Events in London – 21 February 2014

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Friday 21st February

Royal Albert Hall
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Jake Bugg, at the Royal Albert Hall

Following the release of his chart-topping debut and successful follow up "Shangri La", Jake Bugg will be playing one night at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.
Cutty Sark
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Ross Noble and guests, at the Cutty Sark Theatre

Ross Noble, the master of improvisational comedy, has received huge critical acclaim for his live performances. This is your chance to see him up close in a unique setting -- the Cutty Sark, which is opening up a little theatre in the lower hold of the ship, where cargoes of tea and wool were once stacked more a century ago.

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Friday 21 February, or one of London’s musicals

Noël Coward Theatre
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The Full Monty

Based on the smash-hit film about six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers, "The Full Monty" tells the tale of how Gaz wandered into a pub one day, only to be told that it's women's only night -- an exotic male dancing troupe is playing. Deciding that there's nothing a bunch of Americans can do that he and his mates can't do better, he decides to form his own troupe of male strippers.
Donmar Warehouse
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Versailles - Donmar Warehouse

As part of the British delegation sent to Versailles to draw up the peace treaty after World War I, Leonard Rawlinson understands that the choices made in Paris will shape the fate of millions. But the ghost of a fallen loved one still haunts him... "Versailles" is a timely production of a brilliant play, reminding us of this pivotal moment in history at the beginning of the Great War's hundredth anniversary.

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 21 February for one of these family events

Hampstead Observatory
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See the stars at 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.

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Friday 21st February and see an exhibition

National Gallery
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Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance

The National Gallery's new exhibition will showcase some of the best German Renaissance paintings in their collection, including works by Hans Holbein the Younger, Albrecht Durer and Lucas Cranach. The exhibition will highlight the ways in which their paintings were valued in the 16th-century, for qualities such as expression, inventiveness and technical mastery.
Tate Modern
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Richard Hamilton exhibition - Tate Modern

Pop artist Richard Hamilton was one of the most influential British artists of the 20th-century, and the Tate is proud to present the first retrospective to encompass his entire career -- from his early designs of the 1950s to his final works in 2011.

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 21 February?

Queen’s Gallery
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Gifted: From the Royal Academy to The Queen

To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the Royal Academy presented a gift of 97 works from some of the most high-profile names in art -- including Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Grayson Perry. This exhibition showcases the entire collection of 97 works, displaying the breadth of membership of the Royal Academy.

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 21 February

Museum of London
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Explore Londons Roman Fort

Enjoy a short tour of the remains of the western gate of London's Roman military fort, located beneath the streets around the Museum. The fort stood in the north-west corner of a huge wall that surrounded Londinium around 200 AD, and was re-discovered in 1956.
Vaudeville Theatre
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The Duck House… about the MPs expenses scandal

"The Duck House" is an outrageous new comedy set in a world of dodgy receipts, deceit, and Parliamentary panic, which satirises the MPs expenses scandal in 2009. A General Election is just one year away, and Robert Houston will do anything to save his seat -- including change sides.

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Friday 21st February

Hyde Park
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Walk in Hyde Park - Wintry Water

This guided walk will introduce you to Hyde Park's waterways, from the elegant Serpentine lake to the hidden underground rivers and reservoirs. You will learn how water has been used in the park through history, from ancient monastic fish ponds to the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.
Old Royal Naval College
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Guided tour, around the Old Royal Naval College

Enjoy a 60-minute tour around the Old Royal Naval College, with one of their knowledgeable Yeoman guides. The historic buildings were designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 1690s, as a refuge for old and injured sailors, but its rich history stretches back more than 500 hundred years to when Greenwich Palace was a home to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

Classical music

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

Royal Festival Hall
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London Philharmonic - Berlioz, Rachmaninov and Elgar

Join conductor Vasily Petrenko, pianist Kirill Gerstein and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Berlioz, Rachmaninov and Elgar.
Cadogan Hall
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Brussels Philharmonic, playing Dukas, Debussy and Ravel

Join conductor Michel Tabachnik, pianist Andreas Haefliger and the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Dukas, Debussy and Ravel.

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 21 February

National Gallery
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Van Goghs Sunflowers

"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.
Victoria & Albert Museum
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British drawings, from 1600 to the present day

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.

Other London events

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Friday 21st February

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. A huge gathering of historians, family history experts and exhibitors will be on hand to help you through the process of discovering your family tree.
Hampton Court Palace
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Ghost Tour, of Hampton Court Palace

Spend a spooky night at Hampton Court being led around the palace courtyards, cloisters and some of the interiors. You will hear spine-tingling tales of ghostly apparitions and spooky happenings throughout 500 years of history, and experience the chilling atmosphere of Henry VIII's Haunted Gallery firsthand!
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