Visit London Blog » royal air force museum http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:00:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 What’s On This Weekend: 5-7 April 2013 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/04/whats-on-this-weekend-5-7-april-2013/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/04/whats-on-this-weekend-5-7-april-2013/#comments Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:30:36 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=32373 The clocks have gone forward, meaning that you have an extra hour of daylight in which to enjoy the wonders of London! There are lots of great events and exhibitions taking place this weekend, from neuroscience-themed activities to a chance to see majestic displays of birds of prey.

Oysters and Absinthe at Callooh Callay 

This weekend is your last chance to discover the atmospheric absinthe and oyster bar at Callooh Callay, an eclectic Alice in Wonderland-inspired bar by Old Street. Located behind the venue’s wardrobe (seriously), the upstairs absinthe bar offers a selection of reasonably-priced oysters and bar snacks alongside delicious absinthe cocktails such as Sazerac and Death in the Afternoon. You’ve only got until Saturday to mix with the Green Fairy, however, as the pop-up bar is being once again converted to a new theme. Until 6 Apr

Bollywood Showstoppers at The O2

Revel in the magic of Bollywood dance at this spectacular show, which combines colourful costumes, catchy songs and amazing choreography. Amongst the performers will be notable performers Bipasha Basu, Shaan and Atif Aslam. Tickets start at £25. 7 Apr

Open Days at Upminster Windmill

Visit one of England’s finest examples of an 18th century smock mill (a windmill with a hexagonal or octagonal tower) in Upminster this weekend. The Grade II* listed building will be open for free tours on Saturday and Sunday, on which visitors can view the mill’s fascinating machinery and enjoy views that extend over London to the transmitter at Crystal Palace. 6-7 Apr

Eagles at Easter: Falconry Displays at the Royal Air Force Museum

In celebration of the symbolic place that birds of prey have within the Royal Air Force (RAF) – the eagle is, for example, featured prominently on the service’s badge – the RAF Museum is staging falconry displays on its helipad. Three displays will be held per day, and visitors can also enjoy the museum’s display of more than 100 aircraft as well as a host of fun activities. Entry is free. 6-12 Apr

Warhol on Film at the ICA

This weekend the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) will be screening UK premieres of three rare Warhol films from the 1960s, which have been newly restored. Chelsea Girls, Sleep and Vinyl are among the most significant works of the artist’s career, during which he created more than 600 films. Screening times and ticket prices can be found on the ICA website. 5-7 Apr

The Wonder Street Fair at the Barbican Centre

Coinciding with the Barbican’s Festival of Neuroscience, the Wonder Street Fair will fill the Barbican Foyer with free activities, performances and demonstrations. More than 20 inspiring activities will be on offer, including the chance to discover cave painting, play with motion sensors and even knit a neuron. 12pm-7.30pm, 7-9 Apr

Photo by Ade Bradshaw via Flickr.

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London Celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/08/london-celebrates-the-70th-anniversary-of-the-battle-of-britain/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/08/london-celebrates-the-70th-anniversary-of-the-battle-of-britain/#comments Wed, 11 Aug 2010 15:00:10 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=13157

Seventy years ago this summer, the first Luftwaffe bombers attacked London beginning what became known as the Battle of Britain.

Over the next few weeks, there are plenty of events in memory of this incredible period of London’s history during World War II. If you want to revisit the Battle of Britain in London, check out the following events:

BBC Big Band: Hits from the Blitz, Cadogan Hall, 12 Aug
Hits from the Blitz is a celebration of the greatest music from the war-time era, including nostalgic classics like We’ll Meet Again, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, and White Cliffs of Dover.

Battle of Britain at Churchill War Rooms, 17 Aug-31 Aug
Throughout the second half of August, there will be a number of exciting and unique events at Churchill War Rooms to remember the Battle of Britain.

Battle of Britain Fly-Past, Whitehall, 20 Aug
A Spitfire and a Hurricane will fly over Whitehall to commemorate the Battle of Britain on 20 August, after Winston Churchill’s speech referring to “the few” is played at the Churchill War Rooms.

Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary Concert, Chartwell, 4 Sep
Just outside London, National Trust’s Chartwell is Churchill’s former home. The Central Band of the Royal Air Force will take centre stage for a twilight concert commemorating the Battle of Britain. The band will be supported by period aircraft, archive film, special effects and narration. Visit www.synergyeventsuk.com for more info.

Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary Living History Weekend, Royal Air Force Museum, 11-12 Sep
Bring the whole family to the RAF Battle of Britain Living History Weekend at the Royal Air Force Museum to watch re-enactments and learn more about life during the battle.

Battle of Britain, Royal Festival Hall, 11 Sep
Get in the mood with a nostalgic blend of swing hits and wartime favourites at this Royal Festival Hall concert. With readings from High Flight and speeches from Churchill. Plus a traditional singalong to 1940s favourites Underneath the Arches, Run Rabbit Run, Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line

Battle of Britain Concert – A Musical Commemoration, Royal Albert Hall, 3 Oct
Timothy West introduces a stirring programme to commemorate and honour the Royal Air Force. The program features wartime favourites with readings from High Flight and speeches from Churchill and Henry V. Plus a ukulele tribute to George Formby.

The RAF in Concert, Barbican, 24 Nov
This year’s prestigious Royal Air Force in Concert officially commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with an exciting and nostalgic programme of music that will conjure up the atmosphere surrounding Britain’s “finest hour”.

Are you going to an event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain? Let us know in the comments below.

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