Arts & culture

A city at the heart of art!

A city at the heart of art!

Immerse yourself in culture and explore London’s diverse arts scene.

Adelphi Theatre

Adelphi Theatre

The Adelphi Theatre is a 1500 seat West End theatre, located on the Strand in the City of Westminster. The Adelphi has specialised in comedy and musical theatre, today it is a receiving house for a variety of productions.

Barbican Centre

Barbican Centre

The Barbican Centre is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events. The Barbican Centre is also home to the London Symphony Orchestra.

Beaux Arts London

Beaux Arts London

Beaux Arts London is recognised as a leading expert in the field of modern British and contemporary art. The gallery’s focus is evenly divided between nurturing emerging artistic talent and showing work of established artists.

BFI IMAX

BFI IMAX

BFI IMAX is a state-of-the-art cinema experience not to be missed. On the biggest screen in the UK films are shown in 2D, 3D and IMAX technology and immerse the audience in larger than life images, accompanied by digital surround sound.

BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival is the biggest and best event in the capital’s filmgoing calendar. Screening everything from swanky, star-studded red carpet premieres of major Hollywood movies to the very best in world cinema.

Blackheath Halls

Blackheath Halls

Blackheath Halls is an entertainment venue and concert hall in the heart of South East London. It was built in 1895 by William Webster and is part of the oldest surviving purpose built cultural complex located in London.

British Museum

British Museum

Located in the Bloomsbury, the British Museum is dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the working headquarters of the Monarchy, where The Queen carries out her official and ceremonial duties. Royal Day Out tickets include admission to The Queen’s Gallery, the Royal Mews and the State Rooms.

Cafe de Paris

Cafe de Paris

The home of cabaret and dining in London since 1924, the iconic ballroom of Cafe de Paris hosts weekly Friday and Saturday night performances from the crème of the worlds of circus, burlesque, music, comedy and magic.

Cambridge Theatre

Cambridge Theatre

Cambridge Theatre is a comfortable size for both plays and musicals, which have included 1066 and All That, Jerry Springer – The Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s enormously successful Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden

Tucked away beside the Thames, Chelsea Physic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in London. Founded in 1673, its walls shelter a unique living collection of around 5,000 different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants.

City of London Police Museum

City of London Police Museum

Discover the story of crime and policing at the City of London Police Museum. From the first police call box in London, via the history of the police uniform and Olympic glory, to the grisly stories of the city’s criminal past.

Cube Gallery

Cube Gallery

Cube Gallery specialises in the works of modern day art and has a wide range of British and international artists, selecting both established and up-and-coming names. The gallery also has several exhibitions throughout the year.

Design Museum

Design Museum

The Design Museum offers insights into the world of design with exhibitions on fashion, architecture, graphic, product, transport and digital design. It also hosts a cutting edge programme of temporary exhibitions.

Dr Johnson’s House

Dr Johnson's House

Dr Johnson’s House is a charming 300-year-old townhouse. Samuel Johnson, the writer and wit, lived and worked here in the middle of the 18th century, compiling his great dictionary of the English language in the garret.

Eltham Palace

Eltham Palace

Capture a fun day out at Eltham Palace and discover a wealth of activities as you explore a millionaire’s home. Experience the decade of decadence as you are transported back to the 1930s (just in time for cocktail hour!).

English Heritage

English Heritage

English Heritage look after 14 places and over 900 blue plaques in London, and each one is part of the fabric of the city’s past. Make the most of your visit to the capital and start by visiting some of these fantastic sites.

Eventim Apollo

Eventim Apollo

Eventim Apollo, formerly the Hammersmith Apollo, is one of London’s major live entertainment venues. It is located in Hammersmith and is one of the UK’s largest and best-preserved original theatres.

Gabriel’s Wharf

Gabriel's Wharf

This arty enclave offers design-led shopping, from jewellery and fashion, to fair-trade furnishings and affordable artwork. Relax in one of the cafes which enjoy spectacular views of the River Thames at Gabriel’s Wharf.

Graffik Gallery

Graffik Gallery

Graffik Gallery has a reputation for being the capitals prime street art destination. The gallery has carved a master status in the movements and trends of the urban art genre. It has an unparalleled ability to foresee emerging talent.

Guildhall Art Gallery

Guildhall Art Gallery

The Guildhall Art Gallery was established in 1886. See works dating from 1670 to the present, including 17th century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a range of paintings documenting London’s dramatic history.

Guildhall Great Hall

Guildhall Great Hall

Home of the City of London Corporation, Guildhall Great Hall has been the centre of city government since the Middle Ages. The city’s only surviving secular medieval building dates from 1411 and has a cathedral-like ambience.

Guildhall Library

Guildhall Library

Guildhall Library is a public reference library specialising in the history of London. The printed books collection comprises over 200,000 titles dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries and covers all aspects of life in London.

Her Majesty’s Theatre

Her Majesty's Theatre

There have been four different buildings and numerous name changes for Her Majesty’s Theatre and its early history as an opera house makes it a fitting home for the long-running success of The Phantom of the Opera.

Heritage Gallery

Heritage Gallery

The city of London has a working record of its history stretching back nearly 1000 years, enjoy a rare opportunity to view treasures held in trust for the nation. The collection belongs to the London Metropolitan Archives.

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament is open to all UK and overseas visitors to attend debates, watch committee hearings or take a tour inside one of the world’s most iconic buildings, there are a number of ways you can can visit.

Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum tells the story of those whose lives have been shaped by war from WW1 to the present day. Discover the First World War Galleries and the permanent exhibitions including The Lord Ashcroft Gallery.

Keats House

Keats House

Visit Keats House and discover the beauty of poetry and place in the home of Romantic poet John Keats, now a museum and literary centre. Explore his life and work through the exhibits of original manuscripts and artefacts.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace, a palace of secret stories and public lives, has been influenced by generations of royal women. Visitors can walk through the King’s State Apartments, the Queen’s State Apartments and the gardens.

Kenwood

Kenwood

On the edge of Hampstead Heath surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Kenwood is one of London’s hidden gems. The breathtaking interiors and stunning world-class art collection are free for everyone to enjoy.

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens

Visit Kew and explore the world’s most famous botanic garden. Situated just 30 minutes from central London, Kew Gardens boasts landscapes, glasshouses, historic buildings and a vast range of rare and beautiful plants.

Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum is a purpose-built studio-house that is one of the most remarkable buildings of the 19th century. It contains a collection of paintings and sculpture by Lord Leighton and his contemporaries.

Let’s Rock London

Let's Rock London

Let’s Rock London festival returns to Clapham Common every year. With a fabulous line-up of artists to bring you the very best of the 80s and an action packed day of general 80s madness. There is plenty to do for everyone.

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week is one of the world’s highest profile designer showcases. The Fashion Week is organised by the British Fashion Council and brings some of the worlds most famous celebrities and designers to the capital.

London Film Museum

London Film Museum

The London Film Museum, founded and created by Jonathan Sands in February 2008, is a museum dedicated to the British film industry. The museum exhibits original props, costumes and sets from feature films.

London Glassblowing

London Glassblowing

London Glassblowing is the UK’s foremost gallery and studio for the creation and display of contemporary glass art. Visitors will experience at close hand the heat of the furnace as they watch the magical ancient craft unfold.

London Luxury Quarter

London Luxury Quarter

Home to over two thirds of the top 100 celebrated luxury brands, London’s Luxury Quarter hosts 15 luxury 5 star hotels, and an impressive 23 Michelin star restaurants with 31 stars awarded between them.

London Palladium

London Palladium

The London Palladium has been hailed the best venue in the world for variety performance. It’s a venue to which all performers aspire to perform in and has hosted more annual Royal Variety Performances than any other theatre.

London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum explores the story of London and its transport system over the last 200 years, highlighting the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London, culture and society since 1800.

London’s Roman Amphitheatre

London's Roman Amphitheatre

Step into the ruins of London’s Roman Amphitheatre and discover the hidden history under your feet. The remains where discovered during the redevelopment of the Guildhall Art Gallery in 1985 and offer a fascinating insight.

Lyceum Theatre

Lyceum Theatre

The Lyceum Theatre is a 2,000-seat theatre located in the City of Westminster. In 1996 it was restored and reconverted into a theatre for large scale musicals or opera, with a suitably large orchestra pit, by Holohan Architects.

Museum of Brands

Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

The Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising is a treasure trove of retro design and memories. Imagine walking through galleries full to the brim with oddities and wonders alike, where every corner leads you to a different decade.

National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the world, filled with stories of exploration and human endeavour. Explore the 10 galleries and a vast collection to discover Britain’s epic relationship with the sea.

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery, London, houses the world’s largest collection of personalities and faces. You can explore over 200,000 portraits from the 16th century to the present day in a wide variety of different mediums.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. It cares for more than 80 million specimens spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually.

New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival

New Cross & Deptford Flim Festival

New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival is an annual celebration of film. Events include open-air family screenings, showing mainstream feature films in local parks, short films, documentaries and filmmaking workshops.

New London Theatre

New London Theatre

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Blue Man Group and Gone with the Wind have subsequently played at the New London Theatre. It’s currently home to the National Theatre’s record breaking, War Horse.

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

The purpose of Notting Hill Carnival is to foster creative development and enhancement of diverse artistic excellence. Thus transforming perceptions of London Notting Hill Carnival culture locally, nationally and internationally.

Novello Theatre

Novello Theatre

Currently at the Novello Theatre London is the West End production of Mamma Mia!, which has had over 40 million people dancing in the aisles around the world and continues to sell out as one of the most loved shows around.

O2 Academy Brixton

O2 Academy Brixton

O2 Academy Brixton is an internationally renowned, Grade II listed, award-winning concert venue. Hosting live music, club nights, comedy shows and more from a range of talent, with visitors travelling from all over the world.

Old Vic Theatre

Old Vic Theatre

The Old Vic Theatre is steeped in tradition yet still innovating and making history today. This is achieved through a huge variety of output on and off stage which grabs the imagination of the broadest range of people.

Opera Holland Park

Opera Holland Park

Opera Holland Park London is widely regarded as one of the most exciting, innovative and accomplished opera companies in the UK, with an extraordinary history of producing rarities, alongside popular favourites.

Oxo Tower Wharf

Oxo Tower Wharf

Oxo Tower Wharf is an award-winning, landmark and is home to some of the UK’s most innovative and internationally-renowned contemporary designers, restaurants, cafes, bars and exhibition venues gallery@oxo and Bargehouse.

Palace Theatre

The Lyric Hammersmith

Located between Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue, with a capacity of 1,400 seats spread across four levels, including the stalls, dress circle, grand circle and balcony, the Palace Theatre a larger venue on the West End.

Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre

Opening in 1930, the Phoenix Theatre showed Noel Coward’s Private Lives, which starred Gertrude Lawrence and Laurence Olivier in one of his first roles. The interior is very grand and is often considered to be one of London’s finest.

Piccadilly Theatre

Piccadilly Theatre

London’s Piccadilly Theatre is one of the newest venues, opening in April 1928. Since opening in 1928, the theatre has been used for a wide range of entertainment, spanning from cinema to ballets and dramas.

Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre

The Playhouse Theatre London is located in the heart of the city, near the famous Trafalgar Square. It opened as the Playhouse Theatre in 1907 and has hosted successful plays such as W. Somerset Maugham’s Home and Beauty.

Prince Edward Theatre

Prince Edward Theatre

Musicals have played consistently at the Prince Edward Theatre since 1993. Including the hugely successful Mamma Mia! (1999), Mackintosh’s own production of Mary Poppins (2004) and the theatre’s current tenant, Aladdin.

Prince of Wales Theatre

Prince of Wales Theatre

The Prince of Wales Theatre boasts a history that spans back to many centuries. Since opening in 1884 theatre-goers have been flocking the auditorium of this historic theatre to enjoy its mesmerising plays and musicals.

Queen’s House

Queen’s House

Come and celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Queen’s House. Inigo Jones’s architectural masterpiece has reopened after major restoration, with 22 spectacular rooms filled with great art representing 400 years.

Queen’s Theatre

Queen's Theatre

The Queen’s Theatre was built in 1907 and was designed as part of a pair with the neighbouring Gielgud Theatre. Les Miserables opened at the Queen’s on the 12th April 2004 and has been running at the theatre ever since.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

The award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a London landmark – a firm fixture of summer in the city, providing a cultural hub in the beautiful surroundings of a Royal Park.

RIBA

RIBA

Visit RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) at its stunning art-deco building to see thought-provoking, free exhibitions, lively events, browse the bookshop and enjoy a delicious lunch or coffee in the café.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Take your imagination into uncharted territory at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!. Follow in the footsteps of intrepid adventurer Robert Ripley and explore six oddity-packed floors crammed with countless curiosities and artefacts.

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club

As well as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, the venue’s upstairs bar, known as Upstairs @ Ronnie’s, enjoys considerable prestige as a classy and upmarket place to while away the evenings in style, recreating a relaxed 50s speakeasy vibe.

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall

The world’s leading figures in music, dance, sport and politics have appeared on the stage at the Royal Albert Hall since it opened in 1871. Now over 1.7 million people enjoy a range of live experiences here every year.

Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House aims to enrich people’s lives through opera and ballet. Home to two of the world’s great artistic companies – The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, performing with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery aims to provide an innovative forum for contemporary art, presenting work by largely unseen young artists or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK.

Savoy Theatre

Savoy Theatre

Ever since its debut performances back in 1881, the magnificent Savoy Theatre has been synonymous with premiering quality drama, opera and musicals, and has enjoyed a varied history in the process of doing so.

Science Museum

Science Museum

Striving to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe.

Shaftesbury Theatre

Shaftesbury Theatre

The Shaftesbury Theatre was the last theatre to be built on Shaftesbury Avenue. It has seen many notable productions and famous faces over the last century and it’s now the largest independent theatre in the West End.

Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe

Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the playhouse for which he wrote.

Somerset House

Somerset House

Somerset House is a new kind of arts centre in the heart of London. One of the city’s most spectacular and well-loved spaces, it is a place where art and culture is imagined, made and experienced by 3 million visitors every year.

St Lawrence Jewry

St Lawrence Jewry

Discover this beautiful Wren church and its connections it has with the city of London. St Lawrence Jewry is the municipal church of the City of London Corporation and a fine example of Christopher Wren’s work.

St Martin in the Fields

St Martin in the Fields

St Martin in the Fields is a landmark church, it’s a hospitable, vibrant and forward thinking community with worship at its heart. Over 750,000 people visit St Martin’s to participate in a service, enjoy a concert or an event.

St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside to enjoy the awe-inspiring interior, climb the dome to try the unique acoustics of the Whispering Gallery and uncover its fascinating history.

Stern Pissarro Gallery

Stern Pissarro Gallery

Stern Pissarro Gallery is co-owned by David Stern and Lélia Pissarro, great-granddaughter of Camille Pissarro. Based in London’s Mayfair art district, the gallery specialises in impressionist modern and contemporary works of art.

Tate Britain

Tate Britain

Tate Britain is the world centre for the study and display of British art, the gallery holds the largest collection of British art in the world from 1500 to the present day. Highlights include a Turner collection of more than 300 paintings.

Tate Modern

Tate Modern

Tate Modern is the national gallery of international modern art and also houses a collection of British art from the 1500s. The collection of modern and contemporary art represents all the major movements.

The City Centre

The City Centre

The City Centre is home to the city of London’s official architectural model of the Square Mile. This state of the art 1:500 scale interactive model allows a rare birds-eye view panorama detailing every existing building.

The Lyric Hammersmith

The Lyric Hammersmith

The Lyric Hammersmith is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres. Over its hundred and twenty-five year history it has been responsible for creating some of the UK’s most adventurous and acclaimed theatrical work.

The National Gallery

The National Gallery

The National Gallery displays more than 2,000 Western European paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. You can explore inspiring art by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Turner and Van Gogh.

The O2

The O2

The O2 is the world’s most popular music and entertainment venue. It is home to an array of world-class experiences and attractions including an 11-screen cinema; a 12-lane bowling alley and 20,000 capacity live music space.

The SSE Arena Wembley

The SSE Arena Wembley

The SSE Arena, Wembley is the UK’s most iconic entertainment venue. With a rich history that goes back to its days as the Empire Pool and Sports Arena, the building has played host to numerous events including the 2012 Olympics.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Since 1663 Theatre Royal Drury Lane was renowned for its spectacular Victorian melodramas and pantomimes. But since the 1920s its history has mirrored the development of the modern musical and continued to do so.

Theatre Royal Haymarket

Theatre Royal Haymarket

The Theatre Royal Haymarket, known originally as ‘The Little Theatre in the Hay’, is situated in the heart of the West End. The Haymarket strives to produce memorable theatrical experiences for audiences from around the world.

TKTS

TKTS

Visit TKTS, set in the heart of Leicester Square for last minute and discount theatre tickets. You can buy theatre tickets in person only for a range of different performances today, tomorrow and the next day.

Totally Thames

Totally Thames

Totally Thames takes place over September and brings the river to life via an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events throughout the 42-mile stretch of the Thames. It is endorsed and supported by The Mayor of London.

Tower of London

Tower of London

One of just four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city, the Tower of London is one of the city’s most popular attractions. See the magnificent Crown Jewels, enjoy special exhibitions and take a guided tour with a Beefeater.

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

Experience a traditional ceremony full of military pomp and pageantry. Marking the Queen’s official birthday, Trooping the Colour is an annual event features hundreds of officers, horses and musicians in ceremonial uniform.

Valentines Mansion

Valentines Mansion

Discover over 320 years of fascinating history at the Grade II listed Valentines Mansion. Explore the period furnished rooms and enjoy the wonderful historic gardens. Come and enjoy the exhibitions, events and creative workshops.

Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum represents more than 3,000 years of human creativity, with the art and design collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It also offers a programme of temporary exhibitions and events.

Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are displays of French 18th century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb old master paintings and a world class armoury.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Every year Westminster Abbey welcomes over a million visitors who want to explore this 700 year old building. Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains – it is a must-see living pageant of British history.