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April in London 2012

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Long Day's Journey Into Night

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Long Day's Journey Into Night
Damien Hirst
E4 Udderbelly Festival
Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race
Oxford v Cambridge Goat Race
Mountbatten Festival of Music
The Sinking of the Titanic
Noah and the Whale
Damien Hirst
London Book Fair
London Book Fair
Alternative Fashion Week
Alternative Fashion Week
Alternative Fashion Week
Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice Tour 2012
London Paralympic Test Event: Wheelchair Rugby
London Olympic Test Event
London Olympic Test Event: ISSF World Cup Shooting
The London Original Print Fair
Steps - The Ultimate Tour
St George's Day
St George's Day
The Queen's Birthday Gun Salutes
Alternative Fashion Week
Globe to Globe
World Shakespeare Festival
Virgin London Marathon 2012
Sundance London
Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames
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London Coffee Festival
Cheese and Wine Festival
World Photo London
La boheme
 

 

The Queen celebrates her birthday with the annual Gun Salutes in Hyde Park - though the official celebrations don't take place until June. Other things to look out for in April include the visit of Noah and the Whale to the Royal Albert Hall, the best runners on the planet descending on London for the Marathon and the traditional St George's Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square.

 
 

Long Day's Journey Into Night

David Suchet stars in Eugene O'Neill's semi-autobiographical play.

Long Day's Journey Into Night Long Day's Journey Into Night Long Day's Journey Into Night David Suchet, Laurie Metcalf and Kyle Soller star in Eugene O'Neill's semi-autobiographical portrait Long Day's Journey Into Night, the tale of a family haunted by the demons of the past. Having wowed audiences and critics alike with his performances in Arthur Miller's All My Sons at the Apollo, celebrated actor Suchet returns to the London theatre scene in Long Day's Journey Into Night. A gripping family drama, the play tells the story of James Tryone, his wife Mary and their sons Jamie and Edmund as they live out a long summer's day in Connecticut. The dysfunction of the family is explored as it transpires that all three males are alcoholics and Mary is addicted to morphine. The play is widely considered to be the masterwork of American playwright O'Neill, who posthumously received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work. Directed by Anthony Page. 2012-04-022012-08-18 Where:
Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London London, W1D 7EZ
Category: Theatre

Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 7EZ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 02nd April - 18th August 2012

 

David Suchet, Laurie Metcalf and Kyle Soller star in Eugene O'Neill's semi-autobiographical portrait Long Day's Journey Into Night, the tale of a family haunted by the demons of the past. Having wowed audiences and critics alike with his performances in Arthur Miller's All My Sons at the Apollo, celebrated actor Suchet returns to the London theatre scene in Long Day's Journey Into Night. A gripping family drama, the play tells the story of James Tryone, his wife Mary and their sons Jamie and Edmund as they live out a long summer's day in Connecticut. The dysfunction of the family is explored as it transpires that all three males are alcoholics and Mary is addicted to morphine. The play is widely considered to be the masterwork of American playwright O'Neill, who posthumously received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work. Directed by Anthony Page. The play will be at the Richmond Theatre, in south London from 22 February to 3 March 2012, prior to its West End run at the Apollo.

 
 
 

Damien Hirst

Expect to see dot paintings, pills and animals formaldehyde at Tate Modern.

Damien Hirst Damien Hirst Damien Hirst, one of the most influential artists of his generation, will be bringing together renowned pieces of work in a spectacular exhibition at the Tate Modern this spring. Hirst organised his first exhibition when he was still a student and the now-famed Freeze exhibition launched the definition of cutting-edge contemporary art in the 1990s. Further displays by the award winning innovative artist include The Pharmacy, a life size pharmaceutical room, For the Love of God, a diamond encrusted skull and doubtlessly his most famous, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, which featured a 14 foot tiger shark suspended in formaldehyde inside a glass tank. With the compilation of these controversial pieces in one place - including seminal paintings made throughout his career - this first seminal survey of Hirst's work over the past two decades promises to be an exceptional show. If only he actually did all his work himself, eh?
2012-04-042012-09-09 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London London, SE1 9TG
Category: Exhibitions

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Station

 

Dates: 04th April - 09th September 2012

 

Damien Hirst will be bringing together renowned pieces of work in a spectacular exhibition at the Tate Modern this spring. Hirst organised his first exhibition when he was still a student and the now famed Freeze exhibition launched the definition of cutting-edge contemporary art in the 1990's. Further displays by the award winning innovative artist include The Pharmacy, a life size pharmaceutical room, For the Love of God, a diamond encrusted skull and doubtlessly his most famous The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living which featured a 14 foot tiger shark suspended in formaldehyde inside a glass tank. With the compilation of these controversial pieces in one place, this is set to be an exceptional show.

 
 
 

E4 Udderbelly Festival

A summer of comedy and circus in an upside-down purple cow.

Udderbelly Festival Udderbelly Festival Udderbelly Festival Look out for an upside-down purple cow as you're crossing over the Golden Jubilee footbridge to the Southbank Centre from the mid-April - failing that, just listen out for the belly laughs - and you'll find your way to London's funniest summer event. The colourful, comic, curvaceous cow marks the spot of the Udderbelly - a two-month festival of comedy, cabaret and theatre from around the globe. There's a huge variety of entertainment taking place both in and outside the bulbous bovine - which also appears at the Edinburgh Festival - with something going on almost every night. Confirmed acts for 2014 include Omid Djalili, Tony Law, Spank!, Festival of the Spoken Nerd, and The Showstoppers Improvised Musical who create a brand new musical from scratch at each performance of the show.
2014-04-102014-07-13 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Comedy

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 10th April to 13th July 2014

 

Look out for an upside-down purple cow as you're crossing over the Golden Jubilee footbridge to the Southbank Centre from the beginning of April - it's hard to miss it. This colourful, comic temporary structure provides the performance space for E4 Udderbelly, a summer of comedy and circus, magic and free family fun. There's a huge variety of entertainment taking place within the purple cow - also seen at the Edinburgh festival - with something going on almost every night. Highlights include appearances from Greg Davies, Tim Minchin and The Boy with Tape on His Face. There's also the return of the Friday Night Freakshow, plus on the spot opera Impropera. With so much to choose from, your only problem will be picking the one to go to.

 
 
 

Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race

England's most famous universities compete in this historic rowing race.

The Xchanging Boat Race The Xchanging Boat Race The Xchanging Boat Race England's most famous universities square off in this four-mile rowing race which inaugurates the summer season in London. This is the 157th annual Boat Race and following their win last year, Cambridge have extended their aggregate lead to 80-75 (there was a controversial dead heat in 1877). The Dark Blues of Oxford have been the dominant force since the Millennium, winning seven of the 11 outings. But last year's win by a length-and-a-third by the Light Blues denied their rivals three successive victories. While the result means little to most Londoners, it's a spectacular display of strength and teamwork, and around a quarter of a million fans line the banks of the river to roar their encouragement (add to that 120m who follow the race on TV across the world). There's a great view - and some great pubs - around Furnival Gardens on the north side of the Thames near Hammersmith Bridge. Alternatively, you might like to watch from near the start at Putney Bridge, where the big screens on both banks allow spectators to monitor the race as it heads its way around the first bend. Nearby, at Bishops Park behind the South Stand of Fulham football ground Craven Cottage, you'll find food stalls, family attractions and a large beer tent. 2011-03-262011-03-26 Where:
Putney Bridge, Between Fulham and Putney, London London, SW6 3JD
Category: Sporting Events

Putney Bridge, Between Fulham and Putney, London, SW6 3JD

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: 26th March 2011

 

England's most famous universities square off in this four-mile rowing race which inaugurates the summer season in London. With it being the 158th annual Boat Race, this is one of the oldest sporting events in the world and is a spectacular display of strength and teamwork. Around a quarter of a million fans line the banks of the river to roar their encouragement (add to that 120m who follow the race on TV across the world). There's a great view - and some great pubs - around Furnival Gardens on the north side of the Thames near Hammersmith Bridge. Alternatively, you might like to watch from near the start at Putney Bridge, where the big screens on both banks allow spectators to monitor the race as it heads its way around the first bend. Nearby, at Bishops Park behind the South Stand of Fulham football ground Craven Cottage, you'll find food stalls, family attractions (bouncy castle, face painting and a climbing wall) and a large beer tent.

 
 
 

Oxford v Cambridge Goat Race

Two feisty goats - one named Oxford, the other Cambridge - compete.

Oxford v Cambridge Goat Race Oxford v Cambridge Goat Race Oxford and Cambridge are once again gearing up for a nail biting and highly competitive race and the stakes are high in this annual fight for the winner's title. No, not the Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race. We are, in fact, referring to the equally prestigious (okay, maybe not quite) Oxford v Cambridge Goat Race. Two feisty goats - one named Oxford, the other named Cambridge - will embark on the second annual race, which will take place only a few miles from the intense rowing competition on the Thames. As well as the race itself, Spitalfields City Farm will also play host to an array of goat pun related activities - last year saw the Nice Butt Contest and How Low Can You Goat. There will also be a chance for the winning goat to revel in its glory at the Winners Parade and the day will finish with a lively after party. 2012-04-072012-04-07 Where:
Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, London London, E1 5AR
Category: Sporting Events

Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 5AR

Tube: Whitechapel Station

 

Dates: 07th April 2012

 

Oxford and Cambridge are once again gearing up for a nail biting and highly competitive race and the stakes are high in this annual fight for the winner's title. No, not the Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race. We are, in fact, referring to the equally prestigious (okay, maybe not quite) Oxford v Cambridge Goat Race. Two feisty goats - one named Oxford, the other named Cambridge - will embark on the second annual race, which will take place only a few miles from the intense rowing competition on the Thames. As well as the race itself, Spitalfields City Farm will also play host to an array of goat pun related activities - last year saw the Nice Butt Contest and How Low Can You Goat. There will also be a chance for the winning goat to revel in its glory at the Winners Parade and the day will finish with a lively after party.

 
 
 

Paul Merton: Out Of My Head

Sketches, music and magic form the 'Have I Got News For You' star.

Paul Merton: Out Of My Head Paul Merton: Out Of My Head Paul Merton: Out Of My Head The Have I Got News For You star proves there's more to him than quips about the news with Paul Merton: Out of My Head, his first stand-up tour since 1999. Paul promises "a night of sketches, music, magic, variety and dancing girls" with support from his improv chums Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster (two of whom aren't girls). The UK tour, which is preceded by three warm-up gigs at the Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead (all of which have sold out), is scheduled to come to London's Richmond Theatre for one night only. Tickets for this night of laugh out loud, silly fun will sell out so book early to avoid disappointment.
2012-04-082012-04-08 Where:
Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey London, TW9 1QJ
Category: Comedy

Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey, London, TW9 1QJ

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 08th April 2012

 

The Have I Got News For You star proves there's more to him than quips about the news with Paul Merton: Out of My Head, his first stand-up tour since 1999. Paul promises "a night of sketches, music, magic, variety and dancing girls" with support from his improv chums Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster (two of whom aren't girls). The UK tour, which is preceded by three warm-up gigs at the Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead (all of which have sold out), is scheduled to come to London's Richmond Theatre for one night only. Tickets for this night of laugh out loud, silly fun will sell out so book early to avoid disappointment.

 
 
 

Mountbatten Festival of Music

The Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines perform at the Royal Albert Hall.

Mountbatten Festival of Music Mountbatten Festival of Music The Mountbatten Festival of Music welcomes the Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines to perform over three nights in the Royal Albert Hall. Showcasing the versatility of the world's finest military musicians, there will be something to suit a number of musical tastes as a wide range of musical styles are covered, including music from the big screen and a number of solo pieces. The shows are treated to "West End" production styles with spectacular lighting effects and will also feature the traditional marches and overtures which have become a real crowd pleaser over the years. 2012-04-122012-04-14 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 12th - 14th April 2012

 

The Mountbatten Festival of Music welcomes the Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines to perform over three nights in the Royal Albert Hall. Showcasing the versatility of the world's finest military musicians, there will be something to suit a number of musical tastes as a wide range of musical styles are covered, including music from the big screen and a number of solo pieces. The shows are treated to "West End" production styles with spectacular lighting effects and will also feature the traditional marches and overtures which have become a real crowd pleaser over the years.

 
 
 

Big and Small (Gross und Klein)

Cate Blanchett stars as Lotte in this surreal journey.

Big and Small (Gross und Klein) Big and Small (Gross und Klein) The Barbican have lined up some world class theatre this season and this is certainly one of the not-to-be-missed highlights. Cate Blanchett stars as Lotte in this surreal journey through contemporary Germany. The delicate sequencing of events and isolated characterisation of Gross and Klein is often compared to the strangeness of Alice in Wonderland and is sure to delight and perplex British audiences. Luckily for London theatre lovers the Sydney Theatre Company decided to bring the critically acclaimed production across the pond. Oscar winning Blanchett takes the lead role in the Botho Strauss drama, which was originally staged in 1978 and has been elegantly translated by Martin Crimp. Blanchett plays the perpetual outsider, rejected by her husband and family. She is a distant protagonist struggling to fit in with her surroundings. It promises to be a truly memorable performance.


2012-04-132012-04-29 Where:
Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Theatre

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 13th - 29th April 2012

 

The Barbican have lined up some world class theatre this season and this is certainly one of the not-to-be-missed highlights. Cate Blanchett stars as Lotte in this surreal journey through contemporary Germany. The delicate sequencing of events and isolated characterisation of Gross and Klein is often compared to the strangeness of Alice in Wonderland and is sure to delight and perplex British audiences. Luckily for London theatre lovers the Sydney Theatre Company decided to bring the critically acclaimed production across the pond. Oscar winning Blanchett takes the lead role in the Botho Strauss drama, which was originally staged in 1978 and has been elegantly translated by Martin Crimp. Blanchett plays the perpetual outsider, rejected by her husband and family. She is a distant protagonist struggling to fit in with her surroundings. It promises to be a truly memorable performance.

 
 
 

The Sinking of the Titanic

A musical piece inspired by the legend of the ship's string ensemble.

The Sinking of the Titanic The Sinking of the Titanic One hundred years since the sinking of the Titanic, the story will be ignited once more with this special concert to mark the anniversary. Reports that the ship's string ensemble endured the astonishing scene that played out before them, and continued with an emotional performance of the hymn tune Autumn as the vessel went down, have created the inspiration for the piece The Sinking of the Titanic , composed in 1969 and first recorded for Brian Eno's Obscure label in 1975. Performed by Gavin Bryars Ensemble, with Philip Jeck on turntables, this concert will bring the scene to life again at the Barbican Hall .

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2012-04-152012-04-15 Where:
Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Concerts

Barbican Hall, Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 15th April 2012

 

One hundred years since the sinking of the Titanic, the story will be ignited once more with this special concert to mark the anniversary. With reports that the ship's string ensemble endured the astonishing scene that played out before them and continued with an emotional performance of the hymn tune Autumn, this created the inspiration for the piece The Sinking of the Titanic, composed in 1969 and first recorded for Brian Eno's label. Performed by Gavin Bryars Ensemble, with Philip Jeck on turntables, this concert will bring the scene to life again.

 
 
 

Daniel Barenboim & Staatskapelle Berlin, The Bruckner Project

This high quality musical pairing perform Bruckner's last three symphonies.

Daniel Barenboim & Staatskapelle Berlin, The Bruckner Project Daniel Barenboim & Staatskapelle Berlin, The Bruckner Project Returning to the Southbank Centre, Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim will be exploring Bruckner's last three symphonies spread across three nights. The world class pair last created a Beethoven/Schoenberg project which was described by the Sunday Times as 'little short of miraculous' so the standard is set for this next production by the high quality musical pairing. In the opening concert Barenboim will direct Mozart's Concerto No.24 in C minor from the piano, followed by a conduction of Bruckner's Symphony No.7, a large scale composition that is one of the composer's most notable and enjoyed pieces. The following evenings will offer performances of Bruckner's Symphony No.8 and No.9 as well Mozart's Piano Concerto No.22.
2012-04-162012-04-20 Where:
Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Concerts

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 16th - 20th April 2012

 

Returning to the Southbank Centre, Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim will be exploring Bruckner's last three symphonies spread across three nights. The world class pair last created a Beethoven/Schoenberg project which was described by the Sunday Times as 'little short of miraculous' so the standard is set for this next production by the high quality musical pairing. In the opening concert Barenboim will direct Mozart's Concerto No.24 in C minor from the piano, followed by a conduction of Bruckner's Symphony No.7, a large scale composition that is one of the composer's most notable and enjoyed pieces. The following evenings will offer performances of Bruckner's Symphony No.8 and No.9 as well Mozart's Piano Concerto No.22.

 
 
 

Noah and the Whale

The London based indie folk band give a tour finale at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Noah and the Whale Noah and the Whale Concluding their American and Mexican tour Noah and the Whale drift back onto British shores for a tour finale in London's Royal Albert Hall. This is home turf for the London based indie folk band, and what a welcome return for the band who have spent many months on the road performing their 2011 hit album Last Night on Earth. It is believed the band, who hail from Twickenham, came up with their biblical sounding name by mixing the title of one of their favourite films The Squid and the Whale and the film director's name Noah Baumbach. They broke into the nu-folk scene in 2007 with the charmingly melancholic Peaceful the World Lays me Down, and went on to  establish themselves with three modern pop folk albums. You should expect a slight shift away from the Laura Marling folk the band were playing a few years ago. They have evolved towards a more adult sound with optimistic, soul-bearing, bright lyrics and some opportunities to really sing your lungs out. The lovably cheerful single L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. should have the crowd on their feet.


 
2012-04-162012-04-16 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 16th April 2012

 

Concluding their American and Mexican tour Noah and the Whale drift back onto British shores for a tour finale in London's Royal Albert Hall. This is home turf for the London based indie folk band, and what a welcome return for the band who have spent many months on the road performing their 2011 hit album Last Night on Earth. It is believed the band, who hail from Twickenham, came up with their biblical sounding name by mixing the title of one of their favourite films The Squid and the Whale and the film director's name Noah Baumbach. They broke into the nu-folk scene in 2007 with the charmingly melancholy Peaceful the World Lays me Down, and went on to establish themselves with three modern pop folk albums. You should expect a slight shift away from the Laura Marling folk the band were playing a few years ago. They have evolved towards a more adult sound with optimistic, soul-bearing, bright lyrics and some opportunities to really sing your lungs out. The lovably cheerful single L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. should have the crowd on their feet.

 
 
 

Jon Richardson: Funny Magnet

The TV funny man appears at the Leicester Square Theatre.

Jon Richardson: Funny Magnet Jon Richardson: Funny Magnet He may not be a household name - yet - but stand-up comedian Jon Richardson won the funniest man award at the 2012 Lafta awards in London and that alone makes him one to watch. As the new host of Channel 4's Stand Up For The Week, and team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, you will be seeing more of this best-selling author and his show, Funny Magnet, which tours across the UK from February 2012, gives fans a chance to see him live. Some of the London dates have already sold out so get in there quick.
2012-04-162012-04-21 Where:
Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London London, WC2H 7BX
Category: Comedy

Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, Soho, London, WC2H 7BX

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 16th - 21st April 2012

 

He may not be a household name - yet - but stand-up comedian Jon Richardson won the funniest man award at the 2012 Lafta awards in London and that alone makes him one to watch. As the new host of Channel 4's Stand Up For The Week, and team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, you will be seeing more of this best-selling author and his show, Funny Magnet, which tours across the UK from February 2012, gives fans a chance to see him live. Some of the London dates have already sold out so get in there quick.

 
 
 

London Book Fair

25,000 publishing professionals come to Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

London Book Fair London Book Fair Having launched in 1972, the London Book Fair has established itself throughout the global market as the place where people go to to negotiate rights as well as sales and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. With close to 25,000 publishing professionals lured to Earls Court by the 250 seminars and 2,000 exhibiting companies including publishers, agents and distributors on offer, you'd be a fool not to attend this three day event if books are your business. Few events can boast of their international status in the way that the London Book Fair can. Each year, thousands of business professionals from all over the globe travel to London. The event caters for the whole of the publishing industry, bringing you up close and personal with your customer, content and emerging markets. Key visitor audiences include agents and scouts looking to sell or acquire rights to publish content, a range of publishers, small and large conducting sales and booksellers from the UK and beyond.

You can get to Earls Court easily by train. Earl's Court underground station is close by which you can get to on the District and Piccadilly lines. And for those in need of a hotel, we can happily accommodate with our London Book Fair hotel offers.
2013-04-152013-04-17 Where:
Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London London, SW5 9TA
Category: Business Events

Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, Earls Court, London, SW5 9TA

Tube: West Brompton Station, Earls Court Station

 

Dates: 15th - 17th April 2013

 

Having launched in 1972, the London Book Fair has established itself throughout the global market as the place where people go to to negotiate rights as well as sales and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. With close to 25,000 publishing professionals lured to Earls Court by the 250 seminars and 2,000 exhibiting companies including publishers, agents and distributors on offer, you'd be a fool not to attend this three day event if books are your business. Few events can boast of their international status in the way that the London Book Fair can. Each year, thousands of business professionals from all over the globe travel to London with almost half of the visitors in 2011 travelling from overseas. The event caters for the whole of the publishing industry, bringing you up close and personal with your customer, content and emerging markets. Key visitor audiences include agents and scouts looking to sell or acquire rights to publish content, a range of publishers, small and large conducting sales and booksellers from the UK and beyond.

 
 
 

Alternative Fashion Week

A celebration of young designers and alternative fashion.

Alternative Fashion Week Alternative Fashion Week Sandwiched between Liverpool Street station and Brick Lane, Spitalfields Market is an area often described as London's cultural quarter. Making it the perfect location to host this celebration of alternative fashion. This event has become an annual date in the fashion diary and works in opposition to London's more high-profile Fashion Week. Recent graduates, independent labels and innovative young designers are offered the opportunity to showcase their creations and to grab some press attention on the catwalks. With 14 designers per show the weird and wonderful fashion theatricals just keep on coming. There will also be a daily Fashion Market where some of the designers will be selling their clothes, textiles and accessories. Alternative Fashion Week encourages designers to create beautiful designs within the current financial climate, so these clothes do not all come with designer price tags and celebrate thrifty fashion in all its glory. They also actively prioritise environmental and ethical sourcing and many of the design collections are inspired by this theme. Alternative Fashion Week also encourages a diverse range of models and offers training to aspiring Naomi Campbells keen to get out on the catwalk.
2012-04-162012-04-21 Where:
, London,
Category: Exhibitions

, Spitalfields, London,

Tube:

 

Dates: 16th - 21st April 2012

 

Sandwiched between Liverpool Street station and Brick Lane, Spitalfields Market is an area often described as London's cultural quarter. Making it the perfect location to host this celebration of alternative fashion. This event has become an annual date in the fashion diary and works in opposition to London's more high-profile Fashion Week. Recent graduates, independent labels and innovative young designers are offered the opportunity to showcase their creations and to grab some press attention on the catwalks. With 14 designers per show the weird and wonderful fashion theatricals just keep on coming. There will also be a daily Fashion Market where some of the designers will be selling their clothes, textiles and accessories. Alternative Fashion Week encourages designers to create beautiful designs within the current financial climate, so these clothes do not all come with designer price tags and celebrate thrifty fashion in all its glory. They also actively prioritise environmental and ethical sourcing and many of the design collections are inspired by this theme. Alternative Fashion Week also encourages a diverse range of models and offers training to aspiring Naomi Campbells keen to get out on the catwalk.

 
 
 

Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice Tour 2012

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are joined by skaters and celebrities.

 

Fans of the Dancing on Ice TV show will definitely want to check out this live version, touring the country during 2012 and in London's Wembley Arena in April. Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean - the king and queen of British ice skating and former world champions - lead the line-up of performers. They will be joined by a roster of professional skaters and their unwitting 'celebrity' partners. This year a mixed bag of popstars, soapstars, footballers and wags will bravely step out onto the ice dressed in skimpy lycra, sequins and skating boots. Names rumored to be taking part in 2012 are Sugerbabe Heidi Range, actress Jennifer Ellison and fashion designer Sadie Frost. They must brave the bumps, trips and scathing remarks from the panel of nasty judges, battling it out on the cold rink until one couple glides gracefully to victory. Expect thrilling choreography, crowd pleasing tunes and ridiculous costumes.

 
 
 

London Paralympic Test Event: Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Rugby at the new Basketball Arena in the London 2012 Olympic Park.

London Paralympic Test Event: Wheelchair Rugby London Paralympic Test Event: Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Rugby is, hands down, one of the most thrilling, aggressive and intense of Paralympic Sports - a sport that blends Wheelchair Basketball, Ice Hockey and Handball, and one that's so physical it used to be tagged 'Murderball' by its players. This two-day Wheelchair Rugby Test Event is part of the London Prepares series ahead of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Preceded by one day of training, the event will be staged at the new Basketball Arena in the London 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford - the same venue for the real Paralympic event in September. 2012-04-182012-04-19 Where:
London Olympics Basketball Arena, Olympic Park, Stratford, London London, E20 2ST
Category: Sporting Events

London Olympics Basketball Arena, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: 18th - 19th April 2012

 

Wheelchair Rugby is, hands down, one of the most thrilling, aggressive and intense of Paralympic Sports - a sport that blends Wheelchair Basketball, Ice Hockey and Handball, and one that's so physical it used to be tagged 'Murderball' by its players. This two-day Wheelchair Rugby Test Event is part of the London Prepares series ahead of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Preceded by one day of training, the event will be staged at the new Basketball Arena in the London 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford - the same venue for the real Paralympic event in September.

 
 
 

London Olympic Test Event: FINA Synchronised Swimming

Swimmers perform to secure their qualification for the 2012 Games.

London Olympic Test Event: FINA Synchronised Swimming London Olympic Test Event: FINA Synchronised Swimming The FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification Tournament takes place at the Aquatics Centre in the London 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford this spring. The Olympic Test Event is part of the London Prepares series ahead of the eagerly anticipated Summer Games. As well as allowing the London 2012 Organising Committee to test crucial aspects of its operations ahead of the 2012 Games, the series will feature world-class sporting events - bringing top athletes to London's iconic existing venues and brand new venues in the Olympic Park. In this case, it's a great chance for spectators to experience Zaha Hadid's state-of-the-art Aquatics Centre ahead of the Olympics - while giving top synchronised swimmers the opportunity to secure their qualification for the Games, and test out the waters before the whole world watches. Interestingly, London 2012 sold 10,000 too many tickets for the Olympic Synchronised Swimming event so this test event could well be over subscribed as a result.

2012-04-182012-04-22 Where:
Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London London, E20 2ST
Category: Sporting Events

Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Stratford Station

 

Dates: 18th - 22nd April 2012

 

The FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification Tournament takes place at the Aquatics Centre in the London 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford this spring. The Olympic Test Event is part of the London Prepares series ahead of the eagerly anticipated Summer Games. As well as allowing the London 2012 Organising Committee to test crucial aspects of its operations ahead of the 2012 Games, the series will feature world-class sporting events - bringing top athletes to London's iconic existing venues and brand new venues in the Olympic Park. In this case, it's a great chance for spectators to experience Zaha Hadid's state-of-the-art Aquatics Centre ahead of the Olympics - while giving top synchronised swimmers the opportunity to secure their qualification for the Games, and test out the waters before the whole world watches. Interestingly, London 2012 sold 10,000 too many tickets for the Olympic Synchronised Swimming event so this test event could well be over subscribed as a result.

 
 
 

London Olympic Test Event: ISSF World Cup Shooting

Top elite marksmen compete in this international Olympic test event.

London Olympic Test Event: ISSF World Cup Shooting London Olympic Test Event: ISSF World Cup Shooting The world's top elite marksmen compete in this international rifle, pistol and shotgun competition which also serves as an Olympic qualification and Test Event ahead of London 2012. The 11-day ISSF World Cup event will be the ideal opportunity for both competitors and spectators to get a taste of the historic Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, which will host the Olympic shooting competitions this summer. 2012-04-182012-04-28 Where:
London Olympics: Royal Artillery Barracks, Artillery Place, Woolwich, London London, SE18 5DP
Category: Sporting Events

London Olympics: Royal Artillery Barracks, Artillery Place, Woolwich, London, SE18 5DP

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 18th - 28th April 2012

 

The world's top elite marksmen compete in this international rifle, pistol and shotgun competition which also serves as an Olympic qualification and Test Event ahead of London 2012. The 11-day ISSF World Cup event will be the ideal opportunity for both competitors and spectators to get a taste of the historic Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, which will host the Olympic shooting competitions this summer.

 
 
 

The London Original Print Fair

Etchings, engravings, linocuts and lithographs at the Royal Academy of Arts.

The London Original Print Fair The London Original Print Fair The London Original Print Fair, London's premier print fair, offers the chance to see specialist dealers displaying their etchings, engravings, linocuts and lithographs in the grand setting of the Royal Academy of Arts. Over the past 20 years it has become a firm favourite with dealers and print fans alike. Prices start from £100 and rise to £1,000,000 covering old Masters (including Rembrandt and Durer), 18th and 19th century painters (Hogarth, Goya, Sickert) and top names from the contemporary scene (Hockney and Hirst). Whether you're looking for an investment or something pretty to put on your walls, limited edition prints offer a more affordable alternative to one-off, original art works - and it's great fun to browse.

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2014-04-242014-04-27 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London London, W1J 0BD
Category: Exhibitions

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Mayfair, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 24th - 27th April 2014

 

The London Original Print Fair, London's premier print fair, offers the chance to see specialist dealers displaying their etchings, engravings, linocuts and lithographs in the grand setting of the Royal Academy of Arts. Over the past 20 years it has become a firm favourite with dealers and print fans alike. Prices start from 100 and rise to 1,000,000 covering old Masters (including Rembrandt and Durer), 18th and 19th century painters (Hogarth, Goya, Sickert) and top names from the contemporary scene (Hockney and Hirst). Whether you're looking for an investment or something pretty to put on your walls, limited edition prints offer a more affordable alternative to one-off, original art works - and it's great fun to browse.

 
 
 

Chelsea Art Fair

Browse and buy contemporary and 20th century art at Chelsea Town Hall.

Chelsea Art Fair Chelsea Art Fair Chelsea Art Fair The Chelsea Art Fair has been bringing quality contemporary and 20th-century art to London's Chelsea Old Town Hall for 18 years. Following the success of last year, which brought a younger, fresher feel to the format with new layouts, organisers, selection committee, and marketing teams, the 2014 fair promises to build on that progress with many of the galleries returning this year. For four days visitors can expect a selection of galleries offering paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and ceramics to peruse and purchase. Prices usually range from £500 to £20,000 and are independently vetted so you can be sure you're paying the approximate market value. The Chelsea Old Town Hall is a pleasant venue in which to admire works of art and is very welcoming to casual browsers and amateur art buyers. The nearest station is South Kensington Tube, and there are plenty of great hotels near Chelsea Old Town Hall.

2014-04-102014-04-13 Where:
Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London London, SW3 5EE
Category: Exhibitions

Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5EE

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 10th - 13th April 2014

 

Chelsea Art Fair brings a very decent standard of contemporary and 20th-century art to the Old Town Hall. For four days 35 galleries offer paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and ceramics for you to peruse and purchase. There are a few major works on display but prices range from 200 to 20,000 and are independently vetted so you can be sure you're paying the approximate market value. Contemporary work predominates, but 20th century pieces - from renowned artists like Laurence Stephen Lowry onwards - are here. Established in 1996 Chelsea Art Fair offers the middle road - nothing too outrageous or demanding, but quality work which will endure the test of time. The Old Town Hall is a pleasant venue in which to admire works of art and is very welcoming to casual browsers and amateur art buyers.

 
 
 

Steps - The Ultimate Tour

Claire, Faye, Lisa, Lee and H return - let's hope it's not a Tragedy this time around.

Steps - The Ultimate Tour Steps - The Ultimate Tour Fans thought it was a Tragedy when Claire, Faye, Lisa, Lee and H decided to part ways and say their sorry goodbyes to the land of cheesy pop back in 2001. But a mere ten years late fans can rejoice as the Steps members decide to give it one more go and kick off their Steps Ultimate Tour this spring. If you remember hits like 5,6,7,8, Stomp and Deeper Shade of Blue then you will love this nostalgic 90s pop-fest at London's O2 Arena. Steps had 14 consecutive top 5 hits in their heyday and were even hailed as the Abba of their time. Their album Steptacular went four times platinum and they went on to sell a staggering15 million records before disbanding due to a 'lack of communication' between band members. Now 10 years down the road it will be interesting to see if they can still keep up those energetic dance routines or whether it was all Better Best Forgotten.

2012-04-192012-04-20 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0BB
Category: Concerts

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 19th - 20th April 2012

 

Fans thought it was a Tragedy when Claire, Faye, Lisa, Lee and H decided to part ways and say their sorry goodbyes to the land of cheesy pop back in 2001. But a mere ten years late fans can rejoice as the Steps members decide to give it one more go and kick off their Steps Ultimate Tour this spring. If you remember hits like 5,6,7,8, Stomp and Deeper Shade of Blue then you will love this nostalgic 90s pop-fest at London's O2 Arena. Steps had 14 consecutive top 5 hits in their heyday and were even hailed as the Abba of their time. Their album Steptacular went four times platinum and they went on to sell a staggering15 million records before disbanding due to a 'lack of communication' between band members. Now 10 years down the road it will be interesting to see if they can still keep up those energetic dance routines or whether it was all Better Best Forgotten.

 
 
 

The Vogue Festival 2012

Two days of top fashions, designers and industry talks.

The Vogue Festival 2012 The Vogue Festival 2012 The fashion bible Vogue is hosting its very first festival event this year. The Vogue Festival 2012 will be a two day event that brings together fashion's top designers, models, photographers and writers to showcase their work and interact with visitors. Fashion followers will be able to immerse themselves into the industry by asking questions to some of the industry's most influential names, as well as take part in workshops, makeovers and watch fashion films. With Vogue being the optimum of fashion publications, they promise for only the best in the creative industry to be present – so far the likes of Tom Ford, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana and Diane von Furstenberg are among the fashion heavyweights to confirm their attendance. 2012-04-202012-04-21 Where:
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AR
Category: Exhibitions

Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AR

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 20th - 21st April 2012

 

The fashion bible Vogue is hosting its very first festival event this year. The Vogue Festival 2012 will be a two day event that brings together fashion's top designers, models, photographers and writers to showcase their work and interact with visitors. Fashion followers will be able to immerse themselves into the industry by asking questions to some of the industry's most influential names, as well as take part in workshops, makeovers and watch fashion films. With Vogue being the optimum of fashion publications, they promise for only the best in the creative industry to be present - so far the likes of Tom Ford, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana and Diane von Furstenberg are among the fashion heavyweights to confirm their attendance.

 
 
 

St George's Day

Celebrations in honour of England's dragon-slaying patron saint.

Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square Though St George's Day is always on 23rd April, in 2014 it falls on a Wednesday so the London celebrations in Trafalgar Square will take place on the Monday before the saint's day, Easter Bank Holiday Monday 21st April. Flag waving is encouraged at this free event held in recognition of England's dragon-slaying patron saint with live bands playing on the main stage and food stalls surrounding the square. This year's event focuses on British food and there will be a 250 seat banqueting area in the square, free tastings, hog roasts, live cookery demonstrations and food workshops. A bandstand, traditional games and a kids' tent add to the very English sense of fun. Sadly, despite tireless campaigning to make St George's day a national bank holiday, celebrations on the actual day itself will have to fit in with working hours.
2014-04-212014-04-21 Where:
Trafalgar Square, Central London London, WC2N 5DS
Category: Seasonal

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 21st April 2014

 

Patriotic celebrations take over the capital for St George's Day on 23rd April in recognition of England's dragon-slaying patron saint. The official London event takes place in Trafalgar Square, where festivities include free entertainment with live bands on the main stage, food stalls and street actors all putting on a very English display. William Shakespeare's birthday falls on the same date, and Shakespeare's Globe hosts its own set of celebratory activities at the theatre to tie in with St George's Day. Workshops and interactive fun and games bring the Bard to life for all-comers, young and old. Sadly, despite tireless campaigning to make St George's day a national bank holiday, this years celebrations fall on a Monday so will have to fit in with working hours.

 
 
 

The Queen's Birthday Gun Salutes

A loud, spectacular and smoky display.

The Queen's Birthday Gun Salutes The Queen's Birthday Gun Salutes The Queen celebrates her actual birthday on 21st April privately, but the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London. The 41-gun Queen's Birthday Gun Salute in Green Park takes place at midday, a 21-gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62-gun salute at the Tower Of London at 1pm. At Green Park the salute is carried out by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery who ride into the park, line up abreast and gallop. The Troop itself arrives at around 11.45am ready to fire the first round at midday. The guns are then unhooked and the salute is fired off. The band arrives separately and can usually be seen from about 11.30am. It is a spectacular show of pomp and ceremony and it's also the only time when you will see horses legally at a full gallop in a Royal Park - with a ton and a half of cannon in tow. The Queen's Birthday Gun Salutes are held to celebrate her actual birthday on 21st April, and there are further celebrations for her official birthday in June which is marked by Trooping the Colour. 2014-04-212014-04-21 Where:
Green Park, Piccadilly, London London, W1J 9DZ
Category: Seasonal

Green Park, Piccadilly, Hyde Park, London, W1J 9DZ

Tube: Green Park Station

 

Dates: 21st April 2014

 

Being the British monarch involves many privileges, not least of which is getting to celebrate your birthday twice every year. The Queen's Birthday Gun Salutes have the advantage of taking place on her actual birthday - 21st April. It's a smaller occasion than Trooping the Colour which marks her official birthday on 16th June. Still, this is a loud, spectacular and smoky display with a total of 41 rounds of cannon and gun shots fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park at 12 noon. The King's Troop ride into Hyde Park from the north by Marble Arch along North Carriage Drive, line up abreast and gallop down the parade ground to roughly opposite the Dorchester Hotel. The Troop itself arrives at around 11.45am ready to fire the first round at midday. The guns are then unhooked and the salute is fired off. Duty performed, the horses gallop back up towards North Carriage Drive. The band arrives separately and can usually be seen from about 11.30am. It is a spectacular show of pomp and ceremony and it's also the only time when you will see horses legally at a full gallop in Hyde Park - with a ton and a half of cannon in tow! Happy Birthday Lizzy!

 
 
 

Globe to Globe

37 Shakespeare plays will be performed in 37 different languages.

Globe to Globe Globe to Globe Over a period of six weeks, Shakespeare's Globe will be celebrating London's large variety of communities by presenting a truly global display of art. As part of the World Shakespeare Festival (see also: World Shakespeare Festival - 23rd April - November 2012), 37 international companies will be taking part in Globe to Globe in which 37 Shakespeare plays will be performed in 37 different languages, from A Midsummer Night's Dream in Korean to Romeo and Juliet in Portuguese. See Twelfth Night in Hindi, Henry VI Part I in Serbian and Othello reinterpreted through hip hop by the award-winning American company the Q Brothers. Tickets are presented as athletic events with special prices for anyone who can complete the Globe biathlon, triathlon, pentathlon, heptathlon, decathlon, marathon (that's 26), and an Olympian ticket offer for anyone who wants to see the lot - yours for as little as 100 pound.
2012-04-212012-06-09 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 21st April - 09th June 2012

 

Over a period of six weeks, Shakespeare's Globe will be celebrating London's large variety of communities by presenting an optimistic display of art. As part of the World Shakespeare Festival, thirty seven international companies will be taking part in Globe to Globe in which 37 Shakespeare plays will be performed in 37 different languages, allowing for everyone and anyone to indulge in these world famous productions. The event will offer a unique opportunity for visitors from all round the world to revel in Shakespeare as never before; the performances range from A Midsummer Night's Dream in Korean, Romeo and Juliet in Portuguese and even Othello presented in a Hip Hop form.

 
 
 

World Shakespeare Festival

The world famous playwright is celebrated on a global scale.

World Shakespeare Festival World Shakespeare Festival With 2012 being the year to be proud to be in London, it's well suited that the celebrations of all things English continue and what better way than with a four month long World Shakespeare Festival. With a vast number of events taking place this will be a major celebration of the world famous writer. As well as worldwide, events will take place all across London including performances at Roundhouse, the National Theatre, the Barbican and of course Shakespeare's Globe. The events include performances of the famous plays such Twelfth Night and Macbeth as well as Globe to Globe; 37 Shakespeare plays in 37 languages. Further events include Staging the World exhibition at the British Museum and Worlds Together, an international conference that explores the importance of art in young people's lives from Shakespeare time through to modern times. For the full festival guide visit www.worldshakespearefestival.org.uk.
2012-04-232012-09-09 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 23rd April - 09th September 2012

 

With 2012 being the year to be proud to be in London, it's well suited that the celebrations of all things English continue and what better way than with a four month long World Shakespeare Festival. With a vast number of events taking place this will be a major celebration of the world famous writer. Events will take place all across London including performances at Roundhouse, the National Theatre, the Barbican and of course Shakespeare's Globe. The events include performances of the famous plays such Twelfth Night and Macbeth as well as Globe to Globe; 37 Shakespeare plays performed in 37 languages. Further events include a Staging the World Exhibition at the British Museum and Worlds Together, an international conference that explores the importance of art in young people's lives from Shakespeare time through to modern times. For the full festival guide search World Shakespeare Festival on LondonTown.com.

 
 
 

Virgin London Marathon 2012

Charity and fun runners compete alongside professional athletes.

Virgin London Marathon 2012 Virgin London Marathon 2012 Every April, 30,000 runners flood the streets of the capital to do battle with themselves and each other for the London Marathon. Serious competitors mingle with charity fun-runners in the spring sunshine as the 26.2 mile route comes alive to the sounds of bands, cheering crowds and pounding feet. The race is the biggest of all city marathons and attracts many of the world's top athletes. It kicks off at Greenwich Park and Blackheath, continues through Surrey Quays, Brunel Road, Tooley Street, Canary Wharf, the Tower Of London, Embankment , Parliament Square and Birdcage Walk, with a royal finish on The Mall by Buckingham Palace. Last year it was the Kenyan athletes that shone, with Emmanuel Mutai winning the men's race and Mary Keitany coming in first in the women's. For information about how you can run and raise money for charity go to www.virginlondonmarathon.com. 2012-04-222012-04-22 Where:
Greenwich Park, Romney Road, London London, SE10 9NF
Category: Sporting Events

Greenwich Park, Romney Road, London, SE10 9NF

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 22nd April 2012

 

Every April, 30,000 runners flood the streets of the capital to do battle with themselves and each other for the London Marathon. Serious competitors mingle with charity fun-runners in the spring sunshine as the 26.2 mile route comes alive to the sounds of bands, cheering crowds and pounding feet. The race is the biggest of all city marathons and attracts many of the world's top athletes. It kicks off at Greenwich Park and Blackheath, continues through Surrey Quays, Brunel Road, Tooley Street, Canary Wharf, the Tower Of London, Embankment, Parliament Square and Birdcage Walk, with a royal finish on The Mall by Buckingham Palace. Last year it was the Kenyan athletes that shone, with Emmanuel Mutai winning the men's race and Mary Keitany coming in first in the women's. For information about how you can run and raise money for charity search for Virgin London Marathon in LondonTown.com.

 
 
 

Sundance London

A four day mini version of the famous US film festival.

Sundance London Sundance London With London's 2012 calendar already brimming with new and exciting events, the spin off of America's indie film festival Sundance is also being premiered in the capital. The O2 Arena will host a four day mini version of the Sundance Film Festival offering American films and music with live performances, screenings, discussions and panels. Founder of the non-profit festival, Robert Redford stated that it was a goal to bring the UK the 'very best in current American independent cinema, to introduce the artists responsible for it and in essence build a picture of our country that is broadly reflective of the diversity of voices.'
2012-04-262012-04-29 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0BB
Category: Film Events

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 26th - 29th April 2012

 

With London's 2012 calendar already brimming with new and exciting events, the spin off of America's indie film festival Sundance is also being premiered in the capital. The O2 Arena will be the host to a four day mini version of the Sundance Film Festival offering American films and music with live performances, screenings, discussions and panels. Founder of the non-profit festival, Robert Redford stated that it was a goal to bring the UK the 'very best in current American independent cinema, to introduce the artists responsible for it and in essence build a picture of our country that is broadly reflective of the diversity of voices.'

 
 
 

Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames

Historian David Starkey curates the National Maritime Museum exhibition.

Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames The National Maritime Museum celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary with Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames, an exhibition curated by celebrated (and sometimes controversial) historian David Starkey. The museum's dodrancentennial coincides with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. In 1937 an 11-year-old Princess Elizabeth attended the opening of the museum as a birthday treat and it is this special relationship which plays a central theme in this year's festival. The exhibition looks back at the relationship between the monarchy, London and its people, focusing on how the relationship has been played out on the capital's beloved Thames river. London's connection to the water runs deep (excuse the pun) and the curators have created an outstanding collection which demonstrates the fascinating history. The exhibition will showcase over 250 items sourced from galleries, museums and private collections, included in this will be 49 rare paintings, objects and manuscripts on loan from the Royal Collection, many of these have never been displayed for public viewing before. David Starkey has said the exhibition will 'provide a visual feast, highlighting both the drama and magnificence of river celebrations and the fascinating and unexpected stories of Thames people.' The show will open in April and run throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games until closing in September.
2012-04-272012-09-09 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row, London London, SE10 9NF
Category: Exhibitions

National Maritime Museum, Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 27th April - 09th September 2012

 

The National Maritime Museum has recently announced plans for the Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames exhibition, curated by celebrated (and sometimes controversial) historian David Starkey. The museum celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary this year, coinciding with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. In 1937 an 11-year-old Princess Elizabeth attended the opening of the museum as a birthday treat and it is this special relationship which plays a central theme in this year's festival. The exhibition looks back at the relationship between the monarchy, London and its people, focusing on how the relationship has been played out on the capital's beloved Thames river. London's connection to the water runs deep (excuse the pun) and the curators have created an outstanding collection which demonstrates the fascinating history. The exhibition will showcase over 250 items sourced from galleries, museums and private collections, included in this will be 49 rare paintings, objects and manuscripts on loan from the Royal Collection, many of these have never been displayed for public viewing before. David Starkey has said the exhibition will 'provide a visual feast, highlighting both the drama and magnificence of river celebrations and the fascinating and unexpected stories of Thames people.' The show will open in April and run throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games until closing in September.

 
 
 

Example

Rapper Example plays at London's O2 Arena.

Example Example It's been quite a year for singer and rapper Example, he began by beating Coldplay's comeback single to the No.1 spot in June 2011, quite an achievement.  He held the hit Changed the Way you Kiss Me at the top of the charts for two weeks before going on to secure a second No.1 hit with his next single Stay Awake. The London lad also known as Elliot Gleave got his stage name from his initials E.G. and has been making music since his first rap battle aged just 12. He now embarks on his first UK arena tour which will showcase his third album Playing in the Shadows which was released in 2011. His music is a diverse mix of dance, electronica and dubstep and he has been known to sample artists ranging from Lily Allen to The Rolling Stones. His ability to cross a variety of genres makes him popular with a wide range of music lovers who eagerly await his arrival at the O2 in April, he will be supported by well respected grime MC and fellow London rapper Wretch 32.

2012-04-272012-04-27 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0BB
Category: Concerts

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 27th April 2012

 

It's been quite a year for singer and rapper Example, he began by beating Coldplay's comeback single to the No.1 spot in June 2011, quite an achievement. He held the hit Changed the Way you Kiss Me at the top of the charts for two weeks before going on to secure a second No.1 hit with his next single Stay Awake. The London lad also known as Elliot Gleave got his stage name from his initials E.G. and has been making music since his first rap battle aged just 12. He now embarks on his first UK arena tour which will showcase his third album Playing in the Shadows which was released in 2011. His music is a diverse mix of dance, electronica and dubstep and he has been known to sample artists ranging from Lily Allen to The Rolling Stones. His ability to cross a variety of genres makes him popular with a wide range of music lovers who eagerly await his arrival at the O2 in April, he will be supported by well respected grime MC and fellow London rapper Wretch 32.

 
 
 

London Coffee Festival

Discover artisan coffee and gourmet food.

London Coffee Festival London Coffee Festival The London Coffee Festival returns once again and embraces the fact that the capital is gaining respect as a great place to uncover, experience and indulge in artisan coffee. The festival launched in 2011 and now entices more than 15,000 coffee enthusiasts, food lovers and professional baristas to enjoy four days of coffee-fuelled activities. The festival includes demonstrations from world-class baristas, live acoustic music and a 'Lab' seminar programme where the keenest of coffee lovers can be educated. There will be the chance to learn about how to make a brew coffee at home, taste speciality drinks and graze on a number of artisan and street food. Features include a pop up coffee shop, a roastery tour and the official UK Barista Championships.


2014-04-032014-04-06 Where:
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London London, E1 6QL
Category: Foodie Events

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 06th April 2014

 

Encouraging the new 'third wave' coffee scene, the London Coffee Festival returns once again and embraces the fact that the capital is gaining respect as a great place to uncover, experience and indulge in artisan coffee and gourmet food. The festival launched in 2011 and enticed 7,500 coffee enthusiasts, food lovers and professional baristas to enjoy 3 days of coffee treats. Returning to the Old Truman Brewery in 2012, the festival is divided into themed zones - London landmarks Hyde Park, Soho and Shoreditch among them - where visitors can interweave between a number of tastings, demonstrations and entertainment. Features include a Tea Garden, Chocolate Factory, Street Food, Artisan Markets and the Roastery.

 
 
 

Cheese and Wine Festival

Taste and buy an array of products from countries all over Europe.

 

Now into its fourth year, the Cheese and Wine Festival is an event dedicated to promoting high quality and ethical produce. Previous years have had plenty of highlights on display, including a cooking demonstration from stage host Valentina Harris and a wine tasting session with the BBC's Tim Atkin MW. Companies will be selling a variety of cheeses and wines from around the world and there will also be cheese making kits, cheese-cakes, accessories and more. Visitors can plan the event around lunch or dinner and enjoy some delicious hot savoury foods made with cheese or wine. The Cheese and Wine Festival is part of a series of specialist food events at Southbank Centre, including Chocolate Festivals and regular Real Food Festival Markets. Along with some of the best cheeses and wines from the United Kingdom, there will also be a unique opportunity to taste and buy an array of products from countries all over Europe. This is a must-attend event for all cheese and wine lovers and a great opportunity to learn more about this perfect combination.

 
 
 

World Photo London

A month long photography exhibition showcasing the best in global contemporary photography.

World Photo London World Photo London This year Somerset House will once again be the host to World Photo London, a month long photography exhibition showcasing the best in global contemporary photography. As well as the displays themselves, there will also be workshops for all levels of photographers, presentations by masters of the art, portfolio reviews, professional seminars and of course the chance for networking and collaboration. The event will also feature the impressive 2012 Sony World Photography Awards Winners Showcase, perfect for inspiration or to simply aspire towards.
2012-04-272012-05-20 Where:
Somerset House, Strand, London London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Exhibitions

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 27th April - 20th May 2012

 

This year Somerset House will once again be the host to World Photo London, a month long photography exhibition showcasing the best in global contemporary photography. As well as the displays themselves, there will also be workshops for all levels of photographers, presentations by masters of the art, portfolio reviews, professional seminars and of course the chance for networking and collaboration. The event will also feature the impressive 2012 Sony World Photography Awards Winners Showcase, perfect for inspiration or to simply aspire towards.

 
 
 

Babcock Trophy: Army v Navy

The Army and Navy come head to head for an armed forces scrum down.

Babcock Trophy: Army v Navy Babcock Trophy: Army v Navy Babcock Trophy: Army v Navy The annual Babcock Trophy returns to Twickenham as the Army and Navy come head to head for an armed forces scrum down that is more than just a rugby match. The Reds (Army) and the Dark Blues (Royal Marines and Navy) have been battling for rugby supremacy since 1878 and The Army won an absorbing contest 44-10 last year to reclaim the crown from the Navy, who had won their only trophy in nine years in the previous years final. The Babcock Trophy has been held at Twickenham since 1920 and is expected to see around 55,000 supporters this year. Gates open at 11.45am for a warm up game between the Combined Services U23 and Oxbridge U23. This is followed by some live entertainment 40mins before the main event kicks off. 2012-04-282012-04-28 Where:
Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham, London London, TW1 1DZ
Category: Sporting Events

Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham, London, TW1 1DZ

Tube: Hounslow East Station

 

Dates: 28th April 2012

 

The annual Babcock Trophy returns to Twickenham as the Army and Navy come head to head for an armed forces scrum down that is more than just a rugby match. The Reds (Army) and the Dark Blues (Royal Marines and Navy) have been battling for rugby supremacy since 1878 and The Army won an absorbing contest 44-10 last year to reclaim the crown from the Navy, who had won their only trophy in nine years in the previous years final. The Babcock Trophy has been held at Twickenham since 1920 and is expected to see around 55,000 supporters this year. Gates open at 11.45am for a warm up game between the Combined Services U23 and Oxbridge U23. This is followed by some live entertainment 40mins before the main event kicks off.

 
 
 

La boheme

One of Covent Garden's all-time greats.

La boheme La boheme La boheme It doesn't get better than this - La boheme at the Royal Opera House, as Rodolfo the poet and Mimi the seamstress fall for each other by moonlight when their candles are blown out. This beginning promises all the fragile romance of a great love story and Puccini's indulgent score does not disappoint. Some lovely touches bring to life the spirited world of 19th century bohemian Paris, peppered with colourful characters, including a warmly funny rent-dodging interlude and the merry chorus of a street market. The late Julia Trevelyan Oman's period designs evoke the grimy streets, adding a faded glamour to the story. John Copley's 1974 production has been revived countless times but its classic, evocative sets and beautiful, soaring music have earned it a place as one of Covent Garden's all-time greats.

2012-04-302012-05-17 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Concerts

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 30th April - 17th May 2012

 

It doesn't get better than this - La boheme at the Royal Opera House, as Rodolfo the poet and Mimi the seamstress fall for each other by moonlight when their candles are blown out. This beginning promises all the fragile romance of a great love story and Puccini's indulgent score does not disappoint. Some lovely touches bring to life the spirited world of 19th century bohemian Paris, peppered with colourful characters, including a warmly funny rent-dodging interlude and the merry chorus of a street market. The late Julia Trevelyan Oman's period designs evoke the grimy streets, adding a faded glamour to the story. John Copley's 1974 production has been revived countless times but its classic, evocative sets and beautiful, soaring music have earned it a place as one of Covent Garden's all-time greats.

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

14th July 2014

 
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