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February in London 2012

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MCN London Motorcycle Show
British Dance Edition
Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show
Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration
Lucian Freud Portraits
Yayoi Kusama
The Recruiting Officer
Van Dyck in Sicily: Painting and the Plague, 1624-25
New York Philharmonic Orchestra & Alan Gilbert
Hay Fever
Imagine
Yayoi Kusama
Picasso and Modern British Art
London Olympic Test Event: UCI Track Cycling World Cup
London Fashion Week
London Olympic Test Event: FINA Visa Diving World Cup 2012
The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race
The Brit Awards
Livery Companies Pancake Day Race
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2012
All New People
Ceramic Art London
Who Do You Think You Are? Live
Six Nations Rugby: England v Wales
Carling Cup Final
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Maslenitsa Russian Festival
Mine to Medals
London Fashion Week
The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race
Who Do You Think You Are? Live
Maslenitsa Russian Festival
 

 

It's Valentine's Day on the 14th February - but there's plenty more going on this month besides, from the high octane drama of Six Nations rugby to the slick cat-walks of London Fashion Week. The Banff Mountain Film Festival returns for three days, the O2 Arena is graced by both Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and the BRIT Awards, whilst the first trophy of the English football season is up for grabs in the Carling Cup Final.

 
 

MCN London Motorcycle Show

Two wheels are better than four at the MCN Motorcycle Show.

MCN London Motorcycle Show MCN London Motorcycle Show MCN London Motorcycle Show It's a case of two wheels are better than four at the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show at the ExCel Centre, where you can peruse hundreds of stands, check out the latest models and most powerful machines from all the top manufacturers and try them out for size, be inspired for your next trip or chat to the experts. The multi stage, multi event and multi star-studded show promises to cram the entire world of motorcycling into one mega weekend. This year also sees the introduction of a number of new features including five brand new zones that showcase every element that make up modern motorcycling: sports and performance, knowledge, adventure, custom and the classics zone. Also, the day's main focus will be on the new show 'Revolution'. This live action show will see a heady mix of the world's biggest biking stars, including Neil Hodgson, John McGuiness and James Whitham, race head-to-head over an Enduro style obstacle course. For more information please visit the official website.


2013-02-152013-02-17 Where:
ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London London, E16 1XL
Category: Exhibitions

ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 15th - 17th February 2013

 

It's a case of two wheels are better than four at the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show at the ExCel Centre, where you can peruse hundreds of stands, check out the latest models and most powerful machines from all the top manufacturers and try them out for size, be inspired for your next trip or chat to the experts. For some jaw dropping moments head over to the Revolution, a live action 60-minute show that has stunt riders performing death-defying tricks to music and pyrotechnics all performed by a number of biking heroes. After being blown away by the show grab the opportunity to pick up all the top notch biking gear from a biker's shopping paradise, vote for the Classic Bike of the Year and have all your questions answered by the experts from RIDE and Bike magazine.

 
 
 

British Dance Edition

The UK dance industry's leading showcase event is held in the capital for the first time.

British Dance Edition British Dance Edition In 2012, London's Olympic year, the biennial British Dance Edition, the UK dance industry's leading showcase event, will be held in the capital for the first time. Hosted by a consortium of eight of London's leading dance promoters including Dance Umbrella (mission: to bring brave new dance to London), East London Dance, Sadler's Wells, The Place and Trinity Laban, events include dance performances, meet the artists sessions, discussions and a small trade fair. There are only three public performances: two at Sadler's Wells and one at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. On Thursday 2 February the festival opens with a triple bill of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Candoco and Hofesh Shechter Company and closes on Sunday 5 February with Russell Maliphant's new work The Rodin Project which returns to Sadler's Wells in October 2012. At the Southbank Centre (booking tel +44 20 7960 4200), on Saturday 4 February, audiences are treated to new work Unfinished Business by the Richard Alston Dance Company and By Singing Light performed by National Dance Company of Wales to music sung live by the BBC National Chorus of Wales.
2012-02-022012-02-05 Where:
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Dance

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 02nd - 05th February 2012

 

In 2012, London's Olympic year, the biennial British Dance Edition, the UK dance industry's leading showcase event, will be held in the capital for the first time. Hosted by a consortium of eight of London's leading dance promoters including Dance Umbrella (mission: to bring brave new dance to London), East London Dance, Sadler's Wells, The Place and Trinity Laban, events include dance performances, meet the artists sessions, discussions and a small trade fair. There are only three public performances: two at Sadler's Wells and one at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. On Thursday 2 February the festival opens with a triple bill of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Candoco and Hofesh Shechter Company and closes on Sunday 5 February with Russell Maliphant's new work The Rodin Project which returns to Sadler's Wells in October 2012. At the Southbank Centre on Saturday 4 February, audiences are treated to new work Unfinished Business by the Richard Alston Dance Company and By Singing Light performed by NationaDance Company of Wales to music sung live by the BBC National Chorus of Wales.

 
 
 

Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show

Plan your next trip with help from experts and celebrity speakers.

Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show A string of disappointing summers has ended Britain's honeymoon with staycations. So where better to get inspiration for next year's holiday plans than Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show? Hundreds of exhibitors are on hand to stimulate the imagination, whether it's a glamorous beach holiday in the Bahamas that's required, or an intrepid adventure in Colombia. Live entertainment adds to the excitement of the event. At the Meet the Experts Theatre, travel aficionados are on hand to relate their experiences, while at the World Entertainment Stage, there will be Russian dance, Capoeira from Brazil, and classical Indian dance on the programme. There are also plenty of workshops where you can learn dance, crafts and cookery styles from around the world. Still pondering on where to go next? If you're visiting the exhibition from out of town and need a hotel, check out our hotels near Earls Court. 2013-01-312013-02-03 Where:
Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London London, SW5 9TA
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: West Brompton Station, Earls Court Station

 

Dates: 31st January - 03rd February 2013

 

A string of disappointing summers has ended Britain's honeymoon with staycations. So where better to get inspiration for next year's holiday plans than Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show? Hundreds of exhibitors are on hand to stimulate the imagination, whether it's a glamorous beach holiday in the Bahamas that's required, or an intrepid adventure in Colombia. Live entertainment adds to the excitement of the event. At the Meet the Experts Theatre, travel aficionados - from TV presenters Ben Fogle and Ben Anderson to adventurers like Alastair Humphreys and Mark Kalch - are on hand to relate their experiences, while at the World Entertainment Stage, there will be Russian dance, Capoeira from Brazil, and classical Indian dance on the programme. There are also plenty of workshops where you can learn dance, crafts and cookery styles from around the world. Still pondering on where to go next? There will be a gallery exhibition displaying striking photos from The Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year competition allowing visitors to see a snapshot of each destination in its glory.

 
 
 

Singin' In The Rain

The ultimate feel-good show with 1920's hits made famous by Gene Kelly.

Singin' In The Rain Singin' In The Rain Singin' in the Rain plays at London's Palace Theatre following a highly successful, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre. A multi-talented cast star in the roles that were once made famous by the likes of Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds. Andrew Wright provides a stylish choreography that, allied with Simon Higlett's impeccable set design, makes Singin' in the Rain the ultimate feel-good show that, according to The Daily Telegraph, "genuinely makes you feel good about life." Ticket deals for Singin' in the Rain are now available. In the roaring 1920's, silent movie stars are the biggest names on the planet and Don Lockwood has it all: a string of successful films and a blossoming romance with the most beautiful actress in town. But with a new phenomenon on its way - the talking picture - Don meets a talented young chorus girl and Hollywood is about to change forever. Jonathan Church's production features a heart-warming score including the classics Good Morning, Make 'em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the legendary Singin' in the Rain.
2012-02-042013-06-08 Where:
Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London London, W1A 4AF
Category: Theatre

Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1A 4AF

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Tottenham Court Road Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 04th February - 08th June 2013

 

Singin' In The Rain plays at London's Palace Theatre following a highly successful, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre. A multi-talented cast sees Adam Cooper, Daniel Crossly and Scarlett Strallen star in the roles that were once made famous by the likes of Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds. Andrew Wright provides a stylish choreography that, allied with Simon Higlett's impeccable set design, makes Singin' in the Rain the ultimate feel-good show that, according to The Daily Telegraph, "genuinely makes you feel good about life." In the roaring 1920's, silent movie stars are the biggest names on the planet and Don Lockwood has it all: a string of successful films and a blossoming romance with the most beautiful actress in town. But with a new phenomenon on its way - the talking picture - Don meets a talented young chorus girl and Hollywood is about to change forever. Jonathan Church's production features a heart-warming score including the classics Good Morning, Make 'em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the legendary Singin' in the Rain.

 
 
 

The UK Wedding Show

Everything you need to plan a wedding, under one roof.

The UK Wedding Show The UK Wedding Show The UK Wedding Show With over 105 stands of wedding goodies, The UK Wedding Show at the ExCel is every brides dream. Offering everything needed to plan a wedding, endless inspiration and multiple contacts to assist couples in organising their perfect day all under one roof; there will be no excuse for any Bridezillas to emerge. The show will have the latest designer wedding dresses, men's formal hire and ladies occasion wear presented by well known high street brands as well as individual designers. Along with the stands, there will be an award winning fashion show taking place at numerous points throughout the day, prepare to gasp in awe as some truly beautiful wedding dresses are showcased on a catwalk decorated with floral arrangements. Each visitor is also guaranteed to leave with a small treat, as the show provides a free goody bag for everyone. The UK Wedding Show can also advise on venue and honeymoon locations too.

The UK Wedding Show will take place and the ExCeL exhibition centre. If you're looking for accommodation close to the venue, be sure to look at our deals for hotels near the ExCeL.


2013-02-162013-02-17 Where:
ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London London, E16 1XL
Category: Exhibitions

ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 16th - 17th February 2013

 

With over 105 stands of wedding goodies, The UK Wedding Show at the ExCel is every brides dream. Offering everything needed to plan a wedding, endless inspiration and multiple contacts to assist couples in organising their perfect day all under one roof; there will be no excuse for any Bridezillas to emerge. The show will have the latest designer wedding dresses, men's formal hire and ladies occasion wear presented by well known high street brands as well as individual designers. Along with the stands, there will be an award winning fashion show taking place at numerous points throughout the day, prepare to gasp in awe as some truly beautiful wedding dresses are showcased on a catwalk decorated with floral arrangements. Each visitor is also guaranteed to leave with a small treat, as the show provides a free goody bag for everyone. The UK Wedding Show can advise on venue and honeymoon locations too.

 
 
 

Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

The V & A showcases royal portraits by the famous fashion photographer.

Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration Cecil Beaton, one of the most famous fashion photographers of the 20th century, may have worked for Vogue and Vanity Fair but he also had a long standing relationship with The Queen and it's his photographs of our ruling monarch that get an airing in Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration. The Queen was a teenager when she first sat for Beaton in 1942 and this exhibition explores Beaton's interactions with her over the next three decades as he photographed her on many significant occasions including her coronation day in 1953 - an informal shot of her on that day is just one of a number of photographs which have never seen before. The unique royal portaits in this V & A exhibition are brought to life by excerpts from Beaton's diaries and letters as well as film and radio footage from the time. The exhibition is arranged in five sections documenting important sittings and charting the shift in Beaton's photographic style, from his early Rococo-inspired portraits to a starker approach in the 1960s. In one section the camera is turned around, showing portraits of Beaton himself taken by fellow photographers including Curtis Moffat, Irving Penn and David Bailey.
2012-02-082012-04-22 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London London, SW7 2RL
Category: Exhibitions

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 08th February - 22nd April 2012

 

Cecil Beaton, one of the most famous fashion photographers of the 20th century, may have worked for Vogue and Vanity Fair but he also had a long standing relationship with The Queen and it's his photographs of our ruling monarch that get an airing in Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration. The Queen was a teenager when she first sat for Beaton in 1942 and this exhibition explores Beaton's interactions with her over the next three decades as he photographed her on many significant occasions including her coronation day in 1953 - an informal shot of her on that day is just one of a number of photographs which have never seen before. The unique royal portaits in this V & A exhibition are brought to life by excerpts from Beaton's diaries and letters as well as film and radio footage from the time. The exhibition is arranged in five sections documenting important sittings and charting the shift in Beaton's photographic style, from his early Rococo-inspired portraits to a starker approach in the 1960s. In one section the camera is turned around, showing portraits of Beaton himself taken by fellow photographers including Curtis Moffat, Irving Penn and David Bailey.

 
 
 

Lucian Freud Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery displays more than 100 of Freud's realist portraits.

Lucian Freud Portraits Lucian Freud Portraits More than 100 of Lucian Freud's realist portrait paintings are shown in this blockbuster 2012 National Portrait Gallery show which had been planned in close partnership with the artist, who died aged 88 in July 2011. Freud, the "unrivalled interpreter of human flesh" (Financial Times), has left a lasting legacy through seven decades of remarkable portraiture of family, royalty, celebrities and friends. The performance artist Leigh Bowery and Bowery's friend, Sue Tilley, are represented - Tilley being the subject of Benefits Supervisor Sleeping which sold for a world record $34m (£22m) when it was bought by Roman Abramovich in 2008. Fellow painters such as David Hockney, Frank Auerbach and Francis Bacon sit alongside his friend and riding companion Andrew Parker-Bowles. Freud's final unfinished nude portrait of David Dawson, the artist's assistant for 20 years, 'Portrait of the Hound', is also included in the exhibition, the first major show to focus on Freud's portrait work. Also of note is a work from 1981-83, Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau), a big painting of five people - including Boyt and Freud's daughter Bella - which has not been seen in the UK since 2002 when Tate Britain staged the last big Freud show.

Lucian Freud Portraits is at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 February to 27 May 2012 and is part of the London 2012 Festival (21 June to 9 September), the culmination of the four-year Cultural Olympiad.
2012-02-092012-05-27 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Exhibitions

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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

 

Dates: 09th February - 27th May 2012

 

More than 100 of Lucian Freud's realist portrait paintings are shown in this blockbuster 2012 National Portrait Gallery show which had been planned in close partnership with the artist, who died aged 88 in July 2011. Freud, the "unrivalled interpreter of human flesh" (Financial Times), has left a lasting legacy through seven decades of remarkable portraiture of family, royalty, celebrities and friends. The performance artist Leigh Bowery and Bowery's friend, Sue Tilley, are represented - Tilley being the subject of Benefits Supervisor Sleeping which sold for a world record $34m (22m) when it was bought by Roman Abramovich in 2008. Fellow painters such as David Hockney, Frank Auerbach and Francis Bacon sit alongside his friend and riding companion Andrew Parker-Bowles. Freud's final unfinished nude portrait of David Dawson, the artist's assistant for 20 years, 'Portrait of the Hound', is also included in the exhibition, the first major show to focus on Freud's portrait work. Also of note is a work from 1981-8 Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau), a big painting of five people - including Boyt and Freud's daughter Bella - which has not been seen in the UK since 2002 when Tate Britain staged the last big Freud show. Lucian Freud Portraits is at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 February to 27 May 2012 and is part of the London 2012 Festival (21 June to 9 September), the culmination of the four-year Cultural Olympiad.

 
 
 

Yayoi Kusama

The influential Japanese artist makes a rare visit to London for Tate Modern's 2012 exhibition.

Yayoi Kusama Yayoi Kusama Well-known for her repeating dot patterns, influential Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama first came to prominence in the 1960s, mixing with artists like Donald Judd and Andy Warhol, achieving fame with groundbreaking art happenings. She studied at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts, and by 1950 had moved from traditional Japanese painting to abstract natural forms. In her most productive periods, in her 20s, she was producing "dozens of paintings a day" (The Guardian), and during a career spanning half a century she has created an estimated 50,000 works. Following treatment for mental health problems she rose to prominence again and in 2006 she was awarded the Praemium Imperiale, one of Japan's most prestigious arts prizes. In 2009, Londoners had a taste of her work when trees along the Thames were given the polka-dot treatment as part of an exhibition with nine other artists at The Hayward Gallery but the Tate Modern's 2012 exhibition is on a scale never seen in the UK before.
2012-02-092012-06-05 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: 09th February - 05th June 2012

 

Well known for her repeating dot patterns, influential Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama first came to prominence in the 1960s, mixing with artists like Donald Judd and Andy Warhol, achieving fame with groundbreaking art happenings. She studied at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts, and by 1950 had moved from traditional Japanese painting to abstract natural forms. In her most productive periods, in her 20s, she was producing "dozens of paintings a day" (The Guardian), and during a career spanning half a century she has created an estimated 50,000 works. Following treatment for mental health problems she rose to prominence again and in 2006 she was awarded the Praemium Imperiale, one of Japan's most prestigious arts prizes. In 2009, Londoners had a taste of her work when trees along the Thames were given the polka-dot treatment as part of an exhibition with nine other artists at The Hayward Gallery but the Tate Modern's 2012 exhibition is on a scale never seen in the UK before.

 
 
 

The Recruiting Officer

Mackenzie Crook joins an all-star cast for George Farquhar's Restoration comedy.

The Recruiting Officer The Recruiting Officer The Restoration comedy written in 1706 by the Irish writer George Farquhar, is the first play to be staged at the Donmar Warehouse under its new artistic director, Josie Rourke, who takes over from Michael Grandage after a decade in the role. The Recruiting Officer employs a high class cast including Nancy Carroll (After the Dance) who stars as Silvia, Mackenzie Crook (a Tony nominee for Jerusalem) as Sergeant Kite, and Tobias Menzies (The Children's Hour) as Captain Plume. Set in Shrewsbury, just after the Battle of Blenheim, the play follows the adventures of two grenadiers who arrive in a small county town and embark on a recruiting drive. Captain Plume sets about recruiting the local men while attempting to woo Silvia, an heiress who can afford to put him to the test. In Farquhar's hands, the satire of the players' sexual exploits, love and lust is given a lift with witty dialogue and well observed portrayals of the characters.
2012-02-092012-04-14 Where:
The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London London, WC2H 9LD
Category: Theatre

The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9LD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 09th February - 14th April 2012

 

The Restoration comedy written in 1706 by the Irish writer George Farquhar, is the first play to be staged at The Donmar Warehouse under its new artistic director, Josie Rourke, who takes over from Michael Grandage after a decade in the role. The Recruiting Officer employs a high class cast including Nancy Carroll (After the Dance) who stars as Silvia, Mackenzie Crook (a Tony nominee for Jerusalem) as Sergeant Kite, and Tobias Menzies (The Children's Hour) as Captain Plume. Set in Shrewsbury, just after the Battle of Blenheim, the play follows the adventures of two grenadiers who arrive in a small county town and embark on a recruiting drive. Captain Plume sets about recruiting the local men while attempting to woo Silvia, an heiress who can afford to put him to the test. In Farquhar's hands, the satire of the players' sexual exploits, love and lust is given a lift with witty dialogue and well observed portrayals of the characters.

 
 
 

Van Dyck in Sicily: Painting and the Plague, 1624-25

Works by Van Dyck created during his year-long stay in Palermo.

Van Dyck in Sicily: Painting and the Plague, 1624-25 Van Dyck in Sicily: Painting and the Plague, 1624-25 A highlight of the Dulwich Picture Gallery's 2012 programme, Van Dyck in Sicily: Painting and the Plague shows works by the painter Anthony Van Dyck created during his year-long stay in Palermo, shortly before the plague struck the Sicilian town and killed most of the population. This is the first time that all 16 works believed to have been painted during the year he spent in Palermo are being shown together. The exhibition reveals his expertly executed religious pictures and portraits including several images of the city's patron saint, Rosalia. In 1624, the year Van Dyck arrived in Palermo, the bones of Saint Rosalia were discovered in a cave on the Monte Pellegrino where she was said to have died as a hermit in the Middle Ages. A portrait of the Viceroy of Sicily from Dulwich's own collection is shown next to the suit of armour worn by the viceroy in the portrait, on loan from the Royal Armouries of Madrid, on display for the first time in the UK.


2012-02-152012-05-27 Where:
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London London, SE21 7AD
Category: Exhibitions

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AD

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 15th February - 27th May 2012

 

A highlight of the Dulwich Picture Gallery's 2012 programme, Van Dyck in Sicily: Painting and the Plague shows works by the painter Anthony Van Dyck created during his year-long stay in Palermo, shortly before the plague struck the Sicilian town and killed most of the population. This is the first time that all 16 works believed to have been painted during the year he spent in Palermo are being shown together. The exhibition reveals his expertly executed religious pictures and portraits including several images of the city's patron saint, Rosalia. In 1624, the year Van Dyck arrived in Palermo, the bones of Saint Rosalia were discovered in a cave on the Monte Pellegrino where she was said to have died as a hermit in the Middle Ages. A portrait of the Viceroy of Sicily from Dulwich's own collection is shown next to the suit of armour worn by the viceroy in the portrait, on loan from the Royal Armouries of Madrid, on display for the first time in the UK.

 
 
 

New York Philharmonic/Gilbert - Thomas Ades' Polaris

The UK premier of Polaris by composer Thomas Ades, conducted by Alan Gilbert.

New York Philharmonic/Gilbert - Thomas Ades' Polaris New York Philharmonic/Gilbert - Thomas Ades' Polaris The New York Philharmonic bring their latest accomplishment to London in 2012, with the UK premier of Polaris taking centre stage at the Barbican in February. Young composer Thomas Ades shot to success with his distinctive compositional voice. The young composer has had a number of recent successes at the Barbican with his work in the fields of chamber, concerto and opera and he now makes his mark on this new production, which was originally written for the opening of Frank Gehry's new concert hall in Miami. Polaris will be joined at the Barbican by Starvinsky's Symphony in Three movements, Berlioz's Les nuits d'ete and Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe Suite (No 2).

2012-02-172012-02-17 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 17th February 2012

 

The New York Philharmonic bring their latest accomplishment to London in 2012, with the UK premier of Polaris taking centre stage at the Barbican in February. Young composer Thomas Ades shot to success with his distinctive compositional voice. The young composer has had a number of recent successes at the Barbican with his work in the fields of chamber, concerto and opera and he now makes his mark on this new production, which was originally written for the opening of Frank Gehry's new concert hall in Miami. Polaris will be joined at the Barbican by Starvinsky's Symphony in Three movements, Berlioz's Les nuits d'ete and Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe Suite (No 2).

 
 
 

Hay Fever

Lindsay Duncan stars in Noel Coward's English comedy set in the 1920s.

Hay Fever Hay Fever Written by one of the UK's most famous playwrights, Noël Coward, Hay Fever has been described as one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century. Originally produced in 1924, Hay Fever sees four guests arrive at a country house by the Thames expecting a civilised weekend of polite conversation and illicit love affairs. But famous actress Judith Bliss, her novelist husband and their two grown-up children are no ordinary hosts and, as confusion mounts, their unwitting guests are desperate to flee. The play was last showcased in 2006 and now directed by Howard Davies, Hay Fever returns to the stage starring Olivier award-winning actor Jeremy Northam, Lindsay Duncan and Peep Show's Olivia Colman. 2012-02-252012-06-02 Where:
Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4AU
Category: Theatre

Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4AU

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

 

Dates: 25th February - 02nd June 2012

 

Although the Noel Coward theatre took its name in 2006, Hay Fever is the first of his plays to have ever been shown at the theatre. Starring Lindsay Duncan and Jeremy Northam, Hay Fever is a quintessentially English comedy set in the 1920s. It centres around the eccentric Bliss family and their peculiar behaviour exhibited during the weekly visits from various guests who spend the weekend at their family home. Though Coward was inspired by a visit to New York when writing the play, it first opened at London's Ambassadors theatre in 1925 and now makes a welcome return to the capital in 2012.

 
 
 

The Tales of Hoffmann

Jacques Offenbach's parting opus directed by Richard Jones.

The Tales of Hoffmann The Tales of Hoffmann Based on the short stories of E.T.A. Hoffman and adapted from a French stage play, Jacques Offenbach's opera centres around protagonist Hoffman recalling the three loves of his life amidst a drunken haze. Famous for being unfinished, The Tales Of Hoffman was Offenbach's parting opus and did not debut until after he had died in 1880. Premièring in London in 1907, the 2012 version of the opera sees Olivia-award nominated director Richard Jones return to ENO to re-imagine this great story whilst American soprano Georgia Jarman delivers a powerhouse performance across all three acts. And if you're looking for somewhere to take your loved one on Valentine's day, The Tales Of Hoffman could be a romantic gesture to ensure for a magical night.
2012-02-102012-03-10 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatre

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4ES

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 10th February - 10th March 2012

 

Based on the short stories of E.T.A. Hoffman and adapted from a French stage play, Jacques Offenbach's opera centres around protagonist Hoffman recalling the three loves of his life amidst a drunken haze. Famous for being unfinished, The Tales Of Hoffman was Offenbach's parting opus and did not debut until after he had died in 1880. Premiering in London in 1907, this 2012 version of the opera sees Olivia-award nominated director Richard Jones return to ENO to re-imagine this great story whilst American soprano Georgia Jarman delivers a powerhouse performance across all three acts.

 
 
 

Imagine

The excellent annual children's literature festival returns to London's Southbank Centre.

Imagine Children's Festival Imagine Children's Festival Imagine Children's Festival Take the kids to the Southbank Centre during the February half-term and treat them to Imagine Children's Festival, the annual children's literature festival that pulls words off the page. With two weeks worth of activities, there's a huge amount of literary events to choose from including readings, storytelling, beatboxing and poetry. This year highlights include appearances from children's laureate Malorie Blackman, Jacqueline Wilson, Charlie and Lola author and illustrator, Lauren Child, who chats to her childhood friend Cressida Cowell, the author and illustrator of the How To Train Your Dragon books. CBeebies' Cerrie Burnell reads extracts from her book 'Snowflakes' with live illustration from Lauren Ellen Anderson, and there are plenty of interactive events in which young ones can take part - including a new multi-sensory show by Oily Cart for babies aged six months to two years. There are also events aimed at older children aged 10 and over including an interactive drawing workshop and a creative-writing workshop with author Emma Carroll for 8-12 year-olds. It's also worth dropping in for one of the free activities in the foyer spaces including Dalston's Land of Kids festival which makes a special pop-up at the festival bringing a host of interactive and immersive events with it.
2014-02-102014-02-23 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Kids Events

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 10th - 23rd February 2014

 

Take the kids to the Southbank Centre during the February half-term and treat them to Imagine, the annual children's literature festival which pulls words off the page. There's a huge amount of literary events to choose from, from readings and storytelling to beatboxing and poetry. Children will get a chance to run the festival during Kids Takeover and they'll also get the chance to feature in performances too, including playing with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Charles Hazlewood. As well as appearances by leading children's writers, there's comedy, poetry hopscotch, music and magic for all ages.

 
 
 

Picasso and Modern British Art

Tate Britain examines the influence of the great Spanish artist on Britain.

Picasso and Modern British Art Picasso and Modern British Art Tate Britain hosts a major show to explore the influence of Pablo Picasso on future generations through the late Spanish artist's connections with Britain. The exhibition explores his impact on British modernism through works by seven British artists heavily influenced by Picasso, including Henry Moore, David Hockney and Francis Bacon. These artists, spanning a period of more than seventy years, show how wide and varied the responses to Picasso's work have been. Henry Moore's Reclining Figure 1936, for example, will be shown with Picasso's La Source (1921); and David Hockney's portrait of Christopher Isherwood alongside Picasso's portrait of the mother of his lover Marie-Therese Walter to show how these great artists draw on their predecessor's work. Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Ben Nicholson, and Graham Sutherland are also featured in the Tate show which features 150 works, including approximately 70 by Picasso. For part of the 2012 exhibition, between 27th February and 4th March, The English National Ballet takes up residence in Tate Britain's Duveen galleries, helping to explore Picasso's enthusiasm for the Ballets Russes. Given this connection with dance, appropriately, the exhibition ends with his 1925 painting The Three Dancers. If the Tate's 1960 Picasso exhibition is anything to go by - a blockbuster show attended by 460,000 people including some members of the royal family - there will be queues around the block. 2012-02-152012-07-15 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank, London London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Exhibitions

Tate Britain, Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 15th February - 15th July 2012

 

Tate Britain hosts a major show to explore the influence of Pablo Picasso on future generations through the late Spanish artist's connections with Britain. The exhibition explores his impact on British modernism through works by seven British artists heavily influenced by Picasso, including Henry Moore, David Hockney and Francis Bacon. These artists, spanning a period of more than seventy years, show how wide and varied the responses to Picasso's work have been. Henry Moore's Reclining Figure 1936, for example, will be shown with Picasso's La Source (1921); and David Hockney's portrait of Christopher Isherwood alongside Picasso's portrait of the mother of his lover Marie-Therese Walter to show how these great artists draw on their predecessor's work. Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Ben Nicholson, and Graham Sutherland are also featured in the Tate show which features 150 works, including approximately 70 by Picasso. For part of the 2012 exhibition, between 27th February and 4th March, The English National Ballet takes up residence in Tate Britain's Duveen galleries, helping to explore Picasso's enthusiasm for the Ballets Russes. Given this connection with dance, appropriately, the exhibition ends with his 1925 painting The Three Dancers. If the Tate's 1960 Picasso exhibition is anything to go by - a blockbuster show attended by 460,000 people including some members of the royal family - there will be queues around the block.

 
 
 

London Olympic Test Event: UCI Track Cycling World Cup

Olympic level track cyclists compete for qualification at the new state-of-the-art Velodrome.

London Olympic Test Event: UCI Track Cycling World Cup London Olympic Test Event: UCI Track Cycling World Cup Top track cyclists from around the world give spectators a pre-taste of Olympic action at this UCI Track Cycling World Cup event at the new state-of-the-art Velodrome in the London 2012 Olympic Park. This will be the first sporting event to be staged at the Velodrome, which was designed in consultation with Sir Chris Hoy, Britain's triple gold medallist from the Beijing Games.  Part of the London Prepares series that is testing out venues ahead of the eagerly anticipated London 2012 Olympics, this is the fourth and final round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup after previous legs in Astana, Cali and Beijing, and precedes the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne. Results from both the World Cup and World Championships will help determine each country's ranking for Olympic qualification so expect this to be a fiercely competitive four days. 2012-02-162012-02-19 Where:
London Olympics Velodrome, Olympic Park, Stratford, London London, E20 2ST
Category: Sporting Events

London Olympics Velodrome, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Leyton Station

 

Dates: 16th - 19th February 2012

 

Top track cyclists from around the world give spectators a pre-taste of Olympic action at this UCI Track Cycling World Cup event at the new state-of-the-art Velodrome in the London 2012 Olympic Park. This will be the first sporting event to be staged at the Velodrome, which was designed in consultation with Sir Chris Hoy, Britain's triple gold medallist from the Beijing Games. Part of the London Prepares series that is testing out venues ahead of the eagerly anticipated London 2012 Olympics, this is the fourth and final round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup after previous legs in Astana, Cali and Beijing, and precedes the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne. Results from both the World Cup and World Championships will help determine each country's ranking for Olympic qualification so expect this to be a fiercely competitive four days.

 
 
 

London Fashion Week

The fashion world descends on Somerset House for the latest fashions.

London Fashion Week London Fashion Week London Fashion Week Alongside New York, Paris and Milan, London Fashion Week is one of the world's leading designer fashion showcases and it takes place in February and September at Somerset House. It features 200 of the industry's most creative designers and businesses, in the UK and internationally, with catwalk shows, exhibitions and award ceremonies. The Exhibition at Somerset House houses over 100 ready-to-wear and accessory designers and includes The Estethica stand which highlights the best in fair-trade and ethical design, while the NEWGEN stand (sponsored by TOPSHOP) picks out the finest up-and-coming designers. Over 5,000 visitors - fashion buyers, press and photographers - are expected and while events tend to be invite-only you can still spot top models and designers around town while it's on.
2014-02-142014-02-18 Where:
Somerset House, Strand, London London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Shopping

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

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 14th - 18th February 2014

 

This February London Fashion Week will be once again injecting a burst of style into Somerset House; the iconic building with its famous courtyard is a magical setting for this high profile fashion industry event. The week features 200 of the industry's most creative designers and businesses, in the UK and internationally, with catwalk shows, exhibitions and award ceremonies. The Estethica strand (sponsored by Monsoon) highlights the best in fair-trade and ethical design, while the NEWGEN stand (sponsored by Topshop) picks out the finest up-and-coming designers who may make a splash on the international scene. It's all wildly exclusive, of course, and if you don't have any connections with the fashion industry there's no chance of acquiring tickets to the main event, however the whole capital will no doubt be bustling with fashion fever and the streets could be your very own catwalk.

 
 
 

London Olympic Test Event: FINA Visa Diving World Cup 2012

The first ever sporting event to be staged at Zaha Hadid's Aquatics Centre.

London Olympic Test Event: FINA Visa Diving World Cup 2012 London Olympic Test Event: FINA Visa Diving World Cup 2012 The world's best divers from around 50 different nations are due to take part in the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup 2012 at the Aquatics Centre in the London 2012 Olympic Park. Although Zaha Hadid's slick Aquatics Centre was opened back in July 2011 with a dive from British athlete Tom Daley, this World Cup showdown will be the first ever sporting event to be staged in the venue and will give most competitors their first opportunity to test the waters and compete under the iconic wave-like roof ahead of the Summer Games. It will also give spectators who may have missed out on London 2012 tickets the chance to see a competitive event held in one of the Olympic Games' principal venues. This will be a key stepping stone to the Olympics: in both the men's and women's event, the 18 semi-finalists will qualify for a place at the London 2012 Games. Meanwhile, in the Synchronised events, the four highest ranked teams that have not previously qualified will achieve a place for London 2012. 2012-02-202012-02-26 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: 20th - 26th February 2012

 

The world's best divers from around 50 different nations are due to take part in the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup 2012 at the Aquatics Centre in the London 2012 Olympic Park. Although Zaha Hadid's slick Aquatics Centre was opened back in July 2011 with a dive from British athlete Tom Daley, this World Cup showdown will be the first ever sporting event to be staged in the venue and will give most competitors their first opportunity to test the waters and compete under the iconic wave-like roof ahead of the Summer Games. It will also give spectators who may have missed out on London 2012 tickets the chance to see a competitive event held in one of the Olympic Games' principal venues. This will be a key stepping stone to the Olympics: in both the men's and women's event, the 18 semi-finalists will qualify for a place at the London 2012 Games. Meanwhile, in the Synchronised events, the four highest ranked teams that have not previously qualified will achieve a place for London 2012.

 
 
 

The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race

Teams flip pancakes and race around Spitalfields in fancy dress.

The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race In celebration of Shrove Tuesday, pancake enthusiasts leg it down Dray Walk at The Old Truman Brewery near Brick Lane with a frying pan and slab of batter for a relay race with a difference. All participants need for The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race is a team of four spirited souls dressed up in wacky costumes and armed with a frying pan (pancakes are provided). Heats kick off at 12.30pm, followed by the finals and ceremonial prize-giving (for the winners: an engraved frying pan, of course). There's an award for the best-dressed team too so pick a theme and don the appropriate garb - however ridiculous. It's a really eccentric occasion made only better by the wandering clowns and string band playing in the background.

If you're visiting the pancake race from out of London and need accommodation, take a look at our hotels near The Old Truman Brewery.
2014-03-042014-03-04 Where:
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London London, E1 6QL
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 04th March 2014

 

In celebration of Shrove Tuesday, pancake enthusiasts leg it down Dray Walk in Spitalfields, with a frying pan and slab of batter for a relay race with a difference. All participants need for The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race is a team of four spirited souls happy to run around and toss the odd pancake. 'Athletes', in teams of four, have to run from one point to the next, flipping the pancake successfully a few times on the way. The heats kick off at 12.30pm, followed by the finals and then the ceremonial prize-giving. There's an award for the best-dressed team too so pick a theme and don the appropriate garb - however ridiculous. It's a really eccentric occasion made only better by the wandering clowns and the string band playing in the background. To enter a team, search Alternative Arts in LondonTown.com. Try and get sponsorship or at least bring a donation. Apart from that, all you need is a frying pan - pancakes are provided.

 
 
 

The Brit Awards

Adele is expected to sweep the boards at this year's Brit Awards.

The Brit Awards The Brit Awards The Brit Awards The biggest music event in Britain's calendar, The Brit Awards are returning to the O2 Arena for 2013. As usual, the ceremony will feature a host of the year's most successful artists all hoping to get their hands on a Brit Award trophy. Last year saw Ed Sheeran pick up two awards: Best British Male Solo Artist and Best British Breakthrough Act. Further winners included One Direction for Best British Single, Coldplay for Best British Group and Emeli Sande was the Critics' Choice. Chart sensation Adele also claimed two awards: Best British Female Solo Artist and the prestigious Mastercard British Album of the Year. This year, Mercury Prize winners Alt-J are tipped to feature heavily on the nominations list after their debut album 'An Awesome Wave' has reaped success. However, it's questionable whether James Corden will be invited back as the host after cutting Adele's speech short last year.
2013-02-202013-02-20 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: 20th February 2013

 

The biggest music event in Britain's calendar, The Brit Awards, are returning to The O2 Arena for 2012. Once again to be hosted by actor and all-round people's favourite James Corden, the ceremony will feature a host of the year's most successful artists all hoping to get their hands on a Brit award trophy. This year the iconic trophy will be designed by Sir Peter Blake, the man behind The Beatles record cover Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Paul Weller's Stanley Road. Last year saw Tinie Tempah pick up two awards: Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Single, further winners included Take That for Best British Group and Jessie J was the Critics' Choice. Tipped to lead the way in the nomination stakes for 2012 is chart sensation Adele, who after her spine tingling performance last year defined The Brit Awards 2011 as 'the most life changing night of her life'. The 2011 show was treated to performances from Rihanna, Plan B, Tine Tempah and Adele, and this year is sure to include just as many dazzling extravaganzas.

 
 
 

Livery Companies Pancake Day Race

London's historic livery companies come together for the annual pancake race.

Livery Companies Pancake Day Race Livery Companies Pancake Day Race The City's annual inter-livery Pancake Race sees teams racing around the Guildhall yard at noon on Shrove Tuesday competing for frying pan trophies awarded to the winner of each class. It's a colourful event with each aspect of the race allocated to the relevant livery - the Gunmakers start each heat with a bang, the Clockmakers are responsible for the accuracy of the timing, the Fruiterers provide lemons, the Cutlers plastic forks, the Glovers white gloves worn by each runner, and the Poulters the eggs essential in the making of the pancakes. A recent additional attraction has been a specially commissioned piece sung by the Musicians Company. Original participants were Livery companies in some way associated with the making of pancakes with invited teams from the Mansion House and Guildhall but thankfully this has been extended to include other Livery Companies and Corporation Departments such as The Old Bailey, preferably with a relationship to the making of pancakes. 2012-02-212012-02-21 Where:
Guildhall, Gresham Street, City of London London, EC2P 2EJ
Category: Seasonal

Guildhall, Gresham Street, City of, City, London, EC2P 2EJ

Tube: Moorgate Station, Bank Station, St. Paul's Station, Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 21st February 2012

 

The City's annual inter-livery Pancake Race sees teams racing around the Guildhall yard at noon on Shrove Tuesday competing for frying pan trophies awarded to the winner of each class. It's a colourful event with each aspect of the race allocated to the relevant livery - the Gunmakers start each heat with a bang, the Clockmakers are responsible for the accuracy of the timing, the Fruiterers provide lemons, the Cutlers plastic forks, the Glovers white gloves worn by each runner, and the Poulters the eggs essential in the making of the pancakes. A recent additional attraction has been a specially commissioned piece sung by the Musicians Company. Original participants were Livery companies in some way associated with the making of pancakes with invited teams from the Mansion House and Guildhall but thankfully this has been extended to include other Livery Companies and Corporation Departments such as The Old Bailey, preferably with a relationship to the making of pancakes.

 
 
 

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2012

Adventure, action sports and environmental films.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2012 The most amazing collection of adventure, action sports and environmental films returns to the UK for a third bigger and even more inspiring and adrenaline-packed year in 2012. This February, the London leg of the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to the Union Chapel for a bumper four nights of mind-blowing films, shorts and documentaries paying homage to the great outdoors. The actual festival is held annually in November in the stunning Canadian town of Banff and features a collection of thought-provoking films from all over the globe. It is followed by this world tour of the event's best films, showcasing remote landscapes, vibrant cultures and extreme sports, brought to the screen by some of the world's finest mountain filmmakers. Ideal for mountain enthusiasts, adventure-seekers and anyone partial to a spot of wanderlust, the programme will highlight adventure sports such as climbing, kayaking, speed flying and alpine skiing, and an exhilarating range of imagery from some of earth's last great wild places. Confirmed films include The Swiss Machine, a vertiginous study of the great speed alpinist and free solo climber Ueli Steck, and Azadi: Freedom, a short which looks at Kashmir in the wake of the violent militant insurgence of the 90s through the lens of skiing. For a great taster, check out the breathtaking trailer video on www.banff-uk.com.
2012-02-212012-02-24 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London London, N1 2UN
Category: Film Events

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: 21st - 24th February 2012

 

The most amazing collection of adventure, action sports and environmental films returns to the UK for a second bigger and even more inspiring and adrenaline-packed year in 2012. This February, the London leg of the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to the Union Chapel for a bumper four nights of mind-blowing films, shorts and documentaries paying homage to the great outdoors. The actual festival is held annually in November in the stunning Canadian town of Banff and features a collection of thought-provoking films from all over the globe. It is followed by this world tour of the event's best films, showcasing remote landscapes, vibrant cultures and extreme sports, brought to the screen by some of the world's finest mountain filmmakers. Ideal for mountain enthusiasts, adventure-seekers and anyone partial to a spot of wanderlust, the programme will highlight adventure sports such as climbing, kayaking, speed flying and alpine skiing, and an exhilarating range of imagery from some of earth's last great wild places. Confirmed films include The Swiss Machine, a vertiginous study of the great speed alpinist and free solo climber Ueli Steck, and Azadi: Freedom, a short which looks at Kashmir in the wake of the violent militant insurgence of the 90s through the lens of skiing.

 
 
 

All New People

Zach Braff stars in his own play, a comedy centred on a heartbroken 35-year-old man.

All New People All New People Zach Braff, famous for his role in US TV sitcom Scrubs, makes his UK stage acting debut in a comedy he wrote about a heartbroken 35-year-old man whose getaway to a Long Island beach house is interrupted by a not-so-merry band of misfits. All New People is "a slick and slight but lively new comedy by Zach Braff" according to the New York Times who praised the "smartly brisk direction of Peter DuBois" and "sharply drawn comic performances" when the play appeared Off-Broadway at the Second Stage theatre in the summer of 2011. For the play's 10-week season at the Duke of York's theatre on 22 February 2012 (following 1-week runs at the Glasgow Kings theatre and Manchester Opera House) Braff takes the lead role playing Charlie, a man at the end of his tether. His plans to end it all are interrupted by an influx of characters, including a hired beauty, a fireman and an eccentric British real estate agent. The actor told the Evening Standard: "It's always been a dream of mine to do a play in the West End. I never imagined I'd be lucky enough to have it be a play I'd written."
2012-02-222012-04-28 Where:
Duke of York's Theatre, St Martins Lane, London London, WC2N 4BG
Category: Theatre

Duke of York's Theatre, St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4BG

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

 

Dates: 22nd February - 28th April 2012

 

Zach Braff, famous for his role in US TV sitcom Scrubs, makes his UK stage acting debut in a comedy he wrote about a heartbroken 35-year-old man whose getaway to a Long Island beach house is interrupted by a not-so-merry band of misfits. All New People is "a slick and slight but lively new comedy by Zach Braff" according to the New York Times who praised the "smartly brisk direction of Peter DuBois" and "sharply drawn comic performances" when the play appeared Off-Broadway at the Second Stage theatre in the summer of 2011. For the play's 10-week season at the Duke of York's theatre on 22 February 2012 (following 1-week runs at the Glasgow Kings theatre and Manchester Opera House) Braff takes the lead role playing Charlie, a man at the end of his tether. His plans to end it all are interrupted by an influx of characters, including a hired beauty, a fireman and an eccentric British real estate agent. The actor told the Evening Standard: "It's always been a dream of mine to do a play in the West End. I never imagined I'd be lucky enough to have it be a play I'd written."

 
 
 

The Baby Show

Test and compare products from leading manufacturers before purchasing.

 

Taking place four times a year across four venues, The Baby Show offers the widest range of baby products on the market and luckily for Londoners, the show comes to both Earls Court and ExCel over the course of the year. Giving visitors a rare opportunity to test and compare products before purchasing, The Baby Show is designed to make shopping as easy and stress-free as possible, making it an ideal day-out for new parents and expecting mothers. Conveniently, there is a creche on hand, giving you a chance to browse through the hundreds of products on offer, knowing that your little one is in safe hands. You can expect a number of big brands in attendance including Fisher Price, Mothercare, Marks and Spencer and Superdrug and often, there will chance to grab offers available only to visitors. Don't worry about not having enough car space to take your purchases home as anything you buy can be dropped off and collected later or delivered straight to your door. As well as providing you with a chance to stock-up on products for your baby, there is also plenty of advice available throughout the course of the day on everything from what pushchair to buy to how to stay fashionable throughout your pregnancy.

 
 
 

Ceramic Art London

One of the leading international fairs for contemporary ceramics.

Ceramic Art London Ceramic Art London Held annually at the Royal College of Art, Ceramic Art London, now in its tenth year, is one of the leading international fairs for contemporary ceramics, with over 75 ceramic artists displaying their work. Held in the Henry Moore and Gulbenkian Galleries, all works at the three-day exhibition are for sale, offering collectors an opportunity to see the latest works and buy directly from the maker. For gallery owners and collectors it's an opportunity to snap up new talent, and for enthusiasts and visitors it gives an insight into this niche art form. For those who want to learn more, there's a free programme of demonstrations, talks and discussions while an exhibition by RCA Ceramics students shows the future of studio ceramics. 2014-04-042014-04-06 Where:
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2EU
Category: Exhibitions

Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2EU

Tube: Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 4th, 5th and 6th April 2014

 

Held annually at the Royal College of Art, Ceramic Art London, now in its ninth year, is one of the leading international fairs for contemporary ceramics, with over 75 ceramic artists displaying their work. Displayed in the Henry Moore and Gulbenkian Galleries, all works displayed at the three-day exhibition are for sale, offering collectors an opportunity to see the latest works and buy directly from the maker. For gallery owners and collectors it's an opportunity to snap up new talent, and for enthusiasts and visitors it gives an insight into this niche art form. With something to suit all budgets it's possible to walk away with a unique piece of original art. For those who want to learn more, there's a programme of demonstrations, talks and discussions giving visitors an insight into the current issues, working practices and techniques involved in the production of ceramic art while an exhibition by RCA Ceramics students shows the future of studio ceramics.

 
 
 

Who Do You Think You Are? Live

Explore your family tree at the UK's biggest genealogy show.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live Who Do You Think You Are? Live Following the success of the television show, Who Do You Think You Are? Live will be enabling visitors to explore their very own family tree. With a number of emotional television episodes as celebrities discovered the truths and secrets of their own families, this event could create a tear or two. The show will be inviting genealogy experts and industry specialists to provide one-to-one sessions and extensive workshops. Attendees will be able to date their family photos, identify any military ancestors and uncover the secrets and past of their great family relatives. Also, this year will introduce a focus on immigration and emigration where a workshop will inform visitors on how to trace family history in other countries. The venue is well connected by Kensington (Olympia) Tube Station, The London Underground and the District Line. And if you're coming from outside of London, we have tons of great offers in our Olympia hotels guide.
2013-02-222013-02-24 Where:
Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London London, W14 8UX
Category: Exhibitions

Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 22nd - 24th February 2013

 

Following the success of the television show, Who Do You Think You Are? Live will be enabling visitors to explore their very own family tree. With a number of emotional television episodes as celebrities discovered the truths and secrets of their own families, this event could create a tear or two. The celebrities will also be featuring in the Celebrity Theatre where they will be discussing their own experiences of when they went through their personal journey of discovery. The show will be inviting genealogy experts and industry specialists to provide one-to-one sessions and extensive workshops. Attendees will be able to date their family photos, identify any military ancestors and uncover the secrets and past of their great family relatives. There will also be the opportunity to win a photo scanning and restoration service, or a memory box from Animare Photo Books.

 
 
 

Six Nations Rugby: England v Wales

England take on World Cup heroes Wales at Twickenham.

Six Nations Rugby: England v Wales Six Nations Rugby: England v Wales Six Nations Rugby: England v Wales Six Nations Rugby returns to London with reigning champions England taking on World Cup heroes Wales in a hotly anticipated showdown at Twickenham. This is England's first and penultimate home match of the 2012 tournament and comes after two difficult away games in Scotland and Italy. As for Wales, their reputation in world rugby has rarely been higher. A heroic run to the semi finals at the World Cup in 2011 won them many neutral fans and the off-field conduct of their players, led by the hugely impressive Sam Warburton (who was, incidentally, sent off in controversial circumstances in the semi final defeat to France), was in sharp contrast to that of England's. Twickenham is an extremely tough place to go and win but this youthful Wales side appear to be in far better shape than their beleaguered English counterparts. Expect a fantastic, tense 80 minutes of rugby. For ticketing information, go to www.rfu.com.
2012-02-262012-02-26 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: 26th February 2012

 

Six Nations Rugby returns to London with reigning champions England taking on World Cup heroes Wales in a hotly anticipated showdown at Twickenham. This is England's first and penultimate home match of the 2012 tournament and comes after two difficult away games in Scotland and Italy. Wales enjoyed a heroic run to the semi finals at the World Cup in 2011 won them many neutral fans. Twickenham is an extremely tough place to go and win but this youthful Wales side appear to be in far better shape than their beleaguered English counterparts. Expect a fantastic, tense 80 minutes of rugby expected to be watched by 80,000 people live.

 
 
 

The Death of Klinghoffer

A 1991 'docu-opera' based upon the murder of a Jewish-American tourist.

The Death of Klinghoffer The Death of Klinghoffer A unique concept: The Death of Klinghoffer is a 1991 'docu-opera' based upon the murder of a Jewish-American tourist during the hijacking of a Mediterranean cruise liner by Palestinian terrorists. After the success of composer John Adams' Nixon In China, ENO is now ready to unveil The Death of Klinghoffer in 2012. Alice Goodman spikes her poetic libretto with both Biblical and Koranic references and personal accounts of what happened on board the ship. Excitingly, Tom Morris who helped bring Michael Morpurgo's War Horse to life at the National Theatre, makes his opera directing debut here. 2012-02-252012-03-09 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatre

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4ES

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 25th February - 09th March 2012

 

A unique concept: The Death of Klinghoffer is a 1991 'docu-opera' based upon the murder of a Jewish-American tourist during the hijacking of a Mediterranean cruise liner by Palestinian terrorists. After the success of composer John Adams' Nixon In China, ENO is now ready to unveil The Death of Klinghoffer in 2012. Alice Goodman spikes her poetic libretto with both Biblical and Koranic references and personal accounts of what happened on board the ship. Excitingly, Tom Morris who helped bring Michael Morpurgo's War Horse to life at the National Theatre, makes his opera directing debut here.

 
 
 

Carling Cup Final

Liverpool play Cardiff City in the Carling Cup Final

Carling Cup Final Carling Cup Final Carling Cup Final The Carling Cup Final is the first domestic trophy of the English season and represents the opportunity for the winners to get their hands on some morale-boosting silverware. At the time of writing, this year's finalists are unknown but with some strong sides, including Chelsea and both the Manchester clubs, still in the tournament at the quarter final stage, there remains a good chance of a showpiece final. Last year, Arsene Wenger's much fancied Arsenal were humbled by Birmingham City, who would go on to be relegated from the Premier League later on that season. The Gunners were the overwhelming favourites in the final - after years of using the competition as an opportunity to blood their talented youngsters, it appeared as if they were finally taking the competition seriosly after six years without a trophy. But a last minute winner from Obafemi Martins, after a horrendous mix up between Arsenal keeper Wojiech Szczesny and defender Laurent Koscielny, saw the Midlanders home and Arsenal's long wait for success continues. Check www.wembleystadium.com and individual club websites for ticketing details. 2012-02-262012-02-26 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London London, HA9 0WS
Category: Sporting Events

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 26th February 2012

 

The Carling Cup Final is the first domestic trophy of the English season and represents the opportunity for the winners to get their hands on some morale-boosting silverware. Liverpool take on Cardiff City for what promises to be a fierce battle to win the final to be battled out at Wembley Stadium. Last year, Arsene Wenger's much fancied Arsenal were humbled by Birmingham City, who would go on to be relegated from the Premier League later on that season. The Gunners were the overwhelming favourites in the final - after years of using the competition as an opportunity to blood their talented youngsters, it appeared as if they were finally taking the competition seriosly after six years without a trophy. But a last minute winner from Obafemi Martins, after a horrendous mix up between Arsenal keeper Wojiech Szczesny and defender Laurent Koscielny, saw the Midlanders home and Arsenal's long wait for success continues. Search Carling Cup Final in LondonTown.com for more ticketing details.

 
 
 

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher's first solo venture comes to London's O2 Arena.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher will be dropping by the O2 Arena this February as part of his UK and Ireland tour Noel Gallager's High Flying Birds. Since leaving Oasis in 2009 Noel's debut solo album has been long awaited. Known for his catchy tunes and throaty voice, it was no surprise that the Gallagher brother wanted to put some time and thought into his first solo creation before baring himself to the public. Now, with the recent release of this self titled anticipated album, which reached number one of the UK album charts he is now set to take his renowned voice round the country and treat fans to live performances of tracks from the album. 2012-02-262012-02-26 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: 26th February 2012

 

Noel Gallagher will be dropping by The O2 Arena this February as part of his UK and Ireland tour Noel Gallager's High Flying Birds. Since leaving Oasis in 2009 Noel's debut solo album has been long awaited. Known for his catchy tunes and throaty voice, it was no surprise that the Gallagher brother wanted to put some time and thought into his first solo creation before baring himself to the public. Now, with the recent release of this self titled anticipated album, which reached number one of the UK album charts he is now set to take his renowned voice round the country and treat fans to live performances of tracks from the album.

 
 
 

Maslenitsa Russian Festival

The annual Russian festival returns to Trafalgar Square to wave farewell to winter.

Maslenitsa Maslenitsa Also known as pancake week, Maslenitsa is celebrated every year by Russians all over the world as a way of waving farewell to winter and welcoming in the warmth of spring. A true family occasion, the Trafalgar Square event will see performances of traditional songs and dance, games and competitions, an arts and crafts fair, but best of all, there will be an authentic Russian marketplace where you can gorge on beef stroganoff, beetroot soup and of course, plenty of pancakes. It doesn't matter whether you're Russian or not, everyone is welcome. So raise your glass of vodka and join in with a toast to warmer weather. 2014-03-022014-03-02 Where:
Trafalgar Square, Central London London, WC2N 5DS
Category: Concerts

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

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

 

Dates: 02nd March 2014

 

Also known as pancake week, Maslenitsa is celebrated every year by Russians all over the world. Waving farewell to winter and welcoming in the warmth of spring, 2012 sees the Russian festival return to London for one day only. A true family occasion; the Trafalgar Square event will see performances of traditional songs and dance, games and competitions, an arts and crafts fair, but best of all, there will be an authentic Russian marketplace where you can gorge on beef stroganoff, beetroot soup and of course, plenty of pancakes. It doesn't matter whether you're Russian or not, everyone is welcome. So raise your glass of vodka and join in with a toast to warmer weather.

 
 
 

Mine to Medals

See the medals designed for the 2012 Olympics and hear how they're made.

Mine to Medals Mine to Medals For some this British Museum exhibition may be as close as they'll get to an Olympic gold medal - despite their best endeavours. Mine to Medals: the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games medals shows the discs designed by British artist David Watkins that will be earned, through sweat and years of hard training, by the winning atheletes in the 2012 Olympic Games. This display, which is part of the Cultural Olympiad, tells the story of the designs of the medals - from design to mine to their production at the Royal Mint headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales. Medals have been awarded to winning athletes since the first modern Olympics in 1896, and these modern medals continue that tradition combining traditional elements - the front of the medal always depicts the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike - with emblems that are specific to London (a ribbon represents the River Thames) while a dished background suggests the bowl shape of a modern stadium. 2012-02-082012-09-09 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Exhibitions

British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 08th February - 09th September 2012

 

For some this British Museum exhibition may be as close as they'll get to an Olympic gold medal - despite their best endeavours. Mine to Medals: the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games medals shows the discs designed by British artist David Watkins that will be earned, through sweat and years of hard training, by the winning atheletes in the 2012 Olympic Games. This display, which is part of the Cultural Olympiad, tells the story of the designs of the medals - from design to mine to their production at the Royal Mint headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales. Medals have been awarded to winning athletes since the first modern Olympics in 1896, and these modern medals continue that tradition combining traditional elements - the front of the medal always depicts the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike - with emblems that are specific to London (a ribbon represents the River Thames) while a dished background suggests the bowl shape of a modern stadium.

 
 
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