From word-class concert halls to small pubs, music is one of the highlights of any trip to London. In this issue, we round up some of the most exciting places for groups interested in music, whether it’s classical or contemporary. For more ideas of what to do while in London, remember that we have a group-friendly site at londonandpartners.com/traveltrade.
Royal Opera House
With discounts of up to 40% and priority booking to allow you to secure the best seats at the best prices, a visit to this world-famous theatre will surely delight your group. Not only can you see world-class opera and ballet performances, but there are also daily backstage tours, talks and restaurants where you can enjoy a morning coffee or lunch. Other benefits for group bookers include a ‘book now, pay later’ arrangement and a dedicated group booking phone line. The booking for the summer season opens in March, make sure you mark your diaries! Find out more at roh.org.uk/visit/tickets/group-bookings
Overlooking the River Thames, the Southbank Centre’s world-class venues offer a rich and engaging programme of events throughout the year. Groups can benefit from ticket discounts for up to 50% and discounted coach hire offers as well as a dedicated contact in their Visitor Services team who will ensure the trip runs smoothly. New events go on sale regularly so keep an eye on their website to find out more: southbankcentre.co.uk/visitor-info/how-to-book/group-visits
London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican
Tickets to LSO concerts at the Barbican are fantastic value, with special discounts available for groups as well as free concert programmes. You can also surprise your group by taking them to meet LSO musicians at private interval receptions or treat them to complimentary hot drinks. In addition, group bookers will be happy to hear that they offer obligation-free reservations, with no payment due until four weeks before your chosen concert and have access to priority booking when the new season goes on sale every January. For more information go to lso.co.uk/your-visit/practical-info-for-groups.
One of the newest music venues in the capital, Kings Place brings together an eclectic programme of classical and jazz concerts, contemporary arts and spoken word. Located in the King’s Cross area, it has a range of facilities for eating and drinking too, offering food and drink for all occasions. Group discounts of up to 20% are available via its Box Office. Find out more at kingsplace.co.uk.