Events in London – 5 November 2013

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Tuesday 5th November

Eventim Apollo
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Billy Joel, at the Hammersmith Apollo

It's been seven long years since Billy Joel was last on stage in London, and now's your chance to catch him play one night at the Hammersmith Apollo. He's won six Grammies, sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, and written a clutch of classic tracks like "Piano Man", "Just The Way You Are", "Uptown Girl" and "My Life".
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Peter Frampton, at the Roundhouse

Peter Frampton is probably best known for his 1976 LP "Frampton Comes Alive!" -- the record breaking live LP which shifted over 6 million copies. Now he's back with a critically acclaimed new album called "Thank You Mr Churchill", and this special one-off show will see him performing songs both old and new.

Theatre shows

Watch a play on 5th Nov, Guy Fawkes Night, 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 5 November for one of these family events

Wimbledon Park
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Wimbledon Park Fireworks Display

Wimbledon Park will be hosting two displays on the 5th November. This first one will cater for the younger crowd. A fairground with stalls and refreshments will remain open until 10 PM. Note: Please do not bring any sparklers, pets or alcohol.
Roundwood Park
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Fireworks Display, at Roundwood Park

The free fireworks display at Roundwood Park is always popular. A children's funfair will also be on hand to provide some entertainment. Gates will open at 6 PM, and the fireworks will be lit at 8 PM.

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Tuesday 5th November and see an exhibition

Sir John Soane’s Museum
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See Sir John Soanes Museum by candlelight

Sir John Soane's Museum is one of the most intriguing houses in the whole of London, crammed top to bottom with artifacts and oddities from all over the world, including masterpieces by Canaletto, Turner and Hogarth. Once a month you get the opportunity to see it by candlelight -- for free!
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 5 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 5 November

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 5th 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.

Classical music

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

Royal Festival Hall
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A Night Under The Stars - The Mozart Experience

Join conductor Toby Purser, the Streetwise Opera, Orion Orchestra and Choir of HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court, at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Mozart.

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 5 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 Tuesday 5th November

Clapham Common
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Fireworks Display, on Clapham Common

Important note: This event has now been cancelled. There will be no fireworks at Clapham Common this year.
O2 Arena
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Tennis - ATP World Tour Finals

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is played at the end of each tennis year, and features the top eight players in the men's world rankings. The format for the competition is a mix of group stages and knockout tennis. The competition should involve the likes of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.
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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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