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Your guide to London’s best live music, summer concerts and theatre

If you adore the buzz of the city, love to eat out and want evening entertainment on tap, you need a property at the beating heart of the city. Here are our top picks where you will find live music and fine dining on your doorstep. Upstage the neighbours with a home near London’s best summer venues. You will find properties both for sale and to let across Belgravia, Kensington and Chelsea.

1 Proms on the Roof: Kensington Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 (

Here’s a series of outdoor concerts with a difference: they are held in a rooftop garden with magnificent views over the city. The events, on Wednesdays in August, feature classical musicians from the Royal College of Music. Food will also be available plus welcome cocktails. Locals might like to join the private members’ club which holds exclusive parties throughout the year. And to be a local, here is a bright two-bedroom apartment in a period building opposite Kensington Gardens. It is available to let for £750 a week:

2 The Proms: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7  (

The Proms are a summer extravaganza of classical concerts, where you can queue on the day to buy a £6 ticket for standing room only. There’s a ballot for the famous Last Night, that familiar mix of culture and patriotism. If you live nearby, it would be easy to spend a lot of time here during July and August. This five-bedroom mews house, available for £3,500 a week, is a perfect property. The greatest crescendos must be almost audible from its roof terrace:

3 Jazz club: The Pheasantry, King’s Road, London SW3 (

This atmospheric supper club is famous for its basement jazz. Enjoy Pizza Express with live music in the cabaret room. A side order of saxophone will add to the experience. Nearby, in Whiteheads Grove this one-bedroom flat is on the market for £999,000. This kitchen is lovely, so you can skip the pizza if you prefer:

4 Concert time: Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, London Sw1X (

A wide variety of music is showcased here, from Katie Melua to the Russian State Opera. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is based here, too. Cadogan Estates, the main landowner in Chelsea, bought it in 2000 and refurbished it as a concert hall. This six-story house in nearby Cadogan Gardens has seven bedrooms and costs £12.5m:

5 Outdoor Opera: Holland Park, London W8 (

The season runs to July 29 and includes productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Puccini’s La Rondine. Although outdoors, the performance takes place under a canopy and pricing is intended to be accessible, starting at £18.

6 Cutting edge performance: Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London SW1W (

The Royal Court bills itself as the writers’ theatre. It offers thought-provoking, energetic and modern theatre. Bodies by Vivienne Franzmann explore the human cost of surrogacy and runs to August 12. Jim Cartwright’s Road opens on July 21. Downstairs, there’s a bar and kitchen with a Michelin-starred chef. This one-bedroom flat in Draycott Place is on the market for £1.395m:

7 Artistic endeavour: Chelsea Arts Club, Old Church Street, London SW3 (

This members-only club was established in 1891 in Old Church Street. It runs a lively programme of performances, exhibitions, literary talks and film screenings. If you want to rub shoulders with others of an artistic bent, it’ll be handy to live nearby. How about this studio apartment in the Fulham Road, available for £375 a week:

8 Motcomb Street Party, Motcomb Street, London SW1X (

This little Belgravia street has come alive with independent boutiques and trendy watering holes. Once a year, there’s also the Motcomb Street Party. It didn’t take place this year, but organisers say it will be back in 2018. It involves live music, local shops spill out onto the street, tantalising taste sensations – and all for charity. Here is a home nearby hidden-away in Halkin Place. It is on the market for £12.95m. It’s hard to beat the location and the property:

9 Just eat: The Ivy Chelsea Garden, King’s Road, London SW3 (

The Ivy Chelsea Garden is perfectly positioned on King’s Road for shoppers and residents to enjoy its charms. As well as the usual indoor dining experience, you can relax in the garden over drinks and nibbles or explore the all-day menu. This two-bedroom apartment is in a gated development just nearby on Peony Court, Park Walk. It has a garden of its own and is available for £1,145 a week: