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London 2013 from LondonTown.com - The book

The 244 page printed edition to the best events, new openings and amazing happenings in London in 2013

If you thought there might be a post-Olympic slowdown in London, the LondonTown.com guide to the year ahead will soon put you right. In the year after hosting the landmark sports event, London has a huge wealth of arts and entertainment events, sporting fixtures and new openings to keep visitors happy in 2013. There are 64,192 events featured on LondonTown, from blockbuster art exhibitions to West End shows, intimate talks to stadium gigs, the spice is in the huge variety. 2013 is also the year that the Olympic legacy starts to take shape. The first phase of the regeneration of the Olympic infrastructure, turning it from a private zone into a public park with state-of-the-art venues, begins on 27th July and it hosts its first post-Olympic sporting event, RideLondon, in August. Another new opening is The View from The Shard - the highest viewing platform in the city which welcomes its first visitors on 1st February. There's much to look forward to in a year that David Bowie gets a retrospective at the V&A, legendary Londoner Michael Caine turns 80 - with a celebratory exhibition at the Museum of London - and the Queen marks 60 years since her coronation. Purchase your copy (free delivery worldwide) ...


Engaging and informative features

The 'London 2013' book is primarily an events guide but it also gives readers a wealth of interesting and informative features to digest. The front section is filled with a round-up of the best theatre, major art exhibitions, dance, opera and classical music, comedy and sporting events. Alongside are engaging articles on the 150th anniversary of the Tube - a birthday marked by a major poster art exhibition, theatrical events, and talks - and just one of the many significant anniversaries being celebrated in London this year. There are picture features on London's festivals - large umbrella events which harbour hundreds of smaller events within them - as well as children's theatre, the city's lidos and weekly markets. Turn to the back section for features that will take you off the beaten track to the capital's hidden locations including its magnificent cemeteries and lesser-known museums.


January 2013 highlights

Theatre lovers are spoilt for choice in January with Rupert Everett in The Judas Kiss, Gina McKee and Tamzin Outhwaite in Di and Viv and Rose, and Rufus Sewell and Kristin Scott Thomas in Old Times. Rowan Atkinson stars in Quartermaine's Terms, and Zoe Boyle appears in Polly Stenham's new play, No Quarter, upstairs at the Royal Court. The best of the fringe includes A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings and dreamthinkspeak's In the Beginning was the End. There's live music from Sinead O'Connor, Jane Birkin and Donny and Marie Osmond, and classical music as the Southbank Centre's year-long The Rest is Noise festival begins. Blockbuster art show, Manet: Portraying Life, begins the Royal Academy of Arts year and the Hayward's Light Show promises to offer an illuminating insight into contemporary art.


February 2013 highlights

Admire the view, not only The View from The Shard which opens on the 1st of the month, but also at Tate Britain's free exhibition Looking at the View. Tate Modern goes pop art with a major Lichtenstein exhibition, and electropop with Kraftwerk. Works by Man Ray, Picasso, Duchamp and German artist Rosemarie Trockel are at galleries across the city this month. There's comedy from Alan Davies, Chris Addison, and Rolf Harris, the last two appearing at the Southbank Centre where the Imagine festival is a treat for the kids. On stage, Helen Mirren reprises her role as 'The Queen' in The Audience, Scottish actor James McAvoy appears as Macbeth, and the hilarious Broadway hit The Book of Mormon opens in the West End, previews from the 25th are already sold out.


March 2013 highlights

Two blockbuster exhibitions - the British Museum's Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and David Bowie Is - are highlights of March in London. The month when the Museum of London marks Michael Caine's 80th birthday, Judi Dench stars in Peter And Alice, and the world famous Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race takes to the Thames. The Holi Hindu Festival adds a welcome splash of colour, as does fashion designer Kaffe Fassett whose colourful world is revealed at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Flamenco is the focus of the 10th Anniversary Festival at Sadler's Wells and in rugby England take on Italy at Twickenham Stadium.


April 2013 highlights

April brings the world premiere of Michel van der Aa's new opera Sunken Garden. The Rite of Spring is revived at Sadler's Wells in a special 100th anniversary celebration, Emeli Sande plays live, Krister Henriksson - 'Wallander' to fans of Swedish TV - makes his West End debut in Doktor Glas. The Tempest starts  Shakespeare's Globe's 2013 season while Cheek By Jowl performs Ubu Roi at the Barbican, and Conor McPherson's The Weir has its first major London revival since the play premiered in 1997. This year the London Marathon, with its finishing line in front of Buckingham Palace, falls on the same day as the Queen's actual birthday, Sunday 21st April, when the Gun Salutes go off in Hyde Park.


May 2013 highlights

There'll be a whiff of nostalgia at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show which celebrates its centenary at Royal Hospital Chelsea. Akram Khan's iTMOi, a radical reinterpretation of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, is staged at Sadler's Wells. A highlight of the Royal Opera House year is Raven Girl, a collaboration between choreographer Wayne McGregor and 'The Time Traveler's Wife' author Audrey Niffenegger, and Felicity Kendal stars in Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy Relatively Speaking. Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby are at the Design Museum, and Clerkenwell Design Week offers three days of design events. The Vaccines, Leona Lewis, Lana Del Ray, Muse and Depeche Mode all play live, while Field Day is the first of London's summer festivals. But for sports fans the most important date of the month has to be Saturday 11th May: The FA Cup Final.


June 2013 highlights

June 2013 marks 60 years since the Queen's coronation and on Thursday 13th June a special Coronation Jubilee Concert will be held at Westminster Abbey, the Royal Opera House celebrates with a performance of Gloriana, Britten's opera written for the coronation in 1953. More pomp and ceremony with the Trooping the Colour parade, held on 15th June to mark the Queen's official birthday. Sam Mendes brings Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the London stage where Daniel Radcliffe, and Kim Cattrall also star. Lowry gets a long overdue review at Tate Britain and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition returns. Yoko Ono curates the Southbank Centre's Meltdown Festival, Cliff Richard headlines the annual summer music festival at Hampton Court Palace and the City of London Festival adds to the feast of music on offer. From 24th June, all eyes are on SW19 for two weeks of world class tennis at Wimbledon.


July 2013 highlights

Two big re-openings in London this month: the Imperial War Museum re-opens following a six-month closure with a new family exhibition, Horrible Histories: Spies; and the former Olympic Park re-opens as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 27th July, exactly one year after the opening ceremony of the Olympics. The Coronation Festival gathers Royal Warrant holders for a unique market in the Queen's garden, the first time Buckingham Palace has been used in this way. The arrival of summer proper is hailed with the iTunes Festival and outdoor events including the Somerset House Summer Series, Lovebox, Opera Holland Park which concludes its 2013 season with I Gioiellidella Madonna, The Sound of Music at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and the Foodies Festival at Battersea Park. Other July highlights are The BBC Proms, Richard Rogers at the Royal Academy of Arts, Henley Royal Regatta and the finals of Wimbledon.


August 2013 highlights

RideLondon, a brand new two-day cycling festival, rolls into London for the first time this August with events held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and on the streets of central London for both professional and amateur cyclists. Keep the kids entertained with Kids Week - free theatre tickets for children aged 5 to 16, the LolliBop Festival for the under-10s, a Jolly Day Out at Hampton Court, and the Notting Hill Carnival Children's Day which takes place on Sunday 25th before the main event on Monday 26th August. The popular Buckingham Palace Summer Opening begins on 3rd August, there's outdoor fun with Summer Screen at Somerset House and new writing in Blue Stockings, one of three new plays receiving their world premieres at Shakespeare's Globe this summer. Finally, West Side Story, a sell-out success during its 50th anniversary season in 2008, returns to Sadler's Wells from 7th August.


September 2013 highlights

A busy month for theatre-goers, September brings Sheridan Smith and David Walliams in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock in Barking in Essex, and Mark Rylance directing Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in Much Ado About Nothing at the Old Vic. Lyricist Tim Rice returns to the London theatre scene with From Here to Eternity following a ten-year absence. Major art exhibitions include Pearls at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Australia at the Royal Academy of Arts while the annual Open House Weekend returns on 21st and 22nd September. The world famous Last Night of the Proms brings the terrific summer Proms at the Royal Albert Hall to a fitting finale on Saturday 7th September. Across the road in Hyde Park, at the ITU World Triathlon Finals, the home crowd will be backing the Brownlee brothers' hopes of repeating their Olympic success here last year.


October 2013 highlights

It's art month in London as Frieze comes to town alongside an array of spin off events including PAD London and Moniker Art Fair. London's galleries rise to the occasion, staging enticing exhibitions on Paul Klee, Honore Daumier, James Whistler, and Sarah Lucas. The Wallace Collection celebrates The Male Nude, the Courtauld Gallery focuses on The Young Durer, and the National Gallery stages The Portrait in Vienna, an exhibition of works by avant-garde artists including Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. The Victoria and Albert Museum has an amazing display of Masterpieces of Chinese Painting and reveals Tomorrow, a major site-specific installation by artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. Feeling inspired? Try your hand at one of the many hands-on events that come under The Big Draw umbrella. New this month, Milton Court, the Guildhall School's brand new state-of-the-art performance venue opens with a performance by the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra on Friday 4th October.

 

November 2013 highlights

Jazz, fireworks and festivities: November has something for everyone. The London Jazz Festival presents an interesting programme and returns along with other annual favourites including bonfire night fireworks, the Lord Mayor's Show, and the festive Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. The ATP World Tour Finals bring the eight best tennis players in the world to London's O2, the Design Museum celebrates four decades of design by Sir Paul Smith, the National Maritime Museum presents Turner and the Sea, and the Science Museum hosts an exhibition on the Large Hadron Collider. Remembrance Sunday is marked by the traditional wreath laying ceremony but also by Britten's War Requiem a special concert at the Royal Albert Hall where Chinese piano prodigy Lang Lang plays for two nights only. Concluding his season of five plays at the Noel Coward Theatre, Michael Grandage directs Jude Law in Shakespeare's Henry V from 23rd November.

 

December 2013 highlights

The year comes to a close with a flurry of seasonal sports including ice skating, al fresco swimming - with the OSS December Dip and the Peter Pan Cup Swimming Race, brrr - the Santa Run and the Great Christmas Pudding Race in Covent Garden (egg and spoon with a festive twist). Added to these are the biannual Jameel Prize, a plateful of pantomimes - the New Wimbledon Theatre and Hackney Empire are among the best - ballet performances, candle-lit carols and seasonal food festivals followed by New Year's Eve Fireworks set off from the London Eye. Sadler's Wells' The Snowman has become a much-loved winter tradition in London and it doesn't get much more festive than The Nutcracker performed by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, what better way to embrace the magic of Christmas?


 
 
Have a great year | Best wishes from the LondonTown.com Team