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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

Finnian Brewer

Thursday 21st September 2017 - 7pm-9pm | £15

 
Finnian Brewer Southbank Centre 2017-09-212017-09-21 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Literary & Education, Author Event.

The Forward Prizes For Poetry 2017

Thursday 21st September 2017 - 7pm | £15

 
The Forward Prizes For Poetry 2017 Southbank Centre 2017-09-212017-09-21 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Literary & Education, Poetry.

Inside
Now OnFree Event

21st September to 15th November 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Inside Southbank Centre 2017-09-212017-11-15 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Koestler Trust annual exhibition, renowned artist Antony Gormley curates the 2017 edition which contains works in various media that have been created by detainees in the UK's prisons.

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

20th to 24th Sep 2017 - 11am-8pm | Free

 
National Poetry Library Exhibition: The Mersey Sound At 50 Southbank Centre 2017-07-252017-09-24 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
National Poetry Library Exhibition: The Mersey Sound At 50
OngoingFree Event

20th, 21st and 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
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

Jim Jarmusch Revisited
Ends Today

Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st September 2017 - 7.30pm | £15-£30

 
Jim Jarmusch Revisited Barbican Centre 2017-09-202017-09-21 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Mulatu Astatke, Camille O'Sullivan, Alex Kapranos, Kirin J Callinan, Jolie Holland and more revisit musical highlights from the director's poetic and compelling cinematic oeuvre.

London Symphony Orchestra
Now On

Thursday 21st September 2017 at 7pm & Sunday 24th September 2017 at 8pm | £15-£55, phone for availability

 
London Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre 2017-09-212017-09-24 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Stravinsky's The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite Of Spring.

Rattle
OngoingFree Event

14th September to 22nd December 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Rattle Barbican Centre 2017-09-142017-12-22 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Interlock: Friends Pictured Within
OngoingFree Event

14th September 2017 to 7th January 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Interlock: Friends Pictured Within Barbican Centre 2017-09-142018-01-07 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Less Than Thirteen
OngoingFree Event

14th September 2017 to 7th January 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Less Than Thirteen Barbican Centre 2017-09-142018-01-07 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Basquiat: Boom for Real Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st September 2017 to 28th January 2018 | Standard £16, concession £12

 
Basquiat: Boom for Real Barbican Centre 2017-09-212018-01-28 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Basquiat: Boom For Real
Ongoing

21st September 2017 to 28th January 2018 - Various Times | £16, concs/Art Fund mems £12, ages 14-17 £10, under 14s Free

 
Basquiat: Boom For Real Barbican Centre 2017-09-212018-01-28 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
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Royal Opera House

Architecturally stunning home of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera

Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

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

 
 

Events at Royal Opera House

Royal Opera: Die Zauberflote Now On

12th September to 14th October 2017 - Various Times

 
Royal Opera: Die Zauberflote Royal Opera House 2017-09-122017-10-14 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Julia Jones conducts a revival of David McVicar's beautiful staging of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, with Joseph Kaiser and Kate Royal singing the roles of Tamino and Pamina opposite Christopher Maltman as Papageno. Drawing on the ...more

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

11th September to 10th October 2017 - Various Times | phone for prices

 
Royal Opera: La Boheme Royal Opera House 2017-09-112017-10-10 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

The Royal Opera's 2017/18 Season opens on 11th September 2017 with Richard Jones' highly anticipated new production of Puccini's La boheme, conducted by music director Antonio Pappano. Replacing John Copley's previous 1974 production for the ...more

The Royal Ballet: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 27th - Saturday 28th October 2017

 
The Royal Ballet: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Royal Opera House 2017-09-272017-10-28 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Created by Christopher Wheeldon for The Royal Ballet, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland had its world premiere on the main stage of the Royal Opera House in 2011 and has really stood the test of time. ...more

Les Vepres Siciliennes On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th October to 4th November 2017

 
Les Vepres Siciliennes Royal Opera House 2017-10-122017-11-04 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

A revival of Stefan Herheim's theatrical production of Verdi's spectacular grand opera Les Vêpres siciliennes is brought to the Royal Opera House an imaginative staging by the Norwegian director who replaces 13th century Sicily with ...more

Royal Opera: Les Vepres Siciliennes
On Soon

12th Oct, 17th Oct, 20th Oct, 25th Oct, 31st Oct and 4th Nov 2017 - 6.30pm | £31-£175

 
Royal Opera: Les Vepres Siciliennes Royal Opera House 2017-10-122017-11-04 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Verdi's spectacular grand opera is conducted by Maurizio Benini with a cast including Malin Bystrom and Rachele Stanisci, Bryan Hymel, Michael Volle and Erwin Schrott.

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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

Micky Flanagan: An' Another Fing
Now On

14th September to 21st October 2017 - 8pm | £25 & £37.50

 
Micky Flanagan: An' Another Fing The O2 Arena 2017-09-142017-10-21 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Razor sharp observations from the Cockney comic, who has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and various comedy panel shows on TV.

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
On Soon

Saturday 30th September 2017 - 6.30pm | £35-£55

 
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds The O2 Arena 2017-09-302017-09-30 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The veteran Australian alternative rock outfit tour in support of their latest release Skeleton Tree.

Lady Antebellum
On Soon

Tuesday 10th October 2017 - 6.30pm | £42-£55

 
Lady Antebellum The O2 Arena 2017-10-102017-10-10 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Vocalist Hilary Scott leads the Nashville trio to perform their award-winning country tunes.

Impractical Jokers: Where's Larry'
On Soon

Friday 13th October 2017 - 8pm | £25-£55

 
Impractical Jokers: Where's Larry' The O2 Arena 2017-10-132017-10-13 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The impish Comedy Central quartet of Q, Murr, Joe and Sal (aka Impratical Jokers) perform stand-up, skits, tomfoolery and introduce never-before-seen videos on stage.

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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
Michael McIntyre's Big Show
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 24th September and Sunday 8th October 2017 - 5pm | Free, ticketed, register for tickets at www.applausestore.com/book-michael-mcIntyre-big-show

 
Michael McIntyre's Big Show Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2017-09-172017-10-08 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

Comedian McIntyre hosts world class entertainers, stand-ups and music superstars for an entertainment special to be broadcast later in the year on BBC One.

Brian Reed On Creating S-Town: A New Way To Tell A Story
On Soon

Sunday 1st October 2017 - 8pm | £29-£36.50

 
Brian Reed On Creating S-Town: A New Way To Tell A Story Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2017-10-012017-10-01 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

The host and co-creator of the ground-breaking S-Town podcast discusses his work.

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

Sleaford Mods
On Soon

Friday 22nd September 2017 - 7pm | £23.50

 
Sleaford Mods O2 Academy Brixton 2017-09-222017-09-22 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Nottingham duo comprising singer Jason Williamson and musician Andrew Fearn plays a mix of ranting punk with contemporary electronica from their latest album English Tapas.

Machine Gun Kelly
On Soon

Saturday 23rd September 2017 - 7pm | £28.50

 
Machine Gun Kelly O2 Academy Brixton 2017-09-232017-09-23 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The award-winning, Texas-born rapper, actor and producer performs hip hop in support of the album, Bloom.

Justice
On Soon

Thursday 28th and Friday 29th September 2017 - 7pm | £33.75

 
Justice O2 Academy Brixton 2017-09-282017-09-29 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The French electro duo performs in support of its album Woman.

BBC Introducing Live
On Soon

Wednesday 4th October 2017 - 5.30pm | £23.75

 
BBC Introducing Live O2 Academy Brixton 2017-10-042017-10-04 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

A platform for local pop and rock acts, with performances by George Ezra, Blossoms, NAO, Slaves, The Big Moon.

Sundara Karma
On Soon

Thursday 5th October 2017 - 7pm | £17

 
Sundara Karma O2 Academy Brixton 2017-10-052017-10-05 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Indie-rock originals by the four-piece from Reading.

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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

A Friend's Story
Ends Today

Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st September 2017 - 8pm | £25-£35, fixed position standing £10

 
A Friend's Story Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-09-202017-09-21 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Vijay Tendulkar's powerful drama set around a college campus in 1940s Poona, which focuses on three students, who are embroiled in a complex and turbulent love triangle. Akash Khurana directs Gowri Ramnarayan's translation to mark ...

Boudica Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th September to 1st October 2017 | £20-£45, under 18s £17-£42, standing £5

 
Boudica Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-09-082017-10-01 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Gina McKee, well-known for her appearances in award-winning films such as Notting Hill, Atonement and In The Loop, plays the title role in the world premiere of Tristan Bernays' brand new play, Boudica this September ...more

King Lear Ongoing 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
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
Romantics Anonymous
On Soon

20th October 2017 to 6th January 2018 - Various Times | £20-£48, Premium Tickets £62, fixed position standing £10

 
Romantics Anonymous Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-10-202018-01-06 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

English National Ballet: Akram Khan's Giselle Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Sep 2017 | £12-£55

 
English National Ballet: Akram Khan's Giselle Sadler's Wells 2017-09-202017-09-23 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Described as "magnificently danced" and "a gift for ENB" by Judith Mackrell in The Guardian when it premiered at Manchester International Festival, Akram Khan's reinterpretation of Giselle for English National Ballet updates the piece, placing ...more

Footloose: The Musical Now On

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

Acosta Danza On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th, 28th, 29th and 30th Sep 2017 | £12-£55

 
Acosta Danza Sadler's Wells 2017-09-272017-09-30 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Embracing all dance forms, Carlos Acosta's new dance company performs at Sadler's Wells on their first UK tour, with Acosta himself taking a starring cameo role. He will introduce Acosta Danza, the Havana-based dance company ...more

Joe Moran / Dance Art Foundation: On The Habit Of Being Oneself On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 28th and Friday 29th September 2017 | £17

 
Joe Moran / Dance Art Foundation: On The Habit Of Being Oneself Sadler's Wells 2017-09-282017-09-29 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

See the world premiere of an experimental work for seven dancers by Joe Moran which looks at what dancing does. On a stripped back stage, On The Habit of Being Oneself challenges the performers to ...more

Company Wayne McGregor:Autobiography
On Soon

4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Oct 2017 - 7.30pm | £12-£32

 
Company Wayne McGregor:Autobiography Sadler's Wells 2017-10-042017-10-07 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

New immersive dance performance choreographed by Wayne McGregor whose personal biological archaeology will be laid bare to dramatically alter McGregor's viewpoint of his own life-story, tracing patterns back into the ancestral past of our species ...

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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

Christophe Coin With Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment
On Soon

Friday 22nd September 2017 - 7.30pm | £9.50-£49.50

 
Christophe Coin With Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment Kings Place 2017-09-222017-09-22 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The ensemble performs Sammartini's Symphony In D Minor and Boccherini's Cello Concerto In G, plus CPE Bach's Symphony In A and Cello Concerto In A Minor.

Rachel Newton Band
On Soon

Friday 22nd September 2017 - 8pm | £12.50

 
Rachel Newton Band Kings Place 2017-09-222017-09-22 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The Scottish singer, harpist, fiddler and pianist performs contemporary and traditional folk songs accompanied by keyboardist and vocalist Sarah Hayes, trombonist Michael Owers, fiddler and viola-player Lauren MacColl and drummer Mattie Foulds.

Brodsky Quartet With Antonio Meneses
On Soon

Saturday 23rd September 2017 - 7.30pm | £9.50-£39.50

 
Brodsky Quartet With Antonio Meneses Kings Place 2017-09-232017-09-23 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The group performs Boccherini's String Quintet In G Minor, No 6, Borodin's String Quartet No 2 In D and Schubert's String Quintet In C.

Zoe Keating
On Soon

Sunday 24th September 2017 at 7.30pm & Monday 25th September 2017 at 8pm | £9.50 & £16.50, phone for availability for 24th Sep

 
Zoe Keating Kings Place 2017-09-242017-09-25 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The Canadian musician performs her own compositions on cello and laptop.

History In The Making - Robert Harris In Conversation With Mark Lawson
On Soon

Wednesday 27th September 2017 - 7pm | £29.50 inc a hardback copy of Munich

 
History In The Making - Robert Harris In Conversation With Mark Lawson Kings Place 2017-09-272017-09-27 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Bestselling author Harris talks to broadcaster Lawson about his book Munich.

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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

My Great Orchestral Adventure Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 25th October 2017 | £15-£40

 
My Great Orchestral Adventure Royal Albert Hall 2017-10-252017-10-25 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Navigate shipwrecks and the stormy seas to a striking musical soundtrack in My Great Orchestral Adventure, the Royal Albert Hall's hugely popular family concert, staged midway through October half term. Join 'chief adventurer' Tom Redmond, ...more

Later With Jools Holland 25

Thursday 21st September 2017 at 7.15pm and 8pm | phone for availabilty

 
Later With Jools Holland 25 Royal Albert Hall 2017-09-212017-09-21 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Jools Holland brings his iconic music television show to the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate 25 years, 50 series and over 360 programmes on BBC Two.

Machimbombo
On SoonFree Event

Friday 22nd September 2017 - 12noon | Free

 
Machimbombo Royal Albert Hall 2017-09-222017-09-22 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Fusing west African rhythms with modern jazz sensibilities, Machimbombo delivers new music from guitarist, Pedro Velasco, with by Dan Mays on tenor saxophone, Geoff Threadgold on bass, and Adam Osmianski on drums.

Ryan Adams
On Soon

Friday 22nd September 2017 - 6.45pm | £27.50-£55, phone for availability

 
Ryan Adams Royal Albert Hall 2017-09-222017-09-22 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The alt country trailblazer and prolific singer-songwriter, from Los Angeles performs his original material, old and new.

Classical For Kids: All About That Bass
On Soon

Saturday 23rd September 2017 at 11am and 1.30pm | £12, child £6

 
Classical For Kids: All About That Bass Royal Albert Hall 2017-09-232017-09-23 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Buggies, babies and budding musicians are all invited as Albert's Band double bass player Alice Kent performs Bach and Saint-Saens. She is joined by fellow double bassists Ben Russell, Laurence Ungless and Lucy Shaw.

Afternoon Tea With Live Opera: Felicity Hayward
On Soon

Saturday 23rd September 2017 - 3pm | £39.76

 
Afternoon Tea With Live Opera: Felicity Hayward Royal Albert Hall 2017-09-232017-09-23 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The London-based Trinity College Of Music graduate and award-winning soprano performs works including Handel's La Speranza, Offenbach's Elle A Fui La Tourterelle and J Strauss's Czardas. The scones are home-made.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/London Philharmonic Choir: Beethoven's Ninth
On Soon

Saturday 23rd September 2017 - 6.45pm | £21-£62.50

 
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/London Philharmonic Choir: Beethoven's Ninth Royal Albert Hall 2017-09-232017-09-23 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Andrew Nethsingha conducts the ensembles as they perform the composer's Piano Concerto No 5 and Symphony No 9.

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