Events in London – June 2013

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Music, comedy & film

The best bands and comics performing in London this June

O2 Arena
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Micheal Buble, live at the O2

Mega-selling superstar Michael Buble has announced that he will be returning to The O2 in a massive 10-night run -- the longest run at The O2 since Prince and Roger Waters. With over 22 million albums sold worldwide, Michael has more than earned his place as one of the most popular artists of this decade.
Comedy Store
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See Paul Merton, at the Comedy Store

Paul Merton will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill include Lee Simpson, Neil Mullarkey, Suki Webster, Steve Edis and Andy Smart.

Theatre shows

West End musicals and plays to watch in London this June

Vaudeville Theatre
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The Ladykillers, at the VaudevilleTheatre

The classic Ealing comedy "The Ladykillers" is coming to the stage in a brand new adaption by Graham Linehan. Posing as a group of amateur musicians, a cunning gang of thieves rent a room in fiesty old Mrs Wilberforce's house. Can she defeat the five big, burly men before they do the dastardly deed?
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
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Open Air Theatre - Shakespeares The Winters Tale

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is putting on a production of Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale", re-imagined for everyone aged six and over. "The Winter's Tale" tells the story of Perdita, a lost princess who is raised by a shepherd. Her adventure brings her face-to-face with wild beasts, a magic statue, and an unexpected family reunion. But will she win the heart of her prince?

Family & Kid’s events

Pick a sunny day and take your kids to London on the train to show them the sights

Golden Hinde
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Sleep overnight on the Golden Hinde

Become part of Sir Francis Drake's crew and spend a night on the Golden Hinde. On arrival you will be dressed in Tudor clothes and after an evening of fun activities you will settle down and sleep by the cannons. Tudor snacks and dinner will be provided in the evening, along with a tasty breakfast in the morning.
London Duck Tours
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The James Bond Tour - by land and sea

The James Bond Tour is a lively and fun-filled trip through the capital by both land and sea. You'll get to see some of the locations that feature in the movies, including 'Q's workplace, where Bond bought his boxer shorts, and even Ian Fleming's old home! The highlight of the trip will be when the craft enters the water alongside the MI6 building.

Art & Museums

Upcoming events and exhibitions in London’s art galleries and museums

Natural History Museum
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Dino Snores (for grown-ups)

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. This event is especially for grown-ups and will include a 3-course dinner in the restaurant, followed by a quiz, live music, and an all-night monster movie marathon.
Tate Britain
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L.S. Lowry exhibition: The Painting of Modern Life

In what promises to be one of the busiest art exhibitions of the year, Tate Britain will be reappraising the work of L.S. Lowry -- arguably Britain's most popular painter. "Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life" will argue the case for his position as Britain's pre-eminent painter of the industrial city, and explore his place in wider art history.

Royal & Religious

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

Banqueting House
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Talk about Charles Is execution - at Banqueting House

Travel back in time to 1649, as Banqueting House invites a host of inspiring speakers from across the worlds of science, arts and psychology, to take a fresh perspective on Charles I's execution -- when England lay on the brink of republicanism.
Horse Guards
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Trooping the Colour, at Horse Guards Parade

One of the great set-pieces of the British calendar. The day begins with a parade of soldiers and marching bands down The Mall. The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family will follow in open-top carriages. After the parade the Royal Family will appear on the balcony and watch an RAF flypast.

Political & Military

Daily parades and political events taking place during June

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.
Houses of Parliament
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Royalty and splendour - House of Lords Tour

This exclusive guided tour will focus on the artwork in the House of Lords, where you will see some wonderful frescoes, portraits, statues, fireplaces and furniture in a guided tour lasting 75 minutes. The tour start will at the Sovereign's Entrance and follow the Royal Processional Route through the House of Lords, ending with a glass of champagne in one of the Palace's private rooms.

Sightseeing tours

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

Hyde Park
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Guided walk: Hyde Park in the Summer

Summer is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year, when a host of different species buzz and crawl through the meadows and the trees are in full leaf. This is your chance to escape the stress of the city for an hour and a half, and get some fresh air and discover how Hyde Park has provided summer entertainment for centuries.
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Walking the Metropolitan Line

This walk, laid on by the London Transport Museum, will follow the route of the Metropolitan Line above ground, from Paddington to Farringdon. Your guide will be the author of "Walk the Lines", Mark Mason, who will take you back in time to the building of the world's very first underground railway line.

Classical music

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

Eventim Apollo
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Jonathan & Charlotte

Since entering the spotlight on "Britain's Got Talent", classical singing sensations Jonathan & Charlotte have gone from strength to strength, and are now embarking on the first nationwide tour of the UK this June. You can catch them when they play one night at the Hammersmith Apollo.
Royal Opera House
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Verdis Simon Boccanegra

Verdi's political thriller "Simon Boccanegra" is regarded as one of his true masterpieces. It is a tale of public feuds and private griefs, set against a backdrop of civil war, when two implacable foes discover too late that the bonds of love unite them. When Simon was young his lover died and their baby disappeared. Years later he is reunited with his daughter, but his newfound happiness is threatened when his past catches up with him.

Free events

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

Trafalgar Square
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West End Live - in Trafalgar Square

Get down to Trafalgar Square for "West End Live" -- a free event which will showcase some of the best shows in the capital. Last year, more than 25 West End shows performed at the event, and this year promises to be even bigger and better than before. The stellar line-up of talent includes performances from some of London's biggest shows including "Les Miserables", "Billy Elliot", "Jersey Boys", "Mamma Mia!", "The Lion King", "The Bodyguard", "Spamalot", "War Horse" and "We Will Rock You".
National Portrait Gallery
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BP Portrait Award 2013

The BP Portrait Award is worth a hefty £25,000, and is open to artists all around the world. More than 2,000 artists are expected to enter this year, and fifty-five of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

Other London events

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

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Twenty20 Cricket - Middlesex v Sussex

If you fancy watching some fast-paced Twenty20 cup cricket then get yourself down to Lord's for the Friend's Life T20 game between Middlesex and Sussex.
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Twenty20 Cricket - England vs New Zealand

Get yourself down to the Kia Oval for the NatWest T20 international between England and New Zealand.
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Twenty20 Cricket - England vs New Zealand

Get yourself down to the Kia Oval for the NatWest T20 international between England and New Zealand.
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