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Visiting London's West End - Any Tips?

Hi, I've been looking around the web for some advice on my upcoming trip to London and wondered if you could help.

I live in Yorkshire and my friend is taking me to the West End as a birthday treat (birthday is in July). I have been to London before but never to the West End so I'm not really sure what to expect! Are there any shows anyone can recommend for seeing around that time? I am aware the theatre is expensive so I want to choose something we'll both like (we're both women if that helps!). I'm looking around for different shows but it's like a foreign language to me lol.

Any recommendations would be appreciated!

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Maybe the weekend editions of the Guardian or the Telegraph, or even Time Out, would be where to start.

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Thanks for the suggestion, just had a look on Time Out and they recommended Funny Girl so might give that one a try. Open to any other thoughts anyone has - Funny Girl isn't cheap of course :(

Thanks

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Check out All in London or Whats on stage websites for exciting West End Theatre shows in July....

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Thanks for the extra recommendations! I do know where the West End is, but I am not that familiar with where the different theatres are so I will definitely need to swot up on my map reading when we choose a show!

I will look into the Carole King musical, that's a great suggestion, thank you :) Time Out has proved useful actually, I've spent (wasted) a good couple of hours this morning looking at what shows there are. It's just good to know if anyone has any personal experiences of which shows they have seen and can recommend. I loved the Funny Girl film so that's why I might choose that one :)

A light-hearted comedy would go down a treat with my friend!

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Are you willing to see a play or musical that has been there awhile? Might you consider such productions as Phantom of the Opera, Wicked,Lion King, Les Miserables and Jersey Boys. I'm asking because I suspect tickets for some of those shows can be purchased at the 1/2price ticket booth in Leicester Square on the morning of the performance. You can check online to see what productions are offering 1/2 price seats. http://www.tkts.co.uk/. All of the musicals listed above are most enjoyable. Haven't seen Funny Girl but if you liked the movie then go. London theatre is marvelous. Have a great birthday!!

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If there is a specific show/date/seat you are looking for, book it now! If you are willing to take a chance, you can get tickets the day of the show for a cheaper price.