Events in London – 22 February 2012

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Wednesday 22nd February

Leicester Square Theatre
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Mica Paris, at the Leicester Square Theatre

The UK's very own soul queen Mica Paris has clocked up more than two decades in the business, and now she's back and ready to wow us again with songs from her latest album, released this 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 Wednesday 22 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 22 February for one of these family events

London Olympia
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The Doctor Who Experience

The Doctor Who Experience is an unmissable adventure featuring an awe-inspiring exhibition and a walk-through experience in which you will be invited to become the Doctor's companion and reunite him with the TARDIS, whilst battling some of the best-loved and scariest monsters from the hit TV show.
 

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Wednesday 22nd 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 22 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.
British Museum
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Hajj - Journey to the heart of Islam

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and every muslim must make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least one time in their lives. This major new exhibition will chart the history of this journey, exploring how pilgrims have tackled it through the centuries.
 

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 22 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 Wednesday 22nd February

Tower of London
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Twilight Tour, at the Tower of London

Hosted by one of the world-famous Yeoman Warders, the Tower of London Twilight Tour will allow you to experience the place after the visitors have left. As the evening darkens and the atmosphere thickens, you will hear spine-chilling stories and tales of past residents, including some of Britain's most famous kings, queens and criminals.
 

Classical music

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

Royal Festival Hall
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London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Join conductor Vladimir Jurowski, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Choir at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Mozart, Brahms, Zemlinsky and Szymanowski.
Royal Opera House
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Mozarts Le Nozze di Figaro - Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozart's glorious comedy, "Le Nozze di Figaro". The plot revolves around Figaro's attempts to protect his love from the lusty looks of Count Almaviva, but the action soon sucks in the entire household and reveals its poignant undercurrents...
 

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 22 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 Wednesday 22nd February

Somerset House
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London Fashion Week, at Somerset House

London Fashion Week is a showcase for the world's greatest designers and emerging talent including Burberry, Matthew Williamson, Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood and more.
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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