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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
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BFI IMAX Cinema
Kings Place
Kings Place
Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
Sadler's Wells Theatre
Sadler's Wells
 

 

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

Brief Encounter + Musical Accompaniment
Ends Today

22nd to 28th Aug 2014

 

Housewife Laura Jesson meets a handsome doctor, Alec Harvey, at railway station, after she gets a nasty piece of grit in her eye. Her sight restored, Laura kindles a smouldering attraction to the medic and ...

Dirty Dancing (Sing-A-Long)
Ends Today

22nd to 28th Aug 2014

 

Two decades after Patrick Swayze's hip-swivelling hero uttered the immortal line "Nobody puts Baby in a corner", the feelgood musical returns to the big screen, revolving around the the prim and proper Frances 'Baby' Houseman, ...

The Graduate
Ends Today

Wednesday 27th August 2014 - 7.30pm

 
Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby
Now OnFree Event

26th to 30th Aug 2014 - 7.45pm | 19, concs 9.50, mems Free

 

Three short works including the intense piece, Not I, in which actress Lisa Dwan delivers a stream of consciousness spoken at the speed of thought. Each work is written by Samuel Beckett and directed by ...

What's Love Got To Do With It
Now OnFree Event

25th July to 14th September 2014 - Various Times | Free

 

A selection of works that question the verbal and visual languages of love and the many ways that these languages are influenced by social and cultural codes. The participating artists are Anna Barham, William Cobbing, ...

The House In The Sky
OngoingFree Event

5th July to 7th September 2014 - Various Times | Free

 
Tunnel Of Love
OngoingFree Event

28th June to 7th September 2014 - 10am-10pm | Free

 
The Hunt Is On For The Lost Book
Free Event

Thursday 28th August 2014 - 10am-7pm | Free

 
South Pacific
Ends Today

Thursday 28th August 2014 - 7.30pm

 
Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th to 31st August 2014 | 19

 

Irish actress Lisa Dwan performs these three Samuel Beckett monologues, directed by Walter Asmus, a close friend and collaborator of the playwright. Not I, performed as a speaking mouth spotlit in the blackness, transfers ...more

Festival of Love Film Series Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th to 29th August 2014 | Various, film screenings 10, film screening with live orchestra 45, 30, 20, singalong screening 16

 

Pucker up for the Southbank Centre's summer-long Festival of Love which continues throughout August with a special Film Series of love stories screened in the Royal Festival Hall. Headling the series is David Lean's ...more

Festival of Love Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

28th June to 31st August 2014 | Various

 
The Human Factor Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th June to 7th September 2014 | 10.90, OAP 10, concs 8, Art Fund mem 5.45, ages 12-18 6.50

 
Jeppe Hein: Appearing Rooms OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st June to 8th September 2014 | Free

 
Deco Ensemble
On SoonFree Event

Friday 29th August 2014 - 1pm | Free

 

The ensemble performs contemporary jazz inspired by the music of Argentinean composer, Astor Piazzolla.

The Tiger Lillies: Rime Of The Ancient Mariner
On Soon

29th and 31st August 2014 at 7.30pm & 30th August 2014 at 6.30pm and 9.30pm | 20-30, concs 10-15

 

The Tiger Lillies present a performance of The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, a stage adaptation of Coleridge's major poem. Suitable for over 16s.

Brief Encounter + Musical Accompaniment
On Soon

Friday 29th August 2014 - 7.30pm

 

Housewife Laura Jesson meets a handsome doctor, Alec Harvey, at railway station, after she gets a nasty piece of grit in her eye. Her sight restored, Laura kindles a smouldering attraction to the medic and ...

The Black Cat Cabaret
On Soon

29th August, 12th September and 26th September 2014 - 9.30pm-12midnight | 19.50

 
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

Doctor Who Deep Breath: Series 8, Episode 1 + Q&A
Ends Today

22nd to 28th Aug 2014 | 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

 
What If
Ends Today

26th, 27th and 28th August 2014 at 6.30pm and 8.45pm | 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

 

Medical school dropout Wallace vows to steer clear of romance and seeks refuge in the company of his sister Ellie and her son Felix. By chance, he meets talented animator Chantry, who lives with her ...

The Urban World Through Tinted Glasses
Now OnFree Event

27th August to 27th September 2014 - Various Times | Free

 

Artist Clare Johnson displays her original prints, described as the urban world through tinted glasses.

Digital Revolution OngoingFree Event

3rd July to 14th September 2014 | 12.50; child aged 12-17 & NUS 8.50; child aged 5-12 5; under 5s Free; other concs 10.50

 
Night Moves
On Soon

29th Aug to 4th Sep 2014 - Various Times | 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

 

Environmental activists Josh and Dena hatch a hare-brained scheme to blow up a dam in the Oregon mountains. She uses her savings to purchase a ramshackle speedboat called Night Moves that he will pack with ...

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

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

 
Insights: Anna Nicole
On Soon

Monday 1st September 2014 - 7.30pm | 7-17

 

Discover more about the restaging of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Anna Nicole by the original production team.

The Royal Ballet: Deloitte Ignite
On Soon

5th to 28th September 2014 | phone for prices

 

The annual contemporary arts festival at the Royal Opera House. Curated by The Royal Ballet and The National Gallery's Minna Moore Ede, this year's festival is a feast of dance and visual art. The month-long ...

Insights: Cassandra: Talk
On Soon

Tuesday 9th September 2014 - 7.30pm | phone for prices

 

A talk based on Ondiviela's latest ballet.

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 worlds 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

Around The World In 80 Days Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st June to 31st August 2014 | TBC

 
Ant & Dec's Takeaway On Tour! On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 29th August 2014 at 7.30pm & Saturday 30th August 2014 at 2pm and 7.30pm | 53.35, 42.35, 31.35, 20% discount for family of 4 | on sale Nov 8, 9am

 

The Geordie duo Ant and Dec are taking their hit ITV show on the road for the first time with the same pranks, games and competitions as seen on TV. After taking home the most ...more

Marcia Griffiths & Friends
On Soon

Wednesday 10th September 2014 - 7pm-11pm | 30-45

 
Hillsong United
On Soon

Sunday 14th September 2014 - 7pm | 20.50-30.50

 

The band from Sydney, Australia performs its religious music.

Lee Evans: Monsters On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th September to 4th October 2014 | 34

 

As part of his mammoth Monsters tour, Lee Evans will be stopping by both the O2 and Wembley Arena in 2014, playing six nights at the O2 and four at Wembley. Renowned for his energetic ...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

 
Tony Hadley

Sunday 19th October 2014 | phone for prices

 

The lead singer of Spandau Ballet performs all their classic hits with the Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra.

Sir Alex Ferguson

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

 

The former manager of Manchester United launches the paperback of My Autobiography.

Celtic Woman: Emerald

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.

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

Bakermat
On Soon

Saturday 6th September 2014 - 10pm-6am | 20-25

 

The producer from Utrecht, Lodewijk Fluttert, plays dance music.

Davido
On Soon

Sunday 14th September 2014 - 7pm | 55

 

The Lagos-born Afropop singer, David Adedeji Adeleke, performs his hits. With support from Tiwa Savage.

Lauryn Hill
On Soon

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 2014 - 7pm-11pm | 42.50

 

The hip and rap performer from New Jersey and former member of The Fugees performs her self-penned material.

Hospitality
On Soon

Friday 26th September 2014 - 9pm-6am | 20

 

A night of drum'n'bass.

Sbtrkt

Thursday 2nd October 2014 - 7pm | 19.50, see website

 

The London-based producer, Aaron Jerome, performs his dance music material.With support from Denai Moore, Arkive

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

Antony and Cleopatra Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th May to 1st September 2014 | 5 (Standing), 15-42 (Seated)

 
Julius Caesar Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th June to 11th October 2014 | 5 (Standing), 15-42 (Seats)

 
The Comedy of Errors On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th August to 12th October 2014

 

Talented young director Blanche McIntyre (responsible for The Seagull, and Ciphers) brings a new production of The Comedy of Errors to Shakespeare's Globe from 30th August 2014. Basing his plot on a farce by Plautus, ...more

Antony & Cleopatra
On Soon

Sunday 31st August 2014 at 7pm & Monday 1st September 2014 at 8pm | Jul 25-Aug 24 15-42, Standing 5, Aug 31, Sep 1 25-45, Premium Tickets 60, Standing 10

 
Punishment Without Revenge On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st to 6th Sep 2014

 

They appeared on the Shakespeare's Globe stage in 2012 as part of the Globe to Globe festival, now, two years later Madrid-based theatre company Rakata return to stage Lope de Vega's classic Punishment Without Revenge, ...more

All events at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
 
 
 

Sadler's Wells Theatre

Modern contemporary dance and music performance space

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

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

Tube: Angel Station

 
 

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

 
 

Events at Sadler's Wells

The BYO Masterclass Series
On Soon

Sunday 7th September 2014 at 2.30pm-5pm and 7pm-8pm & Monday 8th September 2014 at 7.30pm-10pm | 16

 

A series of three public masterclasses in which leading figures from the world of opera work with BYO singers, coaching them on vocal and dramatic technique in a selection of arias and ensembles from the ...

British Youth Opera: The Little Green Swallow
On Soon

8th & 9th and 11th to 13th Sep 2014 - Various Times | 10-42

 

A production of Carlo Gozzi's The Little Green Swallow by British Youth Opera (BYO). The opera is the sequel to The Love of Three Oranges and is set in a fairy-tale world of singing apples ...

Mats Ek & Ana Laguna: KnowBody
On Soon

Friday 12th and Saturday 13th September 2014 - 7.30pm | phone for prices

 

Dance artists Mats Ek and Ana Laguna are part of this evening of dance works which also includes an excerpt from In your rooms, choreographed by Hofesh Shechter and performed by the members Sadler's Wells' ...

Elixir Extracts
On Soon

13th September 2014 at 4.30pm, 14th September 2014 at 3.30pm and 7pm & 15th September 2014 at 5pm | 10, concs 5

 

The Lilian Baylis Studio performance programme will feature older dancers from international companies and from across the UK.

Elixir Festival Workshops
On Soon

Sunday 14th September 2014 at 11am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm | booking required by telephone only 8, concs 4

 

A series of workshops incorporating dance for older performers, storytelling and dance and intergenerational creativity.

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

Hubble 3D
Ends Today

26th and 28th August 2014 at 11.45am & 27th August 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

 
Jerusalem 3D
Ends Today

26th and 28th August 2014 at 10.30am & 27th August 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

 
Lucy: An IMAX Experience
Ends Today

26th, 27th and 28th August 2014 at 2.15pm, 4.15pm, 6.30pm and 8.45pm | 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

 

American twenty-something Lucy is kidnapped by Korean mob boss Mr Jang and forced to work as a drugs mule, carrying a consignment of a valuable synthetic drug called CPH4 sewn into her stomach. During her ...

Under The Sea 3D: An IMAX 3D Experience
Ends Today

26th, 27th and 28th August 2014 - 1pm | 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 ...

The Metropolitan Opera Live: Macbeth

Saturday 11th October 2014 - 5.55pm | 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

 
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

Chamber Classics Unwrapped Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th January to 13th December 2014 | Various

 
FT Weekend Interview Series - Martin Amis
On Soon

Monday 1st September 2014 - 6.30pm-8.30pm | 45

 

The novelist will be in conversation with Financial Times columnist Philippe Sands QC.

John Fullbright
On Soon

Friday 5th September 2014 - 8pm | 15.50, savers 9.50

 

Americana, blues and folk originals by the singer-songwriter who comes from Oklahoma.

Deaths And Entrances: Dylan Thomas Symposium
On Soon

Thursday 11th September 2014 - 7pm | 14

 

Dannie Abse, Dan Llywelyn Hall, Andrew Lycett and George Tremlett discuss poet Dylan Thomas.

Bridget Christie: A Bic For Her
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Thursday 11th September 2014 - 8pm | 14.50, phone for availability

 

Passionate deconstruction of everyday sexism from the 2013 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner.

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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

Prom 56: Holst: The Planets

Thursday 28th August 2014 - 7.30pm | 7.50-34, disabled/under 18s 3.75-17

 

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic orchestra and choir to perform Holst's The Planets, Schoenberg's Five Orchestral Pieces and Scriabin's Promethee, La Poeme Du Feu. With pianist Alexander Toradze.

The BBC Proms 2014 Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th July to 13th September 2014 | Various prices (standing from 5)

 

A War Horse Prom, the first ever BBC Sport Prom, and a performance by the Pet Shop Boys are just some of the Proms 2014 highlights. Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, the Proms ...more

Prom 57: Mahler: Symphony No. 2, 'Resurrection'
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Friday 29th August 2014 - 7.30pm | 9.50-42, disabled/under 18s 4.75-21

 

Daniel Harding conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus and Swedish Radio Choir to perform Mahler's Symphony No 2 In C Minor 'Resurrection'. With soprano Kate Royal and mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn.

Alex Hutton
On SoonFree Event

Friday 29th August 2014 - 8pm | Free

 

The pianist performs jazz standards.

A Portrait Of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
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Saturday 30th August 2014 - 3pm | phone for prices

 

Sian Edwards conductors the ensemble in a performance of various works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Prom 58: Strauss - Salome
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Saturday 30th August 2014 - 7.30pm-9.35pm | 14-57

 

Donald Runnicles conducts the opera company in a performance of R Strauss' Salome. Sung in German.

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