Events in London – 3 November 2013

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Sunday 3rd November

Greenwich Theatre
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Alexei Sayle, at the Greenwich Theatre

As one of the best comedians from the 80s, Alexei Sayle has been sorely missed from the stage. But now he is returning to stand-up with his first full-length solo show in 17 years.
Union Chapel
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Marc Almond - at the Union Chapel

Marc Almond originally found fame as one-half of the 80's synth-pop duo "Soft Cell". He has since re-emerged as a solo artist and is releasing a brand-new album next year. You can hear a few of the new songs at the Union Chapel, alongside a selection of older material.

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Sunday 3 November, or one of London’s musicals

Arts Theatre
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Pajama Men, at the Arts Theatre

Beulah would eat a spider to fit in with the cool kids. Nadine's arm is missing and she would quite like it back. Franz's biggest problem is that life is too easy, and a procrastinating king only has 700 years to get his act together...
Menier Chocolate Factory
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The Lyons - Menier Chocolate Factory

The hit American comedy "The Lyons" is coming to London. As they gather around the bed of their dying father, the Lyons' compassion soon gives way to bickering and betrayal. As an exploration of a fractured family, "The Lyons" is both savagely funny and heart-breaking.

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 3 November for one of these family events

Athletic Ground
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Fireworks Display, at Richmond Athletic Ground

This year's fireworks display at the Athletic Ground will be a traditional affair with mulled wine, winter Pimms and funfair rides for kids. And if it rains then there is even a covered stand to keep you dry. Gates will open at 4.30 PM, and the fireworks will be lit at 7 PM.
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Harrods Christmas Grotto

If you only take your kids to one Christmas Grotto this year, then make it the best of the bunch -- Harrods. Your kids will be able to meet Father Christmas and share their wish-list for the festive season, taking home an exclusive book, badge and Christmas chocolate.

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Sunday 3rd November and see an exhibition

Queen’s Gallery
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Gifted: From the Royal Academy to The Queen

To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the Royal Academy presented a gift of 97 works from some of the most high-profile names in art -- including Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Grayson Perry. This exhibition showcases the entire collection of 97 works, displaying the breadth of membership of the Royal Academy.
Queen’s Gallery
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Castiglione: Lost Genius

The Queen's Gallery's new exhibition is called "Castiglione: Lost Genius". Castiglione worked in oils on paper, and won fame for his drawings and prints. His large, vibrant compositions were works of rare beauty, but he unaccountably fell from fame in the modern era.

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 3 November?

National Portrait Gallery
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Elizabeth I and Her People

The "Elizabeth I & Her People" exhibition will explore the reign of of one of England's greatest Queens - Elizabeth I - through portraits of both her and her people. The many outstanding paintings on display will include portraits of Elizabeth I and her courtiers including famous explorers, statesmen and soldiers.
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.

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 3 November

London Duck Tours
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The D-Day Duck Tour… around Londons World War II sites

The D-Day Duck Tour is a lively and informative tour suitable for the whole family, which takes you around some of London's most important Second World War sights. Once you enter the water you will get to see what these extraordinary boats were originally designed for -- an amphibious landing on the Normandy beaches!

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Sunday 3rd November

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.
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.

Classical music

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

Royal Festival Hall
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Berio, Britten and Shostakovich - Royal Festival Hall

Join conductor Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Berio, Britten and Shostakovich.

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 3 November

Wallace Collection
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The Male Nude: 18th-century Drawings

This exhibition contains nearly 40 drawings of male nudes, all drawn in late 17th and 18th-century France. Belonging to the French equivalent of the Royal Academy, these works include pieces by Rigaud, Boucher, Nattier, Pierre and Jean-Baptiste Isabey.
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 3rd November

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Afternoon tea, in the Long Room at Lords

Enjoy an afternoon tea in the historic Long Room at Lord's. If you're a cricket fan then this will be an opportunity to have a short tour of the museum and enjoy the commanding views over the outfield. The tea will consist of hand-baked scones and Cornish clotted cream, finger sandwiches, and plenty of fancy cakes and dainties.
Royal Albert Hall
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Dance Proms - Royal Albert Hall

Join more than 450 young dancers from all around the world as they perform an original piece of choreography in one of the world's most iconic venues. With plenty of guest acts and a huge range of dance styles, this is the perfect event for all dance-lovers.
London Palladium
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The Nutcracker On Ice

This is Tchaikovsky's classic ballet "The Nutcracker" -- with a difference! World champion ice skaters Evgeny Platov and Maxim Staviski have combined sublime ice dancing with Tchaikovsky's tuneful score, to mesmerise audiences with an adrenaline-rich performance in a frozen theatre stage.
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