Free events in London February 2014

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Free events in London in February

Our guide to free events in London during February 2014.

 at National Portrait Gallery, London
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Life drawing, at the National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery What better place is there to sit down and draw, than in the National Portrait Gallery? Join this artist-led class, and practice your drawing skills.
 at National Portrait Gallery, London
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The Great War in Portraits

to National Portrait Gallery With the centenary of the First World War coming up this year, the National Portrait Gallery will be putting on a timely exhibition of "Great War Portraits". The exhibition will look at the different roles, experiences and destinies of those caught up in the conflict.
 
Boris Johnson at City Hall, London
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Mayor’s Question Time, at City Hall

City Hall Once a month the 25 London Assembly members gather together to grill the Mayor of London (Boris Johnson) about his policies, and Boris is one of the few politicians that people will happily sit and watch. City Hall is a stone's throw from Tower Bridge, and is home to the London Assembly.
Billy Bragg at London School of Economics, London
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Billy Bragg — The Progressive Patriot

London School of Economics Best known as a musician, Billy Bragg is also a left-wing activist who campaigns on many issues including anti-racism, prison reform and electoral reform. His book, "The Progressive Patriot", asks whether it is possible to be both progressive and patriotic at the same time. Come and listen to Billy Bragg give a talk in Feb at the London School of Economics in London.
 
 at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
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See Sir John Soane’s Museum by candlelight

Sir John Soane’s Museum 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!
 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London
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Free lunchtime concert, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

to St. Martin-in-the-Fields St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square has a proud history of hosting some of London's best live classical music events. Some of their most popular events are the lunchtime concerts which they put on for free. They feature everything from solo pianists and violinists, to string quartets and vocal groups.
 
 at National Gallery, London
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Curator’s lunchtime talk, at the National Gallery

to National Gallery This free lunchtime talk is a great way to wile away half-an-hour of your time, which fits perfectly into your lunch break. The talk may focus on one particular painting in the Gallery, or take you through one of the rooms. The subject will be chosen by the curator.
 at Trafalgar Square, London
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Celebrate the Chinese New Year!

Trafalgar Square Get down to Chinatown and celebrate the Year of the Horse! Last year more than 500,000 people descended on the capital for the traditional New Year celebrations, which this year will be marked by a spectacular parade with paper-mache lions, fire-breathing dragons and oriental dancers making their way from Trafalgar Square to Chinatown and back again.
 
 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
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Sunday organ recitals, at St. Paul’s Cathedral

to St. Paul’s Cathedral St. Paul's Cathedral puts on a regular program of Organ Recitals on Sunday afternoon. They last for half-an-hour and are free to attend.
 at National Gallery, London
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Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

to National Gallery "The Sunflowers" is a small exhibition which offers visitors the rare opportunity to see two of Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflower" paintings side-by-side. One is owned by the National Gallery, and the other comes from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. This will be the first time that they have been shown together for 65 years.
 at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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British drawings, from 1600 to the present day

to V&A This exhibition will cover more than 400 years of drawing practice, and include works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Constable, Blake, Rossetti, Spencer, Freud and Hockney. The display will trace the central role played by drawing in portraiture and landscape paintings, and a selection of contemporary works will demonstrate drawing's continuing importance for artists.
 at Royal Observatory, London
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Astronomy Photographer of the Year

to Royal Observatory The Royal Observatory is teaming up the BBC's 'Sky At Night' magazine to launch the annual "Astronomy Photographer of the Year" competition. The small exhibition includes images of stars, swirling nebulae and deep space.
 
 at Hampstead Observatory, London
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See the stars at Hampstead Observatory

to Hampstead Observatory Hampstead Observatory is a very small observatory with a six-inch refractor, housed inside a rotating dome, and it has one major advantage over its more famous brother in Greenwich -- it allows the public to just turn up and see the stars for free. You don't even have to book.
 
 
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