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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

2018 Koestler Awards: I'm Still Here
Now OnFree Event

19th September to 4th November 2018 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
2018 Koestler Awards: I'm Still Here Southbank Centre 2018-09-192018-11-04 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Art, writing and music created by prisoners, secure patients and detainees, as well as those on community sentences across the UK.

Space Shifters
Ongoing

26th September 2018 to 6th January 2019 - Various Times | £15, NUS/OAP/unwaged £11.50, ages 12-16/Art Fund mems £7.50, under 12s Free

 
Space Shifters Southbank Centre 2018-09-262019-01-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Bach And The Cosmos: Bach Remixed

Tuesday 16th October 2018 - 7.30pm | £5-£30

 
Bach And The Cosmos: Bach Remixed Southbank Centre 2018-10-162018-10-16 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

JS Bach's work re-imagined by contemporary composers which includes guest director Roderick Williams and Nystedt, plus James Sparks.

Charlotte Bray: Chamber Music

Tuesday 16th October 2018 - 7.45pm | £15-£20

 
Charlotte Bray: Chamber Music Southbank Centre 2018-10-162018-10-16 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Mariani Piano Quartet and Huw Watkins perform the UK premiere of Bray's Beyond for violin; Invisible Cities for viola and piano and Oneiroi for piano, plus Emilie Mayer's Piano Quartet No 2 In G.

DakhaBrakha
On Soon

Wednesday 17th October 2018 - 7.30pm | £25

 
DakhaBrakha Southbank Centre 2018-10-172018-10-17 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The quartet melds music and theatre to reveal world of Ukrainian folklore.

Nana Mouskouri
On Soon

Wednesday 17th October 2018 - 7.30pm | £45-£65

 
Nana Mouskouri Southbank Centre 2018-10-172018-10-17 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The legendary singer performs a selection of her greatest hits from her multilingual repertoire, as well as tracks from her recently released 134th record: Forever Young.

Space Shifters On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th September 2018 to 6th January 2019 | £16.50

 
Space Shifters Southbank Centre 2018-09-262019-01-06 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

Macbeth
Ongoing

15th October 2018 to 18th January 2019 - Various Times | £10-£59.50, Premium Seats £75

 
Macbeth Barbican Centre 2018-10-152019-01-18 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Francis Upritchard: Wetwang Slack
OngoingFree Event

27th September 2018 to 6th January 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Francis Upritchard: Wetwang Slack Barbican Centre 2018-09-272019-01-06 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Richard Thompson

Tuesday 16th October 2018 - 7.30pm | £39.50-£49.50

 
Richard Thompson Barbican Centre 2018-10-162018-10-16 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The singer-songwriter and former guitarist of Fairport Convention performs his folk rock material.

Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy And The Avant-Garde Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th October 2018 to 27th January 2019 | £16, concs £12

 
Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy And The Avant-Garde Barbican Centre 2018-10-102019-01-27 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
BBC Symphony Orchestra
On Soon

Wednesday 17th October 2018 - 7.30pm | £12-£40

 
BBC Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre 2018-10-172018-10-17 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Sakari Oramo conducts the orchestra, with clarinettist Martin Frost, for Shostakovich's Symphony No 9, Copland's Clarinet Concerto and Prokofiev's Symphony No 6.

Colin Dunne: Concert
On Soon

17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Oct 2018 - 7.45pm | £18

 
Colin Dunne: Concert Barbican Centre 2018-10-172018-10-20 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Colin Dunne takes on the undanceable music of the enigmatic fiddle player, Tommie Potts, armed with a turntable, portable speakers and sheets of flooring.

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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 Ballet: Mayerling
Now On

8th to 30th October 2018 - Various Times | booking opens 25th July

 
Royal Ballet: Mayerling Royal Opera House 2018-10-082018-10-30 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Kenneth MacMillan's daring ballet inspired by the true story of the deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf and his teenage mistress Mary Vetsera.

Royal Opera: Das Rheingold
Now On

Tuesday 16th and Friday 26th October 2018 - 7.30pm | phone for availability

 
Royal Opera: Das Rheingold Royal Opera House 2018-09-242018-10-26 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Keith Warner's production of the first part of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Sung in German with English surtitles.

Royal Opera: Die Walkure
On Soon

Thursday 18th October 2018 at 4.30pm & Sunday 28th October 2018 at 4pm | phone for availability

 
Royal Opera: Die Walkure Royal Opera House 2018-09-262018-10-28 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Keith Warner's production of the second part of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Sung in German with English surtitles.

Royal Opera: Siegfried
On Soon

Sunday 21st October 2018 at 3pm & Wednesday 31st October 2018 at 4.30pm | phone for availability

 
Royal Opera: Siegfried Royal Opera House 2018-09-292018-10-31 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Keith Warner's production of the third part of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelunge. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Sung in German with English surtitles.

Verdi's Requiem
On Soon

Tuesday 23rd October 2018 - 7.30pm | £55-£296, phone for availability

 
Verdi's Requiem Royal Opera House 2018-10-232018-10-23 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Antonio Pappano conducts the fundraising performance of the famous choral work, with Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

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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

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

Jeff Lynne's ELO
On Soon

17th, 18th, 20th and 21st Oct 2018 - 6pm | £50-£115

 
Jeff Lynne's ELO The O2 Arena 2018-10-172018-10-21 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

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.

Enrique Iglesias
On Soon

Friday 19th October 2018 - 6.30pm | £45-£135

 
Enrique Iglesias The O2 Arena 2018-10-192018-10-19 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Spanish singer-songwriter, whose hits include Hero, performs his Latin-pop numbers.

U2: ePERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 23rd October 2018 | £30-£219

 
U2: ePERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour The O2 Arena 2018-10-232018-10-23 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr are back on the road with their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour, which comes to The O2 on Tuesday 23rd October 2018. The Irish quartet are so ...more

U2
On Soon

Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th October 2018 - 8pm | £35, phone for availability

 
U2 The O2 Arena 2018-10-232018-10-24 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Bono and co return to the circuit with live renditions of their most famous rock works - including With Or Without You and Sunday Bloody Sunday - plus material from the 2017 album, Songs Of ...

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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.

 
 
 
 

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
Joanna Lumley: It's All About Me
On Soon

Sunday 11th November 2018 - 7.30pm | £33.95-£66.95

 
Joanna Lumley: It's All About Me Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2018-11-112018-11-11 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

The comedian and actress discusses her life.

Christmas Spectacular 2018

Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd December 2018 at 3pm and 7.30pm | £32.85-£74.65

 
Christmas Spectacular 2018 Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2018-12-162018-12-23 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

West End vocalists join a show band and the Jingle Belle Dancers for sing-along seasonal songs including Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock, Merry Christmas Everyone, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town ...

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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

Tom Grennan

Tuesday 16th October 2018 - 8pm | £20, phone for availability

 
Tom Grennan O2 Academy Brixton 2018-10-162018-10-16 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The singer-songwriter performs with a bluesy, soulful tone balanced with an original indie flair.

Jorja Smith On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 17th October 2018

 
Jorja Smith O2 Academy Brixton 2018-10-172018-10-17 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Brits Critics Choice award winner Jorja Smith ends her biggest tour to date with a one-night-only gig at O2 Brixton Academy. Her star is certainly on the rise with a sold-out UK tour and new ...more

Editors
On Soon

Wednesday 24th October 2018 - 7pm | £27.50

 
Editors O2 Academy Brixton 2018-10-242018-10-24 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The four-piece from Birmingham, led by singer and guitarist Tom Smith, plays light and ethereal indie-rock and alternative rock.

5 Seconds Of Summer
On Soon

Monday 29th October 2018 - 7pm | £37.50, phone for availability

 
5 Seconds Of Summer O2 Academy Brixton 2018-10-292018-10-29 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The boy band quartet from Australia bring their commercial pop to the UK's stages.

John Grant
On Soon

Tuesday 30th October 2018 - 7pm | £32

 
John Grant O2 Academy Brixton 2018-10-302018-10-30 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The American-born, Iceland-based singer-songwriter and musician performs alt rock material in support of his fourth album.

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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

Comedy Store Players
On Soon

Friday 19th October 2018 - 7.30pm | £5 & £22, NUS £5 & £18

 
Comedy Store Players Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-10-192018-10-19 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Guest acts take to the stage for a night of Shakespeare-inspired improvised humour.

Macbeth
On Soon

7th November 2018 to 2nd February 2019 - Various Times | £10-£48

 
Macbeth Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-11-072019-02-02 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Shakespeare And Remembrance
On Soon

Sunday 11th November 2018 - 7pm | £10-£25

 
Shakespeare And Remembrance Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-11-112018-11-11 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

A cast of actors who are members or affiliates of the Soldiers' Arts Academy perform extracts from both Shakespeare's and contemporary works about war for Armistice day.

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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

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

Thursday 18th - Saturday 20th October 2018 | £16, child £12

 
Akram Khan Company: Chotto Desh Sadler's Wells 2018-10-182018-10-20 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Contemporary dance as cross-cultural storytelling, Chotto Desh, meaning 'small homeland', is aimed at children aged 7 and above and their families.DESH was an instant hit when it was first presented at Sadler's Wells in 2011. ...more

The Great Tamer
Now On

Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th October 2018 - 7.30pm | £12-£27

 
The Great Tamer Sadler's Wells 2018-10-162018-10-17 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Dimitris Papaioannou's enigmatic exploration of life in an elemental production that seduces the imagination with scenes of birth, death, destruction and reconstruction.

Taj Express Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd to 20th October 2018 | £15-£45, under 16s £7.50-£22.50

 
Taj Express Sadler's Wells 2018-10-022018-10-20 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

After a popular run here last summer, Taj Express returns to The Peacock, bringing dance, Bollywood stars and songs from the composer of the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack to the West End. The story follows young ...more

China National Peking Opera Company: The Emperor And The Concubine
On Soon

Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October 2018 - 7.30pm | £24-£85

 
China National Peking Opera Company: The Emperor And The Concubine Sadler's Wells 2018-10-192018-10-20 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

This beautiful, love story, a masterpiece championed by the Peking Opera Master Mei Lanfang, showcases the masterful art of Peking Opera with its elegant and enchanting dance, song and music.

The Crossroads Inn, The Monkey King And The Leopard
On Soon

Saturday 20th October 2018 - 2.30pm | £15-£55

 
The Crossroads Inn, The Monkey King And The Leopard Sadler's Wells 2018-10-202018-10-20 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A double bill of short mime and martial arts plays by the China National Peking Opera Company

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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
Carducci Quartet
On Soon

Wednesday 17th October 2018 - 7.30pm | £19.50-£39.50

 
Carducci Quartet Kings Place 2018-10-172018-10-17 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The group performs Bartok's String Quartet No 4 and String Quartet No 5, plus Kurtag's Officium Breve.

Altan
On Soon

Thursday 18th October 2018 - 8pm | £21.50

 
Altan Kings Place 2018-10-182018-10-18 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The group performs traditional Irish music steeped in old Gaelic singing styles.

Instruments Of Time And Truth
On Soon

Friday 19th October 2018 - 7.30pm | £29.50-£49.50

 
Instruments Of Time And Truth Kings Place 2018-10-192018-10-19 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Edward Higginbottom conducts Handel's Triumph Of Time And Truth, with Oxford Voices.

Urban Sound
On Soon

Friday 19th October 2018 - 8pm | £14.50

 
Urban Sound Kings Place 2018-10-192018-10-19 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Korean percussionist Jihye Kim and Taiwanese/Australian pianist Belle Chen, collaborate in a performance of experimental music based around traditional Korean forms.

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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

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

Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 14th December 2018 | £25-£75

 
Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas Royal Albert Hall 2018-12-142018-12-14 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

A mixture of jazz classics, unearthed treasures and Christmas oddities that'll put a swing in your step as the festive season kicks off, from Count Basie to Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Louis Prima played ...more

Whose Line Is It Anyway? Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th December 2018 | £30-£65

 
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Royal Albert Hall 2018-12-152018-12-16 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The legendary improv show celebrates its 30th birthday with an exclusive run of three festive shows. With Colin Mochrie, Josie Lawrence, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Jeff Davis and musicians Laura Hall and Linda Taylor, who ...more

Francis Cabrel

Tuesday 16th October 2018 - 7.30pm | £30-£65

 
Francis Cabrel Royal Albert Hall 2018-10-162018-10-16 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Originally from the South of France, singer-songwriter Cabrel's folk-and-blues-influenced pop music output includes 13 studio albums and six live albums and greatest hits.

Guys and Dolls On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October 2018 | £17.50-£85

 
Guys and Dolls Royal Albert Hall 2018-10-192018-10-20 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Adrian Lester, Jason Manford and Clive Rowe - reprising his Olivier Award-winning role - star in a semi-staged version of the classic musical comedy, Guys and Dolls, staged for just three performances this October at ...more

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