Events in London – 13 April 2012

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Friday 13th April

Jazz Café
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Legendary soul star, Ben E. King

The legendary souls star Ben E. King is coming to London to 3 nights at the Jazz Cafe. As a member of The Drifters, Ben sang lead on classics like "Save The Last Dance" and "I Count The Tears". But it was when he split with the band in 1960 that he truly hit the heights. Songs like "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand By Me" have become all-time classics.
 

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Friday 13 April, or one of London’s musicals

Dorfman Theatre
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Black T-Shirt Collection, at the National Theatre

"Black T-Shirt Collection" stars Inua Ellams as one of two foster brothers, trying to build up a global t-shirt brand. It follows their journey from a market in Nigeria to a sweatshop in China, where they discover the consequences of success.
Trafalgar Studios
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An Instinct For Kindness, at Trafalgar Studios

"An Instinct For Kindness" is a difficult, but ultimately rewarding show which follows the experiences of Chris Larner. In November 2012 he accompanied his terminally ill partner to Switzerland, so she could end her life at 'Dignitas'. He returned home with an empty wheelchair, and a story to tell.
 

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 13 April for one of these family events

Hampstead Observatory
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See the stars at Hampstead Observatory

Hampstead Observatory is a 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.
 

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Friday 13th April and see an exhibition

Serpentine Gallery
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Hans-Peter Feldmann exhibition - Serpentine Gallery

Hans-Peter Feldmann made his name in the 1970s with his expansive and encyclopaedic photographic series, which linked his life-long hobby of collecting with his practice as an archivist of visual culture. This will be Feldmann's first solo show in a UK gallery since winning the 2010 Hugo Boss Prize.
Natural History Museum
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Animal Inside Out - Natural History Museum

You might remember Gunther von Hagens' "Body Worlds" exhibition a few years back... "Animal Inside Out" is an animal version of that exhibit. It features more than 100 anatomical specimens from a tiny frog all the way up to an enormous 4-tonne elephant. The skins have been stripped away so you can see the intricate inner workings of everything from a hare and a goat, to a giraffe, octopus and ostrich.
 

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 13 April?

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace - Exclusive evening tour

This Exclusive Evening Tour of Buckingham Palace offers the visitor a very special insight into the history and use of the State Rooms, and the works of art on display. The tour takes place in the company of an expert guide and includes a copy of the official guidebook and glass of champagne served in the Bow Room.
Kensington Palace
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Princess Dianas dresses - Kensington Palace exhibition

Kensington Palace will be showcasing a small exhibition of dresses worn by Diana, the Princess of Wales -- some of which will be on display in the UK for the very first time. The dresses will be displayed alongside fashion illustrations and photographs, and will reflect some of the most memorable moments in Diana's life.
 

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 13 April

Royal Albert Hall
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Mountbatten Festival of Music

Join the Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines at the Mountbatten Festival of Music, where they will perform a wide variety of music including traditional military marches, a classical overture and popular music from the stage and screen.
Imperial War Museum
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War photographs by Don McCullin

Don McCullin is recognised as one of Britain's greatest war photographers. "Shaped By War" is a major new exhibition which explores both his life and work, and includes over 200 of his finest photographs, many which have not been seen in public.
 

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Friday 13th April

 

Classical music

How about watching an opera, ballet, or listening to some classical music?

Barbican Hall
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BBC Symphony Orchestra, at Barbican Hall

Join conductor Nemme Jarvi, violinist Vadim Gluzman and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Tuur, Ciacon, Dvarionas and Sibelius.
Royal Festival Hall
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London Philharmonic, playing Mozart, Beethoven and Stravinsky

Three of the best young conducters will be leading pianist John Lill and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Mozart, Beethoven, Anderson and Stravinsky.
 

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 13 April

National Gallery
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Titians Diana and Callisto

This special exhibition celebrates the National Gallery's acquisition of Titian's "Diana and Callisto". Its companion painting "Diana and Actaeon" was purchased in 2009, and the pair have now been reunited in Room 1. "Diana and Callisto" shows the moment when Diana banishes Callisto after revealing her pregnancy.
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.
 

Other London events

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Friday 13th April

Lord’s
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County Cricket - Middlesex v Surrey

If you fancy catching a few innings at the home of cricket then get yourself down to Lord's Cricket Ground for an LV County Championship game between Middlesex and Surrey.
Queen’s Gallery
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Antarctic photography, from Scotts expedition

"The Heart of the Great Alone" is a remarkable exhibition of photographs from Scott's Antartic expedition in 1910 and Shackleton's visit in 1914. The dramatic images include some extraordinary icescapes and shots of the ships towering above the ice.
 
 
 
 
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