Events in London – February 2012

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Music, comedy & film

Live music concerts and comedy gigs in London during January

Comedy Store
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See Andy Parsons, at the Comedy Store

Andy Parsons will be performing at the Comedy Store's "Cutting Edge". Other comedians on the bill include Alistair Barrie, Roger Monkhouse, Mick Ferry, Hal Cruttenden and Mitch Benn.
Royal Festival Hall
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Randy Newman, at the Royal Festival Hall

Randy Newman's 2012 tour is coming to the UK at the same time as his new release "Randy Newman: Live in London". This will be his only date in the capital, and shouldn't be missed!

Theatre shows

Treat yourself to a meal and a balcony seat at a West End show

Trafalgar Studios
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The Leisure Society, at Trafalgar Studios

"The Leisure Society" is a fantastically offensive comedy with absolutely no moral compass. When a well-heeled couple invite their friend over for dinner, intending to dump him, they are surprised to find that he turns up with a stunning new beau in tow. The dinner party then descends into a drunken row of revelation and debauchery.
Dorfman Theatre
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Island, at the National Theatre

When Cameron is told he is going to spend his holidays on an island in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, where the skies flash with ice storms, he isn't very happy. Cut off from all his friends, Cameron can either help his mum with her research, or put on his boots and explore. But is the island really uninhabited?

Family & Kid’s events

Some ideas if you’re planning to take your children to London in February

Natural History Museum
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Dino Snores - Sleep over at the Natural History Museum

Have you ever seen the movie "Night At The Museum"? Well... now's your chance to find out what really stalks the corridors of the Natural History Museum as night descends, with the towering bones of Diplodocus nearby. Activities include a torch-lit tour of the famous galleries, and a live show called "Revenge of the Minibeasts".
Old Truman Brewery
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The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race

The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race will take place outside the Old Truman Brewery. The idea is to run along Dray Walk flipping your meal high into the sky and trying not to drop it. If you make it through the heats then you will progress all the way to the grand final, where a beautifully engraved frying pan will be waiting for the winner.

Art & Museums

If you’re into art and history then how about visiting a gallery or museum?

Tate Modern
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Alighiero Boetti exhibition - Tate Modern

Alighiero Boetti was one of the most influential Italian artists of the 20th-century. As a key member of the Arte Povera group he sought radical new ways to use simple materials like stamps, pens and magazine covers. Later on he travelled to places like Ethiopia and Afghanistan and created some wonderful embroideries.
Hayward Gallery
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Jeremy Deller: Joy In People

As a former Turner Prize winner, Jeremy Deller has become hugely influential in the world of contemporary art. This exhibition will survey the breadth of his career, and provide an overview of his work so far. It will feature almost all of his major works, including his installations, photographs, videos, posters and banners.

Royal & Religious

For tourists interested in visiting London’s palaces, churches and cathedrals

Victoria & Albert Museum
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Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton photographed The Queen as she went from being a princess to a monarch and a mother. This exhibition will feature nearly 100 of his best portraits. Also included are extracts from Beaton's own letters and diaries, which will reveal the intense planning and working practice of a royal sitting.
Royal Festival Hall
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Happy And Glorious - Celebrate 60 years of The Queen

"Happy And Glorious" is a celebration of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee year, hosted by the royal correspondent Jennie Bond. Conductor Gavin Sutherland will lead the London Concert Orchestra through a programme that will include the nations's much-loved favourites.

Political & Military

Daily parades and political events taking place during February

London School of Economics
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Alex Salmond, talking about the future of Scotland

Join SNP leader Alex Salmond for a talk entitled "Independence and Responsibility: the future of Scotland ", during which he will be laying out his vision for Scotland's future, including his government's plans for a referendum on Scottish independence.
Mansion House
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Guided tour of Mansion House

Learn about the history of Mansion House, and how it has been used by previous Lord Mayors. The tour includes many of the public rooms, as well as the Harold Samuel Collection -- a collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings by masters like Frans Hals, Nicoleas Maes, and Jacob Ruisdael.

Sightseeing tours

If you’re visiting London in February then try one of these sightseeing tours

Olympic Park
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Walk the Olympic Way

This guided walk will explore the redevelopment of the area around the Olympic Park, and look at some of the finds unearthed by the Museum of London's archaeologists.
Apsley House
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Apsley House Twilight Tour

Discover the fascinating history of Apsley House in one of our special Twilight Tours. With the curtains drawn and guided by torchlight, you will be able to enjoy the sumptuous interiors and stunning artworks as you have never seen them before.

Classical music

All of the classical music, operas and ballets in London during February

Cadogan Hall
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Tchaikovsky and Brahms - Cadogan Hall

Join conductor Alessandro Fabrizi, violinist Yoon-Hee Kim and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Glinka, Tchaikovsky and Brahms.
Royal Festival Hall
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Philharmonia, playing Rachmaninov and Sibelius

Join conductor Vasily Petrenko, violinist James Ehnes and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Hindemith, Rachmaninov and Sibelius.

Free events

Visit London on the cheap in February, by trying these great free events

British Museum
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See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum

The British Museum will be hosting a small exhibition showcasing all the medals that can be won at the London Olympics. Also on show will be medals from the 1908 and 1948 London Olympics. The display will tell the complete story of the medals from start to finish, from the mining of the metal to the creation of the designs, to the final casting at the Royal Mint.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
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See Sir John Soanes Museum by candlelight

Sir John Soane's Museum is one of the most intriguing houses in the whole of London, crammed top to bottom with artifacts and oddities from all over the world, including masterpieces by Canaletto, Turner and Hogarth. Once a month you get the opportunity to see it by candlelight -- for free!

Other London events

Here are some more great events that are worth trying during February

Royal Festival Hall
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Anton du Beke & Erin Boag - Lets Do It

Britain's favourite dance couple Anton du Beke and Erin Boag are returning to the stage with a fantastic new show -- "Let's Do It". The music will be provided by singer Lance Ellington and a live orchestra, and they will be accompanied by some excellent guest dancers.
Twickenham Stadium
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Rugby 6 Nations: England v Wales

As the winners of last year's Rugby 6 Nations, England will be looking to repeat the feat with a game against Wales. The RBS 6 Nations Championship is an annual rugby union competition involving the six best sides in Europe: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
London Olympia
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Who Do You Think You Are? - Live

London Olympia will be hosting a live version of the popular TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?". If you've ever wondered what your ancestors did for a living, where they lived and how they died, then this show is the perfect place to start.
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