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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

Komeda's Incarnations

Wednesday 21st November 2018 - 7.30pm | £24.50-£29.50

 
Komeda's Incarnations Southbank Centre 2018-11-212018-11-21 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Vocalists Jarecki and Emose Uhunmwangho perform in celebration of Krzysztof Komeda's works.

Puccini's Le Villi

Wednesday 21st November 2018 - 7.30pm | £10-£65

 
Puccini's Le Villi Southbank Centre 2018-11-212018-11-21 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Sir Mark Elder conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Bizet's L'Arlesienne Suite No 1, Verdi's Ballet Music From Macbeth, Act 3 and Puccini's Le Villi - Opera In One Act. Featuring soprano Ermonela Jaho, ...

An Evening With Remo Anzovino

Wednesday 21st November 2018 - 7.45pm | £20

 
An Evening With Remo Anzovino Southbank Centre 2018-11-212018-11-21 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The Italian pianist and composer performs music from across his career in what is his first ever UK concert.

EFG London Jazz Festival Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th to 25th November 2018 | £10-£40, £49.50 (Opening Gala)

 
EFG London Jazz Festival Southbank Centre 2018-11-162018-11-25 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

See Bobby McFerrin at the Barbican, Lea DeLaria live in concert at The Bridge Theatre and Orphy Robinson at Queen Elizabeth Hall, all appearing in the city as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, ...more

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

9th November 2018 to 6th January 2019 | Various

 
Winter at Southbank Centre Southbank Centre 2018-11-092019-01-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Two brand new family shows are at the heart of this year's Winter programme at the Southbank Centre. The award-winning puppeteers from War Horse present the European premiere of Circus 1903 and two Australian theatre ...more

David Batchelor: Sixty Minute Spectrum Redux (2018)
Now OnFree Event

9th November 2018 to 6th January 2019 | Free

 
David Batchelor: Sixty Minute Spectrum Redux (2018) Southbank Centre 2018-11-092019-01-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The rooftops and balconies of Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hayward Gallery and Royal Festival Hall are illuminated in dramatic colour, cycling through orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink.

Emmanuelle Laine
Now OnFree Event

25th October to 24th December 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Emmanuelle Laine Southbank Centre 2018-10-252018-12-24 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Laine's site-specific installation, 'Learn the Rules Like a Pro, So You Can Break Them Like an Artist!', transforms the spaces the installation occupies into unsettling perceptual environments.

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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

Afro Celt Sound System

Wednesday 21st November 2018 - 8pm | £27.50 & £29.50

 
Afro Celt Sound System Barbican Centre 2018-11-212018-11-21 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The three-piece present their fusion of modern electronic dance rhythms with traditional Irish and West African music.

Romeo And Juliet
Ongoing

2nd November 2018 to 19th January 2019 - Various Times | £10-£59.50

 
Romeo And Juliet Barbican Centre 2018-11-022019-01-19 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Francis Upritchard: Wetwang Slack
OngoingFree Event

27th September 2018 to 6th January 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Francis Upritchard: Wetwang Slack Barbican Centre 2018-09-272019-01-06 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
Macbeth
On Soon

15th October 2018 to 18th January 2019 - Various Times | £10-£59.50, Premium Seats £75

 
Macbeth Barbican Centre 2018-10-152019-01-18 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Jazz Cubano!
On Soon

Friday 23rd November 2018 - 7.30pm | £25-£37.50

 
Jazz Cubano! Barbican Centre 2018-11-232018-11-23 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Latin jazz from pianist Arturo O'Farrill and sons Adam and Zack.

Omar Sosa & Yilian Canizares: Jazz Cubano
On Soon

Friday 23rd November 2018 - 7.30pm | £25-£37.50

 
Omar Sosa & Yilian Canizares: Jazz Cubano Barbican Centre 2018-11-232018-11-23 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The pianist and violinist combine forces to produce a sound that honours its Cuban roots while adding a lyrical twist. With support from Arturo O'Farrill Sextet and Alfredo Rodriguez.

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Royal Opera House

Architecturally stunning home of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera

Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

Home of the Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, this impressive building in the heart of Covent Garden has been playing host to every major star of the classical music world since 1858. The third theatre to be located on this site, most of the existing venue - with the exception of the auditorium, facade and foyer which are originals from 1858 - is the result of a detailed reconstruction in the 1990s. It claims to be the most modern theatre facility in Europe, and it is certainly among the most spectacular. If you're serious about ballet and opera then this is the place to come for some of the best in the world. If you're not, and just want to explore the building itself (we recommend the dramatic glass atrium, a magnificently restored former flower market that now functions as a fine dining restaurant and champagne bar), you can wander around for free during the day. An esteemed, iconic and architecturally stunning venue.

 
 

Events at Royal Opera House

The Royal Ballet: The Unknown Soldier/Infra/Symphony In C
On Soon

20th, 22nd & 23rd and 26th to 29th Nov 2018 - 7.30pm | £50-£70

 
The Royal Ballet: The Unknown Soldier/Infra/Symphony In C Royal Opera House 2018-11-202018-11-29 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

An eclectic triple bill featuring two contrasting ballets from Wayne McGregor and George Balanchine and the world premiere of Alastair Marriott's The Unknown Soldier.

ROH Late
On Soon

Sunday 25th November 2018 - 6pm-9.30pm | £8

 
ROH Late Royal Opera House 2018-11-252018-11-25 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres
Month Of Sundays
On Soon

Sunday 25th November 2018 at 11am, 1.30pm and 5pm | £5

 
Month Of Sundays Royal Opera House 2018-11-112018-11-25 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Opera and ballet performances, workshops and children's activities.

Royal Opera: Carmen On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th November to 22nd December 2018 | £8-£195

 
Royal Opera: Carmen Royal Opera House 2018-11-302018-12-22 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Following its UK premiere in February this year, Barrie Kosky's all-singing all-dancing production of Bizet's much-loved opera Carmen returns to the Royal Opera for its first revival this autumn. Australian director Barrie Kosky - "a ...more

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

3rd December 2018 to 15th January 2019 | £6-£112

 
The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker Royal Opera House 2018-12-032019-01-15 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 3rd December, offering families a fun and festive treat watching Clara dance in front of the Christmas tree. It's hard ...more

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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 On Soon 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

Florence and the Machine Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd November 2018 | £47.37-£63.62 (seated), £57.57 (standing)

 
Florence and the Machine The O2 Arena 2018-11-212018-11-22 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Florence + the Machine come to The O2 for two nights as part of their nine-date UK tour to promote their latest album High As Hope. Back in 2009 Florence won the Critics Choice gong ...more

Florence + The Machine
Now On

Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd November 2018 - 6.30pm | £37.50-£55, phone for availability

 
Florence + The Machine The O2 Arena 2018-11-212018-11-22 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Singer-songwriter Florence Welch leads her indie and folk-influenced pop outfit, in support of latest album High As Hope.

Nitro Circus
On Soon

Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November 2018 - 6.30pm | £46.50-£123.50

 
Nitro Circus The O2 Arena 2018-11-232018-11-24 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Some of the greatest athletes in the world in freestyle motocross, BMX and skate perform death-defying stunts in this family-friendly show, which launches ridiculous apparatus 30 feet into the air.

Noel Fitzpatrick: Welcome To My World
On Soon

Sunday 25th November 2018 - 7.30pm | £24.15

 
Noel Fitzpatrick: Welcome To My World The O2 Arena 2018-11-252018-11-25 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Irishman talks about his career and life journey to becoming the Supervet.

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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

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.

 
 

Events at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Christmas Spectacular 2018
On Soon

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

Yung Lean: Wings Of Desire

Wednesday 21st November 2018 - 7pm | £22.10

 
Yung Lean: Wings Of Desire O2 Academy Brixton 2018-11-212018-11-21 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Swedish rapper curates an evening of live music and art, with his invited guests including Bladee, Yves Tumor A/V, ECCO2K and Thaiboy Digital.

Anne-Marie
On Soon

Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd November 2018 - 7pm | £26, phone for availability

 
Anne-Marie O2 Academy Brixton 2018-11-222018-11-23 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The chart-topping singer-songwriter from Essex performs her pop and R&B numbers.

Honne
On Soon

Saturday 24th November 2018 - 7pm | £17.50, phone for availability

 
Honne O2 Academy Brixton 2018-11-242018-11-24 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The London-based pairing of James Hatcher and Andy Clutterbuck performs its electronica and pop originals.

Eden
On Soon

Sunday 25th November 2018 - 7pm | £17.50-£20.50

 
Eden O2 Academy Brixton 2018-11-252018-11-25 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Irish electronic music producer and singer-songwriter.

You Me At Six
On Soon

30th November, 2nd December and 3rd December 2018 - 7pm | £22.50

 
You Me At Six O2 Academy Brixton 2018-11-302018-12-03 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The pop-rock group from Surrey led by Josh Franceschi, with guitarists Chris Miller and Max Helyer, bassist Matt Barnes and drummer Dan Flint.

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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

Macbeth Ongoing 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
Ralegh: The Treason Trial
On Soon

24th & 25th and 27th to 30th Nov 2018 - Various Times | £5-£45, fixed position standing £10

 
Ralegh: The Treason Trial Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-11-242018-11-30 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

An immersive, verbatim account of the 1603 trial of Sir Walter Raleigh for treason at Winchester Great Hall, compiled, edited, dramatised and directed by Oliver Chris.

Doctor Faustus
On Soon

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
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Sadler's Wells Theatre

Modern contemporary dance and music performance space

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

Tube: Angel Station

 
 

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

 
 

Events at Sadler's Wells

The Snowman On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd November 2018 to 6th January 2019 | £15-£38, family £120

 
The Snowman Sadler's Wells 2018-11-222019-01-06 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

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

Mavin Khoo: Man To Monk
On Soon

Thursday 29th and Friday 30th November 2018 - 8pm | £17

 
Mavin Khoo: Man To Monk Sadler's Wells 2018-11-292018-11-30 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

In the first of a two piece series exploring the journey between base emotion and spiritual transcendence, the bharatanatyam and contemporary dance artist is joined by Victor Callens in a male duet.

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake On Soon 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

The Zoo
On Soon

Friday 7th December 2018 - 7.45pm-9.30pm | £20

 
The Zoo Sadler's Wells 2018-12-072018-12-07 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A contemporary performance inspired by Edward Albee's play The Zoo Story, commenting on the divide between society's middle-class and its outcasts.

Transfiguration

Thursday 10th and Friday 11th January 2019 - 8pm | £20, concs £12

 
Transfiguration Sadler's Wells 2019-01-102019-01-11 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Painter, sculptor and performer Olivier De Sagazan annihilates his own identity with clay and paint to become a living artwork, morphing from human to animal to hybrid creatures.

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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

Faraj Suleiman Quartet

Wednesday 21st November 2018 - 7.30pm | £16.50

 
Faraj Suleiman Quartet Kings Place 2018-11-212018-11-21 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The Palestinian composer and pianist and his accompanying musicians take inspiration from tango and jazz traditions as well as his Middle Eastern background.

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
Myra Melford - Snowy Egret
On Soon

Thursday 22nd November 2018 - 8pm | £18.50

 
Myra Melford - Snowy Egret Kings Place 2018-11-222018-11-22 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The pianist and composer performs with accompanying musicians Ron Miles, Liberty Ellman, Stomu Yakeishi and Gerald Cleaver.

Tim Garland's Weather Walker Trio
On Soon

Thursday 22nd November 2018 - 8pm | £17.50

 
Tim Garland's Weather Walker Trio Kings Place 2018-11-222018-11-22 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The jazz saxophonist is joined by pianist Pablo Held and Yuri Goloubev on double bass, playing songs from his album Weather Walker. With support from Abel Selaocoe.

Jazz In The Round
On Soon

Saturday 24th November 2018 - 7.30pm | £17.50

 
Jazz In The Round Kings Place 2018-11-242018-11-24 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Jazz FM's Chris Philips and Jez Nelson bring their monthly series to Kings Place showcasing three artists, Wonky Logic, StringTing and Tony Kofi and The Organisation.

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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

Billy Ocean On Soon 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 On Soon 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? On Soon 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

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Wednesday 21st November 2018 - 7.30pm | £20.35-£38.20

 
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Royal Albert Hall 2018-11-212018-11-21 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

At the core of this New Zealand-based rock band are singer, guitarist and songwriter Ruban Nielson and bassist Jake Portrait.

Cherise Adams-Burnett

Wednesday 21st November 2018 - 9.30pm-11pm | £15, concs £5

 
Cherise Adams-Burnett Royal Albert Hall 2018-11-212018-11-21 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

A night of calypso songs from the vocalist and her accompanying musicians.

Father Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st November to 24th December 2018 | £28.50 (Children aged 2 & over) | Accompanying adults go Free (max 2 per child)

 
Father Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall Royal Albert Hall 2018-11-212018-12-24 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Children and their families are taken on an hour long Christmas experience through enchanted spaces within the Royal Albert Hall, guided by magical characters, before meeting the big man himself. There will be games, storytelling ...more

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Classical Spectacular
On Soon

22nd to 25th Nov 2018 - Various Times | £19.50-£70

 
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Classical Spectacular Royal Albert Hall 2018-11-222018-11-25 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

John Rigby conducts the orchestra, plus guest choirs, to perform a range of classical works combined with state of the art technology and laser displays. With Peter Auty, tenor, James Cleverton, baritone, Classical Spectacular Dancers ...

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