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The London Coliseum is home to the ENO (English National Opera) and the English National Ballet. With almost 2500 seats, it's one of the largest theaters in London. The interior is beautiful and mildly ornate, bedecked in pale blue and gold, and the scenery on stage is always minimal but effective. The Coliseum is centrally located, situated between Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square, and is hard to miss with its trademark cupola. For fans of the ballet or opera, a performance here is a must-see attraction while visiting London.
The Royal Opera House is even more impressive than ever. The period building has been restored to its original glory and continues to be the one of the largest opera and ballet venues in London, showcasing the works of the Royal Ballet, Royal Opera and ROH Orchestra. Expect famous tenors, famous ballerinas and famous audience members as part of the revamped program. You can even take in the stunning architecture without going to a show; the entrance hall and exhibitions are open for viewing and backstage tours are also offered.
Welcome to the Circus! It is a madhouse of fun, with tasty food, drinks, and live acts for your enjoyment. The Circus, situated in Covent Garden, known as the theater area of London, brings to you live cabaret performances each night, ensuring that your evening is memorable. It also has a cocktail bar with a variety of drinks, selected just for you. During the day, the venue is a bar where people hangout for drinks, and slowly by evening, it transforms into a live-wire venue of dancing and cabaret performances, that you can enjoy with cocktails. Sink into the choicest of Pan Asian cuisine cooked with finesse by renowned chef Andrew Lassetter. Allow the Circus to transport you into a world of pleasure and contentment and an evening well-lived.
If you're looking for fun, this is the place to visit. A thriving cultural spot in London, this place has an ice rink and holds special workshops, events and world class exhibitions. This magnificent 18th-century building houses the celebrated collections of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Gilbert Collection and Hermitage Rooms. Enjoy the wonderful outdoor space with the incredible Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and pop into one of the many cafes and restaurants that dot the promenade.
Right in the heart of Soho is this independent, purpose-built theater and writers center, where you can experience the best of new, young writing. The Soho Theatre Company, resident at the Cockpit Theatre until 1995, spent three years transforming this former synagogue into the model of modernity that it is today. One of the more popular events at The Soho Theatre and Writers' Centre is the 'Four Plays: Four Weeks' season of new writing, whereby each play is rehearsed for one week before being performed for one week. The theater also presents a magical annual showcase of plays by 11-year-olds from Westminster schools, and a run of late night comedy throughout the summer. Event timings vary, kindly check website for further details.
The Southbank Centre was created in the 1960s, after the Festival of Britain in 1951 inspired renewed interest in the arts scene in the United Kingdom. The center is one of the top cultural venues in the city, and typifies 1960s architecture. The Southbank Centre is made up of the Royal National Theatre (comprising the Olivier, Lyttelton and Cottesloe theaters), and the National Film Theatre which shows the cream of international art-house films. The South Bank district is home to many other galleries and attractions.
Victoria Palace has been on the current site since 1832. Initially it was a hotel with a concert room. In the early 20th Century, the structure was demolished to give way to the Victoria Palace Theatre. Since its establishment in 1911, it has been showing an array of performances. The theater mainly puts on musicals, examples are Grease, Fame, Tonight's the Night and Billy Elliot.
Corsica Studios consistently holds some of the city's most extreme underground music parties. There are different spaces within the Studios that can be hired for hosting private or public functions. The hi-tech DJ equipment, sound amplifiers, screens, projectors and a stage completely take care of music and entertainment at the venue. There is a well-stocked bar for thirsty visitors, and the regularly held live performances make entrance into Corsica a highly sought after ticket.
Surrounded by concrete tower blocks and skinny skyscrapers, the Barbican Centre is a hive of activity in music and the performing arts. Inside the complex you'll find the Barbican Cinema, which is always at the cutting edge of art house film; the Barbican Theatre, which plays host to the Royal Shakespeare Company, among others; Barbican Hall, home to the London Symphony Orchestra; and the Barbican Gallery, a center for showcasing visual art talent from around the world. You can even enjoy a post-theater meal at the excellent restaurant, Searcy's.
Built in 1846 as an engine shed, the Roundhouse was first renovated to host musical acts and theater in 1964 and featured many memorable performers of the 1960s and 1970s, such as Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. Closed in 1983 due to lack of funding, Roundhouse reopened its doors in 1996 and after major refurbishment in 2006, it has continuously served as the center of various concerts, theater, circus, poetry readings, and other performing arts activities. Check their website for a calendar of events. Not just for adults, the space also allows a year-round programming of various events for kids from 11 years of age.
Nestled on the edge of the Thames, the O2 is London’s largest entertainment complex and includes the music venue indigo at The O2, an exhibition hall, an 11-screen movie theater, a nightclub, piazzas, an indoor arena, and a variety of eateries, bars, and shops. The iconic dome was originally built to house the Millennium Experience, an exhibition celebrating the arrival of the third millennium. The O2 is referred to by other names, including “The Dome,” “The Millennium Dome,” and “The O2 Arena,” which refers to a indoor multipurpose and sports arena within The O2.