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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

Hippity Hop
Now On

14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Feb 2019 at 10.30am and 2.30pm | £12, child £9, phone for availability

 
Hippity Hop Southbank Centre 2019-02-132019-02-17 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

An interactive and multi-sensory hip hop show with poetry, puppetry, music and movement.

Diane Arbus: In The Beginning
Ongoing

13th February to 6th May 2019 - Various Times | £14, child £6.75, concs £11

 
Diane Arbus: In The Beginning Southbank Centre 2019-02-132019-05-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Kader Attia: The Museum Of Emotion
Ongoing

13th February to 6th May 2019 - Various Times | £14, child £6.75, concs £11

 
Kader Attia: The Museum Of Emotion Southbank Centre 2019-02-132019-05-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Constructing Spaces
OngoingFree Event

17th October 2018 to 31st March 2019 - 10am | Free

 
Constructing Spaces Southbank Centre 2018-10-172019-03-31 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Fun DMC
Free Event

Saturday 16th February 2019 - 1pm | Free

 
Fun DMC Southbank Centre 2019-02-162019-02-16 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Fun for all the family.

Dave Gorman: With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint

Saturday 16th February 2019 - 8pm-10pm | £35, concs £26.25

 
Dave Gorman: With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint Southbank Centre 2019-02-162019-02-16 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The Stafford-born stand-up who worked as a writer on TV comedies The Fast Show and The Mrs Merton Show presents his latest tour featuring Powerpoint presentations.

The Singing Mermaid: Little Angel Theatre
Now On

16th to 19th Feb 2019 - Various Times | £16, child/concs £12

 
The Singing Mermaid: Little Angel Theatre Southbank Centre 2019-02-162019-02-20 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A musical and puppet adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks's story.

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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

Making Music Together
OngoingFree Event

16th January to 23rd March 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Making Music Together Barbican Centre 2019-01-162019-03-23 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Daria Martin: Tonight The World
OngoingFree Event

31st January to 7th April 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Daria Martin: Tonight The World Barbican Centre 2019-01-312019-04-07 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
The Third Orchestra

Saturday 16th February 2019 at 3pm and 7.30pm | £16, Young Barbican £5, under 16s £8

 
The Third Orchestra Barbican Centre 2019-02-162019-02-16 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The musicians perform experimental works containing a wide range of influences.

London Symphony Orchestra
On Soon

Sunday 17th February 2019 - 7pm | £16-£56, Wildcard £10, under 18s £5, phone for availability

 
London Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre 2019-02-172019-02-17 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Rameau's Les Indes Galantes - Suite, Ravel's Piano Concerto In G and La Valse, Betsy Jolas's A Little Summer Suite and Poulenc's Les Biches - Suite, with the pianist Daniil Trifonov.

Pantha Du Prince
On Soon

Tuesday 19th February 2019 - 8.30pm | £17.50

 
Pantha Du Prince Barbican Centre 2019-02-192019-02-19 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The German musician and producer Hendrik Weber, performs his original electronic and experimental compositions. Supported by Leifur James.

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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

The Royal Ballet School / Royal Ballet / The Two Pigeons Ends Today

Tuesday 12th - Saturday 16th February 2019 | £3-£70

 
The Royal Ballet School / Royal Ballet / The Two Pigeons Royal Opera House 2019-02-122019-02-16 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

The Royal Ballet School and The Royal Ballet share the stage for a mixed programme including Ashton's charming tale of young love.more

Royal Opera: Berenice Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 27th - Sunday 7th April 2019 | SOLD OUT

 
Royal Opera: Berenice Royal Opera House 2019-03-272019-04-07 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Adele Thomas directs Handel's opera, Berenice, which premiered over 250 years ago at the Covent Garden Theatre, a forerunner to the Royal Opera House. Opening the 2019 London Handel Festival, this new co-production between The ...more

Royal Opera: Katya Kabanova Now On

Monday 4th - Tuesday 26th February 2019 | £6-£125

 
Royal Opera: Katya Kabanova Royal Opera House 2019-02-042019-02-26 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Richard Jones's production of Janacek's intense opera, conducted by Edward Garnder, about an unhappily married woman enticed by another man. Sung in Czech with English surtitles.more

Royal Ballet: Don Quixote
Now On

15th February to 4th April 2019 - Various Times | £5-£120

 
Royal Ballet: Don Quixote Royal Opera House 2019-02-152019-04-04 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Carlos Acosta's vibrant production of Petipa's ballet which follows Don Quixote and his servant as they set out for a chivalrous adventure.

The Royal Ballet: Don Quixote Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th February to 4th April 2019 | £5-£120

 
The Royal Ballet: Don Quixote Royal Opera House 2019-02-152019-04-04 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

A "fantastical folly of a show" (Evening Standard), Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote, his first major production for the Royal Ballet, receives its second revival six years after it premiered here at the Royal Opera House ...more

Family Sundays: Romeo and Juliet On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th February to 17th March 2019 | £8-£10

 
Family Sundays: Romeo and Juliet Royal Opera House 2019-02-172019-03-17 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Step into Shakespeare's world with a fun-packed day of activities as the Royal Opera Housecelebrates the return of MacMillan's ballet masterpiece Romeo and Juliet. These Family Sundays are aimed at children aged 3 to 10, ...more

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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

Becoming: An Evening With Michelle Obama Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Sunday 14th April 2019 | £35.75-£485.50

 
Becoming: An Evening With Michelle Obama The O2 Arena 2019-04-142019-04-14 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

After Michelle Obama's book tour talk at the Southbank Centre in December 2018 sold out within minutes it quickly became clear she would need a bigger room. The O2 should do the trick. On Sunday ...more

The BRIT Awards 2019
On Soon

Wednesday 20th February 2019 - 6.30pm | £120

 
The BRIT Awards 2019 The O2 Arena 2019-02-202019-02-20 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The annual celebration of British and international music hosted by Jack Whitehall featuring performances by Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Rag'n'Bone Man, George Ezra, Little Mix, Jorja Smith, The 1975 and Jess ...

Massive Attack
On Soon

Friday 22nd February 2019 - 6.30pm | £32.50-£42.50, phone for availability

 
Massive Attack The O2 Arena 2019-02-222019-02-22 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Trip hop from the Bristol duo, performing alongside collaborator Elizabeth Fraser, vocalist of Cocteau Twins, whose vocals were used on the single Teardrop.

Nicki Minaj
On Soon

Monday 11th March 2019 - 6.30pm | £50-£65

 
Nicki Minaj The O2 Arena 2019-03-112019-03-11 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer and songwriter, performing with rapper, Future, performing new and old material.

Post Malone
On Soon

Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March 2019 - 6pm | £50-£70, phone for availability

 
Post Malone The O2 Arena 2019-03-132019-03-14 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Innovating hip hop artist and rapper hailing from Syracuse, New York.

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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

Spice Girls Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th, 14th and 15th June 2019 | £82-£395

 
Spice Girls Wembley Stadium 2019-06-132019-06-15 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

Twenty three years after the Spice Girls smashed their way into the charts the best-selling female group is back together - with one notable exception - on tour, playing six stadium concerts. Emma, Mel B, ...more

Fleetwood Mac

Sunday 16th and Tuesday 18th June 2019 - 5pm | £75-£200, phone for availability

 
Fleetwood Mac Wembley Stadium 2019-06-162019-06-18 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The legendary rock outfit, with its current line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, with newcomers Mike Campbell formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers plus ex-Crowded House Neil Finn, performs ...

Bon Jovi

Friday 21st June 2019 - 5pm | £45-£125, phone for availability

 
Bon Jovi Wembley Stadium 2019-06-212019-06-21 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The rock'n'roll legends perform their hits, including Livin' On A Prayer and I'll Be There For You, alongside tracks from its most recent album, This House Is Not For Sale.

Billy Joel

Saturday 22nd June 2019 - 6pm | £50-£115

 
Billy Joel Wembley Stadium 2019-06-222019-06-22 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The pop-rock singer, who rose to fame in the late 70s, performs his original works.

P!nk

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019 - 5pm | £45-£99

 
P!nk Wembley Stadium 2019-06-292019-06-30 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The singer-songwriter performs her pop-rock numbers in support of her Beautiful Trauma album.

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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.

 
 
 

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

Black Coffee

Saturday 16th February 2019 - 9pm | £51-£64

 
Black Coffee O2 Academy Brixton 2019-02-162019-02-16 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The award-winning South African DJ and producer spins sophisticated Afropolitan house.

Maggie Rogers
On Soon

Tuesday 19th February 2019 - 7pm | £23.25, phone for availability

 
Maggie Rogers O2 Academy Brixton 2019-02-192019-02-19 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The singer-songwriter performs her indie-pop material in support of her new LP, Heard It In The Past Life.

Steve Aoki
On Soon

Friday 22nd February 2019 - 7pm | £27.50

 
Steve Aoki O2 Academy Brixton 2019-02-222019-02-22 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

American electro house musician, record producer and music executive, performing in support of his brand new album, Neon Future III.

Trixie Mattel: Skinny Legend
On Soon

Saturday 23rd February 2019 - 8pm | £35

 
Trixie Mattel: Skinny Legend O2 Academy Brixton 2019-02-232019-02-23 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

A full length, one-woman comedy show from the Ru Paul's Drag Race favourite.

Maribou State
On Soon

Thursday 7th March 2019 - 7pm | £29.40

 
Maribou State O2 Academy Brixton 2019-03-072019-03-07 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The duo plays deep house and future garage.

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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

Measure For Measure
Ends TodayFree Event

Friday 15th and Saturday 16th February 2019 - 7.30pm | Free

 
Measure For Measure Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-02-152019-02-16 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Student workshop productions of the comedy.

Edward II
Ongoing

7th February to 20th April 2019 - Various Times | £10-£48

 
Edward II Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-02-072019-04-20 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
The Sixteen
On Soon

Sunday 17th February 2019 at 2.30pm and 6.30pm | £10-£48

 
The Sixteen Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-02-172019-02-17 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

The choir performs works from the Eton Choirbook and Thomas Campion.

Richard II
On Soon

22nd February to 21st April 2019 - Various Times | £10-£48

 
Richard II Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-02-222019-04-21 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

A king reflects with startling eloquence on the disintegration of his status and identity when he is forced to relinquish his crown. Directed by Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton.

Romeo And Juliet
On Soon

28th Feb, 2nd Mar, 7th Mar, 9th Mar, 16th Mar, 21st Mar and 23rd Mar 2019 - Various Times | £5-£15

 
Romeo And Juliet Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-02-282019-03-23 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Playing Shakespeare's version is a 90 minute performance designed to introduce students and families to Shakespeare.

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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

CONTEXT Festival On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 12th March 2019 | £15-£50, concs £10-£45

 
CONTEXT Festival Sadler's Wells 2019-03-122019-03-12 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A showcase of Russian contemporary choreography featuring prima ballerina Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes plus excerpts from Kirill Serebrennikov's ballet Nureyev and the UK premiere of Asunder. Prima ballerina at the Mariinsky Theatre, guest soloist ...more

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: Since She
Now On

14th to 17th Feb 2019 - Various Times | £12-£60

 
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: Since She Sadler's Wells 2019-02-142019-02-17 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The company performs new works for the first time to mark the 10th anniversary since choreographer Pina Bausch's death, led by Norwegian choreographer, directer and award-winning playwright, Alan Lucien Oyen.

Let's All Dance: Alice In Wonderland (Ages 2-11)

Saturday 16th February 2019 at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm | £22.50, child £20, phone for availability

 
Let's All Dance: Alice In Wonderland (Ages 2-11) Sadler's Wells 2019-02-162019-02-16 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A small-scale children's ballet based on Lewis Carroll's fantasy novel, set in the curiouser-and-curiouser world of the White Rabbit, the Queen Of Hearts and the Mad Hatter.

German Cornejo's Tango Fire Ends Today

29th January to 16th February 2019 | £15-£45

 
German Cornejo's Tango Fire Sadler's Wells 2019-01-292019-02-16 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi lead a sensual cast of five couples, who chart the history of the authentic Argentine dance through explosive footwork and agility, accompanied by the Tango Fuego Quartet, playing live music ...more

Cirque Eloize: Hotel
On Soon

20th February to 9th March 2019 - Various Times | £15-£42

 
Cirque Eloize: Hotel Sadler's Wells 2019-02-202019-03-09 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The Canadian circus troupe comprising 12 acrobats and musicians goes behind the scenes of a 1920s art deco grand hotel where guests and staff collide under the watchful eye of a maitre d'hotel. The production ...

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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

Ivo Neame

Saturday 16th February 2019 - 7.30pm | £14.50

 
Ivo Neame Kings Place 2019-02-162019-02-16 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The jazz keyboardist emerges with a new band and the use of electronic keyboards with an edgier rhythmical groove.

London Sinfonietta

Saturday 16th February 2019 - 7.45pm | £20 & £30, NUS/under 25s £10

 
London Sinfonietta Kings Place 2019-02-162019-02-16 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Explore the emergence of Minimalism through Steve Reich's Clapping Music, Nagoya Marimba, Mallet Quartet and Music For 18 Musicians. Presented by Micaela Haslam.

Aurora Orchestra: Far, Far Away (Ages 0-5)
Now On

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2019 at 11am, 12noon and 1.30pm | £6.50-£8.50

 
Aurora Orchestra: Far, Far Away (Ages 0-5) Kings Place 2019-02-162019-02-17 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

An immersive, multi-sensory show for pre-schoolers which interweaves chamber arrangements of Bach's music with an original story from award-winning poet Kate Wakeling.

Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom
On Soon

Tuesday 19th February 2019 at 4pm & Wednesday 20th February 2019 at 10am, 1pm and 4pm | £18, under 16s £16

 
Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Kings Place 2019-02-192019-02-20 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The BAFTA award-winning television animation for children is presented live on stage.

Criminal: An Improvised Murder Mystery
On Soon

Friday 22nd February 2019 - 7.30pm | £8.50

 
Criminal: An Improvised Murder Mystery Kings Place 2019-02-222019-02-22 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Dom O'Keefe, Francesca Forristal, Phil Whelans and Max Dickins present an anarchic night of improvised murder mystery, in which everyone but the detective knows who the murderer is.

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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

A-Ha Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 5th November 2019 | £39.50-£95

 
A-Ha Royal Albert Hall 2019-11-052019-11-05 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Hailing from Norway, the three-piece best known for their hits The Sun Always Shines On TV and Take On Me performs live at the Royal Albert Hall. Magne Furuholmen, Pal Waaktaar-Savoy and the hunky Morten ...more

Cirque Du Soleil: Totem Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th January to 26th February 2019 | £44-£221

 
Cirque Du Soleil: Totem Royal Albert Hall 2019-01-122019-02-26 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Following a successful run back in 2011, Cirque du Soleil's Totem returns to the Royal Albert Hall once again in 2019. The production will see the world-renowned circus troupe return to the Kensington venue for ...more

Lyrix Organix
On Soon

Wednesday 27th February 2019 - 8pm | £15

 
Lyrix Organix Royal Albert Hall 2019-02-272019-02-27 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Poetry and hip hop showcase, plus discussion.

Disney's Broadway Hits
On Soon

Friday 1st March 2019 at 7.30pm & Saturday 2nd March 2019 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm | £16-£90.63

 
Disney's Broadway Hits Royal Albert Hall 2019-03-012019-03-02 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Keith Lockhart conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra in a performance of music and songs from Disney productions, with the singers Ava Brennan, Shaun Escoffery, Willemijn Verkaik and Anton Zetterholm.

Riccardo Pes And Kumi Matsuo
On Soon

Sunday 3rd March 2019 - 11am | £12.12

 
Riccardo Pes And Kumi Matsuo Royal Albert Hall 2019-03-032019-03-03 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The cellist and pianist pairing performs Debussy's Sonate Pour Violoncelle Et Piano, Mendelssohn's Sonata Per Violoncello E Pianoforte and Rossini's Une Larme, Tema E Variazioni.

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