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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

Christy Moore
Ends Today

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May 2019 - 7.30pm-10pm | £35-£42.50

 
Christy Moore Southbank Centre 2019-05-242019-05-25 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Irish folk singer and guitarist, who was a founding member of Planxty and Moving Hearts.

Kate Cooper
Now OnFree Event

15th May to 23rd June 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Kate Cooper Southbank Centre 2019-05-152019-06-23 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A large-scale video installation exploring the vulnerability and instability of the body in the context of gender, technology and the politics of labour.

Barrie Tullett: The Typographic Dante
OngoingFree Event

30th April to 30th June 2019 - 11am-8pm | Free

 
Barrie Tullett: The Typographic Dante Southbank Centre 2019-04-302019-06-30 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
Soundpit Ongoing

13th February to 2nd June 2019 | £8

 
Soundpit Southbank Centre 2019-02-132019-06-02 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Marcus Miller
On Soon

Sunday 26th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £25-£45

 
Marcus Miller Southbank Centre 2019-05-262019-05-26 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The American jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist is best known for his genre-defying bass-playing, which fuses funk, soul and jazz.

James Ellroy In Conversation
On Soon

Monday 27th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £15-£25

 
James Ellroy In Conversation Southbank Centre 2019-05-272019-05-27 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Literary & Education, Author Event.

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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

Orchestra Of Santa Cecilia

Saturday 25th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £15-£55, Young Barbican £10

 
Orchestra Of Santa Cecilia Barbican Centre 2019-05-252019-05-25 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Sir Antonio Pappano conducts Mahler's Symphony No 6.

Four Quartets
Ends Today

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May 2019 - 7.45pm | £25-£45

 
Four Quartets Barbican Centre 2019-05-222019-05-25 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Celebrated New York-based choreographer Pam Tanowitz interprets TS Eliot's four-part poem through the movements of her 10-strong team of dancers set to a score composed by Kaija Saariaho while actor Kathleen Chalfant narrates from the ...

Laura De Benedetti & Gail Altschuler: Kind Of Blue
Now OnFree Event

24th & 25th and 27th to 29th May 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Laura De Benedetti & Gail Altschuler: Kind Of Blue Barbican Centre 2019-05-032019-05-29 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Ceramics and paintings by the friends and potters from North London.

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
Britten Sinfonia
On Soon

Sunday 26th May 2019 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £15-£35

 
Britten Sinfonia Barbican Centre 2019-05-262019-05-26 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Thomas Ades conducts Gerald Barry's The Eternal Recurrence and Beethoven's Symphony No 9 (Choral).

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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

Margot Fonteyn: A Celebration On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 8th June 2019 | £5-£125

 
Margot Fonteyn: A Celebration Royal Opera House 2019-06-082019-06-08 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

For one night only in June, The Royal Ballet pays tribute to its Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Dame Margot Fonteyn, with a special programme of works celebrating the centenary of her birth. Margot Fonteyn: A Celebration ...more

The Diary Of One Who Disappeared On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 5th - Saturday 8th June 2019 | £20-£45

 
The Diary Of One Who Disappeared Royal Opera House 2019-06-052019-06-08 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Ivo van Hove's staging of Janacek's song cycle which tells the story of a boy who falls in love with a gypsy girl and decides to leave his family and village for her. The Tony-Award ...more

Cas Public: 9 Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 25th - Thursday 30th May 2019 | £5-£25

 
Cas Public: 9 Royal Opera House 2019-05-252019-05-30 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

The Canadian dance company, Cas Public, uses dancer Cai Glover's hearing impairment as a point of inspiration in this new work for both children, from the age of five upwards, and adults. Staged at the ...more

Royal Opera: Boris Godunov On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 19th - Wednesday 3rd July 2019 | £12-£250, phone for availability

 
Royal Opera: Boris Godunov Royal Opera House 2019-06-192019-07-03 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Richard Jones's production of Musorgsky's magnificent opera staring Bryn Terfel as the tormented Tsar Boris comes to the Royal Opera House this summer. Based on Pushkin's 1831 play, Boris Godunov tells the story of a ...more

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

Monday 20th - Sunday 9th June 2019 | £9-£190

 
Royal Opera: Andrea Chenier Royal Opera House 2019-05-202019-06-09 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

French-Sicilian tenor Roberto Alagna marks his 100th Royal Opera performance by singing the title role in Andrea Chenier. First staged here at the Royal Opera House four years ago, David McVicar's production of Umberto Giordano's ...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

The Vamps

Saturday 25th May 2019 - 6.30pm | £16-£42

 
The Vamps The O2 Arena 2019-05-252019-05-25 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The south coast and Birmingham-based four-piece performs teen pop and rock.

Mark Knopfler
On Soon

Tuesday 28th May 2019 - 6pm | £58.75-£70

 
Mark Knopfler The O2 Arena 2019-05-282019-05-28 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The former Dire Straits lead singer and guitarist performs with a 10-piece band.

Michael Buble
On Soon

30th May, 31st May and 1st June 2019 - 8pm | £87-£104

 
Michael Buble The O2 Arena 2019-05-302019-06-01 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Grammy Award-winning and chart-topping Canadian singer-songwriter glides between his pop and smooth jazz hits including songs from his ninth studio album, Nobody But Me.

Hugh Jackman
On Soon

2nd to 7th Jun 2019 - 6.30pm | £47-£88

 
Hugh Jackman The O2 Arena 2019-06-022019-06-07 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning performer, who earned an Oscar nomination as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, performs songs from stage and screen including The Greatest Showman, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Tame Impala
On Soon

Saturday 8th June 2019 - 6.30pm | £27.50-£39.50

 
Tame Impala The O2 Arena 2019-06-082019-06-08 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Australian psychedelic rock quartet performs in support of their new album, Patience.

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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

BTS
On Soon

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June 2019 - 7.30pm | £65-£100, phone for availability

 
BTS Wembley Stadium 2019-06-012019-06-02 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

Seven-piece K-pop outfit hailing from Seoul performing in support of their third studio album, Love Yourself.

Spice Girls On Soon 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
On Soon

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
On Soon

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
On Soon

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.

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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

Bikini Kill
On Soon

Monday 10th June 2019 - 7pm | phone for availability

 
Bikini Kill O2 Academy Brixton 2019-06-102019-06-10 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The threesome, formed in Olympia, Washington, in October 1990, brings its classic punk songs to the UK's stages. Support from Big Joanie and Childs Pose.

Bikini Kill
On Soon

Tuesday 11th June 2019 - 7pm | £35

 
Bikini Kill O2 Academy Brixton 2019-06-112019-06-11 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The threesome, formed in Olympia, Washington, in October 1990, brings its classic punk songs to the UK's stages. Support from Big Joanie and The Tuts.

Midnight Oil
On Soon

Thursday 13th June 2019 - 7pm | £57.50

 
Midnight Oil O2 Academy Brixton 2019-06-132019-06-13 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The ARIA award-winning band from Australia perform their popular rock tunes.

Die Antwoord
On Soon

Monday 17th June 2019 - 7pm | phone for availability

 
Die Antwoord O2 Academy Brixton 2019-06-172019-06-17 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The collective, who hail from Durban, perform their dance-flavoured hip hop originals. Moonchild Sanelly support.

Cowboys & Angels

Tuesday 25th June 2019 - 7pm | phone for availability

 
Cowboys & Angels O2 Academy Brixton 2019-06-252019-06-25 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

A tribute show to George Michael with various artists performing his solo hits and those with Wham!.

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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
Henry IV Part 2 Or Falstaff
Ongoing

25th April to 11th October 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

Tao Dance Theater
Ends Today

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £15-£37

 
Tao Dance Theater Sadler's Wells 2019-05-242019-05-25 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The minimalist choreographer Tao Ye's company performs two pieces from his Numerical Series, both featuring music from Tao's regular collaborator, the avant-garde composer Xiao He.

Beats on Pointe Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st May to 16th June 2019 | £18-£55

 
Beats on Pointe Sadler's Wells 2019-05-212019-06-16 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Fusing street dance and ballet, dance show Beats on Pointe comes to the Peacock Theatre this spring. With two opposing dance worlds colliding, the high energy show is a wonderfully dynamic production that sets the ...more

Masters Of Choreography: Beats On Pointe
Now On

21st May to 16th June 2019 - Various Times | £18-£55

 
Masters Of Choreography: Beats On Pointe Sadler's Wells 2019-05-212019-06-16 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A high energy Australian dance theatre productions fusing old skool and modern ballet with street dance.

San Francisco Ballet: Programme A - Shostakovich Trilogy
On Soon

29th May and 30th May 2019 at 7.30pm & 2nd June 2019 at 4pm | £15-£70

 
San Francisco Ballet: Programme A - Shostakovich Trilogy Sadler's Wells 2019-05-292019-06-02 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky pays homage to composer Dmitri Shostakovich with the UK premiere of a triptych of works comprising Symphony No 9, Chamber Symphony and Piano Concerto No 1.

San Francisco Ballet: Programme B - Liang/Marston/Pita
On Soon

Friday 31st May 2019 at 7.30pm & Saturday 1st June 2019 at 2pm and 7.30pm | £15-£70

 
San Francisco Ballet: Programme B - Liang/Marston/Pita Sadler's Wells 2019-05-312019-06-01 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A trio of UK premieres including Taiwanese-born American choreographer Edwaard Liang's mournful meditation on loss, In The Infinite Ocean, Cathy Marston's adaptation of Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome entitled Snowblind, and surreal choreographer Arthur Pita's tribute ...

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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

Coig
On Soon

Wednesday 29th May 2019 - 8pm | £14.50

 
Coig Kings Place 2019-05-292019-05-29 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The Canadian collective, whose backgrounds vary from jazz to rock, performs Celtic-inspired music.

AKA Trio
On Soon

Thursday 30th May 2019 - 8pm | £22.50

 
AKA Trio Kings Place 2019-05-302019-05-30 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Antonio Forcione, Seckou Keita and Adriano Adewale come together as an energetic trio drawing on various cultural inspirations.

Mari Kalkun + Fran & Flora
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Thursday 30th May 2019 - 8pm | £12.50

 
Mari Kalkun + Fran & Flora Kings Place 2019-05-302019-05-30 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

A double bill of performances by the folk and world music artists.

Gisela Joao
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Friday 31st May 2019 - 8pm | £22.50

 
Gisela Joao Kings Place 2019-05-312019-05-31 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The vocalist from Portugal performs in the Fado tradition.

London Klezmer Quartet
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Friday 31st May 2019 - 8pm | £12.50

 
London Klezmer Quartet Kings Place 2019-05-312019-05-31 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The ensemble plays traditional Jewish music from across Eastern Europe from the Baltic to the Black Sea.

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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

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

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 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

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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