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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

Black Beauty: Red Bridge Arts & Traverse Theatre Company (Over 5s) On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 14th - Sunday 5th January 2020 | £20, child £15

 
Black Beauty: Red Bridge Arts & Traverse Theatre Company (Over 5s) Southbank Centre 2019-12-142020-01-05 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Storytelling, music and puppetry combine in a re-telling of the classic tale of Black Beauty, presented by Red Bridge and Traverse Theatre Company. Anna Sewell's timeless novel is reinvented for a new generation at the ...more

Kate Rusby

Tuesday 10th December 2019 - 7.30pm | £35

 
Kate Rusby Southbank Centre 2019-12-102019-12-10 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The award-winning and Yorkshire-born folk singer-songwriter blends traditional songs with her self-penned tunes.

Fascinating Aida Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th December 2019 to 5th January 2020 | £22-£35

 
Fascinating Aida Southbank Centre 2019-12-102020-01-05 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A fresh show from British cabaret trio, Fascinating Aida, delivers a world premiere to the Southbank Centre. With three Olivier Award nominations and over 25 million YouTube and Facebook hits for 'Cheap Flights' and their ...more

Squidsoup: Vortices
Now OnFree Event

6th December 2019 to 5th January 2020 - Various Times | Free

 
Squidsoup: Vortices Southbank Centre 2019-12-062020-01-05 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Squidsoup suspends 200 orbs from the ceiling of Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer to create an immersive artwork, which creates the impression of sounds and lit presences in motion.

London Is Love
Now OnFree Event

6th December 2019 to 5th January 2020 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
London Is Love Southbank Centre 2019-12-062020-01-05 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A photographic project by artist Liz Johnson Artur which takes in the areas of South London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.

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

8th November 2019 to 5th January 2020 | Various

 
Winter at Southbank Centre Southbank Centre 2019-11-082020-01-05 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Two family shows are at the heart of this year's Winter programme at the Southbank Centre where the ever-popular winter market returns to the riverside. Black Beauty brings a five-star show combining storytelling, music and ...more

Bridget Riley Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd October 2019 to 26th January 2020 | £15.50 / £12.50 (includes entry to upper galleries diane arbus: in the beginning)

 
Bridget Riley Southbank Centre 2019-10-232020-01-26 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

Angela Gheorghui And Alexandra Dariescu

Tuesday 10th December 2019 - 7.30pm | £15-£66

 
Angela Gheorghui And Alexandra Dariescu Barbican Centre 2019-12-102019-12-10 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The soprano, accompanied by Dariescu on piano, sings Rameau's Le Grillon, Martini's Plaisir D'amour, Debussy's Nuit D'etoiles, Chopin's Etude No 3 'Tristesse', Paisiello's Nel Cor Pui Non Mi Sento, Bellini's 'Malinconia, Ninfa Gentile' from Composizioni ...

Freddy Warren: Ronnie Scott's 1959-69
OngoingFree Event

12th October 2019 to 4th January 2020 - Various Times | Free

 
Freddy Warren: Ronnie Scott's 1959-69 Barbican Centre 2019-10-122020-01-04 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
As You Like It
Ongoing

26th October 2019 to 18th January 2020 - Various Times | £10-£59.50

 
As You Like It Barbican Centre 2019-10-262020-01-18 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th October 2019 to 19th January 2020 | Weekdays: £15 (Standard), £11-£13 (Concs) | Weekends & Bank Holidays: £17 (Standard), £12-£15 (Concs), Under 14s Free

 
Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art Barbican Centre 2019-10-042020-01-19 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Into The Night: Cabarets & Clubs In Modern Art
Ongoing

4th October 2019 to 19th January 2020 - Various Times | Mon-Fri £15, concs £11 & £13, Sat & Sun £17, concs £12

 
Into The Night: Cabarets & Clubs In Modern Art Barbican Centre 2019-10-042020-01-19 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
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
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
On Soon

Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 7pm | £15-£66

 
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Barbican Centre 2019-12-112019-12-11 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Trevor Pinnock directs Handel's Messiah, with soprano Katherine Watson, alto Claudia Huckle, tenor James Way, bass Ashley Riches and the Zurcher Sing-Akademie.

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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 Lost Thing Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th December 2019 to 4th January 2020 | £7-£35

 
The Lost Thing Royal Opera House 2019-12-072020-01-04 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

The Royal Opera and Candoco Dance Company combine in this first big family show in the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre since its refurbishment. Ben Wright directs a musical re-imagining of The Lost Thing, Shaun ...more

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

28th November 2019 to 7th January 2020 | £5-£120

 
The Royal Ballet: Coppelia Royal Opera House 2019-11-282020-01-07 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Coppelia, first staged by Ninette de Valois, founder of The Royal Ballet, in 1954 has not been staged at the Royal Opera House since 2005. The charming 19th-century ballet - based on E.T.A Hoffman's story ...more

Royal Ballet: Coppelia
Now On

28th November 2019 to 7th January 2020 - Various Times | £5-£120

 
Royal Ballet: Coppelia Royal Opera House 2019-11-282020-01-07 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Dame Ninette De Valois's choreography, after Lev Ivanov and Enrico Cechetti, is set to Delibes's music and tells the story of a young man's infatuation with a mechanical doll.

The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th November 2019 to 16th January 2020 | £8-£145

 
The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty Royal Opera House 2019-11-072020-01-16 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres
Northern Ballet: Dracula On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th November 2019 to 16th January 2020 | £8-£145

 
Northern Ballet: Dracula Royal Opera House 2019-11-072020-01-16 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres
Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
On Soon

11th Dec 2019 & 12th Dec 2019, 14th Dec 2019, 9th Jan 2020, 11th Jan 2020 and 15th Jan 2020 & 16th Jan 2020 - Various Times | £8-£145

 
Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty Royal Opera House 2019-11-072020-01-16 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres
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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

Jack Whitehall: Stood Up Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 23rd - Sunday 15th December 2019 | £45-£58

 
Jack Whitehall: Stood Up The O2 Arena 2019-11-232019-12-15 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Following two sell out arena tours, Jack Whitehall returns to The O2 for four dates this winter performing a stand up show laced with cynical observations and his trademark smart wit. The Fresh Meat star ...more

Michael Buble
Ends Today

Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th December 2019 - 6.30pm | £76-£104

 
Michael Buble The O2 Arena 2019-12-092019-12-10 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Grammy Award-winning and chart-topping Canadian singer-songwriter glides between his pop and smooth jazz hits including songs from his 10th studio album, Love.

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

29th August to 31st December 2019 | £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 2019-08-292019-12-31 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
Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December 2019

 
Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics The O2 Arena 2019-12-132019-12-14 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Now firmly part of the live music calendar, Pete Tong along with Jules Buckley and The Heritage Orchestra are back with a brand new Ibiza Classics show for December 2019. From the dance floors of ...more

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Wembley Stadium

Magnificent sports venue and the home of English football

Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 
 

The world-famous football stadium was first built for the British Empire Exhibition of 1924, its first turf cut by King George V. Beneath the twin towers England internationals and FA Cup Finals were played for 70 years, including the 'White Horse Final' when over 240,000 spectators squeezed their way in. In the eighties, it played host to a number of legendary rock gigs including 'Live Aid' and the Nelson Mandela birthday concert. In 2002, the stadium, always intended to be a temporary structure, was demolished. The rebuilt Wembley, completed in 2007, has replaced the towers with an incredible arch, visible from anywhere in North West London. They've retained the same steeply banked seats, almost on top of the pitch, that help create the 'Wembley roar', and once again the English team has a spiritual home.

 
 

Events at Wembley Stadium

Westlife

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

 
Westlife Wembley Stadium 2020-08-222020-08-22 Where:
Wembley Stadium, 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.

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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.

 
 
 

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

Sam Fender
Now On

Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 7pm | £22.50

 
Sam Fender O2 Academy Brixton 2019-12-102019-12-11 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

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

Adam Ant
On Soon

Thursday 12th December 2019 - 7pm | £42

 
Adam Ant O2 Academy Brixton 2019-12-122019-12-12 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The flamboyant singer known for this new wave and post-punk hits in the 1980s performs the album Friend Or Foe in its entirety.

Shed Seven
On Soon

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December 2019 - 7pm | £32.50

 
Shed Seven O2 Academy Brixton 2019-12-132019-12-14 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The indie-rock collective, who rose to fame in the 1990s and contributed to the Britpop movement, performs material from across its career.

The Libertines
On Soon

Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th December 2019 - 7pm | £42.50

 
The Libertines O2 Academy Brixton 2019-12-182019-12-19 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Pete Doherty leads the four-piece featuring Carl Barat as they perform material from across the board. Classic tracks include Can't Stand Me Now and Don't Look Back Into The Sun.

Alabama 3
On Soon

Saturday 21st December 2019 - 7pm | £30

 
Alabama 3 O2 Academy Brixton 2019-12-212019-12-21 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Brixton-formed ensemble, known for its eclectic use of genres and ironic lyrics, presents an alt rock, electro and trip hop fusion.

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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

Richard III
Ongoing

13th November 2019 to 26th January 2020 - Various Times | £20, fixed standing £10

 
Richard III Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-11-132020-01-26 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Swive [Elizabeth]
On Soon

6th December 2019 to 15th February 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
Christmas At The (Snow) Globe
On Soon

19th to 23rd Dec 2019 - Various Times | £15-£35, standing £5

 
Christmas At The (Snow) Globe Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-12-192019-12-23 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

An interactive family show featuring Sandi Toksvig OBE and friends, who invite the audience to discover who has stolen the magic of Christmas from fairy Snowdrop. Make paper chains to decorate the theatre and sing ...

Henry VI
On Soon

7th, 10th, 15th, 19th, 22nd and 26th Jan 2020 - Various Times | £17-£62, fixed standing £7-£10

 
Henry VI Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-11-052020-01-26 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

The Snowman Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st November 2019 to 5th January 2020 | Off Peak: £48-£18, £120 (Family), Peak: £50-£22, £140 (Family), Premium: £55-£25, £152 (Family)

 
The Snowman Sadler's Wells 2019-11-212020-01-05 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

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

Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd December 2019 to 19th January 2020 | £15-£75

 
Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes Sadler's Wells 2019-12-032020-01-19 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

After a sell-out for its world premiere in 2016, Matthew Bourne's two time Olivier Award winning The Red Shoes returns to Sadler's Wells this winter. A "particularly bold undertaking" (The Telegraph), Bourne turns Michael Powell ...more

Matthew Bourne's New Adventures: The Red Shoes
Now On

3rd December 2019 to 19th January 2020 - Various Times | £15-£75

 
Matthew Bourne's New Adventures: The Red Shoes Sadler's Wells 2019-12-032020-01-19 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Bourne's magical reworking of the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. The production recalls the golden age of Hollywood, set to a score by Bernard Herrmann.

Arthur Pita: The Little Match Girl
On Soon

11th to 29th December 2019 - Various Times | £18, child £12

 
Arthur Pita: The Little Match Girl Sadler's Wells 2019-12-112019-12-29 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Hans Christian Andersen's classic story is recreated through dance, song and Frank Moon's live music.

Let's All Dance: The Nutcracker
On Soon

30th Dec 2019 & 31st Dec 2019 and 2nd Jan 2020 to 5th Jan 2020 - Various Times | £17.50, child £15

 
Let's All Dance: The Nutcracker Sadler's Wells 2019-12-302020-01-05 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Tchaikovsky's popular ballet, in which Clara battles with the Mouse King and encounters a handsome stranger.

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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

Standard Issue
On Soon

Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 7pm | £14.50

 
Standard Issue Kings Place 2019-12-112019-12-11 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Mickey Noonan, Hannah Dunleavy, Jen Offord and guests, chat about funnies, feminism and more.

Lise De La Salle
On Soon

Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 7.30pm | £19.50-£34.50

 
Lise De La Salle Kings Place 2019-12-112019-12-11 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The French pianist performs Mozart's 12 Variations On 'Ah Vous Dirais-Je Maman', Fantasia In D Minor and Rondo In D, Faure's Barcarolle No 4 In A Flat, Barcarolle No 5 In F Sharp Minor and ...

Nine Lessons And Carols For Curious People
On Soon

Thursday 12th December 2019 - 7pm | £27

 
Nine Lessons And Carols For Curious People Kings Place 2019-12-122019-12-12 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Robin Ince hosts a charity variety show with guests Dr Helen Czerski, Prof Lucie Green, Matt Parker, Dr Simon Singh, Helen Arney and others.

Jackie Oates
On Soon

Thursday 12th December 2019 - 8pm | £14.50

 
Jackie Oates Kings Place 2019-12-122019-12-12 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Multi-award-winning, English folk singer-songwriter, who began as a member of The Unthanks.

Nine Lessons And Carols For Curious People
On Soon

Friday 13th December 2019 - 7pm | £27

 
Nine Lessons And Carols For Curious People Kings Place 2019-12-132019-12-13 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Robin Ince hosts a charity variety show with guests Matt Parker, Prof Jon Butterworth, Prof Lucie Green, Dr Lindsey Fitzharris, Jo Neary and others.

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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

Christmas With The Royal Choral Society

Tuesday 10th December 2019 - 7.30pm | £22.50-£57.50

 
Christmas With The Royal Choral Society Royal Albert Hall 2019-12-102019-12-10 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The choir performs a programme of seasonal music and carols.

Father Christmas At The Hall
Now On

5th to 22nd December 2019 - 9am-4.30pm | child £36.50, two children £73, three children £109.50, adv booking required

 
Father Christmas At The Hall Royal Albert Hall 2019-12-052019-12-22 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

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

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
On Soon

Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 3pm and 7.30pm | £17.21-£66.51

 
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Royal Albert Hall 2019-12-112019-12-11 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

John Rutter conducts Yuletide favourites with organist Andrew Lucas, The Temple Church Choir and St Albans Bach Choir.

Christmas With Katherine Jenkins On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 12th December 2019 | £25-£83.50

 
Christmas With Katherine Jenkins Royal Albert Hall 2019-12-122019-12-12 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The Welsh singer's Christmas appearance at the Royal Albert Hall has become an annual tradition and here she is joined by an orchestra and guests to perform a programme of seasonal music. She has sung ...more

Wallis Power
On Soon

Saturday 14th December 2019 - 3pm | £37.21 inc afternoon tea

 
Wallis Power Royal Albert Hall 2019-12-142019-12-14 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Cellist studying at the Royal College Of Music.

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