Day Seats are fabulous.
At 10am each morning, the front row seats (total of 24) of the stalls
are released for sale at £25 each Ė a bargain! Limited
to 2 tickets per person (and payment preferred in cash),
these seats offer the best view in the house and the
perfect opportunity to get right up close to the action!
However, getting these tickets can require several
hours of queuing, but since thatís what the British
do best, itís not too difficult. Having queued for
Day Seats on numerous occasions, I have put together
a ĎTop 10í list of things to remember when queuing
for Day Seats, especially when the mornings are colder.
Please Note: These Top 10 Tips are designed
as a guide and to provide valuable information. They
will NOT necessarily guarantee you getting Day Seats.
1) TURN UP EARLY:
the show first opened, the queues were very long, and
you had to arrive at very ungodly hours of the morning
in order to land yourself in the queue in the right
place. Thankfully, since the Official Opening Night
the queues have reduced in size, and you are able to
turn up at a slightly more reasonable time and still
get tickets. I recommend the following times to turn
Mondays-Thursdays: Around 8:00am (before preferably).
While it might be some time before anyone else joins
the queue, at least you are there!
Fridays: Between 7:00 and 7:30am. As the weekend approaches,
the queues tend to increase.
Saturdays: Around 7:00am (before preferably). Saturdays
are the busiest day for day seats. If you are not
worried whether you see the matinee or the evening
performance, then you could arrive slightly later
and still get a ticket to one or the other. If you
are looking to go to one performance specifically,
then it is recommended you turn up as soon as you
2) VISIT THE TOILET:
It is best to visit the toilet BEFORE you join the
queue, especially if you are queuing by yourself!
A couple of hours standing around can drag on long
enough, but it can be made to feel even longer and
seriously uncomfortable if all you can think of is
needing the toilet! We advise doing this in case you
happen to be in a queue with not very sympathetic
queuers! However, in our experience, most people have
been very willing to let single-queuers nip off to
the toilet and will save their place in the queue.
3) WRAP UP WARM: This
is even more important during the winter months. I
say wear as much as you possibly can, after all, you
can always take it off later! I tend to wear: a long-sleeved
t-shirt, jumper, coat, tights (optional for the blokes!),
trousers, an extra pair of socks, hat, gloves, scarf
and coat! It may seem a lot, but at least Iím always
as snug as a bug! During the colder weather, a blanket
is also an added bonus.
4) WEAR A HAT: It
has been scientifically proven that a large percent
of body heat is lost through the head, so if you are
wearing a hat, you stop it from escaping, and it will
result in a warmer you! Youíll be surprised at how
low the air temperature can drop before you start
to notice it if youíre wearing a hat!
5) WEAR EXTRA SOCKS:Especially
if, like me, you are prone to cold feet. You feet
are most likely to get the coldest and fastest, and
once they are cold, itís hard to warm them up again
without going indoors. So an extra pair of socks will
help keep the cold at bay just a little bit longer.
6) GET A HOT DRINK:
Either bring your own in a Thermos Flask, or purchase
one from the many restaurants in Victoria Station
PRIOR to joining the queue. While the heat wonít last
for the duration of your waiting, it will last sometime
and help keep you that little bit warmer. However,
take care over how much you drink, otherwise you could
be desperate for the loo before you know it!
7) TAKE SOMETHING TO SIT
ON:The pavement can be very cold and uncomfortable
by the time 10am rolls around. While you can stand
if you wish, it will eventually take itís toll and
youíll be dying to sit down, even if itís just for
a while. Our top tip is to pick up a copy of the Metro
first thing in the morning (if you canít get one from
your train/tube station, there are usually loads about
at Victoria Station). The Metro has two purposes:
to give you something to read while standing, but
then more importantly, when you decide to sit down,
it acts as the perfect cushion, giving you something
softer than the ground to sit on and itís surprising
how insulating newspapers are! You very rarely feel
the cold through them! So far however, we have found
that camping roll mats provide the best surface to
sit on, giving you protection from the cold ground,
something soft underneath and a larger area for you
to actually sit on!
8) BRING CASH AND CARDS:
You should have enough cash on you to purchase your
day seat tickets, but it is also advisable to bring
extra cash or a credit/debt card so that if all day
seats have gone by the time you reach the box office,
you can purchase other tickets that might still be
available. However, please be careful with your belongings,
as a lot of homeless/beggars/pick-pockets operate
in the area, and since you will be right opposite
the train station, you could be an easy target. Just
9) COUNT THOSE IN THE QUEUE:
When you arrive, if the queue is long, do a quick
head count of those in front. If there are 24 or more
people in the queue, then it is pretty pointless joining
since there are only 24 tickets available. If there
are 11 or less, then jump on it! Youíre definitely
going to get your ticket! If there are between 12
and 24, then we suggest you do a little asking around.
Simply start at the beginning of the queue and ask
everyone how many tickets they are each buying. If
by the end of the queue, your ticket count has still
not reached 24, then it should be safe to join the
queue! Arrive early and you should have no problem
being within the first guaranteed 12.
10) DONíT GIVE OUT ANY PERSONAL
INFORMATION: You will be queuing with a bunch
of virtual strangers, and while most people will be
there because they love the musical and you share
that interest, they are at the end of the day strangers.
Donít give out your phone number, address or full
name, stick to your first name, nickname or even your
username on a particular message board. Just use your
Keep these Top 10 tips in mind, and you should
walk away from the Apollo Victoria Theatre at 10:05am
with tickets and still be able to feel your toes.