Unicorn Theatre

The Unicorn Theatre is at 147 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2HZ, close to London Bridge station.

If you are arriving by car, you can be dropped off on Tooley Street next to the theatre.  There is no parking at the theatre but there is an NCP car park at the junction of Snowsfields and Kipling Street, about a 10-15 minute walk away.  There are four spaces for disabled badge holders at this car park but there is no reduction in the hourly rate.  There are also limited parking bays along Tooley Street that allow parking for disabled badge holders.

If you are travelling to the theatre by bus, the 47, 381 and RVI stop on Tooley Street – the closest stop is called ‘City Hall’.  A number of buses also go to London Bridge station.

London Bridge is the nearest station.  It is served by both National Rail and the underground – it is on the Jubilee line and the Northern Line (Bank branch). The theatre is about 600 metres from the station, a 5 to 10 minute walk. The journey from the station is step-free. If you would like detailed directions from London Bridge station to the Unicorn, please contact the theatre.

The theatre is situated on the corner of Tooley Street and Unicorn passage, a pedestrian walkway that leads to the river.  The building has a large glass and steel exterior.

The main entrance can be approached by steps or a ramp.  The entrance has two automatic glass doors separated by a glass vestibule.  Once through the first doors, turn left to walk along the vestibule.  At the other end of the vestibule, the second door is on the right.  Step through this door and you are in the theatre foyer.

The foyer is a large L-shaped area, which is very light as most of the walls are made of glass.  It is likely to be quite noisy as the ceilings are very high and the floor is paved.

With your back to the entrance vestibule, there is a café to the left.  The main staircase is slightly to the right and ahead of you.  The box office is located in the far right corner.  Behind the staircase and just to left of the box office is the lift to all public areas of the theatre.  The lift has voice announcements at every floor and tactile controls.

There are toilets in the basement (or “level minus 1”), including an accessible toilet.  There is also storage for pushchairs in the basement, please ask for assistance if you need to use the storage facility.

The theatre has two auditoriums – the Weston Theatre and the smaller Clore Theatre.  Doors into the Clore Theatre are in the foyer, next to the café area.  The Clore seats approximately 100 people – there is no fixed seating and the layout of the theatre changes for most productions.

The entrance to the Weston Theatre is on the 3rd floor which can be accessed by the lift or the stairs.  If using the lift, take it the 3rd floor.  Diagonally to your right and ahead is a slope leading down to the doors to the auditorium.

If you use the stairs, there are hand-rails on both sides, including a rail at a lower height for children.  On the first floor is the Caryl Jenner Balcony.  This is used to display exhibitions relating to the current shows.  The stairs are split by the exhibition area so you have to walk across to the right to continue up the stairs.

The second floor has the ladies’ and an accessible toilet.  The men’s toilets are on the third floor.  When you are on the third floor, turn immediately to your left and walk ahead.  The sloping passage to the auditorium will be on your left.

At the end of the slope are double doors into a vestibule, where the flooring changes to carpet.  A second set of double doors, immediately on the right, lead into the auditorium.   These doors are at the back of the auditorium with the stage to the right.  The seats are in a horseshoe shape and the rows step down towards the stage.  The seating is cushioned benches in a bright blue colour.

Just to the right of the door are stairs leading to the lower rows of seats.  A walkway runs around the back of the auditorium to equivalent stairs on the other side.  The theatre seats about 300 people.  Seating is unreserved so you can pick where to sit.  There are spaces for wheelchair users in the front and back rows.  It’s a modern theatre with no theatre curtains and no proscenium arch.

There will be a touch tour before audio described performances, which lasts for one hour.  If you are coming to the touch tour, you will be met in the theatre foyer by a member of staff.  Braille and large print cast lists, as well as headsets, are normally given out at the touch tour.  Otherwise, they can be collected from the box office.

Please note that this information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort is made to check details in advance, there may still be things you find unclear. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre direct for clarification.

Useful information and contact numbers
At the Unicorn, Guide dogs are welcome throughout the theatre. They can sit with you in the auditorium or can be looked after by a member of staff during the performance if you prefer.  If you have not already done so, please inform the box office in advance if you will be bringing a guide dog. You can call the Box Office on 020 7645 0560 or email boxoffice@unicorntheatre.com.  If you have any questions about the audio described performances or the touch tours, please ring Kate Hladky, Access Manager, on 020 7645 0525 or email kate.hladky@unicorntheatre.com.

The Unicorn has points of interest around the foyer and Caryl Jenner Balcony.   Please feel free to ask to be shown what exhibits are around at your time of visiting.

As well as the café inside the theatre, there are a number of cafes and food retailers along Tooley Street, in Hay’s Galleria and in More London Place.

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