Wembley’s huge football and entertainment complex might dominate Ealing’s entertainment scene, but there’s plenty more to discover in our roundup including Questors Theatre and the fabled Ealing Cinema.
Entertainment in Ealing
Theatre and live music
One of the UK’s largest indoor arenas with over 12,500 seats, Wembley Arena has a diverse range of programming spanning theatre, sport, live music and more. Big names like Christina Aguilera, ZZ Top and Julio Iglesias have played recently, while the colossal arena has hosted a wide range of sports, from boxing to baseball and even E-sports Championships featuring the best gamers in the world. The purpose-built arena is a short walk north from the main stadium and a couple of miles from our Ealing hotel, with plenty of nearby bars, restaurants and cafés.
At the other end of the entertainment spectrum is The Questors Theatre, a community-driven theatre which hosts around 20 plays each year spanning classic dramas to modern comedies. Most of the action takes place in the 350-capacity Playhouse, with a smaller 90-seat Studio which hosts smaller shows and performances. The in-house Grapevine Bar is the perfect place for pre- and post-show drinks, with a wide range of real ales, wines and cocktails to choose from.
Live music in Ealing
The home of English football and the national stadium, Wembley is the place for big football and sporting occasions. Rebuilt in 2007, the 90,000-capacity ground hosts all the major football matches including England home games and the domestic cup and play-off finals. It’s also hosted several UEFA Champions League finals and will be the venue for the Euro 2020 final and semi-final. The state-of-the-art stadium has a bowl-shaped design to help protect fans from the elements and two partially retractable roofs to give the pitch more sunlight and help the grass grow. As you’d expect from a modern stadium, there are plenty of toilets and food and drink outlets all well-signposted, while the huge 134m-tall Wembley Arch means you can spot the stadium from miles away. If you want to stay as close as possible to the action, our London Wembley Stadium hotel could not be better placed.
Ealing has an impressive cinematic history, having been the birthplace of the Ealing Comedies in the 40s and 50s, where cult films like The Ladykillers and Whisky Galore! were created. That cinematic history has been neglected in recent decades, with Ealing one of the few London districts without a cinema. But that’s all changed recently thanks to Filmworks Ealing, a new retail, leisure and property development which is due to complete in 2019, with the complex boasting eight screens and a range of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants on the site of the old Empire Cinema. Until then, the nearest cinema to our Ealing hotel is Vue at the Royale Leisure Park in Acton, with nine screens showing all the latest blockbusters.