2 Jermyn Street
The Criterion Theatre describes itself as a “hidden treasure” which is a fair description as, if it weren’t for the theatre signage, passersby might not be aware of its existence! This is because the Criterion is almost entirely underground. Nestled in the ground by Piccadilly Circus tube station, the Criterion is very central to the rest of London and is right in the heart of London’s main tourist district. Other than the close access to the tube, there are many other transportation links near the Criterion including nearby bus stops and a National Rail station. Before travelling to the Criterion it is always worth checking www.tfl.gov.uk
for London travel updates before you make a journey.
The nearest National Rail station to the Criterion Theatre is London Charing Cross, which connects central London to many locations in the south of England as well as provides quick links to Waterloo and London Bridge rail stations. For directions please see below.
Charing Cross (10 minutes)
: Head straight out of the station and cross the road at the traffic lights. Turn left toward Trafalgar square. Cross the Square to reach Pall Mall and then take the first right up Haymarket. Turn left as Haymarket joins Piccadilly Circus. The theatre will be on your left hand side.
The nearest tube station to the theatre is without a doubt Piccadilly Circus(Bakerloo and Piccadilly Lines), which the Criterion Theatre practically sits on top of. Other nearby tube stops include Leicester square (Northern and Piccadilly lines) and Charing Cross(Bakerloo and Piccadilly Lines).
Piccadilly Circus (0 minutes)
: The theatre is immediately outside the station next to Lillywhites and the statue of Eros.
Leicester Square (5 minutes):
Take the Leicester Square exit and head straight down Coventry Street past the square and the cinemas. Keep walking until you get to Piccadilly Circus tube station The theatre will be on the left hand side next to the Piccadilly Circus statue of Eros.
The following buses stop along Haymarket: 3, 12, 88, 453
Regent Street: 3, 6, 12, 13, 15, 23, 88, 139, 453
The Criterion Theatre is located within the London Congestion Charge Zone which applies weekdays from 7am until 6pm (not including bank holidays) and costs £11.50 per day. If you are driving to the theatre after 6pm then you will not have to pay the charge.
The Criterion Theatre is part of the Q-Park Scheme. The nearest Q Park is the 24hr Chinatown car park (20 Newport Place,WC2H 7PR). Parking costs approximately £18 for up to 3hrs, and £24 for 4hrs but theatregoers can save 50% if they have their ticket validated at the theatre. Ask theatre ushers for further details of where to get your ticket stamped.
Plenty of black cabs will be driving around the nearby Haymarket area (right turn after the theatre) but the best place to get a cab is Charing Cross station where there is a designated taxi rank.