Want to know where to find the best of London’s live comedy, music, opera and dance? Look no further.
Nobody does live comedy quite like London does. If you’re looking for a side-splitting night out, check out our list of the city’s top comedy clubs.
• Comedy Store: This famous stage has hosted almost every major English stand-up comic.
The Comedy Players (every Wednesday and Sunday) is a great improv show not to be missed.
• Comedy Café: a great comedy club, offering laughs seven nights a week, for as little as £5*, and a free night on Wednesdays. It also has a very cool bar and restaurant downstairs.
• Top Secret Comedy Club: located in London’s Covent Garden, this club often has some of the biggest names in comedy dropping by for an impromptu set. And they have a free improv show on Tuesdays.
• The 99 Club: top names and top-notch comedy makes this comedy club, based in London’s Soho, a win win, all week long.
• Piccadilly Comedy Club: get ready to rumble (with laughter) in this central London club.
When it comes to busting a move – with rhythm and flair – on stage, the choice is more select, but the standard is just as high. Here’s the best places for you to check out…
• Sadler’s Wells Theatre: the dance programme at this theatre, and at its sister venue the Peacock Theatre, will have you dancing in the aisles.
• ENO: the London Coliseum, home to ENO, plays host to two things: opera and dance (notably from the English National Ballet). From classical to contemporary, you’ll enjoy every line and move in this beautiful setting.
• Rich Mix: for more alternative and off-beat dance (and entertainment in general) Richmix, in Bethnal Green, is the place to go.
From classical to rock, indie to pop, London hits the right note with excellent music destinations.
• The O2: for the biggest names in music on their world tours.
• Hammersmith Apollo: The Cure, Jessie J and Swedish folk sensation First Aid Kit are just a few of the musicians to play this legendary venue.
• Royal Albert Hall: you’d be forgiven for thinking that this venue only entertains those with more classical tastes, but if you thought that then think again.
• Ronnie Scott’s: perhaps the most famous jazz club in the world, found in London’s Soho.
• O2 Academy: attracting a young and music-conscious crowd, Brixton Academy is a hotspot for indie, alternative and more mainstream artists.
Some of the best operatic productions in the world bless the stages of London. If you’re a fan of opera, make sure you don’t miss these two.
• Royal Opera House: set in the heart of the cobbled streets of Covent Garden, the Opera House has a history that dates back to 1732. For over 200 years it’s been wowing crowds with stunning and classical productions.
• ENO: with a younger crowd in mind, ENO aims to make opera more accessible, with more contemporary sets, storylines and costume.
*Prices correct as of January 2015. Please check websites for more details.