Events in London – 13 June 2012

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Wednesday 13th June

Union Chapel
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Suzanne Vega, At Union Chapel

Suzanne Vega will be performing at Union Chapel with songs from her latest album "Close-Up Vol. 4". Suzanne's music has inspired a generation of female singer-songwriters such as KT Tunstall and Alanis Morrisette, with best-selling singles like 'Luka', 'Left of Centre' and 'Tom's Diner'.
Soho Theatre
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Greg Proops: The Smartest Man in the World

You might recognise him from shows like "Whose Line Is It Anyway" and "Mock the Week", but now you can see Greg Proops doing what he does best -- taking centre stage at a small table with a single microphone. Part professor, part crazed comedian, Proops forms the show around his talent and passions. Be there and experience joy.

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Wednesday 13 June, or one of London’s musicals

Noël Coward Theatre
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Gatz - F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby

"Gatz" is set in an everyday office where the bored workers happen upon a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby". They then proceed to read it aloud (word for word) as the story's characters swirl around them.
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 13 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 Wednesday 13th June and see an exhibition

Hayward Gallery
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Invisible Art - at the Hayward Gallery

The "Invisible Art" exhibition will bring together works of art from the past 50 years that explore ideas related to the invisible and the hidden. Many of the works will seek to turn our attention towards the unwritten rules and conventions that shape our understanding of art, whilst other works will emphasize the important role that our imaginations must play.
Royal Academy of Arts
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Summer Exhibition, at the Royal Academy of Arts

Have you ever dreamt of seeing your art up on the walls of one of London's major galleries? The Royal Academy of Art's Summer Exhibition is the largest open contemporary art exhibition in the world, drawing together a wide range of new and recent work by established, unknown and emerging artists.

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 13 June?

Horse Guards
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Beating Retreat - Horse Guards Parade

"Beating Retreat" is a magnificent pageant of military music and drill on Horse Guards Parade. The floodlit spectacular will be performed by the Massed Bands of the Household Division and will end with a salute to the Queen or another high-ranking member of the Royal Family.
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 13 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.

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Wednesday 13th June

Charles Dickens Museum
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Walk around Charles Dickens London

Walk the streets of London through the eyes of Charles Dickens and his characters. See the places where the Victorian novelist lived and worked, and where he conjured up scenes for his books. Listen to readings and his unfolding biography, as you take in some of the most evocative parts of the city, parts of which are largely unchanged from Dickens' time.

Classical music

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

Cadogan Hall
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Mozart, Dvorak and Vaughan Williams

Join conductor Christopher Warren-Green, violinist Rosemary Furniss and the London Chamber Orchestra and Soloists at Cadogan Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Mozart, Dvorak and Vaughan Williams.
Royal Festival Hall
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Classical music for the Queens Diamond Jubilee

Join conductor Ivor Setterfield at the Royal Festival Hall, as he leads the Philharmonia Orchestra and Barts Choir in a feast of Royal music for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, including works by Handel, Parry, Vaughan Williams and Walton.

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 13 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 Wednesday 13th June

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Twenty20 Cup - Surrey v Essex

If you fancy watching some fast-paced Twenty20 cup cricket then get yourself down to the Kai Oval for the Friend's Life T20 game between Surrey and Essex.
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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