Events in London – 26 October 2013

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Saturday 26th October

O2 Academy Brixton
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Jimmy Carr - Gagging Order

Jimmy Carr's back on the road with a brand-new stage show -- "Gagging Order". Expect plenty of bare-knuckle gags as he brings his quick-fire wit to the Brixton Academy.
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Vampire movie all-nighter, at the BFI IMAX

Get ready for Halloween with a whole night of vampire movies -- back-to-back. Will you live to see the dawn? (yes, probably) The marathon event will include "Interview With The Vampire", "From Dusk Till Dawn", "Fright Night" and "The Lost Boys".

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Saturday 26 October, or one of London’s musicals

Hampstead Theatre
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Raving, with Tamzin Outhwaite

"Raving" tells the story of Briony and Keith, who are not finding parenthood as easy as their friends. When Ross and Rosy organise a relaxing weekend away in Wales (child-free!), an uninvited anarchic adolescent and a fanatical farmer turns their pleasant weekend into chaos.
Arts Theatre
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Pajama Men, at the Arts Theatre

Beulah would eat a spider to fit in with the cool kids. Nadine's arm is missing and she would quite like it back. Franz's biggest problem is that life is too easy, and a procrastinating king only has 700 years to get his act together...

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 26 October for one of these family events

London Zoo
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Boo at the Zoo

There will be some very spooky goings on at London Zoo this Halloween... During half-term the Zoo will come creeping to life with Halloween-themed events, animal demonstrations and hands-on activities led by our grim-keepers! The spooky schedule of activities will include scary stories, owl encounters and creepy crafts.
Canary Wharf
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Outdoor ice rink, at Canary Wharf

The outdoor ice rink at Canary Wharf has a spectacular backdrop, sitting in the shadow of London's tallest building -- the skyscraper at Canada Square. This rink has an interesting little feature that sets it apart from the others -- a skate path that allows you to leave the main rink and glide past the fir trees and fairy lights that line the perimeter of the park.

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Saturday 26th October 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

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 26 October?

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.
National Gallery
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Michael Landy: Saints Alive

Michael Landy will be bringing a contemporary twist to the saints in a series of large-scale sculptures. Landy has scoured car boot sales and flea markets in search of old machinery, cogs and wheels to construct his sculptures, bringing religious iconography to life for a 21st-century audience.

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Saturday 26th October

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.
O2 Arena
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Climb of the Cursed… the Final Ascent

"Up at The O2" offers an unforgettable 90-minute trek across the roof of The O2. But this Halloween they are offering something a little bit different... a voyage into the unknown! Following in the footsteps of the Terra Ignota team, you will be guided across the walkway and into some terrifying live action. This climb will be an immersive experience with horrifying scenes and bloodcurdling screams. Will you be able to handle it?

Classical music

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

Royal Festival Hall
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London Philharmonic - Dutilleux and Shostakovich

Join conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, the Gentlemen of the London Philharmonic Choir and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Dutilleux and Shostakovich.
Royal Albert Hall
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Carmina Burana, William Tell and Bruchs Violin Concerto

"Carmina Burana" returns to the Royal Albert Hall in what promises to be a rousing and memorable night -- when the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Choral Society and the English Concert Chorus join forces to sing Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana".

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 26 October

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

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Saturday 26th October

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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.
London Palladium
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The Nutcracker On Ice

This is Tchaikovsky's classic ballet "The Nutcracker" -- with a difference! World champion ice skaters Evgeny Platov and Maxim Staviski have combined sublime ice dancing with Tchaikovsky's tuneful score, to mesmerise audiences with an adrenaline-rich performance in a frozen theatre stage.
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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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