London Entertainment Venues

Stumble this
 
 
 
 
Previous image

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Next image
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Royal Ballet
Southbank Centre
Southbank Centre
Barbican Hall
Barbican Weekender
The O2 Arena
Wembley Stadium
BFI IMAX Cinema
Kings Place
Kings Place
Royal Albert Hall
Sadler's Wells Theatre
Sadler's Wells
 

 

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.

Filter by area:
 
 

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

Making Faces
Now OnFree Event

21st, 22nd and 23rd August 2017 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
Making Faces Southbank Centre 2017-08-032017-08-23 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Hackney-based art collective Submit to Love Studios exhibit a series of works and installations by artists who have survived brain injuries.

Kalle Mustonen: Gnome King
Now OnFree Event

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

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

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

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

25th July to 24th September 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 July to 22nd September 2017 - 10am | Free

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

3rd June to 28th August 2017 | Various

 
Summertime Southbank Centre 2017-06-032017-08-28 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
All events at Southbank Centre
 
 
 

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

Jillian Bain Christie
Now OnFree Event

21st to 26th Aug 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Jillian Bain Christie Barbican Centre 2017-08-022017-08-26 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Works by the Scottish artist and soprano incorporating sculptural elements and paper cuts with cartography and old musical scores.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Woyzeck In Winter
On Soon

13th to 16th Sep 2017 - Various Times | £16-£35

 
Woyzeck In Winter Barbican Centre 2017-09-132017-09-16 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Landmark Productions presents a major musical production fusing together Buchner's Woyzeck and Schubert's Die Winterreise, and starring Patrick O'Kane and Camille O'Sullivan.

London Symphony Orchestra
On Soon

Thursday 14th September 2017 - 7.30pm | £15-£55

 
London Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre 2017-09-142017-09-14 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the orchestra in a performance of works featuring Helen Grime's Fanfare, Thomas Ades's Asyla, Harrison Birtwistle's Violin Concerto, Oliver Knussen's Symphony No 3 and Elgar's Variations On An Original Theme, 'Enigma', ...

All events at Barbican Centre
 
 
 

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

Monday 11th - Tuesday 10th October 2017 | 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 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

Royal Opera: Die Zauberflote On Soon

Tuesday 12th - Saturday 14th October 2017

 
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

Les Vepres Siciliennes 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

Concerto / Le Baiser de la fee / Elite Syncopations Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th October 2017 to 11th May 2018 | £4-£55

 
Concerto / Le Baiser de la fee / Elite Syncopations Royal Opera House 2017-10-182018-05-11 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres
All events at Royal Opera House
 
 
 

The O2 Arena

State-of-the-art concert arena on the Greenwich peninsula

Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 
 

The centrepiece of the redeveloped Millennium Dome is the O2 Arena, the first purpose-built music venue in London. With a capacity of 20,000, it offers the slightly soulless Wembley Arena some serious competition and has attracted some of  the world’s biggest names in rock and pop in recent years, in fact this South-East London arena has seen everyone from The Rolling Stones and AC/DC to Beyonce and Britney Spears take to its stage. The 02 Arena also hosts classical music concerts, live comedy and tons of sporting events including the Barclays ATP World Tour tennis finals. From the debacle that was New Labour's Millennium Dome, something quite special has sprung.

 
 

Events at The O2 Arena

Little Mix Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday 27th August 2017 - 6pm | £35-£75

 
Boy Better Know Takeover The O2 Arena 2017-08-272017-08-27 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

A killer line-up of top grime acts sees members of the BBK collective including Skepta, JME, Wiley and Solo 45, plus A$AP Rocky, CASisDead, J Hus, Tim Westwood, Ghetts, CHIP, MHD, Todd Edwards, Mabel and ...

Barry Manilow
On Soon

6th, 7th and 8th September 2017 - 7.30pm | £68-£108

 
Barry Manilow The O2 Arena 2017-09-062017-09-08 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The iconic pop singer, whose career has spanned over 50 years, performs his hit records from across the years, including Mandy, Can't Smile Without You and Copacabana.

All events at The O2 Arena
 
 
 

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.

All events at Wembley Stadium
 
 
 
 

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

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 ...

All events at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
 
 
 

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

Korn
On Soon

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 - 7pm | £42.50

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

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

The Script
On Soon

Friday 1st September 2017 - 7pm | £42.50, phone for availability

 
The Script O2 Academy Brixton 2017-09-012017-09-01 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

This 2001-formed, three-piece group who hail from Dublin, bring their original pop-rock tunes to the stage.

Hot Dub Time Machine
On Soon

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

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

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

Ne-Yo
On Soon

Wednesday 20th September 2017 - 7pm | £62.90

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

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

Sleaford Mods

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.

All events at The O2 Academy Brixton
 
 
 

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

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 Ongoing 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
Lions And Tigers
On Soon

23rd August to 16th September 2017 - Various Times | £20-£48, fixed position standing £10, Premium Tickets £62

 
Lions And Tigers Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-08-232017-09-16 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Pooja Ghai directs Tanika Gupta's biographical drama, based on the true story of her great uncle and freedom fighter, Dinesh Gupta, charting his emotional and political awakening. Shubham Saraf plays the trailblazer.

Boudica On Soon 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

Awakening: Tagore's Journey
On Soon

Sunday 10th September 2017 - 7pm | £20-£40, fixed position standing £10

 
Awakening: Tagore's Journey Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-09-102017-09-10 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

The Tagoreans, the oldest Bengali cultural organisation based in the UK, explores the creative work of Tagore and its impact on the national identity of India through songs, poems and excerpts from plays and dance ...

All events at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
 
 
 

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

ISHQ
On Soon

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

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

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

Hofesh Shechter: Grand Finale
On Soon

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

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

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

Footloose: The Musical On Soon

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

English National Ballet: Akram Khan's Giselle On Soon 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

Acosta Danza

27th to 30th Sep 2017 - Various Times | £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

The Havana-based company, formed by Carlos Acosta, performs modern dance.

All events at Sadler's Wells Theatre
 
 
 

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

Rainmaker With Talvin Singh And Taufiq Qureshi
On Soon

Friday 25th August 2017 - 8pm | £20

 
Rainmaker With Talvin Singh And Taufiq Qureshi Kings Place 2017-08-252017-08-25 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Legendary tabla and djembe players Singh and Qureshi perform rare North Indian classical music compositions in the company of world renowned artists.

Global Pillage
On Soon

Sunday 10th September 2017 - 4pm | £9.50

 
Global Pillage Kings Place 2017-09-102017-09-10 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

BBC Radio 4's Deborah Frances-White hosts a comedy panel show podcast about idiom, culture, customs and norms, where two teams of comedians take on the hive mind of the audience.

Gareth Lockrane Big Band
On Soon

Monday 11th September 2017 - 8pm | £9.50 & £14.50

 
Gareth Lockrane Big Band Kings Place 2017-09-112017-09-11 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The flautist and his accompanying musicians perform swing and big band originals in a contemporary style.

Judge John Hodgman
On Soon

Thursday 14th September 2017 - 7pm | £9.50 & £16.50, phone for availability

 
Judge John Hodgman Kings Place 2017-09-142017-09-14 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

A pseudo-court scenario where various pop culture questions are disputed in this podcast.

The Pod Of Maximum Damage
On Soon

Friday 15th September 2017 - 6.30pm | £9.50

 
The Pod Of Maximum Damage Kings Place 2017-09-152017-09-15 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Adam Riches hosts a podcast of improvised spoof about the world of fandom.

All events at Kings Place
 
 
 

Royal Albert Hall

Iconic oval venue which annually hosts the world-famous Proms

Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Classical music, rock, pop and jazz, sporting events, galas, banquets and balls and the world-famous Proms series all take place within the Royal Albert Hall's iconic oval walls. One of London's most versatile venues, it is a favourite of performers from Jose Carreras to Kylie Minogue. The Hall also plays host to the Seniors' tennis circuit. The likes of Becker and McEnroe can be seen bouncing balls off the famous mushrooms on the ceiling. The brainchild of Prince Albert, inspired by the success of the Great Exhibition, the hall first opened in 1871, ten years after the Prince's death. Heavily influenced by ancient amphitheatres and notions of the 'Empire and the arts, the oval structure's terracotta walls are decorated on the outside with a frieze dedicated to "The Triumph of Arts and Sciences". Gas lighting, poor acoustics and old pipe organs have been replaced over the years and the awe-inspiring venue now exists as a testimony to both the architectural and aesthetic achievements of the past and the technological developments of the present - it now features the largest pipe organ in the British Isles. A Grade I listed building, the hall has a capacity of over 5000 and is most consistently packed out during the summer when the Promenade concerts take over. First held here in 1941 when their original venue - the Queen's Hall - was bombed, the Proms remain fantastically popular.
 

 
 

Events at Royal Albert Hall

Prom 51: Sibelius, Saint-Saens And Elgar-Payne

Tuesday 22nd August 2017 - 7.30pm | £7.50-£40

 
Prom 51: Sibelius, Saint-Saens And Elgar-Payne Royal Albert Hall 2017-08-222017-08-22 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Sibelius's Scenes Historiques - Suite No 1, Saint-Saens's Piano Concerto No 2 In G Minor and Elgar and Payne's Symphony No 3. With pianist Javier Perianes.

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

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

 
The BBC Proms 2017 Royal Albert Hall 2017-07-142017-09-09 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, the Proms is arguably the most popular season of classical music the world over, featuring a varied but accessible programme of 90 or so concerts in eight weeks. ...more

Prom 52: Beyond the Score: Dvorak's New World Symphony
On Soon

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 - 7.30pm | £7.50-£40

 
Prom 52: Beyond the Score: Dvorak's New World Symphony Royal Albert Hall 2017-08-232017-08-23 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Sir Mark Elder conducts the Halle Orchestra, with actor Henry Goodman and bass-baritone Rodney Earl Clarke, to perform Dvorak's Symphony No 9 In E Minor, 'From The New World'.

Prom 53: Beneath The Underdog: Charles Mingus Revisited
On Soon

Thursday 24th August 2017 - 7.30pm | £14-£60

 
Prom 53: Beneath The Underdog: Charles Mingus Revisited Royal Albert Hall 2017-08-242017-08-24 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Jules Buckley conducts the Metropole Orkest, with saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, trumpeter Christian Scott and singer Kandace Springs, in a tribute the legend that is Charles Mingus.

Prom 54: Orchestra Of La Scala, Milan, and Riccardo Chailly
On Soon

Friday 25th August 2017 - 6.30pm | £14-£60

 
Prom 54: Orchestra Of La Scala, Milan, and Riccardo Chailly Royal Albert Hall 2017-08-252017-08-25 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Riccardo Chailly conducts the Orchestra of La Scala, Milan to perform Brahms's Violin Concerto In D and Respighi's Fountains Of Rome and Pines Of Romes. With violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

All events at Royal Albert Hall
 
 
 
 
Call now: hotel deals 0207 420 4960