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We figured you guys waited long enough. With no further ado, here is the 2nd half of the top venues in the UK. Little known fact, London was called “Londinium” during the Roman Invasion, “Lundenwic” in Saxon times and “Lundenburg” during the kingdom of Alfred the Great.

Downtown London

Regardless of the city name, here is 11 – 20 of the most happening places there and elsewhere in the UK:

11. O2 Academy Glasgow: A mid-size arena that still manages to attract some major names from the music world like Drake and A Day To Remember
12. O2 Apollo Manchester: Originally operated as a cinema and variety hall, the O2 Apollo Manchester later offered its stage to musical performances by the likes of Belle & Sebastian and Maroon 5
13. O2 ABC Glasgow: Where this venue now stands was once the location of Scotland’s first cinema, but it wasn’t long before it became the newest addition to the club and live music scene boasting shows like Big Country and Giant Sand
14. The British Museum: The world’s first ever public museum and features such special events as Journey Through The Afterlife: ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
15. Manchester University: A school that lays claim to 25 Nobel Prize winners amongst its current and former staff and students as well as special events like “Weird Al” Yankovic and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
16. Barrowland Ballroom: In a poll voted on by over 60 top tier bands, this was declared the Number One Best Live Music Venue in the UK – which is why acts like The Saw Doctors and Frightened Rabbit wait patiently for their turn to play this stage
17. LG Arena: AQ massive and newly renovated arena (christened by Tom Jones in 2009) that only allows shows by the best performers on tour such as The Arcade Fire and My chemical Romance
18. Symphony Hall Birmingham: A 2,262 seat auditorium boasting a stunning interior and some of the best acoustics in the world which explains why their event lineup includes Russian Patriarchate Choir Moscow and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Halsey Festive
19. Somerset House: Home to the world-renowned permanent collections and special exhibitions of the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, Gilbert Collection and the Hermitage Rooms as well as seasonal events like Somerset House Ice Guide and Skate Somerset House
20. Roundhouse: A repair shed for steam engines -turned- cultural icon, playing host to some of the theatrical performances like Romeo & Juliet and A Winter’s Tale

That about does it. Now you should all be well prepared to venture into the UK. Share your experiences with us!

(If you missed it, here’s vol I of the list.)

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