When it comes to entertainment the only thing Londoners lament about is “So much to do, so little time”. As an ex-pat living in London, you have the luxury of time as opposed to a mere tourist. Take the time to visit the countless museums, see West End musicals and plays, attend sporting events, explore nightclubs, bars, and pubs, take part in festivals and cultural events, watch music shows and dance spectaculars and partake in the outdoor activities that London has to offer.
To keep up-to-date with London’s exciting entertainment options is to pick up a copy of Time Out magazine. Time Out publishes each Wednesday and is available at newsagents around the city. The magazine details everything going on in the capital for a given week. Movie and theatre reviews and week-specific events are some of the occurrences Time Out covers. Time Out is also available online at http://www.timeout.com/london. Your next best option is the London Metro guide network: http://london.metroguide.com/. “The Metro” is the daily free newspaper found at every station and street corner and it is a mine of information for day to day activities.
West End is the area of Central London which contains a lot of the major tourists’ attractions and many theaters. London West End is where hits like Avenue Q and Billy Elliot have been playing for a number of years and draw sold-out crowds nightly. New shows like Jersey Boys are always popping up and often feature famous Hollywood and stage actors that draw attention across the globe. That said, going to the West End to see the shows is a huge activity in London and many ticket outlets offer decent ticket prices. TKTS is probably the best place to purchase half-price tickets, and the office is conveniently located in Leicester Square. Same-day tickets are available every day. See http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/tkts.
Expat Info Desk has covered a huge range of entertainment options for expatriates in London so check this section for the full guide.