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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

Turning Of The Year
Free Event

Thursday 14th December 2017 - 6pm | Free

 
Turning Of The Year Southbank Centre 2017-12-142017-12-14 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Children from Lewisham primary schools perform a selection of festive songs in a short and lively programme to see in the change of year.

Philharmonia Orchestra: A Christmas Celebration With Sir Tony Robinson

Thursday 14th December 2017 - 7.30pm | £16.50-£49.50

 
Philharmonia Orchestra: A Christmas Celebration With Sir Tony Robinson Southbank Centre 2017-12-142017-12-14 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Stephen Bell conducts works by Schubert, Harold Darke, Handel, John Rutter, Mozart and more with readings from the actor and presenter and soprano Susanna Hurrell.

Wintertime Choirs
Now OnFree Event

4th to 22nd December 2017 | Free

 
Wintertime Choirs Southbank Centre 2017-12-042017-12-22 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Be serenaded by seasonal songs, choral, pop, jazz and gospel from choirs of all styles in pop-up and outdoor performances throughout Wintertime.

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

10th November 2017 to 4th January 2018 | Various

 
Wintertime at Southbank Centre Southbank Centre 2017-11-102018-01-04 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Wintertime at Southbank Centre, the last chapter in the year-long Nordic Matters, brings a Finnish Rooftop Sauna, ABBA-oke and the ever-popular winter market to the South Bank. Danish children's theatre company Teater Refleksion and theatre ...more

Darkness Visible
OngoingFree Event

16th November 2017 to 25th February 2018 - 11am-8pm | Free

 
Darkness Visible Southbank Centre 2017-11-162018-02-25 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
ABBA: Super Troupers Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th December 2017 to 29th April 2018 | £15-£25

 
ABBA: Super Troupers Southbank Centre 2017-12-142018-04-29 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
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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

Titus Andronicus
Now On

13th & 14th, 21st & 22nd and 28th Dec 2017 - Various Times | £10-£57.50

 
Titus Andronicus Barbican Centre 2017-12-072017-12-28 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The Royal Shakespeare Company presents Shakespeare's most brutal and bloody play. Directed by Blanche McIntyre and starring David Troughton.

Snow Mouse: Travelling Light
Now On

13th December 2017 to 23rd January 2018 - Various Times | £8.50, child £7.50

 
Snow Mouse: Travelling Light Barbican Centre 2017-12-132018-01-23 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

An enchanting winter's tale for the very young.

John Akomfrah: Purple OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th October 2017 to 7th January 2018 | Free

 
John Akomfrah: Purple Barbican Centre 2017-10-052018-01-07 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Rattle
OngoingFree Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14th December 2017 to 16th January 2018 - Various Times | £118-£185

 
Royal Opera: Rigoletto Royal Opera House 2017-12-142018-01-16 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

David McVicar directs Verdi's tragic opera about a hunchbacked jester. Starring Dimitri Platanias as Rigoletto, Sofia Fomina as Gilda and Michael Fabiano in the role of the Duke of Mantua. Conducted by Alexander Joel.

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

5th December 2017 to 10th January 2018 | £6-£112

 
The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker Royal Opera House 2017-12-052018-01-10 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

That great seasonal stalwart The Nutcracker starts playing at the Royal Opera House on the 5th December, offering families a fun and festive treat watching Clara dance in front of the Christmas tree. It's hard ...more

Concerto / Le Baiser de la fee / Elite Syncopations Ongoing 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
Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
On Soon

5th December 2017 to 10th January 2018 - Various Times | £5-£125, phone for availability

 
Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker Royal Opera House 2017-12-052018-01-10 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is joined by the London Oratory Junior Choir, for Peter Wright's production of Tchaikovsky's enchanting tale about dancing snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Barry Wordsworth and Paul Murphy share conducting ...

Royal Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci
On Soon

15th Dec 2017, 19th Dec 2017, 22nd Dec 2017, 6th Jan 2018, 9th Jan 2018 and 13th Jan 2018 - Various Times | £9-£195

 
Royal Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci Royal Opera House 2017-11-292018-01-13 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Damiano Michieletto's Olivier Award-winning productions of Mascagni and Leoncavallo's one-act operas, conducted by Daniel Oren, and with casts featuring Elina Garanca, Bryan Hymel, Fabio Sartori, Simon Keenlyside and Carmen Giannattasio.

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

23rd November to 16th December 2017 | £5-£105

 
The Royal Ballet: Sylvia Royal Opera House 2017-11-232017-12-16 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Frederick Ashton, who famously danced under the distinguished direction of Marie Rambert, revived this ballet in 1952. 'Sylvia' was his second full-length work and, with Margot Fonteyn in the title role, he made the choreography ...more

Royal Opera: Semiramide
On Soon

Wednesday 13th and Saturday 16th December 2017 - 6.30pm | £12-£245

 
Royal Opera: Semiramide Royal Opera House 2017-11-192017-12-16 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

David Alden directs Rossini's epic tragedy based on a story by Voltaire with a cast including Joyce DiDonato, Daniela Barcellona and Lawrence Brownlee. Sung in Italian 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

The BRIT Awards 2018 Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 21st February 2018

 
The BRIT Awards 2018 The O2 Arena 2018-02-212018-02-21 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

One of the biggest music award events in Britain, the annual celebration of British and international music comes to The O2 for the eighth time. A big night out for all the biggest names in ...more

Paloma Faith Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 14th March 2018 | £35-£45

 
Paloma Faith The O2 Arena 2018-03-142018-03-14 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Paloma Faith, the London-hailing soul-pop singer-songwriter, well known for her quirky, eccentric style, goes on tour singing from her fourth album, 'The Architect'- her first in more than three years and since giving birth to ...more

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

Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th February 2018 | £45

 
Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour The O2 Arena 2018-02-102018-02-11 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Strictly champion Ore Oduba and judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli appear at the live version of the popular, glitzy BBC television show. The live show follows much the same format as ...more

Flight Of The Conchords Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 29th - Tuesday 3rd April 2018 | £25-£65

 
Flight Of The Conchords The O2 Arena 2018-03-292018-04-03 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

New Zealand-based comedy duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement present their popular parody songs from the cult TV show of the same name. Staging their first UK and Irish headlining tour in over seven years, ...more

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe: Together Again

Thursday 14th December 2017 - 7pm | £40-£85

 
Michael Ball & Alfie Boe: Together Again The O2 Arena 2017-12-142017-12-14 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Musical theatre star Michael Ball and tenor Alfie Boe reunite after the success of their first tour Together, for their versions of classic hits.

My Name Is Prince Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th October 2017 to 7th January 2018 | £27.50, concs £19.80, child £13.20, family £66

 
My Name Is Prince The O2 Arena 2017-10-272018-01-07 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 15th and Saturday 16th December 2017 | £45-£65

 
Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics The O2 Arena 2017-12-152017-12-16 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

From the dance floors of Ibiza to London's O2, BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong is joined by the 65-piece Heritage Orchestra to present a line-up of live artists to perform a homage to the ...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

Game Of Thrones: Live Concert Experience

Sunday 27th May 2018 - 7pm | £67-£220

 
Game Of Thrones: Live Concert Experience Wembley Stadium 2018-05-272018-05-27 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

Ramin Djawadi, composer of the soundtrack for the internationally-acclaimed TV series Game Of Thrones, leads an orchestra and choir to perform music from all seven series.

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.

Taylor Swift

Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June 2018 - 12noon | £55-£120

 
Taylor Swift Wembley Stadium 2018-06-222018-06-23 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The Nashville-born songstress performs tracks from her highly-anticipated chart-topping album, Reputation, as well fan favourites from her back catalogue.

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The West End's oldest and most spectacular theatre

Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Holborn Station, Temple Station

 
 

The first theatre on this site was built in 1662 on the orders of Charles II. It has been rebuilt a number of times since then, but the current auditorium, completed in 1922, incorporates many elements from as long ago as 1820. As a result, this vision in cream and gold possesses an elegance unmatched in the West End. Its broad staircases, its chandeliered salon, its statuary and panels speak of an older, more glamorous theatrical age than the weighty grandeur of much of the West End. The performance history here is the history of popular theatre in Britain. From Nell Gwynne's debut, when Charles II fell in love with the 15-year-old actress, through the great Colley Cibber, to a three decade stint by David Garrick, London's greatest stars have appeared beneath the Theatre Royal's gorgeously decorated arch. Noel Coward's 'Cavalcade' (1931), with a 250-strong chorus, brought audiences to their feet every night, before Ivor Novello took the theatre up to the Second World War with a series of shows which he scored, wrote and starred in. After the war, the Theatre Royal blazed a trail into the modern world of long-running musicals, with a series of hits including 'Oklahoma', 'South Pacific', '42nd Street' and 'Miss Saigon', which ran for 4,236 performances.

 
 

Events at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Classic FM Christmas On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Sunday 17th December 2017 | £23.50-£51

 
Classic FM Christmas Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2017-12-172017-12-17 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

Aled Jones hosts a programme of classical Christmas favourites including Hark The Herald Angels, O Come All Ye Faithful, excerpts from Handel's Messiah and Anderson's Sleigh Ride. The live concert at the Theatre Royal, Drury ...more

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
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The O2 Academy Brixton

Superb music venue in a lively area of London

211 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London, SW9 9SL

Tube: Brixton Station

 
 

This former cinema with its art deco interior, proscenium arch and 140ft dome is London's most celebrated venue for live music, winning Best Live Venue at the NME awards at least a dozen times since 1994 . The famous sloping floor means there are great views wherever you're standing, though keeping your feet can be a problem at the more raucous rock gigs. Most of the biggest bands in the world have played here, and it also holds some of Britain's hardest club nights. Located in one of the hardest-partying areas of London, with a capacity of 4,700, excellent sound, a 6am licence, and one of the biggest dance floors in the capital, this is the only place to watch your favourite bands and DJs.

 
 

Events at O2 Academy Brixton

Gogol Bordello

Thursday 14th December 2017 - 7pm | £25

 
Gogol Bordello O2 Academy Brixton 2017-12-142017-12-14 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Eugene Hutz and his chaotic New York-formed collective perform their energetic brand of Gypsy-punk with a folk influence, including the hit Start Wearing Purple.

Mogwai
On Soon

Friday 15th December 2017 - 8pm | £30.75

 
Mogwai O2 Academy Brixton 2017-12-152017-12-15 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Ethereal and atmospheric shoegaze post-rock from the largely instrumental group from Glasgow.

Shed Seven
On Soon

Saturday 16th December 2017 - 7pm | £27.25, phone for availability

 
Shed Seven O2 Academy Brixton 2017-12-162017-12-16 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, as well as new material from the new album due to be released ...

Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour
On Soon

Sunday 17th December 2017 - 7pm | £27.50

 
Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour O2 Academy Brixton 2017-12-172017-12-17 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

A mix of old and new, deadpan, black humour and one-liners from the British TV favourite, known for his role as host of 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

Russell Brand: Re:Birth
On Soon

Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th December 2017 - 7pm | £28.75

 
Russell Brand: Re:Birth O2 Academy Brixton 2017-12-182017-12-19 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The controversial stand up embarks on his latest tour inspired by the birth of his first child in 2016. In this tour Brand attempts to explore modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death trying to ...

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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

Romantics Anonymous Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

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

 
Romantics Anonymous Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-10-202018-01-06 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
The Secret Theatre On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th November to 16th December 2017 | £20-£48, Premium Tickets £62, fixed position standing £10

 
The Secret Theatre Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-11-162017-12-16 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Tara Fitzgerald plays Elizabeth I as Matthew Dunster directs Anders Lustgarten's historical thriller in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe. Lustgarten's new play The Secret Theatre has strong contemporary echoes and ventures to the ...more

Meow Meow: Apocalypse Meow
On Soon

20th to 31st December 2017 - 7.30pm | £25-£35, fixed position standing £10

 
Meow Meow: Apocalypse Meow Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-12-202017-12-31 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

The post-modern cabaret sensation diva spreads tidings of comfort and joy with a most untraditional Christmas show peppered with tender and poignant reflections on loneliness, lost dreams and the apocalypse. Conceived, created and performed by ...

All's Well That Ends Well On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

11th January to 3rd March 2018 | £20-£48, Premium Tickets £62, fixed position standing £10

 
All's Well That Ends Well Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-01-112018-03-03 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

After her "splendid" (The Guardian) production of The Taming of the Shrew in 2016, Caroline Byrne directs Annie Siddons' reimagining of Shakespeare's drama All's Well That Ends Well to the Globe's candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. ...more

The Captive Queen

2nd February to 4th March 2018 - Various Times | £20-£48, Premium Tickets £62, fixed position standing £10

 
The Captive Queen Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-02-022018-03-04 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Barrie Rutter, Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides, directs a bold reimagining of John Dryden's Restoration drama about an ageing Emperor, his Governor and two fratricidal sons, who are united in their infatuation with the same ...

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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

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: Viktor Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th February 2018 | £12-£60

 
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: Viktor Sadler's Wells 2018-02-082018-02-11 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Deep in the muddy depths of a grave which is still being dug, a corpse couple are united in a macabre marriage. Viktor, created by Pina Bausch,returns to Sadler's Wells from Thursday 8th until Sunday ...more

The Little Match Girl Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th to 24th December 2017 | £18 (Adults), £12 (Children) | Relaxed performance: £9 (only avail over phone), £6 schools tickets: Mon 14 & Wed 16 Dec

 
The Little Match Girl Sadler's Wells 2017-12-132017-12-24 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A snowy stage sets the scene for an icy cold Christmas Eve, where the Little Match Girl paces the emptying streets, shivering and desperate, trying to sell her matches. This magical production based on Hans ...more

Arthur Pita: The Little Match Girl (Ages 5-11)
Now On

13th to 24th December 2017 - Various Times | £18, child £12, Dec 14 relaxed perf £9

 
Arthur Pita: The Little Match Girl (Ages 5-11) Sadler's Wells 2017-12-132017-12-24 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The acclaimed choreographer adapts Hans Christian Andersen's tale of an impoverished young street girl's hopes and dreams. The original live music is by Frank Moon.

The Snowman Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd November to 31st December 2017 | £15, £20, £30, £35 | £110 (Family, 4 tickets inc at least one child under 16)

 
The Snowman Sadler's Wells 2017-11-232017-12-31 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

This staging of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman by Sadlers Wells, suitable for children aged 4 and over, staged in the Peacock Theatre, has become a much-loved festive tradition in London. Translating the beautifully-illustrated book to ...more

New Adventures: Matthew Bourne's Cinderella Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th December 2017 to 27th January 2018 | £34-£89

 
New Adventures: Matthew Bourne's Cinderella Sadler's Wells 2017-12-092018-01-27 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Matthew Bourne commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Blitz with a revised production of his sweeping wartime romance set to Prokofiev's score, which charts Cinderella's dalliances with a young RAF pilot. Set in London during ...more

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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

Hanover Band

Thursday 14th December 2017 - 7.30pm | £9.50-£49.50

 
Hanover Band Kings Place 2017-12-142017-12-14 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The group performs Handel's Messiah, with Erica Eloff, soprano, Timothy Morgan, countertenor, Bradley Smith, tenor, Tristan Hambleton, bass baritone and harpsichordist Andrew Arthur.

Laura Van Der Heijden With Academy Of St Martin In The Fields
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Friday 15th December 2017 - 7.30pm | £9.50-£49.50

 
Laura Van Der Heijden With Academy Of St Martin In The Fields Kings Place 2017-12-152017-12-15 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The group performs Elgar's Serenade For Strings, Tim Watts's Bridge Of Sighs and Schumann's Cello Concerto In A Minor, plus Dvorak's Silent Woods, No 5 and Serenade, with cellist Laura van der Heijden.

Oliver Coates With Tenebrae
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Saturday 16th December 2017 - 7.30pm | £9.50-£49.50

 
Oliver Coates With Tenebrae Kings Place 2017-12-162017-12-16 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Nigel Short conducts Poulenc's Quatre Motets Pour Le Temps De Noel, Faure's Cantique De Jean Racine With Cello Obbligato, Debussy's Trois Chansons De Charles D'orleans, Saint-Saens's Priere, Jonathan Harvey's Lauds, the anonymous Angelus Ad Virginem, ...

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment
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Sunday 17th December 2017 - 11.30am | £9.50 & £16.50

 
Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment Kings Place 2017-12-172017-12-17 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The ensemble performs Bach's Cantata: Darzu Ist Erschienen, with harpsichordist Steven Devine, Helen Charlston, alto, James Way, tenor and Edward Grint, bass.

Camerata Tchaikovsky
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Sunday 17th December 2017 - 7.30pm | £9.50-£29.50

 
Camerata Tchaikovsky Kings Place 2017-12-172017-12-17 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The chamber orchestra performs Mozart's Divertimento No 1 In D, Salzburg Symphony, Britten's Les Illuminations For Soprano And Strings, Arturo Cuellar's Concertino For Strings and Tchaikovsky's Souvenir De Florence.

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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

Eliades Ochoa Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 25th April 2018 | £25-£60

 
Eliades Ochoa Royal Albert Hall 2018-04-252018-04-25 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

One of the most important Cuban musicians of all time, the former Buena Vista Social Club frontman, Eliades Ochoa, makes his solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall, fronting his own band. A winner of ...more

Hacienda Classical Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 28th September 2018 | £25-£75

 
Hacienda Classical Royal Albert Hall 2018-09-282018-09-28 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Pioneering DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering perform alongside the Manchester Camerata orchestra and special guests for a performance of Hacienda classics. Hacienda Classical won rave reviews after its first Royal Albert Hall visit, NME ...more

Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 28th - Sunday 31st December 2017 | £35-£85

 
Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker Royal Albert Hall 2017-12-282017-12-31 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The company performs Sir Peter Wright's much-loved production of this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky's magnificent score. As midnight chimes a magical Christmas tree starts to grow through the ceiling, marking the start of ...more

London Concert Orchestra: The BT Christmas Concert

Thursday 14th December 2017 - 7.30pm | £19.50-£54.50

 
London Concert Orchestra: The BT Christmas Concert Royal Albert Hall 2017-12-142017-12-14 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Raymond Gubbay and Chris Hollins present a wonderful concert of festive delights, from traditional carols to favourite hits. Conducted by John Rigby.

Jazz At The Movies: A Swinging Christmas

Thursday 14th December 2017 - 9.30pm | £18

 
Jazz At The Movies: A Swinging Christmas Royal Albert Hall 2017-12-142017-12-14 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

A festive collaboration of five superb jazz musicians dedicated to interpreting movie themes and songs both familiar and obscure.

Christmas Carols & Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th to 24th December 2017 | Various

 
Christmas Carols & Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall Royal Albert Hall 2017-12-132017-12-24 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The climax of the Royal Albert Hall's Christmas carols programme is the dimly lit traditional Christmas celebration, Carols by Candlelight, a fun-filled jamboree of carols and Christmas hits with readings from Dickens and the Scriptures ...more

Father Christmas At The Hall
Now On

13th to 15th and 18th & 19th Dec 2017 - Various Times | child £25, accompanying adult Free, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

 
Father Christmas At The Hall Royal Albert Hall 2017-12-052017-12-24 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 Father Christmas repair his sleigh so he can take flight with his reindeer on Christmas Eve.

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