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Hyde Park will have a big screen

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A view of what was formerly known as St James' Park

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Matthew Norman: Do unethical lobbyists feel any pain at the dirty, seedy role they play in politics?

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Field Day, Victoria Park, London

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Arcade Fire, Hyde Park, 30 June 2011

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The Beggar's Opera, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London

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Get Loaded in the Park, Clapham Common, London

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Lord of the Flies, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, London

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