Entertainments near Big Ben

ADDRESS
Big Ben, Parliament Square, Westminster, St Margaret Street, London SW1A 0AA
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Tours Mon to Fri 9.15am, 10.15am, 11.15am & 2.15pm | Max number: 16 people per tour
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St John's Smith Square
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 5 minutes walk from Big Ben
Situated in the heart of Westminster, this stunning 18th century church was designed by architect Thomas Archer and completed in 1728. It is considered one... More
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The Slug And Lettuce
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
County Hall, 5 Chicheley Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes walk from Big Ben
Situated in the heart of London at Southbank, and right in front of tourists' favourite the London Eye, The Slug and Lettuce is the perfect... More
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The Vaults
London > Entertainment
Leake Street, SE1 | 8 minutes walk from Big Ben
The Vaults under Waterloo are an intriguing venue that play host to a number of underground events.... More
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Playhouse Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Northumberland Avenue, Westminster, London WC2N | 10 minutes walk from Big Ben
A short step away from the main strip of West End theatres, the Playhouse's stylish curved facade is rather lost among the towering architecture of... More
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Southbank Centre
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 10 minutes walk from Big Ben
London's hub of cultural arts, The Southbank Centre announced in March 2013 that it's set for a 100 million revamp that will see the 1960s... More
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Southbank Centre: Purcell Room
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 10 minutes walk from Big Ben
Housed in the same modernist block as the Royal Festival Hall and sandwiched between it and the Hayward Gallery, the Purcell Room has a 372-seat... More
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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall
London > Entertainment > Live Music
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 10 minutes walk from Big Ben
Located by the River Thames, with sweeping views of the capital from the London Eye to St Paul's Cathedral, the Southbank Centre is a unique... More
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London Wonderground Spiegeltent
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, SE1 | 10 minutes walk from Big Ben
Each summer, from May to September, a Speigeltent (from the Dutch for 'mirror tent') is set up in the shadow of the Southbank Centre, to... More
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BFI IMAX Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 11 minutes walk from Big Ben
With a huge 26m x 20m screen, a 12,000 watt digital surround sound-system, and the special multi-dimensional technology of the IMAX format (short for Image... More
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Old Vic Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
103 The Cut, South Bank, London SE1 | 13 minutes walk from Big Ben
With the exception of The Globe, the Old Vic has had a greater influence on the history of drama than any theatre standing today. From... More
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Curzon Victoria
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
58 Victoria Street, SW1E | 13 minutes walk from Big Ben
Curzon Victoria is the chain's seventh London venue, providing a boutique cinema option in central London. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a... More
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Westminster Cathedral
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
42 Francis Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 13 minutes walk from Big Ben
Neo-Byzantine Roman Catholic church. London’s only example of neo-Byzantine architecture and principal Roman Catholic Church, offers a magnificent campanile that emerges 274 feet into the sky.... More
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National Theatre: Dorfman Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 | 13 minutes walk from Big Ben
Replacing the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre, which closed on 23rd February 2013, the Dorfman Theatre will see the site redeveloped, with a greater capacity, more... More
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London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)
London > Entertainment > Theatres
St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 14 minutes walk from Big Ben
London Coliseum is a magnificent historic building and an excellent venue in which to enjoy the soaring sounds and high drama of some truly thrilling... More
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Savoy Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 14 minutes walk from Big Ben
Situated alongside the Savoy Hotel, the building of the current theatre with its Art Deco auditorium, was financed by Richard d'Oyly Carte with the considerable... More
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The Young Vic
London > Entertainment > Theatres
66 The Cut, South Bank, London SE1 | 14 minutes walk from Big Ben
Knocked together out of breeze blocks for a minimal budget in 1970, Lawrence Olivier's experimental theatre was intended to last for five years, and provide... More
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National Theatre Studio
London > Entertainment > Theatres
83-101 The Cut, SE1 | 14 minutes walk from Big Ben
The National Theatre Studio is home to the National Theatre's Archive, open to anyone with an interest in the theatre's history. The archive includes every... More
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Odeon Leicester Square
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 15 minutes walk from Big Ben
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the biggest of the... More
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St James Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
12 Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 15 minutes walk from Big Ben
Billed by its operators as 'the first newly built central London theatre in 30 years', St James Theatre opens... More
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Comedy Store
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
1a Oxendon Street, Soho, London SW1Y | 15 minutes walk from Big Ben
The Comedy Store is the spiritual home of stand-up in the UK. Despite being the best large comedy venue in the country, the Store still... More
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The 99 Club
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
Storm Nightclub, 28a Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 15 minutes walk from Big Ben
Playing across multiple venues across London seven days a week and 52 weeks a year - do they really put on shows on Christmas Day?... More
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Prince of Wales Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Coventry Street, Soho, London W1D | 15 minutes walk from Big Ben
Theatres have stood on this spot since 1884, perfectly placed to draw the attention of the great crowds moving between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.... More
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Wyndham's Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 15 minutes walk from Big Ben
Wyndham's Theatre opened in Charing Cross Road on 16th November 1899 and was owned by Charles Wyndham. One of its biggest hits was Sandy Wilson's... More
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Victoria Palace Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Victoria Street, Victoria, London SW1E | 15 minutes walk from Big Ben
The exterior of the Victoria Palace is among the most impressive of any theatre in London. Before the advent of air travel, the giant arch,... More
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Rambert
London > Entertainment > Theatres
99 Upper Ground, SE1 | 16 minutes walk from Big Ben
Founded by Marie Rambert in 1926, who was heavily influenced by her work with Diaghilev, Stravinsky and the Ballet Russes, Rambert dance company is one... More
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Criterion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1V | 16 minutes walk from Big Ben
The tiny entrance of the Criterion Theatre is almost invisible among the massive advertisements, traffic and crowds of Piccadilly Circus. To ignore it, however, is... More
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The Hippodrome
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 16 minutes walk from Big Ben
Most Londoners have a feeling of nostalgia when they see The Hippodrome, a famous and historic Grade II listed building adjacent to Leicester Square. What... More
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Vue West End
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 16 minutes walk from Big Ben
Vue West End is located on the north east side of London's Leicester Square. The nine screen cinema shows all the latest releases and has... More
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Prince Charles Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
7 Leicester Place, Soho, London WC2H | 16 minutes walk from Big Ben
Having achieved almost cult status, this reasonably-priced, independent cinema in the heart of Leicester Square is not quite the true hidden gem it once... More
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Arts Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
6-7 Great Newport Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 17 minutes walk from Big Ben
The Arts Theatre was built in 1927 as a members club, which allowed it to circumvent the censorship laws and perform unusual and avant garde... More
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Bernadel Quartet
Concerts | On 29th January 2015 

St John's Smith Square 5 minutes walk from Big Ben

The quartet performs George Benjamin's Viola, Viola and Mozart's Quintet In C....More

TSOL Live: New Year's Resolutions
Exhibitions | On 29th January 2015 

Emmanuel Centre 6 minutes walk from Big Ben

Live event from The School of Life with five of the UK's best thinkers speaking to help you make inspired ...More

Rogue Elephant
Theatre | Until 5th March 2015 

The Vaults, Arch 233 8 minutes walk from Big Ben

Work-in-progress performances of Richard Marsh's sitcom in which a poet is forced to scrape a living writing rhymes for greetings ...More

Baby Lame: Don't Call It A Comeback!
Theatre | Until 31st January 2015 

The Vaults, Arch 233 8 minutes walk from Big Ben

A suitably-dark and crazy show featuring song, dance, film and performance, from the cabaret performer and her madcap family....More

Carnatic Beatbox: Jyotsna Srikanth And Shlomo
Concerts | On 29th January 2015 

Southbank Centre 10 minutes walk from Big Ben

Carnatic violinist Jyotsna Srikanth and beatboxer Shlomo collaborate in a concert featuring Indian and Western percussion, piano, jazz trumpet, jazz ...More

Louis Lortie Piano
Concerts | On 29th January 2015 

Southbank Centre 10 minutes walk from Big Ben

The pianist performs Faure's Prelude from Pelleas Et Melisande and 9 Preludes, alongside Scriabin's 24 Preludes....More

Gamelan Intermediate Course
Exhibitions | Until 26th March 2015 

Southbank Centre 10 minutes walk from Big Ben

Introductory gamelan workshops....More

T.J. Demos: The Rights Of Nature: Contemporary Art And The Politics Of Ecology: Talk
Exhibitions | On 29th January 2015 

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 10 minutes walk from Big Ben

A presentation that examines the definition of nature....More

A Taste Of Tuscany
Leisure | On 29th January 2015 

Southbank Centre 10 minutes walk from Big Ben

Sample wines from the region....More

Artist Led Workshops
Exhibitions | Until 19th March 2015 

Tate Britain 12 minutes walk from Big Ben

Gain a deeper knowledge of art....More

 

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February 2015 Half Term in London
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London has a generous programme of family friendly events and activities this half term, as well as a great selection ...More

 
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Painting Paradise: The Art Of The Garden
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Exhibitions | 20th March 2015 - 11th October 2015 

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Scenes from royal gardens at Buckingham Palace, Whitehall and Hampton Court are shown in Painting Paradise, an exhibition ...More

 
The War On Drugs
Concerts | 24th February 2015 - 2nd March 2015 

Brixton Academy

Indie-rock with elements of country from the four-strong band from Philadelphia fronted by Adam Granduciel. With their November tour having ...More

Friday Late: Farewell Leicester Square
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Exhibitions | On 6th February 2015 

London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum stays open late to commemorate and celebrate the end of the First World War with a 1920s ...More

 
Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race
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Exhibitions | On 17th February 2015 

Victoria Tower Gardens

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Classics in the Courtyard
Classics in the Courtyard
Film Events | Until 28th March 2015 

Hush Brasserie

Despite the freezing temperatures, Londoners are invited to climb out from under their blankets and enjoy some al fresco movies ...More

 
The Cocktail Trading Company Development Bar and Table
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Opened Mid-January 2015 

Situated in the basement below Central & Co, on Great Marlborough Street, The Cocktail Trading Co Development Bar & Table, ...More

 
Honest Burgers Clapham
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Opened 10th January 2015 

Gourmet burger chain Honest Burgers, launched in Brixton Market in 2011 by founders Tom Barton, Dorian Waite and Phil Eeles, ...More

 
Sky Garden
Sky Garden
Opened 5th January 2015 

The free-to-access Sky Garden, occupying the top three floors of Rafael Vinoly's 37 storey, 525ft 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the ...More

 
 
 
 
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