Wigmore Hall

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Built in 1901 as the display hall for the German company Bechstein Pianos, the Wigmore Hall was seized as enemy property in WWI and sold at auction for a fraction of its value. These days, boasting perfect acoustics, art nouveau decor and an excellent basement restaurant, the 'Wiggy' is one of the world's top chamber music venues and currently hosts around 400 events a year. Programming leans on the classical and Romantic periods. The Monday lunchtime recitals, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, are excellent value, as are the Sunday morning coffee concerts. Musical luminaries who have performed at the Wigmore Hall include Sergey Prokofiev, Shura Cherkassky, Paul Hindemith, Andrés Segovia, Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc. Tours of the auditorium, with its famous Art Nouveau mural, and other parts of the building take place during the Open House London event in September.

Venue name: Wigmore Hall
Address: 36 Wigmore St
Transport: Tube: Bond St
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O. Gordon

Set in a wonderfully central location and offering a wide variety of performances, Wigmore is a must visit for any Classical Music lover. Small enough to be intimate and big enough to have lovely acoustics, regardless of instrument, the building provides the perfect stage. Even better, if you are under 35, they have tickets to a lot of performances for only £5. What a bargain. 

Martin C
Staff Writer

Seeing superstar pianists from the front row is ordinarily an experience that'll set you back a small fortune, but not at Wigmore Hall, where tickets rarely cost more than £40 (and are usually much less than that if you sit further back). And, it being one of the most intimate music venues in London, it doesn't really matter where you sit. The acoustics are great and the room truly beautiful. It's always worth taking a punt on last-minute tickets: even if the music doesn't thrill, you can feast your eyes on the stunning Arts and Crafts cupola over the stage. Look out for CDs of previous concerts on sale in the foyer.

Anthony Yates

Some of my most treasured concert-going experiences have taken place here! It is such a beautiful building and you are right on top of the music even on the back row. The acoustic is perfect for chamber music solo piano and song recitals.