Five London Venues You Need To Experience
Venture through our list of London venues for inspiration this weekend.
London is endless and ever evolving and the pressure to soak up all the sights and delights the city has to offer is on. Seatwave explored five London venues for you to explore, each with a string of brilliant events to catch at the weekend.
The former railway engine shed in Chalk Farm where trains would turn around on a revolving platform heading back up to Birmingham is steeped in history and is London to a teen. Becoming an arts venue in 1964, it’s since seen the likes of Pink Floyd, Prince, The Doors, The Clash and Jimi Hendrix.
Making for a beautiful spherical live experience you can take your own virtual tour of the place here xxx just check out that ceiling! The acoustics bounce off the walls and tornado their way up into the domed roof. Currently the multi-faceted arts venue hosts theatre, circus, music and spoken word.
The venue also has a lovely terrace bar, making it the perfect destination in the summer. Why not head to North London for your next gig?
London’s opulent staple venue is perched along the river Thames and looks over sunsets on Waterloo Bridge.
The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, one of the most stunning courtyards to stumble upon in central London, hosts a summer series of open air concerts and events every Summer, often featuring impressive visuals that are projected across the surrounding historical buildings.
This year saw intimate performances from James Bay and Belle and Sebastian among many making this a fantastic outdoor live experience while soaking up an iconic London landmark turned venue.
O2 Academy Brixton
The flagship venue for music in London, collecting accolades over the years including ‘Venue of the Year’ and ‘Best Venue’, this list wouldn’t be complete without Brixton’s O2 Academy, known for its unbeatable atmosphere.
The venue has sloping floors, making for some great views, even for us shorties. Everyone who’s anyone has played here including David Bowie, James Brown, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. With almost a 5000 capacity you are guaranteed an electrifying atmosphere at each concert.
Waiting for you just outside of Mornington Crescent are the shining lights of KOKO. Beginning life as a Camden theatre in the 1900s, the venue has seen some wild times, with acts like The Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones, The Cure, Madonna, and The Clash passing through its doors.
Tiers and tiers of plush royal red and gold interior give this theatre turned music venue a truly unique atmosphere to watch a gig. This venue is big on the rock and indie circuit, with a capacity of 1500 making concerts fairly intimate.
The best views are right at the front, so squeeze your way towards the stage! If you want to rest your butt, there are a row of sofas tucked away in the top viewing balcony, with a great view. Pre-warning this venue can feel maze-like, a good thing for some!
Royal Albert Hall
Surviving world wars, this is one of London’s great Victorian splendours, based in South Kensington; the hall hosts classical music, jazz, world music, rock, pop and comedy, as well as awe-inspiring events like The Proms.
There are 85 fibreglass saucers which hang from the auditorium ceiling, acoustic diffusers known as ‘Mushrooms’. The hall used to have huge echoes caused by the coved ceiling but now these flying saucers absorb the echo and they look pretty cool too.
There’s also an impressive organ, the second largest pipe organ in the British Isles with 9,999 pipes – damn. The building can seat about 5,400 people and has had its presence graced by Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Liza Minelli and even Black Sabbath.