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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

ABBA: Super Troupers Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th December 2017 to 29th July 2018 | £25, £20, £15

 
ABBA: Super Troupers Southbank Centre 2017-12-142018-07-29 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Lee Bul: Wayward Wander On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th May to 19th August 2018

 
Lee Bul: Wayward Wander Southbank Centre 2018-05-302018-08-19 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Kevin And Karen Dance
On Soon

Saturday 9th June 2018 - 2.30pm | £16.50-£49.50

 
Kevin And Karen Dance Southbank Centre 2018-06-092018-06-09 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Strictly Come Dancing professionals and husband-and-wife duo Kevin and Karen Clifton perform the waltz, cha cha, fox trot, tango and salsa, with a supporting cast of dancers and a 12-piece band.

Meltdown Festival 2018 On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th to 24th June 2018 | Various

 
Meltdown Festival 2018 Southbank Centre 2018-06-152018-06-24 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The Cure frontman Robert Smith, "the first to lay bare the hidden fragility of the male condition" (The Guardian) curates this year's Meltdown festival. In its 25th year, the Southbank Centre festival will bring more ...more

Art Night London 2018 Free Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 7th July 2018 | Free

 
Art Night London 2018 Southbank Centre 2018-07-072018-07-07 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A night of free art, performance and music, Art Night partners with the Hayward Gallery for the first time. The festival will be curated by the Southbank gallery, to coincide with the its 50th anniversary ...more

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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

Another Kind Of Life: Photography On The Margins Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

28th February to 27th May 2018 | £13.50, concs £9-£11

 
Another Kind Of Life: Photography On The Margins Barbican Centre 2018-02-282018-05-27 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Ben Folds
On Soon

Sunday 27th May 2018 - 7.30pm | £45

 
Ben Folds Barbican Centre 2018-05-272018-05-27 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The Ben Folds Five frontman-turned-classical artist performs with just a grand piano for company.

Boy Blue Entertainment: A Night with Boy Blue On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June 2018

 
Boy Blue Entertainment: A Night with Boy Blue Barbican Centre 2018-06-012018-06-02 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Over fifty performers trained under the award-winning hip-hop dance group, Boy Blue, present an empowering showcase at the Barbican. Under the guidance of Boy Blue's founders Kenrick 'H2O' Sandy and Michael 'Mikey J' Asante, the ...more

The Town Hall Affair: The Wooster Group On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th Jun 2018 | £35

 
The Town Hall Affair: The Wooster Group Barbican Centre 2018-06-212018-06-24 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The New York-based theatre company The Wooster Group presents a timely look at how the struggle for gender equality has evolved. The Town Hall Affair is a mixed-media piece featuring clips from Chris Hegedus and ...more

Barry Humphries: Weimar Cabaret Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

11th to 29th July 2018 | From £19

 
Barry Humphries: Weimar Cabaret Barbican Centre 2018-07-112018-07-29 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Last seen in London in July 2016, Weimar Cabaret is a celebration of Barry Humphries' lifelong passion and fascination with the music of the Weimar Republic. The legendary entertainer, best known for as Dame Edna ...more

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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.

 
 
 

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

DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd February to 9th September 2018

 
DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes The O2 Arena 2018-02-232018-09-09 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
Bryan Adams
On Soon

Thursday 31st May 2018 - 6pm | £39.50

 
Bryan Adams The O2 Arena 2018-05-312018-05-31 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The multi-award winning Canadian sensation performs his original pop-rock material as well as new songs.

Katy Perry On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June 2018 | £50-£120

 
Katy Perry The O2 Arena 2018-06-142018-06-15 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Since kissing a girl and liking it back in 2008, "anthem-roarer" (NME) Katy Perry's career has gone from strength to strength. Her second studio album, One of the Boys, gained her two Grammy Award nominations ...more

Pearl Jam
On Soon

Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June 2018 - 7pm | adv £73.25

 
Pearl Jam The O2 Arena 2018-06-182018-06-19 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The grunge/alt rock icons play two nights in London as part of a wider European tour. The shows will be their only UK appearances of the year.

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Wembley Stadium

Magnificent sports venue and the home of English football

Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 
 

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

 
 

Events at Wembley Stadium

Game Of Thrones: Live Concert Experience
On Soon

Sunday 27th May 2018 - 7pm | £67-£220

 
Game Of Thrones: Live Concert Experience Wembley Stadium 2018-05-272018-05-27 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

Ramin Djawadi, composer of the soundtrack for the internationally-acclaimed TV series Game Of Thrones, leads an orchestra and choir to perform music from all seven series.

Ed Sheeran
On Soon

14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Jun 2018 - 4.30pm | £50-£80, phone for availability

 
Ed Sheeran Wembley Stadium 2018-06-142018-06-17 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist performs songs from his third album Divide, as well as hits from his two previous albums.

Taylor Swift
On Soon

Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June 2018 - 12noon | £55-£120

 
Taylor Swift Wembley Stadium 2018-06-222018-06-23 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The Nashville-born songstress performs tracks from her highly-anticipated chart-topping album, Reputation, as well fan favourites from her back catalogue.

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The West End's oldest and most spectacular theatre

Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Holborn Station, Temple Station

 
 

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

 
 

Events at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

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
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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

Cigarettes After Sex

Thursday 24th May 2018 - 7pm | £19

 
Cigarettes After Sex O2 Academy Brixton 2018-05-242018-05-24 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The collective hailing from New York and fronted by songwriter Greg Gonzalez perform ambient-pop.

The The
On Soon

Wednesday 6th June 2018 - 7pm | £45, phone for availability

 
The The O2 Academy Brixton 2018-06-062018-06-06 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Singer-songwriter Matt Johnson leads the 70s post-punk collective, marking their first live show in 16 years.

A Perfect Circle
On Soon

Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th June 2018 - 7pm | £51.90

 
A Perfect Circle O2 Academy Brixton 2018-06-132018-06-14 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The rock band plays new material, including the single The Doomed.

Billy Idol
On Soon

Saturday 23rd June 2018 - 7pm | adv £45

 
Billy Idol O2 Academy Brixton 2018-06-232018-06-23 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Punk rock/new wave singer-songwriter and musician hailing from Stanmore, Middlesex.

Garbage

Friday 14th September 2018 - 7pm | £42.35

 
Garbage O2 Academy Brixton 2018-09-142018-09-14 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Edinburgh-born vocalist Shirley Manson's grungy alt rock outfit perform as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations.

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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

Hamlet Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th April to 26th August 2018 | £15-£60, standing £5 | Under 18s £3 off all seats

 
Hamlet Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-04-252018-08-26 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
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Sadler's Wells Theatre

Modern contemporary dance and music performance space

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

Tube: Angel Station

 
 

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

 
 

Events at Sadler's Wells

Humanhood
Now On

Thursday 24th and Friday 25th May 2018 - 8pm | £17

 
Humanhood Sadler's Wells 2018-05-242018-05-25 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music
Rambert: Life Is A Dream
Now On

22nd to 26th May 2018 - Various Times | £10-£45

 
Rambert: Life Is A Dream Sadler's Wells 2018-05-222018-05-26 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Two time Olivier Award-winner Kim Brandstrup creates Rambert's first full-length narrative work. After a lifetime of incarceration, a man gains a single day of freedom in this modern retelling of the 17th century play by ...

TriOperas
Now On

23rd May to 1st July 2018 - Various Times | £15-£89

 
TriOperas Sadler's Wells 2018-05-232018-07-01 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Pamela Tan-Nicholson's opera musical fusing shortened versions of Carmen, Madam Butterfly and Turandot with hip hop, punk, rap and rock, complemented by energetic displays of acrobatics, ballet, breakdancing, kung-fu, parkour, puppetry, salsa and tap.

Akram Khan Company: XENOS On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

29th May to 9th June 2018 | £12-£45

 
Akram Khan Company: XENOS Sadler's Wells 2018-05-292018-06-09 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Sixteen years after his first production, Kaash, talented choreographer and dancer Akram Khanis set for his final full length solo show. His new piece, XENOS, commissioned by 14-18 NOW for the First World War centenary, ...more

Roberta Jean: Brocade
On Soon

Thursday 31st May and Friday 1st June 2018 - 8pm | £17

 
Roberta Jean: Brocade Sadler's Wells 2018-05-312018-06-01 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music
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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

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
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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 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

Billy Ocean Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 27th November 2018 | £37.50-£65

 
Billy Ocean Royal Albert Hall 2018-11-272018-11-27 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The multi-award-winning Trinidad and Tobago-born vocalist and guitarist, known for the songs Caribbean Queen, When The Going Gets Tough and Red Light, seamlessly blends rhythm'n'blues and pop. Billy Ocean is the biggest selling black recording ...more

Festival of Science: Space Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd May to 28th June 2018 | Various

 
Festival of Science: Space Royal Albert Hall 2018-05-022018-06-28 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Build your own rocket, see Chris Hadfield and Robin Ince's science show and hear Star Trek 'in concert' at the new two-month Festival of Science at the Royal Albert Hall which focuses on all things ...more

Marti Pellow
On Soon

Friday 25th May 2018 - 7.30pm | £35-£55

 
Marti Pellow Royal Albert Hall 2018-05-252018-05-25 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Pop and soul originals courtesy of the Clydebank-born lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, in support of his new album, Mysterious.

Joan Baez
On Soon

Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th May 2018 - 7.30pm | £43.30-£79

 
Joan Baez Royal Albert Hall 2018-05-282018-05-29 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The New York-born contemporary folk singer brings her extensive back catalogue to the UK's stages on this, her farewell tour.

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