Events in London – 1 February 2014

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Saturday 1st February

Union Chapel
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Live at the Chapel - Paul Foot, Brian Gittins, Liam Williams

Live at the Chapel returns with another fantastic line-up headed by the brilliantly bonkers Paul Foot. This is your chance to see him in the Union Chapel's intimate surroundings alongside Brian Gittins, Liam Williams, and MC Andrew Maxwell.
Leicester Square Theatre
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Frank Skinner: Man In A Suit

Frank Skinner is back with a brand-new live show. Frank Skinner famously won the 1991 Perrier Award ahead of fellow legends Jack Dee and Eddie Izzard, but is probably best-known for his TV shows alongside David Baddiel. After starring in his own chat show and self-penned sitcoms he decided to return to the stand-up comedy circuit.

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Saturday 1 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.
Trafalgar Studios
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The Only Way Is Downton - Trafalgar Studios

Luke Kempner's one-man comedy of impressions comes to London with some exclusive new material. When celebrities start to appear at the Abbey, cultures clash and eras collide in this hilarious parody of some of our most popular TV shows. Can they help the cast of Downton save the estate from financial ruin... again?

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 1 February for one of these family events

SSE Arena Wembley
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TNA Wrestling - Maximum Impact

The TNA Wrestling Tour hits London (literally), when "Maximum Impact" comes to Wembley Arena. Fans can now be part of the action, and experience the UK's most popular wrestling company live.
Duchess Theatre
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The Wind in the Willows - Duchess Theatre

"The Wind in the Willows" follows the adventures of Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger on the cool and leafy riverbank. But the peace and serenity is rocked by a speeding car, a galloping caravan, a racing train and criminal deeds cooked up in the depths of the Wild Wood. Will Tuckett's production of the Royal Opera House ballet brings all the magic of Kenneth Graham's classic tale to the stage. With theatrical choreography and a wonderful score, it is perfect family entertainment.

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Saturday 1st February and see an exhibition

Courtauld Gallery
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Romantic landscapes from Britain and Germany

The Courtauld Gallery is putting together an exhibition called "A Dialogue with Nature", which explores the golden age of Romantic landscapes in Britain and Germany between 1760 and 1840. The exhibition will feature 26 drawings, watercolours and oil sketches by the likes of Turner, Palmer, Friedrich, Fohr and Lessing.
Hayward Gallery
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Martin Creed: What’s the point of it?

The Hayward Gallery will be putting on the first major survey of Martin Creed's playful and thought-provoking art. The 2001 Turner Prize winner is best known for his minimalistic approach to art that strips away the unnecessary, but preserves a lot of wit, humour and surprise, transforming everyday materials into surprising meditations on the invisible structures that shape our lives.

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 1 February?

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace - Exclusive guided tour

This Exclusive Guided Tour of Buckingham Palace offers the visitor an insight into the history and use of the State Rooms, and the magnificent works of art on display. With their gilded ceilings and glittering chandeliers, the State Rooms provide the perfect setting for the many famous masterpieces from the Royal Collection. The tour takes place in the company of an expert guide, and will end with a glass of champagne served in the Grand Entrance.
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 1 February

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 Saturday 1st February

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 Opera House
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Mozarts Don Giovanni - Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozart's operatic masterpiece -- "Don Giovanni" -- which follows the legend of the charismatic nobleman Don Juan and his long-suffering servant, Leporello. As he charms, lies and fights his way through his last hours, pursued by his victims and their angry relatives, Don Giovanni can't resist the urge for further sexual conquests. But when will his luck finally run out?
London Coliseum
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Benjamin Brittens Peter Grimes

The disturbing story of prejudice and persecution is set in a small fishing village on the coast. Fisherman Peter Grimes already has an uneasy relationship with the other locals, and when his apprentice dies the community assumes that he is guilty. Britten's haunting score rolls around with the churning sea and the changing moods of the landscape, resulting in an opera full of menace and beauty.

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 1 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 Saturday 1st February

Royal Albert Hall
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Cirque du Soleils Quidam

Cirque du Soleil returns to the Royal Albert Hall with "Quidam", in which the world-famous circus troop mix death-defying acrobatics with aerial stunts and choreographed dance moves. "Quidam" is a tribute to the nameless passerby... the faceless stranger lost amongst the crowd. Quidam is a story of the one who cries out, sings, and dreams... evoking the joys and sorrows of everyday life.
Peacock Theatre
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The Merchants Of Bollywood

The glamour and glitter of Bollywood is back! "The Merchants of Bollywood" charts the history of the world's largest film industry. This heart-warming show is a riot of colour, high-energy music and sensational dance routines.
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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