Top Choice Theatre in West London

Bush Theatre

This rehoused and reinvigorated West London theatre is renowned for encouraging new talent and independent, new playwriting. Its success since 1972 is down to strong writing from the likes of Jonathan Harvey, Conor …
Cinema in West London

Gate Picturehouse

Opened in 1911, the Gate’s single screen has one of London’s most charming art-deco cinema interiors, with director Q&As and a wealth of cinema clubs, including the E4 Slackers Club (students) and Silver Screen …
Cinema in West London

Electric Cinema

Having notched up its centenary in 2011, the Electric is one of the UK’s oldest cinemas, updated. Avail yourself of the luxurious leather armchairs, sofas, footstools and tables for food and drink in the auditorium,…
Puppet Theatre in West London

Puppet Theatre Barge

This utterly charming marionette (aka puppet) theatre can be found in a converted barge moored in Little Venice – an area as pretty as it sounds. The theatre has been there for almost 40 years and holds regular perf…
Concert Venue in West London

O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

This famous midsized venue (standing capacity is 2000) attracts all manner of top acts (Muse, La Roux) and back-catalogue giants (Dead Kennedys, the Jesus and Mary Chain). The floor doesn’t slope, so if you’re not s…
Performing Arts in West London

Riverside Studios

Shut at the time of writing while undergoing redevelopment, but due to reopen in 2018, the Riverside hosts an eclectic mix of performing arts, from circus to theatre and comedy, and also doubles as an art-house cine…
Live Performance in West London

Eventim Apollo

Hosting such musical titans as Sting, Kate Bush and Paul Weller as well as comedians, celebrity scientists such as Professor Brian Cox and travelling roadshows, this 3655-seat 1930s venue (formerly known as the Hamm…
Opera in West London

Opera Holland Park

Sit under the 1000-seat canopy, temporarily erected every summer for a nine-week season in the middle of Holland Park, for a mix of crowd-pleasers and rare (even obscure) works. Five operas are generally performed e…
Theatre in West London

Lyric Hammersmith

Recently refurbished and extended with a new wing, the Lyric turns classics on their head, staging a stimulating choice of productions from the highbrow to more accessible theatre.
Comedy in West London


Big comedy names and more fringe acts, with a sister outfit in Shoreditch.