Rock and Other Contemporary Music
The listings on these pages contain only the best and the most famous of London's many entertainment options - which is a
tiny proportion of the total offering. For the most comprehensive listing and best reviews buy Time Out magazine (aimed more
at Londoners) or alternatively What's On in London (aimed more at visitors), both available weekly from most newsagents.
Church Concerts One of the most enjoyable ways to spend your lunchtime in London is to join the capital's office workers at a church concert. These are prevalent in the City of London but of particular note are the concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James, Piccadilly. Lunchtime concerts are nearly always free, but do try to give a donation.
Music Festivals London boasts a lively calendar of musical events. On the classical side the most famous is the Proms, but others worth attending include the Covent Garden Festival (late May to early June), the Greenwich Festival (June) and the City of London Festival (June to July), which also includes jazz performers. See also Kenwood House. The London International Jazz Festival lasts ten days in mid-November and the Capital Radio Music Festival (pop, rock, jazz, folk) is held in June and July.
Participatory Sports At Hyde Park you can play tennis (near Lancaster Gate tube), go horse riding (Phone: (020) 7723 2813) or just jog. There are also tennis courts in Regent's Park. Swimmers should head for Porchester Spa at 225 Queensway, which includes Turkish baths; or the Oasis, Endell Street, Covent Garden. Should a heatwave hit town, it's worth noting that the latter has an outdoor pool, as does Hampstead Heath.
Spectator Sports In summer (June to late August) you can watch the quintessentially English game of cricket at Lord's or The Oval. In winter, football (soccer) is the national obsession, though for London's best (premier league) matches tickets are hard to get and very expensive. Another winter option is rugby union. See Time Out for details of all sporting events.