 1884, perfectly placed to draw the attention of the great crowds moving between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. The ... More
 
 
 
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Gielgud Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Criterion Theatre
From the outside, the Gielgud Theatre is an impressive sight, towering four storeys over Shaftesbury Avenue, its height further emphasized by the turret on top. The ... More
 
 
 
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The Hippodrome
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 4 minutes from Criterion Theatre
Most Londoners have a feeling of nostalgia when they see The Hippodrome, a famous and historic Grade II listed building adjacent to Leicester Square. What was ... More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near Criterion Theatre

Near Criterion Theatre
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Pigalle
London > Entertainment > Jazz Clubs
215-217 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from Criterion Theatre
Forties-themed late-night supper club. If you’re considering a more glamorous and alternative evening’s entertainment, head to Piccadilly and burlesque cabaret club, Pigalle. Inspired by the genteel, romantic ... More
 
 
 
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Comedy Store
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
1a Oxendon Street, Soho, London SW1Y | 2 minutes from Criterion Theatre
The Comedy Store is the spiritual home of stand-up in the UK. Despite being the best large comedy venue in the country, the Store still succeeds ... More
 
 
 
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Prince Charles Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
7 Leicester Place, Soho, London WC2H | 4 minutes from Criterion Theatre
Having achieved almost cult status, this reasonably-priced, independent cinema in the heart of Leicester Square is not quite the true hidden gem it once was. ... More
 
 
 
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Events near Criterion Theatre

Near Criterion Theatre
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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 24th June to 25th October 2014
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Criterion Theatre
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime has been cancelled at the Apollo Theatre. It will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre on 24th June ...More
 
 
 
Uncle Vanya
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 23rd April to 3rd May 2014
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Criterion Theatre
Last year saw London stage four revivals of Anton Checkov's Uncle Vanya and now 2014 welcomes another. Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky transfers his ...More
 
 
 
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The Pajama Game
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 2nd May to 13th September 2014
Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H | 10 minutes from Criterion Theatre
Chichester Festival Theatre has a happy knack of bringing first class musical revivals to the West End - with 'Singin' in the Rain', 'Sweeney ...More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Criterion Theatre

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Criterion Theatre
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Piccadilly Circus
London > Attractions > Sights
Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1J | 1 minute from Criterion Theatre
Right in the middle of the West End, Piccadilly Circus isn't a circus at all, but an enormous road junction where Piccadilly itself Regent Street, Shaftesbury ... More
 
 
 
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Leicester Square
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Criterion Theatre
With Trafalgar Square to the south, Piccadilly Circus to the west, China Town to the north and Covent Garden to the east, Leicester Square is right ... More
 
 
 
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The West End
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Criterion Theatre
Taking in Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street, Soho, Theatreland, Chinatown, Covent Garden and Leicester Square, The West End really does have it ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near Criterion Theatre

The best shops and markets near Criterion Theatre
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Lillywhite's
London > Shopping > Sporting Goods
24 Lower Regent Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from Criterion Theatre
Lillywhite’s probably owes its landmark sport shop status to its position in Piccadilly Circus more than anything, but this would be ignoring its remarkable heritage. Its founders, ... More
 
 
 
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Godiva
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
28 Haymarket, Soho, London SW1Y | 2 minutes from Criterion Theatre
Belgium's finest export, the first Godiva was opened in Brussels approximately 75 years ago by master chocolatier Joseph Draps and named after the legendary Lady Godiva. ... More
 
 
 
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Gelupo
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
7 Archer Street, Soho, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Criterion Theatre
From the team that bought you Bocca Di Lupo comes Gelupo, a traditional Italian gelateria, delicatessen and espresso bar in the heart of Soho. Gelupo is ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near Criterion Theatre

What are the best dining options near Criterion Theatre London?
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Criterion Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
224 Piccadilly, Soho, London W1J | 1 minute from Criterion Theatre
What makes the Criterion special is its truly spectacular neo-Byzantine interior which has been wowing diners ever since its doors swung open in 1873. Positioned in ... More
 
 
 
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Rain Forest Cafe
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
20-24 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Criterion Theatre
A tropical paradise for kids, at this buzzy cafe you can enjoy organic food in the company of animatronic animals and with the sounds of the ... More
 
 
 
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Shoryu Soho
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
3 Denman Street, W1D | 1 minute from Criterion Theatre
Shoryu Ramen opens a second restaurant, Shoryu Soho, replicating the Japanese restaurant on Soho's Denman Street with a similar menu to the Regent Street original. Specialising ... More
 
 
 
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Education near Criterion Theatre

Near Criterion Theatre
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 11 minutes from Criterion Theatre
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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L'Atelier des Chefs
London > Education > Adult Education
19 Wigmore Street, W1U | 14 minutes from Criterion Theatre
Whether you're a Nigella or not in the kitchen, the L'atelier des Chefs cookery school can teach you something. Classes are given in the basement kitchens ... More
 
 
 
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School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 17 minutes from Criterion Theatre
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AWAY Spa W London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
10 Wardour Street, W1D | 2 minutes from Criterion Theatre
On the 6th floor of the W London the AWAY Spa certainly takes you away from the manic pace of life in Leicester Square ... More
 
 
 
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Urban Golf Soho
London > Leisure > Golf
33 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, London W1F | 3 minutes from Criterion Theatre
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it's a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
 
 
 
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So SPA Sofitel St James
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
6 Waterloo Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 5 minutes from Criterion Theatre
Opened in July 2009, So SPA by Sofitel is a stunning relaxation space - all marble and modern design - housed within the Sofitel St James ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near Criterion Theatre

The best pubs near London Criterion Theatre.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Waxy O'Connor's
London > Nightlife > Pubs
14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Criterion Theatre
Located where it is, Waxy's is fairly predictable. It's busy, it's Irish and it's got a fair smattering of tourists, but it also has that certain ... More
 
 
 
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Waxy's Little Sister
London > Nightlife > Pubs
20 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Criterion Theatre
If you're not up for the hectic atmosphere of Waxy O'Connors it might be worth slipping across the street to her infinitely more tranquil Little Sister. ... More
 
 
 
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Endurance
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
90 Berwick Street,, Soho, London W1F | 4 minutes from Criterion Theatre
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Nightlife near Criterion Theatre

Criterion Theatre clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Bar Rumba
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
36 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Criterion Theatre
Located nearby to Leicester Square, Bar Rumba is a lively bar that's ideal for late-night partying in the West End. Having moved away from its urban ... More
 
 
 
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Comedy Camp
London > Nightlife > Bars
3 Archer Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Criterion Theatre
Excellent, intimate bar with a mainly gay crowd in the middle of Soho, boasting the usual combination of expensive but superior cocktails and finger food, ... More
 
 
 
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Wyld Bar
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, W1D | 2 minutes from Criterion Theatre
In typical W Hotel style, the Wyld Bar on the first floor of the Leicester Square hotel is very cool. Drop in for after work drinks ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near Criterion Theatre

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Criterion Theatre.
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Haymarket Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Criterion Theatre
A hip designer hotel by Tim and Kit Kemp in a grand building on the prestigious Haymarket, the broad boulevard street making for an impressive entrance. ... More
 
 
 
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Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, WC2H | 4 minutes from Criterion Theatre
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the week's big releases. Aside ... More
 
 
 
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68 Dean Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 4 minutes from Criterion Theatre
This stylish private house in Soho is suitable for photo shoots, meetings, press events, filming and for a limited range of social events such as dinners ... More
 
 
 
 

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Miss Hope Springs
Concerts | Until 1st May 2014 

Brasserie Zedel 1 minute walk from Criterion Theatre

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Mass
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 25th May 2014 

Bar Rumba 1 minute walk from Criterion Theatre

DJs spin smooth R&B and party tunes....More

Comedy Store Players
Comedy | On 20th April 2014 

Comedy Store 2 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

Improvisational humour from Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Andy Smart....More

The Monday Club
Concerts | Until 20th April 2014 

Waxy O'Connor's 2 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

A mix of indie-rock and blues by the three-piece band who come from Sheffield....More

Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Theatre | Until 21st December 2014 

Cambridge Theatre 2 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

The Royal Shakespeare Company's musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda transfers from Stratford to the Cambridge Theatre ...More

 
Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys
Theatre | Until 26th October 2014 

Piccadilly Theatre 2 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre is the tale of four blue collar boys from the wrong side of the ...More

 
Let the Right One In
Let the Right One In
Theatre | Until 27th September 2014 

Apollo Theatre 2 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

The stage version of cult film Let the Right One In transfers from the Royal Court to the Apollo this ...More

 
The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon
Theatre | Until 28th June 2014 

Prince of Wales Theatre 2 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

Creators of Southpark (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) have turned their satirical eyes to the cheery world of musicals. With ...More

 
Free Your Soul
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 29th June 2014 

Madame Jojo's 3 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

Resident DJs spin old skool, disco, jazz, soul, house and Latin....More

Sinful Sundays
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 29th June 2014 

Freedom Bar 3 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

Deejay Sparky B plays guilty pleasures from the 1970s to now....More

 
 
 
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