Events in London – 29 October 2013

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Tuesday 29th October

KOKO
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Emeli Sande - at KOKO

Emeli Sande hit the big time with her first two hits, 'Heaven' and 'Read All About It', propelling her debut album to the top of the charts. Last year she gained massive exposure with her set at the Olympics. Now you can see her when she plays one night at KOKO.
Eventim Apollo
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Sandy Lam, at the Hammersmith Apollo

Sandy Lam is a superstar in Hong Kong and China, and now she's starting to make a name for herself in Europe. You can catch her when she plays one night at the Hammersmith Apollo.
 

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Tuesday 29 October, or one of London’s musicals

Hampstead Theatre
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Raving, with Tamzin Outhwaite

"Raving" tells the story of Briony and Keith, who are not finding parenthood as easy as their friends. When Ross and Rosy organise a relaxing weekend away in Wales (child-free!), an uninvited anarchic adolescent and a fanatical farmer turns their pleasant weekend into chaos.
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...
 

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 29 October for one of these family events

Benjamin Franklin House
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18th-century Toy Workshop

Discover how Georgian children entertained themselves through the winter at the Benjamin Franklin House, where you will get the chance to make some 18th-century toys like whirligigs, cup-and-ball, optical illusions, and paper dolls!
London Zoo
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Boo at the Zoo

There will be some very spooky goings on at London Zoo this Halloween... During half-term the Zoo will come creeping to life with Halloween-themed events, animal demonstrations and hands-on activities led by our grim-keepers! The spooky schedule of activities will include scary stories, owl encounters and creepy crafts.
 

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Tuesday 29th October and see an exhibition

Victoria & Albert Museum
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Masterpieces of Chinese Painting - 700 to 1900

The "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting" exhibition will bring together over 100 of the finest examples of Chinese painting from the beginning of the 8th to the end of the 19th-century, including some of the rarest and earliest surviving pieces.
Royal Academy of Arts
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Daumier: Visions of Paris

Honore Daumier lived during a turbulent time in France's history, and "Visions of Paris" sets out to explore his legacy. Many of the 130 works have never been seen in the UK before, and include a broad selection of paintings, drawings, watercolours and sculptures from 1830 to 1879. Daumier made his living as a caricaturist, observing and ridiculing the bourgeois society.
 

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 29 October?

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 29 October

Mansion House
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Guided tour of Mansion House

Learn about the history of Mansion House, and how it has been used by previous Lord Mayors. The tour includes many of the public rooms and a collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings by masters like Frans Hals, Nicoleas Maes, and Jacob Ruisdael.
 

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Tuesday 29th October

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.
O2 Arena
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Climb of the Cursed… the Final Ascent

"Up at The O2" offers an unforgettable 90-minute trek across the roof of The O2. But this Halloween they are offering something a little bit different... a voyage into the unknown! Following in the footsteps of the Terra Ignota team, you will be guided across the walkway and into some terrifying live action. This climb will be an immersive experience with horrifying scenes and bloodcurdling screams. Will you be able to handle it?
 

Classical music

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

Royal Opera House
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Verdis opera, Les Vepres Siciliennes

"Les Vepres Siciliennes" is one of Verdi's lesser known operas, but played a key role in his development. It is set during a time when the French have occupied Sicily. Helene is held hostage by the French governor, who has just had her brother executed. She turns to the partisan Jean Procida and the rebellious patriot Henri in her bid for vengeance.
 

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 29 October

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 Tuesday 29th October

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.
Harrods
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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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