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Wigmore Hall was built in 1901 by the German piano manufacturers, Bechstein. Back then it was next door to the piano showrooms and was intended to be full of grandeur and appeal, yet small enough to provide intimate performances and recitals.
Now it serves many purposes in the world of classical and chamber music. It's a platform to launch first-timers into London's musical scene, much like Cadogan Hall over in Chelsea. As well as this, Wigmore Hall broadcasts live sessions via BBC Radio 3, and even has its own record label, Wigmore Live, giving it access to thousands more listeners.
Concerts at Wigmore Hall are frequent, hosting one every week, and it claims to sell around 165,000 tickets a year. Unsurprising, really. It's such an intimate venue and yet still showcases some of London's most talented musicians.
Adding a final string to Wigmore Hall's already illustrious bow is its onsite bar and restaurant which have each been newly-reopened. A constantly changing menu keeps theatre-goers guessing. Prices here are, however, remarkably steep with starters costing an average of £9 and mains averaging £16. The Express Lunch Menu gives you two courses for £15. Either way it's a great addition to the venue and, if you come on a Sunday morning, they do the coffee concert for a relaxed, engaging start to the day.
36 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, W1U 2BPView Larger Map