London - a global capital of culture


  • London is home to 478 art galleries and 192 museums, in addition to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The British Museum and the Tate Modern are two of the world's most visited museums and galleries

  • There are a further 20,557 other heritage/historic sites in the London area

  • There are more languages spoken in London than in any other city in the world

  • There are more than 22,828 music performances a year across London's 300+ venues, including the 02 - the world's most popular music venue. The London area is host to 197 festivals and celebrations a year, attracting 1.5m people

  • London is a theatrical capital, with 270 theatres, generating more than $1bn in theatre ticket sales every year. There are more than 32,000 theatrical performances in the London area every year
  • There are 10 concert halls in the London and 1,056 live music venues, putting on almost 23,000 musical performances annually
  • London presents more live comedy than any other city in the world, from hosting new talent in the back rooms of pubs to the likes of Ricky Gervais and Michael McIntyre performing in major arenas

  • Film also plays a prominent part in London culture, with 163 cinemas and more than 900 screens in the London area, generating cinema ticket sales worth more than $1.05bn annually

Source: World Cities Culture Report, 2018