Events in London – 30 June 2012

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Saturday 30th June

Royal Albert Hall
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Living legend, Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett was once described by his friend Frank Sinatra as "the best singer in the business". His 60-year career includes classic trackes like "Steppin Out With My Baby" and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" -- and his laid-back, 'Rat Pack' style continues to delight audiences to this day.
Eventim Apollo
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Ronnie Wood & Friends, at Bluesfest

As guitarist for the Rolling Stones and Faces, Ronnie Wood has played for two of the best British bands of all-time. And now he is coming to London for Bluesfest. Ronnie will be bringing along some very special friends to help celebrate the legendary Chess label.

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Saturday 30 June, or one of London’s musicals

Trafalgar Studios
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Chicken, at Trafalgar Studios

"Chicken" is a gritty play set in the Bronx. It follows two childhood pals, Wendall and Floyd, as they train a sickly rooster for an illegal cockfight. As the dysfunctional friends scrabble and strut like cocks themselves, this acutely observed play explores what it's like to be the underclass in a modern city.
Globe Theatre
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The Taming of the Shrew, at the Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's outrageous comedy "The Taming of the Shrew". The play follows two wealthy sisters as they search for a husband. Bianca is modest and kind, and has no trouble attracting a string of enviable suitors, but Katherina is wild and shrewish and the only man who wants to know is the gold-digging Petruchio.

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 30 June for one of these family events

Golden Hinde
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Sleep overnight on the Golden Hinde

Become part of Sir Francis Drake's crew and spend a night on the Golden Hinde. On arrival you will be dressed in Tudor clothes and after an evening of fun activities you will settle down and sleep by the cannons. Tudor snacks and dinner will be provided in the evening, along with a tasty breakfast in the morning.
Kensington Gardens
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Kensington Gardens

CS Lewis' "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" is one of our best-loved children's tales, and Kensington Gardens will be hosting an enchanting theatrical experience when a specially created pavillion with 1480 seats and a circular stage will act as a doorway into the magical land of Narnia.

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Saturday 30th June and see an exhibition

Tate Modern
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Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye

"The Modern Eye" will reassess the works of the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. The exhibition will feature around 60 paintings and 50 photographs, illustrating how Munch engaged with the current affairs of the day, and how he was inspired by scenes he had seen in the street.
National Portrait Gallery
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BP Portrait Award 2012

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 the 60 short-listed finalists will have their work on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 30 June?

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, furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection. This year, the Summer Opening will also include a special exhibition called "Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration". There will also be an opportunity to take refreshments in the cafe overlooking the landscaped gardens.
National Portrait Gallery
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The Queen: Art and Image

"The Queen: Art And Image" will bring together sixty images of Elizabeth II from throughout her reign, to show how the way she has been portrayed has changed down the decades. It will include formal portraits and photographs from the likes of Pietro Annigoni, Cecil Beaton, Lord Lichfield, Andy Warhol and Lucian Freud.

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 30 June

Old Vic
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Democracy - at the Old Vic

Michael Frayn's "Democracy" is a stylish thriller based on real-life events. It takes place during the final months of West German Chancellor Willy Brandt's term of office, and explores his suspicions that a Stasi spy has infiltrated his inner circle. As tensions mount, Brandt's precarious hold on his coalition government is pushed to the limits.
Buckingham Palace
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Changing the Guard, at 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.

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Saturday 30th June

Bank of England
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Look around inside the Bank of England

Don't miss this rare opportunity to look around inside the Bank of England and Bank of England Museum with a 30-minute guided tour, when the building throws open its doors for the City of London Festival.

Classical music

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

Holland Park
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Donizettis opera, Lucia di Lammermoor

"Lucia di Lammermoor" is the most dramatic of all Donizetti's operas, and tells the story of a child-like bride tricked into a politically advantageous marriage by her abusive older brother. But then she falls for a Byronic outcast and her personality turns madly - and murderously - to love.

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 30 June

Tate Britain
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London Olympic and Paralympic Games posters

London 2012 has commissioned twelve leading contemporary artists to create the official posters for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. This will be on display at Tate Britain as part of the London 2012 Festival.
National Gallery
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Titians Diana and Callisto

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.

Other London events

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Saturday 30th June

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Wimbledon Tennis Championships

This is the year... Can Andy Murray finally end 75 years of misery and become the first British player to walk away with the Wimbledon tennis title? Over half a million spectators will attend the All England Club to find out, and since there are only 500 tickets for the centre courts available, you will have to turn up seriously early to be certain of bagging a seat.
Fortnum & Mason
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Enjoy a picnic in the park, with a Fortnum & Mason hamper

Now that summer is upon us, how about enjoying a posh picnic in the park, courtesy of Fortnum & Mason. Not only will they supply a ready-made feast (complete with crockery and cutlery), but they can also deliver it straight to your picnic rug, as you sit and soak up the rays.
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