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World-class performing arts in London

  • London, United Kingdom (UK)

  • Bucket List Experience

Last updated: 09 March, 2024

London’s theatre and music scene is one of the oldest in the world – and its theatres and concert halls some of the most striking in design and architecture.

From the loving recreation of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre on the Southbank to the Brutalist blocks of the National Theatre, and the ornate Royal Albert Hall, with its unbeatable acoustics for orchestras, the buildings are as much a part of the story as the plays and concerts you’ll see performed inside.

The famous ‘West End’ (around Covent Garden and Soho) is the centre of it all, home to a collection of historic theatres which house a mixture of long-running plays and musicals and short-running shows. But you’ll find great theatres as spread out as London Bridge, Hackney and Chelsea, too, often with a certain ethos, such as championing new writing or showcasing different styles of dance.

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  • London, United Kingdom (UK)

  • Bucket List Experience

From classic drama to musical comedy, the National’s three stages (the Olivier, Lyttleton and Dorfman) epitomise the best of British theatre. Boundary-pushing, and world-class quality.

Adult price: 45

Min age 5

Good for age: 13+

Duration: -

Old Vic

  • London, United Kingdom (UK)

External side view of the theatre during the daytime

Experience

Thanks to artistic director Kevin Spacey, this 19th-century theatre has enjoying a glittering revival. One of London’s premier sites for performances by some of the world’s best-loved actors.

Adult price: 12

Min age 3

Good for age: 18+

Duration: 1+ hours

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  • London, United Kingdom (UK)

  • Bucket List Experience

London’s premier venue, this iconic circular Victorian concert hall hosts everything from circus acts to classical music, with perfectly-crafted acoustics.

Adult price: 15

Good for age: 18+

Duration: 1+ hours

Royal Court Theatre

  • London, United Kingdom (UK)

Street view of the theatre building

Experience

London’s best-known platform for new playwrights. Effortlessly cool, intellectual, and influential, this is theatre at its most exciting.

Adult price: 12

Good for age: 18+

Duration: Varies

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  • London, United Kingdom (UK)

  • Bucket List Experience

See the world’s best theatre and musical theatre, staged in 40 magnificent, history-laden venues known as the ‘West End’.

Adult price: 45

Good for age: 8+

Duration: 2-3 hours

When: Daily

Freq: daily

  • London, United Kingdom (UK)

  • Bucket List Experience

This grand setting in Covent Garden is home to both the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet companies, and the place for lavish, spectacular performances by the world’s leading singers and dancers.

Adult price: 45

Min age 5

Good for age: 18+

Duration: 1-3 hours

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Price from: £20
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 18+
Frequency: daily
When: All year round
Duration: Varies