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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

Tero Saarinen Company: Morphed On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 10th August 2017 | £15-£30

 
Tero Saarinen Company: Morphed Southbank Centre 2017-08-102017-08-10 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A band of seven men bursting with strong yet multi-layered masculine energy, delve into manifold themes such as change and sensuality through Tero Saarinen's internationally praised choreography. The leading Finnish dance artist presents the UK ...more

Kalle Mustonen: Gnome King
Now OnFree Event

5th July to 30th August 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Kalle Mustonen: Gnome King Southbank Centre 2017-07-052017-08-30 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Finnish artist who reimagines modern culture in monumental and mythic terms. In this exhibition, Mustonen showcases his intriguing large-scale wooden sculpture Gnome King, which visitors are invited to view inside a shed-like hideaway. The Gnome ...

National Poetry Library Exhibition: The Mersey Sound At 50
OngoingFree Event

20th July to 22nd September 2017 - 10am | Free

 
National Poetry Library Exhibition: The Mersey Sound At 50 Southbank Centre 2017-07-202017-09-22 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Festival of Love Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd June to 28th August 2017 | Various

 
Festival of Love Southbank Centre 2017-06-032017-08-28 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Adventures in Moominland Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th December 2016 to 20th August 2017 | Peak - £16.50/£13.50 (supporter ticket), £15/£12 (non-supporter ticket), Off peak - £13.50/£11.50 (supporter ticket), £12/£10 (non-supporter ticket)

 
Adventures in Moominland Southbank Centre 2016-12-162017-08-20 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Belief and Beyond Belief Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th January to 17th December 2017 | Various, Free to £45 | Day pass £15, Weekend pass £25

 
Belief and Beyond Belief Southbank Centre 2017-01-162017-12-17 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Outi Pieski: Falling Shawls
OngoingFree Event

13th January to 31st December 2017 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
Outi Pieski: Falling Shawls Southbank Centre 2017-01-132017-12-31 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

The Tempest
Now On

30th June to 18th August 2017 - Various Times | £10-£75

 
The Tempest Barbican Centre 2017-06-302017-08-18 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

This production is directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and stars Simon Russell Beale as Prospero, the magician, taking vengeance on the men who wronged him.

Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd June to 1st September 2017 | £14.50, concs/NUS/under 17s/mems £12, under 14s £5

 
Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction Barbican Centre 2017-06-032017-09-01 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie
On Soon

20th July to 13th August 2017 - Various Times | £12.50, concs £10, NUS/under 17s £8, under 14s Free, Young Barbican £5

 
Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie Barbican Centre 2017-07-202017-08-13 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Step into a dreamlike word with these inventive performance pieces by the American dancer and choreographer. Contains nudity, as well as some explicit imagery.

Toots And The Maytals
On Soon

Friday 28th July 2017 - 7.30pm | £25-£40

 
Toots And The Maytals Barbican Centre 2017-07-282017-07-28 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

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

The Magnetic Fields

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017 - 7.30pm | £20-£35

 
The Magnetic Fields Barbican Centre 2017-09-092017-09-10 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Indie-pop by the New York-based band fronted by the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stephin Merritt as he performs his two-part 50 Song memoir.

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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

Mariinsky Ballet: Don Quixote
Now On

24th Jul to 26th Jul and 5th Aug 2017 - Various Times | £36-£150

 
Mariinsky Ballet: Don Quixote Royal Opera House 2017-07-242017-08-05 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

The company performs a production of Petipa and Gorsky's exuberant classic based on the classic Spanish tale by Cervantes.

Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake
On Soon

27th Jul to 29th Jul, 31st Jul to 2nd Aug and 7th Aug 2017 - Various Times | £36-£150

 
Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake Royal Opera House 2017-07-272017-08-07 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Konstantin Sergeyev's classic production of Tchaikovsky's romantic masterpiece about the Prince Siegfried, his love Odette, and the evil spell cast upon them by Von Rothbart and Odile.

Mariinsky Ballet: Anna Karenina
On Soon

Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th August 2017 - 7.30pm | £48-£150

 
Mariinsky Ballet: Anna Karenina Royal Opera House 2017-08-032017-08-04 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Tolstoy's novel about the extraordinary and tormented woman who breaks all moral and social conventions with devastating consequences is set to a score by Rodion Shchedrin and choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky.

Mariinsky Ballet: Contrasts
On Soon

Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th August 2017 - 7.30pm | £10-£150

 
Mariinsky Ballet: Contrasts Royal Opera House 2017-08-082017-08-09 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

The Mariinsky Ballet dances a mixed programme of Alonso's Carmen Suite, McGregor's Infra and Petipa's Paquita Grand pas.

Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadere
On Soon

10th and 11th August 2017 at 7.30pm & 12th August 2017 at 2pm and 7.30pm | £10-£150

 
Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadere Royal Opera House 2017-08-102017-08-12 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Marius Petipa is the choreographer for this performance of Petipa's classical ballet of love, betrayal and ultimate redemption set in a mythical India.

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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

Little Mix Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th November 2017 | £29.25-£49.25, VIP ticket £116.75

 
Little Mix The O2 Arena 2017-11-252017-11-26 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Since becoming the first ever group to win the X Factor in 2011, Little Mix have been working hard to ensure they don't fall under the same umbrella as many previous unsuccessful winners. Perrie Edwards, ...more

Star Wars: Identities Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th November 2016 to 3rd September 2017 | £20, under 5s Free

 
Star Wars: Identities The O2 Arena 2016-11-182017-09-03 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition
Ongoing

18th November 2016 to 3rd September 2017 - 10am-7.30pm | £20 & £25, child £10 & £15, concs £15 & £18, family £48 & £60

 
Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition The O2 Arena 2016-11-182017-09-03 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
Celine Dion
On Soon

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July 2017 - 6.30pm | £45-£150

 
Celine Dion The O2 Arena 2017-06-202017-07-30 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The critically-acclaimed, award-winning Canadian singer performs her soft-rock and pop numbers from across her career.

Bros On Soon

19th April 2013 to 20th August 2017 | £40-£150

 
Bros The O2 Arena 2013-04-192017-08-20 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

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

Ed Sheeran

14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Jun 2018 - 4.30pm | £50-£80, phone for availability

 
Ed Sheeran Wembley Stadium 2018-06-142018-06-17 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist performs songs from his third album Divide, as well as hits from his two previous albums.

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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

42nd Street Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th March 2017 to 10th February 2018 | £25-£125

 
42nd Street Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2017-03-202018-02-10 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres
Engelbert Humperdinck

Sunday 19th November 2017 - 7.30pm | £42.75-£84

 
Engelbert Humperdinck Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2017-11-192017-11-19 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

As part of his 50th anniversary tour, the legendary pop singer, who has sold over 140 million records worldwide, celebrates his remarkable career and achievements by performing some of his biggest hits including The Last ...

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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

Lana Del Rey

Monday 24th July 2017 - 7pm | £45

 
Lana Del Rey O2 Academy Brixton 2017-07-242017-07-24 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The New York-born songstress celebrates the release of her fifth studio album, Lust For Life, with a dreamy indie-pop performance.

GOAT
On Soon

Saturday 29th July 2017 - 6pm | £29.50

 
GOAT O2 Academy Brixton 2017-07-292017-07-29 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Swedish ensemble fuses psyche-rock with experimental elements. Support from The Moonlandingz and Jane Weaver.

Korn
On Soon

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 - 7pm | £42.50

 
Korn O2 Academy Brixton 2017-08-232017-08-23 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

This Californian band, one of the original nu-metal pioneers, brings its original material to the UK's stages.

Hot Dub Time Machine

Saturday 9th September 2017 - 9pm-2am | £18.15

 
Hot Dub Time Machine O2 Academy Brixton 2017-09-092017-09-09 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Originating from Australia, DJ Tom Lowndes brings his time travelling party to the UK, playing songs in chronological order from 1954 to present day.

Ne-Yo

Wednesday 20th September 2017 - 7pm | £62.90

 
Ne-Yo O2 Academy Brixton 2017-09-202017-09-20 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The slick R&B vocalist from America, Shaffer Chimere Smith, performs his original material.

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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

Plan B

Monday 24th July 2017 - 8pm | £20-£50

 
Plan B Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-07-242017-07-24 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

The London-based rapper, real name Ben Drew, presents an eclectic fusion of contemporary soul, hip hop and UK grime.

Twelfth Night On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th May to 5th August 2017 | £20-£45, under 18s £17-£42, standing £5

 
Twelfth Night Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-05-182017-08-05 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Much Ado About Nothing On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th July to 15th October 2017 | £20-£45, under 18s £17-£42, standing £5

 
Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-07-142017-10-15 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Shakespeare's Telling Tales On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

28th, 29th and 30th July 2017

 
Shakespeare's Telling Tales Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-07-282017-07-30 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

This week, Shakespeare's Globe hosts a weekend-long festival celebrating the joy of storytelling. Shakespeare's Telling Tales will include everything from talks with leading children's authors to practical workshops as well as tales told by candlelight ...more

King Lear On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th August to 14th October 2017 | £20-£45, under 18s £17-£42, standing £5

 
King Lear Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-08-102017-10-14 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

Tanguera
On Soon

19th July to 6th August 2017 - Various Times | £12-£52

 
Tanguera Sadler's Wells 2017-07-192017-08-06 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Latin dance telling a passionate tale of unrequited love in which Argentinian port worker Lorenzo meets Giselle, a young French woman, and falls in love with her.

Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company: Flamencura
On Soon

8th to 12th Aug 2017 - Various Times | £12-£40

 
Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company: Flamencura Sadler's Wells 2017-08-082017-08-12 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The company performs a selection of flamenco dances.

ISHQ

7th and 8th September 2017 at 7.30pm & 9th September 2017 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm | £20-£125

 
ISHQ Sadler's Wells 2017-09-072017-09-09 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The UK premiere of brand new Sufi musical, originally penned 600 years ago, which will be performed in English to mark 70 years of Pakistan's independence.

Hofesh Shechter: Grand Finale

12th to 16th Sep 2017 - 7.30pm | £12-£32

 
Hofesh Shechter: Grand Finale Sadler's Wells 2017-09-122017-09-16 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The international performance ensemble presents a surreal, cross-disciplinary show, combining elements of dance, theatre and music concerts, to explore the anarchic and violent energy of a doomed world and a humanity at odds with itself.

Footloose: The Musical

12th to 30th September 2017 | £25-£55

 
Footloose: The Musical Sadler's Wells 2017-09-122017-09-30 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Rnner up of 2001's Pop Idol Gareth Gates stars as Willard in Footloose: the Musical, a "cheap but cheerful" (The Stage) adaptation of the 1984 film. No stranger to musicals, Gareth appeared in Legally Blonde: ...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

Jim Lauderdale
On Soon

Thursday 27th July 2017 - 8pm | £9.50 & £22.50

 
Jim Lauderdale Kings Place 2017-07-272017-07-27 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter performs a selection of his Americana, bluegrass and country originals. Plus husband and wife duo Red Sky July.

National Youth String Orchestra
On Soon

Sunday 30th July 2017 - 7.30pm | £9.50-£29.50

 
National Youth String Orchestra Kings Place 2017-07-302017-07-30 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The orchestra performs Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony In C Minor, Mozart's Adagio And Fugue In C Minor and Stravinsky's Apollon Musagete.

East Meets West: Space: Korean Sounds
On Soon

Wednesday 2nd August 2017 - 7.30pm | £12.50-£16.50, concs £9.50

 
East Meets West: Space: Korean Sounds Kings Place 2017-08-022017-08-02 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Cellist Sungwon Yang and pianist Enrico Pace are joined by members of the National Gugak Center, for Hyeonak's Yeongsanhoesang, and works by Liszt and Chopin.

Spooky Men's Chorale
On Soon

Thursday 3rd August 2017 - 8pm | £16.50, concs £9.50

 
Spooky Men's Chorale Kings Place 2017-08-032017-08-03 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

This choir, who originate from the Blue Mountains, Australia, bring their varied repertoire to the UK's stages.

OperaUpClose: La Voix Humaine
On Soon

Sunday 6th and Sunday 20th August 2017 - 8.30pm | £16.50-£29.50, concs £9.50

 
OperaUpClose: La Voix Humaine Kings Place 2017-07-022017-08-20 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Robin Norton-Hale directs Poulenc's opera based on a play by Jean Cocteau about a woman's last phone conversation with her lover, who now loves someone else.

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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 13: Malcolm Sargent's 500th Prom

Monday 24th July 2017 - 7.30pm | £7.50-£40

 
Prom 13: Malcolm Sargent's 500th Prom Royal Albert Hall 2017-07-242017-07-24 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Andrew David conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Berlioz's Overture 'Le Carnaval Romain', Schumann's Piano Concerto In A Minor, Elgar's Overture 'Cockaigne (In London Town)', Walton's Facade Suite No 1 & No 2 - ...

The BBC Proms 2017 Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th July to 9th September 2017 | Various prices (standing from £6)

 
The BBC Proms 2017 Royal Albert Hall 2017-07-142017-09-09 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

Prom 14: Holst - The Planets
On Soon

Tuesday 25th July 2017 - 6.30pm | £7.50-£40

 
Prom 14: Holst - The Planets Royal Albert Hall 2017-07-252017-07-25 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

John Wilson conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with CBSO Youth Chorus (female voices) to perform Vaughan Williams's Symphony No 9 In E Minor and Holst's The Planets.

Prom 15: The Godlike Genius Of Scott Walker On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 25th July 2017 | £14-£60

 
Prom 15: The Godlike Genius Of Scott Walker Royal Albert Hall 2017-07-252017-07-25 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Jules Buckley conducts the Heritage Orchestra to perform works from "cult crooner" (Evening Standard) Scott Walker, featuring special guests Jarvis Cocker, John Grant, Susanne Sundfor and Richard Hawley. An icon of the 1960s, Scott Walker ...more

Prom 16: Mussorgsky - Pictures At An Exhibition
On Soon

Wednesday 26th July 2017 - 7.30pm | £7.50-£40

 
Prom 16: Mussorgsky - Pictures At An Exhibition Royal Albert Hall 2017-07-262017-07-26 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Ilan Volkov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to perform Liszt's Hamlet, Julian Anderson's Piano Concerto, Liszt's From The Cradle To The Grave and Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition. Featuring pianist Steven Osbourne.

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