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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

Baba Yaga: Windmill Theatre Company Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd October 2019 | £14

 
Baba Yaga: Windmill Theatre Company Southbank Centre 2019-10-222019-10-23 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The Australian Windmill Theatre Company offers a contemporary take on an old Russian folk tale in Baba Yaga which comes to the Southbank Centre as part of the London Literature Festival. Vaselina lives the quiet ...more

I Believe In Unicorns
Now On

Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd October 2019 - 1.30pm | £16

 
I Believe In Unicorns Southbank Centre 2019-10-222019-10-23 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

An adaptation of the Michael Morpurgo novel. Suitable for ages six and over.

London Literature Festival Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th to 27th October 2019 | Various, some Free

 
London Literature Festival Southbank Centre 2019-10-172019-10-27 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Tricky, Suede frontman Brett Anderson and broadcaster and novelist Elizabeth Day are at this year's London Literature Festival. Held over eleven days across Southbank Centre's 17-acre site, the festival features a packed programme of exclusive ...more

Lawrence Ferlinghetti: A 21st Century Ferlinghetti
Now OnFree Event

16th October to 17th November 2019 - 11am-8pm | Free

 
Lawrence Ferlinghetti: A 21st Century Ferlinghetti Southbank Centre 2019-10-162019-11-17 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Celebrate the 100th birthday of the Beat poet, publisher, painter and activist with examples of his visual work, and video and audio of him reading his poetry.

Another Me
Now OnFree Event

19th September to 3rd November 2019 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
Another Me Southbank Centre 2019-09-192019-11-03 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Musician Soweto Kinch curates an exhibition of artworks by incarcerated people. Presented by Koestler Arts in partnership with Southbank Centre.

LPO Showcase
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 - 6.15pm | Free

 
LPO Showcase Southbank Centre 2019-10-232019-10-23 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Students from the Royal College Of Music play chamber works by Thomas Ades.

London Philharmonic Orchestra
On Soon

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 - 7.30pm | £14-£65

 
London Philharmonic Orchestra Southbank Centre 2019-10-232019-10-23 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Thomas Ades conducts the orchestra and ladies of the London Philharmonic Choir in Sibelius's Nightride And Sunrise, the UK premiere of his own Concerto For Piano And Orchestra with Kirill Gerstein and Holst's The Planets.

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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

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Tuesday 22nd October 2019 - 7.30pm | £15-£56

 
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra Barbican Centre 2019-10-222019-10-22 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Vasily Petrenko conducts Strauss's Don Juan, Grieg's Piano Concerto In A Minor with Leif Ove Andsnes and Shostakovich's Symphony No 10.

Freddy Warren: Ronnie Scott's 1959-69
OngoingFree Event

12th October 2019 to 4th January 2020 - Various Times | Free

 
Freddy Warren: Ronnie Scott's 1959-69 Barbican Centre 2019-10-122020-01-04 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th October 2019 to 19th January 2020 | Weekdays: £15 (Standard), £11-£13 (Concs) | Weekends & Bank Holidays: £17 (Standard), £12-£15 (Concs), Under 14s Free

 
Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art Barbican Centre 2019-10-042020-01-19 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Into The Night: Cabarets & Clubs In Modern Art
Ongoing

4th October 2019 to 19th January 2020 - Various Times | Mon-Fri £15, concs £11 & £13, Sat & Sun £17, concs £12

 
Into The Night: Cabarets & Clubs In Modern Art Barbican Centre 2019-10-042020-01-19 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Trevor Paglen: From Apple To Anomaly
OngoingFree Event

26th September 2019 to 16th February 2020 - Various Times | Free

 
Trevor Paglen: From Apple To Anomaly Barbican Centre 2019-09-262020-02-16 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Britten Sinfonia: Reich/Richter
On Soon

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 at 7.30pm and 9.30pm | £21.50-£26.50

 
Britten Sinfonia: Reich/Richter Barbican Centre 2019-10-232019-10-23 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Colin Currie conducts Steve Reich's Runner and the European premiere of Reich/Richter, a collaboration between the composer and artist and film-maker Gerhard Richter.

London Symphony Orchestra
On Soon

Thursday 24th October 2019 - 7.30pm | £16-£57

 
London Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre 2019-10-242019-10-24 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Dvorak's Cello Concerto with Truls Mark and Suk's Symphony No 2 'Asrael'.

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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: Death In Venice On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 21st - Friday 6th December 2019 | £100-£125

 
Royal Opera: Death In Venice Royal Opera House 2019-11-212019-12-06 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

David McVicar directs a brand new Royal Opera House production based on Britten's opera about an older writer who becomes obsessed with a young man. Mark Padmore and Gerald Finley feature in the ensemble cast ...more

The Royal Opera: Don Pasquale Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th October to 2nd November 2019

 
The Royal Opera: Don Pasquale Royal Opera House 2019-10-142019-11-02 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

The Royal Opera presents a new production of Donizetti's comedy, Don Pasquale, a domestic drama about a wealthy old bachelor played by Welsh bass-baritone and Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel who makes his debut in ...more

Royal Ballet: Concerto, Enigma, & Raymonda Act III
Now On

22nd October to 20th December 2019 - Various Times | £3-£75, Oct 22 £3-£65

 
Royal Ballet: Concerto, Enigma, & Raymonda Act III Royal Opera House 2019-10-222019-12-20 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Pavel Sorokin conducts a live orchestra as the ensemble performs works by MacMillan and Ashton plus a lesser-known Petipa.

Every Body Can Dance: Join #WorldBalletDay 2019
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 - 10am-5pm | Free

 
Every Body Can Dance: Join #WorldBalletDay 2019 Royal Opera House 2019-10-232019-10-23 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres
Royal Ballet: Manon On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd October to 6th November 2019 | £5-£110

 
Royal Ballet: Manon Royal Opera House 2019-10-022019-11-06 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Kenneth MacMillan's Manon, which had its premiere in 1974, has been revived every few years for over 40 years and the Royal Ballet, the company he directed from 1970 for seven years, opening its 2019/2020 ...more

The Future Bursts In
On Soon

24th and 25th October 2019 at 7.45pm & 26th October 2019 at 2pm and 7.45pm | £7-£35

 
The Future Bursts In Royal Opera House 2019-10-242019-10-26 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Amala Dianor, Jacobbson & Caley and Merce Cunningham present a triple bill of dance pieces that constantly push the frontiers of contemporary dance: Dianor's Somewhere In The Middle Of Infinity, Jacobbson & Caley's re-imagined piece ...

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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

Jack Whitehall: Stood Up Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 23rd - Sunday 15th December 2019 | £45-£58

 
Jack Whitehall: Stood Up The O2 Arena 2019-11-232019-12-15 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Following two sell out arena tours, Jack Whitehall returns to The O2 for four dates this winter performing a stand up show laced with cynical observations and his trademark smart wit. The Fresh Meat star ...more

Mamma Mia! The Party Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

29th August to 31st December 2019 | £135 + £16.20 booking fee (Band B, seats overlooking the courtyard), £155 + £18.60 booking fee (Band A seats), £195 + £23.40 booking fee (Premium)

 
Mamma Mia! The Party The O2 Arena 2019-08-292019-12-31 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
John Legend
On Soon

Friday 25th October 2019 - 6.30pm | £76-£165

 
John Legend The O2 Arena 2019-10-252019-10-25 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Grammy and Golden Globe-award winning singer-songwriter and musician performs his only UK show of 2019 as part of this year's BluesFest.

BluesFest On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th, 26th and 27th October 2019 | John Legend from £63, Raphael Saadiq & Rickie Lee Jones from £28

 
BluesFest The O2 Arena 2019-10-252019-10-27 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Multi-platinum selling, 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend performs on the opening night of BluesFest which returns to The O2 this October. Making his first appearance in London since 2017, Ohio-born ...more

Little Mix
On Soon

31st Oct, 1st Nov, 2nd Nov and 21st Nov 2019 - 6.30pm | £32.50-£57.50

 
Little Mix The O2 Arena 2019-10-312019-11-21 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The BRIT award-winning, platinum-selling four-piece and winners of the X Factor in 2011 presents pop, R&B and hip hop hits in support of the album, LM5.

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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

Westlife

Saturday 22nd August 2020 - 7pm | phone for prices

 
Westlife Wembley Stadium 2020-08-222020-08-22 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The internationally acclaimed Irish quartet reforms after a six year break, to perform classic pop hits from across their back catalogue, including Flying Without Wings, You Raise Me Up and World Of Our Own.

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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

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
On Soon

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 - 7pm | £29.50, phone for availability

 
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie O2 Academy Brixton 2019-10-232019-10-23 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Hip hop and rap originals come from the New York-based performer Artist Julius Dubose.

Tom Walker
On Soon

Thursday 24th October 2019 - 7pm | phone for availability

 
Tom Walker O2 Academy Brixton 2019-10-242019-10-24 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The singer from Manchester, who is now based in London, performs his self-penned pop material.

Let It Roll Opens The Portal
On Soon

Friday 25th October 2019 - 9pm | £22.50

 
Let It Roll Opens The Portal O2 Academy Brixton 2019-10-252019-10-25 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Sub Focus & ID, Calyx & Teebee, Turno, Randall B2B Breakage, Harriet Jaxxon and others spin drum'n'bass tunes.

Let It Roll Halloween 2019
On Soon

Friday 25th and Saturday 26th October 2019 - 9pm-4am | £24-£31.50

 
Let It Roll Halloween 2019 O2 Academy Brixton 2019-10-252019-10-26 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music
CamelPhat
On Soon

Saturday 26th October 2019 - 9pm | £29, phone for availability

 
CamelPhat O2 Academy Brixton 2019-10-262019-10-26 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

House duo of Dave Whelan and Mike Di Scala.

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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

Deep Night, Dark Night
On Soon

30th Oct, 31st Oct, 1st Nov and 2nd Nov 2019 - 7.30pm | £20, fixed standing £10

 
Deep Night, Dark Night Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-10-302019-11-02 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Newly written ghost stories and real-life accounts of haunted London penned by Jeanette Winterson, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Sami Ibrahim.

Henry VI
On Soon

5th November 2019 to 26th January 2020 - Various Times | £17-£62, fixed standing £7-£10

 
Henry VI Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-11-052020-01-26 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Richard III
On Soon

13th November 2019 to 26th January 2020 - Various Times | £20, fixed standing £10

 
Richard III Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-11-132020-01-26 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Deep Night, Dark Night

3rd, 4th and 5th December 2019 - 7.30pm | £20, fixed standing £10

 
Deep Night, Dark Night Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-12-032019-12-05 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Newly written ghost stories and real-life accounts of haunted London penned by Diana Evans and friends.

Swive [Elizabeth]

6th December 2019 to 15th February 2020 - Various Times | £20, fixed standing £10

 
Swive [Elizabeth] Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-12-062020-02-15 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
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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

Natalia Osipova: Pure Dance
Now On

22nd to 26th Oct 2019 - Various Times | £15-£85

 
Natalia Osipova: Pure Dance Sadler's Wells 2019-10-222019-10-26 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The Royal Ballet principal dancer performs a selection of handpicked classical and contemporary works which includes Antony Tudor's The Leaves Are Fading and Roy Assaf's Suz Years, alongside three new pieces specially commissioned for this ...

Why Should It Be More Desirable For Green Fire Balls To Exist Than Not'
On Soon

Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th October 2019 - 8pm | £17

 
Why Should It Be More Desirable For Green Fire Balls To Exist Than Not' Sadler's Wells 2019-10-232019-10-24 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Georgia Vardarou's highly-physical solo piece, made in collaboration with visual artist David Berge.

ZooNation: Some Like It Hip Hop
On Soon

23rd October to 9th November 2019 - Various Times | £18-£55

 
ZooNation: Some Like It Hip Hop Sadler's Wells 2019-10-232019-11-09 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Kate Prince, Tommy Franzen and Carrie-Anne Ingrouille draw inspiration from Twelfth Night and Some Like It Hot to choreograph a dance comedy of love, mistaken identity and revolution in a city where books are banned ...

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Mixed Programme On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th October 2019 | £15-£50

 
Birmingham Royal Ballet: Mixed Programme Sadler's Wells 2019-10-292019-10-30 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Before the arrival of Carlos Acosta as its new director in January 2020, Birmingham Royal Ballet presents a triple bill of works including the world premiere of the latest Ballet Now commission and a partnership ...more

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Giselle On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November 2019 | £15-£55

 
Birmingham Royal Ballet: Giselle Sadler's Wells 2019-11-012019-11-02 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Coralli and Perrot's classic ballet centring on a love story that only ends in deceit and heartbreak arrives at Sadler's Wells. First staged 20 years ago, Birmingham Royal ...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

Arcade
On Soon

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 - 8pm | £19.50

 
Arcade Kings Place 2019-10-232019-10-23 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Ireland's Heidi Talbot and Scotland's Adam Holmes combine their talents to perform contemporary folk originals.

Rant
On Soon

Friday 1st November 2019 - 8pm | £13.50

 
Rant Kings Place 2019-11-012019-11-01 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Traditional Scottish music, weaving melodies, textures, layers and sounds, by the four fiddle players.

Maurice Louca Elephantine Band
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Friday 15th November 2019 - 8.30pm | £18.50

 
Maurice Louca Elephantine Band Kings Place 2019-11-152019-11-15 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The octet, led by Egyptian musician and composer Maurice Louca, performs experimental jazz.

Making Tracks
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Sunday 17th November 2019 - 7.30pm | £9.50

 
Making Tracks Kings Place 2019-11-172019-11-17 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

A performance of emerging artists from around the world to showcase unique musical traditions, initiate new collaborations and contribute towards a global community of socially and environmentally-engaged musicians.

Alice Zawadzki & RNCM
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Tuesday 19th November 2019 - 7.30pm | £16.50

 
Alice Zawadzki & RNCM Kings Place 2019-11-192019-11-19 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Jazz singer and violinist Zawadzki, whose music is extremely poetic and meditative, continues her musical collaboration with Rob Luft, Fred Thomas, Misha Mullov-Abbado, and the Royal Northern College of Music Orchestra.

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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 On Soon 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

Inala: Sisters Grimm
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Wednesday 23rd October 2019 - 7.30pm | £15-£109

 
Inala: Sisters Grimm Royal Albert Hall 2019-10-232019-10-23 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

An exhilarating fusion of South African and Western cultures culminates in an explosion of music, song and dance.

DJ Spoony Presents Garage Classical
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Thursday 24th October 2019 - 7.30pm | £30-£70

 
DJ Spoony Presents Garage Classical Royal Albert Hall 2019-10-242019-10-24 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The DJ joins forces with Ignition Orchestra to perform garage classics arranged for string ensemble, featuring original vocalists of some of the most popular garage songs out there including Do You Really Like It?, Crazy ...

Late Night Jazz - Yvette Norwood Tiger
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Thursday 24th October 2019 - 9.30pm | £16.50

 
Late Night Jazz - Yvette Norwood Tiger Royal Albert Hall 2019-10-242019-10-24 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music
Charles Esten
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Sunday 27th October 2019 - 6.45pm | £39.50-£59.50

 
Charles Esten Royal Albert Hall 2019-10-272019-10-27 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Country singer-songwriter, best known as Deacon Claybourne in the US TV show Nashville.

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