Events in London – 26 February 2012

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Sunday 26th February

O2 Arena
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Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds

Ever since he split from Oasis in October 2009, Noel has kept a backseat whilst his brother Liam formed Beady Eye. But now Noel has his own band -- High Flying Birds -- and is taking them out a seven date UK and Ireland tour. They will be playing tracks from their debut album and a selection of old Noel Gallagher songs.
O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush
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Marina & The Diamonds - O2 Empire

Marina and the Diamonds are promising to play some brand new material as part of the NME Awards Shows.
 

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Sunday 26 February, or one of London’s musicals

Olivier Theatre
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She Stoops to Conquer, at the National Theatre

"She Stoops To Conquer" tells the story of Hardcastle, who's trying to introduce his eligable daughter to his old friend's son. But his son is crippled with shyness when it comes to wooing the upper classes, and he is tricked into thinking his prospective father-in-law is an old innkeeper, and his daughter is a barmaid.
Lyttelton Theatre
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Juno and the Paycock, at the National Theatre

Juno is struggling to cajole Jack back into work as he spends his time drinking with his sidekick. Their son is crippled after fighting for the IRA, and their daughter has joined a union and gone on strike. "Juno and the Paycock" offers a devastating portrait of wasted potential in a Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War.
 

Family & Kid’s events

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

Hampstead Observatory
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See the stars at 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.
 

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Sunday 26th February and see an exhibition

Hayward Gallery
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Jeremy Deller: Joy In People

As a former Turner Prize winner, Jeremy Deller has become hugely influential in the world of contemporary art. This exhibition will survey the breadth of his career, and provide an overview of his work so far. It will feature almost all of his major works, including his installations, photographs, videos, posters and banners.
Courtauld Gallery
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Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel

The 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.
 

Royal & Religious

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

Victoria & Albert Museum
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Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton

Cecil 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.
British Museum
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Hajj - Journey to the heart of Islam

Hajj 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.
 

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 26 February

Trafalgar Studios
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Three Days In May… with Warren Clarke

"Three Days in May" takes us behind the famous Downing Street door for three of the most pivotal days in British history. Newly installed as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill assembles the war cabinet and tries to persuade the appeasers that Britain's only option is to fight on alone.
Imperial War Museum
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War photographs by Don McCullin

Don McCullin is recognised as one of Britain's greatest war photographers. "Shaped By War" is a major new exhibition which explores both his life and work, and includes over 200 of his finest photographs, many which have not been seen in public.
 

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Sunday 26th February

The City
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The City of London Walk

This 90-minute walk will explore the ancient Square Mile with its secret spaces and architecture spanning 2,000 years of history. This is an excellent introduction to the oldest part of London, with fascinating tales stretching from the Romans all the way up to the 21st-century.
 

Classical music

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

Royal Festival Hall
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Philharmonia, playing Rachmaninov and Sibelius

Join conductor Vasily Petrenko, violinist James Ehnes and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Hindemith, Rachmaninov and Sibelius.
Royal Albert Hall
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Verdis Aida, performed in the round

This spectacular version of Verdi's "Aida" will be performed 'in the round' amongst the ruins of Ancient Egypt. The epic work explores the tragic love triangle between the Ethiopian slave girl Aida, the King's daughter Amneris, and the Captain of the Guard.
 

Free events

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

British Museum
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See the London Olympic medals, at the 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.
National Army Museum
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Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics

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.
 

Other London events

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Sunday 26th February

London Olympia
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Who Do You Think You Are? - Live

London Olympia will be hosting a live version of the popular TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?". If you've ever wondered what your ancestors did for a living, where they lived and how they died, then this show is the perfect place to start.
Queen’s Gallery
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Antarctic photography, from Scotts expedition

"The Heart of the Great Alone" is a remarkable exhibition of photographs from Scott's Antartic expedition in 1910 and Shackleton's visit in 1914. The dramatic images include some extraordinary icescapes and shots of the ships towering above the ice.
Natural History Museum
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

The Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition reveals the best images from the world's most prestigious wildlife photography competition. It includes all of the winners, the runners-up and more than 100 prize-winning photographs.
 
 
 
 
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