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Sometimes the sheer scale of London can be overwhelming, not to mention the bewildering choice of entertainment. But don't fear, help is at hand. Whether it's the stage, screen or canvas that captures your attention, you can expect to be thoroughly entertained with our guide to the best of the best entertainment venues from the greatest city in the world.

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Southbank Centre

Thriving riverside arts complex

Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 
 

The Southbank Centre is a classic example of brutal 60's concrete architecture. Everyone has an opinion (usually negative) on its distinctive design - famous detractors include Prince Charles, who once described it as a 'monstrous carbuncle'. Yet, if the West End is the centre of popular culture in London, it is the South Bank Centre that is the centre of true excellence in the arts. Comprising the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Saison Poetry Library and the Purcell Room, the complex is the largest single-run arts centre in the world and consistently produces plays, classical and world music events and fine art exhibitions of high renown. Primarily a classical music venue, it is home to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and three resident associate ensembles. The Southbank programme also includes the London Jazz Festival, widely acknowledged for annually delivering world-class music to the capital, whilst the Hayward Gallery continues to host imaginative and influential exhibitions since its opening by Her Majesty The Queen in 1968. A happy architectural accident has also made this complex the best spot for skateboarding and BMXing in the capital, meaning it is loved by London's counter-culture as much as by its highbrow elite. In recent years, the building of Tate Modern and the London Eye adjacent to the centre has been the final step in making the South Bank of the Thames into the beating heart of a thousand years of British culture.

 
 

Events at Southbank Centre

Hard To Be Soft: A Belfast Prayer Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 11th October 2019 | £18-£22

 
Hard To Be Soft: A Belfast Prayer Southbank Centre 2019-10-112019-10-11 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Oona Doherty's dance piece looks behind the masks of violence and machismo to the inner lives of Belfast's hard men and strong women. Part of Dance Umbrella 2019, Hard To Be Soft uses movement as ...more

Francois Chaignaud: Dumy Moyi

Thursday 22nd August 2019 at 6pm and 8pm | £10

 
Francois Chaignaud: Dumy Moyi Southbank Centre 2019-08-222019-08-22 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Song and dance in multiple languages and fantastic costumes drawn from classical and sacred influences, street theatre and fashion shows.

Tales of the Turntable Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th to 26th August 2019

 
Tales of the Turntable Southbank Centre 2019-08-152019-08-26 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Inspired by extracts from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Back to the Future, ZooNation Youth Company brings the world premiere of their street dance piece Tales of the Turntable to Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth ...more

ZooNation Youth Company: Tales Of The Turntables
Now On

21st to 26th Aug 2019 - Various Times | £25

 
ZooNation Youth Company: Tales Of The Turntables Southbank Centre 2019-08-152019-08-26 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille's innovative dance-theatre piece inspired by moments from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Back To The Future. Budding DJ Eric and his grandfather travel through time to the early origins of hip hop, ...

Siren
Ends TodayFree Event

Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd August 2019 | Free

 
Siren Southbank Centre 2019-08-012019-08-22 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The group performs its dance and techno sounds.

Guernica Remakings
Now OnFree Event

26th July to 22nd September 2019 - 11am-8pm | Free

 
Guernica Remakings Southbank Centre 2019-07-262019-09-22 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A contemporary response to Pablo Picasso's anti-war masterpiece of 1937, which features artworks from across the globe that remake Picasso's original Guernica and poetry from So Mayer and Richard Price.

Kiss My Genders Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th June to 8th September 2019 | £15.50 / £12.50 (includes entry to upper galleries diane arbus: in the beginning)

 
Kiss My Genders Southbank Centre 2019-06-122019-09-08 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
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Barbican Centre

Huge, multifaceted arts and entertainment hub

Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 
 

Described by the Queen as 'one of the wonders of the modern world', the Barbican Centre has also been voted 'London's ugliest building'. Ugly or not, this multi-faceted performance and arts venue is truly wondrous. Open 363 days a year, it offers the most diverse program of any London venue. As well as being home to the London Symphony Orchestra, the centre's giant 1,949 seat Barbican Hall attracts a host of international classical, jazz, rock, and world music stars. Two theatres offer a year-round program of some of the finest in international performing arts, while the 286 seat curve cinema mixes mainstream films with specialist seasons. The Barbican Art Gallery and The Curve Gallery present a diverse mix of design, architecture, fashion and photography from internationally acclaimed artists. The sprawling space also includes several smaller exhibition spaces, a Lakeside Terrace, a roof-top conservatory and three restaurants and a host of talks, signings, and events for children and live music in the foyer are also on offer. The building itself is a labyrinth and finding your route from the station or car park is an adventure in itself. Staircases twist around each other, directing lost patrons into mysteriously empty mezzanines, where odd snatches of music are the only guide back to the main lobby. The joy of coming across exhibitions, live music, or talks from a major arts celebrity in some odd corner of the building is a unique feature of this remarkable concentration of artistic talent.

 
 

Events at Barbican Centre

Lee Krasner: Living Colour Tour: Charlotte Flint

Thursday 22nd August 2019 - 7pm | £15-£17

 
Lee Krasner: Living Colour Tour: Charlotte Flint Barbican Centre 2019-08-222019-08-22 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Literary & Education, Talk.

Peter Kenny: Photographs
Now OnFree Event

21st to 24th and 26th to 28th Aug 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Peter Kenny: Photographs Barbican Centre 2019-08-012019-08-28 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Photographs of wildlife, nature, landscapes and culture from around the globe.

Jesus Christ Superstar Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th July to 24th August 2019 | £15-£62.50

 
Jesus Christ Superstar Barbican Centre 2019-07-042019-08-24 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's seminal musical comes to the Barbican following two sell-out seasons at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. "A gorgeous, thrilling, heavenly musical" ran The Guardian headline above its four-star review ...more

Jesus Christ Superstar
Now On

21st to 24th Aug 2019 - Various Times | Jul 4-8 preview £15-£59.50, Young Barbican £10, under 18s/NUS £7.50-£31.25, Jul 9-Aug 24 £15-£62.50, Young Barbican £10, under 18s/NUS £7.50-£31.25, Members and Members Plus enjoy 20% off the top three ticket prices for this show.

 
Jesus Christ Superstar Barbican Centre 2019-07-042019-08-24 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Timothy Sheader directs Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, which traces the last seven days of Jesus' life through the eyes of Judas.

Geoff Dunbar: Art Into Animation
OngoingFree Event

11th July to 30th September 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Geoff Dunbar: Art Into Animation Barbican Centre 2019-07-112019-09-30 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Lee Krasner: Living Colour Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th May to 1st September 2019 | Weekdays: £15 (Standard), £11-£13 (Concs) | Weekends & Bank Holidays: £17 (Standard), £12-£15 (Concs), Under 14s Free

 
Lee Krasner: Living Colour Barbican Centre 2019-05-302019-09-01 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Lee Krasner: Living Colour
Ongoing

30th May to 1st September 2019 - Various Times | Mon-Fri £15, Sat & Sun £17, under 14s/mems Free, concs £11-£15

 
Lee Krasner: Living Colour Barbican Centre 2019-05-302019-09-01 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
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Royal Opera House

Architecturally stunning home of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera

Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

Home of the Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, this impressive building in the heart of Covent Garden has been playing host to every major star of the classical music world since 1858. The third theatre to be located on this site, most of the existing venue - with the exception of the auditorium, facade and foyer which are originals from 1858 - is the result of a detailed reconstruction in the 1990s. It claims to be the most modern theatre facility in Europe, and it is certainly among the most spectacular. If you're serious about ballet and opera then this is the place to come for some of the best in the world. If you're not, and just want to explore the building itself (we recommend the dramatic glass atrium, a magnificently restored former flower market that now functions as a fine dining restaurant and champagne bar), you can wander around for free during the day. An esteemed, iconic and architecturally stunning venue.

 
 

Events at Royal Opera House

Astana Ballet On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th, 13th and 14th September 2019 | £10-£60

 
Astana Ballet Royal Opera House 2019-09-122019-09-14 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

The Republic of Kazakhstan's leading ballet company performs four one-act ballets at the Royal Opera House's intimate Linbury Theatre. Lover Fear Loss is inspired by the life and music of French singer Edith Piaf, Salome ...more

The Royal Opera: Don Giovanni On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th September to 10th October 2019 | £9-£190

 
The Royal Opera: Don Giovanni Royal Opera House 2019-09-162019-10-10 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Kasper Holten's "thoughtul and attentive" (Telegraph) 2014 production of Mozart's drama returns to the Royal Opera House, starring Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott as the seductive Don Giovanni. Holten, who transitioned from the Royal Danish Opera ...more

The Royal Opera: Werther On Soon

17th September to 5th October 2019 | £8-£175

 
The Royal Opera: Werther Royal Opera House 2019-09-172019-10-05 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Edward Gardner conducts the orchestra in this production of Benoit Jacquot's staging of Jules Massenet's tragic love story, Werther. Based on a novel by Goethe, the opera tells the tragic story of Werther's doomed love ...more

The Royal Opera: Agrippina Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd September to 11th October 2019 | £11-£245

 
The Royal Opera: Agrippina Royal Opera House 2019-09-232019-10-11 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Joyce DiDonato takes the lead in this new production of Handel's tale of the wife of the Emperor Claudius and her ambitions for their son Nerone. A co-production with Bavarian State Opera, Munich, and Dutch ...more

Royal Ballet: Manon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd October to 6th November 2019 | £5-£110

 
Royal Ballet: Manon Royal Opera House 2019-10-022019-11-06 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Kenneth MacMillan's Manon, which had its premiere in 1974, has been revived every few years for over 40 years and the Royal Ballet, the company he directed from 1970 for seven years, opening its 2019/2020 ...more

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The O2 Arena

State-of-the-art concert arena on the Greenwich peninsula

Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 
 

The centrepiece of the redeveloped Millennium Dome is the O2 Arena, the first purpose-built music venue in London. With a capacity of 20,000, it offers the slightly soulless Wembley Arena some serious competition and has attracted some of  the world’s biggest names in rock and pop in recent years, in fact this South-East London arena has seen everyone from The Rolling Stones and AC/DC to Beyonce and Britney Spears take to its stage. The 02 Arena also hosts classical music concerts, live comedy and tons of sporting events including the Barclays ATP World Tour tennis finals. From the debacle that was New Labour's Millennium Dome, something quite special has sprung.

 
 

Events at The O2 Arena

Jack Whitehall: Stood Up Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 23rd - Sunday 15th December 2019 | £45-£58

 
Jack Whitehall: Stood Up The O2 Arena 2019-11-232019-12-15 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Following two sell out arena tours, Jack Whitehall returns to The O2 for four dates this winter performing a stand up show laced with cynical observations and his trademark smart wit. The Fresh Meat star ...more

Mamma Mia! The Party On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

29th August to 31st December 2019 | £135 + £16.20 booking fee (Band B, seats overlooking the courtyard), £155 + £18.60 booking fee (Band A seats), £195 + £23.40 booking fee (Premium)

 
Mamma Mia! The Party The O2 Arena 2019-08-292019-12-31 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
Electric Soul Festival On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 7th September 2019 | £65, £80, £90 & £145 (VIP)

 
Electric Soul Festival The O2 Arena 2019-09-072019-09-07 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

A brand new one day only festival that's music to the ears of soul fans,the inaugural Electric Soul Festival welcomes Level 42, Heather Small, The Brand New Heavies and Kool & The Gang to The ...more

Muse
On Soon

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019 - 6pm | £45-£125

 
Muse The O2 Arena 2019-09-142019-09-15 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Grammy Award-winning progressive rock trio of Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme play the UK leg of their Simulation Theory world tour.

Khalid
On Soon

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th September 2019 - 6.30pm | £35

 
Khalid The O2 Arena 2019-09-172019-09-18 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The R&B singer-songwriter supports his second album, Free Spirit.

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Wembley Stadium

Magnificent sports venue and the home of English football

Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 
 

The world-famous football stadium was first built for the British Empire Exhibition of 1924, its first turf cut by King George V. Beneath the twin towers England internationals and FA Cup Finals were played for 70 years, including the 'White Horse Final' when over 240,000 spectators squeezed their way in. In the eighties, it played host to a number of legendary rock gigs including 'Live Aid' and the Nelson Mandela birthday concert. In 2002, the stadium, always intended to be a temporary structure, was demolished. The rebuilt Wembley, completed in 2007, has replaced the towers with an incredible arch, visible from anywhere in North West London. They've retained the same steeply banked seats, almost on top of the pitch, that help create the 'Wembley roar', and once again the English team has a spiritual home.

 
 
 
 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The West End's oldest and most spectacular theatre

Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Holborn Station, Temple Station

 
 

The first theatre on this site was built in 1662 on the orders of Charles II. It has been rebuilt a number of times since then, but the current auditorium, completed in 1922, incorporates many elements from as long ago as 1820. As a result, this vision in cream and gold possesses an elegance unmatched in the West End. Its broad staircases, its chandeliered salon, its statuary and panels speak of an older, more glamorous theatrical age than the weighty grandeur of much of the West End. The performance history here is the history of popular theatre in Britain. From Nell Gwynne's debut, when Charles II fell in love with the 15-year-old actress, through the great Colley Cibber, to a three decade stint by David Garrick, London's greatest stars have appeared beneath the Theatre Royal's gorgeously decorated arch. Noel Coward's 'Cavalcade' (1931), with a 250-strong chorus, brought audiences to their feet every night, before Ivor Novello took the theatre up to the Second World War with a series of shows which he scored, wrote and starred in. After the war, the Theatre Royal blazed a trail into the modern world of long-running musicals, with a series of hits including 'Oklahoma', 'South Pacific', '42nd Street' and 'Miss Saigon', which ran for 4,236 performances.

 
 
 

The O2 Academy Brixton

Superb music venue in a lively area of London

211 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London, SW9 9SL

Tube: Brixton Station

 
 

This former cinema with its art deco interior, proscenium arch and 140ft dome is London's most celebrated venue for live music, winning Best Live Venue at the NME awards at least a dozen times since 1994 . The famous sloping floor means there are great views wherever you're standing, though keeping your feet can be a problem at the more raucous rock gigs. Most of the biggest bands in the world have played here, and it also holds some of Britain's hardest club nights. Located in one of the hardest-partying areas of London, with a capacity of 4,700, excellent sound, a 6am licence, and one of the biggest dance floors in the capital, this is the only place to watch your favourite bands and DJs.

 
 

Events at O2 Academy Brixton

The Flaming Lips
On Soon

Saturday 7th September 2019 - 7pm | £42

 
The Flaming Lips O2 Academy Brixton 2019-09-072019-09-07 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Psychedelic, alternative rock collective from Oklahoma City, known for their out-of-this-world lyrics and space-rock compositions.

Tyler, The Creator
On Soon

16th, 17th and 18th September 2019 - 7pm | £50, phone for availability

 
Tyler, The Creator O2 Academy Brixton 2019-09-162019-09-18 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The fashion-conscious rapper and singer-songwriter celebrates the release of his latest album, IGOR, his first full-length offering since the 2017 Grammy-nominated LP, Flower Boy.

Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour

Saturday 28th September 2019 - 6pm | £18

 
Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour O2 Academy Brixton 2019-09-282019-09-28 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Less Than Jake headlines the annual rock tour that also features Goldfinger, Thieves Of Liberty, Save Ferris and more.

Slowthai

Friday 18th October 2019 - 7pm | £5

 
Slowthai O2 Academy Brixton 2019-10-182019-10-18 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Northampton-based rapper and producer brings his latest rhymes to the live stage.

Killswitch Engage

Sunday 20th October 2019 - 7pm | £28.50

 
Killswitch Engage O2 Academy Brixton 2019-10-202019-10-20 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Massachusetts metalcore five-piece returns to UK shores to promote its eighth album, Atonement.

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Riverside reconstruction of Shakespeare's original theatre

21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 
 

Set against the historical background of Bankside this is one of the finest spaces in the world for watching theatre, and also one of the most astonishing buildings in London. Opened in 1997 - thanks to the campaigning efforts of actor Sam Wanamaker - this painstaking, piece-by-piece reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is located just 200 yards from the original playhouse on the banks of the river Thames. With stunning wooden timbers and a fantastic thatched roof there is little to separate it from the original. The stage and seating are outdoors and though the seats are covered, if you really want to experience the true Elizabethan theatrical experience, you can buy a ticket as a 'groundling' and watch the production standing up in the pit in front of the stage. It can get pretty tiring and you do run the risk of being rained on and bumped into by marauding actors, but experiencing the play in this way is much more authentic and really quite fun. The season runs from May to September or October each year and usually mixes Shakespearian classics with works by other Renaissance playwrights. The standard of performance is consistently high and reassuringly traditional in its approach. It is also quite astoundingly cheap.

 
 

Events at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

The Comedy Of Errors Ongoing

Monday 6th - Friday 23rd August 2019 | £5-£47

 
The Comedy Of Errors Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-05-062019-08-23 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
The Merry Wives Of Windsor Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 17th - Saturday 12th October 2019 | £5-£47

 
The Merry Wives Of Windsor Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-05-172019-10-12 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Henry IV Part 1 or Hotspur Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 23rd - Friday 11th October 2019 | £5-£47

 
Henry IV Part 1 or Hotspur Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-04-232019-10-11 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
As You Like It
Now On

7th August to 20th September 2019 - Various Times | £5-£47

 
As You Like It Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-08-072019-09-20 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

The Globe Theatre's 2018 staging of Shakespeare's romantic adventure returns with Jack Laskey as Rosalind and Bettrys Jones as Orlando. Directed by Elle While with original music by James Maloney.

Pericles Ongoing

4th May to 24th August 2019 | £5-£47

 
Pericles Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-05-042019-08-24 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Bartholomew Fair
On Soon

23rd August to 12th October 2019 - Various Times | £20-£62, fixed position standing £10

 
Bartholomew Fair Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-08-232019-10-12 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Ben Jonson's dazzling comedy. Expect an excess of drink, a distinct lack of morals and a whole heap of sin amongst the fair's resident butchers, pimps and pickpockets.

Audience Choice
On Soon

Saturday 24th August 2019 - 2pm | £23-£47, standing £5

 
Audience Choice Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-05-112019-08-24 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
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Sadler's Wells Theatre

Modern contemporary dance and music performance space

Rosebery Avenue, Islington, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 
 

Occupying a site with a long tradition of entertaining Londoners, Sadler's Wells exists to bring the best of national and international dance, ballet, opera and music theatre to the capital. Now a strikingly modern building with flexible performance and auditorium spaces, the original Sadler's Wells opened in 1683. Six Sadler's Wells later and sleek steel and glass have replaced the crumbling brick edifice of previous centuries. Originally a music hall, the venue now boasts a resoundingly contemporary but extremely accessible programme - with an emphasis on dance and movement - supported by innovative visual arts exhibitions in its public spaces. Sadler's really came into its own when Lilian Baylis took charge in the 1920s. Since then many of the world's best dancers have performed on this Islington stage. In 1995, Matthew Bourne premiered his magnificent 'Swan Lake' here which went on to become the West End's longest running ballet. Sadler's Wells continues to have close associations with the centrally located Peacock Theatre, its home during periods of renovation, while the Lilian Baylis Theatre - now a highly regarded venue in itself - is located within the Sadler's Well Islington complex. Ranging from the cutting-edge to the mainstream, some truly landmark productions have taken place here over the years.

 
 

Events at Sadler's Wells

Matthew Bourne's Romeo & Juliet
Now On

7th to 31st August 2019 - Various Times | £15-£69, phone for availability

 
Matthew Bourne's Romeo & Juliet Sadler's Wells 2019-08-072019-08-31 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy following two young lovers as they withstand conflict and division to be together, set to Prokofiev's score conducted by Brett Morris.

British Youth Opera: Scoring A Century
On Soon

31st Aug, 4th Sep and 6th Sep & 7th Sep 2019 - Various Times | Aug 31, Sep 4, 6 £10-£48, Sep 7 £10

 
British Youth Opera: Scoring A Century Sadler's Wells 2019-08-312019-09-07 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The fates of song and dancer merchants Mr and Mrs Jedermann become entwined with events of the 20th century in David Blake's witty opera with a libretto by Keith Warner.

National Youth Ballet: Wonderlands
On Soon

Sunday 1st September 2019 - 7.30pm | £10-£55

 
National Youth Ballet: Wonderlands Sadler's Wells 2019-09-012019-09-01 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Students from the school perform a mixed programme of completely original works.

British Youth Opera: La Cenerentola
On Soon

3rd and 5th to 7th Sep 2019 - Various Times | Sep 3, 5, 7 £10-£48, Sep 6 £10

 
British Youth Opera: La Cenerentola Sadler's Wells 2019-09-032019-09-07 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Rossini's operatic fairy tale in two acts based on Cendrillon by Charles Perrault. Sung in English.

New English Ballet Theatre: New Works
On Soon

4th, 5th and 6th September 2019 - 7.45pm | £25

 
New English Ballet Theatre: New Works Sadler's Wells 2019-09-042019-09-06 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A programme of short, work in progress ballets, featuring the world premiere of Daniela Cardim's Two Husbands, and sets designed by the Stage Design-shortlisted, April Dalton.

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BFI IMAX Cinema

IMAX Cinema with the largest screen in the UK

1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XR

Tube: Waterloo Station

 
 

With a screen the height of five double decker buses, a 12,000 watt digital surround sound-system, and the special multi-dimensional technology of the iMax format, the BFI Imax is, without doubt, the most technically impressive modern cinema in the country. Watching a film here is more like taking part in the action - travel from the depths of the ocean up to the far reaches of outer space via a series of spectacular 3D and 2D films. A large proportion of their 3D programme is dedicated to children's films, but by virtue of their technical brilliance many of these are just as fascinating for adults to watch. 3D documentaries and mainstream movies also add to the portfolio and the 2D films are also impressive on this, the largest screen in the UK. Even the fact that it currently acts as a kind of roundabout and can only be accessed via a series of illuminated tunnels is quite a coup. As you navigate the tunnels with their space-age blue lights on your way to the cinema you feel that the 'living cinema experience' has already begun. Don't let the kids have all the fun.
 

 
 
 
 

Kings Place

A creative hub in the heart of Kings Cross

90 York Way, King's Cross, London, N1 9AG

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 

Just 150 metres from King's Cross and St Pancras stations and with a waterside setting, the Dixon-Jones designed Kings Place combines the offices of The Guardian newspaper with a concert hall and two art galleries. As you'd expect from the architects behind the improvements to the Royal Opera House and National Portrait Gallery it's a well designed complex of curvaceous surfaces and appealing public spaces. The concert hall, London's first to be purpose-built since the Barbican Concert Hall in 1982, includes a stunning wood-lined 420-seat auditorium. The Kings Place Music Foundation is a registered charity which provides a platform for artists and musicians to meet and share ideas. This dynamic venue is also home to a charming waterside restaurant and a homely cafe.

 
 

Events at Kings Place

Deborah Frances-White: No Such Thing As A Guilty Feminist
On Soon

Friday 30th August 2019 - 7pm | £12.50, phone for availability

 
Deborah Frances-White: No Such Thing As A Guilty Feminist Kings Place 2019-08-302019-08-30 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

A meeting between two popular podcasts, The Guilty Feminist and No Such Thing As A Fish.

Deborah Frances-White: The Hungry Feminist: Hoovering
On Soon

Friday 30th August 2019 - 9pm | £12.50

 
Deborah Frances-White: The Hungry Feminist: Hoovering Kings Place 2019-08-302019-08-30 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

A meeting between two popular podcasts, The Guilty Feminist and Jessica Fostekew's Hoovering.

Deborah Frances-White: All Killa No Feminism
On Soon

Saturday 31st August 2019 - 7pm | phone for availability

 
Deborah Frances-White: All Killa No Feminism Kings Place 2019-08-312019-08-31 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

A meeting between two popular podcasts, The Guilty Feminist and the murderer-devoted All Killa No Filla.

Deborah Frances-White: RHLSTPGF
On Soon

Saturday 31st August 2019 - 9pm | £12.50

 
Deborah Frances-White: RHLSTPGF Kings Place 2019-08-312019-08-31 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

A meeting between two popular podcasts, The Guilty Feminist and Richard Herring's RHLSTP.

Deborah Frances-White: The Feminist Bugle
On Soon

Sunday 1st September 2019 - 7pm | £12.50

 
Deborah Frances-White: The Feminist Bugle Kings Place 2019-09-012019-09-01 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

A meeting between two popular podcasts, The Guilty Feminist and Andy Zaltzman's satirical The Bugle.

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Royal Albert Hall

Iconic oval venue which annually hosts the world-famous Proms

Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Classical music, rock, pop and jazz, sporting events, galas, banquets and balls and the world-famous Proms series all take place within the Royal Albert Hall's iconic oval walls. One of London's most versatile venues, it is a favourite of performers from Jose Carreras to Kylie Minogue. The Hall also plays host to the Seniors' tennis circuit. The likes of Becker and McEnroe can be seen bouncing balls off the famous mushrooms on the ceiling. The brainchild of Prince Albert, inspired by the success of the Great Exhibition, the hall first opened in 1871, ten years after the Prince's death. Heavily influenced by ancient amphitheatres and notions of the 'Empire and the arts, the oval structure's terracotta walls are decorated on the outside with a frieze dedicated to "The Triumph of Arts and Sciences". Gas lighting, poor acoustics and old pipe organs have been replaced over the years and the awe-inspiring venue now exists as a testimony to both the architectural and aesthetic achievements of the past and the technological developments of the present - it now features the largest pipe organ in the British Isles. A Grade I listed building, the hall has a capacity of over 5000 and is most consistently packed out during the summer when the Promenade concerts take over. First held here in 1941 when their original venue - the Queen's Hall - was bombed, the Proms remain fantastically popular.
 

 
 

Events at Royal Albert Hall

Prom 49: The Lost Words On Soon

Sunday 25th August 2019 | £7.50-£20

 
Prom 49: The Lost Words Royal Albert Hall 2019-08-252019-08-25 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

A celebration of the rich musical landscape of nature inspired by the bestselling book The Lost Words, with beatboxer Jason Singh, Southbank Sinfonia and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.more

Prom 62: Canzionere Grecanico Salentino On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 4th September 2019 | £7.50-£26

 
Prom 62: Canzionere Grecanico Salentino Royal Albert Hall 2019-09-042019-09-04 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Italian band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino creates a spectacle full of dance, passion, rhythm and mystery performing traditional music from their home country at this late night Prom. They renew their traditions by inviting musicians to ...more

Prom 63: Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninov On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 5th September 2019 | £18-£72

 
Prom 63: Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninov Royal Albert Hall 2019-09-052019-09-05 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The "technically brilliant and entertaining" (The Economist) 32-year-old pianist Yuja Wang, a thrilling live performer, is the soloist in Rachmaninov's technically demanding Piano Concerto No 3 In D Minor. She joins conductor Myung-Whun Chung and ...more

Prom 66: In The Name Of The Earth On Soon

Sunday 8th September 2019 | £7.50-£26

 
Prom 66: In The Name Of The Earth Royal Albert Hall 2019-09-082019-09-08 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Luther Adams's brand new large scale work featuring eight choirs including London Philharmonic Choir, Crouch End Festival Chorus, Victoria Park Singers and LSO Community Choir.more

A-Ha Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 5th November 2019 | £39.50-£95

 
A-Ha Royal Albert Hall 2019-11-052019-11-05 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Hailing from Norway, the three-piece best known for their hits The Sun Always Shines On TV and Take On Me performs live at the Royal Albert Hall. Magne Furuholmen, Pal Waaktaar-Savoy and the hunky Morten ...more

Prom 46: City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Thursday 22nd August 2019 | £7.50-£41

 
Prom 46: City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Royal Albert Hall 2019-08-222019-08-22 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla conducts City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason to perform Howell's Lamia, Elgar's Cello Concerto In E Minor, Knussen's The Way To Castle Yonder and Weinberg's Symphony No 3 (London Premiere).more

The BBC Proms 2019 Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th July to 14th September 2019 | Various prices (standing from £6)

 
The BBC Proms 2019 Royal Albert Hall 2019-07-192019-09-14 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, the Proms is arguably the most popular season of classical music the world over, featuring a varied but accessible programme of 90 or so concerts in eight weeks. ...more

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