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Best Entertainment in London

Introduction:
Best Entertainment in London focuses on museums, concert halls, theatres, opera houses and palaces.

(87) Barbican Centre
(Best Entertainment: Concert, Opera & Ballet)
Barbican Centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions. The large modern concert hall is used by the Royal London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for classic concerts. The architectural design of the Barbican Centre originates is 70s modernist style and more for the trendy taste.
Tel: +44-20-7638 8891 and Address: Silk Street, City, London EC2Y 8DS
Tube: Barbican
website: www.barbican.org.uk

 
(88) English National Opera (ENO)
(Best Entertainment: Concert, Opera & Ballet)
English National Opera (ENO) is one of the two leading opera houses in London, dating back to 1898. ENO offers classic opera in English in the Coliseum in St. Martins Lane, a grand old building from 1906, restored in 2004. ENO presents the standard operatic repertoire of Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, and Verdi. There are one restaurant and four bars available for sandwiches and champagne.
Tel: +44-20-7845 9300 and Address: Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4ES
Tube: Leicester Square
website: www.eno.org

 
(89) Royal Albert Hall
(Best Entertainment: Concert, Opera & Ballet)
The Royal Albert Hall was named after and designed by Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria. Since 1871, the Royal Albert Hall offers all sorts of music performances and is famous for its Promenade Concerts (the Proms) from July to September every year. Next to classical concerts, it hosts rock and pop concerts, ballet and opera, balls and banquets.
Tel: +44-20-7589 8212 and Address: Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP
Tube: South Kensington
website: www.royalalberthall.com

 
(90) Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre
(Best Entertainment: Concert, Opera & Ballet)
The huge Royal Festival Hall from 1951, home of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, was the nucleus of the Southbank Centre. This building complex on the South side of the Thames comprises concert halls and exhibition spaces such as the 1960s Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery. Trendy 'Skylon' restaurant for modern British menu.
Tel: +44-20-7960 4200 and Address: Belvedere Road, Southwark, London SE1 8XX
Tube: Waterloo / Charing Cross
website: www.rfh.org.uk

 
(91) Royal Opera House "Covent Garden"
(Best Entertainment: Concert, Opera & Ballet)
Royal Opera House, the famous grand historical building from 1858 in the centre of Covent Garden, is the home of The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. Operas are performed in original language and also come with international stars. 'Crush Room' is grand old style restaurant, 'Paul Hamlyn Hall Balconies Restaurant or Champagne Bar' is trendy, also 'Amphitheatre Restaurant or Bar'.
Tel: +44-20-7304 4000 and Address: Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD
Tube: Covent Garden
website: www.roh.org.uk

 
(92) Wigmore Hall
(Best Entertainment: Concert, Opera & Ballet)
Wigmore Hall is a leading international recital venue with many international star musicians that specialises in performances of chamber music and art song, excellent for German Lieder from Schubert. 'Wigmore Hall Restaurant & Bar' also offers interval menus under Michelin starred chef John Campbell with a focus on Mediterranean cuisine as well as the 'Bechstein Bar'.
Tel: +44-20-7935 2141 and Address: 36 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London W1U 2BP
Tube: Bond Street / Oxford Circus
website: www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

 
(93) British Museum
(Best Entertainment: Museum)
The British Museum was established in 1753, in pursuit of illuminating the history of world cultures. However, the main building was completed only in 1852 in Greek Revival style. Highlights are parts of the Parthenon in Room 8 as well as the newly refurbished former library in the middle, which was re-designed by star architect Lord Norman Foster as Great Court and opened in 2000.
Tel: +44-20-7323 8299 and Address: Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG
Tube: Holborn / Tottenham Court Road
website: www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

 
(94) Buckingham Palace
(Best Entertainment: Museum)
Buckingham Palace in its current form was enlarged to a quadrangle in 1826 and became the official royal palace under Queen Victoria in 1837. Today, Buckingham Palace is the Queen's London residence and can be visited during her summer holiday or in the evenings. Summer palace tours cost GBP 20-35, an evening tour with champagne costs GBP 75.
Tel: +44-20-7766 7300 and Address: 1 Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster, London SW1A 1AA
Tube: Victoria Station / St. James's Park
website: www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/the-state-rooms-buckingham-palace

 
(95) Kensington Palace and Orangery
(Best Entertainment: Museum)
Kensington Palace in the West of Kensington Gardens - since 1689 has been a royal residence and is now home to Prince William and Kate. It can be vested for GBP 17 and Kensington Orangery from 1703 offers a light lunch or afternoon. The Kensington Palace State Apartments and Kensington Orangery can also be hired for functions in a stylish setting 'fit for a king'.
Tel: +44-20-3166 6000 and Address: The Broad Walk, Kensington, London W8 4PX
Tube: High Street Kensington / Notting Hill Gate
website: www.hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace/

 
(96) National Gallery
(Best Entertainment: Museum)
National Gallery was founded in 1824. Enjoy a superb collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900 in a wonderful neo-classical building from 1838 with a modern glass-roof (free entry). 'The National Dining Rooms' by Oliver Peyton with head chef Gillan Kingstree features a varying selection of regional dishes including county menus.
Tel: +44-20-7747 2885 and Address: Trafalgar Square, Mayfair, London WC2N 5DN
Tube: Charing Cross / Leicester Square
website: www.nationalgallery.org.uk

 
(97) Royal Academy of Arts (RA)
(Best Entertainment: Museum)
The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) is an art institution based in Burlington House since 1868. It was founded by King George III in 1768 to support British artists with the Summer Exhibition, however, exhibitions also show international world-class artists today. 'The Restaurant at the Royal Academy' offers all day dining by restaurateur Oliver Peyton using prime British ingredients.
Tel: +44-20-7300 8000 and Address: Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD
Tube: Green Park / Piccadilly Circus
website: www.royalacademy.org.uk

 
(98) Tate Britain (Tate Gallery)
(Best Entertainment: Museum)
Tate Britain opened in 1897 as the National Gallery of British Art. In 1932, it was named Tate Gallery, adopting the name of its founder sugar-king Sir Henry Tate until 2000, when it was renamed into Tate Brittan. Tate Britain's collection displays includes Britain's finest historic painters: Turner (1775-1851), Gainsborough (1727-1788), Constable (1776-1837) and Reynolds (1723-1792).
Tel: +44-20-7887 8888 and Address: Millbank, Pimlico, London SW1P 4RG
Tube: Pimlico
website: www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain

 
(99) Tate Modern
(Best Entertainment: Museum)
Tate Modern's collection comprises art of the 20th century (nude, landscape and still life) in a former power station at river Thames as well as special exhibitions. Tate Modern was split off Tate Britain in 2000 and both are linked by a Tate Boat connection on the river Thames every 40 minutes. The restaurant on level 6 of the Tate Modern offers one of the best views in London.
Tel: +44-20-7887 8888 and Address: Bankside, Southwark, London SE1 9GT
Tube: Blackfriars
website: www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

 
(100) Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
(Best Entertainment: Museum)
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The V&A is split into four collections departments: (1) Asia; (2) Furniture, Textiles & Fashion; (3) Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass and (4) Word & Image. Central garden with water and 'Garden Café'.
Tel: +44-20-7942 2000 and Address: Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL
Tube: South Kensington
website: www.vam.ac.uk
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