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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

Andreas Gursky
Ongoing

25th January to 22nd April 2018 - 11am-8pm | £16

 
Andreas Gursky Southbank Centre 2018-01-252018-04-22 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Darkness Visible
OngoingFree Event

16th November 2017 to 25th February 2018 - 11am-8pm | Free

 
Darkness Visible Southbank Centre 2017-11-162018-02-25 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
London Concert Orchestra: Simply Gershwin

Saturday 24th February 2018 - 2.30pm | £16.50-£47.50

 
London Concert Orchestra: Simply Gershwin Southbank Centre 2018-02-242018-02-24 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Alfonso Casado Trigo conducts a selection of toe-tapping tunes from America's greatest composer, with pianist Viv McLean and vocalists Katie Birtill and Rodney Earl Clarke.

Mozart Festival Orchestra

Saturday 24th February 2018 - 7.30pm | £14.50-£41.50

 
Mozart Festival Orchestra Southbank Centre 2018-02-242018-02-24 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Steven Devine conducts Mozart's Overture, The Marriage Of Figaro, Non Piu Andrai from The Marriage Of Figaro, Voi, Che Sapete from The Marriage Of Figaro, Duet, Sull'aria Che Soave Zeffiretto from The Marriage Of Figaro, ...

Andreas Gursky Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th January to 22nd April 2018 | £14.50, student £11, 12-16 Years £7.25, Under 12 Free

 
Andreas Gursky Southbank Centre 2018-01-252018-04-22 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
ABBA: Super Troupers Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th December 2017 to 29th April 2018 | £15-£25

 
ABBA: Super Troupers Southbank Centre 2017-12-142018-04-29 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Daniel Cook: Organ
On Soon

Monday 26th February 2018 - 7.30pm | £15

 
Daniel Cook: Organ Southbank Centre 2018-02-262018-02-26 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

JS Bach's Fantasia And Fugue In G Minor, Stanford's Sonata No 2 In G Minor, Durufle's Prelude Et Fugue Sur Le Nom D'Alain and Vierne's Symphonie No 6 In B Minor.

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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

Nils Frahm
Ends Today

21st and 23rd February 2018 at 7.30pm & 24th February 2018 at 8pm | £30-£35

 
Nils Frahm Barbican Centre 2018-02-212018-02-24 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The minimalist pianist and composer from Germany performs his latest works.

Yto Barrada
OngoingFree Event

7th February to 20th May 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Yto Barrada Barbican Centre 2018-02-072018-05-20 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
The People's Forest: Gayle Chong Kwan
OngoingFree Event

13th October 2017 to 18th March 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
The People's Forest: Gayle Chong Kwan Barbican Centre 2017-10-132018-03-18 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Smile Upon Us, Lord On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

28th Feb, 1st Mar, 2nd Mar and 3rd Mar 2018 | £16-£100

 
Smile Upon Us, Lord Barbican Centre 2018-02-282018-03-03 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Starring a 40-plus cast, Smile Upon Us, Lord is staged at the Barbican by Russia's Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre, led by esteemed Artistic Director Rimas Tuminas whose "tableaus of striking beauty and grace are a ...more

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

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

 
Another Kind Of Life: Photography On The Margins Barbican Centre 2018-02-282018-05-27 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
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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: Carmen Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 6th - Friday 16th March 2018 | £8-£195

 
Royal Opera: Carmen Royal Opera House 2018-02-062018-03-16 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Australian director Barrie Kosky - "a maverick whose successes include a radical staging of Handel's oratorio Saul at Glyndebourne" (Telegraph) - presents a daring new production of Carmen which is "set to shock" those who ...more

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

Monday 15th - Saturday 3rd March 2018 | £9-£195

 
Royal Opera: Tosca Royal Opera House 2018-01-152018-03-03 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Dan Ettinger and Placido Domingo conduct three casts led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Angela Gheorghiu and Martina Serafin in Puccini's emotionally wrought thriller about a singer, who pledges to give herself to the sadistic chief of ...more

The Winter's Tale Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th February to 21st March 2018 | £4-£115

 
The Winter's Tale Royal Opera House 2018-02-132018-03-21 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

After creating Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for The Royal Ballet in 2011 - the company's first full length ballet since 1995 - Christopher Wheeldon then went on to adapt Shakespeare's great romance, The ...more

Royal Ballet: The Winter's Tale
Now On

13th February to 21st March 2018 - Various Times | £4-£115

 
Royal Ballet: The Winter's Tale Royal Opera House 2018-02-132018-03-21 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Alondra de la Parra and Tom Seligman conduct a revival of Christopher Wheeldon's full-length ballet based on Shakespeare's enduring tale of love, loss and reconciliation set to music by Joby Talbot. King Leontes accuses his ...

Concerto / Le Baiser de la fee / Elite Syncopations Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th October 2017 to 11th May 2018 | £4-£55

 
Concerto / Le Baiser de la fee / Elite Syncopations Royal Opera House 2017-10-182018-05-11 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres
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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

Paloma Faith On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 14th March 2018 | £35-£45

 
Paloma Faith The O2 Arena 2018-03-142018-03-14 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Paloma Faith, the London-hailing soul-pop singer-songwriter, well known for her quirky, eccentric style, goes on tour singing from her fourth album, 'The Architect'- her first in more than three years and since giving birth to ...more

Flight Of The Conchords Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 29th - Tuesday 3rd April 2018 | £25-£65

 
Flight Of The Conchords The O2 Arena 2018-03-292018-04-03 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

New Zealand-based comedy duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement present their popular parody songs from the cult TV show of the same name. Staging their first UK and Irish headlining tour in over seven years, ...more

The Script
Ends Today

Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th February 2018 - 6.30pm | £37.50-£99

 
The Script The O2 Arena 2018-02-232018-02-24 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

This 2001-formed, three-piece group who hail from Dublin, bring their original pop-rock tunes to the stage.

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

23rd February to 9th September 2018

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

Wednesday 28th February and Thursday 1st March 2018 - 7pm | £36

 
Imagine Dragons The O2 Arena 2018-02-282018-03-01 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The American outfit, led by vocalist Dan Reynolds, perform their indie-rock hits in support of their third album, Evolve.

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Wembley Stadium

Magnificent sports venue and the home of English football

Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 
 

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

 
 

Events at Wembley Stadium

Game Of Thrones: Live Concert Experience

Sunday 27th May 2018 - 7pm | £67-£220

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

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

Ed Sheeran

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

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

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

Taylor Swift

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

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

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

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The West End's oldest and most spectacular theatre

Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Holborn Station, Temple Station

 
 

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

 
 

Events at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

42nd Street Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th March 2017 to 20th October 2018 | £25-£125

 
42nd Street Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2017-03-202018-10-20 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres
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The O2 Academy Brixton

Superb music venue in a lively area of London

211 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London, SW9 9SL

Tube: Brixton Station

 
 

This former cinema with its art deco interior, proscenium arch and 140ft dome is London's most celebrated venue for live music, winning Best Live Venue at the NME awards at least a dozen times since 1994 . The famous sloping floor means there are great views wherever you're standing, though keeping your feet can be a problem at the more raucous rock gigs. Most of the biggest bands in the world have played here, and it also holds some of Britain's hardest club nights. Located in one of the hardest-partying areas of London, with a capacity of 4,700, excellent sound, a 6am licence, and one of the biggest dance floors in the capital, this is the only place to watch your favourite bands and DJs.

 
 

Events at O2 Academy Brixton

Franz Ferdinand

Saturday 24th February 2018 - 7pm | £29.50

 
Franz Ferdinand O2 Academy Brixton 2018-02-242018-02-24 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Glasgow indie-rock collective, led by Alex Kapronas, perform in support of their long-awaited new album, Always Ascending.

Morrissey On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 1st March 2018

 
Morrissey O2 Academy Brixton 2018-03-012018-03-01 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The former Smiths frontman, outspoken vegetarian and bequiffed purveyor of witty melancholia performs his solo material alongside songs written with his erstwhile collaborator Johnny Marr, a body of work that spans four decades. Morrissey plays ...more

Wiley
On Soon

Friday 2nd March 2018 - 7pm | £28.50

 
Wiley O2 Academy Brixton 2018-03-022018-03-02 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The legendary grime MC and producer - aka Richard Kylea Cowie - present his MOBO award-winning blend of grime, dancehall and UKG.

Vance Joy
On Soon

Wednesday 7th March 2018 - 7pm | £24.40

 
Vance Joy O2 Academy Brixton 2018-03-072018-03-07 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Folk-pop singer-songwriter and musician hailing from Melbourne.

At The Drive In
On Soon

Friday 9th March 2018 - 7pm | £39.50

 
At The Drive In O2 Academy Brixton 2018-03-092018-03-09 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

American punk-rock collective led by vocalist Cedric Bixler.

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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

The Captive Queen
Now On

2nd February to 4th March 2018 - Various Times | £20-£48, Premium Tickets £62, fixed position standing £10

 
The Captive Queen Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-02-022018-03-04 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Barrie Rutter, Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides, directs a bold reimagining of John Dryden's Restoration drama about an ageing Emperor, his Governor and two fratricidal sons, who are united in their infatuation with the same ...

All's Well That Ends Well Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

11th January to 3rd March 2018 | £20-£48, Premium Tickets £62, fixed position standing £10

 
All's Well That Ends Well Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-01-112018-03-03 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

After her "splendid" (The Guardian) production of The Taming of the Shrew in 2016, Caroline Byrne directs Annie Siddons' reimagining of Shakespeare's drama All's Well That Ends Well to the Globe's candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. ...more

Playing Shakespeare
On Soon

28th Feb, 3rd Mar, 10th Mar and 17th Mar 2018 - Various Times | £5 & £15

 
Playing Shakespeare Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-02-242018-03-24 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

A version of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing adapted and shortened for a family audience.

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons
On Soon

9th March to 21st April 2018 - Various Times | £20-£48, Premium Tickets £62, fixed position standing £10

 
Vivaldi's The Four Seasons Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-03-092018-04-21 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Finn Caldwell and Toby Olie co-direct a poetic narrative response to composer Max Richter's recomposition of Vivaldi's masterpiece, which combines the puppetry of Gyre & Gimble and the artistry of a quintet of London's finest ...

The Little Matchgirl And Other Happier Tales

27th March to 21st April 2018 - Various Times | £20-£48, Premium Tickets £62, fixed position standing £10

 
The Little Matchgirl And Other Happier Tales Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2018-03-272018-04-21 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Emma Rice directs a revival of the Shakespeare's Globe and Bristol Old Vic co-production of Hans Christian Andersen's tales The Little Match Girl, The Princess And The Pea, The Emperor's New Clothes and Thumbelina, told ...

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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

Beats On Pointe
Ends Today

20th to 24th Feb 2018 - Various Times | £15-£40

 
Beats On Pointe Sadler's Wells 2018-02-202018-02-24 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Classical ballet goes toe-to-toe with street dance in this fun-fuelled dance mash-up that also includes beatboxing, singing and freestyle performances.

Ballet Flamenco Jesus Carmona: Impetus

Saturday 24th February 2018 at 3.30pm and 7.30pm | £12-£42

 
Ballet Flamenco Jesus Carmona: Impetus Sadler's Wells 2018-02-242018-02-24 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A new work by the flamenco performer.

Flamenco Festival London Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th to 25th February 2018 | £12-£42

 
Flamenco Festival London Sadler's Wells 2018-02-142018-02-25 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The annual foot-stamping Flamenco Festival London, a fortnight long festival featuring seven shows, celebrates its 15th anniversary at Sadler's Wells in spring 2018. Highlights of this year's festival include singer Carmen Linares and rising stars ...more

Compania Rafaela Carrasco: Born A Shadow
On Soon

Sunday 25th February 2018 - 7.30pm | £12-£42

 
Compania Rafaela Carrasco: Born A Shadow Sadler's Wells 2018-02-252018-02-25 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The work deals with lives of Spanish women through the years.

German Cornejo: Tango After Dark On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

28th February to 17th March 2018 | £15-£42

 
German Cornejo: Tango After Dark Sadler's Wells 2018-02-282018-03-17 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The Peacock Theatre will be reminiscent of Buenos Aires this February as Argentina's Tango superstar German Cornejo leads his dance company of 10 in the intimate and sensual Tango After Dark. Having wowed audiences here ...more

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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
Albion Quartet
On Soon

Sunday 25th February 2018 - 6.30pm | £9.50-£29.50

 
Albion Quartet Kings Place 2018-02-252018-02-25 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The group performs Peter Fribbins's String Quartet No 2 After Cromer, Haydn's String Quartet No 3 In C, Emperor, Suk's Meditation On The Old Czech Chorale 'St Wenceslas' and Dvorak's String Quartet No 12 In ...

Thomas Gould
On Soon

Wednesday 28th February 2018 - 8pm | £8.50 & £16.50

 
Thomas Gould Kings Place 2018-02-282018-02-28 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Violinists, Thomas Gould and Jamie Campbell, violist Max Baillie and cellist Oliver Coates perform Michel Van Der Aa's Memo For Violin And Tape, Nico Muhly's A Long Line For Violin And Tape, Michael Gordon's Industry ...

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment
On Soon

Thursday 1st March 2018 - 7.30pm | £9.50-£39.50

 
Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment Kings Place 2018-03-012018-03-01 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The orchestra performs Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 5 In D, plus Handel's Organ Concerto Op 4 No 1 In G Minor and Organ Concerto No 5 In G Minor.

Dame Evelyn Glennie & O/Modernt Quartet
On Soon

Friday 2nd March 2018 - 7.30pm | £9.50-£39.50

 
Dame Evelyn Glennie & O/Modernt Quartet Kings Place 2018-03-022018-03-02 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The ensemble performs Askell Masson's Frum, Purcell's Chacony In G Minor, Janacek's String Quartet No 1 Kreutzer Sonata, Beethoven's Grosse Fuge, Osvaldo Golijov's Tenebrae, Tenney's Having Never Written A Note For Percussion and Albert Schnelzer's ...

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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

Eliades Ochoa Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 25th April 2018 | £25-£60

 
Eliades Ochoa Royal Albert Hall 2018-04-252018-04-25 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

One of the most important Cuban musicians of all time, the former Buena Vista Social Club frontman, Eliades Ochoa, makes his solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall, fronting his own band. A winner of ...more

Hacienda Classical Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 28th September 2018 | £25-£75

 
Hacienda Classical Royal Albert Hall 2018-09-282018-09-28 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Pioneering DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering perform alongside the Manchester Camerata orchestra and special guests for a performance of Hacienda classics. Hacienda Classical won rave reviews after its first Royal Albert Hall visit, NME ...more

Black Voices
On Soon

Thursday 1st March 2018 - 9.30pm | £15

 
Black Voices Royal Albert Hall 2018-03-012018-03-01 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The all-female a cappella collective perform soulful jazz with blues elements.

Morrissey On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 7th March 2018 | £45-£100

 
Morrissey Royal Albert Hall 2018-03-072018-03-07 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The singer-songwriter who rose to prominence as lead vocalist for 80s band, The Smiths, plays four sold out shows in London at the O2 Academy Brixton, Royal Albert Hall, Alexandra Palace and the London Palladium ...more

Steven Wilson Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th, 28th and 29th March 2018 | £25-£65

 
Steven Wilson Royal Albert Hall 2018-03-272018-03-29 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Grammy-nominated progressive rock musician and record producer Steven Wilson ("the most successful British artist you've never heard of" - The Telegraph) performs material from his latest album, To The Bone. A collection of "artful, sophisticated ...more

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