Top ChoiceTheatre 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...

Top ChoiceFootball 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...

Top ChoiceTheatre 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...

Top ChoiceConcert Venue in Kensington & Hyde Park

Royal Albert Hall

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...

Top ChoiceTheatre 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,...

Top ChoiceBlues 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...

Top ChoiceClassical Music 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,...

Top ChoiceTheatre 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...

Top ChoiceLive Music 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...

Top ChoicePuppet Theatre in Notting Hill & West London

Puppet Theatre Barge

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...

Top ChoiceCinema in The West End

Prince Charles Cinema

The last independent theatre in the West End, Prince Charles Cinema is universally loved for its show-anything attitude. Singalongs and quote-a-longs (Frozen, Elf and The Rocky Horror Picture Show are perennial...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Kensington & Hyde Park

Pheasantry

Currently run by PizzaExpress, the Pheasantry on King's Rd is a 19th-century building that has been a ballet academy, a boho bar and a nightclub (where Lou Reed once sang). These days it ranges over three floors,...

Top ChoiceTheatre in South Edinburgh

Summerhall

Formerly Edinburgh University's veterinary school, the Summerhall complex is a major cultural centre and entertainment venue, with old halls and lecture theatres (including an original anatomy lecture theatre)...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Leeds

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen

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...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Cardiff

Clwb Ifor Bach

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...

Top ChoiceTheatre in Oxford

Creation Theatre

This ambitious theatre company produces highly original shows – often Shakespeare, but also anything from Dracula to The Wind in the Willows – that are bursting with magic, quirk and special effects. It then...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in Chester

Storyhouse

The 1930s art deco Odeon has been converted into an award-winning modern arts centre with two theatre spaces – a larger 800-seater arena and a 150-seat studio theatre – plus a cinema that screens indie and art...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in Manchester

HOME

One of Britain's best arts centres, HOME has two theatre spaces that host provocative new work in a variety of contexts, from proscenium sets to promenade pieces. The five cinema screens show the latest indie...

Top ChoiceLive Performance in Liverpool

Constellations

Whether you're looking to join a drumming circle, take part in a martial-arts workshop or lose yourself at a rave, this terrific venue in a former recycling yard will have something worth checking out. In good...

Top ChoicePerforming Arts in Mull

Comar

Mull's lively arts scene includes a famous theatre group, regular art exhibitions and concerts. This arts organisation puts on exhibitions, plays and concerts in Tobermory's An Tobar Arts Centre and elsewhere....