Events in London – October 2013

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Music, comedy & film

Watch a movie, some live music or stand-up comedy in October

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Emeli Sande - at KOKO

Emeli Sande hit the big time with her first two hits, 'Heaven' and 'Read All About It', propelling her debut album to the top of the charts. Last year she gained massive exposure with her set at the Olympics. Now you can see her when she plays one night at KOKO.
Prince Charles Cinema
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Sing-A-Long-A Rocky Horror

Don your best pair of stilettos and fishnet nights for Sing-A-Long-A Rocky Horror! A compere will be on hand to whip the audience into a crossdressing frenzy. Fancy dress is highly recommended, and the best-dressed Transylvanians will be dragged out on stage for the best-dressed prize.

Theatre shows

When was the last time you enjoyed a night out at the theatre?

Trafalgar Studios
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Mrs Lowry and Son - Trafalgar Studios

Based on the life of the famous painter LS Lowry, "Mrs Lowry and Son" follows him from his early days a rent collector living with his mother, who has taken to her bed and demands complete devotion. It is only at night, while his mother sleeps, that Lowry can go to the attic and paint.
Lyric Theatre
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Circus of Horrors, at the Lyric Theatre

The "Circus of Horrors" is back with a rock 'n' roller-coaster of a show that is packed with plenty of new shocks. Take a journey though plague-ridden London, ending with the Great Fire of 1666. Murders will be committed, each one more horrific than the last, all interspersed with some of the most daring, bizarre and beautiful circus acts on earth.

Family & Kid’s events

Here are some events that will hopefully keep your kids (and husband) happy

Natural History Museum
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Winter Ice Rink, at the Natural History Museum

Don your winter mittens and whizz around a 1000-metre square ice rink, set in the grounds of the Natural History Museum. The trees will be decked in fairy lights, and a traditional Carousel will be waltzing round to add to the festive atmosphere. There is also a Cafe Bar at the side of the rink to relax in, selling food and festive treats like mulled wine and hot chocolate.
Queen’s House
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Family Fun Day - Halloween Spooktacular

Queen's House will be holding a Spooktacular Family Fun Day, with plenty of ghostly activities and scary entertainment. Children are encouraged to come in their most frightening fancy dress, and prizes will be awarded for the best costume.

Art & Museums

Visit one of London’s finest galleries and museums and see an exhibition

Victoria & Albert Museum
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Masterpieces of Chinese Painting - 700 to 1900

The "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting" exhibition will bring together over 100 of the finest examples of Chinese painting from the beginning of the 8th to the end of the 19th-century, including some of the rarest and earliest surviving pieces.
Royal Academy of Arts
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Daumier: Visions of Paris

Honore Daumier lived during a turbulent time in France's history, and "Visions of Paris" sets out to explore his legacy. Many of the 130 works have never been seen in the UK before, and include a broad selection of paintings, drawings, watercolours and sculptures from 1830 to 1879. Daumier made his living as a caricaturist, observing and ridiculing the bourgeois society.

Royal & Religious

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

Trafalgar Square
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Diwali, the Festival of Lights - in Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square will once again be celebrating Diwali ("Festival of Lights") with a colourful programme of music and dance for all Londoners to enjoy. The evening will end with peaceful prayers and the traditional lamp lighting finale, known as "Aarrti".
National Portrait Gallery
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Elizabeth I and Her People

The "Elizabeth I & Her People" exhibition will explore the reign of of one of England's greatest Queens - Elizabeth I - through portraits of both her and her people. The many outstanding paintings on display will include portraits of Elizabeth I and her courtiers including famous explorers, statesmen and soldiers.

Political & Military

Daily parades and political events taking place during October

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.
City Hall
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Mayors Question Time, at 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.

Sightseeing tours

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

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.
The City
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Guided walk: Hauntings and Hangings

It's Halloween! So why not scare the pants out of yourself with a nice evening stroll around the darker parts of London... where you'll hear blood-curdling tales of body snatchers, churchyard murders and public executions.

Classical music

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

Royal Festival Hall
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Philharmonia Orchestra - Prokofiev and Rachmaninov

Join conductor Yuri Temirkanov, violinist Vilde Frang and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as perform a selection of classical works by Prokofiev and Rachmaninov.
Queen Elizabeth Hall
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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, at Queen Elizabeth Hall

Join director and violinist Alison Bury, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Queen Elizabeth Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Handel, Muffat, Connors, Corelly and Geminiani.

Free events

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

Trafalgar Square
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NFL Fan Rally, in Trafalgar Square

Get ready for the regular season game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley, with a special fan rally in Trafalgar Square. This free event will feature appearances by some of the players, coaches and cheerleaders, a large stage with music, dance acts and special celebrity guests. There will also be plenty of stalls selling food, drink and NFL merchandise.
Wallace Collection
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The Male Nude: 18th-century Drawings

This exhibition contains nearly 40 drawings of male nudes, all drawn in late 17th and 18th-century France. Belonging to the French equivalent of the Royal Academy, these works include pieces by Rigaud, Boucher, Nattier, Pierre and Jean-Baptiste Isabey.

Other London events

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

Charles Dickens Museum
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Reading group - at the Dickens Museum

The Dickens Museum will be the atmospheric venue for a reading and discussion group, focusing on Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" and Elizabeth Gaskell’s "North and South". The event will be led by Dr Jane Gibney, and aims to attract some genuine Dickens enthusiasts. Readers who are less familiar with 19th-century writers will also be welcome.
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Joan Collins - book signing at Selfridges

This is your chance to meet the one and only Joan Collins, as she signs copies of her new book "Passion for Life" at Selfridges. "Passion for Life" is the latest volume of Joan Collins' memoirs, which includes stories from her film days, the friendships she's made (including encounters with Princess Diana and Arnold Schwarzenegger!), and her marriage to Percy Gibson.
Charles Dickens Museum
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Reading group - at the Dickens Museum

The Dickens Museum will be the atmospheric venue for a reading and discussion group, focusing on Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" and Elizabeth Gaskell’s "North and South". The event will be led by Dr Jane Gibney, and aims to attract some genuine Dickens enthusiasts. Readers who are less familiar with 19th-century writers will also be welcome.
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