West End Theatre Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour


  • Offline Mode: Download tours and listen without WiFi

  • Location Aware: GPS map allows you to enjoy the sites

  • Instagram Hotspots: We find the perfect picture spots

  • Enjoy a private experience in a COVID-19 safe environment


Whether you know nothing about theatre or watch a musical a week, this walking audio tour of the West End is perfect for anyone who wants to learn about London's performance history and culture.

Tour info

45 minutes -
Group Size
Pricing (From)
Meeting Point

Catherine St, Catherine St, Greater London, England, WC2B 5JF

Dropoff location

Haymarket, Haymarket, Greater London, England

Why take this tour?

Discover the top-secret theatre spots in the West End as you walk through a theatrical experience with this private immersive guide! 

Guided by a local thespian historian, we’ll visit the most famous theatre district situated in the heart of London, and explore its fascinating backstory, historic buildings, bizarre traditions, its long connection with royalty, and strange tales of the unnatural! 

Embark on this epic cultural adventure and learn more about the Royal Opera House, the Palace Theatre and Shaftesbury Avenue. Walk through the trendy and lively neighbourhoods of Covent Garden and Seven Dials, and discover the backstories of adaptations from  authors like J. K. Rowling and Agatha Christie. 

Finish the tour by learning about the popular anecdotes, theatre terms, and bizarre traditions of London’s theatre culture, as you discover the must-eat signature street food dishes from this neighbourhood.

Start the tour outside London’s oldest theatre, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Learn why Oliver Cromwell hated theatre and how Charles II retaking the throne would spark the English Restoration. In the light of the new monarchy, two theatre companies were established and licensed to perform: the Duke’s Company and the King’s Company, hence the name Theatre Royal.

Learn about ghosts, both real and fictional, and why theatres have such a strong culture of superstition. Then, head on past the Royal Opera House and Covent Garden market as we learn about theatre’s unique relationship with opera. Hear the story behind theatres being set on fire and, if you have time, head inside the Opera House to have a look at some of its scaled down models.

Wander up to Seven Dials as we visit the Cambridge Theatre and more about the theatre's quirky traditions. Then, head on over to St. Martin’s Lane and hear the story of Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap, the longest running production in history.

Visit the Palace Theatre, now home to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This was once the Palace Theatre of Varieties which held performances like sketch comedies, music, magic shows and acrobatics. This marked a new era for theatre as variety performances saw massive success. This culture still remains relevant as the Royal Variety Performance is held every year in front of Her Majesty the Queen at the Royal Albert Hall.

Head down Shaftesbury Avenue and visit some of the West End’s most famous theatres: the Apollo Theatre, the Gielgud Theatre and the Sondheim Theatre. Learn about some of this district’s most famous faces and infamous events, from roaming cats visiting Michael Gambon and Peter Bowles to the curse of the Scottish Play… Macbeth!

Finish the tour down at the Haymarket and visit Her Majesty’s Opera House, synonymous with “Phantom of the Opera” and learn where the phrase “break a leg” might come from.

The Vidi Guides experience is enriched with on-screen photos and videos. We also point out where to take the perfect Instagram photos during the tour, and include recommendations for food, drinks, and local attractions. Don't worry, none of our recommendations are sponsored - they are simply favourites of the locals who helped craft the experience.

What’s included?

  • Access to your self-guided audio tour

  • Audio tour provided by a local or historian

  • Offline Mode: Download tours in advance to listen without WiFi

  • Location Aware: GPS map allows you to enjoy sites, without getting lost

  • Instagram Hotspots: We find the spot for your perfect picture

  • Earphones

  • All tickets for attractions mentioned within the tour must be bought separately (prices from £20)

  • Mobile device

Things to know

Before you book

  • This product is suitable for all ages

  • Do it at your own pace. This product is suitable for all fitness levels

  • English speaking Audio guide only

Before you go

  • You will need to bring your own mobile phone

  • You will need to bring your own headset/earphones

Covid Policy

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

This is a covid safe tour. Socially distance from other visitors to the West End with your independent, self-guided tour!

Cancellation Policy

    Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund

About operator:

Too many people visit places without discovering anything about them. And we can’t let that happen.

We believe that the true essence of travelling lies in the joy of discovering the authentic face of cities, neighbourhood and cultural sites, and unlocking the many tales they hold.

With that spirit in our hearts, we started out in search of these stories hidden in the nooks and corners of Paris, London, Cambridge and Oxford's most iconic spots. We then dived into each place’s culture, history, and traditions by collaborating with historians, famous architects, photographers, street artists, and many more. What we ended up finding was a treasure trove of stories that we have meticulously tied together just for you!

But how to deliver this information? We didn’t want to create another Wikipedia, with people looking at their phones instead of the sites. And let’s face it, audioguides and headsets belong to the 20th century.. This is why we’ve created our own storytelling format. Podcast-style tours, enriched with photos and videos, that keep you wanting more.

Our goal is to create a form of travel that will make you truly discover the places you visit.