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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

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

4th to 19th April 2020 | Various

 
Easter at the Southbank Centre Southbank Centre 2020-04-042020-04-19 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

This Easter hop down to the Southbank Centre for a basketful of family-friendly shows, outdoor workshops and a pedal-power disco. Free events, workshops and performances include Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, taking Julia Donaldson and ...more

Nevin Aladag: Fanfare OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th February to 13th April 2020 | Free

 
Nevin Aladag: Fanfare Southbank Centre 2020-02-122020-04-13 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th February to 14th April 2020 | £14, child £10.50

 
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Southbank Centre 2020-02-122020-04-14 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Among the Trees Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th March to 17th May 2020

 
Among the Trees Southbank Centre 2020-03-042020-05-17 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Soundpit Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th February 2019 to 19th April 2020 | £8

 
Soundpit Southbank Centre 2019-02-132020-04-19 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th to 11th Apr 2020

 
Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales Southbank Centre 2020-04-072020-04-11 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Adapted from Julia Donaldson's bestselling children's books, Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales are brought to life in a delightful production at the Southbank Centre. The much-loved stories of Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town ...more

Shankar 100 On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th April to 22nd May 2020 | £35-£60

 
Shankar 100 Southbank Centre 2020-04-072020-05-22 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Various artists, led by members of his family, celebrate the life and music of the innovative musician and composer. 2020 marks 100 years since the birth of Indian musician and Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar. The ...more

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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

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th February to 17th May 2020 | £15-£17

 
Masculinities: Liberation through Photography Barbican Centre 2020-02-202020-05-17 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th March to 26th July 2020 | Free

 
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory Barbican Centre 2020-03-262020-07-26 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Internationaal Theater Amsterdam: Death in Venice On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Apr 2020 | £16-£60

 
Internationaal Theater Amsterdam: Death in Venice Barbican Centre 2020-04-162020-04-19 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam adapts Thomas Mann's 1912 novella Death in Venice with direction from Ivo van Hove. Staged at the Barbican Theatre, the theatrical adaptation has been re-worked by former Dutch poet laureate Ramsey Nasr, ...more

The Glass Menagerie Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th to 11th Jun 2020

 
The Glass Menagerie Barbican Centre 2020-06-052020-06-11 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

French stage and screen actress Isabelle Huppert stars in Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, his masterpiece about loneliness, lost dreams and illusions, directed by Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove. A UK premiere, this co-production ...more

Evita Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th June to 22nd August 2020 | £18.50-£65 plus booking fee

 
Evita Barbican Centre 2020-06-272020-08-22 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

After a sold out run at Regent's ParkOpen Air Theatre last year - when it became the theatre's highest grossing production ever - Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita transfers to the Barbican Theatre ...more

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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 Ballet: Swan Lake On Soon

22nd April to 16th May 2020 | £5–£145

 
Royal Ballet: Swan Lake Royal Opera House 2020-04-222020-05-16 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

The Royal Opera House building is closed to the public from Tuesday 17th March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all performances are cancelled up until 19th April 2020. Liam Scarlett's glorious production of ...more

The Royal Opera: Tristan Und Isolde On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th April to 11th May 2020

 
The Royal Opera: Tristan Und Isolde Royal Opera House 2020-04-272020-05-11 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

A major hallmark of Antonio Pappano's tenure as Music Director of the Royal Opera House has been his exploration of Wagner. Continuing that theme, he returns to conduct Tristan und Isolde, Christof Loy's award-winning production ...more

Royal Ballet: The Dante Project Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th May to 1st June 2020 | £4-£90

 
Royal Ballet: The Dante Project Royal Opera House 2020-05-062020-06-01 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

The Royal Ballet's resident choreographer Wayne McGregor presents the world premiere of a dance piece inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy at the Royal Opera House. On a journey through the afterlife, The Dante Project moves ...more

Elektra Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

29th May to 18th June 2020 | £8-£15

 
Elektra Royal Opera House 2020-05-292020-06-18 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

This summer you can see a new production of Richard Strauss's Greek tragedy Elektra by German director Christof Loy who staged an "intelligent production" (The Guardian) of Forza del Destino here at the Royal Opera ...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

Pet Shop Boys Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 28th May 2020 | £68

 
Pet Shop Boys The O2 Arena 2020-05-282020-05-28 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The London-based duo Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe tour with their greatest hits for the first time, begin the seven date UK tour at The O2 on Thursday 28th May 2020. The Pet Shop Boys ...more

ABBA: Super Troupers Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th December 2019 to 31st August 2020 | £27 (Adult), £59 (Adult Return up to a maximum of 4 visits), £22 (Concession), £13.50 (Child, children under 5 go Free), £54 (Family, 1 adult, 2 children), £65 (Family, 2 adults, 2 children), £72 (Family, 2 adults, 3 children)

 
ABBA: Super Troupers The O2 Arena 2019-12-062020-08-31 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
Mamma Mia! The Party Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

29th August 2019 to 28th March 2021 | £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 2019-08-292021-03-28 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
Harry Styles On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd April 2020 | £45-£55

 
Harry Styles The O2 Arena 2020-04-222020-04-23 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The One Direction superstar heads out solo as he performs his pop-rock tunes from second album, Fine Line. Harry Style's 'Love On Tour' show arrives at The O2 on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd April ...more

London in the Sky On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st May to 31st July 2020 | from £89 (per person)

 
London in the Sky The O2 Arena 2020-05-012020-07-31 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
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Wembley Stadium

Magnificent sports venue and the home of English football

Empire Way, 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

Westlife

Saturday 22nd August 2020 - 7pm | £45-£125

 
Westlife Wembley Stadium 2020-08-222020-08-22 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Empire Way, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The internationally acclaimed Irish quartet reforms after a six year break, to perform classic pop hits from across their back catalogue, including Flying Without Wings, You Raise Me Up and World Of Our Own.

Eagles: Hotel California Tour Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August 2020 | £78.70-£172

 
Eagles: Hotel California Tour Wembley Stadium 2020-08-292020-08-30 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Empire Way, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The veteran American chart-toppers, the Eagles, famous for its classic rock and country-rock hits, perform the album 'Hotel California' in its entirety when the tour arrives at Wembley Stadium for the band's only European concerts ...more

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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

Frozen the Musical Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd October 2020 to 5th January 2021

 
Frozen the Musical Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2020-10-222021-01-05 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres
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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

Peter Hook: Substance: Inside New Order

Friday 15th May 2020 - 7pm | phone for prices

 
Peter Hook: Substance: Inside New Order O2 Academy Brixton 2020-05-152020-05-15 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Legendary bassist Peter Hook discusses his book, Substance: Inside New Order.

Toots And The Maytals

Saturday 16th May 2020 - 7pm | £32.50

 
Toots And The Maytals O2 Academy Brixton 2020-05-162020-05-16 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The veteran group from Jamaica, led by singer Toots Hibbert, bring their classic reggae to the UK's stages.

Sam Fender

Sunday 17th May 2020 - 7pm | £26.85

 
Sam Fender O2 Academy Brixton 2020-05-172020-05-17 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Indie music from the North Shields singer-songwriter and musician.

Brockhampton

Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th May 2020 - 7pm | £37.50-£42.50, phone for availability

 
Brockhampton O2 Academy Brixton 2020-05-192020-05-20 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Thirteen-piece hip hop and R&B collective from Texas supporting their fifth studio album, Ginger.

Scooter

Sunday 24th May 2020 | phone for prices

 
Scooter O2 Academy Brixton 2020-05-242020-05-24 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The German techno and happy hardcore group perform hits from their back catalogue.

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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.

 
 
 

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

Singin' In The Rain Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 24th - Sunday 30th August 2020 | £15-£100

 
Singin' In The Rain Sadler's Wells 2020-07-242020-08-30 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

It earned five star reviews when it was last staged in London eight years ago and now the "perfect, potent pick-me-up" (The Telegraph) of Singin' in the Rain is back, this time at Sadler's Wells. ...more

English National Ballet - Creature by Akram Khan Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st to 8th April 2020 | £15-£75

 
English National Ballet - Creature by Akram Khan Sadler's Wells 2020-04-012020-04-08 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Contemporary dance artist Akram Khan continues his collaboration with English National Ballet in 2020 with his new production, Creature. An exploration of human overreaching with monstrous undertones, the new show draws on themes of ambition, ...more

My First Ballet: Cinderella On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th to 18th April 2020 | £10-£25

 
My First Ballet: Cinderella Sadler's Wells 2020-04-092020-04-18 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

English National Ballet has partnered with English National Ballet School to produce the My First Ballet series, a number of special performances aimed at children as young as three to introduce them to ballet through ...more

Sadler's Wells Family Weekend On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 10th and Saturday 11th April 2020 | £18, child £12

 
Sadler's Wells Family Weekend Sadler's Wells 2020-04-102020-04-11 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Spilling out into the foyer with dance workshops and free arts and crafts activities, the Family Weekend really opens up Sadler's Wells to a new generation of dance lovers. In 2020 balletLORENT returns to the ...more

Northern Ballet: Geisha On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st to 25th Apr 2020 | £15-£65

 
Northern Ballet: Geisha Sadler's Wells 2020-04-212020-04-25 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

As part of a UK tour and the company's 50th anniversary programme, Northern Ballet brings Kenneth Tindall's production of Geisha to Sadler's Wells this spring. Based around the true story of two women who are ...more

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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

Noh Movement Workshop

Saturday 27th June 2020 - 11am | £12.50

 
Noh Movement Workshop Kings Place 2020-06-272020-06-27 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Two actors teach the basic movement patterns of Noh theatre.

The Sixteen: The Earth Resounds

Wednesday 23rd September 2020 - 7.30pm | £19.50-£49.50

 
The Sixteen: The Earth Resounds Kings Place 2020-09-232020-09-23 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The world-renowned choral choir performs movements from Brumel's Earthquake Mass as part of Nature Unwrapped.

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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

Rick Astley On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Monday 13th April 2020 | £35-£75

 
Rick Astley Royal Albert Hall 2020-04-132020-04-13 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

His 1987 single Never Gonna Give You Up made Rick Astley a millionaire by the time he was 22. His was a success story from the Stock, Aitken and Waterman production house. Now, aged 54, ...more

Love Classical 2020 On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th April to 8th May 2020 | An Evening with Bryn Terfel - £35-£85 | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Great Choral Classics -£20-£66

 
Love Classical 2020 Royal Albert Hall 2020-04-152020-05-08 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Welsh bass-baritone and opera favourite Bryn Terfel headlines Love Classical 2020, performing his first headline concert at the Royal Albert Hall since his all-star 50th birthday in 2015. The singer, whose stellar 30-year career has ...more

David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 16th April 2020 | £15-£110

 
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet Royal Albert Hall 2020-04-162020-04-16 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Having done so much to raise awareness of the natural beauty - and fragility - of our planet, Sir David Attenborough continues his lifelong mission by unveiling his new film at the Royal Albert Hall. ...more

The Psychedelic Furs

Thursday 14th May 2020 - 7.45pm | £33.75-£71.38

 
The Psychedelic Furs Royal Albert Hall 2020-05-142020-05-14 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The post-punk outfit that originally formed in 1977 showcase their eight studio album and first album in almost 30 years, Made Of Rain.

Pink Martini

Thursday 21st May 2020 - 7.30pm | £37.50-£50

 
Pink Martini Royal Albert Hall 2020-05-212020-05-21 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The twelve-piece collective hailing from Oregon take to the stage to perform genre-blending sounds of jazz, pop, soul, Latin and more.

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