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The United Kingdom, which has a rich and varied musical heritage, remains a major force in shaping contemporary music around the world. And, as you'd expect, the English capital is also home to a number of important music venues - attracting not only established acts but the best up-and-coming talent too. So, whatever your taste in music, it's more than likely one of your favourite acts will be in town!
London offers some of the world's best theatre and musicals. The West End is the largest theatre district in the world and is the epicentre of British commercial theatre. A vast majority of West End theatres can be identified because of their location in the area popularly known as Theatreland. Theatreland, the heart of the West End, is bordered by The Strand to the south, Oxford Street to the north, Regent Street to the west and Kingsway to the east. While they fall outside of these boundaries, the Victoria Palace, the Apollo Victoria and the Old Vic are, due to their size and status, also considered West End venues, as is, in the opinion of some people, the National Theatre. The heart of Theatreland is Shaftesbury Avenue which currently hosts six theatres.
There are over 200 shows in London! Here you will find all you need to know about the show you want to see, when to go, how to get there and how to buy tickets.
Take a look at our pick of live music venues in London for the best places to see London concerts and gigs.
The Royal Albert Hall is one of the UK’s most treasured and magical buildings, recognisable the world over. Since opening in 1871, the Hall has had an unparalleled history of exceptional performances by the world’s leading artists. Today over 350 events are held in the Hall’s auditorium each year which include performances of jazz, world music, rock and pop, dance, comedy, film premières and award ceremonies. The Hall is the home to the BBC Proms every summer and Cirque du Soleil in January. Audiences of well over a million are entertained each year and many millions more around the world enjoy the experience through broadcasts and recordings.
With the completion of The O2, AEG has given London what it has always needed: a world class entertainment destination. Under our already iconic roof in Greenwich lies a state of the art live music club (indigO2), 11 screen multiplex cinema, exhibition centre (The O2 bubble), an entire street of bars, restaurants and leisure attractions (Entertainment Avenue) and most breathtaking of all - The O2 arena. It is this arena at the heart of the venue which promises to put the capital right at the forefront of the industry. Playing host to the most sought after names in rock, pop and classical music, as well as staging must-see sporting events (including the 2012 Olympics), theatrical productions and shows for all the family... The O2 arena will deliver a truly unbeatable line-up of international stars.
Wembley Arena - the UK's flagship live music venue first opened in 1934 as the Empire Pool and Sports Arena hosting the 1948 Olympics and numerous sporting and musical events. The venue is synonymous with live music, welcoming scores of sell out shows and one off UK tour dates from major recording artists each year at very reasonable ticket prices. Wembley Arena has played host to some of the greatest music acts of all time such as Madonna, The Who, The Beatles and Rolling Stones (sharing the same bill), Prince, David Bowie, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Dolly Parton, Elbow and Stevie Wonder to name a few.
With a theatre on this site since 1732, the Royal Opera House is steeped in centuries of history. The current theatre was designed by Edmund Barry and opened in 1858. Many of the rooms still boast the original architectural features from this time. The stage has played host to some of the world’s greatest performers from Pavarotti to Callas, Nureyev and Fonteyn. After a major redevelopment completed in 1999, the Royal Opera House now combines elements of the original Victorian theatre with state of the art backstage facilities to great effect. As the home of world-class opera and ballet, the Royal Opera House remains a standard for national and international excellence.
Royal Festival Hall stands at the heart of Southbank Centre complex. Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues. Its wide-ranging programme - classical & world music, rock & pop, jazz, dance, literature and the visual arts - attracts the most diverse audience of any UK venue. The Philharmonia Orchestra presents around 40 concerts at the Royal Festival Hall each season, where it has been Resident since 1996.