Events in London – 5 October 2013

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Saturday 5th October

Prince Charles Cinema
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Screening of Return of the Jedi… followed by a book signing

To celebrate the launch of the new book "The Making of the Return of the Jedi", the Prince Charles Cinema will be screening the classic movie once more. It will be followed by a Q&A session with the author of the book, J.W. Rinzier, and Jeremy Bulloch (aka Boba Fett).
 

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Saturday 5 October, or one of London’s musicals

Donmar Warehouse
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Roots - Donmar Warehouse

"Roots" tells the story of Beatie Bryant falling for the young socialist, Ronnie. She is anxiously awaiting his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm, hbut will his ideas about a bolder, freer world clash with their rural way of life? "Roots" is a portrait of a young woman finding her voice in a time of social change.
Trafalgar Studios
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Hidden in the Sand - Trafalgar Studios

"Hidden in the Sand" is a beautiful love story set between London and Cyprus. Alexandra is a Cypriot refugee from the Turkish invasion, who makes a new home for herself in London. But when an English scholar, Jonathan, falls deeply in love with her, will love be able to overcome the grief of the past?
 

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 5 October for one of these family events

Garrick Theatre
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Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain (Part II)

"Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain (Part II)" will introduce you to Queen Boudicca and the Scottish rebel William Wallace. Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will Charles I keep his head? And will you be able to excape the clutches of Burke and Hare?
London Dungeon
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Halloween… at the London Dungeon

The London Dungeon will be scarier than ever this Halloween, with their huge new dungeon containing 20 live actors and 18 new shows! Jack the Ripper, Mrs Lovett and the entire cast will be celebrating the season in a Dungeon decked out in a blaze of orange -- you can never have enough pumpkins right? Two underground rides and state-of-the-art special effects will scare you out of your wits, whilst some extra surprises will be thrown in too -- to keep you on a knife edge!
 

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Saturday 5th October and see an exhibition

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.
British Museum
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Shunga: Sex and pleasure in Japanese art

The British Museum's new exhibition showcases some explicit, beautifully drawn Japanese prints, paintings and drawings. These detailed and brightly coloured works, produced between 1600 and 1900, inspired the likes of Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin and Picasso, and continues to influence manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art today.
 

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 5 October?

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.
Queen’s Gallery
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The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion

The Queen's Gallery's new exhibition "In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion" will use paintings from the Royal Collection to explore the sumptuous costumes of the British court in the 16th and 17th-century. The exhibition will feature more than 60 works, including pieces by Hans Holbein the Younger, Nicholas Hilliard, Van Dyck and Peter Lely.
 

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 5 October

Houses of Parliament
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Houses of Parliament - Summer Opening

During the summer months Parliament is thrown open to the public. The tour follows the processional route taken by Her Majesty the Queen when she performs the State Opening of Parliament, taking you through the House of Lords, the Central Lobby and into the House of Commons.
 

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Saturday 5th 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.
Somerset House
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Guided tour at Somerset House

This guided tour at Somerset House will explore some of the Tudor intrigues and 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.
 

Classical music

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

Royal Opera House
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Don Quixote - The Royal Ballet

"Don Quixote" tells the story of Kitri and Basilio, whose happy love is threatened by Kitri's father's attempts to persuade his unwilling daughter into a more suitable (and lucrative) match with the rich nobleman Gamache. Here steps in the bumbling knight Don Quixote, determined to seek adventures while searching for his beloved Dulcinea.
London Coliseum
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Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss

Johann Strauss's "Die Fledermaus" is a story of revenge, seduction and mistaken identity, centred around a high-society party thrown by Prince Orlofsky. Light-hearted and colourful, this new production is set in an Art Deco-inspired fantasy world influenced by Freud and his dream analysis. Eisenstein is to be jailed, his wife is being seduced... and Dr Falke wants to exact revenge for a past prank.
 

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 5 October

Royal Observatory
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Astronomy Photographer of the Year

The Royal Observatory is teaming up the BBC's 'Sky At Night' magazine to launch the annual "Astronomy Photographer of the Year" competition. The small exhibition includes images of stars, swirling nebulae and deep space.
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.
 

Other London events

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Saturday 5th October

Harrods
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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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