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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

Denis Kozhukhin

Wednesday 29th January 2020 - 7.30pm | £10-£45

 
Denis Kozhukhin Southbank Centre 2020-01-292020-01-29 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The pianist performs Beethoven's Sonata In C Sharp Minor, No 2 (Quasi Una Fantasia - Moonlight), Schubert's 4 Impromptus, Grieg's Brietta, No 1, Waltz, No 2, Elva's Dance, No 4, Norwegian Dance, No 4, Elegy, ...

Between The Stones
Now On

Wednesday 29th and Friday 31st January 2020 - 7.15pm | £22

 
Between The Stones Southbank Centre 2020-01-292020-01-31 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A performance of the classical noh drama, Takasago, plus the English noh drama Between The Stones by Jannette Cheong and composer Richard Emmert.

Joo Yeon Park: Library Of The Unword
OngoingFree Event

5th December 2019 to 29th March 2020 - 11am-8pm | Free

 
Joo Yeon Park: Library Of The Unword Southbank Centre 2019-12-052020-03-29 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Louie Vega & The Elements Of Life
On Soon

Thursday 30th January 2020 - 7.30pm | £30-£40

 
Louie Vega & The Elements Of Life Southbank Centre 2020-01-302020-01-30 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The US-based group, led by the DJ and producer, performs dance and house sounds.

Bunny Hoova
On SoonFree Event

Friday 31st January 2020 - 6pm | Free

 
Bunny Hoova Southbank Centre 2020-01-312020-01-31 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A melange of hip hop and pop, plus a slice of jazz, is the style of this Mancunian five-piece.

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
On Soon

Friday 31st January 2020 - 7.30pm | £20-£65

 
Mahler Chamber Orchestra Southbank Centre 2020-01-312020-01-31 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The orchestra, led by the pianist Mitsuko Uchida, performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No 17 In G and Piano Concerto No 22 In E Flat, plus Widmann's String Quartet No 2 'Chorale'.

The Big Blind
On Soon

Friday 31st January 2020 - 7.30pm | £12-£28

 
The Big Blind Southbank Centre 2020-01-312020-01-31 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Kurt Elling's radio-style drama with music, is set in mid 20th-century Chicago and charts the trials and tribulations of a young jazz singer.

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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

Anton and Erin: Dance Those Magical Movies On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 14th - Saturday 15th February 2020 | £49.50

 
Anton and Erin: Dance Those Magical Movies Barbican Centre 2020-02-142020-02-15 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag perform classic ballroom dance to musical numbers filled with Hollywood glamour. Set to much loved film scores, music includes classics from Breakfast at Tiffany's, Singin' ...more

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday 29th January 2020 - 7.30pm | £12-£40

 
BBC Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre 2020-01-292020-01-29 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Robert Spano conducts Part's Cantus In Memory Of Benjamin Britten, Dimitrios Skyllas's Kyrie Eleison (world premiere) and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 3. With pianist Garrick Ohlsson.

Cold Blood
Now On

29th Jan, 30th Jan, 31st Jan and 1st Feb 2020 - 7.45pm | £16-£28

 
Cold Blood Barbican Centre 2020-01-292020-02-01 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Kiss & Cry Collective's whimsical production using miniature set pieces, live cinema and dancing hands, set to classic and contemporary music by Ravel, David Bowie and Janis Joplin.

Trevor Paglen: From Apple To Anomaly
OngoingFree Event

26th September 2019 to 16th February 2020 - Various Times | Free

 
Trevor Paglen: From Apple To Anomaly Barbican Centre 2019-09-262020-02-16 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
London Symphony Orchestra
On Soon

Thursday 30th January 2020 - 7.30pm | £16-£57

 
London Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre 2020-01-302020-01-30 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Gianandrea Noseda conducts Prokofiev's Symphony No 1 'Classical', Mozart's Violin Concerto No 3, Mussorgsky's Prelude To Khovanshchina and Shostakovich's Sympony No 9. With violinist Christian Tetzlaff.

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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

The Royal Ballet & Rambert: Aisha And Abhaya Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st January to 9th February 2020 | £6-£40

 
The Royal Ballet & Rambert: Aisha And Abhaya Royal Opera House 2020-01-212020-02-09 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Kibwe Tavares's newest creation sees lavish costumes and contemporary dance collide. The world premiere of Aisha and Abhaya, a poignant ballet about two sisters, is staged in the Royal Opera'sLinbury Theatre. A combination of visually ...more

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

10th January to 13th February 2020 | £7-£230

 
Royal Opera: La Boheme Royal Opera House 2020-01-102020-02-13 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Richard Jones's sensitive production of Puccini's passionate opera about a Parisian courtesan replaces John Copley's previous 1974 production for the Royal Opera (which was in the repertory for 41 years). "Jones takes a work by ...more

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

17th December 2019 to 23rd March 2020 | £11-£225

 
Royal Opera: La Traviata Royal Opera House 2019-12-172020-03-23 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres
Royal Opera: Alice's Adventures Under Ground On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th to 9th Feb 2020 | £3-£60

 
Royal Opera: Alice's Adventures Under Ground Royal Opera House 2020-02-042020-02-09 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Antony McDonald directs Gerald Barry's operatic treatment of Lewis Carroll's classic surreal tale as Alice's Adventures Under Ground receives its stage premiere on the Royal Opera House main stage in February 2020. The topsyturvy worlds ...more

Royal Ballet: Onegin On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th January to 29th February 2020 | £5-£110

 
Royal Ballet: Onegin Royal Opera House 2020-01-182020-02-29 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

John Cranko directs Tchaikovsky's most-loved opera, based on the Alexander Pushkin novel, about the young country girl Tatyana, who believes that the dashing Onegin is the man of her dreams, however is humiliated when he ...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

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

29th August 2019 to 16th February 2020 | £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 2019-08-292020-02-16 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
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
Kaiser Chiefs
On Soon

Saturday 1st February 2020 - 6.30pm | £22.50-£45

 
Kaiser Chiefs The O2 Arena 2020-02-012020-02-01 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The indie-rock group originally from Leeds performs material from the sixth album Stay Together, along with their classic indie hits.

Jonas Brothers
On Soon

Sunday 2nd February 2020 - 7pm | £45.50-£70.25

 
Jonas Brothers The O2 Arena 2020-02-022020-02-02 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The American pop-rock trio performs in support of its new album, Happiness Begins.

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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

Caravan Palace
On Soon

Thursday 30th January 2020 - 7pm | £28.50

 
Caravan Palace O2 Academy Brixton 2020-01-302020-01-30 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Parisian electro swing band, who energetically fuse hedonistic house and old school jazz.

Naira Marley
On Soon

Sunday 2nd February 2020 - 7pm | £90

 
Naira Marley O2 Academy Brixton 2020-02-022020-02-02 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Peckham-based singer-songwriter brings his afro-bashment swagger to the stage.

Sam Fender
On Soon

Monday 3rd February 2020 - 7pm | £22.50, phone for availability

 
Sam Fender O2 Academy Brixton 2020-02-032020-02-03 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

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

Milky Chance
On Soon

Wednesday 5th February 2020 - 7pm | £25

 
Milky Chance O2 Academy Brixton 2020-02-052020-02-05 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Upbeat folk duo hailing from Germany, consisting of Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, who support their brand new album, Mind The Moon.

Lil Durk
On Soon

Thursday 6th February 2020 - 7pm | £40, phone for availability

 
Lil Durk O2 Academy Brixton 2020-02-062020-02-06 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Chicago-based rapper brings his Love Songs 4 The Streets 2 mixtape to the UK stage.

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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

Notes To The Forgotten She-Wolves
Now On

29th Jan to 31st Jan and 18th Feb & 19th Feb 2020 - 8pm | £20, fixed standing £10

 
Notes To The Forgotten She-Wolves Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2020-01-292020-02-19 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Over five nights, 20 writers shine a light on or pay tribute to women and non-binary people, who have been misrepresented by time. Writers include Stella Duffy OBE, Emma Frankland, Matilda Ibini, Jasmine Lee-Jones, Eve ...

Voices In The Dark: Notes To The Forgotten She Wolves
Now On

29th Jan to 31st Jan and 18th Feb to 20th Feb 2020 - 7.30pm | £7-£62

 
Voices In The Dark: Notes To The Forgotten She Wolves Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2020-01-292020-02-20 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Literary & Education, Discussion/Debate.

The Taming Of The Shrew
On Soon

1st February to 18th April 2020 - Various Times | £7-£62

 
The Taming Of The Shrew Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2020-02-012020-04-18 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Swive [Elizabeth]
On Soon

3rd, 7th & 8th, 10th and 15th Feb 2020 - Various Times | £20, fixed standing £10

 
Swive [Elizabeth] Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-12-062020-02-15 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Everything I Ever Wanted To Tell My Daughter About Men
On Soon

Thursday 20th February 2020 - 8pm | £10-£110

 
Everything I Ever Wanted To Tell My Daughter About Men Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2020-02-202020-02-20 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

This staged reading of a black comedy by Lorien Haynes, directed by Tara Fitzgerald, traces a woman's relationship history backwards, exploring the impact of sexual assault, addiction and teen pregnancy on her adult relationships. All ...

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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

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

Optraken
Now On

29th Jan to 1st Feb 2020 - Various Times | £15-£45

 
Optraken Sadler's Wells 2020-01-292020-02-01 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Galactik Ensemble presents an original piece of acrobatic theatre where five acrobats pit themselves against a dangerous environment.

Sadler's Wells Sampled On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st February 2020 | £5-£20 | Fri & Sat £20, £5 proms style standing, Fri Schools matinee £6, £3 proms style standing

 
Sadler's Wells Sampled Sadler's Wells 2020-01-312020-02-01 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

An annual taster and a chance to dip into dance. With tickets from just £5 Sadler's Wells Sampled covers a wide variety of dance, from classical ballet to hip hop, contemporary and tango. This year's ...more

The National Opera Studio: Opera To Die For
On Soon

Wednesday 5th February 2020 - 7.45pm | £18-£30, NUS £15

 
The National Opera Studio: Opera To Die For Sadler's Wells 2020-02-052020-02-05 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Young artists perform semi-staged scenes from Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen, Puccini's La Boheme, Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro, Gounod's Sapho and Viktor Ullmann's Der Kaiser Von Atlantis.

Michael Keegan-Dolan / Teac Damsa: MAM
On Soon

5th, 6th and 7th February 2020 - 7.30pm | £15-£50

 
Michael Keegan-Dolan / Teac Damsa: MAM Sadler's Wells 2020-02-052020-02-07 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Michael Keegan-Dolan's contemporary work inspired by the Irish meaning mam, which describes the pass that connects two sides of a mountain.

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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

Inside The Comedian
On Soon

Thursday 30th January 2020 - 7.30pm | £9.50

 
Inside The Comedian Kings Place 2020-01-302020-01-30 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

David Reed's spoof interview show in which he interviews professional comedians about a career they've never had. Tonight's guests are Andy Smart and Mark Steel.

Anxo Lorenzo, Donal O'Connor, Jack Talty And Jim Murray
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Thursday 30th January 2020 - 8pm | £14.50

 
Anxo Lorenzo, Donal O'Connor, Jack Talty And Jim Murray Kings Place 2020-01-302020-01-30 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The folk musicians blend Irish and Galician traditions, performing on pipes and whistles, fiddle, concertina and guitar.

Della Mae, Jaywalkers
On Soon

Friday 31st January 2020 - 7.30pm | £16.50

 
Della Mae, Jaywalkers Kings Place 2020-01-312020-01-31 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

A bluegrass and folk double bill, as two bands hailing from North America and the UK respectively draw on Americana and traditional influences.

DM Stith
On Soon

Friday 31st January 2020 - 8pm | £13

 
DM Stith Kings Place 2020-01-312020-01-31 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The singer-songwriter and visual artist, currently based in New York, performs his experimental vocal works. With support from Harry Burgess.

London Sinfonietta
On Soon

Saturday 1st February 2020 - 7pm | £19.50, early bird £9.50

 
London Sinfonietta Kings Place 2020-02-012020-02-01 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Jack Sheen conducts Mauricio Kagel's Presentation For Actor And Pianist with Tim Hopkins, A Deux Mains For Piano, Atem For Wind Player, Mirum For Tuba, Match For Two Cellos And Percussion, Antithese (film) and Furst ...

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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

Cirque du Soleil: Luzia Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th January to 16th February 2020

 
Cirque du Soleil: Luzia Royal Albert Hall 2020-01-122020-02-16 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Thirty years after Cirque du Soleil first introduced its phenomenal acrobatics to UK audiences, the Canadian company stages Luzia at the Royal Albert Hall. Receiving its UK premiere, the production is 'a waking dream of ...more

Luna Cohen
On Soon

Thursday 30th January 2020 - 9.30pm | £12-£16.50

 
Luna Cohen Royal Albert Hall 2020-01-302020-01-30 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Originally from Brazil this singer already has a great following on the world music and jazz scenes, with her debut album Estrada do Sol receiving the Enderrock award for Best New Jazz Album.

Show Me The Picture: The Photographs Of Jim Marshall
On SoonFree Event

1st, 22nd and 29th February 2020 - 10am-1.30pm | Free

 
Show Me The Picture: The Photographs Of Jim Marshall Royal Albert Hall 2020-02-012020-02-29 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

A selection of the renowned photographer's rarest and most celebrated images including candid shots of artists connected to the history of the Royal Albert Hall.

Daniel Casimir & Tess Hirst
On Soon

Thursday 13th February 2020 - 9.30pm | £12-£16.50

 
Daniel Casimir & Tess Hirst Royal Albert Hall 2020-02-132020-02-13 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The West London duo performs neo soul and jazz delivered with thought-provoking lyricism.

Bryan Ferry

Wednesday 11th and Friday 13th March 2020 - 6.45pm | £45-£150

 
Bryan Ferry Royal Albert Hall 2020-03-112020-03-13 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The former pottery teacher and Roxy Music frontman performs his pop-influenced art rock hits in support of his new album, Live At The Royal Albert Hall 1974.

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