Events in London – 23 February 2012

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Thursday 23rd February

Eventim Apollo
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Kaiser Chiefs, at the Hammersmith Apollo

The Kaiser Chiefs have a tonne of goodtime songs in the back catalogue -- "Ruby", "Oh My God", "Everyday I Love You Less" and "I Predict A Riot" are just a few of their better known releases. You can hear them all, and songs from the latest LP, when they play the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in February.
Wyndham’s Theatre
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Comedy legend Jackie Mason - his farewell UK show

Jackie Mason is back in town with "Fearless" -- his farewell show in the UK. Jackie's politically incorrect and acerbic wit will be aimed at everything from the ecomony and the US presidential race to the Olympics, David Cameron, and his hilarious take on every day life. As Jackie says, "If it's in the news, it's in the show!"
 

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Thursday 23 February, or one of London’s musicals

Dorfman Theatre
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Island, at the National Theatre

When Cameron is told he is going to spend his holidays on an island in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, where the skies flash with ice storms, he isn't very happy. Cut off from all his friends, Cameron can either help his mum with her research, or put on his boots and explore. But is the island really uninhabited?
Trafalgar Studios
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Sex With A Stranger, at Trafalgar Studios

When Adam leaves his girlfriend at home to attend a mate's birthday, he dosn't anticipate meeting Grace and ending up back at her flat... "Sex With A Stranger" is an excruciatingly accurate exploration of the time of our lives when were still growing up, and is superbly frank (even graphic) when it comes to the subject of sex.
 

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 23 February for one of these family events

 

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Thursday 23rd 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 23 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.
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.
 

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 23 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 Thursday 23rd February

Apsley House
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Apsley House Twilight Tour

Discover the fascinating history of Apsley House in one of our special Twilight Tours. With the curtains drawn and guided by torchlight, you will be able to enjoy the sumptuous interiors and stunning artworks as you have never seen them before.
 

Classical music

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

Cadogan Hall
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Schumann, Haydn and Handel - London Chamber Orchestra

Join conductor Christopher Warren-Green and the London Chamber Orchestra and Soloists at Cadogan Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Schumann, Haydn and Handel.
Barbican Hall
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Tchaikovsky, Britten and Shostakovich

Join conductor Valery Gergiev, violinist Sarah Chang and the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall, as they play a selection of classical works by Tchaikovsky, Britten and Shostakovich.
 

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 23 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 Thursday 23rd February

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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