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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

Southbank Centre Southbank Centre Where:
, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

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

Kalakuta Millionaires
Ongoing

5th November 2014 to 16th February 2015 | £16, concs £8

 
Meow Meow: Apocalypse Meow: Crisis Is Born
Now On

25th to 29th Dec 2014 - 7.30pm-9pm | £19, concs available

 

The cabaret star presents her latest show, featuring songs and a live band, special guest performers and a distinct, non-festive cheer.

Slava's Snowshow (Over 8s) Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th December 2014 to 5th January 2015 | £20-£65, concs available

 

The multi-award winning sensation, Slava's Snowshow has delighted audiences in over 80 cities around the world including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Hong Kong and Moscow. And now this ...more

Intrude By Amanda Parer
Now OnFree Event

25th to 30th Dec 2014 - 12noon-12noon | Free

 
Christmas Tree Cafe
Now OnFree Event

5th December 2014 to 4th January 2015 - 10am-10pm | Free

 

This giant, illuminated Christmas tree-shaped structure with a woodland creatures print by design duo Studio-BOO, will include a cafe serving mulled wine, beer, soft drinks and hot drinks including hot chocolate, tea and coffee.

Southbank Centre Christmas Market Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

11th November 2014 to 4th January 2015 | Free

 

Now that the German Christmas Market has moved to Bankside, the Southbank Centre Christmas Market is on a much smaller scale. But, the chalet-style stalls set up beside the Thames between Waterloo Bridge and the ...more

Southbank Winter Festival Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th November 2014 to 11th January 2015 | Various

 
Timber: Cirque Alfonse On SoonFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st to 31st December 2014 - Various Times | £20 & £27.50, concs £10 & £13.25, mems Free

 

First seen at the Southbank Centre in July last year, Timber!, a circus show featuring a family from the remote forests of Quebec, returns to the site of its UK premiere for a ...more

There Was An Old Woman: Oily Cart On SoonFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th December 2014 to 4th January 2015 | £14, child £7, mems Free

 

Oily Cart's beautiful new show will delight children aged 3 to 5, taking young ones on a journey through the sights, scents, textures and sounds of a multi-sensory shoe-inspired wonderland. There Was An Old Woman, ...more

End User
On SoonFree Event

27th November 2014 to 18th January 2015 - Various Times | Free

 

International artists use a critical approach to the complexities of the internet. Their works looks into how the web alters social relations and also covers identity, privacy and information ownership.

Mirrorcity On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th October 2014 to 4th January 2015 | Supporter Full Price £12, Standard Full Price £10.90

 
All events at Southbank Centre
 
 
 

Barbican Centre

Huge, multifaceted arts and entertainment hub

Barbican Centre Barbican Centre Where:
, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

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

Glorious Handel By Candlelight
On Soon

Saturday 27th December 2014 - 2.30pm | £16.50-£39.50

 

A programme of Handel's masterpieces performed in full 18th-century costume by the Mozart Festival Chorus and Orchestra, led by harpsichordist and director Steven Devine with soprano Emily Jane Thomas and Crispian Steele-Perkins on the trumpet.

The Very Best Of John Williams
On Soon

Saturday 27th December 2014 - 7.30pm | £16.50-£39.50

 

Anthony Inglis conducts the London Concert Orchestra for a performance of the famous film composer's greatest scores.

Paddington
On Soon

27th to 31st Dec 2014 - 3.30pm | £10.50 & £11.50, child £6, concs £9.50 & £10.50, mems £8.40 & £9.20, framed film club £2, ScreenTalk/3D £12.50 & £13.50, mems £10 & £10.80

 

A young Peruvian bear with a passion for the British heads to London in search of a new home. At Paddington train station, he meets a boy called Jonathan Brown and his parents, who offer ...

Unbroken
On Soon

27th to 31st Dec 2014 - 6pm | £10.50 & £11.50, child £6, concs £9.50 & £10.50, mems £8.40 & £9.20, framed film club £2, ScreenTalk/3D £12.50 & £13.50, mems £10 & £10.80

 

A dramatisation of the extraordinary true story of Louis Zamperini, who competed at the 1936 Olympic Games, survived a plane crash in his B-24 bomber during the Second World War then suffered at the hands ...

Forced Entertainment: The Possible Impossible House (Over 7s)
On Soon

Saturday 27th December 2014 at 2pm-3.10pm and 5pm-6.10pm & Sunday 28th December 2014 at 11am-12.10pm, 2pm-3.10pm and 5pm-6.10pm | £12

 

In The Possible Impossible House the rooms are constantly shifting. Beds complain about the dark and chairs whisper mischievous stories.

Henry IV (Part II) On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd December 2014 to 24th January 2015 | £10-£55

 

Antony Sher plays the infamous comic knight Falstaff in Shakespeare's history play Henry IV Parts I and II, directed at the Barbican by Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Gregory Doran who reunites with the ...more

Designer Jewellers Group: Winter Exhibition
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 27th December 2014 - 12noon-8pm | Free

 

Contemporary jewellery made by 27 established British jewellers and six graduates, highlighting designs in a variety of materials including precious metals, paper, aluminium, polypropylene, Perspex, rubber, porcelain and wood.

Henry IV (Part I) On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

29th November 2014 to 24th January 2015 | £10-£55

 

The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Henry VI, Shakespeare's enduring historical drama, comes to the Barbican this November. Gregory Doran's production features "a major performance from Antony Sher as Falstaff", writes Michael Billington in The ...more

Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age On SoonFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th September 2014 to 11th January 2015 | £12, child/NUS £8, concs £10, under 12s Free

 
Walead Beshty On SoonFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th October 2014 to 8th February 2015 | Free

 
Chamberlin, Powell & Bon Architects
On SoonFree Event

25th September 2014 to 22nd March 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
The Sound Of Musicals
On Soon

Sunday 28th December 2014 - 2.30pm | £16.50-£42.50

 

The London Concert Orchestra is joined by West End performers Kerry Ellis, Summer Strallen, Graham Bickley and Tim Howar for performances of songs from Broadway musicals including Kiss Me Kate, Singin' In The Rain, The ...

Last Night Of The Christmas Proms
On Soon

Sunday 28th December 2014 - 7.30pm | £16.50-£39.50

 

John Rigby conducts the London Concert Orchestra for an evening of rousing classics culminating in a grand flag-waving British finale.

All events at Barbican Centre
 
 
 

Royal Opera House

Architecturally stunning home of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera

Royal Opera House Royal Opera House Where:
, Bow Street, London London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

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: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th December 2014 to 16th January 2015

 

The Royal Ballet stages a stunning stage version of Lewis Carroll's fantastical tale which returns to the Royal Opera House following its well received 2011 world premiere here. Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's ...more

The Wind In The Willows
Now On

26th November 2014 to 17th January 2015 - 7pm | £15-£55

 

Immersion Theatre in association with Cambridge Touring Theatre present a musical adaptation of Kenneth Graham's quintessentially English novel in which Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad join forces to take on a gang of Weasels.

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

25th November 2014 to 22nd January 2015

 

A "fantastical folly of a show" (Evening Standard), Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote, his first major production for the Royal Ballet, receives its first revival a year after it premiered here at the Royal Opera House ...more

Royal Opera House Backstage Tours Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th April 2013 to 31st December 2015 | Theatre tour: £10.50 adult, £9.50 senior concession, £7 students/children | Architecture tour: £8 adult, £7.50 senior concession, £6 students/children

 
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina OngoingFree Event

19th June 2012 to 19th June 2017 | Free

 
ZooNation: The Mad Hatter's Tea Party On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th December 2014 to 3rd January 2015 | £7-£26

 

A new family Christmas show from ZooNation, the company who have put hip hop centre stage, The Mad Hatter's Tea Party taps into the heady nonsense of Lewis Carroll's much-loved world in an interactive show. ...more

All events at Royal Opera House
 
 
 

The O2 Arena

State-of-the-art concert arena on the Greenwich peninsula

The O2 Arena The O2 Arena Where:
, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

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

Disney On Ice presents 100 Years of Magic Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th December 2014 to 4th January 2015 | £18-£46

 

A colourful cast of more than 60 Disney characters take part in this show on ice as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the Disney Princesses are joined ...more

Have A Go At Let It Go At Sky Studios, O2
Now OnFree Event

16th December 2014 to 4th January 2015 - 12noon-8pm | Free

 

To celebrate Disney's Frozen on Sky Movies from Christmas Day, Sky Studios are hosting a Frozen-themed experience in the main entrance hall of The O2 every day, except Christmas Day, until Sunday 4 January.

Elvis At The O2: The Exhibition Of His Life Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th December 2014 to 31st August 2015 | £9-£20, tickets on sale 9am Nov 7

 
Paolo Nutini
On Soon

Monday 12th January 2015 - 6.30pm | £40, rescheduled from Oct 30, original tickets still valid

 

The Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter performs commercial pop.

Queen + Adam Lambert
On Soon

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th January 2015 - 8pm | £57-£79

 

The world-famous, iconic rock band teams up with vocalist Lambert, who first sang with Brian May and Roger Taylor in 2009, performing We Are The Champions for the season eight finale of American Idol.

All events at The O2 Arena
 
 
 

Wembley Stadium

Magnificent sports venue and the home of English football

Wembley Stadium Wembley Stadium Where:
, Wembley, London London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

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

Foo Fighters Live

Friday 19th and Saturday 20th June 2015 - 4pm | £55-£85

 

The band embarks on a nationwide tour, following the release of their eighth studio album, Sonic Highways.

AC/DC: Rock Or Bust World Tour

Saturday 4th July 2015 - 5pm | to be confirmed, tickets on sale Dec 17 2014

 

The Australian hard-rockers perform in support of their latest album, Rock Or Bust.

Ed Sheeran

10th, 11th and 12th July 2015 - 6pm | £45 & £52

 

Commercial pop by the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter who is currently based in London.

Rugby World Cup: New Zealand v Argentina Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Sunday 20th September 2015 | £50-£175 (Adults), £15 (Children) | Tickets sold 12-29 Sep 2014 | Remaining tickets back on sale at 12:00 GMT on Fri 28 Nov 2014

 

The reigning Rugby World Cup Champions are a massive draw whenever they play and on Sunday 20th September New Zealand play Argentina (both teams drawn in Pool C) at a packed Wembley Stadium.more

Rugby World Cup: Ireland v Romania Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Sunday 27th September 2015 | £50-£175 (Adults), £15 (Children) | Tickets sold 12-29 Sep 2014 | Remaining tickets back on sale at 12:00 GMT on Fri 28 Nov 2014

 

Joe Schmidt's men take on the Romanians as Ireland and Romania, both in Pool D for the Rugby World Cup, face each other in their second pool match at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 27th September ...more

All events at Wembley Stadium
 
 
 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The West End's oldest and most spectacular theatre

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Theatre Royal Drury Lane Where:
, Catherine Street, London London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

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 30th May 2015 | £16.50-£92.50

 
Seasons Of Love: A Modern Irish Love Story

Sunday 1st March 2015 - 7pm | £27.50 & £37.50

 

Gareth Walker directs and choreographs a multimedia valentine to love lost and rekindled including the exuberance of an Irish wedding, with songs by Mark Leddy.

Lulu

Sunday 17th May 2015 - 7pm | £32.50-£55, VIP tickets £99

 

The feisty Scottish singer and actress, best known for Shout, her Eurovision-winning song Boom Bang-a-Bang and her collaboration with Take That on Relight My Fire.

All events at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
 
 
 

The O2 Academy Brixton

Superb music venue in a lively area of London

O2 Academy Brixton O2 Academy Brixton Where:
, 211 Stockwell Road, London London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

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

UKF New Year's Eve Party On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 31st December 2014 | £25-£40

 

With a line-up that boasts the likes of Sub Focus, Sigma and Camo & Krooked, innovative label UKF has outdone itself for this year's New Year's Eve party. Taking place at O2 Brixton Academy, UKF ...more

Die Antwoord
On Soon

Saturday 17th January 2015 - 7pm | £22.81

 

Freakishly captivating rave rap duo from South Africa.

Gerard Way
On Soon

Friday 23rd January 2015 - 7pm-11pm | phone for prices

 

The former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way performs songs from his debut solo album Hesitant Alien.

Jessie J Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 28th January 2015

 

Jessie J, the BRIT award-winning singer-songwriter and former The Voice judge will be treating audiences to hit songs like number 1 UK single 'Bang Bang' and 'Sweet Talker' which made it into the top 10 ...more

Jessie Ware

Thursday 29th and Friday 30th January 2015 - 7pm | £25

 

The London-born singer-songwriter performs her pop-soul originals.

All events at The O2 Academy Brixton
 
 
 

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Riverside reconstruction of Shakespeare's original theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Where:
, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

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

The Knight of the Burning Pestle Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

11th December 2014 to 11th January 2015 | £10 (Standing), £25-£475 (Seats), £60 (Premium)

 

The Jacobean comedy written by Francis Beaumont, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, an uproarious play about a grocer and his wife returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 11th December following a successful run ...more

Winter's Tales: D. H. Lawrence
On Soon

Sunday 28th December 2014 - 2.30pm-5pm | £10-£60

 

Seasoned actors perform a selection of works by DH Lawrence, including Odour Of Chrysanthemums.

Winter's Tales: James Joyce
On Soon

Monday 29th December 2014 - 7.30pm-10pm | £10-£60

 

Professional actors read classic stories by James Joyce, featuring The Dead.

New Year's Eve Dinner At Shakespeare's Globe With Live Band And Dancing
On Soon

Wednesday 31st December 2014 - 6.15pm-8.30pm | £75

 

Celebrate New Year's Eve 2014 in London with Golden Tours at Shakespeare's Globe.

Swan At The Globe's Riverside NYE Spectacular
On Soon

Wednesday 31st December 2014 - 7.30pm-2am | £75, adv £65

 
All events at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
 
 
 

Sadler's Wells Theatre

Modern contemporary dance and music performance space

Sadler's Wells Sadler's Wells Where:
, Rosebery Avenue, Islington, London London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

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

13th December 2014 to 10th January 2015 | £16, £8.50, Mon-Thu 11am NUS £6

 

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

The Snowman Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th November 2014 to 4th January 2015 | £15-£35, family £100

 

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

Edward Scissorhands Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd December 2014 to 11th January 2015 | £12, £24, £32, £45, £55

 

Having so successfully given new interpretations to classics like Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Nutcracker!, Matthew Bourne now brings Edward Scissorhands to Sadler's Wells this Christmas. This delightful dance adaptation of the classic 1990 ...more

Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands
Now On

2nd December 2014 to 11th January 2015 - Various Times | £12-£55

 

Matthew Bourne's magical dance production based on the classic Tim Burton film and featuring the beautiful and unforgettable music by Danny Elfman and Terry Davies.

Christmas Flamenco
On Soon

Saturday 27th December 2014 - 9am-2.30pm | £40-£155

 

Study Flamenco with the biggest school in London and guest artists from Spain including Olga Pericet.

Christmas Flamenco Course
On SoonFree Event

27th, 28th, 29th and 30th Dec 2014 - 9am-2.30pm | Free

 

Study Flamenco with the biggest school in London and guest artists from Spain including Olga Pericet. Whether you are a complete beginner or professional level we have courses that will suit you.

Christmas Course
On Soon

27th to 31st Dec 2014 - 1.30pm-6pm | £150-£200

 

Learn with top professionals from the West End Theatre in this intensive 5 day course.

All events at Sadler's Wells Theatre
 
 
 

BFI IMAX Cinema

IMAX Cinema with the largest screen in the UK

BFI IMAX Cinema BFI IMAX Cinema Where:
, 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, London London, SE1 8XR
Category: Cinemas

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.
 

 
 

Events at BFI IMAX Cinema

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies: An IMAX 3D Experience
Now On

26th Dec 2014 to 1st Jan 2015 - Various Times | Mon-Fri 5pm Sat & Sun all day £19.50, concs £15.75, family £47.25 & £63, Mon-Fri before 5pm £17.50, concs £13.50, family £40.50 & £54, Standard seats £15.50-£16.75, child £10.50-£11.50, NUS £11-£12, OAP £12.50-£13.50, family £31.50-£34.5

 

The company of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield fails to slay the dragon Smaug in his Lonely Mountain lair. The majestic creature takes to the skies and Bilbo Baggins watches in horror as Smaug prepares ...

Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar: An IMAX 3D Experience
Now On

Friday 26th December 2014 - 11.15am | Mon-Fri 5pm Sat & Sun all day £19.50, concs £15.75, family £47.25 & £63, Mon-Fri before 5pm £17.50, concs £13.50, family £40.50 & £54, Standard seats £15.50-£16.75, child £10.50-£11.50, NUS £11-£12, OAP £12.50-£13.50, family £31.50-£34.5

 

A heart-warming nature documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman filmed on location on the fourth largest island in the world. In this lush paradise, the film captures diverse species of lemurs in their natural environment, where ...

Space Station 3D
Now On

Friday 26th December 2014 - 12.15pm | Mon-Fri 5pm Sat & Sun all day £19.50, concs £15.75, family £47.25 & £63, Mon-Fri before 5pm £17.50, concs £13.50, family £40.50 & £54, Standard seats £15.50-£16.75, child £10.50-£11.50, NUS £11-£12, OAP £12.50-£13.50, family £31.50-£34.5

 
Interstellar: The IMAX Experience 70mm
On Soon

2nd to 7th Jan 2015 - Various Times | Mon-Fri 5pm Sat & Sun all day £19.50, concs £15.75, family £47.25 & £63, Mon-Fri before 5pm £17.50, concs £13.50, family £40.50 & £54, Standard seats £15.50-£16.75, child £10.50-£11.50, NUS £11-£12, OAP £12.50-£13.50, family £31.50-£34.5

 

Planet earth is slowly dying. Mankind looks to the stars for a new planet to colonise. When scientists discover a wormhole that should allow a spacecraft to travel beyond the galaxy into the unknown, doting ...

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies: An IMAX 3D Experience
On Soon

2nd to 8th Jan 2015 - Various Times | Mon-Fri 5pm Sat & Sun all day £19.50, concs £15.75, family £47.25 & £63, Mon-Fri before 5pm £17.50, concs £13.50, family £40.50 & £54, Standard seats £15.50-£16.75, child £10.50-£11.50, NUS £11-£12, OAP £12.50-£13.50, family £31.50-£34.5

 

The company of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield fails to slay the dragon Smaug in his Lonely Mountain lair. The majestic creature takes to the skies and Bilbo Baggins watches in horror as Smaug prepares ...

All events at BFI IMAX Cinema
 
 
 

Kings Place

A creative hub in the heart of Kings Cross

Kings Place Kings Place Where:
, 90 York Way, London London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

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

Orchestra Of St John's Presents A Strauss Family New Year
On Soon

Wednesday 31st December 2014 - 5.30pm | £19.50-£39.50

 

The Orchestra of St John's, featuring soprano Sophie Pullen and conducted by John Lubbock perform a selection of waltzes and polkas from the Strauss family plus arias from the operetta Die Fledermaus.

NYE: Vegas Last Words
On Soon

Wednesday 31st December 2014 - 8pm-3am | £10-£20

 

Sloth Boogie, Disco Shed DJs, Jimmy Plates and Lord Anthony (Vintage Disco) supply disco, house and techno.

The Sixteen: The Power Of Plainsong
On Soon

Wednesday 7th January 2015 - 7.30pm | £24.50-£49.50

 

A performance of Plainsong's Viderunt omnes, Leonin's Viderunt omnes, Sheppard's Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria, Tallis's Miserere nostri, Victoria's Salve Regina a5, Plainsong's Salve Regina, Perotin's Notum fecit Dominus, Sheppard's Libera nos, salva nos I & ...

Joanna Macgregor: Satie, Stravinsky, Cafe & Part
On Soon

Thursday 8th January 2015 - 7.30pm | £14.50-£34.50

 

Satie Gymnopedies Nos 1 & 2, Pieces froides, Sports et divertissements , Arvo Part Fur Alina, Fur Anna Maria, Stravinsky Sonata for piano, Satie Music for Entr'acte, Cage Cheap Imitation I,

Oliver Coates And Danny Driver
On Soon

Friday 9th January 2015 - 7.30pm | £14.50-£29.50

 

Cellist Coates and pianist Driver perform Feldman's Patterns In A Chromatic Field For Cello And Piano.

All events at Kings Place
 
 
 

Royal Albert Hall

Iconic oval venue which annually hosts the world-famous Proms

Royal Albert Hall Royal Albert Hall Where:
, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

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

Cirque Du Soleil: Kooza On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th January to 8th February 2015 | £25.71-£99.40, child £15.51-£66.80, concs £22.90-£84.10

 

The Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil have made the Royal Albert Hall something of a home-from-home and they return once again to the iconic venue with their sensational show, Kooza, this January. Praised as ...more

Late Night Jazz - The Silver Ghosts
On Soon

Thursday 22nd January 2015 - 9.45pm-11.15pm | £13.24

 

London based seven-piece swing ensemble performing numbers that evoke the hot, breathless and high spirited dance gigs of the 1920-40s.

Classical Coffee Mornings: Ruisi Quartet
On Soon

Sunday 25th January 2015 - 11am-12noon | £12.22

 

Performances of works by Beethoven and Janacek by the quartet featuring violinists Alessandro Ruisi and Guy Button, violist Asher Zaccardelli and cellist Max Ruisi.

Binkbeats Live

Monday 26th January 2015 - 8pm-10.30pm | £13.75

 
Late Night Jazz - Gabby Young Quartet

Thursday 29th January 2015 - 9.45pm-11.15pm | £13.24

 

Flamboyant and stylish, Gabby Young combines stunning vocals with jazz, swing, chanson and Balkan brass.

All events at Royal Albert Hall
 
 
 
 
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