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“Be Careful!”
Review of Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall
Ranked #316 of 1,651 things to do in London
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Owner description: Set in a fantastic location in the heart of Chelsea Cadogan Hall has become one of London's leading venues. The Hall's 950 seats, excellent acoustic and luxurious surroundings makes it the first choice for some of the UK's top orchestras, including the Hall's resident orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, as well as a favourite London destination for international touring orchestras. Cadogan Hall is the chosen venue for the world-famous BBC Proms Chamber Music Series and also offers a vibrant selection of contemporary, jazz, folk and world music events as well as talks, debates and conferences.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access
Essex, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Be Careful!”
Reviewed 26 February 2014

This beautifully refurbished former Church has so much to offer and is far superior to many other converted concert venues in London. We recently attended the Bach Brandenburg Concertos performed by the London Concertante Chamber Ensemble. It was an excellent evening, the programme was wonderfully performed to a very high standard and the introductions were extremely entertaining and amusing.
It was the seating which spoilt our evening. I was told by a snooty attendant to 'move along', I pointed out that I couldn't get my legs in the space without developing cramp. She replied it's 'impossible' but nevertheless I had to try to squeeze in to allow other people into their seats. If we had purchased the cheapest seats I perhaps could accept the discomfort but we paid more and were not warned of the situation. I complained to the venue but have not received the courtesy of a reply.

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful acoustics, easy to reach, great programme of events”
Reviewed 28 December 2013

Tucked away just behind Sloane Square, this is a gem of a venue. Designed as a Church, the acoustics are great, and the auditorium is intimate rather than cavernous. There's a big entrance hall where you can get a drink and wait for friends to join you, which is useful.

The programme of events is carefully chosen, and there is bound to be something which attracts. As other reviewers have mentioned, most tickets are very reasonably priced, and represent excellent value.

There is food available at the venue, but I would suggest that, if you need to eat, use one of the many eating places in the surrounding area, because the facilities can be a bit cramped and I personally can't enjoy a snack while people with freshly filled plates hover nearby, trying to hypnotise you into leaving the table so that they can sit down!

Certainly one of my favourite places to go for concerts.

Visited December 2013
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Dorset, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
152 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Dame Kiri at Cadogan”
Reviewed 25 December 2013

We recently hugely enjoyed an evening at the Cadogan Hall with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. She was accompanied by a small number of guest artists who are supported by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.

Dame Kiri has a huge repertoire but also knows her limitations. She clearly enjoys supporting her protégées and in return they relish performing with her.

The Hall is very intimate and well worth becoming a member.

Visited December 2013
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Nesconset, New York
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“Superb concert venue, reasonably priced”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

I attended a concert featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This is an excellent venue, with wonderful acoustics. I sat third row stalls on the right side, a seat very reasonably priced at £15, with a very good view despite the close proximity and oblique angle to the center of the stage. The bar/cafe offers a nice selection of food and drink, albeit a tad pricey, and provides a warm atmosphere for socializing before the event and during the interval. Overall, a superb concert experience.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great concert hall shame about the bar!”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

Just by Sloane Square, this is a beautifully restored, excellent concert venue, with a rich variety of musical treats and lectures. A real asset to the area. However, there was a fault. Friends whom we had invited to a concert recently, kindly pre-ordered glasses of wine for the interval. It took us so long to negotiate the congested stairs that a five minute warning sounded as we took our first sips.

Asking if it would be possible to transfer the drinks into plastic glasses to take into the Hall - though one of the bar staff was trying to help - we were told by his colleague, in a disagreeable way, that this was not possible. When we asked if the glasses could be placed somewhere for us to drink on our way out, we were told, with no apology, that it as a no-no.

There are ways of dealing with concert-goers and this wasn’t one of them, and it was embarrassing to leave most of the wine that had been given to us. Unless you come in early, or race down at the start of the interval, better to give the bar a miss!

Visited November 2013
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