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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

Chilly Gonzales On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Monday 10th September 2018 | £35

 
Chilly Gonzales Southbank Centre 2018-09-102018-09-10 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Grammy-Award-winning Canadian pianist and composer Chilly Gonzales, who last year appeared in London in "a mesmerising evening" (Financial Times) at the Barbican alongside Jarvis Cocker, plays the second of two London concerts, following his Cadogan ...more

Gravity and Other Myths: Backbone Now On

Tuesday 14th - Sunday 19th August 2018 | £15-£30, concs £12-£22.50

 
Gravity and Other Myths: Backbone Southbank Centre 2018-08-142018-08-19 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Ten skilled acrobats explore the perception of strength, where it comes from and how it is measured, through jaw-dropping virtuosity and discipline, directed by Darcy Grant.more

Language Shift
Now OnFree Event

26th July to 23rd August 2018 - 11am-8pm | Free

 
Language Shift Southbank Centre 2018-07-262018-08-23 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Literary & Education, Poetry.

Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition
Now OnFree Event

13th to 19th Aug 2018 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition Southbank Centre 2018-07-172018-08-19 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

An insight into the life and career of the iconic leader, whose journey began as a young freedom fighter working against the oppressive apartheid in South Africa, to his 27-year-spell in jail and his rise ...

Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition 2018 Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th July to 19th August 2018 | Free

 
Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition 2018 Southbank Centre 2018-07-172018-08-19 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

This summer, the Southbank Centre marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birthday with a brand-new exhibition. Taking place in the newly renovated Queen Elizabeth Hall, Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition 2018 will explore the life ...more

The Jam Shed Supper Club Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th July to 8th September 2018 | £45

 
The Jam Shed Supper Club Southbank Centre 2018-07-242018-09-08 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A brand new rooftop dining experience for summer 2018, The Jam Shed Supper Club brings summery menus from five MasterChef contestants to the sixth floor of Royal Festival Hall. As well as sunset views over ...more

Lee Bul: Wayward Wander Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th May to 19th August 2018

 
Lee Bul: Wayward Wander Southbank Centre 2018-05-302018-08-19 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

Dorothea Lange/Vanessa Winship
Ongoing

22nd June to 2nd September 2018 - Various Times | £13.50

 
Dorothea Lange/Vanessa Winship Barbican Centre 2018-06-222018-09-02 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Sheffield Doc/Fest Touring Exhibition
On SoonFree Event

20th to 27th August 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Sheffield Doc/Fest Touring Exhibition Barbican Centre 2018-08-202018-08-27 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The exhibition features highlights from the documentary festivals, plus interactive VR headset displays.

The Second Violinist On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th, 7th and 8th September 2018 | £16-£40

 
The Second Violinist Barbican Centre 2018-09-062018-09-08 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The latest collaboration between Irish playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy, The Second Violinist is a modern opera that tells the foreboding story of a life falling apart. The drama at the Barbican unfolds ...more

The Second Violinist: Irish National Opera
On Soon

6th, 7th and 8th September 2018 - 7.45pm | £16-£40, Young Barbican £10, under 16s £8-£20

 
The Second Violinist: Irish National Opera Barbican Centre 2018-09-062018-09-08 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy have collaborated on this contemporary opera that shows how a social media-obsessed musician's life collapses.

Ax/Kavakos/Ma Trio
On Soon

Sunday 9th September 2018 - 3pm | £20-£75, Young Barbican £15

 
Ax/Kavakos/Ma Trio Barbican Centre 2018-09-092018-09-09 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The three-piece performs all three of Brahms's Piano Trios.

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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: Das Rheingold

24th Sep, 2nd Oct, 16th Oct and 26th Oct 2018 - 7.30pm | phone for availability

 
Royal Opera: Das Rheingold Royal Opera House 2018-09-242018-10-26 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Keith Warner's production of the first part of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Royal Opera: Die Walkure

26th Sep, 4th Oct, 18th Oct and 28th Oct 2018 - Various Times | phone for availability

 
Royal Opera: Die Walkure Royal Opera House 2018-09-262018-10-28 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Keith Warner's production of the second part of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Royal Opera: Siegfried

29th Sep, 7th Oct, 21st Oct and 31st Oct 2018 - Various Times | phone for availability

 
Royal Opera: Siegfried Royal Opera House 2018-09-292018-10-31 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Keith Warner's production of the third part of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelunge. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Royal Opera: Gotterdammerung

1st Oct, 9th Oct, 24th Oct and 2nd Nov 2018 - 4pm | phone for availability

 
Royal Opera: Gotterdammerung Royal Opera House 2018-10-012018-11-02 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Keith Warner's production of the fourth part of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelunge. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Royal Ballet: Mayerling

8th to 30th October 2018 - Various Times | booking opens 25th July

 
Royal Ballet: Mayerling Royal Opera House 2018-10-082018-10-30 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Kenneth MacMillan's daring ballet inspired by the true story of the deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf and his teenage mistress Mary Vetsera.

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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

Ennio Morricone Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Monday 26th November 2018 | £95.25-£111.75

 
Ennio Morricone The O2 Arena 2018-11-262018-11-26 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The film composer Ennio Morricone, well known for his soundtracks for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Cinema Paradiso, The Untouchables and Django Unchained, among many others, conducts his film music live in the ...more

Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular
Now On

14th to 19th Aug 2018 - Various Times | £29-£80

 
Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular The O2 Arena 2018-08-142018-08-19 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Stage production of the award-winning BBC TV series.

Walking with Dinosaurs Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th to 19th Aug 2018

 
Walking with Dinosaurs The O2 Arena 2018-08-142018-08-19 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

A follow up to the hugely popular 1999 BBC television show, here comes another chance to go Walking With Dinosaurs again. The arena spectacular has now been seen by over 9 million people worldwide and ...more

DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd February to 9th September 2018

 
DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes The O2 Arena 2018-02-232018-09-09 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
Britney: Piece of Me On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August 2018

 
Britney: Piece of Me The O2 Arena 2018-08-242018-08-25 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The pop princess brings her record breaking Las Vegas show, 'Britney: Piece of Me', to The O2 for the first and only time. Since opening at Planet Hollywood in Vegas in December 2013 Britney has ...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.

 
 
 
 

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 20th October 2018 | £25-£125

 
42nd Street Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2017-03-202018-10-20 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres
Time Flies

Sunday 7th October 2018 - 7.30pm | £29-£184.50

 
Time Flies Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2018-10-072018-10-07 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

A star-studded celebrity gala performed in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent to mark the centenary of the RAF and raise vital funds for The National Memorial to the Battle Of Britain and ...

Joanna Lumley: It's All About Me

Sunday 11th November 2018 - 7.30pm | £33.95-£66.95

 
Joanna Lumley: It's All About Me Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2018-11-112018-11-11 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

The comedian and actress discusses her life.

Christmas Spectacular 2018

Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd December 2018 at 3pm and 7.30pm | £32.85-£74.65

 
Christmas Spectacular 2018 Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2018-12-162018-12-23 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

West End vocalists join a show band and the Jingle Belle Dancers for sing-along seasonal songs including Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock, Merry Christmas Everyone, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town ...

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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

Glassjaw
On Soon

Saturday 18th August 2018 - 7pm | £32.20

 
Glassjaw O2 Academy Brixton 2018-08-182018-08-18 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The New York post-hardcore band performs in support of their album Material Control.

Beres Hammond & Sanchez
On Soon

Sunday 19th August 2018 - 7pm | £45 & £47.50, phone for availability

 
Beres Hammond & Sanchez O2 Academy Brixton 2018-08-192018-08-19 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Jamaican singer-songwriter - born Hugh Beresford Hammond - performs a soulful blend of reggae and jazz-blues whilst his equally distinguished compatriot, the singer Sanchez, supplies soulful R&B and spiritual vibes.

Death Grips
On Soon

Thursday 30th August 2018 - 7pm | £22.50

 
Death Grips O2 Academy Brixton 2018-08-302018-08-30 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Experimental hip hop band from Sacramento, California, formed in 2011.

Nepathya
On Soon

Saturday 1st September 2018 - 7pm | £28-£40

 
Nepathya O2 Academy Brixton 2018-09-012018-09-01 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Nepalese folk-rock group celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Ezra Furman
On Soon

Tuesday 4th September 2018 - 7.30pm | £21.50, rescheduled from May 23, original ticket remain valid

 
Ezra Furman O2 Academy Brixton 2018-09-042018-09-04 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The indie-rock artist from Chicago, Illinois takes to the stage to perform his latest psychedelic-infused tracks.

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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

Eyam

Saturday 15th - Saturday 13th October 2018 | £5-£47, under 18s £5-£44

 
Eyam Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-09-152018-10-13 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

A drama set in Derbyshire in 1665 when plague strikes a village at war with itself. Sam Crane, who recently appeared as Farinelli opposite Mark Rylance in Farinelli and the King, stars as William Mompesson ...more

Emilia
Now On

10th August to 1st September 2018 - Various Times | £19-£47

 
Emilia Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-08-102018-09-01 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's biography of Emilia Bassano, the 17th-century poet and feminist who published the first collection of poetry written by a woman in England. Directed by Nicole Charles.

Othello Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th July to 13th October 2018 | £5 (Yard, standing) | from £22 (Gallery, seated), £3 off all seats (Under 18s)

 
Othello Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-07-202018-10-13 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Hamlet Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th April to 26th August 2018 | £15-£60, standing £5 | Under 18s £3 off all seats

 
Hamlet Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-04-252018-08-26 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
As You Like It
On Soon

16th, 19th and 22nd & 23rd Aug 2018 - Various Times | £22-£47, under 18s £19-£44, standing £5

 
As You Like It Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-05-022018-08-26 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
The Winter's Tale
On Soon

22nd June to 14th October 2018 - Various Times | £22-£47, under 18s £19-£44, standing £5

 
The Winter's Tale Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-06-222018-10-14 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
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Sadler's Wells Theatre

Modern contemporary dance and music performance space

Rosebery Avenue, Islington, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 
 

Occupying a site with a long tradition of entertaining Londoners, Sadler's Wells exists to bring the best of national and international dance, ballet, opera and music theatre to the capital. Now a strikingly modern building with flexible performance and auditorium spaces, the original Sadler's Wells opened in 1683. Six Sadler's Wells later and sleek steel and glass have replaced the crumbling brick edifice of previous centuries. Originally a music hall, the venue now boasts a resoundingly contemporary but extremely accessible programme - with an emphasis on dance and movement - supported by innovative visual arts exhibitions in its public spaces. Sadler's really came into its own when Lilian Baylis took charge in the 1920s. Since then many of the world's best dancers have performed on this Islington stage. In 1995, Matthew Bourne premiered his magnificent 'Swan Lake' here which went on to become the West End's longest running ballet. Sadler's Wells continues to have close associations with the centrally located Peacock Theatre, its home during periods of renovation, while the Lilian Baylis Theatre - now a highly regarded venue in itself - is located within the Sadler's Well Islington complex. Ranging from the cutting-edge to the mainstream, some truly landmark productions have taken place here over the years.

 
 

Events at Sadler's Wells

Carmen La Cubana Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st to 19th August 2018 | £15-£68

 
Carmen La Cubana Sadler's Wells 2018-08-012018-08-19 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The UK premiere of Carmen La Cubana featuring Bizet's classic score, with new orchestrations by Tony Award-winner Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton), comes to Sadler's Wells this summer. Performed by a large company of singers, dancers and ...more

National Youth Ballet: Bright Young Things
On Soon

Sunday 2nd September 2018 - 7.30pm | £10-£55

 
National Youth Ballet: Bright Young Things Sadler's Wells 2018-09-022018-09-02 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Inspired by the lives of extraordinary girls and boys, National Youth Ballet's mixed programme celebrates the power of imagination and being bold and ambitious.

Breakin' Convention: Scandale
On Soon

Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th September 2018 - 6.30pm | £20

 
Breakin' Convention: Scandale Sadler's Wells 2018-09-052018-09-06 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Pierre Rigal's shamanic piece investigating the birth of choreography is hip hop dance theatre at its most curious.

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme A
On Soon

11th to 16th Sep 2018 - Various Times | £15-£38

 
Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme A Sadler's Wells 2018-09-112018-09-16 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Formed in 1974 and affectionately known as 'The Trocks', the all-male company presents a mix of classic and contemporary ballets, and physical comedy, including excerpts from Petipa's Swan Lake, The Little Humpback Horse and Trovatiara.

Natalia Osipova: Pure Dance
On Soon

12th to 15th Sep 2018 - Various Times | £12-£60

 
Natalia Osipova: Pure Dance Sadler's Wells 2018-09-122018-09-16 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The ballerina performs classical and contemporary ballet pieces, as well as showcasing new works by Alexei Ratmansky and Ivan Perez.

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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

Time Unwrapped Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st January to 31st December 2018

 
Time Unwrapped Kings Place 2018-01-012018-12-31 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres
Pablo Held Trio
On Soon

Saturday 1st September 2018 - 8pm | £14.50

 
Pablo Held Trio Kings Place 2018-09-012018-09-01 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Piano-led jazz outfit featuring Robert Landfermann on bass and Jonas Burgwinkel on drums.

Leveret
On Soon

Wednesday 5th September 2018 - 8pm | £14.50

 
Leveret Kings Place 2018-09-052018-09-05 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Folk and country from three of England's folk musicians in a collaborative outfit, featuring Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron.

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
On Soon

Thursday 6th September 2018 - 8pm | £12.50

 
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith Kings Place 2018-09-062018-09-06 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The traditional and contemporary acoustic folk duo explores political struggle, resistance and justice in songs from the second album, Night Hours with the upcoming Many A Thousand to be released in Autumn 2018.

Michael Price: Tender Symmetry
On Soon

Thursday 6th September 2018 - 8.30pm | £9.50-£18.50

 
Michael Price: Tender Symmetry Kings Place 2018-09-062018-09-06 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The Emmy Award-winning composer's new work is performed by an ensemble of strings, voices, keyboards and tape, alongside other works from across Price's repertoire.

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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

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

Billy Ocean Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 27th November 2018 | £37.50-£65

 
Billy Ocean Royal Albert Hall 2018-11-272018-11-27 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The multi-award-winning Trinidad and Tobago-born vocalist and guitarist, known for the songs Caribbean Queen, When The Going Gets Tough and Red Light, seamlessly blends rhythm'n'blues and pop. Billy Ocean is the biggest selling black recording ...more

Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 14th December 2018 | £25-£75

 
Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas Royal Albert Hall 2018-12-142018-12-14 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

A mixture of jazz classics, unearthed treasures and Christmas oddities that'll put a swing in your step as the festive season kicks off, from Count Basie to Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Louis Prima played ...more

Whose Line Is It Anyway? Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th December 2018 | £30-£65

 
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Royal Albert Hall 2018-12-152018-12-16 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The legendary improv show celebrates its 30th birthday with an exclusive run of three festive shows. With Colin Mochrie, Josie Lawrence, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Jeff Davis and musicians Laura Hall and Linda Taylor, who ...more

Afternoon Coffee Club

Wednesday 15th August 2018 - 1.30pm | £5

 
Afternoon Coffee Club Royal Albert Hall 2018-08-152018-08-15 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

British baritone Maciek O'Shea with pianist Waiyin Lee perform popular opera, songs from the stage and screen and singalong classics to an older audience while tea, coffee and cake are served.

Prom 44: Debussy, Ravel & Boulanger

Wednesday 15th August 2018 - 7.30pm | £7.50-£41

 
Prom 44: Debussy, Ravel & Boulanger Royal Albert Hall 2018-08-152018-08-15 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Ludovic Morlot conducts the City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Chorus, with mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte, to perform Debussy's Prelude A L'Apres-Midi D'un Faune, Lili Boukanger's Psalm 130 'Du Fond De L'abime', Debussy's Nocturnes ...

Prom 45: Orchestre De La Suisse Romande & Jonathan Nott
On Soon

Thursday 16th August 2018 - 7pm | £9.50-£50

 
Prom 45: Orchestre De La Suisse Romande & Jonathan Nott Royal Albert Hall 2018-08-162018-08-16 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Jonathan Nott conducts Orchestre De la Suisse Romande and violinist Renaud Capucon to perform Debussy's Jeux, Ravel's Violin Sonata In G (orch. Yan Maresz) and Stravinsky's Petrushka.

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