Events in London – 13 April 2014

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Sunday 13th April

Eventim Apollo
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Foreigner… with Europe and FM

Foreigner was the band behind one of the 80's biggest hits -- "I Want To Know What Love Is" -- but also scored plenty of success with songs like "Cold As Ice", "Juke Box Hero" and "Feels Like The First Time". Now they're taking to the stage with special guests Europe and FM.
Union Chapel
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Katie Melua, at the Union Chapel

Katie Melua is bringing her "Simplified" tour to London, with one night at the Union Chapel. She is promising to play a stripped-down set accompanied by just bass and keyboards.

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Sunday 13 April, or one of London’s musicals

Menier Chocolate Factory
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Two Into One

The Menier Chocolate Factory will be putting on a production of Ray Conney's hilarious comedy "Two Into One". All George Pigden has to do is book a hotel room for MP Richard Willey to meet his mistress. But when the bumbling aide makes a disastrous mistake, some extreme complications ensue...

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 13 April for one of these family events

Greenwich Theatre
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Dinosaur Zoo

This tyrannosauric treat will bring these pre-historic creatures to the stage as you've never seen them before! The highly imaginative live show will teach you all about dinosaurs, and even allow your kids to get up close and personal with them during a meet and greet. But watch out -- not all of them are as tame as they look!
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 Sunday 13th April and see an exhibition

Photographer’s Gallery
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Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2014

The annual Deutsche Borse Photography Prize awards £30,000 to the photographer who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography over the previous year. The Prize has established a reputation for its diversity of photographic styles, and photographers are encouraged to interpret 'portrait' in its widest sense.
Victoria & Albert Museum
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The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014

"The Glamour of Italian Fashion" will take a comprehensive look at Italian fashion between 1945 and the present day, exploring the key companies and individuals that have contributed to Italy's reputation for quality and style. The exhibition will feature round 90 pieces by leading Italian fashion houses including Simonetta, Pucci, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, GArmani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Versace.

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 13 April

National Portrait Gallery
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The Great War in Portraits

With the centenary of the First World War coming up this year, the National Portrait Gallery will be putting on a timely exhibition of "Great War Portraits". The exhibition will look at the different roles, experiences and destinies of those caught up in the conflict.

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Sunday 13th April

Spencer House
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Guided tour of Spencer House

Built a short distance from Buckingham Palace with magnificent views of Green Park, Spencer House is one of the finest aristocratic town houses in London. It the city's only great 18th-century private palace to survive intact. The restoration is complimented by a magnificent collection of paintings and furniture, including five Benjamin West paintings graciously lent by Her Majesty The Queen.
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.

Classical music

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

Royal Festival Hall
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Philharmonia Orchestra - Dvorak, Janacek and Suk

Join conductor Jakub Hrusa, pianist Lukas Vondracek and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Dvorak, Janacek and Suk.

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 13 April

National Gallery
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Van Goghs Sunflowers

"The Sunflowers" is a small exhibition which offers visitors the rare opportunity to see two of Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflower" paintings side-by-side. One is owned by the National Gallery, and the other comes from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. This will be the first time that they have been shown together for 65 years.
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.

Other London events

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Sunday 13th April

The Mall
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The London Marathon 2014

The London Marathon is one of the premier marathons in world athletics. The current men's record for the 26.2 miles is 2:04:40, set by the Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai in 2011. The women's record is held by Britain's own Paula Radcliffe, with a time of 2:15:25 in 2003.
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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.
Photographer’s Gallery
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John Deakin, and the Lure of Soho

"John Deakin and the Lure of Soho" will explore the colourful characters and hidden corners of 1950/60s Soho, through the eyes of photographer John Deakin. Deakin is widely regarded as one of the Britain's best postwar photographers, and was renowned for his haunting street scenes, portraits and fashion work.
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