Events in London – 14 November 2013

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Thursday 14th November

O2 Arena
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So Solid Crew - Their last ever show

Following their successful reunion show at the indigo2, So Solid Crew have announced last-ever show will be at The O2. Hailed with paving the way for today's biggest hip-hop crossover stars, So Solid remain the only platinum-selling urban act in the UK to date.
Eventim Apollo
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Texas, at the Hammersmith Apollo

Texas are back with their first new studio album in eight years -- "The Conversation". This will be followed by a full UK tour, including one night at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Thursday 14 November, or one of London’s musicals

Gielgud Theatre
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Alfred Hitchcocks Strangers On A Train

Alfred Hitchcock's fiendishly entertaining "Strangers On A Train" tells the tale of two men having a seemingly innocent conversation about the perfect murder. What if they 'swap' murders, and carry out each other's crime? But for one of the men the chat turns into a nightmare, when the other one carries out the plot...
Trafalgar Studios
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Mrs Lowry and Son - Trafalgar Studios

Based on the life of the famous painter LS Lowry, "Mrs Lowry and Son" follows him from his early days a rent collector living with his mother, who has taken to her bed and demands complete devotion. It is only at night, while his mother sleeps, that Lowry can go to the attic and paint.

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 14 November for one of these family events

Somerset House
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Outdoor ice rink, at Somerset House

London has loads of outdoor ice rinks to choose from at Christmas time, but the most glamorous can be found at Somerset House. Even if you only go to watch, the backdrop is spectacular. The 18th-century floodlit courtyard will be decorated with a huge Christmas tree, and you can go shopping for yuletide treats in the Christmas shopping arcade.
Oxford Street
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Oxford Streets Christmas lights

The big switch-on of the Oxford Street Christmas lights (by Selfridges) is always heaving, with some 40,000 expected to turn up in London's busiest shopping street. The lights have become increasingly commercial as the years have gone by, but this time they have gone for a dazzling blanket of white LED lights, inspired by falling snow.

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Thursday 14th November and see an exhibition

National Portrait Gallery
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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize celebrates the very best in contemporary portrait photography. The Prize has established a reputation for its diversity of photographic styles, and photographers are encouraged to interpret 'portrait' in its widest sense.
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.

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 14 November?

Tower of London
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Gun salute, at the Tower of London

There will be a 62 gun salute by the HAC at Gun Wharf (the Tower of London), to mark the birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Hyde Park
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Gun salute, for the Prince of Wales birthday

There will be a 41 gun salute by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park at noon, to mark the birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 14 November

Cadogan Hall
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RAF in Concert - A Salute to the Dambusters Generation

BBC Radio 2's Ken Bruce will be compering a rousing night of musical entertainment on the 70th anniversrary of the legendary Dambusters raid. Salute the camaraderie and fortitude of the 'Dambusters Generation' with music by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force -- including "Night and Day", "Soul Bossa Nova", "In The Mood" and "Apple Honey".

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Thursday 14th 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.
London Transport Museum
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Visit a disused London underground station

Aldwych Underground station was originally called the Strand, but fell into disuse after the war. Its role as an air raid shelter during the Blitz gives it a mysterious history. It is now used for filming and training purposes, and has featured in films like "Atonement" and "V for Vendetta".

Classical music

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

Queen Elizabeth Hall
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Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Ravel

Join pianist Boris Giltburg at Queen Elizabeth Hall, as he performs Rachmaninov's "10 Preludes", Prokofiev's "Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat" and Ravel's "La valse".
London Coliseum
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Mozarts The Magic Flute

The London Coliseum is putting on a performance of Mozart's great late work, "The Magic Flute". Its comic panto-style story follows the wise priest Sarastro, who tries to release Pamina from the influence of her mother. When the queen sends the young Prince Tamino to search for her, he soon grows to admire Sarastro and reunites him with Pamina.

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 14 November

Carnaby Street
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Carnaby Street Christmas lights

The Christmas decorations in Carnaby Street are usually a bit different to the ones in Regent Street and Oxford Street, and this year they are going for a 'Year of the Robin' theme -- filling up the streets with hundreds of over-sized robins. The big switch-on will take place on the 14th at 6 PM, with a party running between 5 PM and 9 PM.
Under The Bridge
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Win tickets to see Keane

Following the release of "The Best of Keane" in November, Absolute Radio is helping to put on a little intimate gig which will be recorded for broadcast, in front of a small audience of Keane fans. If you'd like to attend the gig then you will need to enter the competition to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets!

Other London events

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Thursday 14th November

Charles Dickens Museum
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Reading group - at the Dickens Museum

The Dickens Museum will be the atmospheric venue for a reading and discussion group, focusing on Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" and Elizabeth Gaskell’s "North and South". The event will be led by Dr Jane Gibney, and aims to attract some genuine Dickens enthusiasts. Readers who are less familiar with 19th-century writers will also be welcome.
Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre
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The Ideal Home Show, at Christmas

The Ideal Home Show at Christmas will provide you with everything you need for the perfect Christmas. You'll get some great ideas about how to decorate your house and cook the dinner, and they will be plenty of inspiring gift ideas for your friends and family. Take your family on a festive day out, to the only place that'll you'll need for the ideal Christmas.
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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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