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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

Constructing Spaces
OngoingFree Event

17th October 2018 to 31st March 2019 - 10am | Free

 
Constructing Spaces Southbank Centre 2018-10-172019-03-31 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Du Yun

Sunday 20th January 2019 - 1.30pm | £10

 
Du Yun Southbank Centre 2019-01-202019-01-20 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A performance by the composer of her works for ancient Indonesian and Chinese instruments.

Play For Progress
Free Event

Sunday 20th January 2019 - 2.30pm | Free

 
Play For Progress Southbank Centre 2019-01-202019-01-20 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A performance by unaccompanied teen refugees.

Philharmonia Orchestra

Sunday 20th January 2019 - 3pm | £12-£58

 
Philharmonia Orchestra Southbank Centre 2019-01-202019-01-20 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Martyn Brabbins conducts Elgar's Introduction And Allegro, Geoffrey Gordon's Concerto For Bass Clarinet And Orchestra (Prometheus), Vaughan Williams's Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis and Britten's The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra, with ...

Songs From The Road

Sunday 20th January 2019 - 4pm | £10-£35

 
Songs From The Road Southbank Centre 2019-01-202019-01-20 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Nicholas Collon conducts Aurora Orchestra to perform The Traditional's Two Sisters, Mahler's Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen For Chamber Orchestra, Nico Muhly's Saro and The Only Tune, plus Du Yun's Where We Lost Our Shadows. With ...

Bounce Beat
Free Event

Sunday 20th January 2019 - 6.30pm | Free

 
Bounce Beat Southbank Centre 2019-01-202019-01-20 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A programme of works by Nicola Chang, Angelus Marr, Alex Ho, Raymond Yiu and An-Ting Chang based around ping pong.

Sandi Toksvig Live! National Trevor

Sunday 20th January 2019 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £25-£29, concs £18.75-£21.75

 
Sandi Toksvig Live! National Trevor Southbank Centre 2019-01-202019-01-20 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The Danish comedian, novelist, actor and broadcaster presents an evening of anecdotes, facts and silly jokes, plus a quiz and quick-fire Q&A.

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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

London Symphony Orchestra
Ends Today

13th to 20th January 2019 | £16-£56, Wildcard £10, under 18s £5

 
London Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre 2019-01-132019-01-20 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Bartok's Music For Strings, Percussion And Celeste and Bruckner's Symphony No 6.

Living Design
Now OnFree Event

3rd to 28th January 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Living Design Barbican Centre 2019-01-032019-01-28 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Carmela Kantorowicz and Stephanie Wilkinson exhibit a selection of their latest ceramics, art and furnishings designs.

Making Music Together
OngoingFree Event

16th January to 23rd March 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Making Music Together Barbican Centre 2019-01-162019-03-23 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy And The Avant-Garde Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th October 2018 to 27th January 2019 | £16, concs £12

 
Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy And The Avant-Garde Barbican Centre 2018-10-102019-01-27 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Theatre de l'Entrouvert: Anywhere On Soon

22nd to 26th Jan 2019 | £18

 
Theatre de l'Entrouvert: Anywhere Barbican Centre 2019-01-222019-01-26 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

From France, Theatre de l'Entrouvert's puppet theatre piece, Anywhere, is loosely based on Oedipus On The Road by Henry Bauchau. It plays at The Pit as part of the London International Mime Festival. The blind ...more

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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: La Traviata Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Monday 14th - Thursday 31st January 2019 | £71-£225

 
Royal Opera: La Traviata Royal Opera House 2019-01-142019-01-31 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Richard Eyre's production is a well-rehearsed formula for the Royal Opera but time after time it draws the crowds with the promise of pure spectacle. Verdi's music takes audiences to the heart of Violetta's world ...more

Royal Opera House: Queen Of Spades Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Sunday 13th - Friday 1st February 2019 | £11-£215

 
Royal Opera House: Queen Of Spades Royal Opera House 2019-01-132019-02-01 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Norwegian director Stefan Herheim presents a spectacular production of Pyotr ll'yich Tchaikovsky's adaptation of the Alexander Pushkin story of a penniless soldier taking up gambling in order to make enough money to marry. One of ...more

TRIO ConcertDance
Now On

17th to 27th January 2019 - Various Times | £20-£45

 
TRIO ConcertDance Royal Opera House 2019-01-172019-01-27 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Ballerina Alessandra Ferri performs with Herman Cornejo and pianist Bruce Levingston, exploring the connection between music and dance.

Asphodel Meadows/The Two Pigeons
Now On

18th Jan & 19th Jan, 2nd Feb, 5th Feb and 13th Feb 2019 - Various Times | £3-£70

 
Asphodel Meadows/The Two Pigeons Royal Opera House 2019-01-182019-02-13 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

A cast of 20 dancers, led by three principal couples, perform Liam Scarlett's interpretation of Poulenc's music. In Frederick Ashton's work a man is torn between his existing lover and a Gypsy girl. Barry Wordsworth ...

Royal Opera: Katya Kabanova
On Soon

4th, 6th, 9th, 18th, 21st and 26th Feb 2019 - Various Times | £6-£125

 
Royal Opera: Katya Kabanova Royal Opera House 2019-02-042019-02-26 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Richard Jones's production of Janacek's intense opera, conducted by Edward Garnder, about an unhappily married woman enticed by another man. Sung in Czech with English surtitles.

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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

Becoming: An Evening With Michelle Obama Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Sunday 14th April 2019 | £35.75-£485.50

 
Becoming: An Evening With Michelle Obama The O2 Arena 2019-04-142019-04-14 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

After Michelle Obama's book tour talk at the Southbank Centre in December 2018 sold out within minutes it quickly became clear she would need a bigger room. The O2 should do the trick. On Sunday ...more

Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th February 2019 | £52-£227

 
Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour The O2 Arena 2019-02-092019-02-10 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Stacey Dooley, Dr Ranj Singh and Joe Sugg are foxtrotting and waltzing their way across the country as Strictly Come Dancing goes on a live tour at the beginning of 2019. Strictly favourite and winner ...more

National Television Awards
On Soon

Tuesday 22nd January 2019 - 6.30pm | £23.50-£38.50

 
National Television Awards The O2 Arena 2019-01-222019-01-22 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Dermot O'Leary hosts the 24th annual awards show with a chance to mingle with the stars of the small screen on one of the big nights in the television calendar. Plus exclusive live music and ...

Snow Patrol
On Soon

Saturday 26th January 2019 - 7pm | £45-£75

 
Snow Patrol The O2 Arena 2019-01-262019-01-26 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The chart-topping Northern Irish rockers led by Gary Lightbody stop chasing cars to perform the seventh studio album Wildness live.

Davido
On Soon

Sunday 27th January 2019 - 6pm | £27.50 & £35

 
Davido The O2 Arena 2019-01-272019-01-27 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Award-winning Nigerian singer-songwriter. With support from The Compozers, Mayorkun, Peruzzi, Dremo, Yonda and Idowest plus DJ sets from Tim Westwood, DJ ECool, DJ Bibi and DJ SOGOOD.

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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

Spice Girls Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th, 14th and 15th June 2019 | £82-£395

 
Spice Girls Wembley Stadium 2019-06-132019-06-15 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

Twenty three years after the Spice Girls smashed their way into the charts the best-selling female group is back together - with one notable exception - on tour, playing six stadium concerts. Emma, Mel B, ...more

Fleetwood Mac

Sunday 16th and Tuesday 18th June 2019 - 5pm | £75-£200, phone for availability

 
Fleetwood Mac Wembley Stadium 2019-06-162019-06-18 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The legendary rock outfit, with its current line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, with newcomers Mike Campbell formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers plus ex-Crowded House Neil Finn, performs ...

Bon Jovi

Friday 21st June 2019 - 5pm | £45-£125, phone for availability

 
Bon Jovi Wembley Stadium 2019-06-212019-06-21 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The rock'n'roll legends perform their hits, including Livin' On A Prayer and I'll Be There For You, alongside tracks from its most recent album, This House Is Not For Sale.

Billy Joel

Saturday 22nd June 2019 - 6pm | £50-£115

 
Billy Joel Wembley Stadium 2019-06-222019-06-22 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The pop-rock singer, who rose to fame in the late 70s, performs his original works.

P!nk

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019 - 5pm | £45-£99

 
P!nk Wembley Stadium 2019-06-292019-06-30 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The singer-songwriter performs her pop-rock numbers in support of her Beautiful Trauma album.

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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

Odesza
On Soon

Thursday 24th January 2019 - 7pm | £27, phone for availability

 
Odesza O2 Academy Brixton 2019-01-242019-01-24 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Electronic music duo comprising consisting of Catacombkid and BeachesBeaches. With support from Fakear and Kasbo.

Mastodon
On Soon

Friday 25th January 2019 - 7pm | £37.50

 
Mastodon O2 Academy Brixton 2019-01-252019-01-25 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

American heavy metal outfit supporting their new album, Emperor Of Sand.

The Dandy Warhols
On Soon

Friday 1st February 2019 - 7pm | £27.50

 
The Dandy Warhols O2 Academy Brixton 2019-02-012019-02-01 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Alt rock collective from Portland, Oregon, whose 2000 hit Bohemian Like You spiralled them to fame.

The Streets
On Soon

2nd & 3rd and 5th to 7th Feb 2019 - 7pm | £45

 
The Streets O2 Academy Brixton 2019-02-022019-02-07 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Mike Skinner and his hip hop and garage band reform to perform The Streets's greatest hits.

Kaiser Chiefs
On Soon

Friday 8th February 2019 - 7pm | £35

 
Kaiser Chiefs O2 Academy Brixton 2019-02-082019-02-08 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

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

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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

Dark Night Of The Soul: The Feminine Response To The Faustian Myth (Anthology Performances)
Now On

19th Jan, 25th Jan, 27th Jan and 1st Feb 2019 - Various Times | £5-£30

 
Dark Night Of The Soul: The Feminine Response To The Faustian Myth (Anthology Performances) Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-01-192019-02-01 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Performances of works by writers including Lily Bevan, Athena Stevens, Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence, Katie Hims and Amanda Wilkin, exploring what it means for women who enter into a pact with the devil at ...

Doctor Faustus
Ongoing

1st December 2018 to 2nd February 2019 - Various Times | £20-£48, Premium Seats £62, fixed position standing £10

 
Doctor Faustus Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-12-012019-02-02 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Macbeth On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th November 2018 to 2nd February 2019 | £10-£48

 
Macbeth Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-11-072019-02-02 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Edward II
On Soon

7th February to 20th April 2019 - Various Times | £10-£48

 
Edward II Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-02-072019-04-20 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Edward I
On Soon

Sunday 10th February 2019 - 4pm | £15, mems/NUS £12

 
Edward I Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-02-102019-02-10 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Read Not Dead present a staged reading of George Peele's drama about a king embroiled in a bitter war against mutiny on all sides.

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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

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th December 2018 to 27th January 2019 | £12, £28, £38, £50, £62, £72

 
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake Sadler's Wells 2018-12-042019-01-27 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Matthew Bourne's triumphant modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake, replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, comes home to Sadler's Wells for Christmas. This highly original all-male production premiered at Sadler's ...more

Breakin' Convention's Back To The Lab
On Soon

Saturday 26th January 2019 - 7.45pm | £8

 
Breakin' Convention's Back To The Lab Sadler's Wells 2019-01-262019-01-26 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The troupe presents a triple bill of works by choreographers Joshua Nash, Ben Ajose-Cutting, Nicole McDowell and Spanish duet Hector Plaza & Agnes Sales Martin.

German Cornejo's Tango Fire
On Soon

29th January to 16th February 2019 - Various Times | £15-£45

 
German Cornejo's Tango Fire Sadler's Wells 2019-01-292019-02-16 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi lead a sensual cast of five couples, who chart the history of the authentic Argentine dance through explosive footwork and agility, accompanied by the Tango Fuego Quartet, which plays live ...

Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley: Spring
On Soon

31st January, 1st February and 2nd February 2019 - 7.30pm | £12-£30

 
Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley: Spring Sadler's Wells 2019-01-312019-02-02 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Five jugglers and four dancers explore the nature of colour through object manipulation and contemporary dance.

Spring
On Soon

31st January, 1st February and 2nd February 2019 - 7.30pm | £12-£30

 
Spring Sadler's Wells 2019-01-312019-02-02 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music
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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

Chris Smither

Sunday 20th January 2019 - 7.30pm | £16.50

 
Chris Smither Kings Place 2019-01-202019-01-20 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The blues singer-songwriter and guitarist performs tracks from his album Call Me Lucky.

Laura Mvula And Black Voices
On Soon

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 - 8pm-10pm | £9.50, phone for availability

 
Laura Mvula And Black Voices Kings Place 2019-01-232019-01-23 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Internationally-acclaimed singer and composer Mvuala performs with the quintet, celebrating female voices such as Nina Simon, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin.

The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices
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Thursday 24th January 2019 - 8pm | £19.50-£39.50

 
The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices Kings Place 2019-01-242019-01-24 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Internationally acclaimed and Grammy-winning all-female Bulgarian vocal ensemble performs a range of contemporary arrangements of traditional folk melodies.

Vocal Sampling
On Soon

Friday 25th January 2019 - 7.30pm | £19.50-£39.50

 
Vocal Sampling Kings Place 2019-01-252019-01-25 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Unusual arrangements of popular songs, rock covers, ballads and traditional Cuban salsa music from the Grammy-nominated Cuban sextet.

University Takeover
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Friday 25th January 2019 - 9pm | £9.50

 
University Takeover Kings Place 2019-01-252019-01-25 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Three of the best UK university a cappella groups come together to perform a three-in-one concert.

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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

A-Ha Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 5th November 2019 | £39.50-£95

 
A-Ha Royal Albert Hall 2019-11-052019-11-05 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Hailing from Norway, the three-piece best known for their hits The Sun Always Shines On TV and Take On Me performs live at the Royal Albert Hall. Magne Furuholmen, Pal Waaktaar-Savoy and the hunky Morten ...more

Cirque Du Soleil: Totem Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th January to 26th February 2019 | £44-£221

 
Cirque Du Soleil: Totem Royal Albert Hall 2019-01-122019-02-26 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Following a successful run back in 2011, Cirque du Soleil's Totem returns to the Royal Albert Hall once again in 2019. The production will see the world-renowned circus troupe return to the Kensington venue for ...more

Bill Burr

Monday 4th March 2019 - 8pm | £31.85

 
Bill Burr Royal Albert Hall 2019-03-042019-03-04 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The stand-up from Massachusetts brings his latest routine across the Atlantic.

James

Saturday 9th March 2019 - 6.45pm | £39.50-£65

 
James Royal Albert Hall 2019-03-092019-03-09 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

English indie-rock outfit, formed in Manchester in 1982, and popular during the 1990s.

Loreena McKennitt

Wednesday 13th March 2019 - 7pm | £42 & £48

 
Loreena McKennitt Royal Albert Hall 2019-03-132019-03-13 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The critically acclaimed Canadian singer plays her first UK concerts since 2012, joining her long-time musical collaborators, guitarist Brian Hughes and cellist Caroline Lavelle, to perform music and stories inspired by McKennitt's travels around China, ...

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