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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

Renee Anne Louprette

Wednesday 19th September 2018 - 7.30pm-9.05pm | £15, concs £11.25

 
Renee Anne Louprette Southbank Centre 2018-09-192018-09-19 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The organist performs Bach's Prelude And Fugue In G, Marin Marais's Suite from Alcyone, Jehan Alain's Variations Sur Un Theme De Clement Jannequin, Ad Wammes's Myto, Nadia Boulanger's Improvisation from 3 Pieces and Durufle's Suite.

2018 Koestler Awards: I'm Still Here
Now OnFree Event

19th September to 4th November 2018 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
2018 Koestler Awards: I'm Still Here Southbank Centre 2018-09-192018-11-04 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Art, writing and music created by prisoners, secure patients and detainees, as well as those on community sentences across the UK.

Drag: Self-Portraits And Body Politics
Now OnFree Event

22nd August to 14th October 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Drag: Self-Portraits And Body Politics Southbank Centre 2018-08-222018-10-14 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Radical self-portraiture from the 1960s to the present day by artists embracing drag as an art form, including Pierre Moliner, Valie Export, Robert Mapplethorpe and Cindy Sherman.

Bill Ryder-Jones
On Soon

Thursday 20th September 2018 - 7.30pm-10pm | £15-£17.50, concs £11.25-£13.13

 
Bill Ryder-Jones Southbank Centre 2018-09-202018-09-20 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Originally known as the lead guitarist for The Coral, the Cheshire-born singer-songwriter performs minimal alt rock.

Jazz Jamaica All Stars: The Trojan Story
On Soon

Thursday 20th September 2018 - 7.30pm-10pm | £18-£28, concs £13.50-£21

 
Jazz Jamaica All Stars: The Trojan Story Southbank Centre 2018-09-202018-09-20 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A musical extravaganza featuring Brinsley Forde, Noel McKoy, rising stars Dem Three and Southbank Centre Voicelab and Singology choirs, led by gospel choir leader Mark De-Lisser, accompanied by Gary Crosby's 22-piece orchestra, celebrating 50 years ...

Truth
On Soon

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st September 2018 - 7.45pm-8.55pm | £18, concs £13.50

 
Truth Southbank Centre 2018-09-202018-09-21 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Helen Chadwick and Steven Hoggett's story that looks at the once-simple notion of truth in a messy modern age.

Moses Sumney
On Soon

Friday 21st September 2018 - 8pm-9.30pm | £20-£25, concs £15-£18.75

 
Moses Sumney Southbank Centre 2018-09-212018-09-21 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The singer-songwriter performs his original guitar-based folk and soul compositions.

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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

London Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday 19th September 2018 - 7.30pm | £16-£56, under 18s £5

 
London Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre 2018-09-192018-09-19 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Janacek's Sinfonietta, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No 1 and Sibelius's Symphony No 5, with violinist Janine Jansen.

Marathon
On Soon

20th to 29th September 2018 - 7.45pm | £18

 
Marathon Barbican Centre 2018-09-202018-09-29 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

JAMS presents a contemporary, physical performance created and directed by Alan Fielden, commenting on the state of confusion induced by the digital age and information fog.

Transforma: Manufactory
On Soon

Tuesday 25th September 2018 - 7.30pm | £17.50-£22.50, Young Barbican £15

 
Transforma: Manufactory Barbican Centre 2018-09-252018-09-25 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

A mixture of performance art, dance and theatre by the German artist group that looks at the rhythms and physicality of labour, with music by Sascha Ring.

Guildhall Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
On Soon

Thursday 27th September 2018 - 7.30pm | phone for prices

 
Guildhall Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Barbican Centre 2018-09-272018-09-27 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

James Blair conduct's Verdi's Requiem, with Gweneth-Ann Rand, soprano, Susan Bickley, mezzo-soprano, Gwyn Hughes Jones, tenor and Derek Welton, bass.

Memorial
On Soon

27th to 30th Sep 2018 - Various Times | £16-£40, Young Barbican £10, under 16s £8-£20

 
Memorial Barbican Centre 2018-09-272018-09-30 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Brink Productions present an adaptation of Alice Oswald's poem that is an elegy for the dead soldiers mentioned in Homer's Odyssey and goes on to reflect on conflict and war. Directed by Chris Drummond.

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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

Live At Lunch
On SoonFree Event

Friday 21st September 2018 - 1pm-1.45pm | Free

 
Live At Lunch Royal Opera House 2018-09-212018-09-21 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres
Royal Opera House Architecture Tour And Exhibition
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 22nd September 2018 - 10am-5.15pm | Free

 
Royal Opera House Architecture Tour And Exhibition Royal Opera House 2018-09-222018-09-22 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres
Royal Opera: Das Rheingold
On Soon

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

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

Keith Warner's production of the first part of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Sung in German with English surtitles.

Royal Opera: Die Walkure
On Soon

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

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

Keith Warner's production of the second part of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Sung in German with English surtitles.

Sing At The Royal Opera House
On Soon

Friday 28th September 2018 - 2.15pm-3.30pm | £10

 
Sing At The Royal Opera House Royal Opera House 2018-09-282018-09-28 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Literary & Education, Music Workshop.

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The O2 Arena

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

Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 
 

The centrepiece of the redeveloped Millennium Dome is the O2 Arena, the first purpose-built music venue in London. With a capacity of 20,000, it offers the slightly soulless Wembley Arena some serious competition and has attracted some of  the world’s biggest names in rock and pop in recent years, in fact this South-East London arena has seen everyone from The Rolling Stones and AC/DC to Beyonce and Britney Spears take to its stage. The 02 Arena also hosts classical music concerts, live comedy and tons of sporting events including the Barclays ATP World Tour tennis finals. From the debacle that was New Labour's Millennium Dome, something quite special has sprung.

 
 

Events at The O2 Arena

Ennio Morricone Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Monday 26th November 2018 | £95.25-£111.75

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

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

50 Cent
On Soon

Thursday 20th September 2018 - 6.30pm | £65, phone for availability

 
50 Cent The O2 Arena 2018-09-202018-09-20 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The rapper, real name Curtis Jackson, celebrates 15 years since the release of Get Rich or Die Tryin'.

BBC Radio 1Xtra Live
On Soon

Saturday 22nd September 2018 - 7.30pm | £23.50-£28.25

 
BBC Radio 1Xtra Live The O2 Arena 2018-09-222018-09-22 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Featuring Chance The Rapper, Pusha T, Jorja Smith, Ella Mai, Chip, MIST, Mr. Eazi, Yxng Bane, Stefflon Don, Popcaan, Kojo Funds, Davido, Charlie Sloth and special guests.

The League Of Gentlemen Live Again!
On Soon

Sunday 23rd September 2018 - 6pm | £35 & £39.50

 
The League Of Gentlemen Live Again! The O2 Arena 2018-09-232018-09-23 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson bring their dark, unhinged characters from the popular BBC television series to the stage.

Kylie On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th September 2018 | £45-£85

 
Kylie The O2 Arena 2018-09-262018-09-27 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Kylie's appeal is enduring and irresistible and the recent release of her new track 'Dancing' - "a song that easily ranks among Kylie's finest" (The Guardian) - has only strengthened her public appeal. ...more

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Wembley Stadium

Magnificent sports venue and the home of English football

Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 
 

The world-famous football stadium was first built for the British Empire Exhibition of 1924, its first turf cut by King George V. Beneath the twin towers England internationals and FA Cup Finals were played for 70 years, including the 'White Horse Final' when over 240,000 spectators squeezed their way in. In the eighties, it played host to a number of legendary rock gigs including 'Live Aid' and the Nelson Mandela birthday concert. In 2002, the stadium, always intended to be a temporary structure, was demolished. The rebuilt Wembley, completed in 2007, has replaced the towers with an incredible arch, visible from anywhere in North West London. They've retained the same steeply banked seats, almost on top of the pitch, that help create the 'Wembley roar', and once again the English team has a spiritual home.

 
 
 
 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The West End's oldest and most spectacular theatre

Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Holborn Station, Temple Station

 
 

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

 
 

Events at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

42nd Street Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th March 2017 to 20th October 2018 | £25-£125

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

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

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

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

Joanna Lumley: It's All About Me

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

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

The comedian and actress discusses her life.

Christmas Spectacular 2018

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

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

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

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The O2 Academy Brixton

Superb music venue in a lively area of London

211 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London, SW9 9SL

Tube: Brixton Station

 
 

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

 
 

Events at O2 Academy Brixton

Tash Sultana
On Soon

20th, 21st and 22nd September 2018 - 7pm | £29.95, phone for availability

 
Tash Sultana O2 Academy Brixton 2018-09-202018-09-22 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The young, dynamic, multi-instrumentalist from Melbourne plays alt pop.

Tory Lanez
On Soon

Tuesday 25th September 2018 - 7pm | £34.50, phone for availability

 
Tory Lanez O2 Academy Brixton 2018-09-252018-09-25 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Rapper, singer, songwriter and producer, from Toronto, Ontario.

Halestorm
On Soon

Friday 28th September 2018 - 7pm | £20, phone for availability

 
Halestorm O2 Academy Brixton 2018-09-282018-09-28 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The American rock outfit performs new and old material.

Star Shaped Festival
On Soon

Saturday 29th September 2018 - 1pm-11pm | £45

 
Star Shaped Festival O2 Academy Brixton 2018-09-292018-09-29 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Featuring The Bluetones, Space, Dodgy and other acts from the 1990s perform, with DJs playing Britpop and alt rock classics alongside.

Vulfpeck
On Soon

Thursday 4th and Friday 5th October 2018 - 7pm | £35

 
Vulfpeck O2 Academy Brixton 2018-10-042018-10-05 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Funk outfit from Michigan, America.

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Riverside reconstruction of Shakespeare's original theatre

21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 
 

Set against the historical background of Bankside this is one of the finest spaces in the world for watching theatre, and also one of the most astonishing buildings in London. Opened in 1997 - thanks to the campaigning efforts of actor Sam Wanamaker - this painstaking, piece-by-piece reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is located just 200 yards from the original playhouse on the banks of the river Thames. With stunning wooden timbers and a fantastic thatched roof there is little to separate it from the original. The stage and seating are outdoors and though the seats are covered, if you really want to experience the true Elizabethan theatrical experience, you can buy a ticket as a 'groundling' and watch the production standing up in the pit in front of the stage. It can get pretty tiring and you do run the risk of being rained on and bumped into by marauding actors, but experiencing the play in this way is much more authentic and really quite fun. The season runs from May to September or October each year and usually mixes Shakespearian classics with works by other Renaissance playwrights. The standard of performance is consistently high and reassuringly traditional in its approach. It is also quite astoundingly cheap.

 
 

Events at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Eyam Now On

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

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

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

Othello Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

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

 
Othello Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-07-202018-10-13 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
The Winter's Tale
On Soon

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

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

Sunday 30th September 2018 - 4pm | £10 & £15, mems/NUS £12, phone for availability

 
The Wits Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-09-302018-09-30 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

William Davenant's 1634 comedy about a pair of early confidence tricksters is played with script in hand after minimal rehearsal.

Comedy Store Players
On Soon

Friday 19th October 2018 - 7.30pm | £5 & £22, NUS £5 & £18

 
Comedy Store Players Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-10-192018-10-19 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Guest acts take to the stage for a night of Shakespeare-inspired improvised humour.

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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

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme B
Now On

18th to 22nd Sep 2018 - Various Times | £15-£38

 
Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme B Sadler's Wells 2018-09-182018-09-22 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Formed in 1974 and affectionately known as 'The Trocks', the 18 male dancers of the New York-based comic ballet company present an eclectic programme including Fokine's Les Sylphides, the pas de six from Napoli and ...

English National Ballet: Lest We Forget On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th to 29th September 2018 | £12, £20, £28, £38, £45

 
English National Ballet: Lest We Forget Sadler's Wells 2018-09-202018-09-29 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The English National Ballet's "clever mix of experiment and accessibility" (The Guardian), Lest We Forget, returns to Sadler's Wells this autumn. Presenting bold new pieces by three of Britain's top choreographers, Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant ...more

The New English Ballet Theatre: The Four Seasons/Remembrance
On Soon

27th, 28th and 29th September 2018 - 7.30pm | Sep 27 gala performance £120, Sep 28 & 29 £18-£42, adv tickets from www,nebt.co.uk/tickets

 
The New English Ballet Theatre: The Four Seasons/Remembrance Sadler's Wells 2018-09-272018-09-29 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Former English National Ballet soloist Jenna Lee choreographs a neoclassical ballet to Max Richter's recomposition of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and choreographer Wayne Eagling draws inspiration from the life of Marie Rambert during the Great ...

Taj Express
On Soon

2nd to 20th October 2018 - Various Times | £15-£45, under 16s £7.50-£22.50

 
Taj Express Sadler's Wells 2018-10-022018-10-20 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant's colourful Bollywood spectacular fuses classical Indian and contemporary dance to the music of Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman and composers Salim & Sulaiman Merchant and Monty Sharma.

William Forsythe: A Quiet Evening Of Dance
On Soon

4th, 5th and 6th October 2018 - 7.30pm | £12-£27

 
William Forsythe: A Quiet Evening Of Dance Sadler's Wells 2018-10-042018-10-06 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A mixed programme, including DUO2015 and Catalogue Second Edition, and two new pieces, a trio and a work for seven dancers.

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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

Carducci Quartet: Macro/Micro II

Wednesday 19th September 2018 - 7.30pm | £19.50-£39.50

 
Carducci Quartet: Macro/Micro II Kings Place 2018-09-192018-09-19 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The string ensemble performs Bartok's String Quartet No 1 and String Quartet No 3 plus Six Moments Musicaux by Gyorgy Kurtag.

Kathryn Joseph

Wednesday 19th September 2018 - 8pm | £14.50

 
Kathryn Joseph Kings Place 2018-09-192018-09-19 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Multi-media theatre company Cryptic joins forces with the Scottish singer, songwriter and musician in a staged performance of her work. Directed by Josh Armstrong with designs by body architect Marketa Kratochvilova.

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
Hugo Ticciati And The O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra: Looping Time
On Soon

Friday 21st September 2018 - 7.30pm | £19.50-£39.50

 
Hugo Ticciati And The O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra: Looping Time Kings Place 2018-09-212018-09-21 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The artist-in-residence and his ensemble performs a Minimalist programme focused on spiralling repetitions: John Adams's Shaker Loops, Estonian Erkki-Sven Tuur's Second Violin Concerto, Viderunt Omnes (arr Johannes Marmen) by Perotin and Glass's Symphony No 3.

O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
On Soon

Friday 21st September 2018 - 7.30pm | £19.50-£39.50

 
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra Kings Place 2018-09-212018-09-21 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The orchestra performs John Adams's Shaker Loops, Erkki-Sven Tuur's Violin Concerto No 2, Perotin's Viderunt Omnes and Philip Glass's Symphony No 3, with violinist Hugo Ticciati.

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Royal Albert Hall

Iconic oval venue which annually hosts the world-famous Proms

Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Classical music, rock, pop and jazz, sporting events, galas, banquets and balls and the world-famous Proms series all take place within the Royal Albert Hall's iconic oval walls. One of London's most versatile venues, it is a favourite of performers from Jose Carreras to Kylie Minogue. The Hall also plays host to the Seniors' tennis circuit. The likes of Becker and McEnroe can be seen bouncing balls off the famous mushrooms on the ceiling. The brainchild of Prince Albert, inspired by the success of the Great Exhibition, the hall first opened in 1871, ten years after the Prince's death. Heavily influenced by ancient amphitheatres and notions of the 'Empire and the arts, the oval structure's terracotta walls are decorated on the outside with a frieze dedicated to "The Triumph of Arts and Sciences". Gas lighting, poor acoustics and old pipe organs have been replaced over the years and the awe-inspiring venue now exists as a testimony to both the architectural and aesthetic achievements of the past and the technological developments of the present - it now features the largest pipe organ in the British Isles. A Grade I listed building, the hall has a capacity of over 5000 and is most consistently packed out during the summer when the Promenade concerts take over. First held here in 1941 when their original venue - the Queen's Hall - was bombed, the Proms remain fantastically popular.
 

 
 

Events at Royal Albert Hall

Hacienda Classical On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 28th September 2018 | £25-£75

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

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

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

Friday 14th December 2018 | £25-£75

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

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

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

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

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

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

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Wednesday 19th September 2018 - 7.30pm | £20-£70

 
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Royal Albert Hall 2018-09-192018-09-19 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Gareth Hudson conducts the orchestra as they perform soundtrack music from the Bond films and featuring singers Alison Jiear and Matthew Ford.

Jose Gonzalez & String Theory
On Soon

Thursday 20th September 2018 - 7.30pm | £37.50-£49.50

 
Jose Gonzalez & String Theory Royal Albert Hall 2018-09-202018-09-20 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The Argentinian-Swedish singer-songwriter performs with the maverick orchestra.

Innervisions
On Soon

Friday 21st September 2018 - 6.30pm | £30-£75

 
Innervisions Royal Albert Hall 2018-09-212018-09-21 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

A platform for electronic and dance music artists and DJs to showcase their material. Performers include Ame, Dixon B2B Ame DJ, Henrik Schwarz, Howling, Marcus Worgull and Nina Kurtela.

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