Events in London - Tuesday 20th August

Final week – Japanese Manga exhibition

The British Museum will be putting on the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan. Manga is a narrative art-form that has become a global phenomenon, telling stories in real and imagined worlds through comics, animated movies, computer games, and now the new phenomena of 'cosplay' where manga fans dress up as their favourite anime charac... more

 

Need some inspiration for 20th August? Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” speech on this day in 1940. So why not go and visit the Churchill War Rooms underneath Whitehall, and see where his Government directed the war from their bombproof bunker?

Theatre shows on 20th August

Here’s a guide to all the theatre shows playing in London on Tuesday 20th August

A Very Expensive Poison at Old Vic

A Very Expensive Poison

20 Aug to Luke Hardings story takes us into the world of Cold War espionage to explain the death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko
Les Miserables Staged Concert at Gielgud Theatre

Les Miserables all-star concert

20 Aug to Michael Ball and Alfie Boe will be starring in this all-star concert version of the long-running West End show Les Miserables
As You Like It at Globe Theatre

Shakespeares As You Like It

20 Aug to The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of Shakespeares cross-dressing romantic comedy As You Like It
Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear at Dorfman Theatre

Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear

20 to Can Polly help Padlock the Bear escape the evil clutches of Mr Gum in this all-singing all-dancing adventure for kids?

Music and comedy on 20th August

Have a night out at one of these rock and pop concerts or comedy gigs

Ariana Grande at O2 Arena

Ariana Grande - Sweetener Tour

20 Aug 2019 Ariana Grande will be playing three nights at The O2 when her Sweetener World Tour comes to London in the summer

Family & Kid’s events on 20th August

Here are some good events for kids if you’re taking them to London on the 20th August

Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear at Dorfman Theatre

Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear

20 to Can Polly help Padlock the Bear escape the evil clutches of Mr Gum in this all-singing all-dancing adventure for kids?
Gruffalo at Lyric Theatre

Catch The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre

20 Aug to The Gruffalo is a musical adaptation of the award winning childrens picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Beasts of London

20 Aug 2019 to Meet the animals that have shaped the city throughout history with voices provided by Kate Moss Pam Ferris Brian Blessed and Joe Pasquale
Serpentine

Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake

20 Aug to Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle
London Zoo

Meet the animals up close at London Zoo

Heres your chance to enter the animal enclosures and get close to some of the friendliest animals at London Zoo

Art & Museum exhibitions on 20th August

How about spending a few hours on Tuesday in one of London’s art galleries or museums?

Royal Academy of Arts

Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

20 Aug to The Royal Academy of Arts will be putting on an exhibition of work by the Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck
Tate Modern

Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern

20 Aug 2019 to Olafur Eliasson is back at the Tate Modern with some more of his immersive installations that focus on environmental issues
Royal Academy of Arts

Felix Vallotton at the Royal Academy

20 Aug to The Royal Academy of Arts will be putting on an exhibition of work by the French painter and printmaker Felix Vallotton
National Portrait Gallery

Cindy Sherman - National Portrait Gallery

20 Aug to A forty-year retrospective of Cindy Shermans entire career including her ground-breaking series Untitled Film Stills

Royal & Religious events on 20th August

See inside some beautiful buildings with one of these Royal or religious events

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace and Garden Highlights

20 Aug to Why not combine a visit to the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening with a tour of the Queens gardens as well?
Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

20 Aug to Step inside Buckingham Palace and see the lavishly decorated State Rooms and all the treasures from the Royal Collection

Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Apartments at the worlds oldest inhabited castle which has been home to the Royal Family for a thousand years
Somerset House
free

Old Palace Tour at Somerset House

The Old Palace Tour will introduce you to three Stuart queens who had an association with the old buildings at Somerset House
Westminster Abbey
free

Evensong Mass at Westminster Abbey

You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey which combines a traditional mass with a choir

Political & Military events on 20th August

Parades are always popular with tourists, so here are some military events and political debates

National Army Museum
free

70 years of the WRAC - Rise of the Lionesses

20 Aug to An exhibition exploring the role of women serving in the military since the WRACs formation 70 years ago
National Army Museum

Wartime Posters - The Art of Persuasion

20 Aug to An exhibition of posters by the wartime artist Abram Games during his time as Official War Poster Artist in World War II

Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms

Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms and experience Winston Churchills wartime bunker from behind the glass
Dismounting Ceremony At Horse Guards at Horse Guards
free

4 OClock Parade or Dismounting Ceremony

The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 OClock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at Horse Guards
Tower of London

Yeoman Warder tour at the Tower of London

One of the best ways of seeing the Tower of London is alongside a Yeoman Warder (better known as the Beefeaters)

Classical music on 20th August

Tuesday sounds like a good day to go and watch an opera, ballet or listen to some classical music

St. Martin-in-the-Fields
free

Lunchtime concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields

20 Aug to St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week
Royal Albert Hall

Guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall

This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the famous auditorium

Sightseeing tours on 20th August

When was the last time you sat on the top-deck of a sightseeing bus, or enjoyed a boat trip up the Thames?

Jason’s Trip

Jasons Trip from Little Venice to Camden

20 Aug to Jasons Trip runs a beautiful painted 100-year old canal boat down the Regents Canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock
London Bike Tour at BrakeAway Bike Tours

Guided tour of London on a bicycle

Forget the sightseeing buses and jump on your bike and see the sights and landmarks of London from your saddle

See London by night - on a sightseeing bus

The See London By Night bus tour will show you Londons most famous landmarks beautifully lit up in the night sky
Ghost Bus Tour London at Ghost Bus Tours

Ghost Bus Tour around Londons dark past

The Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey through Londons gruesome past and into the dark heart of the capital
Thames Rockets at Thames Rockets

Roar down the Thames in a speeding boat

A trip on a Thames Rocket is something youll never forget speeding down the river underneath the Londons bridges

Sports events on 20th August

Here are some football tours, cricket games and rugby matches being played on Tuesday 20th August

Surrey at Oval

Surrey vs Nottinghamshire

20 Aug to Enjoy some cricket when reigning champions Surrey take on Nottinghamshire in a County Championship game at the Oval
Surrey at Oval

County cricket game - Surrey vs Hampshire

20 to Enjoy some cricket at the Oval when reigning champions Surrey take on Hampshire in a County Championship game

Guided tour around Lords Cricket Ground

Cricket fans will love having a look around the home of cricket with this tour of Lords Cricket Ground and the MCC Museum
Chelsea at Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC - Tour of Stamford Bridge

Walk in the footsteps of your football heroes with a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum
Arsenal at Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal FC - Tour of the Emirates Stadium

Walk in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes on a tour of the stadium and pitch and visit the Arsenal Museum

Other London events on 20th August

Here are some other London events that will be taking place on Tuesday

St. James’s Park

Hire a deckchair in one of Londons parks

20 Aug to Hire out a deck-chair in one of Londons Royal parks and have a nice relaxing sit-down and do a bit of people-watching
Thames Clippers at Thames Clippers

Thames Clippers from Putney to Greenwich

Thames Clippers offer one-way return or all-day trips along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Putney and Greenwich
Fortnum & Mason

Enjoy an Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason

Put on your best clothes and enjoy an elegant Afternoon Tea in the famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason
The Ritz

Afternoon tea in the Palm Court at the Ritz Hotel

Dress up in your Sunday best and enjoy an afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel in the luxurious surroundings of the Palm Court
 
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