Events in London – 21 June 2012

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Thursday 21st June

Pleasance Theatre
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Alan Davies: Life Is Pain

It's been ten long years since the star of "Jonathan Creek" and "QI" last tried stand-up, but after a hugely successful tour of Australia, Alan Davies is back on stage with a brand-new show: the cheerily titled "Life Is Pain".
O2 Academy Brixton
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Jack White (from the White Stripes)

Ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White has gone solo, and will be performing his very first UK solo dates this summer. You can catch him when he plays the Brixton Academy in June.

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Thursday 21 June, or one of London’s musicals

Old Vic
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Democracy - at the Old Vic

Michael Frayn's "Democracy" is a stylish thriller based on real-life events. It takes place during the final months of West German Chancellor Willy Brandt's term of office, and explores his suspicions that a Stasi spy has infiltrated his inner circle. As tensions mount, Brandt's precarious hold on his coalition government is pushed to the limits.
Globe Theatre
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Shakespeares Henry V, at the Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's patriotic history play "Henry V". Set immediately before and after the events of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, Shakespeare's masterful plot tells the story of Henry's campaign to reclaim his English possessions in Northern France.

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 21 June for one of these family events

Kensington Gardens
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Kensington Gardens

CS Lewis' "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" is one of our best-loved children's tales, and Kensington Gardens will be hosting an enchanting theatrical experience when a specially created pavillion with 1480 seats and a circular stage will act as a doorway into the magical land of Narnia.

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Thursday 21st June and see an exhibition

National Portrait Gallery
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BP Portrait Award 2012

The BP Portrait Award is worth a hefty £25,000, and is open to artists all around the world. More than 2,000 artists are expected to enter this year, and the 60 short-listed finalists will have their work on display at the National Portrait Gallery.
Tate Britain
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London Olympic and Paralympic Games posters

London 2012 has commissioned twelve leading contemporary artists to create the official posters for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. This will be on display at Tate Britain as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 21 June?

National Portrait Gallery
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Our Diamond Queen: Her Life And Times (with Andrew Marr)

Join journalist Andrew Marr and historian Sarah Bradford as they discuss the Queen's sixty year reign, using personal, public and political stories. This talk will coincide with "The Queen: Art and Image" exhibition, which brings together sixty images of Elizabeth II from throughout her reign.
National Portrait Gallery
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The Queen: Art and Image

"The Queen: Art And Image" will bring together sixty images of Elizabeth II from throughout her reign, to show how the way she has been portrayed has changed down the decades. It will include formal portraits and photographs from the likes of Pietro Annigoni, Cecil Beaton, Lord Lichfield, Andy Warhol and Lucian Freud.

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 21 June

Buckingham Palace
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Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace

Strolling down The Mall to Buckingham Palace and watching the "Changing of the Guard" is one of the must-do events in everyone's itinerary. The new set of guards arrive on the forecourt accompanied by a military band, which they take part in a ceremonial handing over of the keys.

Classical music

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

Barbican Hall
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London Symphony Orchestra - Wagner, Berg and Beethoven

Join conductor Gianandrea Noseda, soprano Angela Denoke, and the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall, as they play a selection of classical works by Wagner, Berg and Beethoven.
Holland Park
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Mozarts Cosi Fan Tutte - Holland Park Opera

The Holland Park Opera is putting on a production of Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte". Can two faithful couples have their affections altered by a harmless deception? ...Two men decide to find out and test the constancy of their lovers by following the promptings of an arch-manipulator.

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 21 June

National Gallery
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Titians Diana and Callisto

This special exhibition celebrates the National Gallery's acquisition of Titian's "Diana and Callisto". Its companion painting "Diana and Actaeon" was purchased in 2009, and the pair have now been reunited in Room 1. "Diana and Callisto" shows the moment when Diana banishes Callisto after revealing her pregnancy.
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.

Other London events

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Thursday 21st June

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Twenty20 Cup - Middlesex v Essex

If you fancy watching some fast-paced Twenty20 at the home of cricket then get yourself down to Lord's Cricket Ground for the Friend's Life T20 game between Middlesex and Essex.
Regent’s Park
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Get a Taste of London, in Regents Park

A Taste of London will boost a boutique food market and tasting menus from more than 40 of London's finest restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Le Gavroche, Gauthier Soho, and the hot new Barbecoa and Corner Room. After you've had your fill, head to the Taste Theatre and learn some kitchen secrets from famous chefs like David Chang, Nuno Mendes and Michel Roux.
Fortnum & Mason
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Enjoy a picnic in the park, with a Fortnum & Mason hamper

Now that summer is upon us, how about enjoying a posh picnic in the park, courtesy of Fortnum & Mason. Not only will they supply a ready-made feast (complete with crockery and cutlery), but they can also deliver it straight to your picnic rug, as you sit and soak up the rays.
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