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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.

 
 

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

Million Dollar Quartet Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 17th - Monday 2nd January 2017 | £20-£95

 
Million Dollar Quartet Southbank Centre 2016-12-172017-01-02 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The story of how the world's first supergroup came together comes to the Royal Festival Hall this December. Million Dollar Quartet is the real-life tale of the night in December 1956 when Elvis Presley, Johnny ...more

Philharmonia Orchestra: Stravinsky: Myths

Sunday 25th September 2016 - 7.30pm | £11-£50

 
Philharmonia Orchestra: Stravinsky: Myths Southbank Centre 2016-09-252016-09-25 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the orchestra explore the composers fondness for classical mythology, performing Orpheus, Apollon Musagete and Persephone.

Swinging Tea Dances
Ends TodayFree Event

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2016 - 2pm-5pm | Free

 
Swinging Tea Dances Southbank Centre 2016-09-242016-09-25 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Sip afternoon tea and dance to live musical entertainment.

The Virtual Orchestra: Family Workshops
Now On

24th Sep, 25th Sep, 1st Oct and 2nd Oct 2016 at 11.15am and 12.30pm | £3

 
The Virtual Orchestra: Family Workshops Southbank Centre 2016-09-242016-10-02 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Guided interactive tours through Universe of Sound.

The Virtual Orchestra: 360 Experience
Now OnFree Event

23rd September to 2nd October 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
The Virtual Orchestra: 360 Experience Southbank Centre 2016-09-232016-10-02 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

This 360-degree virtual reality experience puts viewers in the centre of the orchestra.

The Virtual Orchestra: Universe Of Sound
Now OnFree Event

23rd September to 2nd October 2016 - 1.30pm-7pm | Free

 
The Virtual Orchestra: Universe Of Sound Southbank Centre 2016-09-232016-10-02 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Experience the Philharmonia performing Holst's masterpiece The Planets.

Sound Frontiers: BBC Radio 3 Live
Now OnFree Event

23rd September to 2nd October 2016 - 2.30pm-7pm | Free

 
Sound Frontiers: BBC Radio 3 Live Southbank Centre 2016-09-232016-10-02 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Celebrating seven decades of pioneering music and culture, the radio station and the centre have joined together to celebrate 70 years since the founding of the Third Programme and look to the future with two ...

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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

Architecture On Stage: Valerio Olgiati

Sunday 25th September 2016 - 7pm | phone for prices

 
Architecture On Stage: Valerio Olgiati Barbican Centre 2016-09-252016-09-25 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The architect discusses his work.

London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding: Jack Sheen, Sibelius, Mahler

Sunday 25th September 2016 - 7pm | £10-£42

 
London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding: Jack Sheen, Sibelius, Mahler Barbican Centre 2016-09-252016-09-25 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Daniel Harding conducts Jack Sheen's Lung, Sibelius's Violin Concerto and Mahler's Symphony No 4, with Nikolaj Znaider, violin and Christiane Karg, soprano.

Ana Moura
On Soon

Monday 26th September 2016 - 7.30pm | £15-£35

 
Ana Moura Barbican Centre 2016-09-262016-09-26 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The chart-topping artist from Portugal takes to the stage to perform her own original and contemporary fado songs.

The Alchemist
On Soon

24th Sep, 26th Sep and 29th Sep to 1st Oct 2016 - Various Times | £10-£55

 
The Alchemist Barbican Centre 2016-09-022016-10-01 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Polly Findlay directs Ben Jonson's Renaissance comedy of human folly set in London during an outbreak of the plague. Hywel Morgan plays gentleman Lovewit, who flees the capital and foolishly leaves his home in the ...

The Machine
On Soon

27th September to 8th October 2016 - 7.45pm | £18, Young Barbican £5, under 16s £9, mems £14.40

 
The Machine Barbican Centre 2016-09-272016-10-08 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Collectif And Then's Francesca Hyde and Lucie N'Duhirahe in collaboration with the Serbian collective Karkatag present an interactive theatre piece about machinery.

Doctor Faustus
On Soon

23rd Sep & 24th Sep, 27th Sep to 29th Sep and 1st Oct 2016 - Various Times | £10-£55

 
Doctor Faustus Barbican Centre 2016-09-072016-10-01 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Christopher Marlowe's dark and subversive tale of one man's foolhardy pact with The Devil, directed by Maria Aberg. Sandy Grierson and Oliver Ryan alternate the roles of Doctor Faustus and the demon Mephistopheles by lighting ...

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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

Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina OngoingFree Event

19th June 2012 to 19th June 2017 | Free

 
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina Royal Opera House 2012-06-192017-06-19 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres
Royal Opera: Norma
On Soon

23rd Sep, 26th Sep, 1st Oct, 4th Oct and 8th Oct 2016 - Various Times | £132-£225

 
Royal Opera: Norma Royal Opera House 2016-09-122016-10-08 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Antonio Pappano conducts Sonya Yoncheva, Joseph Calleja and Sonia Ganassi in a new production of Bellini's operatic masterpiece about the priestess and her lover. Directed by Alex Olle and sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Royal Opera: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
On Soon

23rd Sep, 26th Sep, 28th Sep, 1st Oct, 8th Oct and 11th Oct 2016 - Various Times | £10-£190

 
Royal Opera: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia Royal Opera House 2016-09-132016-10-11 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Henrik Nanasi conducts Javier Camarena and Daniela Mack in this revival of Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Royal Opera: Cosi Fan Tutte
On Soon

22nd September to 19th October 2016 - 6.45pm | £9-£190

 
Royal Opera: Cosi Fan Tutte Royal Opera House 2016-09-222016-10-19 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Semyon Bychkov conducts Mozart's farcical tale about two men who test the fidelity of their lovers, featuring a cast of young and up-and-coming talent including American soprano Corinne Winters. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Royal Opera: The Nose
On Soon

20th Oct, 24th Oct, 27th Oct, 1st Nov, 4th Nov and 9th Nov 2016 - 7.30pm | £10-£190

 
Royal Opera: The Nose Royal Opera House 2016-10-202016-11-09 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

One morning, Major Kovalyov discovers his nose has vanished and a desperate hunt ensues for the missing appendage in Shostakovich's surrealist satire. Director Barrie Kosky makes his Royal Opera debut with this staging, conducted by ...

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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

Andrea Bocelli On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 1st October 2016 | £45-£125

 
Andrea Bocelli The O2 Arena 2016-10-012016-10-01 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is joined at The O2 Arena by Nicole Scherzinger, who recently showcased her talent in the West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber?s 'Cats' to great acclaim. One of the most ...more

Jean-Michel Jarre On Soon

Friday 7th October 2016 | £25-£85, VIP tickets £146.50-£296.50

 
Jean-Michel Jarre The O2 Arena 2016-10-072016-10-07 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Godfather of Electronic Music, famed for light-fantastic visuals, performs a laser-filled live show for the first time in six years. Coming to The O2 for one night only on Friday 7th October 2016, FrenchmanJean-Michel ...more

Selena Gomez Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 4th November 2016 | £45-£50

 
Selena Gomez The O2 Arena 2016-11-042016-11-04 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

She may have started out as a Disney star but Selena Gomez is now a fully fledged, bona fide multi-platinum selling pop star. For those still doubtful, the first three singles - Good For You, ...more

House of Common Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 10th December 2016 | £32.50-£49.50

 
House of Common The O2 Arena 2016-12-102016-12-10 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Hailing from Camden, the ska septet reigned through the 70s and 80s with their upbeat singles including House of Fun, Nightboat to Cairo and One Step Beyond, and continue to perform with their most recognised ...more

Rod Stewart Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 22nd - Friday 25th November 2016 | £62.50-£75

 
Rod Stewart The O2 Arena 2016-11-222016-11-25 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Rock and roll legend Rod Stewart returns to the capital for two gigs at The O2 Arena in front, no doubt, of hoards of female fans. The timeless performer attracts a loyal following and continues ...more

American Airlines Presents Empire Live
Ends Today

23rd September 2016 at 6pm-11pm & 24th and 25th September 2016 at 10.30am-12midnight | individual cinema events £12.50, concs £10, opening night tickets for two £49 inc after party, four ticket package £65, 10 ticket package £132, superscreen weekend pass £220, diamond package for two £500

 
American Airlines Presents Empire Live The O2 Arena 2016-09-232016-09-25 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

A weekend of exclusive film screenings, Q&As, workshops, live events, family activities and other entertainment in celebration of the big screen, hosted by Empire magazine. The event includes a live reading of the Trainspotting script ...

Marvel Universe Live! Super Heroes Assemble
Ends Today

23rd September 2016 at 3pm and 7pm, 24th September 2016 at 11am, 3pm and 7pm & 25th September 2016 at 12noon and 4pm | £28-£35, Premium Tickets £50-£60

 
Marvel Universe Live! Super Heroes Assemble The O2 Arena 2016-09-152016-09-25 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and their allies battle evil Loki and Marvel's most sinister villains in an action-packed arena performance for the whole family replete with aerial stunts, martial arts, pyrotechnics, cutting-edge ...

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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

Jeff Lynne's ELO

Saturday 24th June 2017 - 7pm | £35-£110

 
Jeff Lynne's ELO Wembley Stadium 2017-06-242017-06-24 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

Songs from the group's first album of new music in 15 years, Alone In The Universe; plus classic rock/pop tunes from the 1970s and 1980s.

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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

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd May 2013 to 7th January 2017 | £16.50-£92.50

 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2013-05-222017-01-07 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres
Petula Clark
On Soon

Sunday 23rd October 2016 - 7.30pm | £28-£46

 
Petula Clark Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2016-10-232016-10-23 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

The best-selling British female artist in recording history with over 68 million records worldwide performs tracks from the album From Now On plus a selection of hits including Downtown and I Know A Place.

An Evening With Michael Douglas

Sunday 30th October 2016 - 7.30pm | £36.50-£84

 
An Evening With Michael Douglas Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2016-10-302016-10-30 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

The Hollywood legend discusses his career in an up close and personal interview.

Golden Age Of Dance

Sunday 13th November 2016 - 7.30pm | £21.30-£67.50

 
Golden Age Of Dance Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2016-11-132016-11-13 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

A cast of West End dancers and singers join The Novello Orchestra for a rousing celebration of the iconic MGM movie moments made famous by the likes of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and ...

David Essex

Sunday 20th November 2016 - 7pm | £28.50-£55

 
David Essex Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2016-11-202016-11-20 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

The singer-songwriter, who rose to popularity in the 70s, performs his original pop songs from across his career.

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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

Moderat
On Soon

Thursday 29th September 2016 - 7pm | £29.50

 
Moderat O2 Academy Brixton 2016-09-292016-09-29 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

An electronic collaboration between Apparat and Modeselektor, which took root in Berlin and has given birth to the studio album III.

Less Than Jake
On Soon

Thursday 6th October 2016 - 8pm | £10

 
Less Than Jake O2 Academy Brixton 2016-10-062016-10-06 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The American six-piece plays ska-punk.

Kano
On Soon

Friday 7th October 2016 - 7pm | £21, phone for availability

 
Kano O2 Academy Brixton 2016-10-072016-10-07 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The East London grime artist and actor brings his original material to the stage.

Jamie T
On Soon

8th, 9th and 10th October 2016 - 7pm | £28.50, phone for ticket availability on Oct 8th, tickets available Oct 9th and Oct 10th

 
Jamie T O2 Academy Brixton 2016-10-082016-10-10 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Alternative indie-hip hop from the Wimbledon-born singer-songwriter and musician, in support of his new album, Trick.

Explosions In The Sky
On Soon

Wednesday 12th October 2016 - 7pm | £25

 
Explosions In The Sky O2 Academy Brixton 2016-10-122016-10-12 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The quartet of musicians from Texas plays symphonic post-rock.

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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

Imogen Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th September to 16th October 2016 | From £5

 
Imogen Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2016-09-172016-10-16 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Award-winning actor Maddy Hill, best known for playing Nancy Carter in EastEnders, swaps the small screen for Shakespeare's Globe, taking on the lead role in a new version of Cymbeline, renamed Imogen. Aiming ...more

Macbeth Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th June to 1st October 2016 | From £5

 
Macbeth Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2016-06-182016-10-01 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
The Two Gentlemen Of Verona
On Soon

20th September to 1st October 2016 - Various Times | £15-£48, standing £10, Premium Seats £62

 
The Two Gentlemen Of Verona Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2016-09-202016-10-01 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Director Nick Bagnall propels Shakespeare's anarchic comedy of infidelity and friendship into the 21st century. Presented by Shakespeare's Globe and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.

Introductory Lecture: Imogen
On Soon

Tuesday 27th September and Tuesday 11th October 2016 - 6pm | £8, NUS/mems £6

 
Introductory Lecture: Imogen Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2016-09-202016-10-11 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Inspiring talks about the play.

Theatre Company Q&As
On Soon

Wednesday 28th September and Wednesday 12th October 2016 | £5, NUS/mems £4

 
Theatre Company Q&As Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2016-09-282016-10-12 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Members of the theatre company discuss their experience of the play.

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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

Cirque Eloize: iD Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th September to 8th October 2016 | £15-£42, under 16s £7.50-£21

 
Cirque Eloize: iD Sadler's Wells 2016-09-202016-10-08 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The 15-strong Quebec-based troupe melds circus arts, acrobatic skill and breakdance against a kaleidoscope of eye-popping video projections to transport the audience to a vibrant urban streetscape where anything is possible. "This truly thrilling modern ...more

CCN Ballet De Lorraine: Unknown Pleasures On Soon

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th October 2016 | £20

 
CCN Ballet De Lorraine: Unknown Pleasures Sadler's Wells 2016-10-072016-10-08 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Twenty dancers perform a completely anonymous programme of works devoid of preconceptions by five international choreographers - four women and one man, ranging from their 30s to their 70s. Part of Dance Umbrella, a citywide ...more

The China National Peking Opera Company: The General And The Prime Minister
On Soon

Thursday 13th October 2016 at 7.30pm & Saturday 15th October 2016 at 2.30pm | £15-£45

 
The China National Peking Opera Company: The General And The Prime Minister Sadler's Wells 2016-10-132016-10-15 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A drama about corruption, lust for power and survival at all costs, based on historical accounts of the Warring States period of ancient China.

The China National Peking Opera Company: White Snake
On Soon

Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October 2016 - 7.30pm | £15-£45

 
The China National Peking Opera Company: White Snake Sadler's Wells 2016-10-142016-10-15 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The company performs its version of the classic Chinese folklore The Legend Of White Snake, featuring the empowering heroine Lady White, who has become an enduring symbol of rebellion, bravery and true love.

Jerome Bel: Gala On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October 2016 | £12-£27

 
Jerome Bel: Gala Sadler's Wells 2016-10-182016-10-19 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The UK premiere of French choreographer Jerome Bel's joyful celebration of the uniting power of dance, features 20 Londoners from all walks of life at three locations in the city including the Bernie Grant Arts ...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

The New Statesman Podcast

Sunday 25th September 2016 - 1.30pm | £9.50

 
The New Statesman Podcast Kings Place 2016-09-252016-09-25 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Hosts Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush attempt to explain politics and pop culture in Britain.

Le Show

Sunday 25th September 2016 - 2pm | £9.50 & £14.50

 
Le Show Kings Place 2016-09-252016-09-25 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

A weekly hour of satirical comedy, arcane information and eclectic music created and hosted by Harry Shearer and heard on public radio stations through the US, Berlin and Soho radio in London.

Faust Chamber Orchestra: Classicism According To Cherubino

Sunday 25th September 2016 - 3.30pm | £9.50-£29.50

 
Faust Chamber Orchestra: Classicism According To Cherubino Kings Place 2016-09-252016-09-25 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Mark Austin conducts a performance of Prokofiev's Symphony No 1 In D, Mozart's Oboe Concerto In C and Two arias from The Marriage Of Figaro, Rossini's Aria from The Barber Of Seville and Schubert's Symphony ...

Judge John Hodgman
Ends Today

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2016 - 7pm | £9.50 & £16.50

 
Judge John Hodgman Kings Place 2016-09-242016-09-25 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Thorn offer up fake legal wisdom to resolve disputes.

Poetry London: Autumn Launch
On Soon

Monday 26th September 2016 - 7pm | £6.50

 
Poetry London: Autumn Launch Kings Place 2016-09-262016-09-26 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Readings from eminent and emerging poets hosted by Ahren Warner.

The Moth Mainstage In London
On Soon

Monday 26th September 2016 - 7.30pm | £20

 
The Moth Mainstage In London Kings Place 2016-09-262016-09-26 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Featuring five true, personal stories by luminaries in the arts and sciences who develop and shape their stories with The Moth's directors.

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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

Al Murray The Pub Landlord: One Man, One Guvnor On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 11th October 2016 | £24-£30

 
Al Murray The Pub Landlord: One Man, One Guvnor Royal Albert Hall 2016-10-112016-10-11 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Britain's funniest xenophobic publican comes to the Royal Albert Hall for a pint and a chat with friends as he calls last orders to his latest UK Tour. Al Murray's simple but clever creation The ...more

Mrs Armitage And The Big Wave: Ga Ga Theatre Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 27th October 2016 | £12, under 2s Free, all children must be accompanied by a paying adult

 
Mrs Armitage And The Big Wave: Ga Ga Theatre Royal Albert Hall 2016-10-272016-10-27 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

As part of the Royal Albert Hall's inaugural Festival of Film, Gaga Theatre Company presents an adaptation of Mrs Armitage & The Big Wave, Quentin Blake's book about friendship, helping others, and how to stay ...more

Live Music Brunch: The Cadillac Kings

Sunday 25th September 2016 - 12noon | £30.50, under 12s £16

 
Live Music Brunch: The Cadillac Kings Royal Albert Hall 2016-09-252016-09-25 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Five of the UK's top blues and roots players take inspiration from the sounds and styles of the 1940s and 1950s.

David Gilmour
Now On

23rd, 25th and 28th to 30th Sep 2016 - 7.30pm | £65-£100

 
David Gilmour Royal Albert Hall 2016-09-232016-09-30 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Psychedelic rock and blues from the Pink Floyd guitar virtuoso and singer, whose latest solo project is the studio album Rattle That Lock.

Late Night Jazz: Theo Jackson
On Soon

Thursday 29th September 2016 - 9.45pm | £13.50

 
Late Night Jazz: Theo Jackson Royal Albert Hall 2016-09-292016-09-29 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The singer-songwriter performs new jazz material bringing his lively and unpredictable performance style to this most intimate of settings.

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