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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

London Winter Concert

Tuesday 11th December 2018 - 8pm | £19-£49

 
London Winter Concert Southbank Centre 2018-12-112018-12-11 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Seasonal music and song with tenor Joseph Calleja, soprano He Wu and young talent Beau Dermott, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra under the baton of Paul Bateman.

That Night Follows Day
Now On

11th to 15th Dec 2018 - Various Times | £20

 
That Night Follows Day Southbank Centre 2018-12-112018-12-15 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Forced Entertainment presents Tim Etchell's contemporary comedy-drama, exposing the facts, white lies and excuses foisted upon children by adults.

Winter at Southbank Centre Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th November 2018 to 6th January 2019 | Various

 
Winter at Southbank Centre Southbank Centre 2018-11-092019-01-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Two brand new family shows are at the heart of this year's Winter programme at the Southbank Centre. The award-winning puppeteers from War Horse present the European premiere of Circus 1903 and two Australian theatre ...more

David Batchelor: Sixty Minute Spectrum Redux (2018)
Now OnFree Event

9th November 2018 to 6th January 2019 | Free

 
David Batchelor: Sixty Minute Spectrum Redux (2018) Southbank Centre 2018-11-092019-01-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The rooftops and balconies of Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hayward Gallery and Royal Festival Hall are illuminated in dramatic colour, cycling through orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink.

Constructing Spaces
OngoingFree Event

17th October 2018 to 31st March 2019 - 10am | Free

 
Constructing Spaces Southbank Centre 2018-10-172019-03-31 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
John Lewis Partnership Christmas Concert
On Soon

Wednesday 12th December 2018 - 7.30pm | £15

 
John Lewis Partnership Christmas Concert Southbank Centre 2018-12-122018-12-12 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

An evening of festive song from the 12 John Lewis Partnership choirs across the country, including Bob Chilcott's Mid-winter, familiar Christmas carols and Mel Torm's The Christmas Song.

Emmanuelle Laine
On SoonFree Event

25th October to 24th December 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Emmanuelle Laine Southbank Centre 2018-10-252018-12-24 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Laine's site-specific installation, 'Learn the Rules Like a Pro, So You Can Break Them Like an Artist!', transforms the spaces the installation occupies into unsettling perceptual environments.

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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

The Merry Wives of Windsor Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th December 2018 to 5th January 2019 | £10-£59.50

 
The Merry Wives of Windsor Barbican Centre 2018-12-072019-01-05 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The Royal Shakespeare Company presents Shakespeare's comedy of suburbia, wives and over-inflated egos at the Barbican. Fiona Laird directs the hilarious comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor, with RSC Associate Artist David Troughton as Falstaff, ...more

Francis Upritchard: Wetwang Slack
OngoingFree Event

27th September 2018 to 6th January 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Francis Upritchard: Wetwang Slack Barbican Centre 2018-09-272019-01-06 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy And The Avant-Garde Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th October 2018 to 27th January 2019 | £16, concs £12

 
Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy And The Avant-Garde Barbican Centre 2018-10-102019-01-27 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
On Soon

Wednesday 12th December 2018 - 6.30pm | £12-£36, under 18s £5

 
London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle Barbican Centre 2018-12-122018-12-12 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Sir Rattle conducts the orchestra, with pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque, for Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto, Gonzalo Grau's arrangement of Osvaldo Golijov's Nazareno For Two Pianos And Orchestra and Bernstein's Prelude, Fugue And Riffs.

Wolfgang's Magical Musical Circus
On Soon

12th to 22nd December 2018 - Various Times | £12, Young Barbican mems £5

 
Wolfgang's Magical Musical Circus Barbican Centre 2018-12-122018-12-22 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Circa presents a physical musical celebrating the irrepressible spirit of Mozart through daredevil acrobatic displays, directed by Yaron Lifschitz.

London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
On Soon

Thursday 13th December 2018 - 7.30pm | £16-£56, under 18s £5

 
London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle Barbican Centre 2018-12-132018-12-13 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Sir Rattle conducts the orchestra, with pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque, plus the London Symphony Chorus directed by Simon Halsey, for Bartok's Hungarian Peasant Songs, Szymanowski's Harnasie, Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto, Gonzalo Grau's arrangement of Osvaldo ...

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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

Royal Opera: La Traviata Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Monday 14th - Thursday 31st January 2019 | £71-£225

 
Royal Opera: La Traviata Royal Opera House 2019-01-142019-01-31 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Richard Eyre's production is a well-rehearsed formula for the Royal Opera but time after time it draws the crowds with the promise of pure spectacle. Verdi's music takes audiences to the heart of Violetta's world ...more

Royal Opera House: Queen Of Spades Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Sunday 13th - Friday 1st February 2019 | £11-£215

 
Royal Opera House: Queen Of Spades Royal Opera House 2019-01-132019-02-01 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Norwegian director Stefan Herheim presents a spectacular production of Pyotr ll'yich Tchaikovsky's adaptation of the Alexander Pushkin story of a penniless soldier taking up gambling in order to make enough money to marry. One of ...more

The Royal Opera: Hansel and Gretel Now On

11th to 29th December 2018 | £5-£500

 
The Royal Opera: Hansel and Gretel Royal Opera House 2018-12-112018-12-29 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Humperdinck's operatic adaptation of the Grimm Brother's fairy tale about two children who get lost in an enchanted forest comes to the Royal Opera House this December. The tale of Hansel and Gretel, who can't ...more

Royal Opera: Carmen Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th November to 22nd December 2018 | £8-£195

 
Royal Opera: Carmen Royal Opera House 2018-11-302018-12-22 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Following its UK premiere in February this year, Barrie Kosky's all-singing all-dancing production of Bizet's much-loved opera Carmen returns to the Royal Opera for its first revival this autumn. Australian director Barrie Kosky - "a ...more

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd December 2018 to 15th January 2019 | £6-£112

 
The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker Royal Opera House 2018-12-032019-01-15 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

That great seasonal stalwart The Nutcracker starts playing at the Royal Opera House on the 3rd December, offering families a fun and festive treat watching Clara dance in front of the Christmas tree. It's hard ...more

Royal Opera: Hansel And Gretel
On Soon

13th, 17th, 21st, 27th and 29th Dec 2018 - Various Times | phone for availability

 
Royal Opera: Hansel And Gretel Royal Opera House 2018-12-132018-12-29 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Antony McDonald presents Humperdinck's opera in a co-production with San Francisco Opera, based on the traditional children's fairy tale, about two children who become lost in the woods and happen upon a house made of ...

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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

Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th February 2019 | £52-£227

 
Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour The O2 Arena 2019-02-092019-02-10 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Stacey Dooley, Dr Ranj Singh and Joe Sugg are foxtrotting and waltzing their way across the country as Strictly Come Dancing goes on a live tour at the beginning of 2019. Strictly favourite and winner ...more

Mariah Carey Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 11th December 2018 | £45-£177

 
Mariah Carey The O2 Arena 2018-12-112018-12-11 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Grammy-winning American superstar returns with her best-selling pop and R&B hits in a seasonal performance that features All I Want For Christmas. After dazzling audiences last year, Mariah Carey is back at The O2 ...more

Josh Groban
On Soon

Wednesday 12th December 2018 - 6.30pm | £30-£110

 
Josh Groban The O2 Arena 2018-12-122018-12-12 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The American singer-songwriter performs his pop-rock and easy-listening numbers.

The War On Drugs
On Soon

Thursday 13th December 2018 - 6.30pm | £32-£40.25, phone for availability

 
The War On Drugs The O2 Arena 2018-12-132018-12-13 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The indie rock band from Philadelphia plays its only headline UK show of 2018. With support from Slowdive.

Madness On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 14th December 2018 | £37.50 & £49.50

 
Madness The O2 Arena 2018-12-142018-12-14 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Hailing from Camden, the ska septet reigned through the 70s and 80s comes to London. The appeal of Madness endures thanks to their upbeat singles including House Of Fun, Nightboat To Cairo and One Step ...more

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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.

 
 

Events at Wembley Stadium

Spice Girls Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th, 14th and 15th June 2019 | £82-£395

 
Spice Girls Wembley Stadium 2019-06-132019-06-15 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

Twenty three years after the Spice Girls smashed their way into the charts the best-selling female group is back together - with one notable exception - on tour, playing six stadium concerts. Emma, Mel B, ...more

Fleetwood Mac

Sunday 16th and Tuesday 18th June 2019 - 5pm | £75-£200, phone for availability

 
Fleetwood Mac Wembley Stadium 2019-06-162019-06-18 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The legendary rock outfit, with its current line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, with newcomers Mike Campbell formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers plus ex-Crowded House Neil Finn, performs ...

Bon Jovi

Friday 21st June 2019 - 5pm | £45-£125, phone for availability

 
Bon Jovi Wembley Stadium 2019-06-212019-06-21 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The rock'n'roll legends perform their hits, including Livin' On A Prayer and I'll Be There For You, alongside tracks from its most recent album, This House Is Not For Sale.

Billy Joel

Saturday 22nd June 2019 - 6pm | £50-£115

 
Billy Joel Wembley Stadium 2019-06-222019-06-22 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The pop-rock singer, who rose to fame in the late 70s, performs his original works.

P!nk

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019 - 5pm | £45-£99

 
P!nk Wembley Stadium 2019-06-292019-06-30 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The singer-songwriter performs her pop-rock numbers in support of her Beautiful Trauma album.

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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.

 
 

Events at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Christmas Spectacular 2018
On Soon

Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd December 2018 at 3pm and 7.30pm | £32.85-£74.65

 
Christmas Spectacular 2018 Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2018-12-162018-12-23 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

Kerry Ellis & Tim Howar, John Rigby and the London Concert Orchestra join the Jingle Belle Dancers for sing-along seasonal songs featuring special guests Kimberley Walsh, Anton du Beke and Erin Boag.

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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

SW4 Presents NYE On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Monday 31st December 2018 | £37.85

 
SW4 Presents NYE O2 Academy Brixton 2018-12-312018-12-31 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

South West Four presents a spectacular New Year's Eve dance party to cap off their 15-year celebrations with a selection of their favourite artists. The end of 2018 line up features a DJ set by ...more

Young Fathers

Tuesday 11th December 2018 - 7pm | £22.50

 
Young Fathers O2 Academy Brixton 2018-12-112018-12-11 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Edinburgh-based hip hop trio, whose album DEAD, won the Mercury Prize in 2014, returns in support of latest album Cocoa Sugar.

Mabel
On Soon

Wednesday 12th December 2018 - 7pm | £20

 
Mabel O2 Academy Brixton 2018-12-122018-12-12 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Malaga-born and London-based singer-songwriter performs her original soulful pop.

Blossoms
On Soon

Thursday 13th December 2018 - 7pm | £20, phone for availability

 
Blossoms O2 Academy Brixton 2018-12-132018-12-13 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The five-piece group who hail from Stockport performs psychedelic pop.

The Compozers
On Soon

Sunday 16th December 2018 - 7pm | £29.40 & £32.20

 
The Compozers O2 Academy Brixton 2018-12-162018-12-16 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The four-piece collective are known for their live arrangements and renditions of hit songs and audience interaction.

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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

Doctor Faustus
Ongoing

1st December 2018 to 2nd February 2019 - Various Times | £20-£48, Premium Seats £62, fixed position standing £10

 
Doctor Faustus Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-12-012019-02-02 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Macbeth Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th November 2018 to 2nd February 2019 | £10-£48

 
Macbeth Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-11-072019-02-02 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Winter Wassail
On Soon

Saturday 22nd December 2018 at 6pm & Sunday 23rd December 2018 at 3pm and 6pm | £5-£35

 
Winter Wassail Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-12-222018-12-23 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Stories and songs from Steven Player, The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble and The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments.

Dark Night Of The Soul: The Feminine Response To The Faustian Myth (Anthology Performances)

19th Jan, 25th Jan, 27th Jan and 1st Feb 2019 - Various Times | £5-£30

 
Dark Night Of The Soul: The Feminine Response To The Faustian Myth (Anthology Performances) Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-01-192019-02-01 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Performances of works by writers including Lily Bevan, Athena Stevens, Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence, Katie Hims and Amanda Wilkin, exploring what it means for women who enter into a pact with the devil at ...

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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 Swan Lake Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th December 2018 to 27th January 2019 | £12, £28, £38, £50, £62, £72

 
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake Sadler's Wells 2018-12-042019-01-27 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Matthew Bourne's triumphant modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake, replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, comes home to Sadler's Wells for Christmas. This highly original all-male production premiered at Sadler's ...more

The Snowman On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd November 2018 to 6th January 2019 | £15-£38, family £120

 
The Snowman Sadler's Wells 2018-11-222019-01-06 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Bill Alexander directs Birmingham Repertory Theatre's musical adaptation of Raymond Briggs' children's story about the airborne adventures of a boy and his frosty friend. This staging of The Snowman by Sadler's Wells, suitable for children ...more

Sun Line
On Soon

Saturday 15th December 2018 at 2pm and 7.45pm & Sunday 16th December 2018 at 6pm | £35, concs £20

 
Sun Line Sadler's Wells 2018-12-152018-12-16 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The Meyerhold Theatre Centre's production, based on Ivan Vyrypaev's comedy, looks at the relationship of an older couple at a crucial time. In Russian with surtitles.

Let's All Dance: Sleeping Beauty
On Soon

2nd to 6th Jan 2019 - Various Times | £17, child £15

 
Let's All Dance: Sleeping Beauty Sadler's Wells 2019-01-022019-01-06 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A family-friendly production of the classical ballet, with glittering costumes and Tchaikovsky's music.

Transfiguration
On Soon

Thursday 10th and Friday 11th January 2019 - 8pm | £20, concs £12

 
Transfiguration Sadler's Wells 2019-01-102019-01-11 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Painter, sculptor and performer Olivier De Sagazan annihilates his own identity with clay and paint to become a living artwork, morphing from human to animal to hybrid creatures.

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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

Time Unwrapped Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st January to 31st December 2018

 
Time Unwrapped Kings Place 2018-01-012018-12-31 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres
Saint Sister
On Soon

Wednesday 12th December 2018 - 8pm | £12.50

 
Saint Sister Kings Place 2018-12-122018-12-12 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The duo of Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty perform their contemporary folk originals.

Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas
On Soon

Thursday 13th December 2018 - 8pm | £14.50

 
Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas Kings Place 2018-12-132018-12-13 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The folk singer-songwriter performs a festive programme of lesser-known West Country, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles.

Tenebrae
On Soon

Thursday 13th December 2018 - 8pm | £24.50-£39.50

 
Tenebrae Kings Place 2018-12-132018-12-13 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The award-winning vocal ensemble, under director Nigel Short, perform Christmas music featuring traditional carols, festive favourites and new pieces, all by English choral composers.

Robin Ince: Nine Lessons And Carols For Curious People
On Soon

14th, 15th, 19th and 20th Dec 2018 - 7pm | £26.50

 
Robin Ince: Nine Lessons And Carols For Curious People Kings Place 2018-12-142018-12-20 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The comedian hosts a merry combination of ideas, experiments, science, songs, laughs and more with a roster of special guests, with profits going to chosen charities.

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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

Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 14th December 2018 | £25-£75

 
Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas Royal Albert Hall 2018-12-142018-12-14 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

A mixture of jazz classics, unearthed treasures and Christmas oddities that'll put a swing in your step as the festive season kicks off, from Count Basie to Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Louis Prima played ...more

Christmas Carols With Bloodwise

Tuesday 11th December 2018 - 7.30pm | £12.70-£40.75

 
Christmas Carols With Bloodwise Royal Albert Hall 2018-12-112018-12-11 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

A seasonal concert to raise money for the blood cancer charity.

Father Christmas At The Hall
Now On

22nd November to 22nd December 2018 - Various Times | £28.50, accompanying adult Free (maximum two per child), children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

 
Father Christmas At The Hall Royal Albert Hall 2018-11-222018-12-22 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The iconic London venue is transformed into a winter wonderland for an immersive and interactive journey to help the elves prepare toys so Father Christmas can take flight with his reindeer on Christmas Eve.

Father Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st November to 24th December 2018 | £28.50 (Children aged 2 & over) | Accompanying adults go Free (max 2 per child)

 
Father Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall Royal Albert Hall 2018-11-212018-12-24 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Children and their families are taken on an hour long Christmas experience through enchanted spaces within the Royal Albert Hall, guided by magical characters, before meeting the big man himself. There will be games, storytelling ...more

4U - A Symphonic Celebration Of Prince
On Soon

Thursday 13th December 2018 - 8pm | £58.60

 
4U - A Symphonic Celebration Of Prince Royal Albert Hall 2018-12-132018-12-13 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots produces and directs a tribute to the iconic American musician.

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