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.
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.
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.
The Globe Theatre is universally known as the place where the great plays of Shakespeare came alive. Today, Shakespeare’s Globe, located on the banks of the River Thames is a reproduction of the original Globe, which burned down in 1613 after a cannon shot set fire to its roof. The theater was built near the site of the original using nearly identical methods and materials, and is believed by historians and architects alike to be very realistic. Since it opened in 1997, The New Globe has been a popular and iconic addition to London theater, and has turned from hosting only open-air summer productions into a vibrant center of Shakespearean drama, education, exhibitions, and tours. The ‘groundling’ tradition is still alive at the Globe, whereby visitors can watch world-class theater from the yard for a low price.
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.
Originally known for its post war farces, the theatre was accordingly called 'The Whitehall Farces'. The name then changed to 'The Whitehall Theatre' and is now Trafalgar Studios at the Whitehall Theatre. Since then the theater has put on a variety of performances that range from plays to musicals, but today remains committed to intelligent drama and intelligent musicals. The theater seats 480 people but has no wheelchair access. There are no dining facilities but there is a main bar and a smaller one in the foyer of the theater. The theater is currently on lease to the Oxford Stage Company so this respected company produces the majority of shows. (Call +44 844 871 7627 for more.)
Dedicated to visual arts, the Mall Galleries in London aims to provide a platform to local and emerging artists as well as showcase works of renowned artists. The venue consists of three galleries, a bookshop and a cafe and is also the center of the Federation of British Artists, a national charity. The leading art societies that form the FBA host their annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries.
Formerly The New Players Theatre, the Victorian setting of this hall and classic entertainment, promises to transport you back in time. Shows are changed regularly and there are also several pantomimes every year. Attending a show here is a novel experience, with the mixture of sarcastic Victorian humor and traditional music making for a memorable evening. A membership entitles you to free admission to all performances for a year and use of club facilities (late bar and restaurant), whether you're attending a performance or not.
Nestled in the heart of the city of London, National Liberal Club dates back to as early as 1882. Established by William Gladstone, this gentleman's club was one of the firsts to allow ladies to be its members. Set near Thames river, this beautiful Neo-Gothic structure boasts of designs by the famed architect Alfred Waterhouse and is known for providing sweeping views of the region. Ever since its establishment, this club has been a venue for entertainment and socialization of the locals with varied interests and is popular for hosting a plethora of events regularly. Operating for over a century, this club has had popular figures like Rupert Brooke, Wilston Churchill, Gopal Krishna Gokhale and many more as its members.
The stately Playhouse Theatre harbors a long and illustrious history as an imminently suitable venue for having a jolly good time. First opened in 1882 under the name of Royal Avenue Theatre, audiences then packed in the seats to watch burlesques and comic operas, among other productions. Having played host to a number of classic acts and musicals, the Playhouse is regularly a host to renowned theater groups.