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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

Hard To Be Soft: A Belfast Prayer Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 11th October 2019 | £18-£22

 
Hard To Be Soft: A Belfast Prayer Southbank Centre 2019-10-112019-10-11 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Oona Doherty's dance piece looks behind the masks of violence and machismo to the inner lives of Belfast's hard men and strong women. Part of Dance Umbrella 2019, Hard To Be Soft uses movement as ...more

Hicham Berrada: Dreamscapes
Now OnFree Event

3rd July to 18th August 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Hicham Berrada: Dreamscapes Southbank Centre 2019-07-032019-08-18 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The Morocco-born artist, now resident in Paris, exhibits sculptures, installations and video works informed by scientific processes and nature.

Kiss My Genders
Ongoing

12th June to 8th September 2019 - Various Times | £14, concs £11, ages 12-16 £6.75, Art Fund Member £7

 
Kiss My Genders Southbank Centre 2019-06-122019-09-08 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
The Raze Collective
Free Event

Friday 19th July 2019 - 5.30pm | Free

 
The Raze Collective Southbank Centre 2019-07-192019-07-19 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A celebration of LGBTQI+ culture, featuring a diverse line-up of acoustic performers, singer-songwriters, electronic artists, dancers and DJs.

Kiss My Genders Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th June to 8th September 2019 | £15.50 / £12.50 (includes entry to upper galleries diane arbus: in the beginning)

 
Kiss My Genders Southbank Centre 2019-06-122019-09-08 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Jeppe Hein: Appearing Rooms OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th May to 1st September 2019 | Free

 
Jeppe Hein: Appearing Rooms Southbank Centre 2019-05-242019-09-01 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
U.Dance: Navadal Competition
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 20th July 2019 - 11am | Free

 
U.Dance: Navadal Competition Southbank Centre 2019-07-202019-07-20 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The rising stars of South Asian dance battle it out for a spot in the Akademi showcase in front of a panel of judges and the audience.

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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

London Threads: Carousel Textile Artists Summer 2019 Show
Now OnFree Event

2nd to 27th July 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
London Threads: Carousel Textile Artists Summer 2019 Show Barbican Centre 2019-07-022019-07-27 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The 20-strong group, inspired by experiences that connect them to the capital, display intricate stitchery, screen-printed images, hand-weaving, dyeing, patchwork and fabric manipulation using a wealth of materials.

Jesus Christ Superstar
Now On

4th July to 24th August 2019 - Various Times | Jul 4-8 preview £15-£59.50, Young Barbican £10, under 18s/NUS £7.50-£31.25, Jul 9-Aug 24 £15-£62.50, Young Barbican £10, under 18s/NUS £7.50-£31.25, Members and Members Plus enjoy 20% off the top three ticket prices for this show.

 
Jesus Christ Superstar Barbican Centre 2019-07-042019-08-24 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Timothy Sheader directs Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, which traces the last seven days of Jesus' life through the eyes of Judas.

Lee Krasner: Living Colour
Ongoing

30th May to 1st September 2019 - Various Times | Mon-Fri £15, Sat & Sun £17, mems Free, concs £11-£15

 
Lee Krasner: Living Colour Barbican Centre 2019-05-302019-09-01 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Jesus Christ Superstar Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th July to 24th August 2019 | £15-£62.50

 
Jesus Christ Superstar Barbican Centre 2019-07-042019-08-24 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's seminal musical comes to the Barbican following two sell-out seasons at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. "A gorgeous, thrilling, heavenly musical" ran The Guardian headline above its four-star review ...more

Lee Krasner: Living Colour Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th May to 1st September 2019 | Weekdays: £15 (Standard), £11-£13 (Concs) | Weekends & Bank Holidays: £17 (Standard), £12-£15 (Concs), Under 14s Free

 
Lee Krasner: Living Colour Barbican Centre 2019-05-302019-09-01 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
AI: More Than Human Ongoing

16th May to 26th August 2019 | Mon-Fri £15, concs £11-£13, Sat & Sun £17, concs £12.50-£15

 
AI: More Than Human Barbican Centre 2019-05-162019-08-26 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Icebreaker
On Soon

Saturday 20th July 2019 - 7.30pm | £17.50-£22.50

 
Icebreaker Barbican Centre 2019-07-202019-07-20 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landings, the 12-piece contemporary ensemble founded by James Poke and John Godfrey in 1989 plays Brian Eno's Apollo album accompanied by Al Reinert's documentary about the Apollo ...

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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 House: La Fille Du Regiment Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Monday 8th - Saturday 20th July 2019 | £7-£150

 
Royal Opera House: La Fille Du Regiment Royal Opera House 2019-07-082019-07-20 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Miranda Richardson plays the Duchesse de Crakentorp in Donizetti's French comic opera in Laurent Pelly's production at the Royal Opera House. For someone so adapt at playing Queenie in Blackadder, the role of Duchess in ...more

Royal Opera: The Marriage Of Figaro Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 29th - Sunday 21st July 2019 | £8-£185, phone for availability

 
Royal Opera: The Marriage Of Figaro Royal Opera House 2019-06-292019-07-21 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

David McVicar's production of Mozart's comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness starring Christian Gerhaher and Simon Keenlyside. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.more

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

Saturday 22nd - Saturday 20th July 2019 | £30-£200

 
Royal Opera: Carmen Royal Opera House 2019-06-222019-07-20 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Award-winning Australian director Barrie Kosky provides a refreshing staging of Bizet's most renowned opera about the seductive Carmen and Don Jose, the army corporal who falls under her spell with drastic consequences. Australian director Barrie ...more

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance
On Soon

Sunday 21st July 2019 - 1.30pm | £6-£49

 
Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance Royal Opera House 2019-07-212019-07-21 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Students from the school perform a selection of opera extracts.

Welsh National Opera: War And Peace
On Soon

Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th July 2019 - 6.30pm | £73-£100

 
Welsh National Opera: War And Peace Royal Opera House 2019-07-232019-07-24 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

David Pountney's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel, following the tribulations of Russian society as Napoleon edges closer to the country's borders. Sung in English, with English and Welsh surtitles.

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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

Ariana Grande
On Soon

17th, 19th and 20th August 2019 - 6pm | £88-£459

 
Ariana Grande The O2 Arena 2019-08-172019-08-20 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Florida-born pop sensation with Grammy and BRIT award-nominations to her name performs her commercial pop hits in support of her fifth album Thank U, Next.

Mamma Mia! The Party 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
Muse

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019 | phone for prices

 
Muse The O2 Arena 2019-09-142019-09-15 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Grammy Award-winning progressive rock trio of Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme play the UK leg of their Simulation Theory world tour.

Khalid

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th September 2019 - 6.30pm | £35

 
Khalid The O2 Arena 2019-09-172019-09-18 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The R&B singer-songwriter supports his second album, Free Spirit.

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Wembley Stadium

Magnificent sports venue and the home of English football

Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 
 

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

 
 
 
 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The West End's oldest and most spectacular theatre

Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Holborn Station, Temple Station

 
 

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

 
 
 

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

Skunk Anansie
On Soon

Saturday 17th August 2019 - 7pm | £32.50, phone for availability

 
Skunk Anansie O2 Academy Brixton 2019-08-172019-08-17 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The British rock band originally formed back in 1994 and celebrate the release of their 25th anniversary live album.

Lil Baby

Wednesday 21st August 2019 - 7pm | phone for availability

 
Lil Baby O2 Academy Brixton 2019-08-212019-08-21 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Atlanta rapper and Drake collaborator performs tracks from his 2018 debut album, Harder Than Ever and EP, Street Gossip.

The Flaming Lips

Saturday 7th September 2019 - 7pm | £42

 
The Flaming Lips O2 Academy Brixton 2019-09-072019-09-07 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Psychedelic, alternative rock collective from Oklahoma City, known for their out-of-this-world lyrics and space-rock compositions.

Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour

Saturday 28th September 2019 - 6pm | £18

 
Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour O2 Academy Brixton 2019-09-282019-09-28 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Less Than Jake headlines the annual rock tour that also features Goldfinger, Thieves Of Liberty, Save Ferris and more.

Slowthai

Friday 18th October 2019 - 7pm | £5

 
Slowthai O2 Academy Brixton 2019-10-182019-10-18 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Northampton-based rapper and producer brings his latest rhymes to the live stage.

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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 Comedy Of Errors Ongoing

Monday 6th - Friday 23rd August 2019 | £5-£47

 
The Comedy Of Errors Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-05-062019-08-23 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
The Merry Wives Of Windsor Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 17th - Saturday 12th October 2019 | £5-£47

 
The Merry Wives Of Windsor Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-05-172019-10-12 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Henry IV Part 1 or Hotspur Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 23rd - Friday 11th October 2019 | £5-£47

 
Henry IV Part 1 or Hotspur Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-04-232019-10-11 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ongoing

28th June to 13th October 2019 - Various Times | £5-£23

 
A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-06-282019-10-13 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Henry IV Part 2 Or Falstaff
Ongoing

19th Jul, 3rd Aug, 7th Sep, 17th Sep and 11th Oct 2019 - Various Times | £23-£47, standing £5

 
Henry IV Part 2 Or Falstaff Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-04-252019-10-11 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Henry V Or Harry England
On Soon

30th April to 11th October 2019 - Various Times | £23-£47, standing £5

 
Henry V Or Harry England Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-04-302019-10-11 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

National Youth Dance Company: Madhead

Friday 19th July 2019 - 7.30pm | £12, concs £6

 
National Youth Dance Company: Madhead Sadler's Wells 2019-07-192019-07-19 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Acclaimed 2018-19 Guest Artistic Director and Olivier Award-nominee Botis Seva's new work combining contemporary dance, physical theatre and hip hop.

Islington Arts Factory

Friday 19th July 2019 - 7.45pm | £23

 
Islington Arts Factory Sadler's Wells 2019-07-192019-07-19 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Students of Islington Arts Factory perform an annual showcase of rhythm and dance developed by professional choreographers and tutors.

Matthew Bourne's Romeo & Juliet
On Soon

7th to 31st August 2019 - Various Times | £15-£69

 
Matthew Bourne's Romeo & Juliet Sadler's Wells 2019-08-072019-08-31 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy following two young lovers as they withstand conflict and division to be together, set to Prokofiev's score conducted by Brett Morris.

National Youth Ballet: Wonderlands

Sunday 1st September 2019 - 7.30pm | £10-£55

 
National Youth Ballet: Wonderlands Sadler's Wells 2019-09-012019-09-01 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Students from the school perform a mixed programme of completely original works.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Programme A - Lazarus / Revelations

4th, 6th to 8th, 12th and 14th Sep 2019 - Various Times | £15-£75

 
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Programme A - Lazarus / Revelations Sadler's Wells 2019-09-042019-09-14 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Celebrating 60 years of the company, Rennie Harris uses his language of hip hop to delve into the life of its founder with a score by Nina Simone and Alvin Ailey himself.

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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

Antonio Forcione And Jule Malischke

Friday 19th July 2019 - 7.30pm | £19.50-£39.50

 
Antonio Forcione And Jule Malischke Kings Place 2019-07-192019-07-19 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

A double bill featuring acoustic guitarist Forcione and singer-songwriter and guitarist Malischke, performing on the back of a two-day fingerstyle and songwriting course they are delivering.

Jesse Flowers
On Soon

Saturday 20th July 2019 - 1.30pm | £9.50

 
Jesse Flowers Kings Place 2019-07-202019-07-20 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The multi-award-winning classical guitarist and chamber musician performs Ginastera, Philip Houghton and Manuel Ponce amongst others.

Nigel North & Goran Krivokapic: Double Bill
On Soon

Saturday 20th July 2019 - 7.30pm | £19.50

 
Nigel North & Goran Krivokapic: Double Bill Kings Place 2019-07-202019-07-20 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Baroque lute player North plays Sylvius Leopold Weiss and Krivokapic marks his UK debut with JS Bach, Mauro Giuliani and Marco Pereira amongst others.

Marco Socias And VIDA Guitar Quartet: Double Bill
On Soon

Sunday 21st July 2019 - 3pm | £16.50

 
Marco Socias And VIDA Guitar Quartet: Double Bill Kings Place 2019-07-212019-07-21 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Socias, a classical guitarist from Spain, plays Bautista, de Falla, Emilio Pujol and Eduardo and Regino Sainz de la Maza. Vida perform Corelli's Concerto Grosso No 8, Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue and Sergio Assad's Earekena.

EuroStrings Guitar Competition
On Soon

Sunday 21st July 2019 - 6pm | £9.50

 
EuroStrings Guitar Competition Kings Place 2019-07-212019-07-21 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The grand final of the pan-European competition offers E8,000, a European tour and concerts in China and the US to the winner.

Juan Martin
On Soon

Sunday 21st July 2019 - 7.30pm | £19.50

 
Juan Martin Kings Place 2019-07-212019-07-21 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

A recital by the first and only flamenco guitarist to make a record with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who has played with greats like Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock.

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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

Prom 4: The Planets On Soon

Sunday 21st July 2019 | £9.50-£52

 
Prom 4: The Planets Royal Albert Hall 2019-07-212019-07-21 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Trinity Boys Choir and violinist Nemanja Radulovic to perform Adams's Short Ride In A Fast Machine, Barber's Violin Concerto and Holst's The Planets.more

Prom 26: Mozart's Requiem On Soon

Wednesday 7th August 2019 | £9.50-£52

 
Prom 26: Mozart's Requiem Royal Albert Hall 2019-08-072019-08-07 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Nathalie Stutzmann conducts the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, with soprano Fatma Said, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge, tenor Sunnyboy Dladla and bass David Shipley, to perform Brahms's Tragic Overture, Wagner's Tristan And Isolde - ...more

Prom 32: An Alpine Symphony On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Sunday 11th August 2019 | £9.50-£52

 
Prom 32: An Alpine Symphony Royal Albert Hall 2019-08-112019-08-11 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Sir Antonio Pappano conducts The National Youth Orchestra Of The United States Of America, with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, to perform a UK premiere of new work by Beckman, Berlioz'z Les Nuits D'Ete and Strauss's An ...more

Prom 42: Youthful Beginnings On Soon

Sunday 18th August 2019 | £7.50-£41

 
Prom 42: Youthful Beginnings Royal Albert Hall 2019-08-182019-08-18 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Rafael Payne conducts the Ulster Orchestra, with pianist Mariam Batsashvili, to perform Beethoven's Symphony No 1 In C, Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto, Gubaidulina's Fairytale Poem and Shostakovich's Symphony No 1 In F Minor.more

Prom 49: The Lost Words

Sunday 25th August 2019 | £7.50-£20

 
Prom 49: The Lost Words Royal Albert Hall 2019-08-252019-08-25 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

A celebration of the rich musical landscape of nature inspired by the bestselling book The Lost Words, with beatboxer Jason Singh, Southbank Sinfonia and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.more

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