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.
The Lyceum Theatre was built in the 1700s, so it's a golden oldie in terms of London theaters. The theater holds just over 2000 people. In the 1970s this theater provided a platform for various popular musicians like Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Police, Bob Marley, and others. In the 1990s Jesus Christ Superstar, and Oklahoma! were performed here. Since 1999, this theater has been home to the Lion King musical.
Covent Garden is a historic district that is famous for its street performers, shops, restaurants, bars and theaters. The most well known attraction in the area is the Royal Opera House. Before it became the capital’s premiere destination for entertainment and leisure, Covent Garden served as the largest fruit and vegetable market in England. Currently, the Apple, East Colonnade and Jubilee markets are held in the piazza area. Visitors can browse through antiques, artwork, jewelry and clothing that can be found among the market stalls.
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.
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.
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.
Intimate and charming, Studio 2 is one of the two theaters that make up the Trafalgar Studios. In 2005, Studio 2 was opened to theater aficionados and its inaugural event was the play Cyprus. The theater has 100 seats in all, and is equipped with modern acoustics and light fixtures. It occupies the same building as the historic Whitehall Theatre.
One of the city's prime venues, 8 Northumberland first opened its doors to the public in 1874, closing down in the year 1887. The venue then reopened in 2010, and since then has been luring art lovers from across the country and the globe. Located within close proximity to local transportation, this elegant venue hosts private as well as corporate events including weddings, parties, private dining, fashion shows, award nights, conferences and meetings in huge numbers.
With branches across the globe, Raindance has carved a niche for itself in the hearts of cinema lovers, and its London post is no different. The center provides many courses related to film making, and also organizes a number of seminars for those who wish to establish a career in cinema. In addition, there are two rooms available on hire at this location of Raindance. Both the rooms come equipped with modern acoustics, projectors, light fixtures and high-definition cameras.
One of London's noteworthy Anglican churches, St Martin-in-the-Fields is the parish to Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street. Redesigned by James Gibbs in 1726, its Georgian architecture has been an inspiration the world over. The intricate citadel towers over Trafalgar Square and the structure boasts beautiful woodwork and Italian carvings. Located in the heart of the capital, the venue prides itself on hosting some of the best music events in history. From 18th Century classical acts by Mozart to weekly jazz nights by emerging artists, the space has seen it all. With state-of-the-art acoustics and magnificent backdrop to its credit, experience world-class entertainment.
Located inside the sumptuous Amba Hotel Charing Cross, is the hotel's very own entertainment hub, the Torquay Suite Theatre. This theater revolves around a unique concept where guests are treated with a delectable meal and talented comedy performances by the Faulty Towers group. The show complements your meal and is sure to tickle your funny bone. Most of the event is improv, which adds immeasurably to your humor ride.
For a complete experience in art, head over to the city's Institute of Contemporary Arts. This innovative institute boasts of a gallery and auditorium. They even have a bookshop and a restaurant and bar, so you can fuel up and look around some more! Come watch experimental dance and theater shows and revel in the vibrancy of newly emerging talent. ICA also offers unique PhD programs and yearly memberships. Have a look at their projects and films like Crimson Gold or Kitchen Stories.