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MALT + PEPPER X REDCHURCH: The absolute lads of London’s foodie scene who cook up beer-infused dishes have teamed up with Redchurch Brewery to create a menu based entirely around the brewer’s beers. Eastbound & Down Arches, Cambridge Heath Road, various prices, 5-11 February
GLAM YOUR GARDEN: You might not be lucky enough to have a garden but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your indoor greenery. Pimp your plant pots at this creative workshop and the sequin will brighten up your home even if the sun doesn’t want to. Drink Shop & Do (King’s Cross), £5, book ahead, from 6pm
SICILY CULTURE TALK AND MEAL: Tuck into a tasty Italian mean washed down with Sicilian wine, while journalist Francesca Marchese fills you in on Sicilian culture and the traditions behind the centuries-old St. Agata Festival. Tasting Sicily Enzo’s Kitchen, £25, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE TALK: Julia Eccleshare invites you to take a trip down the rabbit hole of your memories of bedtime stories. She’ll recall tales of Beatrix Potter, Enid Blyton, J R R Tolkien, Roald Dahl and how they’ve influenced authors down the years in this illustrated talk. The British Library, £12/£10, book ahead, 7pm-8.15pm
BOOKS TALK BACK: Because agents and editors can be expensive, Isabelle King set up Books Talk Back, a project for aspiring authors to share their work over a glass of wine in a supportive environment while gaining constructive feedback. Share your own writing, provide feedback or just lend an ear. Knowledge Centre, The British Library, free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
POST TRUTH WORLD DEBATE: Polly Toynbee hosts this discussion on the arrival of the ‘post-truth’ era and what it means for those of us living through it. A live DJ takes over from 8.30pm to save us all from getting depressed. ICA, £20, book ahead, 7.30pm
TURBULENCE: Into interactive theatre? Join this evening of whimsical games, engaging performance and interesting discussion, which muses on a different theme every month. The Rosemary Branch Theatre, pay what you can, just turn up, every first Monday, 7.30pm
LIFE DRAWING: What started as a group of mates getting together to draw has evolved into 2B Or Not 2B Collective, a weekly nonprofit life drawing class which aims to provide affordable access for artists of all ages, levels and income brackets. The Macbeth (Hoxton), £5, book ahead, every Monday, 7.30pm-9.30pm
NO HARD FELINES: Expect poetry, stand up comedy, music, puppetry, cabaret and more at this new female-led variety night featuring a line-up of ladies who are tired of being cat-called but not about to stay quiet about it. The Star, Bethnal Green, £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm
FREE COMEDY: The best comedy nights in life are free, if this regular Monday night comedy club in Angel is anything to go by. The Bill Murray, free, just turn up, 8pm-9.15pm
Good cause of the day: How the Vote was Won
See a rare staged reading of How the Vote was Won, on the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which granted most women in Britain the vote. All proceeds will be split between Sisters Uncut and the Fawcett Society. Bunker Theatre, £12/£10, book ahead, 7.30pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing…
Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town – following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets
Learn about London’s debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London’s unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way.
Inspired by THAT Patrick Swayze scene in Ghost?
Discover the essentials of pottery and have a go at making your own pot.
Expert Vinni will guide you through the history of pottery and clay, before you get a chance to use a pottery wheel to make your own creation.
The class runs on Saturdays throughout October. Get tickets
We’re fed up of bog standard London tours. Been there, done that. So how about learning some more about the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of London’s public toilets? This 1.5hr walking tour covers iconic London from a whole new perspective, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore the capital’s most patriotic toilet. The tour ends in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar, a former gentleman’s lavatory. Delightful. Get tickets