Entertainment in The United Kingdom

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Stratford-upon-Avon

    Royal Shakespeare Company

    Stratford has two grand stages run by the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company – the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre on Waterside – as well as the smaller Other Place. The theatres have witnessed performances by such legends as Lawrence Olivier, Richard Burton, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart. Various one-hour guided tours take you behind the scenes.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Liverpool

    Liverpool Football Club

    A dominant footballing force for most of the 1970s and 1980s, Liverpool FC remains one of the world's most famous and best-supported clubs, despite not winning a league championship since 1991. Its current crop of stars, led by the magnetic German Jürgen Klopp, play their home games at the wonderful Anfield stadium, north of the city centre.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in South Bank

    Shakespeare’s Globe

    One of the most famous playhouses in the world, Shakespeare’s Globe will knock your theatrical socks off. This dutifully authentic reconstruction will transport theatre-goers back to Elizabethan times, with hard wooden seats and a central floor space open to the elements (cushions and ponchos are on sale). Groundling tickets are just £5 for every performance, but you're required to stand through it all.

  • Entertainment in The West End

    Royal Opera House

    Opera and ballet have a fantastic setting on Covent Garden Piazza, and a night here is a sumptuous affair. Although the programme has modern influences, the main attractions are still the classic productions with their world-class performers. A three-year, £50-million revamp finished in October 2018, with new areas open to the non-ticketed public for the first time, including the cafe and bar.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Kensington & Hyde Park

    Royal Albert Hall

    This splendid Victorian concert hall hosts classical music, rock and other performances, but is famously the venue for the BBC-sponsored Proms. Booking is possible, but from mid-July to mid-September Promenaders queue for £5 standing tickets that go on sale one hour before curtain-up. Otherwise, the box office and prepaid-ticket collection counter are through door 12 (south side of the hall).

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Notting Hill & 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 here for almost 40 years and holds regular performances during weekends and school holidays. Ducking into its interior to see a show is an intimate, magical experience.

  • Entertainment in South Bank

    National Theatre

    The nation’s flagship theatre delivers up to 25 shows every year across its three venues inside this brutalist block. Even if you're not here for a show, you can explore the foyers, which contain a bookshop, restaurants, bars and exhibition spaces. Get behind the scenes on a tour, including going backstage, a deep-dive into the building's architecture and an experience with the costume team.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Cardiff

    Clwb Ifor Bach

    Named for 12th-century Welsh rebel Ifor Bach, the legendary Clwb ('Club') has broken many a Welsh band since it first opened its doors as a Welsh-language social club in 1983, building a reputation as Cardiff's most important indie-music venue. It now hosts bands performing in many tongues – from young upstarts to more established acts – along with regular club nights.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Leeds

    Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen

    Belgrave is the city's best live-music venue, with a diverse roll call of acts from burlesque to comedy and folk to hip-hop. Its three floors also encompass a huge bar bristling with craft-beer taps, two kitchens, loads of shared tables and sofa space, and a fantastic roof terrace with views across the city. Why would you ever leave?

  • Entertainment in Notting Hill & West London

    Electric Cinema

    Having notched up its centenary in 2011, the Electric is one of the UK’s oldest cinemas, now updated. Avail yourself of the luxurious leather armchairs, sofas, footstools and tables for food and drink in the auditorium, or select one of the six front-row double beds! Tickets are cheapest on Mondays, while children's tickets are £10.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Old Town

    Sandy Bell's

    This unassuming pub has been a stalwart of the traditional-music scene since the 1960s (the founder's wife sang with the Corries). There's music every weekday evening at 9pm, and from 2pm Saturday and 4pm Sunday, plus lots of impromptu sessions.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Central Glasgow

    King Tut's Wah Wah Hut

    One of the city’s premier live-music pub venues, hosting bands every night of the week. A staple of the local scene, and a real Glasgow highlight.

  • Entertainment in Manchester

    Manchester United

    Arguably the world's most famous football team, Manchester United ply their incredibly lucrative trade on the perfect pitch at Old Trafford, given the marketing moniker of 'the theatre of dreams'. More than 75,000 fans fill the stadium for every home match, making tickets pretty hard to come by, but you can console yourself with the excellent museum and stadium tour.

  • Entertainment in Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

    Wimbledon Championships

    For a few weeks each June and July, the sporting world’s attention is fixed on the quiet southern suburb of Wimbledon, as it has been since 1877. Most show-court tickets for the Wimbledon Championships are allocated through public ballot, applications for which begin in early August of the preceding year and close at the end of December.

  • Entertainment in Manchester

    Manchester City

    In 2018 Manchester City were crowned league champions for the third time since 2012, playing a brand of football that had fans and rivals alike applauding in admiration. They may have a way to go before they match the success of Manchester United, but under megastar manager Josep 'Pep' Guardiola City's fortunes are looking decidedly good.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Notting Hill & West London

    Bush Theatre

    Located in the former Passmore Edwards Public Library building, this West London theatre is renowned for encouraging new writing. Its success since 1972 is down to strong plays from the likes of Jonathan Harvey, Conor McPherson, Stephen Poliakoff, Caroline Horton and Tanya Ronder. The Holloway Theatre is the main space; the Studio is the smaller, 70-seat venue. There's an excellent cafe and bar.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Kensington & Hyde Park

    606 Club

    Named after its old address on the King's Rd, which cast a spell over London's jazz lovers back in the ’80s, this choice, tucked-away basement jazz club and restaurant gives centre stage nightly to contemporary British-based jazz musicians. The club can only serve alcohol to nonmembers who are dining, and it is highly advisable to book to get a table.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in The West End

    Wigmore Hall

    Wigmore Hall, built in 1901 as a piano showroom, is one of the best and most active classical-music venues in town, with more than 460 concerts a year. This isn't just because of its fantastic acoustics, beautiful Arts and Crafts–style cupola over the stage and great variety of concerts, but also because of the sheer quality of the performances.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Porthcurno

    Minack Theatre

    In terms of theatrical settings, the Minack takes top billing. Carved into the crags overlooking Porthcurno and the azure-blue Atlantic, this amazing clifftop amphitheatre was the lifelong passion of theatre-lover Rowena Cade, who dreamt up the idea in the 1930s. It's now a hugely popular place for al fresco theatre, with plays staged from mid-May to mid-September.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in North London

    Green Note

    Camden may be the home of punk, but it also has the Green Note: one of the best places in London to see live folk and world music, with gigs every night of the week. The setting is intimate: a tiny bare-brick room with mics set up in a corner, backdropped by red curtains. Most tickets are under £10 (£12 at the door)