5 Options for seeing Classical Music in London

Whether in London for business or pleasure, indulging in a bit of culture is a simple matter. Opportunities to experience classical music are rich and plentiful in this vibrant metropolis. The five popular venues below offer eclectic and harmonious possibilities for visitors and Londoners alike.

London classical music

Barbican Centre Hall

As the largest concert and exhibition centre in Europe, the Barbican Centre is home to the London Symphony Orchestra. This mecca for classical music enthusiasts offers regular performances by BBC Symphony Orchestra and guest appearances by the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church

This classical music venue is located in London's Trafalgar Square. Home to the London Musical Arts Orchestra, St. Martin-in-the-Fields offers wonderful acoustics for performances of Bach, Beethoven, and Vivaldi. Throughout the year, the venue hosts iconic musical celebrations, too, such as the Baroque Festival.

Royal Albert Hall

Dating to the reign of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the Royal Albert Hall is an arts centre located on the South Kensington estate. The Hall hosts the BBC Proms series in the summer, with a different classical concert each day. Strauss, Debussy, and Rachmaninov are some of the composers featured in this year's series. Sundays at the Royal Albert Hall include Classical Coffee Mornings and Ignite Brunches.

Royal Festival Hall

The crown jewel of the Southbank Centre complex, Royal Festival Hall hosts the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and distinguished guests such as the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. Smaller ensemble events include performances by the Erato Piano Trio, the Korean ensemble Beramgot and the English Chamber Orchestra. Royal Festival Hall is located near Westminster on London's South Bank.

Holland Park Theatre

A peaceful, verdant venue in West London, Holland Park Theatre is a breathtaking, open-air auditorium that is home to the Opera Holland Park.  As London’s premier outdoor musical venue, Holland Park Theater is an experience not to be missed by summer visitors. Operatic performances include such classics as Verdi's Falstaff and Mozart's Cosi fan tutte.

Heading to England for classical music in London? Learn also about holiday accommodation in the capital.

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