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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.
This magnificent Victorian elliptical-shaped hall is a memorial to Prince Albert. The Albert Hall is now the venue for a variety of events, including big name concerts, beauty contests, sporting events, and most famous of all, the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts - simply known as The Proms - performed daily between July and September. The Last Night of the Proms is probably the single most famous event to take place in this elegant piece of Victoriana. Exhibitions are also held here. The hall also offers tours for visitors.
Cecil Sharp House is an award-winning folk arts center that has been the headquarters of the English Folk Dance and Song Society since 1930. The house hosts a wide range of music and dance events and concerts. Visitors can take clog and Salsa dance lessons, participate in educational workshops, and see the Folk Dance and Song Society’s archives at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. The Cecil Sharp Café is open during the day and often in the evening, and provides a good range of food at reasonable prices.
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 programs of various kinds for kids from 11 years of age.
Union Chapel is a Gothic-style Victorian church that doubles as one of London's premier entertainment venues. Serving the local community, the church hosts Sunday prayer services and provides shelter, food, and clothing for the homeless through its Margins Homelessness Project. On other days, the church is transformed into a venue hosting well-known local and touring bands, comedy shows, film screenings, and other events. The Heritage Officer of Union Chapel Church and Chairman of Islington Archaeology and History Society gives a free, guided tour of the chapel on the first Sunday of every month.
O2 Academy Brixton is one of London's premier concert venues. It has witnessed performances by major British and international bands, a lot of them rock acts. International DJs have also graced its stage and pumped up the concert-goers. Enjoy performances by some top artists like Slash, Grizzly Bear, Villagers and many more artists who keep on performing here.
Formerly known as the North Greenwich Arena, the O2 is one of London's most famous arenas that only hosts the city's most high-profile sporting, cultural and musical events. A truly multipurpose facility, it can easily accommodate 20,000 spectators, making it one of the largest indoor stadiums in the United Kingdom's.. Equipped with latest amenities, state-of-the-art acoustics, and plush VIP boxes, the O2 is a modern behemoth in the world of entertainment. The 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, the Euroleague Final Four Basketball Championship, and the C2C: Country to Country music festival are just a few of the most notable events that have hosted been here.
Part of the expansive O2 Centre in the heart of London, indigo at The O2 is a 2,350 capacity music venue and night club that hosts concerts, comedy shows, and arena after-parties. The indigo at The O2 boasts two bars and holds club nights. Visit the club's website for information about upcoming events.
The SSE Arena Wembley, also known as Wembley Arena, is a 12,500-seat indoor multipurpose arena that hosts large-scale concerts, family entertainment shows, comedy, sports events and more. Not to be confused with the nearby, but much larger, Wembley Stadium, the arena was built for the 1934 British Empire Games and was once called The Empire Pool after a swimming pool that was once housed inside of it. Renovations on the structure were completed in 2006, and the SSE is now one of the largest arenas of its kind in London.