Events in London – 14 September 2013

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Saturday 14th September

Wembley Stadium
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Roger Waters - The Wall

Roger Waters is taking Pink Floyd's epic LP "The Wall" on a European tour. The original stage show has been updated with new lights and special effects to complement classic songs like "Comfortably Numb" and "Another Brick In The Wall".
O2 Academy Brixton
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Babyshambles (with Pete Doherty)

Pete 'Peter' Doherty seems to have calmed down a bit of late, but lets hope it doesn't affect his music. Away from all the tabloid hoo haa, he's fronted two of the best bands of the last decade -- The Libertines and Babyshambles. Babyshambles are currently putting the finishing touches to their third album, and will embark on a UK tour in the autumn.

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Saturday 14 September, or one of London’s musicals

Hackney Empire
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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show

Based on the novels by Douglas Adams, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show" is a ground-breaking new stage production packed with laughter, a live band, HD projections, and drinks with extremely silly names.
Arts Theatre
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Storm In A Flower Vase

Constance Spry ran a successful high-society florist, designing floral displays for the Queen's Coronation and royal weddings. But behind the facade of this highly-respected business woman lay a story of marital discord, affairs and heartache...

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 14 September 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 Saturday 14th September and see an exhibition

Victoria & Albert Museum
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A History of Photography

This new exhibition will draw upon the museum's vast collection to chronicle the history of photography from the 1840s up to the 1970s. It will showcase some of the most technically brilliant and artistically accomplished photographs in the history of the medium, and include work by key figures such as Eugene Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Irving Penn and Hilla Becher.
National Portrait Gallery
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Laura Knight Portraits

Dame Laura Knight was one of the most popular British artists of the 20th-century. She painted everything from dancers at the ballet to gypsies at the races, and was especially acclaimed for her work as an war artist. Her paintings are remarkable for their diverse range of subjects and settings, and this exhibition will feature more than 30 of her most distinctive and vivid works.

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 14 September?

Kensington Palace
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Garden History Tour, at Kensington Palace

The Garden History Tour at Kensington Palace will explore the recent transformation of the palace gardens, their history, and their wider setting within the park. Also included will be the Golden Gates, the grand statue of Victoria, and free entry into the Sunken Garden (normally closed to the public).
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 Grand Entrance.

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 14 September

Trafalgar Studios
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The Confessions of Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown is back! But only on stage... in this hilarious expose of his time in Downing Street. "The Confessions of Gordon Brown" is filled with betrayals, stab-in-the-back plotting, and his darkest secrets. This candid one-man play reveals what it takes to knife your way to the top and rule a nation... and how his dreams all fell apart. Did he end up as Downing Street's greatest failure?
British Library
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Propaganda: Power and Persuasion

The British Library's new exhibition will try and lift the lid on the ways through which governments across the planet have attempted to influence our thoughts for over 100 years... showcasing you the myriad ways that states attempt to influence us, the People.

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Saturday 14th September

The City
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Explore the Citys gardens and churchyards

This two-hour tour will explore some of the best and most historic gardens and churchyards in the City of London. The walk will start at the City Information Centre opposite St Paul's Cathedral (on St. Paul's Church Yard). There is no need to book, just introduce yourself to the guide outside who will be wearing his or her official badge.
Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

The Buckingham Palace Summer Opening will grant visitors access to the lavishly decorated State Rooms, taking you through the Grand Entrance, Throne Room, Picture Gallery, Silk Tapestry Room, Ballroom, State Dining Room, Marble Hall and Music Room. There will also be an opportunity to take refreshments in the cafe overlooking the landscaped gardens.

Classical music

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

Royal Opera House
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Puccinis Turandot - Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Puccini's operatic swansong, "Turandot", famous for its dramatic aria "Nessun Dorma". The cold-hearted Princess Turandot has sworn that no man shall marry her unless he can correctly answer three riddles. Prince Calaf takes up the challenge, determined to win her heart... or die in the attempt.
Royal Opera House
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Inside Wagners Head - with Simon Callow

Simon Callow is back with another one-man show -- this time turning his attention to the life and legacy of Richard Wagner, one of opera's most influential figures. Wagner's life was packed with incident -- with tempestuous love affairs, provocative writings, political exile, and an astonishing operatic output that revolutionized the stage.

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 14 September

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.
Wallace Collection
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The Discovery of Paris, in Watercolour

"The Discovery of Paris" focuses on the period between 1802 and 1840, and features more than 60 watercolours, preparatory drawings and associated prints by early 19th-century British artists. The exhibition include works by Turner, Girtin and Bonington, and less familiar artists like Thomas Shotter Boys and William Callow.

Other London events

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Saturday 14th September

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County cricket at Lords - Middlesex v Nottinghamshire

If you fancy catching a few innings of cricket then get yourself down to Lord's for an LV County Championship game between Middlesex and Nottinghamshire.
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Harrods Christmas World

Christmas has started early this year...on the 19th July. Because that's the date that Harrods opened their Christmas department -- 158 days before the big event! So if you always leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute, you've got no excuse this year.
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