Free events in London Saturday 3 March

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Free events in London on Sat 3rd March

Our guide to free events in London on Saturday 3 March 2012.

 at Somerset House, London
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Guided tour of Somerset House

to Somerset House This 45-minute tour of Somerset House will take in Tudor intrigues and the "King's Shilling", and the extravagant entertainments of the Georgian Enlightenment. As you explore the graceful staircases and atmospheric Deadhouse, you will get to see some scientific curiosities and learn more about British naval power.
 at Buckingham Palace, London
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Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace

to Buckingham Palace Strolling down The Mall to Buckingham Palace and watching the "Changing of the Guard" is one of the must-do events in everyone's itinerary. The new set of guards arrive on the forecourt accompanied by a military band, which they take part in a ceremonial handing over of the keys.
 
 at National Gallery, London
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Titian’s “Diana and Callisto”

to National Gallery This special exhibition celebrates the National Gallery's acquisition of Titian's "Diana and Callisto". Its companion painting "Diana and Actaeon" was purchased in 2009, and the pair have now been reunited in Room 1. "Diana and Callisto" shows the moment when Diana banishes Callisto after revealing her pregnancy.
 at British Museum, London
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See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum

to British Museum The British Museum will be hosting a small exhibition showcasing all the medals that can be won at the London Olympics. Also on show will be medals from the 1908 and 1948 London Olympics. The display will tell the complete story of the medals from start to finish, from the mining of the metal to the creation of the designs, to the final casting at the Royal Mint.
 
 at Hampstead Observatory, London
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See the stars at Hampstead Observatory

to Hampstead Observatory Hampstead Observatory is a 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.
 at National Army Museum, London
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Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics

to National Army Museum This explosive exhibition features some of the best covers and illustrations from 50 years of the "Commando" comic series. "Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics" will explore the history of the comic from its very first issue, through to its heroic subject matter and its enduring popularity.
 

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“The Pitmen Painters” — Duchess Theatre3 March“The Pitmen Painters” was written by the same guy as “Billy Elliot” — Lee Hall. It explores similar themes to that play, but this time it’s about a group of adult miners who enroll in an art course so they can express themselves in paint.

“Travelling Light”, at the National Theatre3 MarchWhen Motl Mendl first sees the silent images on his dad’s cinematograph, he is entranced. With encouragement from his friend Anna, Motl leaves his little village and ends up as a famed film director. “Travelling Light” is a study of the Eastern European immigrants who rose to became major players in Hollywood’s golden age.

The Wanted, at the O2 Arena3 MarchThe Wanted have only been around since August 2010, but they’ve already notched up a top five album and several number one singles. You can see them when the play The O2 in March.

“Legally Blonde”, at the Savoy Theatre3 MarchCollege cutie Elle Woods is riding high as the homecoming queen… but hits the ground with a bump when her boyfriend dumps her for someone serious. So Ellie does what all women do when they’re depressed — she hits the shops, and signs up for Harvard Law — proving that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel3 MarchThe Courtauld Gallery is putting on a special exhibition which follows the friendship that developed between Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson — two of the leading forces of abstract art. Using major paintings and reliefs by both artists, its explores the parallel paths that Mondrian and Nicholson charted during the 1930s in their Hampstead studios.

Hajj — Journey to the heart of Islam3 MarchHajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and every muslim must make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least one time in their lives. This major new exhibition will chart the history of this journey, exploring how pilgrims have tackled it through the centuries.

“Sweeney Todd” — with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton3 MarchMichael Ball and Imelda Staunton will be starring in Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Sweeney Todd”, which tells the tale of Sweeney Todd’s return to London after years of imprisonment. His quest for retribution takes in the local pie-shop owner, who’s meaty recipes aid him in avenging the wrongs done to him and his family.

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton3 MarchCecil Beaton photographed The Queen as she went from being a princess to a monarch and a mother. This exhibition will feature nearly 100 of his best portraits. Also included are extracts from Beaton’s own letters and diaries, which will reveal the intense planning and working practice of a royal sitting.

“Her Maj” — 60 years of portraits of the Queen in cartoons3 MarchThe Cartoon Museum will be marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a special exhibition of portraits drawn during the last 60 years. Some are affectionate, some are teasing, and some are totally unflattering, but their combined might showcase how her image has changed down the decades, and explores how the monarch’s image was taboo in cartoons even as late as the 1950s.

 
 
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