Visit London Blog » Roundhouse Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:46:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Things to do in London on New Year’s Eve Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:01:34 +0000 New Year’s Eve is getting closer and with so much on offer you might be in need of a little inspiration. We’ve collated the best mix of what’s going on in the city, from cruises to comedy, club nights to cinema screenings. The most popular events will sell out so remember to book tickets in advance.

Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display at the EDF Energy London Eye (FREE)

New Year's Eve Fireworks

London’s spectacular New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display at the EDF Energy London Eye is famous around the world. This event will be very busy with around 250,000 people gathering to watch the fireworks. There are designated viewing areas, but these will close once full so get there early. Celebrations will continue until 12:45am with a live DJ set. Make sure you plan your journey in advance with Transport for London (TfL) as there will be major changes to public transport and services will be extremely busy.

The London Comedy Cellar – New Year’s Eve Special (£30)

If comedy is more your thing then why not head to The London Comedy Cellar. On New Year’s Eve there’s a fantastic line-up including French award-winning TV star Marcel Lucont, Michael McIntyre Roadshow star Ava Vidal and international comedian Nik Coppin. But the night doesn’t stop there because the ticket price also includes a special NYE Love Candy clubnight which will play all the classic floor fillers and best new releases.

Southbank Centre presents a Vintage New Year’s Eve (£115)

Vintage New Year's Eve at Southbank Centre

A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party at the Southbank Centre is back following its success last year.  Transforming the Royal Festival Hall into four floors of decadent entertainment, there’ll be five pop-up vintage nightclubs, stylish dining, a hair and beauty parlour, photo studios and a private terrace overlooking the Thames to view London’s world famous NYE fireworks.

New Year’s Eve Operetta Matinee at St-Martins-in-the-Fields (From £9)

Enjoy a beautiful afternoon concert at the historic St-Martin-in-the-Fields church. The landmark will play host to a wonderful array of arias and scenes from favourite operas and operettas presented by rising stars from London’s Royal Academy of Music.

NYE River Cruise with Golden Tours (from £119)

Welcome the arrival of the New Year on a Golden Tours Thames cruise- the perfect way to see the city.  While on-board enjoy breathtaking views of London’s famous landmarks spectacularly illuminated for the New Year Celebrations, such as St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. At midnight raise your glass of bubbly and celebrate in style as you watch the magnificent fireworks display over the world famous London Eye!  

New Year’s Eve Skate at Somerset House (£62)

See in the New Year at London’s most spectacular ice rink. Skate at Somerset House is offering you the opportunity to glide on the ice with entertainment from a live DJ. As the clock strikes 12, enjoy champagne and exclusive access to the River Terrace for a fantasic view of the Mayor’s Fireworks on the Thames. You”ll also have access to Tom’s Skate Lounge where you can buy festive mulled wine, hot chocolate, cocktails and warming snacks!

New Year’s Eve 2013 at The O2 featuring The Prodigy  (£75)

If you’re looking to rave the night away to world-renowned superstars then head to The O2. It’s the ultimate New Year’s Eve party featuring  The Prodigy alongside a DJ set from Rudimental, a live performance from the original ninja-DJ Jaguar Skills, London dubstep-rock band Modestep and Slipmatt. If that’s not your cup of tea, you won’t be short of options; alternative parties in the O2 Arena include Kisstory and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs headlining at Building 6.

The Artist in concert at the Royal Albert Hall (£25-£65)

See multi-award winning film The Artist dramatically brought to life on stage with the London Symphony Orchestra playing the soundtrack alongside the high-definition screening at the Royal Albert Hall.

NYE at the Bavarian Beerhouses in Old Street and Tower Hill (£29.50)

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in typical Oktoberfest-style. The Bavarian Beerhouses in Old Street and Tower Hill ensure their guests have lots of fun- Bavarian-style. Expect considerable amounts of eating, drinking and partying. Enjoy a Bavarian buffet followed by a disco- which means a DJ playing international and German songs.

Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party at Mansion Bar (£75)

Gatsby’s 1920′s mansion is recreated for this NYE party. Mansion Bar is pulling out all the stops so dress up in your best flapper dress or braces and prepare to enjoy live Jazz and Blues with Charleston dancers.  There’ll be plenty of Champagne and canapés as well as live coverage of the fireworks along the Thames.

Fuerzabruta at The Roundhouse (£39.50)

Looking for something a little different this New Year’s Eve? Catch the legendary Fuerzabruta at The Roundhouse.  This weird and wonderful theatrical experience features mind-blowing visual effects and is sure to leave you speechless.

See more events and information on New Year’s Eve in London.

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Twinkle Twonkle at the Roundhouse Sat, 24 Dec 2011 14:00:51 +0000

Twinkle Twonkle is the latest production from Tall Stories, they of  The Gruffalo fame. During the two-person show at the Roundhouse in Camden they take on the challenging concept of the Big Bang – or Big Sneeze – Theory and do their best to explain it to kids as young as five.

Stella’s bedroom is her own makeshift version of the universe. Paper lanterns, inflatable globes and a colander all substitutes for the planets she is so fascinated by.

Meanwhile her younger brother Ryan is more interested in the cow that jumped over the moon. Desperate for a playmate, he badgers Stella to take part in his endless renditions of his favourite nursery rhymes.

But Stella just wants her brother to go to sleep so she can stare at the starry night through her telescope.

When Ryan refuses, she does the next best thing and teaches him about the worlds around him.

There are plenty of laughs and songs in the 50 minute performance and we all came out a lot wiser and more informed about the likes of constellations, galaxies and the basics of astrophysics! Even so, I’m still left wondering – what exactly are stars made of…?

Twinkle Twonkle at the Roundhouse until 31 December 2011

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Win! Day 8: A Table for Four at La Soiree Thu, 08 Dec 2011 10:00:26 +0000

La Soirée is giving away four “Posh Seats” to one lucky winner this Christmas.

A heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety La Soirée is a rare and unforgettable treat in the incredible setting of the Roundhouse in Camden.

These tickets entitle you to a reserved table with table service before and throughout the performance, not to mention a great view of all of the performers close up!

Due to the risqué nature of some of the acts, La Soirée is recommended for adults only.

Enter now to win this fantastic festive night out!

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Visit London Asks: What’s Your Favourite Place in London to Hear Music? Mon, 17 Jan 2011 11:42:13 +0000

Following last week’s announcement that The O2 is the world’s most popular music venue, we asked our Visit London Facebook fans What’s Your Favourite Place in London To Hear Music?

There was a big response. Plenty of you agree The O2 is excellent, and other large venues such as HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse and The Barbican were mentioned.

Smaller venue favourites include Ronnie Scott’s in Soho, Camden’s Electric Ballroom, Vortex Jazz Club in Hackney, Union Chapel Islington and The Archduke at Waterloo.

Lots of people rate London’s buskers, music outdoors in Covent Garden, Regent’s Park (in summer!) and Trafalgar Square, and several of you professed a love for candlelit concerts at St Martin in the Fields.

So what’s your favourite place in London to hear music? Leave a comment below…

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The Scariest Theatre Shows in London: Ghost Stories, The Woman in Black and more… Mon, 25 Oct 2010 08:30:10 +0000 How much can a play affect you… surely not enough to really frighten you? That’s what I thought before going to see Ghost Stories and The Woman in Black recently. These shows claim to be the “scariest” currently on in London… and both succeeded in scaring me, but in different ways.

The Woman in Black is currently celebrating its 21st year in London’s West End; the rather dingy building and dangerously intimate Fortune Theatre has become its home. The performance combines theatrical illusion and trickery with a disturbing narrative, scaring even the coolest of hearts.

Ghost Stories was written only recently and is more contemporary in every way. The production feels more like an experiment in fear, presenting archetypal myths and using clever technology to make them come alive. As you take your seat, there is no light or programme sellers to welcome you in, instead the dimly lit Duke of Yorks Theatre is haunted with a soundtrack of drips and rumbles and eerie screeches. There is no interval, which builds up tension and you are warned: if you leave the theatre during the performance you will be unable to return.

What both shows have in common is a real talent for inducing terror through all the senses. Employing mostly sound and sight, but also touch and smell as scare tactics.  As for taste, I know I left both theatres with the taste of fear in my mouth.

More spooky shows to see in London:

Halloween is only a week away, so book your tickets to London’s scariest shows now!

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La Clique London at the Roundhouse Wed, 02 Dec 2009 18:39:34 +0000 La Clique's Marawa. Photo: perou

La Clique London started its Christmas/New Year residency at Camden’s Roundhouse a couple of weeks ago. The show got rave reviews for its original London season earlier this year at the Hippodrome. Some of this season’s performers are the same, some are new (to me), but the show is as fresh, exciting and entertaining as ever.

The first act was tight, taut and terrific with a great mix of different acts. It began with an address from The Queen (impersonator Gerry Connolly, who totally looks and sounds the part – “moist generous” of Her Maj to show up). Then there was trailer-trash trapeze, complete with Guns ‘n’ Roses soundtrack, from the athletic Wau Wau Sisters; Freddie Mercury-inspired juggling with Mario Queen of the Circus; and a whole lotta hula from Marawa.Incedible act The Skating Willers. Photo: perou

Act Two kicked off with the gloriously chaotic Meow Meow, who took audience participation to new lengths, and indeed heights, by co-opting five fellas to carry her around the stage. Then Sweden’s Carl-Einar Häckner clowned around, and Sam Alvarez got erotic and aerial with some very big chains.

I’d seen Ursula Martinez‘s saucy burlesque striptease before but La Clique has now incorporated her “disappearing hankie” into the rest of the show to great effect, if the audience’s screams of delight (horror?!) were any indication. The Skating Willers are a stand out – I can truly say I’ve never seen the like and from my seat in the second row, I almost feared a roller skate in the face as their thrilling act was performed.

I originally saw La Clique’s show about a year back. Since then, I’ve been a lot of variety and cabaret in London but this is still hands down the best show in town. Go.

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Start Making Music Fri, 07 Aug 2009 17:19:19 +0000 David Byrne with his Playing the Building installation. Photo: Jonathan Birch

Ever fancied playing a musical instrument the size of a house? How about one the size of Camden’s Roundhouse? Well, now you can.

From tomorrow a new installation created by musical maverick David Byrne, Playing the Building, will be open to the public to play with.  It’s yet another example of participatory events happening in London this summer.

Byrne, probably best known as the Talking Heads frontman, showed off his creation today in a press preview. The instrument looks like musical version of a Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory machine – an old pump organ sprouting with coloured wires that are attached to the building’s rather beautiful Victorian poles and girders.

In keeping with the steampunk aesthetic, it’s entirely mechanical, with Byrne noting the instrument could as easily have been produced 150 years ago as today. It produces sounds using a system of air pressure and sonar magnets to tap, whistle and vibrate through the Roundhouse’s  pillars and posts. The result is a range of flute-like whistles and xylophone-style pings.

“You can’t play Bach on it,” Byrne notes, but that’s not the idea. People are encouraged to wander through the space, have a tinkle, experiment and enjoy the ambience of the building and the sounds produced.

The Roundhouse is hosting several jam sessions and events where you can play your own music along with the building – book tickets and find out more from the Roundhouse website.

It only costs a fiver to enter, unless you go on Mondays when it’s “pay what you can”. If you do go, please tell us about your experience by commenting on this post.

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