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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

Dear Home Office: Still Pending
Now On

Saturday 24th June 2017 at 7pm & Sunday 25th June 2017 at 2pm and 6pm | £12, concs £6

 
Dear Home Office: Still Pending Southbank Centre 2017-06-242017-06-25 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Ten young refugee men tell versions of their own stories laced in some cases with humour in Phosphorus Theatre's follow-up to its acclaimed and timely drama, Dear Home Office.

Festival of Love Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd June to 28th August 2017 | Various

 
Festival of Love Southbank Centre 2017-06-032017-08-28 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Adventures In Moominland
Ongoing

16th December 2016 to 20th August 2017 - Various Times | £12 & £13.50, child £10 & £11.50, disabled £12

 
Adventures In Moominland Southbank Centre 2016-12-162017-08-20 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Film Scores Live Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd October 2016 to 25th June 2017 | £45, £35, £25, £20 | Premium £55

 
Film Scores Live Southbank Centre 2016-10-022017-06-25 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Gamelan Group Workshop
Ongoing

14th September 2016 to 20th July 2017 - 9.30am-5.30pm | per group £195

 
Gamelan Group Workshop Southbank Centre 2016-09-142017-07-20 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Belief and Beyond Belief Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th January to 17th December 2017 | Various, Free to £45 | Day pass £15, Weekend pass £25

 
Belief and Beyond Belief Southbank Centre 2017-01-162017-12-17 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Outi Pieski: Falling Shawls
OngoingFree Event

13th January to 31st December 2017 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
Outi Pieski: Falling Shawls Southbank Centre 2017-01-132017-12-31 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
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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

Picture This: The Music Photography Of Sheila Rock
OngoingFree Event

26th April to 4th July 2017 - 9.30am | Free

 
Picture This: The Music Photography Of Sheila Rock Barbican Centre 2017-04-262017-07-04 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd June to 1st September 2017 | £14.50, concs/NUS/under 17s/mems £12, under 14s £5

 
Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction Barbican Centre 2017-06-032017-09-01 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd March to 25th June 2017 | Standard £14.50, concession £12

 
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945 Barbican Centre 2017-03-232017-06-25 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
London Symphony Orchestra
On Soon

Sunday 25th June 2017 - 7pm | £10-£42

 
London Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre 2017-06-252017-06-25 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Daniel Harding conducts Mahler's Symphony No 3, with the alto, Anna Larsson.

Hackney Schools Music And Dance Festival Launch Concert
On Soon

Monday 26th June 2017 - 6.30pm | £7, concs £4

 
Hackney Schools Music And Dance Festival Launch Concert Barbican Centre 2017-06-262017-06-26 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Students perform classical and other music, plus dance.

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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

Royal Opera: Otello
Now On

24th Jun, 28th Jun, 2nd Jul and 6th Jul 2017 - Various Times | £184-£270

 
Royal Opera: Otello Royal Opera House 2017-06-212017-07-06 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Verdi's thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera directed by Keith Warner, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Gregory Kunde in the title role. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

The Royal Opera: Otello Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st June to 15th July 2017 | £54-£270

 
The Royal Opera: Otello Royal Opera House 2017-06-212017-07-15 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Starring Jonas Kaufmann and Gregory Kunde in the title role, Verdi's impassioned opera in four acts is based on Shakespeare's play about a Venetian general who is tricked into doubting the fidelity of his wife ...more

Royal Opera: La Traviata
On Soon

23rd Jun, 25th Jun, 27th Jun, 30th Jun and 4th Jul 2017 - Various Times | £94-£200

 
Royal Opera: La Traviata Royal Opera House 2017-06-142017-07-04 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Ekaterina Bakanova and Corinne Winters lead two excellent casts in Richard Eyre's much-loved production of Verdi's most famous opera. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Mitridate, re di Ponto On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th June to 7th July 2017 | £6-£120

 
Mitridate, re di Ponto Royal Opera House 2017-06-262017-07-07 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Mozart's fourth opera, first performed on 26th December 1770 at the prestigious Milan carnival when he was just a month away from his 15th birthday, comes to the Royal Opera House this summer. In July ...more

Royal Opera: Mitridate, Re Di Ponto
On Soon

26th Jun, 29th Jun, 1st Jul and 7th Jul 2017 - 6.30pm | £24-£120

 
Royal Opera: Mitridate, Re Di Ponto Royal Opera House 2017-06-262017-07-07 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Christophe Rousset conducts a talented cast including Albina Shagimuratova, Bejun Mehta, Lucy Crowe and Michael Spyres in Graham Vick's acclaimed production of Mozart's early opera. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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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

Little Mix Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th November 2017 | £29.25-£49.25, VIP ticket £116.75

 
Little Mix The O2 Arena 2017-11-252017-11-26 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Since becoming the first ever group to win the X Factor in 2011, Little Mix have been working hard to ensure they don't fall under the same umbrella as many previous unsuccessful winners. Perrie Edwards, ...more

Star Wars: Identities Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th November 2016 to 3rd September 2017 | £20, under 5s Free

 
Star Wars: Identities The O2 Arena 2016-11-182017-09-03 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition
Ongoing

18th November 2016 to 3rd September 2017 - 10am-7.30pm | £20 & £25, child £10 & £15, concs £15 & £18, family £48 & £60

 
Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition The O2 Arena 2016-11-182017-09-03 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
Sonu Nigam
On Soon

Sunday 2nd July 2017 - 6.30pm | £42.75-£223

 
Sonu Nigam The O2 Arena 2017-07-022017-07-02 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The internationally acclaimed pop singer plays his Bollywood hits.

Linkin Park
On Soon

Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th July 2017 - 6.30pm | £42.50-£62.50

 
Linkin Park The O2 Arena 2017-07-032017-07-04 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Alt rock and rap metal courtesy of the Grammy Award-winning Californian six-piece including songs from the album One More Light.

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Wembley Stadium

Magnificent sports venue and the home of English football

Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 
 

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

 
 

Events at Wembley Stadium

Jeff Lynne's ELO

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

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

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

Adele On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

29th Jun, 30th Jun, 1st Jul and 2nd Jul 2017 | £45-£95, Golden Circle £175, phone for availability, tickets for Jun 28, Jul 2 on sale Dec 9, 10am

 
Adele Wembley Stadium 2017-06-292017-07-02 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The global superstar with an impressive 10 Grammy awards and an Oscar to her name caps off a sell-out world tour with four home town gigs at Wembley Stadium. Despite the massive size of the ...more

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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 to 22nd July 2017 | £25-£125

 
42nd Street Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2017-03-202017-07-22 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres
Engelbert Humperdinck

Sunday 19th November 2017 - 7.30pm | £42.75-£84

 
Engelbert Humperdinck Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2017-11-192017-11-19 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

As part of his 50th anniversary tour, the legendary pop singer, who has sold over 140 million records worldwide, celebrates his remarkable career and achievements by performing some of his biggest hits including The Last ...

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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

Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour

Saturday 24th June 2017 - 7pm | £28.50

 
Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour O2 Academy Brixton 2017-06-242017-06-24 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

A mix of old and new, deadpan, black humour and one-liners from the British TV favourite, known for his role as host of 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

The Wombats
On Soon

Friday 30th June 2017 - 7pm | £27.50

 
The Wombats O2 Academy Brixton 2017-06-302017-06-30 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The indie-rock quartet from Liverpool celebrate 10 years since the release of their acclaimed debut album, A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation.

Richard Ashcroft
On Soon

Saturday 1st July 2017 - 7pm | £46.25

 
Richard Ashcroft O2 Academy Brixton 2017-07-012017-07-01 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The guitarist and singer-songwriter, known as the lead singer of 1990s band The Verve, performs solo alternative-rock material. Support from Black Grape.

Travis Scott
On Soon

Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd July 2017 - 7pm | £45

 
Travis Scott O2 Academy Brixton 2017-07-022017-07-03 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The hip hop artist from Texas performs in support of his album Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight.

Linkin Park
On Soon

Tuesday 4th July 2017 - 7pm | £62.50

 
Linkin Park O2 Academy Brixton 2017-07-042017-07-04 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Alt rock and rap metal courtesy of the Grammy Award-winning Californian six-piece including songs from the album One More Light.

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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

Tristan & Yseult Ends Today Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th to 24th June 2017 | £20-£45, under 18s £17-£42, standing £5

 
Tristan & Yseult Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-06-132017-06-24 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Kneehigh Theatre's Tristan & Yseult, which catapulted the company to international success more than a decade ago, is revived at Shakespeare's Globe this summer as part of a major Celtic tour for the company. A ...more

Romeo And Juliet On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd April to 9th July 2017 | Standing £5 | Gallery (seated) £20-£45 | Under 18s £3

 
Romeo And Juliet Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-04-222017-07-09 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Twelfth Night On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th May to 5th August 2017 | £20-£45, under 18s £17-£42, standing £5

 
Twelfth Night Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-05-182017-08-05 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am'
On Soon

Wednesday 28th June 2017 - 8pm | £25-£35, fixed position standing £10

 
Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am' Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-06-282017-06-28 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

The critically acclaimed star of BBC1's Have I Got News For You and BBC Radio 4's Mark Steel's In Town, presents his latest show which is an autobiographical account of how as an adopted child ...

Waxing Lyrical
On Soon

Thursday 29th June 2017 - 8pm | £20-£25, fixed position standing £10

 
Waxing Lyrical Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2017-06-292017-06-29 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Matthew Dunster talks to Emma Rice from Shakespeare's Globe and David Jubb from BAC.

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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

KnowBody II
Ends Today

Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June 2017 - 7.30pm | £15, concs £7.50

 
KnowBody II Sadler's Wells 2017-06-232017-06-24 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Internationally renowned older artists come together to perform new commissions and existing works on the Sadler's Wells stage. Works include William Forsythe's Catalogue (First Edition), performed by Dance On Ensemble, Mat Ek's Axe, performed by ...

Elixir Extracts
Now On

Saturday 24th June 2017 at 4.30pm & Sunday 25th June 2017 at 3.30pm and 7pm | £10, concs £5

 
Elixir Extracts Sadler's Wells 2017-06-242017-06-25 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The performance programme will feature older dancers from across the UK and abroad.

Taj Express Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th June to 2nd July 2017 | £15-£45

 
Taj Express Sadler's Wells 2017-06-132017-07-02 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

After a sell-out tour of America, Taj Express makes its UK premiere at The Peacock, bringing dance, Bollywood stars and songs from the composer of the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack to the West End. The story ...more

Dance On Ensemble: 7 Dialogues
On Soon

Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th June 2017 - 8pm | £17, concs £8.50

 
Dance On Ensemble: 7 Dialogues Sadler's Wells 2017-06-262017-06-27 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Six experimental solo pieces by an international selection of dancers and choreographers, set to music by Matteo Fargion,

Alexander Whitley Dance Company: 8 Minutes
On Soon

Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th June 2017 - 7.30pm | £20

 
Alexander Whitley Dance Company: 8 Minutes Sadler's Wells 2017-06-272017-06-28 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Sadler's Wells New Wave Associate Alexander Whitley takes on the breathtaking scale of space for his company's main stage debut. Working in partnership with the scientists from STFC RAL Space at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 8 ...

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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

Political Cartoons With Steve Bell

Saturday 24th June 2017 - 12noon | £14.50

 
Political Cartoons With Steve Bell Kings Place 2017-06-242017-06-24 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Literary & Education, Talk.

What Just Happened And What Happens Next' Steve Richards Discusses With Ian Birrell, Tim Montgomerie

Saturday 24th June 2017 - 1pm | £14.50-£29.50

 
What Just Happened And What Happens Next' Steve Richards Discusses With Ian Birrell, Tim Montgomerie Kings Place 2017-06-242017-06-24 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Literary & Education, Discussion/Debate.

Europe And The Rise Of Populism

Saturday 24th June 2017 - 2.30pm | £14.50

 
Europe And The Rise Of Populism Kings Place 2017-06-242017-06-24 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Literary & Education, Talk.

'Brexit' - Nick Clegg in conversation with Ian Birrell

Saturday 24th June 2017 - 3.30pm | £14.50-£29.50

 
'Brexit' - Nick Clegg in conversation with Ian Birrell Kings Place 2017-06-242017-06-24 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Literary & Education, Discussion/Debate.

Brexit: Nick Clegg In Conversation With Ian Birrell

Saturday 24th June 2017 - 3.30pm | £14.50-£29.50

 
Brexit: Nick Clegg In Conversation With Ian Birrell Kings Place 2017-06-242017-06-24 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The former Leader of the Liberal Democrats talks to Ian Birrell about his political career.

What Next For The Conservative Party' – Nicky Morgan, James Cleverly And Tim Montgomerie

Saturday 24th June 2017 - 5pm | £9.50-£14.50

 
What Next For The Conservative Party' – Nicky Morgan, James Cleverly And Tim Montgomerie Kings Place 2017-06-242017-06-24 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Literary & Education, Discussion/Debate.

Politics And The Media: Head-to-Head With Robert Peston & Matthew d'Ancona

Saturday 24th June 2017 - 6pm | £14.50-£29.50

 
Politics And The Media: Head-to-Head With Robert Peston & Matthew d'Ancona Kings Place 2017-06-242017-06-24 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Literary & Education, Discussion/Debate.

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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

Sophie Dicks

Saturday 24th June 2017 - 3pm | £39.76

 
Sophie Dicks Royal Albert Hall 2017-06-242017-06-24 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The mezzo-soprano performs Che Faro Senza Euridice by Gluck, Mon Coeur S'ouvre A Ta Voix by Saint-Saens, Seguidille by Bizet, Chacun A Son Gout by Strauss II, Va! Laisse Couler Mes Larme by Massenet, Smanie ...

Jackson Browne
Now On

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June 2017 - 6.45pm | tickets on sale Friday 9th December, 10am

 
Jackson Browne Royal Albert Hall 2017-06-242017-06-25 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The American singer-songwriter - born in Heidelberg, Germany - performs his politically-motivated soft and country rock.

Dreams Of Freedom
On Soon

Monday 26th June 2017 - 7pm | £12.70-£28

 
Dreams Of Freedom Royal Albert Hall 2017-06-262017-06-26 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Student performers' variety show.'

Tony Bennett
On Soon

Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th June 2017 - 8pm | £45-£100

 
Tony Bennett Royal Albert Hall 2017-06-272017-06-28 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Big band, pop and jazz standards from the legendary award-winning American singer, whose career has spanned seven decades.

Gladys Knight
On Soon

Thursday 29th June 2017 - 7.30pm | £45-£80

 
Gladys Knight Royal Albert Hall 2017-06-292017-06-29 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The seven-time Grammy Award winning soul singer performs in support of her latest album Where My Heart Belongs, plus classic hits.

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