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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

Rights, Not Charity
Now OnFree Event

23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Oct 2014 - 9.30am-5.30pm | Free

 

Miriam Sugranyes presents an exhibition which looks at children across the world who battle for their rights, whether campaigning for education or escaping their war torn homeland.

The Debating Chamber: Talk
Now OnFree Event

23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Oct 2014 - 10am-11pm | Free

 

Bring your ideas, listen and speak up or write down your messages.

Design-Nation Presents...
Now OnFree Event

1st to 31st October 2014 - Various Times | Free

 

This years annual event will have a focus on renewal, and eight new members will present a collaboration designed around the theme.

The White Plein-Air
Now OnFree Event

24th September to 9th November 2014 - Various Times | Free

 

Videos by Evgeny Granilshchikov, Mikhail Maximov and Dimitri Venkov together with an installation of paintings by an artist collective, highlighting the links between politics and art in Russia in the present day.

Tom Phillips: Illuminated Tweets
Now OnFree Event

23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Oct 2014 - 11am-8pm | Free

 

Displays tracking the poet's Humument through it's digital incarnations.

Catching Dreams
OngoingFree Event

24th September to 30th November 2014 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
Bryony Kimmings: That Catherine Bennett Show Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th, 26th, 27th and 28th Oct 2014 | £10, child £5

 

Protesting against flagrant attempts to sexualise and commodify childhood for profit, award-winning comedian Bryony Kimmings and her niece Taylor have decided to place the global Tween machine at its own game by creating dinosaur-loving, bike ...more

Dance Umbrella Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th to 31st October 2014 | Various, many performances Free

 

One of the world's leading dance festivals, Dance Umbrella has been bringing new dance experience to London since 1978 and in 2014 under new Artistic Director Emma Gladstone the festival celebrates its 36th anniversary. Highlights ...more

Wind Of Time
Now OnFree Event

24th September to 9th November 2014 - Various Times | Free

 

Contemporary works by Russian artists exploring the socio-political context of their homeland, including videos by Evgeny Granilshchikov, Mikhail Maximov, and Dimitri Venkov.

Mirrorcity Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

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

 
FUNharmonics: The Toad and the Snail On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Sunday 26th October 2014 - 12noon-1pm | £18, child £9

 

CBeebies' Chris Jarvis presents the London Philharmonic Orchestra FUNharmonics performing Roald Dahl's The Toad and the Snail, a musical event for the all the family and ideal for children aged 3 to 11. As well ...more

London Philharmonic Orchestra Funharmonics: Concerts For The All The Famil
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 26th October 2014 - 12noon | £10-£18, child £5-£9, mems Free

 

Classical concert for families.

Mozart Requiem
On Soon

Sunday 26th October 2014 - 3pm | £14.50-£48, concs £7.25-£24

 

The English Chamber Orchestra, The Bach Choir, pianist Jayson Gilham, soprano Anna Devin, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge, tenor Joshua Mills and baritone Duncan Rock perform works by the composer, including the Overture to The Magic Flute, ...

Dylan Thomas Centenary Gala
On Soon

Sunday 26th October 2014 - 8pm | £15-£38, concs £7.50-£19

 

The Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia literary festival presents a centenary celebration in music and words. They mark 100 years since the birth of Wales' pre-eminent poet, Dylan Thomas.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
On Soon

Monday 27th October 2014 - 7.30pm | £10-£58, concs £5-£29

 

Pinchas Zukerman conducts the orchestra to perform JS Bach's Erbarme Dich, Mein Gott from St Matthew Passion, Forsyth's A Ballad Of Canada For Chorus And Orchestra (UK premiere) and Beethoven's Symphony No 9 (choral). With ...

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

The British Invention Show
Ends Today

23rd October 2014 at 10am-6pm & 24th and 25th October 2014 at 10am-5pm | £10, trade £15, under 16s £5 (Sat only)

 
South Downs and The Browning Version
Ends Today

23rd October 2014 at 2pm-4pm and 7.30pm-9.30pm & 24th and 25th October 2014 at 7.30pm-9.30pm | £15

 
McLaren's Influences: Blinkity Blank + Neighbours + Pas De Deux + Linear Dreams + Be Gone Dull Care
Now On

Friday 24th October 2014 - 6.20pm | £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

 
Northern Soul
Now On

24th, 25th and 26th October 2014 - 8.15pm | £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

 

John Clark is a loner in his northern community, one step out of time with the other young people, until he meets Matt, who introduces John to the electrifying sounds and moves of Northern Soul. ...

Gone Girl
Now On

24th, 25th and 26th October 2014 - 8.30pm | £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

 

On her fifth wedding anniversary, Amy Dunne vanishes without trace. Her husband Nick works with the police to front a high-profile media campaign to secure the safe return of his "amazing Amy". In the glare ...

Current Perspectives
Now OnFree Event

23rd to 25th and 27th Oct 2014 - Various Times | Free

 

This bi-annual photography exhibition presents a view of a different environment - including The Galapagos and Middle East.

Music Therapy - The Art And Science
Now OnFree Event

3rd September to 31st October 2014 - Various Times | Free

 

An exhibition designed to present a visual history of music therapy.

Chamberlin, Powell & Bon Architects
OngoingFree Event

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

 
British Sea Power Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 25th October 2014 | £15-£25

 

After working with musical arranger Peter Wraight (Matthew Herbert Big Band), the indie rock band British Sea Power, Brighton's answer to Arcade Fire, bring their invigorating live show to the Barbican, performing their favourite songs ...more

Ida
Now On

Saturday 25th October 2014 - 2pm | £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

 

Eighteen-year-old orphan Anna has been raised in a convent in 1960s Poland and she has devoted her life to the Lord under the watchful gaze of the Mother Superior. As Anna prepares to become a ...

Good Bye Lenin!
Now On

Saturday 25th October 2014 - 3.45pm | £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

 

After witnessing her son Alexander being arrested during a demonstration, staunch socialist Christiane suffers a massive heart attack and slips into a coma. Eight months later, she wakes and the doctor issues a stark warning ...

The Wild Duck Now On

23rd October to 1st November 2014 | £16-£32

 

Simon Stone's re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen's play, presented by the Australian ensemble, Belvoir Sydney.more

London International Animation Festival Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th October to 2nd November 2014 | £11.50 (Standard), £10.50 (Concessions), £5 (Young Barbican)

 

The London International Animation Festival is a showcase of creative animation taking place at the Barbican and throughout the city with gala premieres, Q&As, workshops and the Best of the Festival screening. Now in its ...more

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

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

 
Walead Beshty OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th October 2014 to 8th February 2015 | Free

 
London Symphony Orchestra
On Soon

Sunday 26th October 2014 - 7.30pm | £10-£38

 

Daniel Harding conducts the orchestra in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No 9.

Man With A Movie Camera + Live Musical Accompaniment
On Soon

Sunday 26th October 2014 - 4pm | £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

 
Hugh Masekela
On Soon

Monday 27th October 2014 - 7.30pm | £10-£37.50

 

The South African trumpeter and singer performs township jazz and Afrobeat.

Royal Opera Live: I Due Foscari
On Soon

Monday 27th October 2014 - 7.15pm | £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

 
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: Manon Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th September to 1st November 2014

 

Kenneth MacMillan's Manon, which had its premiere in 1974, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014 and the Royal Ballet, the company he directed from 1970 for seven years, marks the occasion by opening its 2014/2015 ...more

Meet the Young Artists: The Juke Box
Free Event

Saturday 25th October 2014 at 1pm and 7pm | Free

 

An annual autumn showcase for the stars of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. Alongside the opportunity to select the evening's recital, The Juke Box offers a chance to meet the Young Artists in person ...

I due Foscari Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th October to 2nd November 2014

 

Placido Domingo takes on the title role of the Doge Francesco Foscari in Verdi's I due Foscari, the first new production of the 2014/2015 opera season at the Royal Opera House. Directed by American ...more

The Royal Ballet Mixed Programme Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th October to 12th November 2014

 

The Royal Ballet celebrates its founder choreographer, Frederick Ashton, with a mixed programme of some of his finest works including A Month in the Country based on Turgenev's play of the same name. One of ...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

 
Lunchtime Recitals
On SoonFree Event

Monday 27th October 2014 - 1pm | Free

 

World Premiere performances of Konstantin Boyarsky's new Song cycle.

Insights: Ceremony Of Innocence/The Age Of Anxiety: Talk
On Soon

Monday 27th October 2014 - 7.30pm | phone for prices

 

Choreographers Kim Brandstrup and Liam Scarlett discuss their ballets.

Royal Opera: I Due Foscari
On Soon

23rd Oct, 27th Oct, 30th Oct and 2nd Nov 2014 - Various Times | £180-£235

 

Thaddeus Strassberger directs Verdi's tragic tale of a despairing father torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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

Awol & Jungle Mania

Saturday 25th October 2014 - 10pm-6am | £22, early bird £18

 
Lady Gaga: The artRave Artpop Ball Tour Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Oct 2014 | £41-£101

 

The Lady Gaga circus rolls back into town this October playing at The O2 on Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th and Sunday 26th October 2014, returning to the UK capital after her hugely successful sell-out gig ...more

Lady Gaga: ArtRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball
Now On

23rd, 25th and 26th October 2014 - 8pm | £45-£90

 

The enigmatic pop starlet and Grammy Award winner from New York performs songs from her third studio album, which features the singles Applause and Do What U Want.

Paolo Nutini On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 30th October 2014 | £40

 

After a five year hiatus, Paolo Nutini returned to the spotlight in 2014 with his third studio album, Caustic Love, which went straight to number one and reached platinum status. Now, the Scottish singer-songwriter is ...more

Il Divo On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 1st November 2014 | £42.00-£107.75

 

Record breaking crossover group Il Divo conclude their A Musical Affair tour in 2014 with one night at the O2 arena. Renowned for blending cosmopolitan pop with classical crossover, the quartet will perform a selection ...more

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.

 
 
 

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

 
Sir Alex Ferguson
On Soon

Sunday 26th October 2014 - 7.30pm-8.30pm | £40, phone for availability

 

Revealing the highlights of his extraordinary career, and his inspirational insights into football and life after retirement, Sir Alex Ferguson will be in London at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in conversation with James Nesbitt.

Celtic Woman: Emerald
On Soon

Sunday 23rd November 2014 - 7.30pm | £23.50-£28.50

 

The ensemble created by David Downes and Sharon Browne, perform from a repertoire of traditional Irish music, pop favourites and original compositions.

Chico And The Gypsies

Sunday 30th November 2014 - 7pm | £35-£80

 

The co-founder of The Gypsy Kings, Chico Bouchikhi, leads his band in a concert full of infectious flamenco, rumba and Latin pop sounds, in support of their forthcoming album release.

Ralph McTell

Sunday 7th December 2014 - 7.30pm | £30

 

The award-winning folk singer-songwriter, who is best known for Streets Of London and From Clare To Here, celebrates his 70th birthday with a special London concert.

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

John Newman
Ends Today

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th October 2014 - 7pm-11pm | phone for availablity

 

The singer and musician from Settle, who featured on Rudimental's number one single Feel The Love, performs soul. With support from Jetta.

Lamb
On Soon

Tuesday 28th October 2014 - 7pm | £17.50

 

Electronic music duo from Manchester consisting of producer Andy Barlow and singer-songwriter Lou Rhodes, with support from The Ramona Flowers.

Clean Bandit
On Soon

Wednesday 29th October 2014 - 7pm-11pm | phone for availability

 

The London-based four-piece performs deep house and baroque pop with heavy classical and electronica influences. With support from Years & Years.

Chvrches
On Soon

Thursday 30th October 2014 - 7pm-11pm | £18

 

The Glasgow-formed three-piece plays atmospheric synth-pop and indie-electro.

Andy C All Night
On Soon

Friday 31st October 2014 - 9pm-6am | £20

 

Drum'n'bass courtesy of Andy C.

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

'Tis Pity She's A Whore
Now On

23rd October to 7th December 2014 - Various Times | £25-£45, Premium Tickets £60, Standing £10

 

John Ford's 17th century tragedy of doomed love, presented by Shakespeare's Globe, featuring Max Bennett as Giovanni and Fiona Button as Annabella, the brother and sister whose incestuous passion threatens and exposes the hypocrisy surrounding ...

October Plenty
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 26th October 2014 - 12noon | Free, email info@thelionspart.co.uk for more information

 

An autumn harvest celebration for the family including a procession, dancing and performance.

Shakespeare Untold: The Banker's Tale
On Soon

Monday 27th October 2014 at 11am and 2pm | £15

 

A family-friendly re-interpretation of Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice.

Judith Weir: Master Of The Queen's Music
On Soon

Monday 27th October 2014 - 7.30pm-10pm | £10-£60

 

Violinist Tasmin Little, soprano Jane Manning and pianist Alissa Firsova perform music by the first female composer to hold the acclaimed post of Master of the Queen's Music.

Shakespeare Untold: The Pie Maker's Tale
On Soon

28th Oct, 30th Oct & 31st Oct and 22nd Nov 2014 - Various Times | £15

 

A family-friendly re-interpretation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus.

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

Ballet Revolucion Ends Today

7th to 25th October 2014 | £15-£45

 

Returning to Sadler's Wells in 2014, energetic Cuban dancers perform to mainstream chart hits by Bruno Mars, Usher, Beyonce, David Guetta, J-Lo, Prince and Rihanna. Choreographed by Aaron Cash and Roclan Gonzalez Chavez, and performed ...more

Ye Gam Theatre: Jump
On Soon

28th October to 15th November 2014 - Various Times | £15-£38

 

The popular Korean show which offers an affectionate nod to martial arts films, tells the story of a family who after their home is disturbed by burglars, give the invaders the runaround. With Taekwondo, aerial ...

Of Two Minds: An Afternoon On Duet Collaborations
On Soon

Thursday 30th October 2014 - 2pm | £13

 

An afternoon of talks, dialogues and presentations focusing on the practice of duets.

Of Two Minds: An Afternoon On Duet Collaborations
On Soon

Thursday 30th October 2014 - 2pm | £13

 

An afternoon of talks, dialogues and presentations focusing on the practice of duets.

Control Signal
On Soon

Thursday 30th October 2014 - 8pm-9.10pm | £17

 

A physical theatre and artistic dance performance that looks at the invisible connections and influences that affect us.

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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Now On

24th to 28th and 30th Oct 2014 - 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

 

Genetically modified turtle brothers Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello grow up in the sewers of New York under the guidance of their mentor: a giant rat called Splinter, who teaches them Ninjitsu. Aided by plucky ...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: An IMAX 3D Experience
Now On

24th to 28th and 30th Oct 2014 - 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

 

Genetically modified turtle brothers Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello grow up in the sewers of New York under the guidance of their mentor: a giant rat called Splinter, who teaches them Ninjitsu. Aided by plucky ...

Jerusalem 3D
Now On

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th October 2014 - 10.30am | 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

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

Friday 24th October 2014 - 11.45am | 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 ...

Mysteries Of Egypt
Now On

Saturday 25th October 2014 at 4.45pm & Monday 27th October 2014 at 11.45am | 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

 
Hubble 3D
On Soon

26th October 2014 at 4.45pm, 28th October 2014 at 11.45am & 30th October 2014 at 10.30am | 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

 
Under The Sea 3D: An IMAX 3D Experience
On Soon

Sunday 26th October 2014 - 10.30am | 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

 

In the latest exploration of the natural world to take advantage of the IMAX 3D format, director Howard Hall explores the impact of global warming in some of the most isolated and exotic places on ...

Journey To Mecca
On Soon

Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th October 2014 - 10.30am | 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

 

In 1325, Moroccan scholar Ibn Battuta travels from Tangier to Mecca on his first epic pilgrimage to Mecca. Over the next 29 years, the scholar travels three times further than Marco Polo, covering around 75,000 ...

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

Classical Guitar Workshop By Xuefei Yang

Saturday 25th October 2014 - 9.30am | players £19.50, observers £9.50

 

Classical guitar workshop for all levels.

Flamenco Dance Workshop By Jairo Barrull

Saturday 25th October 2014 - 9.30am | £30

 

Intense two hour Flamenco session.

Flamenco Guitar Workshop By Dani De Moron

Saturday 25th October 2014 - 9.30am | players £19.50, observers £9.50

 

Flamenco guitar workshop for all levels with Dani De Moron.

Lute Workshop By Nigel North

Saturday 25th October 2014 - 9.30am | players £19.50, observers £9.50

 

Historical lutenist workshop for lutenists or guitarists.

Panel Discussion: Tribute To Paco De Lucia
Free Event

Saturday 25th October 2014 - 4pm | Free, ticketed

 

Open discussion on Paco de Lucia's inestimable contribution to the development and future of flamenco.

Tir Eolas

Saturday 25th October 2014 - 7.30pm | £12.50

 

Alternative-folk from the band comprising of Philippa Mercer, Ruairi Glasheen, Laura Snowden, Georgie Harris and Hedi Pinkerfeld.

Chamber Classics Unwrapped Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th January to 13th December 2014 | Various

 
Blues Workshop By Gianluca Corona
On Soon

Sunday 26th October 2014 - 9.30am | players £19.50, observer £9.50

 

Blues guitar workshops for any ability.

Classical Guitar Workshop By The Eden-Stell Guitar Duo
On Soon

Sunday 26th October 2014 - 9.30am | players £19.50, observer £9.50

 

Professional tuition for classical guitar.

Rock Guitar Workshop By Tolis Zavaliaris
On Soon

Sunday 26th October 2014 - 9.30am | players £19.50, observer £9.50

 

Rock guitar workshop with the experienced guitarist Tolis Zavaliaris.

Allegri String Quartet: 60th Birthday Concert
On Soon

Sunday 26th October 2014 - 6.30pm | £14.50-£26.50

 

The quartet performs Mozart's String Quartet No 15 In D Minor, Peter Fribbins's String Quartet No 1 'I Have The Serpent Brought, and Brahms's String Quartet No 1 In C Minor Op 51 No 1.

Sebastian Faulks: Shelf Help
On Soon

Monday 27th October 2014 - 7pm | £9.50

 

Revisiting his novel Human Traces, the story of two psychiatrists at the beginning of the twentieth century, Sebastian Faulks explores the question of what kind of beings men and women really are.

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

Albert's Band
Free Event

Saturday 25th October 2014 at 12noon-1pm and 2.30pm-3.30pm | £8.14, child £5.08, under 2s Free

 

An interactive family concert.

Carmina Burana

Saturday 25th October 2014 - 7.30pm | £20.35-£61.15

 

Highgate Choral Society, English Concert Chorus, Royal Choral Society and The Southend Boys' Choir accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform Rossini's William Tell Overture, Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1 and Orff's Carmina Burana.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Highgate Choral Society/English Concert Chorus/Royal Choral Society/The

Saturday 25th October 2014 - 7.30pm | £17.50-£59.50

 

Andrew Greenwood conducts Rossini's William Tell Overture, Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1 and Orff's Carmina Burana, with Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin, Hayoung Lee, soprano, Colin Judson, tenor and Dawid Kimberg, baritone.

Level 42: The Sirens Tour
On Soon

Sunday 26th October 2014 - 7.30pm | £27.50-£38.50

 

The Mark King-led quintet, known for its hits Lessons In Love and Something About You, performs jazz-funk and new wave rock in support of the album Sirens.

Bluesfest Daytime Schedule
On Soon

Monday 27th October 2014 - 1pm-4.45pm | £20

 

Today's line-up includes Paul Lamb & The King Snakes, Curtis Stigers, Georgie Fame, Ben Poole, The Silver Rays, Dan Owen, Nina Ferro, Mike Sanchez and Nigel Mooney plus discussions, workshops hosted by Jason Rebello and ...

All events at Royal Albert Hall
 
 
 
 
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